Hu Ge (Chinese Actor)

Hu Ge for Emporio Armani

Hu Ge is huge in China. He is considered one of the best actors in China. His dramas and films are box-office hits.

BioData:

  • Name: Hu Ge (Hu Ko)
  • DoB: 20 September 1982 (35)
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Career: Model, Singer, Actor
  • Educational Background: Majored in Acting at the Shanghai Theatre Academy

Hu Ge (Chinese Actor)

Dramas & Films:

  • Good Times

Fun facts:

He loves cats.  He’s got five apparently.

 

To Love, To Heal (Chinese Drama) Review

To Love, To Heal poster

Genre: Romance, Grief

Date Released: January 2018

CDrama: 40 Episodes

Cast:

  • Jiang Chao as Zhang Zheng Lan
  • Li Sierra as Xiao Shui Guang
  • Pang Han Chen as Luo Zhi
  • Song Yi Xing as Lin Jia Jia
  • He Rui Xian as Jiang Yu Ru

The story is about a girl who comes to terms with the death of her boyfriend with the help of an arrogant young man who happens to be the president of Leiting games company.

 

To Love, To Heal (Chinese Drama) Review

Episode 1

The drama started with Shui Guang on the phone nagging her boyfriend to hurry up while he was driving.  Before you know it, him and his passenger were involved in a crash, where he died.  It seems there is some mystery yet to be revealed about her dead boyfriend.

The boyfriend’s family blamed her for his death.

Two years on, Shui Guang was just a shell of depression.  She is lacklustre and moving on an auto pilot.

She teaches kendo to children.

One day, while particularly distraught, she somehow hurt one of the young students, who happens to be the brother of the benefactor of their training school.

He was Zheng Lan, the president of a games company.  He was all for dismissing Shui Guang from her job but then he saw her.  She looked familiar and he was intrigued.

Episode 2

Chen Xiao (Chinese Actor)

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BioData:

DoB: 5 July 1987 (30)

Height: 1.8 m

Alma Mater: Central Academy of Drama

Career: Model, Actor

Civil Status: Married to Michelle Chen (Taiwanese Actress) 1 child

 

Chen Xiao (Chinese Actor)

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Lawless Lawyers (KDrama) Review & Summary

Lawless Lawyers poster

Genre: Legal, Thriller, Romance

Date Released: 12 May 2018 – 1 July 2018

KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Lee Joon-Gi as Bong Sang-pil
  • Seo Ye-jin as Ha Jae-yi
  • Lee Hye-young as Cha Moon-sook
  • Choi Min-soo as Ahn Oh-joo
  • Yum Hye-ran as Nam Soon-ja
  • Shin Eun-jung as Choi Jin-ae
  • Ahn Nae-sang as Choi Dae-woong
  • Lee Han-wi as Ha Ki-ho
  • Lee Dae-yeon as Woo Hyung-man
  • Cha Jung-won as Kang Yeon-hee

 

 

Lawless Lawyers (KDrama) Review & Summary


Apparently this is a story about a young maverick lawyer who has a rather murky past.  He used to be a gangster but in order to avenge his mother, he now uses the law and its many loopholes to his advantage.  He is not even averse to using his fist when needed.

Sounds really interesting and with Lee Joon-gi, this should be a winner.


Episode 1 -2

The first episode is a background to the lawless lawyer that is Bong Sang-pil.

When Bong Sang-pil was a little boy, he and his mother used to lived in Ginsung.  His mother was a lawyer and she wanted for him to follow her vocation to being able to get justice for people using law.

She was quite proud of her career.  She carved Bong Sang-pil’s name into a desk in her office and make the boy promised to become a lawyer one day.

One rainy evening he went to visit his mother to her office.  She was very agitated as if expecting someone to come after her.

She helped her son to hide when she realised that people were coming to get her.  She also gave him a photo of her with a man.  She instructed him to go to the man if something happens to her.

The band of syndicate wanted the SD card!

She declined to give the sd card.  Unfortunately, the meany gang boss noticed that someone else was in the office.  He knew it was her son.  They tried to harass her that the boy fearing for his mother’s safety came out from where he was hiding.

They threatened to kill the boy so his mother had no choice but to give in a surrender the SD card.

Young Bong Sang Pil was a clever boy, he saw the card and swallowed it.  Unfortunately this got his mother killed.

But before she died, she helped him scape the building.

He went to find the man in the picture.  He was a gangster.

Bong Sang pil was thirsty for a vengeance.  He begged his new found ‘uncle’ to teach him martial arts.  But his uncle said that he should become a lawyer just like what his mother wanted him to be.


