My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Xu Kai and Angelababy Exclusive

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

In February, Xu Kai graced the cover of Madame Figaro China. The camera angles for this photoshoot are pretty intriguing. I believe the photographer made good use of the shooting set + props to give off some optical illusion –


Following up is Angelababy for L’Officiel China. I love this photoshoot because the backgrounds and editing style makes each picture look like a painted artwork –

A Trip To Her Hometown – Song Zuer & Zhang Meng for COSMOPOLITIAN

In February, Song Zuer and Zhang Meng took part in COSMOPOLITAN China’s feature photoshoot titled ‘China Lady’. For this shoot, they both visited their hometown, Tianjin, showcasing beautiful scenery and fashion.

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

Song Zuer –

Here are some bonus photos of Song Zuer taken in her hometown, Tianjin, for the February 2021 issue of The New York Times Travel Magazine.


Zhang Meng –

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: IU|Baekhyun|Park Bom|Kim Sungkyu & Jackson Wang

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while checking out each artist.)

On March 25th, IU returned with her 5th album, LILAC. First, I will give my reaction to the title tracks “Lilac” and “Coin” and follow up with a brief opinion on the album.

I’m never disappointed when it comes to IU; hence reacting to her songs feels more like an experience to discover new favourites. She is such a stunning lady, and vocal-wise, she sounds fantastic on this track. It’s nice to see her dancing. “Lilac” has some elements of retro/jazz, and I enjoy those genres a lot. The colours for the MV are pretty and nicely depict the spring season.

Once again, with that underlying retro/jazz sound. The set, lighting, outfits and direction for this music video are top-notch, + the choreography is captivating. Among the two title tracks, “Coin” is my favourite. IU’s vocal quality on this is so smooth, and the beat is groovy. I love this for me!!!!

This album was a VIBE from start to finish. A complete masterpiece, in my humble opinion, because IU did not disappoint. I enjoyed the infusion of different musical styles like r&b, ballad, retro and a sprinkle of jazz. The production quality is tight; her vocalization was on point for every song, + I always live for the intricate melodies on IU’s songs. Now, all ten songs are playlist-worthy, but my top picks in order are – “My Sea” – “Troll” – “Flu” – “Empty Cup”, and “Hi Spring Bye”. My rating for LILAC is a solid 10/10.


Up next is BAEKHYUN. He released his 3rd mini-album, Bambi, on March 30th. As usual, I’ll check out the title track first and then share my thoughts on the album after.

From the thumbnail of this music video, I can already tell I’ll love this. The black & white visuals are serving sensual energy, + the quality of the music video is insane; it’s very cinematic. I know Baekhyun is fine, but this suit and fedora look is taking things to a whole new level. The beat is groovy, his voice is smooth, and the choreography is perfect. I am in awe of the beauty that I am currently witnessing. He came to serve with all the vocals!! I LOVE THIS FOR ME!!!!

The vocal disrespect on this album is too much for me to comprehend and should be deemed illegal😂. Like did Baekhyun have to show off and come this hard? Now you all know how I feel about my Rs&Bs, hence I seriously don’t have the right words to describe what I just experienced. What the heck was the vocal insanity on “All I Got”? Nah, I can’t; I just can’t!!! This mini-album, Bambi, was created especially for me. I AM IN LOVE. Therefore, it gets a bulletproof 10/10 for the rich goodness. 


It’s time for some Park Bom. She released a new single titled “Do Re Mi Fa Sol (feat. Changmo)” on March 31st.

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to Park Bom, so it feels good to hear her singing. I love the vibe of this song. The music video’s visuals are also pretty, and she looks great in every shot and outfit. Changmo came into the mix so beautifully, and his voice added a nice texture in the background to Park Bom’s section. I love this, so it’s a yes for me.


Next is Kim Sung Kyu of INFINITE. On March 29th, he dropped his 1st single album, Won’t Forget You. Let’s start with the title track – “Hush”, and follow up with the other two songs from this release. 

First off, he looks gorgeous with blonde hair. Also, fun fact – INFINITE was my first experience with Kpop, so the bond is strong on this one. I love the natural scenery for this music video. Kim Sung Kyu’s voice is beautiful, and the instrumental for this track is top-notch. I am so happy that every artist has been serving amazing tunes on this post. I love this song. It’s playlist-worthy and will be on repeat for a long time. Sorry, not sorry, neighbours🤭.

