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ΌΒ Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4

πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ 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ΌΒ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you have not seen this drama, the full episodes are available with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ 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ΌΒ 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. So although it was an open ending for our leads, they did hint at the possibility of them meeting in the future. There is also 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ΌΒ SDOOD Official IG

Edit: I just found the subbed version of the extra clip, so hereΒ  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ΌΒ 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ΌΒ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you haven’t watched this drama, go check it out now with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ 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

Queen: Love And War: Drama Review – Episode 5-10

Queen: Love and War is an ongoing Korean historical drama that airs every Saturday and Sunday. I have already reviewed the first four episodes. If you need to read that post, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4. I will be focusing my review today on episodes five to ten.

Before I begin, here is a link to the English subbed episodes of the show πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War on Viki

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

In my previous review, I mentioned that the synopsis didn’t exactly match what was happening in the drama. The aspect of the King having dreams was unclear at that point, but now I can see what they meant. He has been experiencing prophetic dreams ever since the assassination attempt. This is undoubtedly an exciting element of the series because it gives him an upper hand in dangerous situations. A good example is when he protected Eun Bo’s mother and the real Hong Yeon from the left state minister.

It was nice to see the queen selection process in detail. Most historical dramas hardly show that, so I wonder if the process shown in this show is accurate. All the same, I like that they were very thorough. Additionally, I love the colours and the design of their hanboks. They are so vibrant and pretty. The opening song for the series is another sweet delight for me. So far, that is the only OST that caught my attention.

Now, with concerns to the King, the way he handles his emotions gives me very conflicting feelings. In cases where he opens up to Eun Bo or gives a straightforward reply, I appreciate that trait. Then when he shows his weakness through his lack of control, I get frustrated. His ministers show him no respect and use their family connections to create drama in court, but he still has not learnt how to play their game.

Let’s take two scenarios from the drama as examples. Scenario 1 – Eun Bo’s Kidnap: When Eun Bo got back, she threatened Song Yi with evidence, but didn’t show her what it was. In the end, we discovered that there was no evidence. Scenario 2 – EunBo’s Arrest: The King told his mom to make her maid confess and have her family own up to their crime. He did this without securing substantial evidence. In the end, Eun Bo had to spend a few days in jail. We can see the difference. As a person in a tight spot, you should never throw all your cards on the table. It leaves you with no element of surprise, and your enemy could easily predict your next move. The King is intelligent. Now all he needs to do is play the game, be more cunning.

On that note, I applaud Eun Bo for being a person that stands by her thoughts and beliefs. Once she found out about Baek Ja Yong’s intentions, she stood her ground and made her decision to part ways with him. She is brilliant and always thinks fast. I like that she used the Kim family’s scheme against them during the face reading. I was laughing the entire time. The face reader’s confusion was so amusing.

So far, I am not particularly invested in the romance aspect of this drama. Yes, I love them together, and their sweet moments are adorable to watch. However, there is so much evil lurking around. Hence, my attention is on how they will deal with the upcoming battles. I was so happy when Eun Bo finally opened up about her real identity and told the King about the rebel group. They will need to trust and depend on each other from now on.

It is time to discuss the two young ladies of the Jo and Kim households.

  • Lee Yeol Eum as Young Jiimg_3214 She finally got what she had dreamed of for so long, but I know that she will be paying the price for her decisions in good time. Her entitlement to the King’s love baffles me. Why would you want to be with a man that does not reciprocate the feeling you have for him. Do you think that he would suddenly come to love you after all your father has done? Now she will have to deal with continually feeling jealous. Also, greed will step in because she will never get the King’s love. I honestly hoped that she wouldn’t turn out this way, but oh well.

 

  • Yoo Young as Song Yiimg_3213 She is just interested in power. She has no affection for the King and doesn’t care for her family, except when she needs their support. Song Yi wants is to be the most powerful woman in the country. At least she is an open book to read, unlike many other characters in this series.