Present day:

Ha Jae Yi is a lawyer.  Unfortunately during one of a case about domestic violence turned to murder, the judge in charge was a misogynist.  He gave Ha Jae Yi’s client a 20 years prison sentence, much more than the one recommended by the public prosecutor.

When Jae Yi questioned the judge, he told her that her client deserved what she got and started prodding her.  Jae Yi got so annoyed she beat up the judge.  She was suspended from practising law for six months.  No job and no money, she went back home to Ginsung.

Bong Sang Pil is all grown up. He had become a very successful as a lawyer in Seoul.  He thought it was time to go back to Ginsung and start his vendetta.

Jae Yi ended up working for Sang Pil as his office manager.

This drama is watchable.  Both leads are good-looking and you warm up to them immediately.  There is also great chemistry between them.

 

 

Ginataang Alimasag Recipe (Crab in Coconut Milk)

ginataang Alimasag, photo by Robert De Los Santos

This is a delicious take on the squash and green beans cooked in coconut milk.  It is tasty because of the crabs.

The crabs used in this recipe are alimasag.  Alimasag are smaller crabs compared to the huge alimango.

Crabs by Robert de los Santos

Ingredients:

  • 12 fresh blue crabs (alimasag) (more if you are really partial to them) 🙂
  • ½ medium squash (Kalabasa), peeled and cubed
  • 100 g green beans/string beans (sitaw) (about 3 to 4 cups), cut into 2.5 inch length
  • 3½ cups coconut milk (gata) Use 2 cans of shop-bought coconut milk
  • 3-4 long chillies
  • 1½ tbsp fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

 

 Method of Preparation:

  • Heat a wok or a large casserole pan.

  • Pour in the oil and heat.

  • Saute the garlic and onion, ensure not to burn the garlic to prevent any bitter taste.

  • Stir in the squash and crabs and cook for a couple of minutes.

  • Add in the the beans.

  • Pour in the coconut milk, bring to a boil.

  • Turn down the heat and leave to simmer.

  • Drop in the chillies.  A little kick of  chilli heat is always perfect with the rather rich coconut milk. :()

  • Add fish sauce and season with the ground black pepper.

  • Cook for 12-15 or until blue crabs have turned into red/orange colour and the vegetable have softened.

  • Check the seasoning.  Add more patis or salt and black pepper according to taste.

  • Transfer into a large bowl and serve with freshly boiled rice.

Now that is what you call heavenly food.

Kris Wu (Chinese Actor)

Kris Wu

I did not know Kris Wu was an alumni of the EXO band.  That band produced a lot of really talented singers turned actors.

Kris Wu, in particular, is a versatile young actor.


 

Kris Wu (Chinese Actor)

BioData:

  • Given Name: Wu Yifan
  • DoB: 6 November 1990 (27)
  • Height: 1.87 m
  • Language Spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean
  • Occupation: Model, Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actor

Dramas & Films:

  • Sweet Sixteen
  • So Young 2 (Never Gone)

Janine Chang (Taiwanese Actress)

Janine Chang

This beautiful Taiwanese actress is not only gorgeous but really brainy as well.

BioData:

DoB: 4 September 1984 (35)

Height: 1. 67 m

Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree in Law at the National Taipei University; Economics at the National Central University.

Career: Model, Actress

Civil Status: Single

 

Janine Chang (Taiwanese Actress)

Films & Dramas

Here to Heart (Chinese Drama) Review

Here to Heart poster

Here to Heart (Chinese Drama) Review

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Sweet Revenge, Mystery

Date Released: 2018

CDrama: 36 Episodes:

Based on a novel by An Ning called Warm Chord

Ost: Miserable Warmth – by Hebe Tien

Cast:

  • Zhang Han as CEO Zhan
  • Janine Chang as Wen Nuan
  • Ji Xiao Bing as Gao Fang
  • Liang David as Pan Wei Ning
  • Jin Kim as Guan Ti
  • Zhang Jenny as Yi Xin
  • Jing Chao as Zhu Lin Lu
  • Zhou Qi Qi as Wen Rou

The story is about a couple who got separated.  Despite the time that had elapsed they can’t forget one another.

The hurt was too deep to just sweep under the carpet.  Therefore a little sweet revenge is on the card.  (Lovely!) 🙂

This should be an exceptional drama as it stars two popular Chinese actors in Zhang Han and Janine Chang.  These two are getting better looking as they mature.

This drama is like a long CF for Nivea.  It takes central stage! 🙂


Episode 1

Wen Nuan seemed to have run away to London seven years ago and had been working with Nivea.

