My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Posters Exclusive

I have a lot of beautiful posters saved on my phone, but because of how I theme each faves post, I haven’t been able to share them with you all. So why not give them their own exclusive.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.) Β 

Character posters for the main leads of ongoing Chinese drama – My Roommate is a Detective. I haven’t started it yet, but I plan to check it out soon.

 

img_3959img_3960img_3961Yang Rong for Ximalaya audio streaming app’s interactive drama – The Royal Palace Drama. I love how these images look like paintings.

 

img_4149img_4150img_4151Official posters for Novoland: The Castle In The Sky II. Jeremy Jones Xu and Uvin Wang are the main leads. I have seen the first two episodes, and it seems okay. I might continue and even write a review. I love Chinese historical fantasy.

 

img_3906img_3907Official posters for the ongoing drama – Skate Into Love. Janice Wu and Zhang Xincheng are the leads. I have seen the first four episodes, and it seems promising, so I will continue, and I might also write a review for it.

 

img_3942img_3943img_3944Upcoming Chinese historical drama – The Legend of Xiao Chuo released stills of Tiffany Tang, Charmaine Sheh and Lu Shan for Women’s Day. These are not official posters, but I consider them to be character teasers. This drama also has Shawn Duo as lead, so I am excited.

 

img_4358img_4354Official posters for the ongoing Chinese drama – Winter Begonia. As of now, I don’t have plans to see this series, but I might change my mind later and check out the first few episodes to see if I like it.

 

img_4361I wasn’t able to get good quality versions of these posters. All the same, the landscape view for the second one with just Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun is absolutely stunning. I am really looking forward to The King: Eternal Monarch.

 

img_4342img_4344img_4343These are teaser images for EXO SUHO’s solo debut. He released his 1st mini-album titled Self-Portrait on the 30th of March. I love the art style of these images.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Chinese Stunners – S/S Collection

This is my second edition of Chinese Stunners. If you need to see my first, click πŸ‘‰ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Chinese Stunners Edition

(Please Note: none of the images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First for this post is the gorgeous Janine Chang on the cover of ELLE Hong Kong – April 2020 Issue. Her eyes are so pretty. I also love the jewellery she has on.img_4311img_4314-1

 

Next up is Yang Caiyu on the cover of SoFigaro Magazine. I love the artistic and architectural focus of this photoshoot. Also, Yang Caiyu looks elegant in every outfit.img_4016img_4014img_4015img_4019img_4018img_4013

 

Dylan Wang for Armani Beauty. He is rocking the short hair. They really bronzed his cheekbones. All the same, he looks good. img_4260img_4261

 

Now unto a more mysterious look with Crystal Zhang on the cover of NeufMode Magazine. Crystal Zhang always has the best editorial photos, she was born to model.img_3936img_3934

Next up is Lan Yingying for Marie Claire China – March 2020 Issue. I love the lighting and colour of this shoot. She is stunning.img_3895img_3894

 

Still going on with the mysterious and darker concept. Here is Neo Hou on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR Star for Tencent variety Me+img_3921img_3922img_3923

 

Now let’s bring the colours back with Sophie Zhang in Dior on the cover of Lifestyle Magazine’s latest issue. I love the blue theme, and she looks lovely.img_4318img_4321img_4320img_4319

 

 

Last on this post is the gorgeous Xuan Lu for HIMO Photo Studio. Pink truly complements her skin tone.img_4307img_4306img_4309img_4308

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Walk Into Spring

This edition of my pictorial|poster faves is focused on pictures with spring vibes. This post has a lot of photos, so I won’t write much.

(Please note: none of these images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on this list is the Korean actress, Oh Yeon Seo, for 1st Look Magazine.img_3949

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Next is Taiwanese actress, Alyssa Chia, on the cover of Hongman Magazine – March 2020 issue.img_4054

 

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Chinese actress, Bridgette Qiao on the latest cover of ELLE idol

 

img_3927img_3928img_3926Chinese singer, Huang Minghao(Justin) on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR Star for Tencent Variety Me+

 

Next up is Chinese actor, Zhu Yi Long on the cover of ELLE China – April 2020 issue for World Wildlife Fund.img_3874img_3873

 

img_4010img_4009Chinese actress, Song Yi takes the cover of Lifestyle China’s latest issue.

 

img_4052img_4051My baby IU on the cover of W Korea, April issue.

 

Rising Taiwanese star, Greg Han, in Gucci for the cover of 出色WSJ. – March 2020 issue.

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img_3877img_3876My ultimate queen. Chinese actress, Ni Ni on the cover of Rayli HerStyle Magazine – March 2020 issue

 

Last on this list is AOA’s Seolhyun as the new campaign model for Nike’s Air Max.img_3995img_3990img_3991img_3994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 10|FINALE

I was able to complete Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo yesterday. So in this post, I will be reviewing episodes four to ten and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t read my review for episodes one to three, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

In my first review, I mentioned that this drama’s atmosphere slightly reminds me of Code Blue. Now, after watching all the episodes, I don’t get that same feeling because this series didn’t focus much on medical procedures. It was more about the stories of each patient and their impact on the lead characters’ growth and development. Of course, this difference doesn’t affect the quality, but I felt the need to address it since I touched on it previously.

Okay, that is out of the way. So let’s discuss episodes four to ten –

Right from the start, this drama showed great potential, and things only got better as the story progressed. Sakura’s character continued to impress me with her growth. She was able to balance her job as a nurse and her love for Tendo Kairi. As for Tendo, he proved himself as a severe Tsundere. He pretends to ignore things or act like he doesn’t care when he actually does care. This attitude made it so fun for me to watch him being jealous. All the same, Tendo also experienced some character development. He opened up more to Sakura, and we got to see him smile and even laugh. By the way, Satoh Takeru’s smile is so cute and sexyπŸ’˜πŸ’˜. Okay, Tendo became more proactive in their relationship. He was an excellent mentor to Sakura and also a very supportive boyfriend. I love that he encouraged her to go study abroad.

The way Sakura and Tendo started dating was adorable and funny, but quite abrupt. The confession in the ambulance showed how desperate Tendo felt at that moment. He really loves her, so I don’t know why he was playing hard to get all this while. He is such a cute tsundereπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Plus, I love how he went from telling Sakura to keep their relationship a secret from their colleagues in the hospital to then making a public announcement himself. 

Honestly, the chemistry from our leads was insane. I felt like I was intruding into their private space whenever they had intimate scenes. I love them, and I am going to miss them so much. What do I do with my Wednesdays now???😒😒 I am going to miss hearing Tendo say – Baka!!!

Moving on to the side characters and their relationships. Even though I was not too invested in everyone’s story, I still appreciated their presence. My favourite side roles were that of Sakai and Dr. Kisugi / Ryuko and Nishi. I was seriously rooting for Ryuko to get with Nishi, and I love how the writer developed her character. She got more serious by taking over her family’s hospital but still kept her right by refusing to go along with the arranged marriage. In the case of Sakai, she became the next “Warrior-Chick” after Sakura with she way the followed Dr. Kisugi until he took notice of her.

