Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Proposal Daisakusen

This J-Drama isn't very new but I was only able to watch it now, after my friend recommended it. Proposal Daisakusen centers mostly on a guy played by Yamapi who has been in love with his best friend since elementary. The show starts with his best friend being married off to someone else, and Yamapi being extremely regretful that he wasn't the groom.

A fairy of the Church, not your average kind of fairy (he is a HE, for one thing), decides to take pity on this poor soul and grant him a chance to go back to time to confess his feelings to his best friend and hopefully change the course of his future to a happier one. He realizes, however, that this is no easy feat, as he deals with his personal issues, most especially his pride.

The drama was a very interesting watch, and anything related to time traveling has always caught my eye. After three episodes, however, you start to see the formula of the series, and start to skip a few minutes of each episode to cut to the chase. One good thing about the show is that it touches on the lives of the other characters as well. The other members of the cast played their roles very well, and had varied traits, from the playboy to the hopelessly lovesick puppy. Of course, the lead actor was very talented, as we would all expect from the very good-looking Japanese heartthrob, Yamapi.

I would say that the show could have been compressed to 8 episodes, and it would have been an even better watch. As for the ending, a long-standing debate remains whether it was a good ending or not. I will not say too much because I do not want to spoil you but as a teaser: a lot of people were left wanting for more episodes when they finished the series. I, for one, remain in the middle of this debate.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Oguri Shun and Crows Zero

Oguri Shun will be exploring his dark, badass, cool, and kickass side in his latest movie in Japan, Crows Zero. Check out the trailer below and drool ;)

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Today is Toma Ikuta's Birthday! Let's all greet him today! :) Post in all your blogs, myspace accounts and whatnots =) Hopefully, the greetings will reach him :)

I also made 2 wallpapers for him as a gift :) Ikuta Toma, Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu!!! Click on the thumbnails below to view the full 1024X768 version of the wallpaper. You can use this on your desktop to your heart's content but please don't offer them on your site :)


Ikuta Toma Wallpaper
Ikuta Toma Wallpaper

Here's a great, great youtube video made by yamapink!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Anti-climactic JDrama Endings?

Is it just me or were First Kiss and Hana Kimi's endings a bit too... anticlimactic? For First Kiss, the tension built up as the episodes progressed making you worry about Mio's operation, but it just ended all of a sudden like that!

As for Hana Kimi, more scenes were given to the friendship among Ashiya and the other fellow Hana Kimi students and Ashiya and Sano's relationship was not highlighted enough. And what of Ashiya going back to America? How will Ashiya and Sano's relationship continue?

It wasn't all that bad, but I guess I just hoped for more romantic scenes :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Oguri Shun's Past

My friend from Japan came here last week and gave me an Oguri Shun book filled with oodles of pictures of him :) And guess what?? The book says that Oguri Shun didn't like going to school before because people used to pick on him! Can you believe that?? This uber popular, sought-after Japanese actor who is arguably known worldwide used to be picked on at school!

Anyway, I'll be posting some pics from that book soon, and wallpapers of him, when I get the time.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

New Ikuta Toma Wallpaper

New wallpaper for Ikuta Toma up! This wallpaper is still for Ikuta Toma's portrayal of Nakatsu Shuichi of the ongoing Jdrama, Hana Kimi, which, if you have not been following, is about to come to its conclusion pretty soon (sob...). This picture of Ikuta Toma was captured at the time of the Mr. and Ms. Osaka contest when the teacher

************ spoiler alert ************

announces that Ashiya Mizuki has won as the Queen of Ms. Osaka.

************ end of spoiler alert ************

This wallpaper clearly shows his natural comical side. He was born to play the role of Nakatsu... But then again, with his talent, he acts as if he was born to play every role he's ever been given!

Hope you enjoy this Ikuta Toma wallpaper! ^_^ Again, I'd love to hear your comments. For more of my Ikuta Toma goodies, click here:
You're free to use my wallpapers/buddy icons, but please don't place them on your site. Thanks!

I'm gonna have even more Ikuta Toma stuff up as soon as I can make them! =) Enjoy! Click on the image below to get the bigger version :)

Ikuta Toma Wallpaper

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Ikuta Toma wallpaper

My newest Ikuta Toma wallpaper featuring him as the very funny Nakatsu in the ongoing Japanese drama series, Hana Kimi. Toma Ikuta kawaii desu ne!!!

Ikuta Toma Wallpaper

More Toma Ikuta wallpapers soon :) I'd love a comment if you like this wallpaper :)

Monday, September 3, 2007

First Kiss Episode 7 and 8!!! screenshots and buddy icons

First Kiss episode 7 was the cutest episode of First Kiss thus far!!! And one of the cutest Japanese Drama Series episodes as well!! Dr Yuuki's dimply smile is absolutely adorable!! And him meeting Mio at the restaurant while they were on the phone... kawaii desu ne!!!