Honestly, I still cannot place what the Queen dowager’s intentions are. Maybe she wants to maintain her power in the court. Hence, she is willing to support whoever can be of use to her at the moment. I am intrigued by her character.

  • Another person who throws me off a bit is the Left State Minister, played by Lee Jae Yong img_3215I was shocked when they revealed that he was the one who tried to assassinate the King. Then why allow your daughter to marry him? Even if she does produce an heir, you can’t kill the King immediately. That child has to be a certain age to rule the country. Maybe he thinks he can use Lee Jae Hwa to hold the throne until his grandson reaches the legal age. If so, then his plan will not work. I am just trying to make theories for his actions. Overall, I love how unpredictable these two characters are.

I knew there was a reason why I didn’t like Lee Jae Hwa from the beginning. At first, I sympathized with him because his family was wronged. He is the type of person that destroys anything he can’t have. How could you claim to have loved her? Then you turn around and use her mother as hostage. The only motive I am getting from him so far is greed, entitlement and possessiveness. His actions do not show any plans for building a better world for the people. He wants to be King because he believes it’s his right. Using people at your disposal, without considering their well-being or feelings does not promote a more significant cause.

So far, everyone’s acting has been on point, and I am looking forward to what they bring in the next episodes.

Before starting these new episodes for Queen: Love and War, I had hoped for the storyline to become stronger. Thankfully, I got what I wanted. The last six episodes will be tense, but let’s see how things go.

What do you all think of the series so far?

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Shen Yue’s Exclusive

Recently most of the images that caught my attention were from the Chinese actress, Shen Yue. So I decided to create an exclusive post for her instead of placing her pictures among other posts I have planned.

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

First on Shen Yue’s showcase is her look for the “Like China” 2020 Television Arts Vanguard Awards. She is a blue pastel artwork in this set of photos. Her gorgeous gown is from SeleneChow.img_3048img_3049img_3050

 

Bringing in some radiance is her recent photos for Our Street Style. img_3129img_3128Her innocent look is so adorable.img_2721

 

img_3119img_3197img_3120Shen Yue stuns in YE’S by YESIR for a CCTV Chinese New Year program. How can one be so beautiful and angelic? White and cream complement her skin tone very well.

 

Last on this list is her latest photoshoot for BLUEVISON’s February Issue. img_3084img_3083img_3086img_3087img_3085

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings

I planned not to post anything this weekend because I have to study for an upcoming test. But oh well… here I amπŸ˜‚.

I made one for the ladies, so of course, the guys have to follow suit. Here are the male celebrities that always serve looks no matter the concept or outfit assigned to them.

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

img_2778img_2782Deng Lun on the cover of Esquire China January 2020 Issue. I remember watching him for the first time in Because of Meeting You and I instantly fell in love. He is so good looking, and I love the way he talks.

 

img_2994img_2992img_2993Jeremy Jones Xu for Men’s Health China. Oh, he is healthy, alright🀭🀭🀭. My draw towards him tends to be on and off, depending on the drama or photo. He is definitely doing too much in these photos.🀩🀩

 

img_2920img_2922Seong Hwa’s teaser images for the latest albums from his group. While reacting to “Answer”, he was the first member that caught my attention. He is so beautiful and also has a lovely voice.

 

img_1829img_1828This is an older photoshoot of Ji Chang Wook from 1st Look Korea, but I could not resist adding it because he is hot.

 

img_2643Zhu Yi Long for Dragon TV’s New Year’s Eve celebration. He is one of my favourite Chinese actors, and I cannot wait for him to get a lead role in a very intriguing and romantic series. I have seen him as the lead in one romance show so far, but the storyline was not the best.

 

img_2407One of the pictures from the set released by Zhang Han’s studio at the end of last year. Orange looks beautiful on him.

 

img_2880img_2879The swag daddy himself, Jackson Wang, for the 2019 Weibo Awards Ceremony. He always slays in turtle neck shirts. He looks cute, though, with that pouty face in the second image.

