Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
So far I actually liked the Japanese version better than Korean one. I honestly didn't remember much about the Taiwanese version so it wouldn't be fair to include it as comparison. The setting of Hana Yori Dango (HYD) reminded me of Harry Potter. Some of the music was actually quite similar. There was a scene where Makino was lost in the huge mansion of Domyouji family and she got to this room that had three long tables like the one at Hogwart. And Makino said huh, what is this ? Harry Potter ?
The story line was also different even though they were adapted from same comic. Well of course. The Korean Tsukasa (aka Goo Joon Pyo) was portrayed as such a spoilt brat that when Jan Di lost the necklace Goo Joon Pyo gave her, he was so mad that he didn't want to talk to her. While Tsukasa was actually more reasonable.
I found the bullying scene in the school very disturbing. But the Korean version one just made me think, what kind of school was that. The first time Jan Di got the red F4 card, she was the target of her classmates egg throwing and flour dusting. There must be something about eggs and flour which I didn't quite get. That part was not too bad. But later on when set up Jan Di's bike on fire. I thought that was TOO MUCH. And no teachers did anything about that ? WTF. Yes, teachers were afraid of F4 because they WERE F4, but those kids that set up bike on fire were not F4.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I was too excited when I started watching it. I just clicked on the top of the 'hottest' list and couldn't wait to get started as soon as I found out that it was a Korean version of MG. But now I suffered from it. The new video is trickling down sooo slow. It barely even trickling anymore. Like somebody called the plumber and had it fixed. I came to episode 12 and stopped to think. I could continue and watch till episode 14 which was the last one available right now. If I did that, I'd risk forgetting and would have to rewatch it when the episode 15 comes out and wait another month before the next one comes out. If I stopped watching now and wait until more episodes are accumulated, I could just rewatch episode 12 instead of waiting miserable for the new episode to come out each time. I opted for the latter.
Now what to do ? It's another stormy weekend, and I didn't really want to start a new series with this one hanging. So I looked for the Japanese version instead. ha..ha.. The name is Hana Yori Dango (花より男子). And since I was still quite fresh with the Korean one, I could actually made some comparisons. One very obvious thing was the castings. The Korean version had a better choice for the F4 guys. While the Japanese had a better main girl character. The Japanese version is very dark. It was dark, literally...ha..ha.. But the portrayal of the bad character was also dark. While the Korean one was more light and cheerful. It's really hard to say which one actually represent the manga better since I haven't read the comic itself.
Official site for Hana Yori Dango http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/
Friday, February 20, 2009
Then somebody called and made a guess and it started rolling from there. Last week and this week actually got pretty intensed as most people who called in got three out of five voices correct. And me and hubby were quite regular callers. :) Embarrassing I know. But the prize was too tantalizing to resist. It was vacation to Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. In this kind of economy, a free vacation brought out so many listeners that usually won't even bother to participate.
I actually had rehearsed my winning speech for the day we'll win the prize. Alas, someone else won it on Wednesday at 3:20 PM. When hubby emailed me the news, I was shocked. I couldn't concentrate for a few minutes. But..the best man won the contest.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Platter consisted of jerk, rice with red beans, mixed salad with ranch dressing on the side, fried plaintains and a small plastic container of jerk sauce. Hot sauce was available on the table as well. But with this jerk, you don't need to add any hot sauce at all. It was tasty by itself. The jerk sauce that came with it was AWESOME. I tasted tons of onion, garlic and spices. I'm so gonna try to make it myself. Fried plaintain was not oily and I could taste the sweetness of the plaintain. All in all was a wonderful experience. I WILL BE BACK !
Monday, February 9, 2009
Trader Joe's has their way of rewarding green customers. Customers that bring their own grocery bags will be offered raffle tickets to win free grocery. Not bad. Seriously though I never won any.
Last week I went to Whole Foods. Upon checking out, I was asked whether I wanted a deduction or addition for bringing my own grocery bag. Puzzled. I replied neither one. I knew from past experience that bringing your own bag will get you a 5 cent discount. But addition ?? Is this a new move to discourage customers from bringing their own bags ? Turned out that if I had chosen addition, a 5 cent would be donated to Sacred Heart. Interesting. Maybe they should have made a donation anyhow since I declined the 5 cent discount.
courtesy of www.zen3bags.com
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Spare 1 RM today ..or more to help the Sarawak Children's Cancer Society. To donate go to www.kennysia.com or click the link below. Last day for donation is February 12, 2009.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Garlic noodle with chicken (option : seafood or fillet mignon)
spring roll (bigger than usual size)
(pic borrowed from yelper Kat C)
2109 Clement St (between 22nd & 23rd Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94121
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I should say I've been bad. I haven't been training enough. In fact, I haven't really run 6-mile for quite a while. So you could imagine me trying to run 13.1 mile today! Believe me it wasn't fun, it was actually painful. I could have stopped half way, but I kinda underestimate the distance. I thought to myself, it should NOT be that bad if I just walked half of the distance. Yeah..it's going to take forever, but I CAN do it. But on mile 9, I realized the next 4 miles is going to be extra hard.
I can say that I finally made it. Not a good PR (personal record). My first half marathon was done in 3:35. I just hope that my second one would be better. And hopefully I would do it in a better condition. Looking good when I passed the finish line. :)
Just starting at 8 AM - still very enthusiastic
This is how I looked towards the end - still 3 miles to go.