Screenshots to recap the beautiful scene!

And screens to that romantic date:

Episode 8 was so bittersweet and sad and I can't wait for episode 9!

Made some buddy icons for episode 7 and 8

Friday, August 31, 2007

Cute or Not Cute?

Cute or not cute? I am totally loving this new site I came across - CuteNotCute.com! It's sort of a spin off from hotornot.com but this time the focus is on cute stuff (like stuffed toys, illustrations, jewelries and collectibles), cute people, and cute pets! The UI is uber cute so it really lives up to its name!

And check out this cute banner they have at the site!

I'm waiting on more people to post their cute pics!!! :) If you're interested in cuteness (as the site calls it), please do share your pictures, I have some stuffed toys there myself hehehe

Monday, August 27, 2007

Threadless is on Sale!!!

Click me now! Stuff are going at only $10 a piece :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Kristen Bell gets a gig at Heroes and loses Lost, Jason Dohring gets a share of the Moonlight

Kristen Bell gets a gig at Heroes

And I quote

"Bell will first appear in October as Elle, "a sexy, mysterious young lady who (Spoiler alert) has ties to the supposed death of Peter, H.R.G.'s past and Claire's future."


"Unreliable sources say Bell's Heroes alter ego has the power to utterly destroy a person with a witty retort."

This is SO Kristen Bell! Witty, sexy, mysterious! Can't wait! I'm not a big Heroes fan but yeah, this is definitely gonna make me really start getting into Heroes pronto (and may I add that it's completely an added bonus that the hot hot Milo Ventimiglia is starring this show -- I'd lose the whole flat, fixed hairdo though -- anyway...)!

Kristen Bell also recently was offered a gig at Lost, another very popular TV series, but she turned it down because she's heading to Broadway!

Oh and here's another hearsay:

"Bell could be replacing Laura Bell Bundy in Legally Blonde this February."

How cool is that?!

I am pretty stoked with Kristen Bell's new contracts, but I am still quite disheartened that Veronica Mars continues to be nowhere in the future TV guides. I do hope that perhaps, Kristen Bell's increase in popularity will somehow enlighten other viewers about Veronica Mars, the wittiest (ever) show, and that we could finally get picked up for a decent close to season 3 and a full season 4!

Here's one avid VM fan who is still not giving up!

Other juicy news! Jason Dohring also lands a new role, which will hopefully jumpstart this hottie's career!

From: Hollywood Reporter

"Dohring will play ancient vampire Josef. He replaces 60-year-old Rade Serbedzija, who played the part in the pilot presentation before the character was reconceptualized as a young, mischievous hedge-fund trader."

I'm already imagining how he's gonna play this role and I must say I am completely thrilled.

So, again, VM must live on through these actors!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Japanese Drama Hana Kimi screenshots for episode 1 with captions! Enjoy!
If you want to use this on your website, please ask permission first. Capturing screens isn't as simple as it seems :) (at least for someone like me who finds the process very tedious)

Special thanks goes to SARS FANSUBS for creating high-quality japanese drama series fansubs :) Check out their site to download the videos =)

Ashiya starts her new life in Osaka High School

Fan girls flock to Osaka High School to view the good-looking students

Osaka High school is an all-boys school with only one criterion for entering

Their appearance.

Fan girls are loving the beautiful scenery

Also here

The Hibari Four. A group of girls who belong to St. Blossoms, Osaka High School's sister school.

Osaka High students are all excited to see the transfer student from America (but they are later on disappointed to see a Japanese-looking guy - Mizuki - instead)

Mizuki's first encounter with Sano, the sole reason she was dressing up as a guy and attending Osaka High School, wasn't a very nice one.

Sano's graceful high jump, which has been Mizuki's inspiration.

Acting like a guy can be quite tricky especially in sticky situations such as this one.

News goes around of Mizuki's skills in running, so all the dorms fight over her to gain a better chance at winning dorm competitions

Later on, she learns that winners of dorm competitions get rewards

Mizuki meets Nanba, playboy and dorm head of dorm 2

And meets the adorable dog of dorm 2

As well as this creepy fellow (who will grow on you most definitely)

Sano has an attitude

Mizuki runs at the dorm competition despite her injury

Flashback: Mizuki cut her hair to look like a guy, attend Osaka High and convince Sano to jump again.

Sano takes care of Mizuki

Nakatsu and his brilliant display of selflessness makes his late grandma proud

Monday, August 13, 2007

Threadless People

Please vote for my friend's design =)

Cats Playing Poker - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

It's a hilarious design and I love that it's about poker.

