Monday, April 28

Finished watching this drama GTO taiwan 麻辣教師GTO. This is a four-episode mini-series which was a Japanese/Taiwanese production that was shot entirely in Taiwan. Though only 4 episodes, I felt that the plot was pretty well-done. 

It educated me the importance of kinship and value in life. Never look down on the poor but instead treat everyone equally. Status and money may be important but humility is one everyone ought to desire and take note. 

I felt that Genie Zhou spoke pretty well in Japanese. Great job! It will be nice to see her in Japan drama in near future. (:

Ratings: 3.4/5
Star Awards 红星大奖 20 just ended. Am happy for Priscelia Chan, Pierre Png and Ruien!

Rocket Award: Priscelia Chan

Regional Most Popular Indonesia - Rui En
Regional Most Popular Malaysia - Rui En
Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes: Rui En

Best Actor: Pierre Png (《信约:唐山到南洋》The Journey: A Voyage)

Congrats to all winners!

Sunday, April 27

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken with Jeffrey and Brandon! The well-marinated drumstick were served hot. It was crispy in every bite though the sauces tasted slightly strong for my taste bud. The chicken meat was tender but it was quite dry. Usually, I prefer original over spicy chicken. However, for this one, I like the spicy one instead.

Ratings: 3.7/5

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken
ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn 
Singapore 238801

Friday, April 25

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

Was invited as one of the blogger to attend The Amazing Spider-man 2 3D gala premiere yesterday evening! The screening venue was at GV Vivocity. I ask my shepherd to watch this film together with me. (:

Personally, I felt that the story was pretty compact with good flow. It kept a good balance educating viewers on its plot about some unknown truth and the importance of romance, friendship and kinship. There were good intense and nerve-wracking moments which captured my attention. It also injected humor elements which brighten the show as well. Towards the end, the climax went up to another level with a pretty sad ending. 

It was alittle draggy for me initially but I felt otherwise after watching the show because it served a purpose on the entire plot. Many positive quotes being mentioned in this film which I thought was good!

Am blessed and thankful for the invitation from Sony Pictures!

Ratings: 4.65/5

Monday, April 21

Had this Chicken Bibimbap at Han Ka Ram Korean Restaurant few weeks ago. This eatery was located at AXA Tower. Usually, there will be a crowd during lunch-time. Personally, I felt that the bibimbap tasted reasonably good with relatively cheap price. The sides were tasty too!

One thing to mention will be the sauces. There are 4 different sauces for consumers to choose from. Thus, you can customize by adding all 4 sauces or only 1 in your dish whichever you prefer. Then, you are ready to enjoy your meal. 

Han Ka Ram Korean Restaurant 
8 Shenton Way 

Saturday, April 19

Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed - to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can... but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power - to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Watched Transcendence yesterday evening with church friends. Personally, the story was straight-forward though it started slow in the beginning. I thought that the story was refreshing because it revolves technology which was interesting.

The story flow well though the climax was not as impactful; it reached only to that certain level which did not do much justice. The plot was acceptable but not as good since it was rather predictable. After watching the show, I guessed many felt pretty 'heavy' because of how this film was being portrayed.

The ratings for this show was bad. However, I felt that it was pretty decent though it could have been better. 

Ratings: 2.85/5

Thursday, April 17

A group of 7 university students, that belong to the same tennis club, leave for a graduation trip to a snowy mountain cottage during the wintertime. Although all of them seems to get along well, some of them carry secrets the others are not aware of. Yuta Shino (Koji Seto), the cool and brilliant president of the club, is in love with Miki (Anna Ishibashi ) and plans to tell her about his feelings at the destination of their excursion. But it doesn´t works out the way Yuta wishes, instead he learns that Miki is already dating his best friend, the free-spirited Takano Natsu (Ryo Yoshizawa). When love is shattered and jealousy unleashed, the seven friends find themselves in conflicting postions, and suddenly a murder occurs.

Finished watching this drama - Lost Days. Personally, I felt that the story plot was good. It bring back memories on those "lost days" when I was in secondary. Those were the days that we spent more time with friends after class and during holidays. 

It revolved emotions and secrets each may have within oneself. Moreover, it portrayed different personality of each person as well. Everything seems good initially, however, the ugly truth of each secret started to show when 7 university students went on a holiday. 

From this show, I realised that we have to think before we speak. You might not mean what you say but the other party will think otherwise and misery will happen. Also, to love yourself and not trying hard to be someone else. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, so what's the point to be jealous with another person?

It is one good suspenseful drama. Alright, I ponder if there's season 2 for this drama? I thought the ending left viewers a mystery.

Ratings: 3.4/5

Monday, April 14

Dinner was at Sinpopo Brand 新泡泡甜品小吃 with Danny few weeks ago. We were attracted by the nostalgic ambiance and decided to give this eatery a try. 

The cooked food we ordered tasted normal. I had curry chicken rice and I thought that the curry was thin and light It could have been slightly thicker for better taste. However, the texture and tenderness of the chicken meat makes the dish worth a try. 

On the other hand, the durian penga tasted good! It was thick and rich in flavour so you may want to consider sharing it with your loved ones. Most likely, I will be back there to try other desserts!

It will be nice to bring your parents there because of the ambiance and music played which will bring back many wonderful memories they had, during their younger days. 

