Attention, Love! (Taiwanese Drama Review)

Attention, Love!

Attention, Love! (Taiwanese Drama Review)

This Taiwanese drama is so cute.  Well the first two episodes anyway.

But having seen the preview for the next episode, it seems the budding relationship between the leads is going to be more complicated.

The story goes that during a 108 birthday celebration of a community patriarch, two best friends attended the party with their pregnant wives, who were already aware of the sex of their babies.  The babies were named by the patriarch as Li Zheng (played by Wang Zi) and Shao Xi (played by Joanne Tseng) and he said that they should be together, soon after this pronouncement he died.

Therefore before the babies were even born the babies were betrothed.  Shao Xi was guarded by her father from when she was a girl.  She was not allowed to play with boys and she learned all manners of self defence and more.

Shao Xi was a tomboy and became known for her pugnacious nature.

Years later, her parents announced that Li Zheng, her fiance, is coming to stay with them in Taiwan as his uncle, who was looking after him was going to get married.  Li Zheng lost his parents in a car accident at a very young age.  He was being looked after by his young uncle, who took him to Japan.

Anyway Li Zheng had grown into a very personable young man.  Shae Xi was enchanted with him, everytime he is close by she hears Close to you as a mental background music!  🙂

Spoiler alert!!!

Episode 3

Li Zheng had started tutoring Shao Xi.  Shao Xi bet that if she gets to the top 100, Li Zheng has to treat her to the movies, 4D with popcorn and drink, which Li Zheng agreed to immediately.

This episode is a bittersweet story for the young lovers.  Shao Xi was keeping a diary, unfortunately it was read loudly by the class bully.  It told all her secret longing for Li Zheng.

Li Zheng asked Shao Xi if he was the one she likes.  For her pride’s sake  Shao Xi denied that it was him after accidentally hearing him telling some guys that he sees Shao Xi not as a younger sister but as a little brother.  Shao Xi was upset and embarrassed.  She left without hearing the rest of what Li Zheng said that he will protect her from anyone.

There are funny moments when Shao Xi tried to forget Li Zheng, like trying to get herself a pretend boyfriend.

Li Zheng is showing a rather steely determination to protect Shao Xi.  This is developing quite nicely.

The end of the episode showed Shao Xi meeting Li Zheng for their date but the class bully was there.

A new face was also been just introduced!

Oxtail Soup Recipe

Oxtail Soup, photo by JMorton

Oxtail Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.25kg/2lb 12oz oxtail, trimmed of fat and cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 300ml/10½fl oz red wine
  • 1.5 litres/2½ pints litres beef stock
  • 1 tbsp plain flour

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.


 

 

 

 

Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

Lamb shank, photo by JMorton

 

Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • a good sprig of rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves (laurel)
  • 4 cloves garlic, lightly pulped
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 3 vegetable or chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 500ml hot water

 

 

Southeast Asian Choice Films

Southeast Asian Choice Films

Bokura no Gohan wa Ashita de Matteru (Our Meal for Tomorrow)

I have just seen this Japanese film and I have to say, it was pretty good. I love it. It is a love story between a rather melancholic young man and a feisty, confident young woman.

The girl or woman, Koharu, turned a loner into a more confident guy.  Koharu discouraged maudlin thoughts and talks by ignoring the subject!

Back story was that Ryota’s young brother died of prolonged illness from cancer and he felt a bit guilty thinking that it was rather a relief in the end.

There were some really cute, sweet moments between these two that you really wanted them to have a happy ending.  They talked about having a large family of two boys and a girl.

But this is a Japanese film, where it will wring your emotion like a soggy rug. 🙂

They were loved up but  then one day the girl said they had to break up.

Ryota (the guy) did not have a choice but to accept the break-up.  After three weeks, he found himself another girlfriend, who was slightly obsessing with the Koharu.  As much as Ryota wanted to forget Koharu, he thought of her all the time and compared current girlfriend with her.

He broke up with current girl-friend and went back to Koharu, who still would not take him back.  But found out that Koharu was ill and her ovaries had to be taken out due to cancerous cells.  This was the reason Koharu broke up with Ryota.  She can’t have children with him.

Anyway the effigy of Colonel Saunders of KFC helped them to have a more lasting relationship.  Ryota loved Koharu that he married her anyway!  Ahhhh


Suddenly Seventeen

This is an engaging Chinese film. It is about a couple who have been together for ten years.  Liang Xia is now 28 years old and really wanted to get married with her boyfriend who she has been living with for 5 years.

