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Princess Hours: Korean or Thai Version?

Korean Version

Thai Version

Princess Hours: Korean or Thai Version?

Princess Hours or better known as Goong, being the original Korean version, is a classic story of an ordinary girl marrying into royalty.

Goong was based on Korean’s manhwa, which is similar to Japanese’s more famous manga.

Goong, the series, was shown in 2006 starring Yoon Eun-Hye and Ju Ji-hoon.  It was widely popular throughout Asia.  Why wouldn’t it be?  Now and again we need that feel-good factor of a rags to riches fairy tale story.  It gives us hope that it could happen to us as well. 🙂

Thai’s version is being shown right now.  I must say it is a very watchable as the main characters are very likeable.

Though this 2017 Thai version added a few twists and turns here and there, the framework is still basically the same as the Korean version.

Korean actress, Yoon Eun-Hye made the role, Chae-Kyung, hers and is an outstanding actress.  It was, therefore, extremely hard for the young Thai actress, Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha, to better Eun-Hye.  But having said that Ungsumalynn delivers a likeable performance as the crown princess, Kanning.

The wedding in the Thai version was believable as a royal wedding, Ungsumalynn was so beautiful and Phiangphor Sarasathapheng was drop-dead gorgeous crown prince, and there is that splendour to it.

Anyway the story is about an old fashion arranged marriage. 🙂

The previous king once promised an old friend, who saved his life or kingdom, that they should marry their respective heirs to one another.  As the promise was made a long time ago, the current royal family could have ignore it but the present king was the upright and honourable sort and rather ailing.  He wanted to see that the succession to the thrown is fully established should anything happen to him.  He, therefore, ordered through emotional blackmail, his son to marry the daughter of the old king’s friend.

The story is more complicated as the prince was in love with another girl who was a ballet dancer in the Korean version, while an Olympic level archer in the Thai.

Minnie, prince’s ex,  played by Jongjaiphar Suthada, has flaring nostrils and combatant facial expression,  was easy to dislike.  She gets all the ire.

For the Korean version the role was played by Song Ji-hyo, who has since become a very popular actress.  She plays Hyo-rin and was rather charming.  Therefore, the anger for the unhappiness of the  Korean crown princess, Chae-Kyung, was directed to the crown prince for his indecisiveness. LOL

The acting and script in Goong is better written.  There is a seriousness about it.  While the Thai is more of a mild caricature of the original.  Thus both provide their own respective charm.  A modern day Cinderella is always a welcome watch to break the humdrum of everyday routiine 🙂

Love ‘Til the End of Summer – Chinese Drama Review

Love Till The End of Summer

Love ‘Til the End of Summer – Chinese Drama Review

In this world, there are no geniuses, only lazy fools. – Fu Xiao Si

The first 4 episodes of this Chinese drama have just been subbed (subtitled in English).

I have watched the first episode and I am hooked.  Love the characters, who are of course, shiny and bright, well they are still pure and innocent, afterall it is only the first episode. 🙂

The drama started on how the main characters met in high school and from then on will forge a life-long friendship, according to the blurb anyway.  Apparently this drama is based on a spectacularly popular novel by Guo Jingming, Rush to the Dead Summer.  The novel chapters ten years in the life of the friends from high school to when they spread their wings into the world and make and face their own destiny.

Apparently even if life is being rather shit 🙂 all hardships are surmountable if love is present in your life!  I would like to see more of that!  🙂

Sounds interesting.

So far so good.

……

Li Xia, the leading female is supposed to be ultra sweet, pure and innocent.  But sometimes I find her rather annoying.  Her innocence goes beyond being sweet.  She is either a consummate flirt or stupid.  Fancy over-pouring chemicals into a beaker! She just wanted Xiao Si to hold her hands.  There are times also that she is lifeless, spaced out!!! You just want to shake her from her stupor.

……

It is now episode 10 and it is getting more complicated.

 

Noodles for Longevity

Spaghetti Bolegnase, Photo by PH Morton

Noodles for Longevity

I was watching an episode of Father is Strange last weekend when there was a scene where the family insisted Joon-Young, who finally passed his civil service exam after many tries, to slurp the whole of the noodle strands rather than biting into it.

I was intrigued enough that I googled what it meant.  🙂

Apparently it is a Chinese tradition (or superstition), which seems to have a widespread effect that neighbouring countries had adapted it.  I know in the Philippines, eating noodles is a must during birthdays.  The long strand means longevity of life.  I was not aware though that you had to slurp the whole thing into your mouth and then chew, rather than biting a bit of it as you chew.

Anyway, it is encouraged to slurp the strand in all its length so that one does not cut off one’s span of life.

Thank goodness, this superstition is applied only on birthdays and other milestone celebrations.

