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KBS will be airing this April 14 a new drama called Powerful Opponents. This will focus on the lives of the presidential bodyguards in the Blue House in Korea, their version of the US White House and it’s secret service agents.

Chae Rim, Lee Jin Wook and Lee Jong Hyuk will be the main cast of the story.

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Lee Jin Wook will be playing the President’s son and Lee Jong Hyuk will be playing Chae Rim’s co-agent. It is a love triangle obviously so I do wonder who gets her in the end. Personally, I am rooting for the guy with the rugged looks on the right. It will be nice to see Chae Rim again after Dal Ja’s Spring and based from the pics, she look prettier in here. I can’t wait to watch it and hopefully the story will be nicely written and no to waiting for the 15th episode for all revelations cliches and hopefully again that characters here do talk to each other if there is something bothering them, if you know what I mean…those Korean drama cliches that makes you wonder why the main cast can’t really sit down and talk their issues until the very final episode. Am I asking too much?!

Forgive me for babbling too much. By the way, the pics are credited as labeled.

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  • Hong Gil Dong ended last March 26 without a happy note. A lot of fans were disappointed and frustrated with the way it ended. Personally, I like the ending not that I would not appreciate to see a happy ending because as I’ve said many times in the past that I am a sucker for smiley endings. It was moving and a bit realistic. At least they died together hand in hand. Oooopps…you haven’t seen it yet? Darn it…sorry, my bad.

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  • Comebacks Galore. Hmmnn. I am quite uncomfortable using the word comeback. I think it is pretty abused. Whenever an actor takes a rest and then go back and make another film or TV drama reporters tend to use the word comeback. I mean can’t the actors take a rest between projects although some are real comebacks…!? Anyway, Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin of My Lovely Sam Soon will be filming soon but not together. KSA is reported to be included in the drama Every Night alongside Lee Dong Gun. If it pushes thru, she will be playing a late twenties single woman working with a single hot guy who only prefers young women…Hyun Bin on the other hand, will be filming a new movie, I Am HappyDennis Oh who was last seen in Witch Yoo Hee will be returning to the small screen again with MBC’s East of Eden. This special drama will be starred by Song Seung Hun and marks as his return to the small screen too after his release from his military duty.

 

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  • Sad news for Lee Dong Gun. His brother was killed last March 20 in Sydney, Australia. A lot of speculations as to what happened. Some says its a gang war. Some says he is just in the wrong place at a very wrong time. Whatever it is, we send our love and sympathy to him and his family.

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  • Eric Mun of Shinwa will be filming his last work as he is soon to be reporting for his military duty later part of this year. He need not do this since he is an american citizen but then he wanted to do it. Quite commendable. Remember there were some actors who pretended to be sick or something just to avoid this duty. It is rumored that he will be receiving 30M per episode for this drama. Whoa!

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  • Chae Rim and her new drama, Powerful Enemy. The drama will focus on the lives of those who protects and secures the Blue House, Korean’s version of the White House. She will be joined here by Lee Jong Hyuk and Lee Jin Wook.

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  • Can’t get enough of Bae Yong Joon? He will participate in the animated version of Winter Sonata. Yes, people, you heard it right! An animated version! Of course he will give voice to his own charater that was his ticket to stardom back in 2002 in Korea and took Japan by storm in 2004.

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  • Jet Li’s THE ONE Foundation is getting more money. The Huayi Brothers Film Corporation recently announced that a part of their box office returns for the next decade will be donated to the actor’s foundation. It seems Jet Li’s relentless campaign for helping the less priviledge is rubbing off to the CEO’s. Kudos!

