It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about the usual contents of this blog because, well, there’s really nothing new nor exciting to write about. (Not that it has stopped me before, but people get tired sometimes, you know?) Anyway, this topic totally blew my mind because I never expected it.

On the latest episode of the tVn variety show Grandpas Over Flowers, Choi Ji Woo and Lee Seo Jin were on a drive with the fellow cast members in Greece when the topic of friends in the industry came up. Choi Ji Woo mentioned that she is friends with Kim Tae Hee, and both of them together with Song Hye Kyo like to watch movies together. :whoa: As reference, here is the clip of that part as posted at On Demand Korea (embedding is not allowed so I’m just posting a link to the content). I had doubted the translations at first because, maybe, Ji Woo meant she goes to the movies with the princess at times and with Hye Kyo at other times, but I saw this recap from breathlesssurvival’s blog that basically confirms that Ji Woo said all three of them go to the movies together.

I know that Choi Ji Woo and Song Hye Kyo have been friends for a long time. They are part of a big circle of friends who all happen to be A-listers in Korean entertainment, including Jung Woo Sung, Lee Jung Jae and Kim Seung Woo. Choi Ji Woo and the princess, on the other hand, were in Stairway To Heaven together. They probably became friends through that drama. (Honestly, I had to Google how they became friends and was, like, :boinkself: when the results told me something that I should’ve already known as Stairway To Heaven was the first K-drama that I saw and got obsessed with. I guess I totally blurred out everything princess-related in my memory…)

However, Kim Tae Hee and Song Hye Kyo, hanging out together? Has anyone seen that coming? Did Choi Ji Woo acted as referee became the common friend that brought them together?

Anyway, I’m not qualified to judge. I don’t know them personally. I’m just too floored at the thought, that’s all. Maybe I’ll just believe it when I see the princess’ face posted at Hye Kyo’s Instagram.

PS: I found it even more amusing that Lee Seo Jin followed up Ji Woo’s remark about her being friends with KTH and SHK by saying that he hasn’t seen those two but he has occasionally seen Rain. :hihihi: For once, I am not annoyed at seeing his and the princess’ names in one article. What I do found annoying, however, is how this segment of the episode is being used to drum up a few media plays for the couple (and I don’t mean Choi Ji Woo and Lee Seo Jin), just because both their names were mentioned. :kilay:

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Random observation:

What is up with the resurgence of BiKyo fans commenting on both their Instagram accounts that they miss the BiKyo couple? Even more so, what is up with some Rain-only fans – some of whom even berated me in the past for not supporting his choice in women :rolleyes: – who are now posting messages of support for Song Hye Kyo on social media, particularly at Hye Kyo’s IG? :think:

People who regularly visit(ed) this blog would know how insanely jealous I am of lucky fans who get special treats from their idols. (And I’m even more jealous of fans whose idols are great with fan service. :shutup: )

Ricky Martin has always been one of my best-loved artists. I was eleven when I first encountered Menudo and Ricky has been my favorite from the very beginning. My being a Ricky fan also brought me to the wonderful world of international fandom thanks to the wonders of the internet and through Ricky, I met some really great people who have eventually become my good friends even outside of the fandom.

Imagine how green I was in envy when my friend Sassy of Australian Friends of Ricky Martin posted this on Instagram on the date of her birthday. :whee!: She celebrated her birthday with The Man himself. :dream: (Through a Meet and Greet, of course, but if you saw the footage you would think it was more of a special birthday surprise for her than a Meet and Greet.) I was insanely jealous, but it was jealousy in a good way. Sassy has been one of the most loyal Ricky followers there is. She has literally and figuratively trailed him for decades now (since she was nine, if I remember correctly) and probably has more Ricky encounters than anyone I’ve known, though she never really flaunted it. She truly deserved it.

Truly, persistence has its own rewards.

Of course, it helps if the artist is as genuinely sweet to his fans as Ricky Martin is. :wink:

Now, if we can only get Ricky back in Asia again soon. Preferably in Manila.

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Updated, 25 April 2015

What’s this I heard that a certain someone who is (in)famous for his utter lack of fan service has allowed (1) fans to take photos if his most recent fan meet (very recent, as in today); and (2) even gave hugs to attendees?

Biglang rumi-Ricky Martin, ganon? :hihihi:

I really don’t get why some people feel the need to do certain things on someone else’s social media accounts.

Like, convo-ing among themselves on some other person’s Instagram. Uh, guys? How about just talking among yourselves on your own social media pages? Or at certain community forums like Soompi, or Facebook pages? Your idol doesn’t need to read through messages that does not have anything to do with him or her on their own Instagram. It’s like visiting someone’s home only to chat with the other guests while the home owner just sits in a corner to watch you talk.

Or feeling the need to tell their idol that said idol should reconcile with their ex- just because, “we miss you both and would like to see you together again”. And when you point out their insensitive remarks, they’re like, “we’re her fans, too. We have the right to tell her what we want!” (huh? Even insensitive topics like ex-boyfriends?)

