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Favourite Drama Twosome (South East Asian)

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Favourite Drama Twosome (South East Asian)

It is the chemistry that makes a drama works.  Without it, it is hard for the viewers to connect with the leads and the story itself, especially if it is a romantic drama.

There have been plenty of instances where the chemistry is stronger between the lead girl and the second male lead that you wish they get together in the end.  This was particularly in the case of Ma Jin Jo and Nam Gil in Go back Couple.

I have to confess, I quite know my way within the SouthEast Asian dramas as I have binged watched plenty of them these past two years.  And Japanese youth dramas have the most amazing and cute chemistry.

Anyway here is my list:

Chen Xiao Xi & Jiang Chen (A  Love So Beautiful)

Hyuga Toru & Natsui Makoto (Rich Man, Poor Woman

Hong Ra On & Lee Yeong (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds)

Ma Jin Joo & Nam Gil (Go Back Couple)

Kim Shin & Eun Tak; Goblin & Grim Reaper

Zhong Shao Xi & Yan Li Zheng, (Attention, Love)

Kim Bok-Joo & Jung Joon Hyung (Weightlifting Fairy)

Gu Zing Xuan & Zhao Tian Xing (The Masked Lover)

Nao & Uehara (Good Morning Calls Season 1 & 2)

Kohoko & Hajime (Overprotected Kohoko)

Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si (Meteor Garden)

Woven Rattan Baskets

Rattan basket, photo by JMorton

Woven Rattan Baskets

Rattan is some sort of a climbing bamboo looking plant which grows profusely in the mountains of Ilocos and other parts of the Philippines.

Thank goodness that they do grow abundantly as they provide materials for weaving so many things necessary to the farming communities of the Philippines.

Rattan basket, photo by JMorton

Bilao in Tagalog is a winnowing flat basket which is called bigao in Ilocano.  This flat basket is necessary in separating the husks or hulls from the rice grains, especially when a mortar and pestle had been used to manually dehusk the palay into rice.


Rattan basket, photo by JMorton


Increase Brain Power

It seems brushing one’s teeth is not only for health and hygiene reasons, it is so much more.

Brain Power

Increase Brain Power

There are also some research about the effect of chocolates to brain power.  Apparently the flavanols in cocoa can increase cognitive abilities, allowing for multitasking, i.e. ability to perform two or more tasks at a time.


1001 Most Romantic Songs

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) Hill Garden – Nr Hampstead Heath
Photo by PH Morton

1001 Most Romantic Songs

This is Global Granary’s all tie most romantic music compilation, which is a work in progress.

Our list currently includes the following:

YVES MONTAND – Les Feuilles Mortes

Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

Bobby Darin sings “Beyond the Sea”

Charles Trenet – La Mer

Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin-Dream Lover

hyun bin-that man lyrics (eng+korea sub) ost secret garden

Peter Frampton – Baby I Love Your Way (’76)

All of Me – John Legend

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

Enchanted by Taylor Swift and a reply version by Adam Young of City Owl

1001 Ways of living healthily

Old Friends

Old Friends

The life span of our generation is getting longer; we are living to a good ripe old age. Unfortunately, there are some of us who are living longer but do not get to enjoy this longevity.  We might be physically healthy but incapable mentally.

Living longer should mean enjoying its blessings. We should feel ‘young’ and look ‘young’ as well.

Fortunately, there are some ways how we can to do just that.

1001 Ways of living healthily

Diet.  Eat a balance diet.







Sleep. A study found that people who do not get enough sleep, tend to eat more food and more often.

R&R (Rest & Relaxation)



1001: Family

Peter and I love this little drawing of our beloved Nat-nat of his ‘Family Morton’. He’s five and learning to write and read. I am so impressed with his skill and talent. I think we are going to have a boy genius here.

I saw the film, Imitation Game, which is about Alan Turing, a mathematics genius, whose war accomplishment is said to have shorten the second world war,WWII, by two years and saved 14 million people from becoming casualties of war. The young brilliant Alan Turing used to painstakingly separate his peas from his carrots which reminds me of our little Nat-nat, who is rather pernickety with his food.

He likes his food, don’t get me wrong, but he wants his dinner served according to his predilection or in a certain way. He doesn’t want things touching each other. 😉 He wants his peas in one corner, his chicken nuggets in another corner and his chips at another side and not to mention his tomato sauce pooled in the middle, not drizzled in the chips or chicken, otherwise he would refuse to eat. Poor Stacey, his mother, had to take all these into consideration when preparing our little angel’s din-dins

This is family.  Looking after each other, for better or for worst.  Blood is thicker than water.  Proverbs and sayings have been coined for thousands of years with regards to families.