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  • Beijing Olympics and Zhang Ziyi. The actress was officially invited by Athens Olympics to participate in the start of the torch relay that began last March 24. It will go around different European cities and then go to China. She will also cover the event as a reporter. She said she was so thrilled to be participating in such grand event.
  • Chinese Forbes List. For the fifth time, Ming Yao dominated the list because of his huge earnings and influence. Playing for the NBA truly is a money making career. Film actor Jet Li came in third. Most of those that are on the list are sports related, meaning athletes. No wonder, they are so into their hosting of the Olympics.
  • F4’s Waiting For You, a copycat?! I haven’t seen both of the videos but there are fans who are claiming that their recent music video is just like TVXQ’s MV, Step By Step. I do not know if this is just a hype to get all of us interested in their videos. Some says that the style and idea are all too similar. Don’t get agitated, they are just referring to the video and not to the song.  Do I care? Not really but since they have fans, I care to put the news in here.

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  • In Manila, 2 Korean TV Drama remakes are on the way. One is My Girl and the other is My Lovely Sam Soon. It has been announced by ABS-CBN Network that they just got Kim Chui to play the main role that Lee Da Hae orginally played while it has been reported that Regine Velasquez is being considered to play Sam Soon in their rival network GMA.

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  • Maging Sino Ka Man (Whoever You Are) Book 2 just aired their final episode last Friday. There are those who said it was just right they ended it already considering the ratings that they received. It was of course a happy ending. Rarely, will you see a filipino drama series or movie that did not end with a happy note. I personally did not watch it. I am not a fan of a series that is more than 24 episodes. I get bored easily. The only series with numerous episodes that I managed to watch is Jewel In The Palace, it’s all about cooking, what is not to like?!

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Detour: Love Letters II

Here are more love notes…

Love Letter #4. From the Unspeakable Heart

If you know me enough you will sense me from this love letter. This is for you

Dear YOU,

I wrote you this letter so that you know how deeply you have touched my heart. In a very short period of time, you have come to me with two sides. You had taken the time to want to know you, inside and out. Honestly and truly, you made it easy for me to open myself up again, and allowing me to meet you and to know you better than before.

For the past few days, I made a lot of thinking about our relationship. I am so happy that we both know how to handle ourselves and to take care every single time every time we meet in yahoo. Yes! Every time we meet, there is this feeling of excitement, looking forward to chat with you, talk about whatâs new in Yahoo group and other stuff. It always gives me a sweet smile from my side of Yahoo every time weâre on. I thought we had a great relationship, and that amazed me.

And one thing that amazed me most is I always recognize you in all the beauty that surrounds me. Especially every time you called my screen name, with an admiration from your side, and with a soft word of I love you and I can always sense you every time I am on the chat room. Always wondering what it must feel to be with your side and have your both arms around me. And longing for you with those dreams to be come true.

Finally, I am very fortunate that you made me fall again here in what you called “Yahoo’s love”. Even there were uncertain feelings that bother me, but with all my heart I truly love you, but I don’t know how far this relationship will stay strong and faithful. I am afraid that one day, we both realize and both asking our selves, this “Do I really love her? Or Do I really love him? Am I in love with him or not, or Am I in love with her or not? Because the chances are you may be meet some girls in Yahoo and you may be tempted to fall with someone else. I am truly afraid right now if ever time will come to separates our ways.

I would love to tell you that everything will be ok, and not to make you feel in worries, but I promise to do all I can to make sure it does. I can bring myself to tell you how much I love you. But if this relationship will end, and this letter may sound ãgoodbyeä, but I know we will find each other again in another time and in another life. I will wait for that perfect time and be with you for the rest of my life. Unconditionally!

I love you!

Unspeakable Heart

Love Letter #5. From Lord Byron to Lady Caroline Lamb

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824) was one of England’s most notorious womanizers. A world-famous poet by the age of 24, he had a brief but extremely passionate affair with Lady Caroline Lamb. Pressured by Caroline’s mother (who herself may have harbored affections for Byron), he used the opportunity to put an end to the relationship. In this letter, he explains his reasoning.

August 1812

My dearest Caroline,

If tears, which you saw & know I am not apt to shed, if the agitation in which I parted from you, agitation which you must have perceived through the whole of this most nervous nervous affair, did not commence till the moment of leaving you approached, if all that I have said & done, & am still but too ready to say & do, have not sufficiently proved what my real feelings are & must be ever towards you, my love, I have no other proof to offer.