Then three months later, she is back in China and working for Qian Yu Technologies, whose CEO is none other than her ex-boyfriend CEO Zhan.

CEO Zhan missed her so much and his thoughts can be heard  that in all the years she was always been the only one in his heart.

But you would think they get back together immediately.  No!  CEO Zhan is playing it really cool.  He was in fact frosty towards Wen Nuan.

Anyway Wen Nuan has a boyfriend already who is the CEO of a rival firm, Dai Zhong.  He is the playboy, Zhu Lin Lu.

Episode 2

CEO Zhan had just promoted his PA and of course this created a vacancy.  Despite Wen Nuan having only worked at the Qian Yu Technologies, she got promoted to the PA position for the CEO.

The first time they came face to face, they stared at one another for at least a couple of minutes.  They were longing for each other but both don’t know what to do.

CEO Zhan has a project called Alpha Project,  which he would be in direct competition with Zhu Lin Lu.  Wen Nuan offered to not be involved with the project in order not to create any suspicion of any kind, CEO Zhan declined, saying she works for him now.

It looks like Wen Rou, Wen Nuan’s sister was in love with CEO Zhan as well.  She confessed to him seven years ago and was turned down as he was already going out with Wen Nuan.  Wen Rou was so upset she slit her wrist.

Episode 4

The management of Alpha Project have invited both Dong Zhon and Qian Yu to London to propose their bids.

Episode 5

Dong Zhon won the bid.  After a brief euphoria, Zhu Lin Lu found out that an integral part of the Alpha project, Professor Wang, had left the project.  This changed the nature of the project Dong Zhon is now saddled with.

Wen Nuan and CEO Zhan spent part of their time in England visiting some of London attraction.  We can see the Shard, Thames river, the City Hall, London Bridge, etc.

They ended up at the London Eye where they shared a kiss.

Episode 6

Back in China, they are back to being frosty to one another again, especially when a selfie of Lin Lu and Wen Nuan was posted on social media.  CEO Zhan was not happy with it.

As a punishment, he is working Wen Nuan like a horse.  She doesn’t get time off work anymore even during weekends.

Episode 16

This is an excruciating episode.  CEO Zhan is playing mind games with the vulnerable Wen Nuan.  He is blowing hot and cold.

Wen Nuan overheard Yi Xin in conversation with CEO Zhan that she was in cahoot with one of Qian Yu’s employees to frame Wen Nuan.  CEO Zhan said he knew!  And told her that he will not take any action and just to forget all about it and not to tell anyone.

Wen Nuan was upset and thought that  CEO Zhan must like Yi Xin very much.

CEO Zhan had a business appointment in a Karaoke bar where he dragged Wen Nuan to.  Wen Nuan was almost sexually harassed by the other CEO in front of CEO Zhan, who did not really do anything to help.

Wen Nuan and CEO Zhan ended up doing a duet of “Without You’ and had a fleeting kiss afterwards.

CEO Zhan received a call from Yi Xin and he up and left Wen Nuan in the bar.

Episode 17

This episode has a cute ending. It is Wen Rou’s birthday and her young employee surprised her with a mini rock concert.  Awww Their budding love story is cute.

Episode 23

Wen Nuan had resigned from her job at Qian Yu as she can’t stomach being the tool to ‘steal’ the clients of Dai Zhong.

Episode 24

CEO Zhan won’t approve of Wen Nuan’s resignation, thus, won’t allow HR to select another PA.

Yi Xin is using her dying father to her advantage.  Even to the point of asking CEO Zhan to make her an honest woman so her father can die in peace.

CEO Zhan said that he had to let her down this time as she well know that there is only Wen Nuan in his heart all this years.

Also Wen Rou part confessed the reason why Wen Nuan broke up with him.  It has to do with her, when she drunkenly confessed to CEO Zhan seven years ago.  She did not tell him though the ‘real’ reason why Wen Nuan was really upset.  It has something to do with Wen Rou’s attempted suicide.

Episode 27

Finally the wait is over, for now!  They have reconciled and now live together in their dream house.  I have to admit that I was starting to lose patience with their protracted will they, won’t they romance.

I have to say that I have never seen both leads cry so much.  Everytime they had a heart to heart, they both would cry and yet at end, they are back to square one of misundertanding one another because of things left unsaid.

In this episode, they were so sweet.   Finally they opened up.  seriously they could have easily done this about 12 episodes ago! 🙂

HOWEVER, we can’t get comfortable yet.  There are more hurdles to clear.  A major one is CEO Zhan’s mother, who dislikes Wen Nuan for leaving and making her son desolate seven years ago.  She was pro-Yixin.  This was on the trailer for the next episodes.