I couldn’t be going to restaurants, especially posh ones, and slurping my pasta down my throat. It would be unethical and extremely embarrassing.  LOL

 

Love, Timeless – Taiwanese Drama Review

Love, Timeless poster

Love, Timeless – Taiwanese Drama Review

I love this drama. Love it, love it!

It is a time travel, going back to ten years ago when the characters of the story were in their sophomore college.

(By the way, as per time travel studies and research, it is impossible to go back in time but it may be possible to go into the future.) 🙂

The drama posed the question “What would you do if you can travel back in time?”

Would you change the course of your life?

Would you repeat it as it is?

Would you approach that goddess you had a huge crush on in the past?

Would you cherish that someone, who’s always been there for you?

Zhao Yu and Kai Jia lived together back when they were in college. Zhao Yu’s family looked after Kai Jia as her mother had passed away whilst her no-good of a father was in prison.

Kai Jia had secretly love Zhao Yu for more than 10 years.  She thought her love was  finally realised when a drunken Zhao Yu slept with her at present time.  Zhao immediately put her in the right that he had only ever looked at her as a sister and their sleeping together was a mistake – a big mistake, a drunken one-night stand.  He does not feel anything for her.  Kai Jia was absolutely heartbroken.

Back when they were younger in college, they had a little group of friends comprising of Zhao Yu (Nick Chau), Kai Jia (Summer Meng), Ruo Bi (Huang Wei Ting), Li Jun Ren (Chang Chieh), Hai Meng (Johnny Yang) and Zhi Ni (Lan Ya Yun)  who always meet at the clock tower.

At this time, Ruo Bi and Jun Ren had gotten married but the marriage is an unhappy one with infidelity and misunderstanding involved.

Zhao Yu is having problems in his workplace and Kai Jia was pining from unrequited love.

Out of the blue, Zhao Yu and Kai Jia received a message from Chen Ruo Bi, the goddess, the girl everybody ( including Zhao Yu) was in love with in college.  The message was to meet up at the old clock tower, where they used to meet and share happy memories.

Anyway, they found Rou Bi Li by the edge of the top of the tower with her guitar and was poised to jump.

Out of a sudden, Kai Jia and Zhao Yu were transported to when they were in college.

From all the confusion of having history literally repeating itself, Kai Jia resolved to start over and get over her one-sided-love with Zhao Yu.

For some reason Jun Ren had taken quite a shine with Kai Jia.

(I thought Jun Ren and Kai Jia had such a good chemistry.  I actually like them to get together!!! 🙂 )

But Zhao Yu is suddenly behaving like a dog in a manger, though he wants a chance with Ruo Bi, his college crush, who incidentally returns Zhao Yu’s feelings as well, he doesn’t want Kai Jia taken away from him.  He was besides himself when Jun Ren and Kai Jia decided to have a weekend away for just the two of them.

Episode 9 also showed that Zhao Yu and Kai Jia are not the only time travellers.  Jun Ren was one as well.  He was trying to change the course of his life, ergo,  being more attentive to Kai Jia as he said he was not really in love with Ruo Bi.  Their marriage was a business transaction between their families.

That is the gist of the story.

I love it and it was quite hard to wait for the next instalment.  It is a 90 minutes each of 15 episodes.  Can’t wait for next week.

Must See Japanese Dramas (JDramas)

Must See Japanese Dramas (JDramas)

Japanese dramas have their own niche.  It is as popular as the Korean dramas internationally.  Some say that Japanese dramas are the best among the lot. 🙂

Well having watched various dramas from South Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand and even the Philippines, Japanese dramas I think are the most cerebral and the most arty.  When you are watching a Japanese drama, you’ll find the ending as not as predictable as its counterparts from the above countries.

Perhaps this is the reason why many of Japanese dramas are remade by the other Southeast Asian countries.

Anyway, my list is not complete, a work in progress, and not in any order: –

  • Hana Yori Dango
  • My Boss, My Hero
  • Age Harassment
  • Papa to Musume no Nanokakan
  • Nobuta wo Produce
  • 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made

  • Nodame Cantibile
  • Attention Please
  • Fragile
  • Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru

Must-See Taiwanese Dramas (TwDramas)

Love, Timeless poster

Must-See Taiwanese Dramas (TwDramas)

Taiwanese dramas are very dear to my heart 🙂

They make soap operas that are believable.  They are funny one moment then melodramatic the next.  They have also lovely stars.

My list is of course a work in progress and not in any order whatsoever 🙂 : –

  • Murphy’s Law of Love
  • It Started With A Kiss
  • Love, Timeless
  • Love 020
  • In Time With You
  • To The Dearest Intruder ( 🙁 cry, cry, cry)
  • Bromance
  • I Do, I Do (I Do 2)
  • Behind your Smile, starring Eugenie Liu and Marcus Chang.  It is a romantic story of revenge.  Both leads are adorable.  Eugenie does a perfect innocent look, so believable and charming.