 

img_2861img_2864Lee Min Ho was the actor that introduced me to Korean dramas, so he always has a place in my heart. I am looking forward to his upcoming show with Kim Go Eun.

 

img_2835img_2834Zhang Binbin for the 2019 China Literature Super IP Gala in Shanghai. For some reason, I have not seen any of his lead role dramas. Anyways he is a good actor and a handsome man to plus.

 

img_2776img_2889img_2891Han Geng, Kim Jaejoong and Tomohisa Yamashita have been friends for over a decade, and recently, they were the cover stars for COSMOPOLITAN China February Issue. I am very familiar with Yamapi and Jaejoong, but I am just getting to know Han Geng. All the same, they look great.

 

img_2153This is an older photo of Shawn Duo for COSMOPOLITAN China’s digital issue and his most recent shoot for Jaguar. Another one of my favourite Chinese actors. I absolutely love his smile.img_2892

 

img_2923img_2921Another ATEEZ member that caught my attention during my reaction. These are also teaser images, and I love Hong Joong’s edgy look.

 

And last on my list is Ma Tianyu. These are recent photos from a CCTV Little New Year gala recording he attended in Ningbo. I remember seeing him in Ice Fantasy, and I was so starstruck from his beauty.Β img_2896img_2894

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Take A Second Look

I am enjoying coming up with names for each of these pictorial posts. It is so much funπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Basically, this set mostly includes photos and posters that have detailed and intriguing elements. Therefore they require more than one look to be genuinely appreciated.

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

img_2664img_2999img_2663Zhou Dongyu on the cover of the inaugural issue of MiniBAZAAR. She was photographed by Chen Man, and she looks like a winter pixie fairy. SO PRETTY.

 

img_2807img_2805img_2809img_2806Crystal Zhang poses as the Four Auspicious Beasts of Chinese mythology on the cover of FHM China. These images are so intriguing. I could stare at them all day.

 

img_2738img_2737Posters of main characters in the Chinese historical drama – Royal Nirvana. I love how it looks like a painting and their outfits flow into the black strokes.

 

img_2929img_2928img_2930img_2986Xiao Zhan looks intriguingly different on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR China February 2020 Issue. He was photographed by Chen Man. He has now taken the record for the highest sales of a solo cover at 10million RMB in total sales value!

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens

There are celebrities that always wow me with their looks for editorial shoots. And this is not about beauty because I believe that everyone person is gorgeous in their own right. Instead, it is about their ability to nail every concept or outfit assigned to them. I am talking about fashion queens, the ones who always make a statement. I like to refer to such individuals as Visual Queens.

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

The first lady of all is Ni Ni. She nails every shoot I have seen her in. img_2459Ni Ni recently graced the cover of LEON China as the first female artist to take that spot in the ten-year history of the magazine.

img_2227img_2244img_2228She is stunning in this royal blue gown from Alex Perry during her attendance to iQiYi Scream Night 2020. She won the Award for Drama Actress of the Year with her most recent series – Love and Destiny.

img_2145Here she is again on the cover of NY Times Traver Magazine China. Honestly, most times, Ni Ni looks like a painting to me.

 

Next on this list is King Taeyeon. I have featured her a lot on my pictorial faves because she looks gorgeous in every photo. img_2773This is a teaser image for her upcoming repackaged album. I love the makeup look.

img_2908img_2909More teaser images for PURPOSE – The 2nd Album Repackage.

 

πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ – the one and only Fang Bingbingimg_2814img_2815img_2817This are cover photos for the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine. I love the gothic, wet hair concept. She is rocking this look effortlessly.

 

img_2849img_2848img_2850Lee Seol is radiant in this sun beamed photoshoot for Allure Korea. Her expressions and poses are what draws attention to these images.