Or greeting another person a ‘Happy Birthday’ on another person’s Instagram instead of telling the birthday celebrant directly (she has a Weibo and IG, too, you know). Ah, too bad for the guy. He’s now reduced to just being someone else’s messenger.

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On a somewhat related topic: I often see fans – Filipino fans, to be specific – complaining on social media about insane ticket prices of foreign acts’ concerts in the Philippines. It’s a common sight in the K-pop community, where the hashtag #TeamBahay (team house-bound) originated which are now adopted by non-Kpop fandoms such as that of One Direction. The most recent one is for Ariana Grande, whose upcoming concert tour in Manila commands a whopping P16,000.00 (around US$357) plus service charge for a VIP ticket. The Mt. Everest seats cost P2,099 (US$47), which is too steep for fans consisting mostly of pre-teens.

The thing is, no matter how much these fans complain, enough people will be able to cough up the money to buy those tickets, anyway. The concert will still be a success, regardless of whether the paying audience are the so-called “real fans” or not. See: One Direction.

If they want to REALLY campaign for lower ticket prices, boycott any concert that has expensive ticket costs. Otherwise, it’s just another noise on social media that doesn’t really hold any weight.

Although to be quite honest, “real fans” would never complain about ticket prices. They would never hesitate to pay up because for them, the experience of seeing their favorites on stage, in the flesh, is worth more than any money in the world.

I’m not being a social class bigot or anything of that sort. I’m just saying, don’t judge people who ended up at the VIP section as “posers” or “not real fans”. I mean, why would anyone shell out more than US$200 to watch someone they don’t really care about?

I haven’t been writing mini-reviews about anything lately because I haven’t had the time to watch. Lately, I’ve been losing interest over Korean dramas because nothing is really catching my fancy (unless someone or something finally convinces me to watch My Lovely Girl; it has been occupying significant disk space on my laptop, untouched, for the longest time), though I am looking forward to watching Kill Me, Heal Me because I’ve been seeing so many people raving about Ji Sung’s acting. In the meantime, I’ve jumped over the fence and saw a couple of ‘lakorns’ or Thai dramas which have been much talked about in forums that I regularly visit, or in the case of the second one, from rave reactions of my friends.

Hormones, Season 2

Warning: post may include SPOILERS

I’ve seen Season 1 and loved it, as I have written about on this mini-review. Since the end of Season 1 was left hanging as a lot of the main characters’ issues remained unresolved, I looked forward to watching the second season. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint.

While it is quite noticeable that the second season was somewhat ‘tamed’ in terms of presentation compared to the first one, the issues are still quite PG-rated (teen homosexuality, for instance; they even went towards the Glee way and showed implied sex between two people of the same gender) that I still think that this drama will never be allowed to be broadcast in the Philippines. :hopeless: But at the same time, they also showed ‘regular’ teen issues such as secret crushes among friends/classmates. Unlike in the first season where the topics were mostly about teen sexuality (like, if you watch Season 1 you would think that all high school students in Thailand engage in nothing but clubbing and sex – I know they’re most probably not, but that’s what Season 1 told me), Season 2 was more diverse. They also talked about drugs, peer pressure and the effects of both broadcast and social media on today’s youth.

As for the actors, the old cast was back and some new ones were introduced. In Season 1, Pachara Chirathivat/Peach as the main protagonist Win caught my fancy, even if he gives me a Richard Gutierrez vibe (which is so weird, because I don’t like Richard at all especially when he took the Justin role in the PH version of Full House). Peach didn’t do much in Season 2, in fact he starred in what I consider to be the most boring episode of the entire series. :sleep: The one who caught my interest in Season 2 is Gunn Junhavat as Tar, the rockstar musician, thus, a million pogi points for me even if he’s not traditionally cute and sorely lacking in height. He’s the one who got the ‘regular’ teen love story, that is, he has a girl best friend in Toei (played by Sutatta Udomsilp/Punpun who showed amazing acting chops in Season 2) and they seem to like each other, but the girl got a boyfriend who turned out to be bisexual and left her for another man. Meanwhile, Tar got a girlfriend of his own even if deep inside it’s Toei whom he really loves. I totally shipped Tar and Toei, until I learned later on that Punpun (the actress playing Toei) is actually in a relationship with March, the actor who played her bisexual boyfriend in the series. :wall: So much for having my ship sunk even before it sailed. Drats. :chair:

And speaking of sinking ships… let’s talk about…

Full House, Thai version

True confession: while I’ve learned about the Thai version of Full House from friends who couldn’t stop raving about Mike D Angelo (and one of them actually got the drama files from me but saw it ahead of me), I have always been hesitant to watch it. The reason is obvious: it’s FULL HOUSE. I don’t have to say anything else.

Then I got assigned to a faraway agency and had a lot of time to kill on the road. So I decided to catch up on my drama backlogs, beginning with this lakorn.