All three songs on this album are equally fantastic, but my favourite is “Hush”. I love that the base instrument on all tracks is a guitar. Songs with guitars as their first instrument always put me in a happy place. Kim Sung Kyu’s 1st single album – Won’t Forget You, gets a 10/10 from me. 


Closing this post is Jackson Wang. He released a new single titled “Leaving Me Love You” on March 26th.

Why is he always in a restaurant? At least this time, he’s part of the kitchen staff😂. Is it the same actress from his previous videos? Hmm, I don’t think so; this lady looks different to me. I love the mid-tempo vibe of this song, and the melody for the chorus is catchy. It makes me want to sing along. Jackson sounds beautiful, and I think this is my favourite slower tempo song from him. 100% playlist worthy.

Wow, it’s been an incredible ride with this post. My playlist grows fatter with each review. I’m starting to lose track of all the songs there, but it’s always fun to share how each release makes me feel. So that’s all I have, for now. See you all soon💕.

Chen Kun and Zhou Xun Celebrate 20 Years Of Friendship With GQ China

Chen Kun and Zhou Xun are known to be very close friends in the Chinese entertainment industry. They’ve starred in numerous projects together, including the recent film, The Yin Yang Master. Plus, they even established an acting school known as Dome Studio with another A-list actor, Chen Kuo-fu. These two talented acts graced the February 2021 cover of GQ China. During the interview for this issue, they promoted their upcoming film at the time and spoke beautifully about their ongoing friendship of 20 years. This shoot’s theme is “Two bodies, one soul”, and the visual artist Chen Man was the creative hand behind each photo.

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

Both were also the cover images for the March 2021 Issue of COSMOPOLITAN China, and I believe Chen Man took these photos as well. Here are the individual spreads – 


My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Yao Chen and Zhong Lili Exclusive

Happy Valentines Day 💓💞💓. I wish you all love throughout 2021 and the years to come.

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

First on today’s post is Yao Chen as she graces the cover of ELLE China – February 2021 Issue. Hands down, this is one of my favourite editorial cover shoots. I love the aura + the outfits, accessories, and every pose completely enhanced Yao Chen’s natural beauty to a whole other level – 


Following up is another statement maker, Zhong Lili, in a TRENDMO pictorial. I adore the serene nature and outfit colours for this shoot. Whoever came up with the theme is quite brilliant. Seeing the contrast from the snow-white images to the ones with fire is truly beautiful & captivating. Plus, Zhong Lili is stunning – 

Chen Kun and Zhou Xun’s New Film – The Yin Yang Master, Hits the Big Screens

The Yin Yang Master is a 2021 film adaptation of the acclaimed role-play mobile game Onmyoji: Master of Yin and Yang. It premieres in cinemas today and should not be mistaken for Deng Lun and Mark Chao’s version that aired last year. That one was a first part adaptation of the novel series titled Onmyoji by Yumemakura Baku. The stories have similarities, but this new movie is from a different director, production company, and cast.

Synopsis – The world is on the verge of a devastating war with monsters trying to retrieve the Scaling Stone. Yin Yang Master Qing Ming’s life is in danger, which leads him on a journey to different worlds in preparation for the upcoming assaults. During his voyage, Qing Ming finds that the key to stopping all the calamities is embracing his human and monster hybrid identity (source – Netflix).

Now here’s a more detailed summary provided on imdb.com – Captain of the City Guard, Yuan Boya, is stripped of his rank after failing to guard an imperial tribute. Unwilling to let things lie, he searches for the thieves that stole the tribute, only to end up entering a mystical world of demons. Along the way, he becomes mixed up in a feud between the Yin Yang Master Qing Ming, humans and the demon worlds. Yuan Boya and Qing Ming’s relationship grows from mutual distaste to grudging respect, and eventually, they establish an unbreakable bond of master and familiar. The two work together to solve an old mystery and prove Qing Ming’s innocence while also unravelling a conspiracy to bring the Demon King back from the dead. (I’m not too confident of this summary’s accuracy since anyone can edit the imdb.com site.)

Main cast list for The Yin Yang Master:

We have one of my favourite Chinese actors ever, Chen Kun as Qin Ming, the yin yang master/Seimei

Zhou Xun as Bai Ni/Yao Bikuni

William Chan as Ci Mu

Claudia Wang as the Peach blossom fairy

Shen Yue as Shen Le/Kagura

Cici Wang as the Snow lady –

Wang Yue Yi as the Butterfly monster

And finally, Shaw Qu as Yuan Bo Ya/Hiromasa.