God knows I wish you happy, & when I quit you, or rather when you from a sense of duty to your husband & mother quit me, you shall acknowledge the truth of what I again promise & vow, that no other in word or deed shall ever hold the place in my affection which is & shall be most sacred to you, till I am nothing.

I never knew till that moment, the madness of — my dearest & most beloved friend — I cannot express myself — this is no time for words — but I shall have a pride, a melancholy pleasure, in suffering what you yourself can hardly conceive — for you do not know me. — I am now about to go out with a heavy heart, because — my appearing this Evening will stop any absurd story which the events of today might give rise to — do you think now that I am cold & stern, & artful — will even others think so, will your mother even — that mother to whom we must indeed sacrifice much, more much more on my part, than she shall ever know or can imagine.

“Promises not to love you” ah Caroline it is past promising — but shall attribute all concessions to the proper motive — & never cease to feel all that you have already witnessed — & more than can ever be known but to my own heart — perhaps to yours — May God protect forgive & bless you — ever & even more than ever.

yr. most attached
BYRON

Love Letter #6. Second Chances

I am writing you this letter to express my love for you. I know we have been through some tough times and have never started off our marriage on the right foot. We have been apart now for 6 months and it has been the hardest times of my life. I have tried to anger myself to keep you from hurting me again and have built a wall of defense around my heart. Now you have come back around and the wall begins to crumble.

There is nothing more in this world that I want other than to start our marriage over again with the woman I love. I know that you are just as scared as I am and you are afraid to take that step. I want for us to forget about the past that brought us the hurt and pain that we caused each other and start all over again. I want you to feel the passion, affection, love, and caring that I have to offer you and that I have never been able to show you. You are very special to me and I don’t want to give that up. We need to give this marriage the chance that it never had. I know we can do it if we try. I have always said that you are my soul mate and the one I would always be with forever.

My heart is here waiting for you and ready to put it all on the line. Will you do the same? I am taking this last chance and believing in God that this marriage will work. I need for you to do the same or we might as well call it quits. I believe that God will give us the support that we need to make it last forever. We invited him into our marriage nearly 5 years ago to look over us and protect us.

There is no other way to say it other than I love you, Baby, with all of my heart and soul. I am not ready to give up, my wife. But I need your help and love because I cannot do this on my own.

This letter is not for you to respond to or call me on. I just want to express to you how I feel inside. I just want you to know how much I love you and miss you. You will see the difference when we are together and you won’t regret it.

I love you.

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 His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an army charged with liberating the land from an evil warlord. Inspiring by action, honor and a dream of unifying his divided nation, Zhao’s heroism becomes legend, but as the years pass and the throne changes hands the war still rages on. When a newly enthroned king decides peace can only be achieved by defeating the warlords once and for all, the aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time…(imbd.com)

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Cast
Andy Lau – Zhao Yun
Maggie Q – Cao Ying
Sammo Hung – Zhang Fei
Vanness Wu – Zhao Bao
Andy On – Deng Zhi
Ti Lung – Guan Yu

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Detour: Love Letters…

A few days ago, a friend of mine emailed me a love letter she found in a coffee shop. I too found it quite interesting and immediately look for more in the net. These letters kinda give you a different perspective on how to view relationships and how the other side thinks. Since the letter mentioned no names, I thought of sharing it also with you. It inspired me to look for more and create a place for it here. I know it does not have anything to do with asian dramas but indulged me please.  When you get to read them, you will know why it fascinated me…

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Love Letter#1…from the Coffee Shop

When we broke up last year, you promised you’d always be my best friend. I thought I’d never ever be able to see you that way. But I tried. Believe me, it almost killed me but I tried. It’s taken me all this time to accept you as a friend and not a lover.

So now I wonder…what are you trying to do to me? You say we can’t be lovers, but as soon as I start dating again you get jealous and turn your back on me? What sense does that make? Can you please step outside your head for a minute and see how fucked up you’re acting?

Listen to me: I loved you deeply, and I still love you. Do you realize how much time I’ve spent thinking about you…about us? No, I’m sure you’d never believe it if I told you. Just like I’d never believe I’d invest so much time on a relationship that would just disappear.