 

img_2867img_2862img_2863Shin Min Ah looks quite haunting and very pretty in these photos for DAZED Korea. img_2868

She has this unique look about her that I really adore, and she is a wonderful actress as well. img_2818

 

img_2685img_2684Japanese model Koki never fails to give her best in every shoot or cover she graces. These are cover photos for the inaugural issue of MiniBAZAAR.

 

And of course, even though I do not have many photos of her. I cannot leave out the gorgeous Song Hye Kyo, who practically stuns in everything she wears. b4f30a11-c787-42bb-a4fa-3f92c32e0242-8690-0000068ab74eab1cHer beauty is breathtaking.

 

img_2832img_2831img_2830Chinese pop star Naomi Wang Ju glitters in Nicole + Felicia for the Lifestyle Media Style Gala – Youture.

img_2194img_2193She loves her blinks. In this second photo, she is wearing Blurberry at the 2019 Sina Style Awards – Multiverse in Beijing.

 

And last on today’s list is mummy Victoria Song. img_2787img_2795img_2794Victoria for NEUFMODE MAGAZINE. You all know I am attracted to red, so these photos are very appealing to me. I love how fierce she looks.

And even when she has on softer makeup for her shoot with Chanel Beauty, Victoria still exudes grace and beauty.Β img_2797img_2796

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Vault Release Edition

Sometimes when creating this kind of post, most pictures do not fit the chosen theme. So they remain on my phone for way too long. 2020 is here; therefore, it is time to let go.

Basically, this is a vault release of all photos that caught my attention but did not make a themed cut yet –

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

First on my list is the Chinese actress Crystal Zhang in MIKAEL D for Esquire China’s 16th Man At His Best Award. She looks stunning in this white gown. img_2406img_2119img_2118

 

img_2141Cecilia Boey for NeufMode Magazine. I featured some other photos from this shoot in my Red Signifies A Lot Edition. This is actually my favourite because of how colourful it is.

 

img_1813Han Ji Min looks really radiant in this shoot for HIGH CUT Korea.

 

img_2214Li Meng graces the Men’s Uno China December 2019 Issue. I adore this kind of flowy gowns a lot. 

 

img_2225img_2224Chang Chen’s look for iQiYi Scream Night 2020. He won the Award for Drama Actor of the year that night with his recent series – Love and Destiny. He caught me off guard in the right way. He looks so chiselled.

 

img_1830Korean actor and singer Chani looks good in this casual shoot. I am kind of unsure about the magazine this is for, but I think it is HIGH CUT Korea.

 

img_2136Deng Lun for the documentary variety show – Palace Museum. He looks angelic and innocent in this photo.

 

img_2851img_1825img_1824Seo Ji Hye always breathes elegance. She is one of the most beautiful women I have seen, and her fashion taste is also incredible.

 

img_2402img_2401Yuan Bingyan for a Tiffany & Co. event in Shanghai. Every little detail for this look certainly stands out. The makeup, jewelry, hairstyle and dress fit so well together.

 

img_2205img_2207Janice Man glows in her gorgeous gown for the closing ceremony of the 2nd Hainan Island International Film in Sanya.

 

img_2362img_2360Elaine Zhong in Chloe at the premiere of her film Liberation in Beijing. She is lovely in yellow.

 

img_2086Xuan Lu on the cover of ONCE Magazine. I love her smile.

 

img_2553img_2552Leo Luo updated his Weibo recently with a beautiful set of pictures. He looks good in white, and I am looking forward to all his dramas set for release this year.

 

img_2138Newlyweds Lin Chi-ling and Akira strike a few poses for the cover of COSMOPOLITAN China January 2020 Issue.