Another thing I didn’t care much for was the love rivals, and I am so glad that this drama did not drag things out. Both leads were sure of their feelings and never allowed any secondary party to interfere. So Miori and Kamijo failed to create unnecessary misunderstandings. At some point, I was really annoyed with Kamijo because of his ridiculous entitlement, but when they gave him some back story, I tried to understand him. Still, that didn’t excuse his wrong deeds from my book until he apologized to Tendo. In Miori’s case, I was genuinely baffled about how she came to fall in love with her dead sister’s boyfriend. Plus, the fact that she was so bold about it pissed me off even more. All the same, I came up with a theory that she might still be grieving; hence she was looking for a piece of her sister in Tendo. This theory was later confirmed. I really appreciate how both love rivals were resolved.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Ari-chan is another side character that I really loved. I am glad that she was able to get her surgery and go back to school.

Now, the only aspect of this drama that threw me off till the end was how Sakura never stopped calling Tendo, sensei. I really wanted her to try calling him by his name. Since it was not a big deal, I just rolled with her calling him sensei till the end.

There were a lot of moments throughout this show that made my heart flutter. So let’s discuss a few.

– Ryuko’s Constant Interruptions: Somehow, whenever Sakura and Tendo tried to get intimate, Ryuko always came in to interrupt. This became an ongoing joke for me because it happened quite a lotπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. One of my favourite scenes of such an occurrence was in episode seven. She came in, saw that they were kissing and just started heading back out like nothing happenedπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ – 

 

– Sakura Vs. Tendo Tease Battle: These two enjoyed teasing each other with their constant staring battles. Sakura is also an adorable and mischievous character, so she messed with Tendo a lot. A good example was when she made him kiss her after smearing ice cream on her face. My heart always went doki-doki during such moments – 

 

– Tendo meeting Sakura’s family Vs. Sakura meeting Tendo’s family: Tendo’s meeting with Sakura’s family was really hilarious. Her family asked him the right questions, and that actually made Sakura realize that he had not said “I love you” to her yet. My favourite scene was when they caught her family peeping at them. In the case of Sakura’s meeting with Tendo’s parents, it was awkward but still quite funny. I loved her reaction when he declared that she’s the woman he plans to marry – 

 

– Wedding Kiss: The final kiss was by far my favourite from Sakura and Kairi. It was such a sweet scene, and I caught myself replaying it a good number of times. They are so cute. Also, they looked so good. Sakura looked very beautiful in her wedding gown, and Tendo was rocking that three-piece suit – 

Another moment I loved was when Tendo listed out all the things he loves about Sakura and finally said: “I love you.” I’m not going to include that clip, so go watch it yourself. It is in episode nine. That was a very emotional scene, and I died when Sakura said she was hungry after hearing him pour out his heart to her. Like what???… BAKA!!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this was an excellent series from start to finish. I will really miss it. Satoh Takeru and Kamishiraishi Mone are fantastic actors. They truly owned their craft. The supporting actors also brought their A-game, so we as the viewers were able to get such a perfect production.

I loved everything. Starting from the main couple’s chemistry to how well developed the story was. The pacing was also impeccable. There was never a time when the story felt like a drag, and the ending was solid. The original soundtrack was also very catchy. I love how the drama used different instrumental versions of “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism. I already have a post about this OST, it can be accessed with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Official HIGE DANdism – I LOVE: Song Of The Week

I honestly wouldn’t mind if this show has a second season, but for now, I am satisfied. Therefore, my rating for Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo is  10/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each drama, read this post πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

Also, all episodes of this drama are available with English subs on this site, πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo on BLITZ FANSUB

If you have completed Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo, please let me know what your thoughts are, and if you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out. It is definitely worth it.

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Liu Yifei’s Exclusive

Although the premiere date for Mulan has been postponed until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, I still wanted to share some shots of the Disney warrior Liu Yifei with you all.

Before we get into the pictures, here is a video of Liu Yifei singing “Reflection” She might not have a powerful voice, but I love the sentimental and soothing feeling of this version.

(Please note: none of these images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Let’s begin with Mulan’s official posters.Β 

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I love that they made an exact replica of the original animation’s poster. I am now feeling the nostalgia of watching Mulan as a child. She is one of my Disney faves, so I can’t wait to see this live-action.

 

Next up are her red carpet premiere looks from London and Los Angeles. img_3897img_3898img_4061

I love her selection of gowns. She looks exquisite, very much like a princess.

 

Aside from posters and premiere looks, Liu Yifei has been doing a lot of magazine photoshoots, and I am sure that there are a lot more coming. Here are the recent ones that caught my attention –

First off is her athletic shot for Adidas.Β 

 

These next set of pictures are for the cover of Vogue China – April 2020 Issue. She was photographed by Kai Z Feng.

img_4068img_3973I think this simple and elegant look always flatters Liu Yifei. Honestly, she is beautiful.

 

img_4063img_4064img_4048img_4049Liu Yifei for Emporio Armani’s new S/S 2020 campaign. I love the city lights concept.

 

Next up is one of my favourites from her recent shoots. These pictures were captured by Chen Man for the cover of a Venezuela magazine called Ocean Drive. It is for their February/March 2020 issues. img_3831img_3830-1img_3978img_3977I also found some gorgeous fan art for this set of pictures. I got them from this twitter account πŸ‘‰πŸΌ @June_crystal618Β 

 

Last on this list and also my second favourite from Liu Yifei’s recent shots is a photo for ILOOK Magazine. img_3940She is full of grace and poise in this qipao look.


I really want to see the live-action for Mulan soon. So I hope that there is some progress with vaccination or even a cure for COVID-19. To all the doctors, nurses and scientists on the front line, thank you and FIGHTING!!!.

Please stay safe everyone. Try to stay away from crowded areas and wash your hands properly. Cover your nose or mouth when coughing and sneezing. I pray for good health for everyoneπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ.

 

 

 

Finding Mr. Right: Movie Review

Finding Mr. Right is a 2013 Chinese Film that starred Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo as leads.

Synopsis: The story follows a pregnant woman, JiaJia. She is trying to avoid the scandals of her sinister, already-married boyfriend. Hopping a plane to Seattle, Jiajia meets Frank, a handsome taxi driver and divorcee who makes her see love, and herself, in a new light. (source – Amazon Prime)

Expectations: I just started watching the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty. I was really impressed by Tang Wei’s natural approach to acting, so I decided to check out more of her works. Coincidently Finding Mr. Right was already on my Viki watchlist. After reading the plot summary and watching the trailer, I had a feeling that it was going to be an exciting watch.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

This is going to be a quick breakdown.

Finding Mr. Right is not the biggest masterpiece out there, but it is definitely a heartfelt gem. It showcased a charming story, and I genuinely enjoyed every moment.