  • Inborn Pair
  • Love Me or Leave Me
  • Aim High
  • Love By Design
  • Refresh Man
  • Office Girls
  • Be With You
  • Swimming Battle
  • In Between
  • Boysitter
  • Devil Beside You

 

Must See Chinese Dramas (CDramas)

Destined to Love You

Must See Chinese Dramas (CDrama)

I love Chinese drama.  Of all Asian dramas, Chinese dramas have the most ‘feel’ of its Western counterpart.

My list is of course a work in progress and not in any order:

Must-See Thai Dramas (ThDramas)

Must-See Thai Dramas (ThDramas)

I have to admit I came late to watching Thai dramas.  It was only when I felt I have watched all the choice Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese and even a few Filipino dramas that I braved myself to see Thai dramas.  The reason was that I find the accent rather flat, whiny and loud. But after watching just one, I got used to their accent and found I quite like it and was rather endearing.

I love their lakorn, soap opera.  It would twist you like no other.  The lakorn is often one misunderstanding growing into a gargantuan proportion, which is then divided into 10 or more episodes which will keep you watching with extreme irritation and yet addictive.  🙂

To newbies of Thai dramas, there are things that you have to get used to.  They are different from Korean.  They are not too sanitised.  The accent is the first one on my personal list of Thai drama quirks, also the character names often end in porn, which from a westernised person’s point of view is rather strange. :).  There are plentiful of romantic lakorns that are classified as slap/kiss, which mean the lead actress is kissed and sexually abused by the lead actor in order to tame her.  This genre is popular, I am afraid.  I supposed they make this acceptable by making the lead actor macho and drop dead gorgeous!  Whatever!  Political correctness has not reach Thailand, the Land of Smiles yet!

Be that as it may, they do provide romantic dramas that would resonate to one’s aching, empty waiting heart.

They do have lots of BL (which I assumed to be boy love), same sex young love stories, which are rather cute.

My list of favourite lakorns which is a work in progress and not in any order: –

  • Cubic
  • Princess Hours
  • Punya Chon Kon Krua
  • Rang Pratana
  • Ton Rak Rim Rua

  • Ab Ruk Online

 

The Greatest Love – KDrama Review

The Greatest Love

The Greatest Love – KDrama Review

If you are new to Korean Dramas (KDramas), there is no better one to start that this classic romance drama.  It is a comedy of manners in the celebworld.  It also shows that celebrities are as important and popular as their fans want to be.  The fans can put you up and they can also bring you down in a heartbeat.

It starts two of Korea’s most charming and most accomplished actors, Cha Seung-won and Gong Hyo-Jin.

Cha Seung-won plays Dokko Jin, a much loved action film superstar.  His character is a caricature of the perceived indulged life of celebrities.  He is egotistical, arrogant and self-centred.  Cha’s height and frame is perfect for his role.

Gong Hyo-Jin plays Go Ae-Jung, who was once the most popular member of a girl group National Treasure Girls until she was involved in a scandal.  Suddenly she lost all her fame and fanbase.  She was still in showbiz but as a C-List, taking every minor role going to make a living for her family.

Dokko Jin has an artificial heart transplant and he wears a heartbeat monitor to maintain a normal 60-90 heartbeat per minute.

He then meet Go Ae-Jung and before he knows it his heartbeat is soaring above the hundred.  He was attracted to Go Ae-Jung and really bothered by the signature song of National Treasure Girls’ Thump Thump.

Despite himself, he did confessed himself to Go Ae-Jung his feelings in a very clumsy way.  He told Go Ae-Jung that he likes her even though she is not worthy and beneath his level.  Go Ae-Jung agreed with him and just laughed off his confession because she did not feel anything for him.

This turn of events only made Dokko Jin more attracted to Go Ae-Jung and started questioning his persona, physical and mental health but ultimately came to the conclusion that he is just too darn perfect!  LOL Cha Seung-won was just too adorable with his Dokko character.  His shower scenes were gorgeous body of work.  Hahaha

The chemistry between the leads were just amazing.

This drama is one of my top 5 Korean dramas and I have watched several hundreds or even thousand of them.

The Girl Who Can See Smell – KDrama Review

The Girl Who Can See Smell

The Girl Who Can See Smell – KDrama Review

I am currently watching this series and I have to say, it is really good.  There is plenty of twist and turn.

It is about a girl who witness the murder of her parents by the serial bar code killer.  He tried to kill her as well by she run away only to get run over by a car.  Her accident made her lose her memory.

During the assault, the bar code killer managed to pluck the girl’s name tag from her uniform.

The male lead shares a common experience with the girl as his beloved young sister was killed by the bar code killer as well.

The story is intelligently scripted.  It is very taut, very exciting.