But her boyfriend, Mao Liang, is so focused with his job and seemed to be cooling off from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Liang Xia wandered the street. She met a mysterious man who gave her a box of chocolate.  Upon eating one, she suddenly turned into her old 17 years old self.  Someone who was feisty, confident, artistic and young.  It was a new life for old life.

The chocolate has at least six hours effect and then she goes back to normal.

As she started eating more of the magic chocolate, she started to change, more confident and fell in love with a young boy.

This turn of event puzzled her old boyfriend.

When all the chocolate had gone her transformation was complete, she is now a confident independent woman, who does not rely or expect marriage from the boyfriend, who she broke up with.

The movie ends with her gorgeous ex boyfriend running around town buck naked to get her attention.  Ahhhhh


Missing (2016)

Missing is a South Korean film starring Gong Hyo Jin as a Chinese Korean nanny hired by a workaholic divorcee to look after her 12 month old baby daughter.  The mother is so busy with her job that she hardly spend any time with her baby or at home and to top it all, she was also in a custody battle with her doctor husband.

One day she came home after another busy day at work only to find the nanny and her baby gone.  She search everywhere and found out her nanny has a very mysterious past.

This film is not at all predictable though it does have some similarities to Hollywood’s blockbustre ‘The Hand the Rock The Cradle”.  Gong Hyo Jin’s character is more complex.  You feel sympathy for her.  You wanted to forgive her because she had such a sad life.  She was a bride brought from China by an abusive husband and an intolerant mother-in-law.  She managed to get away from the family but she was already pregnant.  She had to rely to the kindness of strangers but even that is not enough as the baby got seriously ill.

This drama not only tackle prostitution, it also deals with the underworld selling of human organs.

Totally recommend this film.


Train to Busan

This film is a Gong Yoo starrer.  This is an excellent film.  If you like zombie, this is the film.  It is has a lot of edge of seat dramas.  There are also scenes which show why humans are their own worst enemy.

This film was a box-office success and this says it all.


Clover

Clover is a Japanese movie starring Emi Takei who plays an inexperience hotel employee working under an elite boss played by Tadayoshi Okura, who was rather exacting and strict.

After another mistake committed by Saya (Takei) she was asked to see her boss, Susumo Tsuge, outside.  Saya begged her boss to not beat around the bush with his castigation as she is a simple stupid girl.

The boss looked at her and said “I would like you to go out with me”

This was totally unexpected that Saya wanted confirmation what was just said.  And here is where the rather sedate romance begins.

This is a Japanese film so it is not a straight forward sweet romance.  Both leads were put through the ringers after William Shakespeare did put it “The course of true love never did run smooth.”  LOL

But there is a happy ending.

As background, Saya when just 14 years old eloped with a boyfriend who was about to emigrate to the US with his parents.  The young couple was found in a field of clover trying to look for the lucky four-leaf clover.  Unfortunately they were found by their family before the can find the four-leaf.

Apparently the one who found the lucky clover has to be the one to make the wish for it to come true.

Near the end of the film, Saya found a clover in a bunch of flowers.  She lost the clover, which went under a table.  She searched only to find that Susumu Tsuge (boss/boyfriend) has found it.

And they got married and lived happily ever after.  🙂


Kimi Ni Todoke (Reaching you/From Me To You)

This Japanese film starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura is a beautiful drama based on a manga.

Mikako plays the character, Sawako Kuronuma, who with her long black hair, is feared by everyone, young and old.  They thought that she looked so much as the scary girl Sadako in The Ring.  Rumours were abound that she brings bad luck, thus she was turned into a lonely girl.

But Sawako is a pure, innocent and kind girl who believes in doing good things each day.

One day she noticed a boy who was looking lost.  Though she was shy, she told the boy where the school was.

The boy is Shota Kazehaya, played by Miura.  He was a very good-looking boy and quite gregarious.  He immediately noticed how lonely Kuronuma was and how industrious she was.  He made it his mission to include her into the class more.

Eventually Sawako did develop friendships but it was a long road.

It was a lovely film, funny at times especially when the actress was made to look like Sadaka of the Ring.

Totally recommend as a film good film.

Brown Derby Pudding

Brown Derby Pudding, photo by JMortonBrown

Brown Derby Pudding

This delicious pudding is so easy to make.

For the base, use a ring donut.

Mix some vanilla ice-cream with whip cream.  Pipe this mix over the donut as per the photo above.

Sprinkle some pounded nuts and finally drizzle with softened dark chocolate.

Fun and fantastic dessert.