The movie focuses on JiaJia as she learns about love in different forms and creates the family that she has always wanted. So if you need a touching story of growth, this is for you.

Wen JiaJia started out as a very annoying character. She was ignorant, arrogant, and extremely rude, but by the end of the film, she became more understanding and appreciative of the people around her. She also learnt to love herself and realized that her worth was not to be based solely on wealth. Her character growth was incredible.

Another appealing aspect of Finding Mr. Right was the chemistry between Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo. They didn’t have intense, intimate scenes, but you could feel their love for each other. I sincerely appreciate a couple that can have deep conversations about life, family, and future plans. It doesn’t always have to be about the kissing scenes and bed scenes. Hence why I give more value and praise to productions that portray couples with an excellent balance of intimacy and communication.

This film also has excellent comedic scenes, and the cinematography is beautiful for a 2013 production. I adore the soundtracks they used. Every song was perfect for the chosen scene. My favourite soundtrack is “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, it is an old song but still a beautiful classic. –

Overall, Finding Mr. Right was an emotional story with great actors, and I wouldn’t mind watching it again. Therefore my rating is 9/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

And for anyone interested in seeing this movie, it is available on Viki πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Finding Mr. Right with Eng Subs

 

 

The Ghost Bride: Drama Review

The Ghost Bride is a 2020 Taiwanese drama. It has six episodes and is available on Netflix. 3f1e1cdd-2854-438b-8ade-dbe7d0b0aa4d-7900-000006431a2998faSynopsis: Set in 1890 Malacca, a young woman named Pan Li Lan, is forced to marry a dead man in exchange for help with her family’s poor finances. She makes a deal with Tian Ching, the ghost she’s meant to marry. In exchange for her father’s life, she will investigate his murder. As things unfold, Li Lan finds herself in a more complicated situation than she bargained for.

Expectations: This was on my list for must-watch dramas of 2020. I love spooky ghost stories. Also, the trailers and first posters looked quite promising. I am familiar with Chris Wu. Most of his series I have seen were really good, so why I decided to give this one a shot.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

From the first poster I saw, I assumed that I was going to get a decent horror thrill and mystery, but the reality of what I got from The Ghost Bride was a lot of comedic scenes, some mystery and hardly any spookiness. Which isn’t bad, but definitely not what I expected.

The first thing that I noticed once I started episode one was the background scores. Yes, they were beautiful, but they sounded quite modern in comparison to the period the story was set in. Thankfully this got better. The next aspect I took note of was the picture quality. I absolutely love the cinematography for this drama. It was clear, simple and stunning.

This is my first time watching Huang Pei Jia. She did a great job as Pan Li Lan. The scenes with her and Er Lang were fun to watch. Chris Wu also gave an excellent performance as Er Lang. Even though I wasn’t expecting so much comedy, his character was a joy to watch. Overall most of the actors were okay, but there were still a few that gave mediocre performances.

After finishing the drama, I went ahead to read some reviews. I noticed that a few people believe that Tian Ching(the ghost) sincerely cared for Li Lan, but I beg to differ. He kept on tormenting her family members, and it was selfish of him to try and keep her in the Netherlands against her will. Even though he claimed that his upbringing was messed up, I don’t feel bad for him because he showed no sign of remorse. Plus, I blame the scriptwriter for my lack of empathy towards Tian Ching. There wasn’t enough shown that would enable me to sympathize with his character. What the drama showed me was a villain that needed to be dealt with.

Now, concerning Pan Li Lan’s affection towards Tian Bai. I didn’t care much for that pairing because there was no chemistry between them. The person she bonded with was Er Lang, the heavenly guard, and that was why her decision at the end made sense to me.

Altogether nothing really stood out to me in this drama; hence I don’t have much to say. It did showcase selfless love between family members, but overall it lacked a lot. Story-wise, The Ghost Bride did not depict excellent writing skills. The only thing that will make me want to watch a second season is the cliffhanger at the end. Aside from that, I don’t see myself rewatching this drama. My rating is 6.5/10. To get a better understanding of my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

The Ghost Bride wasn’t to my taste, but someone else might actually love it. So if you need some lighthearted ghost story, then give it a chance and form your own opinion.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves

This post does not have any particular theme. These are just pictures that recently caught my attention, so I wanted to share it with you all.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First is Jike Junyi for the cover of The NY Time Travel Magazine, February 2020 issue. The Chinese singer, also known as Summer is from the Yi ethnic group. For this shoot, she returned home to Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan. img_3703img_3705img_3706img_3727img_3725img_3726She is so beautiful and fierce. I love discovering new cultures, so I did a little research about her people after seeing these photos.

 

Upcoming Chinese drama – WuXin: The Monster Killer 3 releases striking posters ahead of its premiere. img_3682img_3728The characters look very elegant, and the costumes are beautiful. Also, you all know that I absolutely love the colour red. I remember seeing a few episodes from season one of this series, but DramaFever died before I could complete it.

 

Up next is Angelababy for the cover of Rayli Magazine, March 2020 issue. Photographed by Chen Man. img_3688img_3685img_3686img_3689img_3687I feel at this point, I can immediately identify Chen Man’s work because of her unique abstract-fantasy style. I love the concepts she comes up with. They seem odd but very befitting. Also, Angelababy looks very much like a princess frozen in time.

 

img_3566This is a poster for the 2018 Chinese film – Shadow. I haven’t seen this movie, but something about the simplicity and elegance of this shot is stunning to me.

 

Last on this list is the Chinese actress Annie Sun for Mode Magazine. She also goes by the name Sun Yihan, and I remember seeing her in the 2018 Chinese version of Meteor Garden. img_3721img_3720img_3722She is so gorgeous, and this flower concept really suits her.

 

 

 

Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 11 – 16|FINALE

Yesss… finally it is here.

In this post, I will be reviewing the remaining episodes of Queen: Love and War and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t seen the two previous reviews, use these links πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4

πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love And War: Drama Review – Episode 5-10

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 10, Baek Ja Yong told Eun Bo to poison the King. The drama continues with Eun Bo refusing but complying at the end because she was threatened with her mother’s life. Honestly, I knew they were going to use her mother against her, but I had hoped for her to open up about everything to the king. Sure, things still tuned out okay, but she could have saved herself from all the stress.

I felt so vindicated when prince Jae Hwa finally admitted to his greed for power and revenge. He never had any intentions to create a better world in the first place. Because I have been thinking, why do they hate the king so much? He is smart, just, kind and willing to work with good ministers. There also wasn’t any show of him disregarding his people’s wellbeing. So what exactly was their problem if not wanting to acquire power for themselves. Jae Hwa and the left minster’s daughter are so alike. If someone says they don’t love you, leave them and give yourself space to heal. Why do you have to take your heart to the deepest part of hell just to get their affection or destroy what you can’t have?πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

On a side note, am I the only one that finds the King’s tonation odd? Something about his pronunciation throws me off. I noticed this since the first episode but never mentioned it. I’m only pointing it out now because this my last time discussing this drama. Anyways it’s not a big deal.