 

Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1-7

Someday Or One Day is an ongoing Taiwanese drama that airs every Sunday. It started broadcasting on the 17th of November 2019. It is set to have thirteen episodes. img_1569Sypnosis: The year is 2019. Huang Yu Xuan pines for the love of her life, her long-time boyfriend, Wang Quan Sheng. She continually checks his social media pages, hoping he will call her, asking to get back together. But one fateful night, Huang Yu Xuan gets hit by a car. She regains consciousness and sees a man she believes to be Wang Quan Sheng sitting by her hospital bedside. She thinks she has finally been reunited with her beloved Wang Quan Sheng! But there’s a huge twist. She is no longer a 27-year-old woman but is now a high school student named Chen Yun Ru. The year is now 1998. And the man by her bedside is not her boyfriend, but a schoolmate named Li Zi Wei. Trapped in what appears to be the past, living another person’s life, she eventually comes to realize that the traffic “accident” that landed Huang Yu Xuan in the hospital may not have been an accident after all. And Chen Yun Ru’s own reasons for being hospitalized are also shrouded in mystery. (Source – Viki).

Use this link to access all released episodes of this drama πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Someday or One Day with English Subtitles on Viki

Expectations: This was on my watchlist way before it started airing, so I do have very high hopes for it. The storyline seemed intriguing, and if executed properly, it could be an outstanding drama. Plus, Alice Ke is the lead actress, and her acting is standard, so I have a strong feeling that I will not be disappointed. My only fear is that it might fall to the same dragged-out pace issue that most Taiwanese series face, but I am willing to give it a shot.

(warning -spoilers ahead)

Review:

This drama definitely has all the elements of a well-written project. It showcases romance, suspense, comedy, twists and time-travel. The complexity keeps you intrigued and continuously wondering about what might be coming up next. What theories might be the correct one, and who is who exactly? I am genuinely enjoying every moment.

Before I begin to rant about my thoughts and the aspects that I love, let me discuss ONE thing that could be improved on. The pacing. A massive chunk of episodes one and five felt like fillers. Not a lot of essential details were presented, so in my opinion, it was quite slow. The overall pacing for this drama is okay, but I still think they could pick things up a bit more by reducing the length of some unimportant scenes. Ride more on the thrilling feel, or else people might feel that things are taking too long to unravel. Another thing, Taiwanese dramas tend to have these over-exaggerated characters that are put in to lighten up the mood. An excellent example of one in this show is Ah Tuo. I tend to love or dislike such characters depending on their scenes. So far, they have not shown much of him, so I have no thoughts about his role. Now unto the good stuff –

I am enjoying the OSTs. I absolutely love every song, so I had to add them all to my playlist. The short cameos that happened in the first episode were good. It was nice to see Joanne Tseng as Sunny, the fake animal whisperer. But she was correct about Jesus and 32, so maybe her radar is just faulty.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Alice Ke did not disappoint as always. She is an amazing actress. She did an outstanding job of portraying the vastly different emotions and expressions of Huang Yu Xuan and Chen Yu Run. All the other actors were also amazing because their interactions were really natural. I appreciate the comedic scenes. They were not much but definitely enough to help release the tension on wanting to know who the killer is. I also commend how forward the characters are with their feelings. Nothing was dragged out for too long. Issues that could have led to a fight or misunderstanding were dealt with immediately.  Perfect. I love watching mature shows like this.

After watching the first two episodes, I had a feeling that Wang Quan Sheng might actually be from the past, and you all should have seen my face when it was finally confirmed to be true. Which means all this while, Li Zi Wei was the one dating Huang Yu Xuan. Even though I had predicted it, it was still a bit surprising to see how it happened. My next guess is that maybe after the plane crash, Li Zi Wei’s soul returned to his original body that was probably in a coma all this while. From the beginning of the drama, I was interested in knowing what connected both timelines. Now, I can tell that it is the walkman that allows them to time travel. Also, the period spent in the past or future is not definite.

Okay, let me state clearly that I was not thrilled about having best friends fight over the same girl. I have mentioned a few times in previous posts that love triangles stress me. Thankfully things progressed differently with this drama, so I hope that they can make some changes to what happened in the past. Because Mo Jun Jie likes Chen Yun Ru, and Li Zi Wei likes Huang Yu Xuan. So I hope that both couples will get a chance to be together by the end of the drama. Also, it looks like Mo Jun Jie was jailed for the murder of Chen Yun Ru, but I do not believe that he killed her. The killer might be that class monitor that happens to be Huang Yu Xuan’s doctor in 2019. He is a whole lot of creepy, and the fact that he likely killed Cai Wen Rou is evidence. Furthermore, he stalks and hallucinates about Yun Ru… HE REALLY CREEPS ME OUT.