Nathan, age 5, family Photo by PH Morton

Nathan, age 5, family
Photo by PH Morton

Mind you, family can also be a source of so much grief, a la Romeo and Juliet or the late Diana, Princess of Wales with her relations with the Windsor Family so much so that the Queen, herself, grimly admitted in November of 1994 that it was annus horribilis for her. 🙁

1001: Family

You see much more of our children once they leave home.
– Lucille Ball

Odds & Ends On the BookShelves

Strange booksA good title is the first step in ‘selling’ a book to a reader.  The catchier and the more original the title, the better.  Sometimes a title can tell whether the book will be intriguing, horror-filled, take you on a magic ride, make you laugh out loud, make you cry, enlighten you, or leave you cold or be none the wiser what it was about.

More and more writers are using unorthodox, strange, weird, silly and down right disturbing titles to catch readers’ attention,  but some go the other way and create the most boring and unlikely titles to interest anyone, so much so that an annual award giving body for the strangest book title had been founded.

Diagram Book Prize gives award to a selection of the most bizzare titled books that get published each year.

The prize was originally conceived in 1978 by Trevor Bounford, co-founder with Bruce Robertson of publishing solutions firm The Diagram Group, as a way of avoiding boredom at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. It has been administered every year by The Bookseller and Horace Bent, the magazine’s diarist. (

Some of the books that have come under the radar of the Diagram Group are as follows:

A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two by Peter Gosson(Amberley Publishing)

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares (Phaidon)

Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City by Chris Balsiger and Erin Canning

How to Pray When You’re Pissed at God by Ian Punnett (Harmony)

Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography by Jo Packham (Quarry)

How Tea Cosies Changed the World By Loani Prior

Reginald Bakeley’s Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop


Actually I wouldn’t mind reading some of the books on the list. 😉


Odd titling a book is not a modern phenomena.  The middle ages had done it first.

Here are some titles of books you might want to research and read about further:

A Shot aimed at the Devil’s Head-Quarters through the Tube of the Cannon of the Covenant.

Crumbs of Comfort for the Chickens of the Covenant.

Eggs of Charity, layed by the Chickens of the Covenant, and boiled with the Water of Divine Love. Take Ye and eat.

High-heeled Shoes for Dwarfs in Holiness.

Hooks and Eyes for Believers’ Breeches.

Matches lighted by the Divine Fire.

Seven Sobs of a Sorrowful Soul for Sin; or, the Seven Penitential Psalms of the Princely Prophet David; whereunto are also added William Humius’ Handful of Honeysuckles, and Divers Godly and Pithy Ditties, now newly augmented.

Spiritual Milk for Babes, drawn out of the Breasts of both Testaments for their Souls’ Nourishment: a catechism.

The Bank of Faith.

The Christian Sodality; or, Catholic Hive of Bees, sucking the Honey of the Churches’ Prayer from the Blossoms of the[Pg 30] Word of God, blowne out of the Epistles and Gospels of the Divine Service throughout the yeare. Collected by the Puny Bee of all the Hive not worthy to be named otherwise than by these elements of his Name, F. P.

The Gun of Penitence.

The Innocent Love; or, the Holy Knight: a description of the ardors of a saint for the Virgin.

The Shop of the Spiritual Apothecary; or, a collection of passages from the fathers.

The Sixpennyworth of Divine Spirit.

The Snuffers of Divine Love.

The Sound of the Trumpet: a work on the day of judgment.

The Spiritual Mustard Pot, to make the Soul Sneeze with Devotion.

The Three Daughters of Job: a treatise on patience, fortitude and pain.

Tobacco battered, and the Pipes shattered about their Ears that idly idolize so loathsome a Vanity, by a Volley of holy shot thundered from Mount Helicon: a poem against the use of tobacco, by Joshua Sylvester.

A Fan to drive away Flies: a theological treatise on Purgatory.

A most Delectable Sweet Perfumed Nosegay for God’s Saints to Smell at.

A Pair of Bellows to blow off the Dust cast upon John Fry.

A Proper Project to Startle Fools: Printed in a Land where Self’s cry’d up and Zeal’s cry’d down.

A Reaping-Hook, well tempered, for the Stubborn Ears of the coming Crop; or, Biscuit baked in the Oven of Charity, carefully conserved for the Chickens of the Church, the Sparrows of the Spirit, and the sweet Swallows of Salvation.

A Sigh of Sorrow for the Sinners of Zion, breathed out of a Hole in the Wall of an Earthly Vessel, known among Men by the Name of Samuel Fish (a Quaker who had been imprisoned).

1001: Home

“And there are new kinds of nomads, not people who are at home everywhere, but who are at home nowhere. I was one of them ”
― Robyn Davidson

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
~Charles Dickens

Peace — that was the other name for home.
~Kathleen Norris

Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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