The characters that impressed me a lot in these final episodes were Wal and the King. Aside from his prophetic dreams, the King is brilliant. He was able to decipher most of the plots coming his way. That made things more interesting for me.

  • Wal played by Lee Si EonScreenshot (31)He proved himself to be more than comic relief and showcased his skills from years of running an investigation agency. He was the one that discovered most of the critical details that helped the main couple deal with the criminals around them. I adore his relationship with Eun Bo. He acts like an older brother that scolds her when she’s acting silly, and he is also her best friend who supports her relationship with the King. I was so grateful that they didn’t kill off his character. At first, I thought he was going to jump ships and betray Eun Bo, but thankfully, his role did not take such a predictable route.

So far, most scenes in this series have been quite smart and realistic, so I was absolutely disappointed during that assassination attempt. I understand why the queen stood still because it was her plot to get Eun Bo killed. However, why were Eun Bo and Song Yi just standing still when a man was pointing a gun right at them? No one even tried to dodge or run. Also, the guards could not even shoot him in the leg or something. They gave him the space to pick up his gun and fire. What was going on there? I’m confused. I honestly think that the scene could have been handled better.

Once all the traitors started getting exposed, I knew what was coming next. They were all going to band together and attempt to get the throne. It is like once their plan A fails, they just rush into the next dense plot and end up in deeper holes of no return. That aside, the Kim family are certainly bad schemers. All their plans backfire, and it is always fun to see the outcome πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I was kind of sad that prince Jae Hwa killed minister Hong. He was the only true one on the king’s side, and his death at the end didn’t make any point, but okay.

The person who surprised me to the end was the Queen Dowager. I assumed she had some plot, but she was actually doing things for the best interest of the throne in a just manner. That was an unexpected turn of events.

Now with concerns to the ending, I knew Eun Bo was going to be pregnant and give birth to a son. And, of course, they would meet again before the drama wrapped up. Although I had hoped to see how they will make her queen. I feel that would have been a more exciting way to end things.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I think this was a good drama, but there were some let downs. I am going to discuss the disappointing factors first and then conclude with the aspects I enjoyed.

Storywise, Queen: Love and War is nothing new to me. I have watched enough Korean historical dramas to know the usual formula used. Actually, most Korean dramas nowadays are similar, but a few still go the extra mile to make slight changes that separate them from the majority. That was what I was waiting for, but I never got with this series. I knew most of what was coming, I simply waited to see how things would unfold. There wasn’t much that enticed me as a viewer, and I do not like feeling that way because it means something is missing.

Another thing I have issues with is writing. This might just be me over analyzing things, but I think the emotions and developments for most characters were not handled properly. The characters were losing their spark as the story progressed. Also, for some, the intense emotions they displayed were not groomed well enough for the viewers to understand or relate with. Now, this might just be my brain overworking, but that is what I noticed.

Enough with the let downs, here are the remarkable aspects of this show –

I love that I could see the queen selection process in detail. The main couple’s chemistry was great. They both did a fantastic job as the centers. The cinematography and costumes for this show were also well crafted. On a regular, I do prefer the odd and moody artistic style of filming, but I also enjoy filming that focuses on the use of vibrant colours. So I genuinely enjoyed how colourful this production was. Kudos to the actors for a job well doneπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. From the main actors to the supporting casts, everyone carried their weight. They all showed exceptional acting skills, and that is the main factor that sells any story for me.

Aside from the few misses, Queen: Love and War is a good drama. Therefore my rating is 8/10. To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you have not seen this drama, the full episodes are available with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War with English Subtitles on Viki

And if you are currently watching or you’ve already completed it, feel free to share your opinions with me in the comment section.

 

 

Drama|Movie Rating Guide

I always give a rating for each drama or movie I review, so I decided to write down my rating guide for you all to better understand my reasons behind each score I assign. Now, of course, the reasons for each rating might overlap sometimes, so it is up to me to decide based on how I feel. Still, I will leave a link to this post under all my current and upcoming drama/movie reviews as a reference for everyone.

1 – 4.5:

I highly doubt that any drama review with such a rating will be posted on this blog, but just in case I feel the need to share my disappointment, then you all might get one. This rating means that I did not complete the drama/movie because of how bad it was from the start. Definitely, something was missing, and the storyline must have been all over the place. There was no hope, so I had to pack my bags and move on. It also means that I will not be watching it again unless someone forces me to and with valid reasons too.


5 – 6.5:Β 

For a drama/movie to get this rating, it means that at some point, it became very unbearable to watch, but I still completed it. The acting and storyline were not the best, therefore a lot of skipping occurred. Of course, I will always give more detailed reasons for why I did not enjoy it much in my review. Also, I will not be rewatching the drama.


7 – 8.5:Β 

This rating means that the drama/movie was nothing new plotwise but still okay. The acting was good. The execution of the story was standard, but there were a few misses that caused it to lose points. Meaning that with each element that I felt was not right or unnecessary, I deducted a point. I will always give a detailed explanation of the misses in my review. Also, I can see myself watching the series or film again.


9 – 9.5:

When I assign such a rating, it means that everything about the drama/movie was perfect. The crew did a fantastic job, the storyline was fresh and relatable. The characters had exceptional chemistry, and the development was impeccable. Therefore this is a solid film or series to go back to anytime. Usually, these traits deserve a 10/10, but the main question I always pose to myself at the end is – (Even though it did not affect my viewing experience, was there anything that could have been efficiently done to take perfection even further?) If there is something I find, then 10/10 is not given.


10:

A full score implies that I cannot stop raving about the epicness of the drama/movie to everyone. It was one of the best I have seen, and I will be rewatching it a lot. It is the kind of series or film that drops life gems and has compelling characters. Also, the writing and direction must have been incredible from start to finish, there were no flaws or plot holes. Furthermore, even though there is not a need for a second season or part two, I want more. Now, of course, the last thing is that same question from the 9 -9.5 range – (Even though it did not affect my viewing experience, was there anything that could have been efficiently done to take perfection even further?) If nothing comes to mind, I leave it as a solid 10/10.

 

Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 8 – 13|FINALE

Hello, everyoneπŸ€—πŸ€—

Sorry I couldn’t follow my schedule as promised. I was tired after writing my test yesterday, so I slept off once I got home. All the same, I am here now. I will be reviewing the remaining episodes for Someday Or One Day and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t read my review for episodes 1-7, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1-7

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 7, we were left off with Huang Yu Xuan’s discovery of Li Zi Wei at Uncle Wen Lei’s coffee shop. The drama continues with a quick showcase of the real Wang Quan Sheng’s life. From his short story, I was able to understand how Li Zi Wei’s time travel happened. At first, I was confused when they showed the older Li Zi Wei in 2008, but he was also in Wang Quan Sheng’s body from 2003. Thankfully they clarified why that was happening, so no plotholes there. Now at that point, I realized how interconnected the time travel pattern was. Also, I was so confident that it wasn’t Mo Jun Jie that killed Chen Yun Ru. Hence, my bet was on their weird classmate. So when the psycho doctor time travelled as well, I was mind blown. Everyone played a role in the time loop. Honestly, if you try to analyze the time travel process, you will come to discover that there was never an exact starting point.