Sinpopo Brand 新泡泡甜品小吃
458 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427671

Thursday, April 10

I bought this plate of chicken rice at House of Chicken Rice 優美味鸡饭. The rice was well-cooked with the correct texture, not too soft or hard. The chicken meat was well-marinated too. I think the ginger sauce is good as well? I have not tried yet but friends told me that it was very good!

The appropriate amount of sauces was added to the rice and meat, making this dish a pleasant one as it was not too... salty for my taste bud. However, the portion was small which did not bring much justice ever since the price was increased.

House of Chicken Rice 
8 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Singapore 080008 

Tuesday, April 8

Brunch at Table Manners with Danny on a weekend few weeks ago. The restaurant has nice concept of its layout with good ambiance. 

You can customize your own meal which was pretty interesting. Thus, I decided to have Buttered Mash Potato, Mushroom Ragout and Beer Battered Fish Fillet. Also, I complete my set with soup, dessert and Tea. 

Personally, my fish fillet tasted reasonably good! It was served hot and crispy. It has a slight pinch taste of the beer which goes surprisingly well with the fish. The mushroom and mash potato tasted good too. However, I thought that the portion for the fish was very small. If bigger portion to be given, it will be near to perfect.

One of the better brunch dining experience I have thus far. (:

Ambiance: 3.8/5
Service: 3.25/5
Price: 3/5
My customize meal: 4.3/5

5 Changi Business Park Central 1
Singapore 486038

Monday, April 7

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier.

Went to watch The Winter Soldier with Trois recently.

Personally, I felt that The Winter Soldier was way better than The First Avenger. The story plot and flow was pretty well-done. Certain scenes were slightly draggy but those intense action scenes cover those flaws. The fight stunts was raised to another level well.

There was an unexpected twist which bring this film to another level. Also, certain humor scenes which lighten the show a little. I thought that The First Avenger was direct and predictable without much climax. Unlike, The Winter Soldier which had smarter plot.

Ratings: 3.7/5

Friday, April 4

After a biological terrorist attack kills off the population of a Russian town; Japan's Public Safety Special Third unit, code name THIRD-i, believes that the terrorist organization responsible plans to unleash the same virus known as Bloody X into Tokyo. Subsequently, THIRD-i recruits the help of genius hacker Takagi Fujimaru to find out what happened in the Russia. However, as Fujimaru becomes involved, he soon finds out that he is in over his head and that the terrorist groups influence reaches not only his school but even the police. Fujimaru must now rely on his skill as a hacker to unravel the organizations sinister plot and find out the truth behind "Bloody Monday."

Bloody Monday Season 1:

Personally, I felt that the film started well with the introducing of the story. The entire story flow was good yet not draggy. Many intense and suspense scenes which trigger me to think who exactly was the mastermind? Was it He that was the one controlling the situation? The plot was unexpected which you most likely will never know till they reveal it. 

Ratings: 3.5/5

Whereas the first series dealt with a deadly Russian weapons-grade virus, the new season is set two years later when an aircraft bearing a new kind of nuclear weapon threatens Tokyo.

Bloody Monday Season 2:

For me, I felt that this season was slightly better. The story started to built up with better climax and action scene. However, certain scenes were slightly too.. brief without much explanation. Similar as before, there were pretty good intense scenes and plot which you never get to expect. A good suspenseful drama! 

Miura Haruma acted pretty well in his given role. He was expressive and you could feel his emotions while watching this series. If you enjoy watching thriller suspense film, I think you should catch this show!

Ratings: 4/5

Went Jamie's Italian with LG! The ambiance was good with dim lighting and interesting layout decoration. 

I ordered sausage pappardelle for my dinner. Since I have a certain expectations of the food there, I was slightly disappointed with my dish. It tasted normal and after few mouth, you get quite tried it. I guess the sauce used was pretty strong for my taste bud. I have to highlight that the portion was big but the taste and price did not do much justice to it. 

The other dishes my friends ordered tasted normal as well. The food do not taste bad but just something you can get it elsewhere with better price. However, I thought that the desserts were pleasantly good. I will suggest you to order their desserts instead.

Jamie's Italian
1 HarbourFront Walk,
VivoCity, #1 165-167
Singapore 098585 

Wednesday, April 2

Zero Calling is the story of an ordinary man, David, who is coerced by a mysterious caller, Zero, to do his bidding by ‘righting wrongs’ in Singaporean society. David quickly realises what he is doing is no more than gutter vigilantism – taking the law into his own hands. However, David cannot escape from Zero because this mysterious master has made him a slave: Zero knows where he is, what he does and even who he talks to.

Recently watched zero calling on channel 5. Heard of this drama that was airing the other time but did not catch it till my colleagues mentioned about it. It was actually a mystery suspenseful film, the kind of show I will watch.

Personally, I felt that the plot was pretty good. Besides all the killing, it kept viewers in suspense, allowing them to think ahead, who was the mastermind who want him to do that and why? Good composition in the filming which added value to the entire scene. Many intense scenes which bring this show up though I felt some ended abruptly. 

Kudos to Pierre Png acting capability! He acted well with his given role! 

I was slightly disappointed with the finale of season 1 because there wasn't much climax which capture my attention. The ending left viewers to have their own set of ending which I thought was good. A nice fast-pace suspenseful film! 

Am looking forward to season 2 of zero calling!

Ratings: 3.3/5