Episode 30

Back to being excruciatingly painful once again.

These two lovebirds truly love each other but forces surrounding them are not ready to give them a break.  For one, CEO Zhan’s mother is against the relationship.  There is a mystery there somewhere.  The mother is saying that Wen Nuan is to blame for the demise of her husband, CEO Zhan’s father.

There was also that issue about Professor Wang, ex employee of Alpha.  Dai Zhong had started their litigation against Qian Yu Tech involving Prof Wang, a major mover and shaker of Alpha.

CEO Zhan was forced to go to London without saying anything to Wen Nuan.  He was so busy that he had not time to answer or call her back.

But surprise surprise, Yuxin was pictured having a convivial lunch date with CEO Zhan  which was televised on Chinese tv much to the sadness of Wen Nuan.

There was also that notion that Wen Nuan was the one who tipped off Zhu Lin Lu regarding the Prof Wang case.  Of course she is not guilty, but there is a misunderstanding brewing between the lovers.

Episode 31-34

Wen Nuan is one pool of utter sadness.  She was asked to see CEO Zhan’s mother, who told her that she was not good enough for her son.  Wen Nuan has only brought her son grief and misfortune as well as being the author of the death of CEO Zhan’s father and Wen Nuan’s own father because of her immature behaviour.  She should leave  CEO Zhan and never show her face again.

During the diatribe of CEO Zhan’s mother, Wen Nuan had an attack.  She started to remember bits and piece of what happened in the past.  Mrs Zhan had a bit of a fright with what was happening with Wen Nuan.

Her sister took her back home.  Wen Nuan then pack her bag and left for London again.  She just saw CEO Zhan hurrying towards the airport looking for her.

CEO Zhan left a negotiation that could make or break Qian Yu (Shallow Cosmos) to look for Wen Nuan.

In the end Shallow Cosmos is in deep financial problem.

Many major employees are leaving because of the rumour that  it was going down.

Guan Ti one of the three original of the trio of Shallow Cosmos, who was in charge of research was so annoyed that his pet project of  Robotic Girlfriend is being sidelined for the project headed by Professor Wang.

In his annoyance, he had a meeting with the competition in view of a transfer.  He then gave his resignation to CEO Zhan, who was still adamant that Prof Wang’s project is still the one to save their company.

Wen Nuan had undergone hypnosis to finally remember everything of the past.  Again she is more certain that she’s not good enough for CEO Zhan.

CEO Zhan was cornered by his mother to make a decision about a marriage to Yixin.  But he said he doesn’t have any intension of getting together with YiXin.

Yixin said she had waited seven years, she is preferred to wait until she becomes a family.  But Pan Wei Ning is working really hard to gain her affection and it seems he might be making a little progress.

Wen Rou, he assistant/young boyfriend, and Li Lu have discovered that monies are being taken out from company’s account.

 

 

 

The Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love (Chinese Drama) Review

His Excellency’s First Love poster

This drama is also called Moonshine and Valentine.

Genre: Romance, ET, Historical

Date Released: 2018

CDrama: 24 Episodes

Cast:

  • Victoria Song as Huanan/Guan Pi Pi
  •  Huang Jing Yu as Helan Jingting
  • Xu Kai Cheng as Tao Jialin (PiPi’s boyfriend)
  • Liu Yongxi as Xin Xiaoju (Cafe Owner)
  • Xu Fangyi as Tian Xin (PiPi’ friend in love with Jialin)
  • Lin Shen as Xiu Xian (plastic surgeon )
  • Li Yongming as Zhao Kwanyong (plastic surgeon)

 

The Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love (Chinese Drama) Review

The drama is a love story that lasts several lifetimes. He Lan comes from the fox clan, which originated from a planet from another galaxy which was much like Earth.  Through evolution the aliens, fox clan, started to acquire human form, until they are perfect specimen of eye candy. 🙂


Episode 1

During the Tang Dynasty (not sure which dynasty really) a girl who was still a minor was ‘bought’ from her parents to marry a blind boy from a rich family.

I think much of the story started from this initial meeting of the lovers.

I read somewhere that the girl had to sacrifice herself in order for the boy to have perfect sight at night.

At the present day, PiPi has a boyfriend who is gorgeous and extremely able with his education.  While PiPi is interning, her boyfriend in going to America for further studies.

PiPi is currently having some self-esteem issues.  She feels that she is not good enough for her perfect boyfriend.

HeLan on the other hand had just found her in this lifetime and he would never let her go.