Huang Yu Xuan is shown as the one who travelled back first, but she needed something to make that trip. The music tape came from the past. If Li Zi Wei did not disappear after the plane crash, Huang Yu Xuan would not travel back in time. So no matter what they did, it could never have been unravelled. Therefore I like how they handled the story. Every event had to happen for them to get proper clarification on what should be done to end the time loop.

Episode ten was definitely the main turning point of the story. Things began to get very dark from there. It was quite disturbing to see the psycho doctor (Xie Zhi Qi) mentor his younger self into a killer. He had severe mental issues, and he practically destroyed his elder brother’s mind. I would have loved to see how his character turned out after everything. But since they didn’t show the future for anyone, I am not too concerned about him.

Concerning the ending. I think episodes 8, 9 and the first half of 10 were used to make up for the fact that we would not see Li Zi Wei and Huang Yu Xuan’s time together as a couple after their entire ordeal. I don’t mind it because I got some adorable and hilarious moments from our leads. I laughed so hard at Li Zi Wei’s tantrum after he found out about Huang Yu Xuan’s boyfriend. Their chemistry throughout the series was on flames, so I am satisfied. The love that Li Zi Wei showed for Huang Yu Xuan throughout the show was intense, in the right way. I genuinely wish that everyone could find someone like him as their partner, but life is not Disney land. Li Zi Wei practically waited for 15 years before he could see her again. Yu Xuan, on the other hand, had him as Wang Quang Sheng to accompany her. Also, although it was an open ending for our leads, they did hint at the possibility of them meeting in the future. There is an extra clip on the official IG account for this drama, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been subbed. Here is the account link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ SDOOD Official IG

Edit: I found the subbed version of the extra clip, so here  it is:

To wrap up, let’s discuss the magnet of the story. The one, The only, Chen Yun Ru!!!. Once again, I will like to compliment Alice for such a fantastic job done at portraying two characters. From the posture down to their expressions, everything was different. In the last episodes, I was quickly able to notice that it was Chen Yun Ru pretending to be Huang Yu Xuan. Chen Yun Ru’s character showcased the actual reality of severe depression. At first, when she started acting weird, I was kind of frustrated. To me, her trying to live as someone else to attain happiness was disappointing. I just wanted her to be herself. All she needed to do was to try and be more open. That way, she could grow into her own unique personality and meet people who cared about her naturally. Plus, there was Mo Jun Jie, who really loved the real Chen Yun Ru. So I didn’t want her to let the hurtful words eat her up.

Yes, my intentions were quite sincere, but after watching the heavy scene before she jumped, I came to a sudden awareness. Me telling Chen Yun Ru to be herself and try harder would not encourage her but rather drain her more. Because to someone who is going through severe depression, they have already tried their best. They are now at their breaking point. So telling them to work harder confirms that you don’t understand their pain. Therefore I think the right way to go about it is to make them see some glimmer of hope in the world like Huang Yu Xuan did for Chen Yun Ru.

“It’s not because you are too disappointed in this world, but because you have too many expectations from this world.”

If you’re going through rough times, please remember that you are unique, and you have a purpose in this universe. There is always going to be at least one person that cares about you. Keep Fighting!!!πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼 and talk to someone.

Also, as individuals never neglect or undermine a friend or person going through emotional distress. They need you, so be kind and reach out a helping hand. It goes a long way.

Final Thoughts:

This was such a deep, meaningful and refreshing drama. I love that even towards the end of the show, the story was still as engaging. It didn’t drag, and there were always new things to be uncovered. That is what I call superb writing skills. I enjoyed every minute I spent watching this excellent production. The director, writers, casts and production crew all deserve a massive round of applauseπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Someday Or One Day is definitely high up in my list for recommendations. I will be ranting about it to my friends for a very long time.

While watching the last few episodes, I couldn’t help but be so overwhelmed by how good it was. At first, I was scared that there might be a few plotholes due to the back and forth time switch, but they proved me wrong. Every little detail was addressed correctly. Furthermore, I most say that they perfected the concept of switching between timelines because that kept the viewers intrigued. They kept us guessing by holding back on information and showcasing everything bit by bit. The entire show felt like a puzzle piece that was coming together with each episode.

I will also like to commend this drama for using its platform to discuss critical issues that so many people are currently facing. As the story progressed, it touched on topics like depression, suicide, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and mental health. I am glad that our society is becoming more open to such discussions. People are now taken more seriously and help centres have been put in place to assist anyone in need. Of course, there is still more work to be done concerning the pressure from inconsiderate statements, norms and opinions. But, for now, this is a good start.

Another thing I absolutely loved about this drama was the OSTs and background scores. There were all so beautiful, heartfelt and gave off a nostalgic feeling. I found it so hard to skip the intro because of the opening theme. I have already talked about that song in a previous post. Use this link to check it out πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week

Now here are some other notable mentions that caught my attention –

  • YELLOW – “Someday”
  • 831 – “Miss You 30000”
  • Shi Shi – “Come Away”
  • Naiwen Yang – “Will we remember?”

Overall, Someday Or One Day was a solid show. The pacing was perfect, and I was also satisfied with the ending. I can see myself watching it again. Therefore my rating for this is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you haven’t watched this drama, go check it out now with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Someday Or One Day with English Subtitles on Viki

Also, if you’re currently on it or you’ve already completed Someday Or One Day, feel free to share your opinions with me in the comment section.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Gowns and Glamour

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Chinese actress and singer Huang Yi for Mars Fashion. She is so gorgeous, and I love the classy vintage vibe of these photos.img_2905img_2901img_2906img_2899

 

Next is Taiwanese actress and singer, Joanne Tseng. These are her latest shots for Bella Taiwan. She is one of my favourite Taiwanese actresses, so I was so happy when he announced her marriage earlier this year. img_3594img_3597img_3596img_3599

 

img_2882img_2884img_2883Yanzi’s studio shared some more photos of the actress at the 2019 Weibo Awards Ceremony. She looks like cinderella with the silver-blue gown. She is beautiful.

 

img_3054Dilraba Dilmurat on the cover spread for L’Official China. This is one of my favourites pictures from this photoshoot.

 

img_3204img_3205Angelababy at Zhejiang TV 2020 Spring Festival Gala. I love this look. She is glittering.