Mucho thanks :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Hooray for Ikuta Toma

Reasons why I am so happy for Ikuta Toma right now:

1. His role in Hana Kimi - Nakatsu is perfect for Ikuta Toma. He can show off his sense of humor, his romantic side, and his intense side all in one! It's so cute the way this very cool, athletic guy goes all gawky all of a sudden. He provides a lot of the humor in the show. The way he debates over his feelings for Ashiya is hilarious!

2. The Hana Kimi poll I've made thus far - As of this post, Nakatsu is leading my poll by a whopping 16 votes! If you haven't voted, vote now :D

3. All the overwhelming replies I've gotten in my first Ikuta Toma post. It's great to know there a lot of other avid Ikuta Toma supporters out there!

Here's to hoping that Hana Kimi will be Ikuta Toma's springboard to superstardom!

Below are two Ikuta Toma buddy icons I've made. Enjoy! :)

Friday, August 10, 2007


Pixar disproved my skepticism about yet another animated film revolving around animals. As soon as I watched the trailer of the uberly cute rat cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I knew I needed to watch this film on the big screen.

The show certainly wowed me with its very detailed graphics. The plot was also very interesting. I love, love, love to cook. To have a rat in the kitchen is certainly taboo in the culinary world, so it was certainly quite a twist to have a rat so gifted in cooking. Finally, to have this movie set in the romantic city that is Paris gave the show a very cozy ambience.

One of the scenes that totally stuck in my head after the movie ended was Ego trying out the delectable-looking Ratatouille that Remy cooked up. It looked deeelicious!

Once I got home, I researched the recipe for Ratatouille and decided to make my own! I have to say this dish is really good! And very simple to make, too! The recipe calls for 7 basic ingredients:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (the very good stuff)
Tomato, sliced
Zucchini, sliced
Red Onion, sliced
Salt and Pepper

The secret is in the quality of the ingredients. The olive oil brings out the flavor in the tomato and zucchini and these two vegetables really are a match made in heaven. Some recipes call for eggplant but since I am not a big fan of eggplant, I decided to omit that.

How to cook this dish? Simple. Place a considerable amount of olive oil on your skillet, and place the garlic and red onion when the oil gets hot. Cook until the onion becomes somewhat translucent and dump in the sliced zucchinis. Place the tomato once the zucchinis are cooked, and season with salt and pepper. I like to place it in a deep dish and bake it for a few minutes or so just to bring more flavor to it but this last step isn't really necessary.

The result of my creation:

Doesn't look like Remy's masterpiece, that's for sure, but I surmise that Remy placed some sort of thickener to his sauce. None the less, the dish is a must try :)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Vote for your favorite Hana Kimi Hottie!

Just curious :) Please vote for your favorite Hana Kimi hottie through the poll to your right and leave comments here why if you like :)

Hana Yori Dango Season 2 Episode 1 Final Part

While studying in a library one day, Makino encounters Junpei, who asks her to join her in his modelling stint, where Junpei encourages her to have one photo shoot with him for kicks. The photo, however, shows up in an international magazine which is widely read by everyone, even by a certain boy in New York.

In a surprising turn of events, Makino receives a red notice one day, which could come from none other than Domyouji. This, along with the encouragement of Rui, leads Makino to be ever more determined to visit Domyouji in New York. That is when we are lead back to the scene with the thugs. Makino's knight in pointy shoes is none other than Hanazawa Rui, who has decided to accompany her in New York.

By some miracle, Makino encounters Domyouji at the hot dog stand. She is thrilled, but apparently, Domyouji is not. Makino is devastated but she is still doggedly determined to find out what's wrong so she goes to his school to find him. A conversation with him and an unexpected turn of events leads her to believe that perhaps, Domyouji has really forgotten about her. The remaining members of F4 try to talk some sense into him but to no avail.

Meanwhile, back in school, Makino deals with all the bullying and Junpei is there to help her through the ordeal.

*** spoilers below ***

There is, however, more to Junpei than meets the eye. It turns out that Junpei himself had ordered the red notice and that he planned to use Makino as bait to bring Domyouji back so he could extract his revenge for all the evil things Domyouji had done in the past. Makino, whom Junpei's gang has strapped to a pole in some abandoned shack, retaliates and manages to escape Junpei's gang where Domyouji's sister is there to rescue her. Domyouji's sister and Makino talk over a scrumptious meal, where Makino confesses how much she misses and loves Domyouji. Domyouji's sister is heartbroken.

The episode reaches its shocking ending when Nishida hands Makino an invitation to Domyouji's grand birthday party. At the event, Domyouji's mother makes an important announcement - Domyouji is to be engaged - and not to her, but to a girl by the name of Okawahara Shigeru.