Their first meeting was eventful but not in the usual way where they fall in love at first sight.  In fact PiPi handed some change to the blind Helan thinking he was a beggar. 🙂

Episode 2

It was Jialin’s birthday and PiPi was trying to buy him a shirt.  She did not really know his size but then realised that she can’t afford the shirt anyway.

PI PI was helped out in getting the right size by a man who turned out to be He Lan.

When she told him that she was buying it for her boyfriend, He Lan bought all the shirts.  PiPI run after him and accidentally dislodged his sun glasses.  She stared at his opaque irises, which was dangerous for her.

He Lan sent his minions to give an apple, which is lightly drenched with his blood, to PiPI, who he said would be feeling unwell due to having looked at his eyes.

Right on cue, PiPi was vomiting in the office.  Despite feeling unwell she continued on with her task as an intern journalist.  She turned down the apple as she hates the fruit.

PiPi went to her boyfriend’s house for his birthday celebration with only a red bean preserve as a present, which he was rather dismissive about.

Also attending was their good friend, Tian Xin.

You can see that Tian Xin and Jia Lin are becoming more than friends.

Episode 3

Pi Pi was tasked to take photos of the mysterious Jade expert, He Lan.  She was waiting for him surreptitiously, when he found her hanging on his fence.

She started having a nose bleed and he carried her in and fed her a small slice of an apple.  Within minutes she was like a new woman.

Episode 4

He Lan gave PiPi a VIP invitation for the following night’s auction.  He said if she attends, she can interview him.

No brainer really, so she attended and ended up bidding so much money for an orb necklace, on behalf of He Lan, which was then given to her by him as a memento, which has something to do with what happened a long time ago.

Episode 5

PiPi’s boyfriend is stalking her friend, Tian Xin.  He wanted to cheat on PiPi with her friend.  To start with Tian Xin did try to resist Jia Lin.  But Jia Lin is not taking no for an answer.

He told Tian Xin that he will book a table in a restaurant and will wait for her at whatever time.

PiPi met up with He Lan in a posh restaurant to interview him.  He ordered a lot of food for PiPi alone as he said he was a fox and doesn’t eat human food.

PiPi was going along with his ‘nonsense’ at first but got tired of it.  He Lan further said that he only eat flowers, from the unfertilised plants (organic flowers)  He also mentioned that others from his fox clan eat liver, human liver.

PiPi said she was ending the nonsense, weird interview.  She got up and He Lan followed her.  He said that he can prove that he’s not human.  He put her head next to his heart.  His heart is beating so slowly at 1 beat per 10 seconds.

Unbeknown to PiPi, Tian Xin was also at the restaurant and saw her with He Lan in which looked like and embrace.

Episode 6

Jia Lin was still waiting at the restaurant for Tian Xin.  He was told  by the waiting staff that he had to leave at it was closing time.  He then saw Tian Xin in front of him and this will be the start of their affair.

The next day, Jia Lin went to look for Pipi at her work.

Thinking that he was He Lan, she run off from him.

They all ended up at a club.  Jia Lin was just about to speak with PiPi when Tian Xin took him away, presumably to tell him that it was not the right time to tell Pipi about them.

Episode 7

We find out the the 900 years old He Lan is in fact a hybrid.  His mother was human and father was an alien fox.

His weirdness has spooked Pipi.  So she researched what repel a fox.

She found out it was realgar.  She got some and invited He Lan to lunch.

Of course He Lan new all bout the realgar that PiPi had gotten.  And to make a point he dipped his finger into the pocket of realgar, which as a corrosive effect on his skin.

PiPi was shocked saying that she doesn’t really understand what is his motive and she wanted the orb necklace removed from her neck.

Without much ado, He Lan removed the necklace and left her in the restaurant.

Episode 8

PiPi resigned from her job so that she could concentrate in learning English.  She wanted to go to America with Jia Lin.  Jia Lin, however, has other plan.  He wanted Tian Xin to go with him.

He Lan is very upset.  He was looking at the orb necklace and then put it away.  Does it mean he has given up on PiPI?

 

 

Robin Padilla (Filipino Actor)

Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla is a Filipino actor, who is known as the bad boy of Philippine movies, having played his fair share of gang theme films.

He had also served a couple of years in a Philippine prison for illegal possession of fire arms.  Despite his jail term, he continued to be popular and iconic.

Robin has got that sex appeal in spades, which is probably due to the way he project himself as a devil may care and also the curling of his lips and the slight tightening of his eyebrows and those staring eyes as if he can see through you plus his slight guttural voice.  Sexy!  🙂

 

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