 

Last on this list is the Chinese actress and singer, Li Bingbing. She is wearing Jenny Packham for the 2019 Weibo Awards Ceremony.img_2886img_2887

 

 

 

My Pictorial|Pictures Faves: Flowers and Fantasy

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Angelababy on the cover of COSMOPOLITAN China – March 2020 Issue. She was photographed by Chen Man. I really love the concept of insects and nature, she looks like a fairy in all these set of photos.img_3629img_3632img_3631img_3630img_3628

 

img_3606img_3608img_3607img_3605South Korean Model Han Hye-jin rocks FENDI for the 2020 March Issue of Harper’s BAZAAR. I love the vibrant colours, and the way the flowers were incorporated into the shoot is also beautiful.

 

img_3323img_3663img_3325img_3324Chinese actress Zhou Yutong for NeufMode Style. I love the pastoral setting of these pictures. She is stunning.

 

img_3329img_3331Teaser images for Dreamcatcher’s 1st Album – Dystopia: The Tree of Language. I haven’t listened to any song from this group, but I really love their concept for this comeback. I might check them out.

 

img_3321Chinese actress Xu Jiao updated her fans with some new pictures. This is my favourite. She looks like an antique painting.

Here are some other images that she posted.img_3327img_3328

 

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Update:

Hey guys, how’s everyone doing?

I have been quite busy with school and midterm tests recently, so I haven’t been able to post frequently.

Therefore with concerns to the last part reviews for Queen: Love and War & Someday or One Day, I will try my best to get both up by Wednesday. Also, my 2020 Winter Playlist should be available by Thursday.

I also have reviews for Crash Landing On You and Find Yourself coming up next week during my school break. So keep an eye out for that.

I have to get back to studying now. Take care, everyone.

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Tenno no Ryoriban: Drama Review

I just finished watching this drama, and even though I initially did not plan to review it, I think it deserves to be discussed a little. This is going to be a quick review.

Tenno no Ryoribin, also known as The Emperor’s Cook, is a 2015 Japanese drama based on a novel with the same native name by Hisahide Sugimori. It ran for twelve episodes. The main character of this series is Akiyama Tokuzo, which was played by Satoh Takeru.

Sypnosis: Akiyama Tokuzo is a young man living in a rural area. He easily gets absorbed in things but quickly loses interest and moves on to something new. This behaviour continually creates problems for his family. One day while delivering goods to an army kitchen, he meets a chef who gives him cutlet to eat. Tokuzo immediately falls in love with cooking. So he decides to move to Tokyo to learn the craft. He later travels to Paris to study more about culinary arts. Fighting against discrimination and prejudice, Tokuzo becomes a chef at the Hotel Ritz in Paris. At age 25, he becomes the chef for the Emperor of Japan.

Review: 

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this drama. I felt like I was on a journey with Akiyama Tokuzo. Satoh Takeru is an astounding actor. I have watched him in a few movies, but this is such an intriguing and outstanding role. I clearly need to check out more of his projects. I already knew that he was a good actor, but this role completely took my love for him to another level. The way he showcased Tokuzo’s growth throughout the series was pure gold. Satoh Takeru definitely owned his craft with this drama.

I love how the story was written. We could see that Tokuzo did not achieve his dreams alone. His family, friends and mentors supported him along the way. Including every single person he met throughout his journey, whether bad or good, they all had an impact on his character. This also relates to real-life where we meet so many different people. Of course, not all turn out to be good influences, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn something out of the encounter. I also admire how his character never gave up once he discovered what he wanted to do in life. He stayed focused and knew that he couldn’t afford to disappoint himself or his family any longer.

There were a few times when I wished for Tokuzo to pay more attention to his family after marriage. My concern was later resolved during the time when his wife was ill. I could see that he genuinely cared for his family, but he also took his job as the Emperor’s chef very seriously. This goes to show that his character wasn’t perfect. He was a bit selfish and also had a quick temper, but these traits are what made his character intriguing.

The other two roles that really stood out to me were Tokuzo’s brother – Shutaro and Tokuzo’s wife – Toshiko. These two characters made me shed tears because of their love and support for Tokuzo. Kuroki Haru, who acted as Toshiko, is such a skilled actress. Her subtle and quite expressions were always a delight to watch. She gave so much life to her character without ever saying much. I applaud her and I will definitely check out more of her works. Suzuki Ryohei, who played as Shutaro, is also another experienced actor. His delivery was always on point. His support of Tokuzo’s dream was heartwarming to watch. I am glad he saw his younger brother succeed.

Another thing I loved was the music. It was well placed, so it sparked more emotions for me.

Overall, I think this was a well-written drama. The story progression was perfect, and the screen time was well divided among every character. All members of the cast did a fantastic job. No matter the amount of time they had on screen, each role had a purpose and made the desired impact. I could see the effort made by the production team to ensure they got every foreign country’s scenario right. Also, most of the non-Japanese actors gave a believable performance. This was an inspiring and excellent series to watch. Therefore my rating for Tenno no Ryoriban is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

Adoring: Movie Review

Adoring is a 2019 Chinese film that features people of different ages in the company of their loyal pets as they give love, receive love, discover love and learn to love again. Vivienne is a veterinarian that also runs a pet shop. She looks after the well being of all the pets in the community, and even witnesses six heartwarming stories about the people and the pets they adore.

Expectations: I saw the trailer while scrolling through Instagram earlier today, and I quickly looked for a site to watch the full film. Honestly, I am not an animal lover, but there are a few times when I do find cats adorable. All the same, I am a sucker for love. Whether it be the love of animals or another person, I am here for all of it.😊😊

Review:

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this film. It was beautiful and filled with love from beginning to end. The bond between the pets and their owners was incredible. Every actor did a fantastic job of bringing their character and relationship with their pets to life. I felt every emotion they expressed, I laughed with them, and cried, as in genuinely cried with them. Also, the acting from the animals was remarkable. I could tell that they were well trained. They even made me reconsider the idea of having a pet. How could such little beings have a vital impact on someone’s life? Adoring is definitely not the most epic film I have seen, but the heartwarming feeling it gave me is truly memorable.

To dive more into the story, let’s look into each pet and their owners,

(warning – spoilers ahead)

  • Zhao Yue and Fang Xin with Seven – img_3314This couple was always lovey-dovey and funny. I loved their chemistry, and I live for William Chan in funny and charming roles. It was amusing whenever he begged Seven (the dog) to let him spend time alone with Fang Xin. Seven truly loved Fang Xin, and he always protected her, so I felt sad watching him in pain. The scene where Fang Xin asked, “who loves me the most?” broke my heart. Including the last moments between him and Zhao Yue, I was tear-bending throughout the entire scene😭😭😭😭. I couldn’t imagine the pain of losing a pet that has accompanied you for almost all your life. Yet I believe that their story shows the beauty of companionship. Seven will forever remain Fang Xin’s best friend.