The friendship of the three from the past ended on a tragic note. One is jailed for the murder of another, and the surviving person suffered two severe accidents. I sincerely hope that this time travel can help resolve things. Also, one of the primary reasons why I want Yun Ru to live is because the girl was so depressed. I want her to come back and see that she was actually loved. At least Huang Yu Xuan has helped improve her relationship with the mom and brother. Although Mo Jun Jie still remains the only person who truly misses the real Chen Yun Ru.

With seven episodes, we are already halfway through the show. I wonder what will happen next. I think they might focus on changing the past and figuring out who the real killer is. The situation with Chen Yun Ru’s murder could be a lot more complicated than it seems. I have a feeling that there will be a twist, or at least I am hoping for one. Six more episodes, so I hope they keep up. Please do not disappoint me.

I will do my regular character analysis on my next review. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on Someday or One Day in the comment section.

 

Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4

Queen: Love and War is an ongoing Korean historical drama that airs every Saturday and Sunday. It started broadcasting on December 14th of 2019, and it will have a total of sixteen episodes. Screenshot (9)Sypnosis: Kang Eun Bo is on a mission to find the person that murdered her twin sister. She vows to bring whoever it is to justice. But during the Joseon Dynasty era (1392-1910), the only woman with the power to order a manhunt for a murderer is the Queen. So Kang Eun Bo resolves to become Queen. To do so, she must first win the heart of King Lee Kyung. After entering the palace as a candidate for the position of queen, Kang Eun Bo discovers that winning the king’s favour will not be easy. The royal court is already filled with beautiful young women who hope to marry the king. But when the king suddenly realizes that he recognizes Kang Eun Bo from a dream, the two begin to form an unlikely bond.

English subbed episodes of this show are available on Viki πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War on Viki

My Expectations:Β I do not expect much from the series because I initially did not plan to watch it. Viki kept on promoting it, so I decided to check it out and know what the push was all about. My only prayer is that they will not make me spend hours watching sixteen episodes of the antagonists consistently winning and then give me a rushed finale. Please be good πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Honestly, I will have to say that as of now, there is nothing special about this drama. It is pretty much the standard Sageuk formula with revenge, political fights and the constant kdrama cliche of childhood romance. The murder mystery is the only thing keeping me glued. The first two episodes were just there, but by the third one, the story started picking up.

Okay, let me backtrack a little bit. I absolutely love the one-minute intro for this drama, most notably the soundtrack that plays during that time. I was thoroughly entranced by it. I also love the costume colours. Historical series are always a beauty to watch because of the colours and elegance.

Now the timeline arrangement in the first few minutes of episode one was quite confusing, but I knew that there was going to be a flashback that will provide an explanation. So that was not much of an issue. One thing I noticed is that everyone related to the palace has a hidden agenda, and they are all scheming towards achieving their plans. A few still have their mask on (cough)😢 – Lee Jae Hwa. Even Eun Gi was aware that the girl the king met was her twin sister, but yet she went along with his assumption. It was still sad that she died, but she was also not truthful.

In the first two episodes, Lee Kyung came off as a very naive ruler. By openly showing his affection for a candidate before the final stage, he had already put her life in danger. Also, he made promises without making plans that ensured his word. Thankfully, he has learnt, and we can see him showcases his tricks and brains in court. I hope that he gets more people on his side soon and that he actually succeeds in protecting Eun Bo this time around. Another thing – the gunshot to the king’s head, did it actually go through or was it just a graze. I am trying not to question it, but that plotline is kind of questionable because I am not sure of how deep the injury was.