Mango Juice Easy Recipe

Mango Juice, iphone photo by JMorton

Mango Juice Easy Recipe

We had copious amount of mango juice whilst in the Philippines.  Philippines is the best place for mango made recipes, including mango juice because of our species of mango called the carabao, which is the sweetest fruit when ripen.

Thank goodness, mangoes are now widely available everywhere and almost all year round.  But as it is summer, they can be bought cheaply in boxes.  The flesh are like ambrosia but if you wanted to make it into a refreshing juice we have the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup ice-cubes

Method of preparation:

The easiest way is to use a blender.

Cut the mango in half and then scoop out the flesh from the skin and around the seed/stone.

Transfer the delicious ripe flesh into a blender, pour in the water and ice cubes.

Blitz until smooth.

Poor into glasses and enjoy!

hmmmmmm

 

My Mr. Mermaid – Chinese Drama Review

My Mr. Mermaid – Chinese Drama Review

This Chinese drama is a timely replacement for the recently concluded Love ’til The End of Summer.

Yep the poster opposite is right.  The drama is full of hunky gorgeous young men battling the chlorinated water of college life.

Yun Duo (Tan Song Yun) is an intern journalist (sports writer?) whose first dabble to news reporting is to interview Qi Rui Feng, the Madman of the North, a multi-medalled best friend of Tang Yi Bai.

Tang Yi Bai previously was the undefeated swimming champion but fell from grace because he was disqualified from alleged drug taking.  Now he is making a comeback.

Also in the picture is Heng Ou Yang, who was Tang Yi Bai biggest rival.

I have only watched two episodes so far but I am hooked.

The swimming battles are very edge of seat kind of thing and not helping me as currently I am suffering from laryngitis.  Despite my hoarse voice and advise from my doctors not to use my voice too much, this drama is forcing me to shout my encouragement to the swimmers during their contest.

Yun Duo and Tang Yi Bai have such a cute chemistry fairly early on.  There is also a little bit of similarity with that Taiwanese drama Swimming Battle, where the main girl character has a deja vu of being saved by someone when she was drowning.

This drama is shown in China on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and will comprise of 36 episodes.

So far only two episodes have been fully english subtitled.  I hope those ingenious Chinese will take heed and help us out English speakers. (Thank you)

I am now watching episode 17.  The romance between Yun Duo and Yi Bai is going from strength to strength but I have to admit I quite like the story developing between Yun Duo and her intern assistant Lin Xi or James Lin.

Yi Bai’s mother is a hoot. I love watching her.  They should give more scenes between Yi Bai’s mum and Qi Ruifeng.  They are hilarious!

Perfect Neighbour – KDrama Review

How to Meet a Perfect Neighbour, poster

Perfect Neighbour – KDrama Review

I seemed to have run out of new Kdramas that I would like to watch so I thought I should probably go back to the old KDrama catalogue, which is fortunately is immense.

Having just watched Secret Forest, where I liked the actress, who played  the female lieutenant, I searched more on her body of works.  She is called Bae Doo-na.

She actually has a good library of films and dramas under her belt.  I thought I should start with a Perfect Neighbour also known as How to Meet A Perfect Neighbour.

I did not make a mistake.  This Kdrama has everything: romance, comedy, drama and even murder.

Bae Doo-na was so cute

Basically the story is the neighbourhood where the residents are mostly working in a company where Yoon Joon Suk (Park Shi Hoo) had just come back to take over as the president as his father had taken ill and was comatose.

A lot is going on in the neighbourhood.  Various intrigues including murder.  There was a man in the neighbourhood who was much admired and popular with the ladies.  He was Prof Baek Soo Chan (Kim Seung Woo).  He suffered had times and ended up working in the company as well.

Bae Doo-na is a fearless, emphatic and quirky girl.  She is really laid back and does not get upset easily.

She was working as a temp staff in the company’s shopping centre when hooded men came in and frightened the staff and customers, including a little girl.  Without thinking Bae Doo-na rushed in to protect the girl and suffered broken bones from her effort.  Her bravery was much reported.  The old president was so impressed with her that he hired her his own secretary.

When the president got sick his son came back to take over the business. Joon Suk was a brusque man and says little.  Bae Doo-na found him hilarious.

To cut a long story short, Bae doo-na became the love interest of the boss, but the boss is set to marry someone else.  Though heartbroken, Bae Doona agreed to become the boss mistress.

She developed a rather touching friendship with Baek Soo Chan, who was secretly in love with her.

The ending is romantic.  It is a happy ending!

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