 

  • Chen Yue Yun and Jiang Nan with Zha –img_3313At first, I thought it was going to be the typical romance trope, but they focused more on the friendship aspect. I love how Nan encouraged Yue Yun. You know you’ve found a true one when they go out of their way to fulfill anything for you. Everyone needs a friend like Nan. Yue Yun also cared for Nan, but he was dealing with a lot. I am glad that he found the courage to continue school. The scene where Zha (the dog) was leading him to school was very emotional. Just seeing the love and support he got from everyone around him gave me major feels. Independence is a great accomplishment, but it’s also okay to lean on others once in a while.

 

  • Cao Wende with Barton –img_3310This was another funny but heartwarming relationship. Right from the start, I knew that Barton was a brilliant dog. At first, when the dog catchers showed up, I died laughing from how serious they were about the mission. It felt like they were on some 007 spy case🀣🀣🀣. However, after knowing Barton’s story, my reaction took a more serious tone. I am happy that they all came together to help get Barton off the streets. Thankfully, the dog eaters did not get to him first. I like how the relationship between these two developed. Barton and Wende showed the importance of trust and learning to love again.

 

  • Gao Ming and Gao Meng Meng with Angela/Hulu –img_3311This was another set that made me cry. Most notably, during their scene at the airport. The way she calls him “dummy daddy” was cute but also hilarious to me. At first, I thought Gao Ming was trying to get his wife and daughter to stay back with him, but later on, I realized that he was only trying to keep Hulu (the cat). To him, Hulu was the only person he had left, and that was also his primary connection to his daughter after the divorce. I am glad that he was able to resolve his relationship with Meng Meng, and he even got to keep Hulu. Everyone needs love and company.

 

  • Li Xiang and Qu Fei Fei with Bell –img_3312I can understand why he didn’t want Fei Fei to know about Bell (the pig). She wasn’t exactly the most conventional pet. All the same, I was still kind of pissed at how Fei Fei reacted to the situation. At first, when Bell kept on misbehaving, I had two guesses. She was either seeking Li Xiang’s attention, or somehow she was trying to help Fei Fei, and I was partially right. I am so glad Bell came back home safely because if she actually got slaughtered, their relationship would have gown downhill. By the end of everything, Fei Fei came to appreciate Bell more. Honestly, the way she rushed to hug Bell shows that she might even love the pet more than Li XiangπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

 

  • Luo Hua and An Ying with 726 –img_3309Throughout their scenes, all I could say was, “Aww, the kitten is so adorable.” I couldn’t resist the cuteness😍😍😍. Anyways, An Ying’s case shows that if someone is truly meant for you, no matter how abruptly they come into your lives, they will leave a significant impact. An Ying has mysophobia, so 726 (the kitten) was never in her plan. She simply liked Luo Hua, but because of him, she had to learn to share her space. Even though her first time taking care of 726 was frustrating, she opened up later on. So I guess in her case, she discovered a new kind of love.

Like I mentioned from the beginning, this was really a heartwarming film. Therefore my rating for Adoring is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you are interested in watching this movie, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Adoring with English Subtitles

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Kings, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings. Just like the ladies, I had so many people to include. So here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Sung Hoon for W Korea Magazine. He was carefully sculpted to enchant anyone that dares to look. LOL.img_3176

 

img_3060img_3061Xiao Zhan on the cover of Vogue Me – February 2020 Issue. He graced the cover with Estelle(a model), but since this is male-focused, I didn’t include their photos together. Anyways Xiao Zhan always serves looks.

 

img_3017img_3018NCT’s Jaehyun was recently featured in ELLE magazine. All NCT members are pure visuals that stun at every given opportunity. I included his pictures for their representation.

 

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Chen Linong for CCTV Chinese New Year Gala program. IΒ  always see his pictures, but I never had the opportunity to include him in my previous photo posts. He is really handsome.

 

img_3104My favourite photo from Lee Do Hyun’s recent shoot for Esquire magazine. He is a rising star, and I cannot wait to watch his next project.

 

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Arthur Chen for the DiorCouture Spring-Summer 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week. I don’t know him that well, but he got my attention. Oh, I just realized that he was the lead for Ever Night (2018). I am suddenly into guys with low cuts.

 

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Lee Jae Wook for DAZED Korea. I cannot wait to see him in a lead role, he is a good actor.

 

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Xu Kaicheng for K-MEDIA. He is seriously giving me Dracula vibes in these photos.

 

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Chinese singer, Ayunga for Vivo x Alexander Wang. I just love his pictures, and he surely looks dapper in this Chinese New Year snaps.

 

And last on this list… πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ is the one and only Taeyang. Honestly, he looks so good in this photo from Esquire magazine. How can one be that fine? Plus, his thick eyebrows made their statement.Β img_3013

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo, also known as Love Will Last Forever, is an ongoing Japanese TV series set for ten episodes. It airs every Tuesday, which means we get one episode each week. It started on January 14th.

Sypnosis: Nanase Sakura met Dr. Kairi Tendo several years ago and fell in love with him. To meet her dream man again, she studied hard to become a nurse. Fast forward to five years later, Nanase Sakura is now a 23-year-old rookie nurse starting her career at the same hospital where Tendo works. After meeting him, she realizes that he has a different personality from what she imagined. Kairi Tendo is 31 years old and, his nickname at work is “Devil.” He often makes biting remarks to other doctors and nurses. Nanase Sakura works hard to receive his recognition and also confesses her feelings to him. Due to her persistence, she gains the nickname ” Warrior”  from her co-workers.

Expectations: I saw a clip of this drama on Instagram, and I decided to check it out. Usually, I stay away from such storylines, but it’s Satoh Takeru. How could I resist? He is one of my favourite Japanese actors. Also, I have been searching for a current Japanese series to watch, and none caught my attention except this.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

Overall, I think this is a good drama, and it has the potential to get better with the current progress. I approve of how they showcased the past encounter and quickly rushed things to the present time. They have only ten episodes, so there is no time to waste. Although, I was quite baffled when they showed Tendo slowly wrapping her scarf while the ambulance was waiting for him. I don’t think any doctor would do that.

My primary concern was for Sakura to discover a better drive for her career. I believe that the encounter from five years ago inspired her, but she was also star-struck by Tendo’s good looks. This means, from the get-go, her desire to become a nurse wasn’t just based on her crush for Tendo. Sakura’s situation reminded me of Park Shin Hye’s character in Doctors. She admires Tendo’s skills. So once the series started, I was praying for her to come to that realization. I am very grateful she did because now I can continue watching with ease. Sakura knows that her actual dream is to help others, even though she likes Dr. Kairi Tendo. Kudos to the writer for giving her a personality outside of her crush.

This drama’s atmosphere slightly reminds me of Code Blue. Mainly because it’s been a while since I watched a Japanese medical series. I enjoy how we get to see their interactions with the patients. Their time in the hospital impacts the doctors and nurses. So far, Arin and Kanda are the patients that caught my attention. Kanda’s death made me cry. Honestly, human life is so fragile. One minute someone is here, and the next minute they’re gone forever. Death has taken so many young and bright souls, and as a doctor or nurse, you have to deal with loss regularly. I couldn’t imagine. I’m glad that Tendo was there to comfort Sakura, and I sincerely hope that Arin gets better. She is such a brilliant and nice little girl.