We could be friends in stronger, deeper and more complicated ways than anyone else could. That’s the way we are together. But we can only be friends if you give me the freedom to live a life separate from yours. Can you please allow me this and give us another chance?

Because I miss you like you’re missing me.”

Love sure isn’t easy. As I’ve said this letter then inspired me to look for more and found so many that we can relate to, get high from the words used, the lyrical phrases, the heartwrenching emotions that you can’t help but wonder if the the one who penned it ended up happy or still melancholy.

Love Letter#2

When you left me (10 years ago now?) it was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Walking home after saying goodbye at the train station, I was crying so hard I could barely move my feet.

Much worse things have happened to me since that day, and I guess in my way I’ve forgiven you. I understand now why you couldn’t love me, and more importantly I understand why it wasn’t your fault.

It’s funny though I haven’t seen you since, I still think of you quite often. Because you were one of my first and best loves, so innocent and idealistic yet so deeply flawed. We hurt each other as much as we cared for each other, and I thought that was the way it had to be. But I think that now I’ve realized a much better way to love.

I still hope our paths will cross again someday, but I’ve finally learned to live without you. That was the choice you made for me, and I’m happy now for the same reason I was so sad all those years ago.

I am a hopeless romantic and so these letters truly fascinates me. More to come in my future posts. I will also try to match each letter with a song that best describes each letter’s emotions from my point of view.

Love Letter#3 (to:gen/fr:li@lovingyou.com)

I know this will be the biggest secret that I will reveal for this year… for the past years, I have looked on you as a friend, really close to my heart. I know there are times when I’ve really insulted you, as if you’re not a friend, but all this time, I did not tell you that you are one of the most important people in my life.

There are times when I am really down, and all I want to do is stay beside you. There are times when I tell myself that everything would be okay because I have you. Now, I am beginning to realize that you are so far away that I can never reach you. Maybe, it’s my entire fault for wanting you, the way that I am wanting you now.

Sorry if sometimes I seem not to care. Sorry if sometimes I do not appreciate you. It will only be few months, and after our graduation, everything will be over.

Before I finally realize that what I’m feeling is a mistake, I want you to know, that all this time… I’ve been loving you. I have loved you more than you’ll ever know. So can you tell me now, is it really too late?

~0~

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Let us visit Hollywood and fish some update on the celebrities in tilseltown.

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  • Monsters vs Aliens. An animated movie more like the in the style of Monsters Inc is in the works. The Legally Blonde star, Reese Witherspoon will be the movie’s main cast as the voice of the Susan Murphy and later on she becomes Ginormia, a 50-foot giant after being hit by a meteor. She is joined here by Hugh Laurie popularly known as Dr. House in the hit TV series with the same title and Kieffer Sutherland of course from the hit series 24.

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  • Harry Potter. The last book will be splitted into two parts. The producers said it is all because of creative reasons. Since it is the last one, they do not want to sacrifice any element of the book. I, being a huge fan of the J.K. Rowling series is quite happy of this news. I want a great ending to a brilliant story.

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  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The movie that Heath Ledger was not able to finish due to his untimely death will resume filming. Johnny Depp, Colin Farell and Jude Law will assumed the different characters that Ledger was supposed to play in the movie. The story involves a magical mirror that takes people into different dimensions, allowing the director to switch between actors, while retaining those scene that Heath were able to shoot. The whole Ledger family approves with the producers decision.
  • Patrick Swayze. The cancer stricken actor got so much support from his colleagues in the industry. He is battling pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. He reach global stardom in his portrayal as a dancer in the classic movie, Dirty Dancing.

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  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The much anticipated summer movie of the year is creating so much buzz and excitement when the producers released the first theatrical trailer.  It got more impact and buzz when it was released on world wide web. Fans were so happy to learn that they will soon watch the latest and probably the last of the series since Harrision Ford is not getting any younger anymore. Everyone thought that Sean Connery will be reprising his role as Indy’s father in the movie but for whatever reason he begged off. This is a collaboration of two of the greatest directors of the industry – George Lucas and Steven Spielberg that started way back in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Their popular theme song still ignites a different feeling to its viewers judging from the reactions of the moviegoers when the trailer was previewed. I, personally can’t wait for the movie to be shown. I am an Indy fan!

