Tres Leches Cake

Too bad I can’t really eat any since it combines almost every single milk product out there… evaporated milk, condensed milk, whipping cream, whole milk. (I hear my intestines complaining already.) But it turned out very good!

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thanksgiving feast by me

Made from scratch by me, myself, and I..! ^^

Roasted Turkey

Smoked Maple Ham

 

Giblet Gravy

Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Hazelnut and Sausage Dressing

Green Bean Casserole

Cranberry Sauce

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Pumpkin Cheesecake

dream another dream

Wall-E

After watching “Wall-E” a while ago, I was filled with a sense of strangeness… Did this occur to anyone else? It took me a few minutes after the movie ended to come to my senses – that I was still living on this earth, and the state of the earth shown in the movie is unrealistic and impossible (well, maybe). It was a good movie.

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Black & White

[2009 Taiwanese Original Television Series]
“痞子英雄 ” aka “BLACK & WHITE”

B&W 1


LISTEN: [OST] Color Band – “鐵人 (Iron Man)”


We’re more than halfway through the year of 2009, and boy, this year has been packed with high quality television works. (Not that I’m complaining.) Usually, the ones to make it to the top of my list are always Korean productions, but this year the Taiwanese drama “Black & White” has set the bar. (This post was supposed to be published months ago, but alas, my procrastination skills have proved once again that it shall not be underestimated.)

Taiwanese idol dramas have always been notoriously known for handsome boys and pretty girls, fictional romance, and luxurious things that are far from reality. Being pressured by Korean and Japanese dramas, Taiwan’s low-cost production has been incapable of continually capturing the audiences’ hearts. In such an embarrassing situation, if there is a director and actor of a drama that are daring enough to break this trend and establish a new standard for Taiwanese dramas, that courage is enough to name that drama as unusual. (excerpt from Sina, translated by xbunnylicious@asianfanatics)

From the person who brought ground-breaking dramas like “Meteor Garden” to the Taiwanese entertainment industry, director Cai Yue Xun (more info) is again setting a new standard in Taiwanese television dramas.

Synopsis. Pi Zi (Vic Zhou), as his name suggests, is a playful police officer who fears death, loves to flirt with girls, and has a hidden secret that he doesn’t even know the answers to.  Ying Xiong (Mark Zhao), the “hero” of the police department, is the exact opposite of Pi Zi. His aggressive temper, overzealousy to act alone, and utter belief in justice also makes him the “headache” of the police department. Together, albeit only after a couple episodes of bonding time, Pi Zi and Ying Xiong work to solve powerful forces of crime and corruption.

In short, this is the first of such a giant high-budget production to hit the Taiwanese main stream: large cast, magnificent scenes, life-like explosions, high-speed camera angles, etc. The cinematography is beautiful and the storylines are well-written and tight. Each episode plays out like a movie, and the suspense continues to build until the very last minute. For a drama I wasn’t planning on watching, it blew me away by surprise. More! More!

………………………:: THE MAIN CAST ::

Mark Zhao

Mark Zhao

Vic Zhou

Vic Zhou

Janine Zhang

Ivy Chen

Ivy Chen

Janine Zhang

修杰楷

修杰楷

…………………………………..::

The series completed its broadcast in June, so all the episodes are available. This show was such a big hit that its movie-version sequel is slated for a production start date later this year. I highly recommend the show, especially if this isn’t your typical drama genre. Check out the soundtrack too.

Opening Credits:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti0xoFmLrjU&fmt=18
(featuring OST title song “Rogue Justice” by Color Band and Mark Zhao)

Full Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62mGh3cDa88

[OST] Picks – “About Us”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtnjoIcA6qE&fmt=18

To watch (with English subtitles):
http://sugoideas.com/drama-2009/black-white/

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*thump thump* my recent playlist

I haven’t done this in a while.. and because I don’t update as much as I’d like, I miss out on opportunities to share music. Then, let’s get to it. I’m too lazy to add information regarding the album names, so if you do have a question, just leave a comment. And just a reminder, you can download these songs on my “Songs” page. :]

2NE1
[Korean] 2NE1 – “I Don’t Care”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3lR8VrR11U

2PM
[Korean] 2PM – “Only You”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGYqudcT5CY

City Hall OST
[Korean] Cha Dong Ha (feat. Amen) – “Smile”

Fan Fan
[Chinese] Christine Fan – “1 to 10 (= Me & You)”

Gary Cao
[Chinese] Gary Cao – “Supermarket”

Jisun
[Korean] Jisun – “Rollercoaster Love”

SS501 Collection
[Korean] Kim Hyun Joong (SS501) – “Be Good To Me”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFgxqmDN3rg&fmt=18 (fancam)

Kim Jong Kook
[Korean] Kim Jong Kook – “Today More Than Yesterday”

[Korean] Kim Jong Kook – “The Two Of Us”

Kim Jun
[Korean] Kim Jun (T-MAX) – “Jun Be O.K.”

Kim Yong Joon
[Korean] Kim Yong Joon (feat. Hwang Jung Eum) – “Couple”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6znKG_mqMEI

LaLa
[Chinese] LaLa Hsu – “VIP”

Nicholas Teo
[Chinese] Nicholas Teo – “Say You Love Me”

Easy Fortune Happy Life OST
[Chinese] Rita Ma – “Soon To Have Happiness”
Lyrics ❤ : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4djTBv6U6GM

SS501 All My Love
[Japanese] SS501 – “Traveler Glider”

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Animated Music Notes

Sushi endeavor for Father’s Day!

Inside-out California Roll

Inside-out California Roll

Salmon roll, Unagi roll

Salmon roll, Unagi roll

For my coworks.. yum..

For my coworks.. yum..

:]

detouring from the norm.

Road

I had been planning and anticipating this for a month..
My trip this past weekend was fulfilling in so many ways.
Where should I begin…

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