This stellar cast for The Yin Yang Master truly excites me, and I’m equally eager to get more insight into the world of Onmyoji. I’ve never played the game, but I have seen the 2020 animated series. Sadly, the anime episodes were too short; hence I’m very thankful for these live-actions that allow me to dive more into this intriguing fantasy world. Since Netflix also picked up the international distribution for this version, I’ll wait to watch both the 2020 and 2021 adaptation together. As of now, there’s no official date for the international release since this film just started airing in China.

Update: This film is now available on Netflix.

To close this post, here are all the teasers/trailers for The Yin Yang Master. I saved them for last just in case anyone prefers to go into a movie without knowing what sort of visuals to expect, so watch at your discretion –

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: BIBI|LAY|SECHSKIES|Kim Myungsoo (L)|asepa|CIX

This post is a compiled review of the comebacks I missed from last week –

BIBI – “Eat My Love”

I love the beat on this song, and as always, BIBI sounds beautiful + the animation for the music video is adorable. I adore her quirky personality and how that shows in all her videos and singing style. She will surely make it big in the K-r&b arena because of her versatility. People need to stop sleeping on Korean R&B solo artists in general. The English translation of this song is available using this link 👉🏽 Color Coded Lyrics. “Eat My Love” is a cute song with a lovely message but not my favourite from this artist.


LAY – “Joker”

See, I already know that with LAY, I’m getting BOPS. Hence I came into this song expecting excellence, and I got that 100%. “Joker” is a lit track🔥. The beat is not all up in your face, but it’s the perfect tempo for LAY’s groovy vocals/rap. I went ahead to watch the live performance, and his stage presence fully sold me, and now this song is on my playlist.

PRODUCER contains nine self-composed songs from LAY’s time on the Chinese entertainment show – CZR II: I’m Singer-Songwriter. In this record, he gave a perfect balance of slow vibes, R&B sweetness and lit beats. I enjoyed the mix, and even though I can’t pick a favourite song right now, I live for the vocal quality on track 5 – “Stay With Me”.


SECHSKIES – “DON’T LOOK BACK”

Another beautiful ballad from SECHSKIES. Older generation groups always have so much emotional power in their voices, so I enjoyed listening to this song. The instrumental is equally captivating, and overall the production of this song is excellent. They also did well with the acting of each role for the music video. “DON’T LOOK BACK” is already on my playlist.


KIM MYUNGSOO (L of INFINITE) – “Between memory and memory”

This release is L’s 1st single album, so I was very excited about it. You all know I love ballads, so that already gave the song a fair chance in my books. I enjoyed watching the music video. It is beautiful, and every frame could be a legit screensaver. Plus, I love the serene vibe, and L looked effortlessly stunning. The instrumental is lovely and paired well with L’s calm vocal tone + I love the choral effect they used in some sections. “Between memory and memory” is a song that I see myself replaying a lot.


asepa – “Forever”

I believe this is asepa’s second single, and I haven’t listened to their first. The visuals for this music video are beautiful, and I love their voices. They sound stable for such a sweet slow track. I was genuinely impressed by the soft vocal runs from their main vocalists (sorry, I’m not familiar with their names yet.). I love that they’re not pushing their vocals to get extreme high notes but rather working effectively within their vocal range. “Forever” is a lovely song, and I already added it to my playlist. I’ll make time to check out their debut song.


CIX – “Cinema”

CIX is one of my newer interests. I first heard “What You Wanted” from Spotify, and I got intrigued. My favourite songs from their EP – Hello, Strange Time are “Jungle” & “Change Me”. So I’ve been dying to check out more from this group, and here is the perfect opportunity. “Cinema” has a catchy beat, and the vocals are equally top-notch. The set/visuals for the music video is very detailed and perfect for the upbeat vibe. I adore the retro sound of this song; it’s something I can always play on repeat.

Hello, Strange Dream is their 4th EP with five songs. After listening to this record, I officially became a fan of CIX. They have perfect vocals, captivating music, and their vibe is right up my alley. I’ll find time to check out their full discography and learn more about the members. I enjoyed all five songs on this new album, but if I were to pick just one to have on replay for days, it would be “Stairway To Heaven”.

That’s is all for this week’s catching up with recent comebacks; see you all in my next post💕💕💕.