Anyways, I think Lee Jae Hwa might be the gunman that shot Eun Bo’s twin sister. He is sketchy, I do not like two-faced individuals. And I am so not looking forward to the love triangle that is about to go down. Love triangles drain my energy.

Lastly, am I the only one that feels like the synopsis for this drama does not exactly go in sync with the story that has been shown so far. It does not mention that Eun Bo’s twin sister was the queen. I guess that was left out to prevent spoilers, but it also goes on to state that the King is not interested in romance. Hmmm, and apparently he sees Eun Bo in his dreams. Is that not their memory together as children? This is not important, it is just something I noticed.

Character Analysis: I am going to touch on the characters that stood out to me so far, and I will address the others in due time.

  • Jin Se Yeon as Kang Eun Bo/Kang Eun Gi Screenshot (3)This is my third drama with Ji Se Yeon in a lead role. I previously saw her in The Bridal Mask and Doctor Stanger, but I still have not gotten a real taste of her acting skills. So far, she is doing a great job in this series, and her character seems very promising. As Eun Gi, she was soft-spoken and very gentle, but as Eun Bo, she has high energy and is quite street smart. Also, I think her connections with the investigation agency might be of great aid to her as queen. She will need all the support she can access. I admire the fact that she does not act rashly based on her doubts concerning the King. She actually investigates. I hope she stops believing everything that Baek Ja Yong tells her. He is using her to achieve his goals. I know this will be a cause for conflict at some point.

 

  • Kim Min Kyu as Lee KyungScreenshot (4)Yes he does start off a bit naive and weak. But if he continues to keep up and improve on the momentum from episodes three and four, he might turn out to be a solid character. I appreciate his zeal to rule his nation in the right way and serve his people as a ruler should. Unfortunately, with all the forces against him in court, there will be a long fight to achieve that ideal. I was so angry when they showed how he was threatened as a kid to sign the petition against Eun Bo’s father. That is just brutal, so his revenge should take up the same energy. Also, I think he signed the letter with the wrong character because Eun Bo kept on looking at it suspiciously, but we will see how things go. All the same, he needs to learn how to conceal his intentions more and start working towards getting trustworthy people to his side.

 

  • Do Sang Woo as Lee Jae HwaScreenshot (5)Like I already mentioned, I do not appreciate this character so far. Yes, he is kind to Eun Bo and always saves her, but the fact that he is plotting something unknown and pretends to be someone else really throws me off. What if he actually turns out to be the gunman that killed Eun Gi?… Ooo, the betrayal. Now he is already in love with Eun Bo, but she is going to be Queen. That will only cause him to want the throne more, which means he might not stay nice for too long. I know that some people already caught the “second lead syndrome,” but I am so not going down that lane. I can clearly see where this boat is sailing to. I hope he surprises me because, so far, I do not have a good impression of Lee Jae Hwa.

 

  • Uhm Hyo Sub as Baek Ja YongScreenshot (12)Starting out this drama, I had a feeling that he was not wholly trustworthy. This actor tends to take on villain roles, so I did not believe the act, but I still gave him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, I was right. He is so manipulative. I think he was manipulating Eun Bo’s father as well, but there is no proof of that yet. He does not care for Eun Bo’s safety, all that matters is the power to make the change he desires. Why does he withhold the whole truth from her? He picks the parts that suit the narration to entice her, so annoying.

 

  • Jung Ae Ri as Queen Dowager Screenshot (6)Her character is kind of intriguing. She certainly was not pleased about Lee Kyung being alive. At the same time, she does things that may look like she supports the king. My opinion is that her agenda is to fight against the Queen’s clan. Basically, she is willing to do anything to stop the Kim clan from gaining more control in court. Even if it means killing her grandson, who holds blood relations with them. I am excited to see how her character evolves and what her actual intentions are.

Although Queen: Love and War did not provide a solid premiere, it does have the potential to get better. So I will be looking forward to more episodes.

What do you all think of the series so far?