Now let’s talk about some characters,

– Kamishiraishi Mone as Nanase Sakura – The actress is doing a great job. Her expressions are not forced. Nanase Sakura is slow, but that does not mean she isn’t smart. Also, to get through nursing school, you must be extremely hardworking. Therefore, she already has potential. All she simply needs to do now is focus on improving her skills and being more careful. At first, she came off naive and unprepared. Her confession scene gave me major second-hand embarrassment.

Nevertheless, I can tell that Sakura sincerely cares for her patients, and she is willing to take advice. Just like Tendo mentioned, one of her best qualities is that she is quick to take action. She is also hilarious with her vivid daydreams. Plus, the way she beamed up after Tendo called her real name, and her sweet promise to make him smile again is quite adorable. I am sincerely looking forward to her growth throughout the series.

– Satoh Takeru as Tendo Kairi – He killed me when he said that he only has enough kindness for the patients. Like his boss asked – are you an internet bundle?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Also, when he wrote his insult on the paper instead of saying it out, I died. Can’t you let it go?🀣🀣🀣 Right from the start, Tendo seemed like a pineapple to me. He is full of thorns on the outside but sweet once you get past his cold demeanour. There is always a reason for such behaviour. His girlfriend’s death had a significant impact on him, so he needs time to heal. I am a bit confused about the timeline they gave us. If his girlfriend died eight years ago, and Sakura met him five years ago. How come he was kind to her then? Was it just a spur of the moment, or were my subtitles wrong? I can see that Tendo is already getting jealous, and he is beginning to open up. I am excited to see his healing process and how he mentors Sakura.

– Yoshikawa Ai as Sakai Yuika – I examined her character with an open mind. She is pissed at Sakura for not taking their profession seriously. What I do not appreciate is her looking down on Sakura. You might be excellent at the technical stuff, but that does not mean you are perfect. If you feel she isn’t going about things the right way, say it to her directly instead of being shady. Or lend a helping hand if you have enough time. Sakura does have some strengths that Sakai lacks. Thankfully by the end of episode three, she realizes that. She also needs to work hard.


Japanese dramas tend not to disappoint me. Hence I have high hopes that this will remain a solid one till the end. Here is a link to the English subbed episodes of this series πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo on BLITZ FANSUB.

If you have started Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo, what do you think of the story so far?

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Queens, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens. I had so many ladies, so I could not include them all in one post. Here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Nana for COSMOPOLITAN Korea -January 2020 Issue. Her radiance is astonishing. She is gorgeous, and I love the apricot/peach coloured makeup look on her.img_2982

 

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Yao Chen graces the cover of Variety China for its January 2020 Issue. I don’t know why but to me, she looks like the exact description of snow white in these photos.

 

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EXID Hani for NYLON Magazine – February 2020 Issue.Β  I love her funky and goofy poses.

 

IU for J .Estina Jewelry. I love all the photos for this jewelry campaign with IU. She always looks fresh with the minimal makeup look.

 

Cecilia Boey exudes casual charm for FireBible. She is so beautiful, and she nails so many different concepts.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa takes the latest cover for ELLE Korea’s February Issue. I love the flowery concept. She is beautiful.

 

img_3097Park Eun Bin for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.Β  She looks like a flower that just bloomed. Honestly, I wish I could rock peach coloured makeup like her. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

 

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Sun Yi for SoFigaro Magazine. She is one of those who doesn’t even have to try. She has a natural and relaxed charm to her.

 

img_2586img_2587AOA’s Seolhyun looks stunning in this shoot for Allure Korea. I love the incorporation of fruits. I hardly get attracted to pink, but this got my attention. The way her hair was pulled back, allowing her face to have all focus and the soft makeup look was a great choice as well.

 

Minah looks lovely with her rosy cheeks in this photoshoot for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.

 

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Guan Xiaotong takes the cover of SoFigaro Magazine’s latest issue. The freckles called to me. She is serving direct eye contact that just makes you want to stare.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie in her latest photoshoot with W Korea. She is definitely someone that can rock any style. She always makes a fashion statement.

 

And last on this list is Xuan Lu for Aida Fashion. Whatever colour editing that is going on in this set of photos is pure magic. I love the brown-goldish tone they used. I have seen many of Xuan Lu’s photoshoots, and she always slays.

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Couples Edition.

This edition is focused on couples. I included some real couples, but most of the pictures are actors/models that partnered for a photoshoot or starred in a drama together. ENJOY.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Sung Hoon and Chun Woo Hee for W Korea. They are so beautiful. Sung Hoon has that perfect edgy, but clean-cut visuals. img_3179img_3207img_3175

 

img_3152img_3151img_3153Dilraba Dilmurat and Vengo Gao on the latest posters for Three Lives, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book. I find it so fascinating that the three posters connect through one tree. Isn’t that cool?

 

img_2790img_2793img_2789Chinese singer Han Geng and his wife Celina Jade shared their romantic wedding pictorial on Weibo. They are so lovely and goofy together.

 

img_2785img_2784img_2783Kris Wu and Japanese model Koki take the front cover of Marie Clarie China – February Issue. They complement each other well, and they are both stunning individuals.

 

img_2056Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin are magnetic on-screen. Their chemistry is to die for. I adore this promo shoot they did for Crash Landing On You.

 

img_3125img_3124Recently released posters for the upcoming Chinese TV series – Find Yourself. It stars Victoria Song and Song Wei Long as leads. I am counting down the hours to its premiere. I have so many dramas to watch, but very little time.πŸ˜ͺ

 

img_3142The leads for Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty look quite cozy together in their recent cover shoot for Men’s Uno Young! February issue. I think they had great chemistry in the drama, and I will be keeping an eye out for their future projects.

 

img_2838_originalimg_2837The main casts of the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty in a New year themed shoot for NEUFMODE Magazine. I need to watch this series, but I have been so busy with school.

 

7c61fcc9-9890-4d73-a150-5e904f2169c8-1947-000000e499bae16dimg_2673Jin Se Yeon and Kim Min Kyu on the promotional posters for Queen: Love and War. The colours for the traditional attires are so vibrant. I could stare at them for days. Costumes are my major delights when watching historical series.

 

img_3046This is a poster for the Chinese web movie – The Enchanting Phantom. It is a remake of A Chinese Ghost Story, and it will be available exclusively on Tencent. The details on this poster are insane, and the colours are remarkably captivating. I must find a means to watch this movie.

 

img_3201A chilling poster for the Chinese drama, Sword Dynasty. The white and blue colours scream elegance. I am tempted to watch the series.

 

And last on my list is the adorable beauty, Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng on H&M’s latest Chinese New Year campaign. They released a lot of pictures, but these are my favourites.img_3196img_3195