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  • Cocaine Cowboys. Leo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg will do a film about this 2006 documentary. It tells of a the largest cocaine trafficking in America. Mark will play the infamous druglord while Leo will be the pilot who will accompany him in getting his cocaine. This is not the first time both actors will work together. They were included in the cast of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed where he won the best director award in 2007.

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Here are the latest…

  • BoA’s newest album skyrocketed at Japan’s Chart landing on to no. 1 and it seems that this is not a new thing for the pop star, her previous albums made it to the top before…lucky gal!
  • More Korean stars are invited to the big Olympic event in Shanghai. The latest is Jang Nara who was invited to attend the countdown that will start on April 30.
  • You’ll get to see more of Maggie Q these days. A lot of fans are excited to see her latest film, Three Kingdoms with CantoPop superstar Andy Lau and veteran Sammo Hung. I think this movie deserves its own article…will post one soon.
  • The Hallyu thing is doing it’s magic again for Korea. Now, even the famous Hollywood movie company, Warner Bros is planning to build a theme park there amounting to $4 billion in Gyeonggi Province. Wow, that would mean more jobs, more tourists, more revenue for the koreans. I am sure english tutors will be in demand soon.
  • Another chinese star is off to make her hollywood dreams come true. Liu Yi Fei who will grace the silver screen soon with no less than two of Asia’s superstars, Jackie Chan and Jet Li in Forbidden Kingdom just signed with a hollywood management company that will help her with the US entertainment market. She earned praises from Jackie Chan himself saying that she’ll conquer hollywood soon. I hope she does, one more asian in there is great for the region.
  • 200 Pounds of Beauty will make a sequel. This is not yet official but a lot of fans are so excited with this news. I just don’t know if it will hold if it’s not Kim Ah Jong who will do the part 2. Sequels are just fine by me as long as the original cast are retained.
  • Few more days and fans of Song Seung Hun will die of happiness when they see their beloved idol on the big screen again after being discharged from his military duty. A lot of people are anticipating this comeback movie entitled A Destiny,  especially since is a collaboration with another well loved Korean actor, Kwon Sang Woo. From the looks of their theatrical poster, its about a tight friendship that went wrong.
  • And speaking of Kwon Sang Woo, I am sure he’s hoping that this movie with Song Seung Hun will be a hit because of the disappointing outcome of his latest TV drama, Bad Love. They had Bad Ratings up to the final episode. The stellar cast did not even help at all. It always come down to the story, baby! No matter how great the actors are but if the story sucks even their own fans will not be that patient to watch it. Time is precious, why waste it.
  • Marimar, The Philippine Version just finish its run on TV. They lorded the ratings on primetime so the producers made the last episode live and some lucky fans were able to participate in the event itself which is of course, the wedding of Sergio and Marimar.
  • Korean Dramas are also enjoying high ratings in the Philippines. Coffee Prince will be ending soon and they got great numbers as they say goodbye to their filipino fans. Bae Yong Joon’s The Legend is starting slow but will pick up soon just like what happened to Coffee Prince. Not only that these are great dramas but they are lucky also that they are being shown to the most watched TV Network in the Philippines which is GMA although their dubbers massacred CP, viewers still enjoyed it. The only people complaining are those that have seen the original undubbed version. I am one of those who were ready to pounce at anyone working for that station especially during Gong Yoo’s rooftop singing scene. I think my frustration and endless screaming that night was heard from my house to the far end of the galaxy. Having said that, I am just as pleased that the station’s loyal viewers were glued on their screen when it aired. As my sister would always remind me, you wont miss anything you havent seen yet. Those who dont watch anything online will not feel anything is amiss. This is the only time I am thankful that I dont fully understand the filipino language and bless the guy who invented the mute button.

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