Admittedly, in the first few episodes, I couldn’t help but be all, “ugh, they’re ruining my Full House”. The first four episodes were practically duplicates of the original Korean. Mike was made to look and act a lot like Rain – as in Rain himself, not Lee Young Jae – and let’s admit it, he is SO not Rain. (Side note: it is only recently, through my research, that I learned that I actually knew Mike from way back; he was half of the duo Golf and Mike, whom I have seen in Japanese magazines before and caught my attention because of the name “Golf”. I was new in Asian entertainment then; at the time, I giggle at people who have names like Golf, Peach, March, Sprite, etc.) Aom is Han Ji Eun gone bad because (1) she’s not ignorant, but she does a lot of stupid things; and (2) she really intended to fool Mike. Han Ji Eun was really more like a victim of her own ignorance. (Although it could also be argued that what happened at the Korean version might not work for Thailand because they have different laws regarding selling of property.) Mintra, who is the Thai version of Kang Hye Won, was an outright bitch and a brat. Thankfully, she didn’t turn into Evil Lorraine in the Philippine version who even attempted to kill Jessie. (WTF is that version, really. :bop: ) The only character who somewhat appropriates the original Korean was Guy, the Thai version of Yoo Min Hyuk. It helped that Channel V’s VJ Utt, who played Guy, has a resemblance to Kim Sung Soo.

Fortunately, by episode six the drama eventually stopped being an exact copy of the Korean version and that’s when I warmed up to Mike and Aom. Mike had the same Rain Effect (pun intented) on me; just like Rain, I didn’t like him at first. By the middle of the series, he grew on me. He’s one of those actors with acting eyes, and he’s a good crier, too. (Actually, he’s hot when he cries. And I am weird. :err: ) Aom can be annoying sometimes, but she’s good at dramatic scenes. Jane (Mintra) is so good at being a brat that I want to slap her silly and throw her into the river behind Full House. Utt is convincing as the player Guy, because well, it’s VJ Utt. He has that swag. Special mention should be made about the golden retriever named Junior who visits Aom’s house every now and then to keep her company. That dog managed to make me cry twice.

Technically, my only gripe about this drama is the editing. I think there were too many scenes that could’ve been shortened or taken out altogether to make the drama more cohesive. But if they did that, the drama might be shortened to 15 episodes instead of 20.

I hate to commit blasphemy against my beloved Korean version, but I think the screenplay of the Thai version is more realistic and convincing. This version also has so many kilig scenes that it came to the point that I wished that the original Korean was like this. Then again, if Rain and Song Hye Kyo did the ice cream scene from the Thai version, all of us would probably die from so much feels. And don’t get me started on that trailer park scene from the final episode…

Mike and Aom looked so comfy together – actually, too comfy, based on the behind-the-scene clips – that I found myself shipping them. Unfortunately, it was revealed that Mike has sired a child with his ex-girlfriend last year, although they’re not married and it seems that they have no plans of getting hitched. So the AoMike ship still sails, but I don’t want to get too attached. One Full House couple is enough. :cry:

Still, I couldn’t help but envy the Thai version and wished that the Korean one is like them. The Thai pair is so close, and they never hesitate to go public with it. Meanwhile, we won’t even know for sure that the Korean ones are close until they personally declared it three years after the drama has ended (and we never saw any evidence since then). The Thai pair had many public appearances after Full House (they even had a Full House Live! Special where they had a Big Brother/We Got Married style episode and really, great acting from the two if they were really acting) and rumors (or I think it’s confirmed?) say that they are currently filming a new drama together.

Meanwhile, the Korean counterparts did not have any follow-up collaborations despite Full House being highly successful (seriously, what is up with that?), and the two are now acting as if they don’t know each other.

Trust Agent P to turn this review into another lamentation of the ship that sunk. Sigh. :sad:

Hello! It’s been a while. I’ve been buried under piles and piles of garbage reports as it’s peak season at work right now. :stretcher: I barely have time to sleep, much more enjoy a hobby.

I just want to share something amusing that happened to me here at the office just a few moments ago…

An employee of my client agency offered to sell me some food supplements (juice and capsules), trying to entice me by using the magic words: “LOSE WEIGHT, FAST AND SAFE”. She said many of her colleagues have been using the product, and one by one they started parading their ‘brand-new selves’ in front of me. Of course, I’m new here so I’m really not sure how much have changed from their old selves to their brand new selves. Anyway, I would have been interested, not because of the losing weight part, but because with this new assignment wherein I have to travel a minimum of two hours per trip, I would need all the supplements I could get to boost my physical and mental energy.

And then, maybe in another attempt to get a successful sale out of me, she uttered more magic words: “pag ininom mo ito, mawawalan ka ng ganang kumain! (if you take this capsule, you will lose your appetite!)”

:kilay:

You could pretty much tell what happened next.

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Postscript:

I couldn’t imagine how my life would be if I started taking supplements to suppress my appetite :ayaw: and then I made my client happy and they send me these:

Hearty afternoon merienda. #thankyousasponsor #okoy #lumpia #camotefries #pandesal #food #foodie #foodporn

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