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Three Meals A Day : Fishing Village

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I am not into K-dramas lately, and rarely watches K-reality show except for 1 Night 2 Days or its variant, The New Journey To The West. But the other day I caught half an episode of Three Meals A Day : Fishing Village Season 2 in M Channel which has English subtitles and I recognise one actor who was from Season 2 of 1N2D whom I quite like. The next thing I know, I chased down Season 1 and watched it without subtitles and felt like I knew what was going on. The concept of the show is so simple, that even the super cruel PD aka Na PD admitted he never forseen it to make any impact but it did make an impact in the ratings; like major impact. I myself am perplexed why I enjoyed watching it so much. Maybe because it is essentially a cooking show but not very scripted and shows a life I kinda like; by the sea. It comprised of 3 actors, 2 of whom I do not know. One cooks (aka wifely stuff), one fixes stuff and catches stuff (aka husbandly stuff) and one is perpetually on standby to serve the other 2 (aka sonly stuff). Their rule is; eat 3 meals a day using available ingredients. Can't buy them, but can use whatever is in the garden, on the beach, in the sea. And my god, I could spend 1 and a half hours watching one go fishing, one chopping and dicing, the other washing pots and pans. For me they do such mundane stuff and I see so many eating; 3 times, munch munch and yet, I am absolutely hooked. 

First of all, the guys are easy on the eyes. I love how in reality shows, the K-actors always ask "Are you wearing make up? Did you go to the salon?" to the other MALE actor. Because in reality show, it is expected for them NOT to wear make up. Some of these are actors who are reliant on looking good and yet in such shows, they dress simply, use a cap to hide un-permed hair, less make up, etc. When interviewing, they do not hesitate to use lip gloss. Or ordinarily, do the 3 steps facial cleansing routine, or cologne. Mind you, MALE actors ok?

Then there's the cooking. To see a model like actor like Cha Seung Won who is able to cook so well, he must have his own cooking show. All his food looks simple and yet so very delicious. I mean for once I genuinely salivated over the food I see. I love to see how K-entertainers will unashamedly drool over food when they're very hungry and they will ask to be fed and I love to see them enjoying their meal without fuss or hesitation or drama. And they actually eat all the time at proper times at proper place with rice and all and yet maintain their slim figure because they eat small portions. Half a fish shared between 3 grown men. Seriously! The kim chis look seriously drool worthy. Cha or Chajhumma (love the moniker!!) even made bread, jams, pizzas ... whatever is asked by Na PD, he did it, with limited resources.

Then there's the McGyver moments by Yoo Haejin, the only actor I know from the 3 thanks to 1N2D Season 2. I always liked him. He has such old mannerism but very very fit man who hikes and eats heartily. I like his sincerity and genuineness and it shows in here more than anywhere else. He is also inventive with his ability to fix stuff or make racks, etc. His fishing skills however needs an urgent upgrade.

Finally I love the comraderie between the 3 men, especially with their adopted son whose name I only know as Hoojoon. He is not young; he looks young but he is 30 I believe. He does stuff quietly and without fuss. When people try to jostle for attention, he is one guy who is content with standing at the side and yet still stand out because his adopted mother, Chajhumma always look to him for approval with every first bite of the food. I love how he ended up smiling when eating good food or is on standby with the chopping board or onion or knife. One time his mother was in the other room speaking on the phone and the son heard a sound and immediately sat straight up in attention and asked "Yes?" when he realised he wasn't called, mother was on the phone. It shows at one hand who is the feared one, on the other how diligent he is at his duties which is mostly play with dog, fetch stuff, wash pots. Wash a lot of pots.

There are also a cute dog and a sly cat but overall, it makes you wonder, how can such a series even be entertaining, more so a ratings hit? Well you gotta watch to know why. It is just so magnetic, so addictive.

I really don't know why or how Na PD did it but I suppose it helps that Cha Seung Won is easy on the eyes and he actually makes cooking so sexy and masculine. He even did it in pink gloves and some very ugly clothings. In fact in Season 1 he had his porn-stach too.

Why ah? Why is it so addictive huh? Oh god, I am still salivating over the food I see. Wow.

What I don't like is why blur out certain parts of Cha Seung Won? Well I looked and looked and then I realise the mosaic covers are to cover his tattoos. Seriously? And originally the "son" is played by another actor who was edited out completely from episode 1 of Season 1 because he had a scandal; for not paying tax. And that tax scandal wasn't his fault, probably overlooked and he had fully paid his tax. I don't get the small whiff of scandal and poof, edited out.

Like how they joked in The New Journey To The West; gambling habit is scandal. Fine. Did not pay tax a scandal. Fine. Divorced from wife, also a scandal. Breaking up with girlfriend is also a scandal.

Getting ridiculous.

[O] CAPTAIN OF DESTINY / 張保仔 / CHEUNG PO-TSAI [2015][TVB]

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This is a collection of various commentaries and opinions about this series under one post. If you see this at the top, this means it is updated. For more under this post, do click Read More link. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment and do indicate which episode you're talking about. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to. SPOILERS ALERT!!

NOTE
The episodic reviews in here are for episode 20 and onwards. For the previous episodes, please go to http://p2e-cod.blogspot.com





Title
 張保仔 / CHEUNG PO-TSAI

English title
Captain Of Destiny

Episodes
32

Broadcast period
21.09.2015 to TBA

Cast-Character & Synopsis
See here

More Writeups
First Impressions and full episodic thoughts from Episodes 1 to 20 can be found HERE. This present post will have my brief write ups from episodes 20 onwards.


27.10.2015
ENDING THOUGHTS
No one dies except those stupid admirals who tried to kill perfect Man Ho. What a stupid ending. I jumped a few episodes so I still don't get how come cool killer Bowie is suddenly nice guy Bowie and whether whatever he did in the first few episodes really happened. I mean he did shoot those people. I am thinking if I should watch the last few episodes. I am fed up with this series. This series don't deserve Ruco, the perfect specimen in this series filled with so much flaws.

I can only say skip unless you love Ruco because this has his best performance todate and proves why he must be cast in a male centric palace intrigue series and yet skip because he is supported by such weak casts and even weaker story that in the end it feels like he is the only guy who turned up having done his homework and even helped complete the workbook for the teacher.

Yes, the story is THAT bad.


[O] NIRVANA IN FIRE / 琅琊榜 / LANG YA BANG [2015][TV][[China]

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Title
琅琊榜 / Lang Ya Bang

English title
Nirvana in Fire

Episodes
55

Broadcast period
2015-09-19 to 2015-10-15

Cast-Character
Huge list here.

24.09.2015
EPISODE 01
Gorgeous series, interesting story but very very convulated plot. The dialogue is very very hard to understand, this ain't The Journey of Flower so I am waiting for English fansub. Acting's credible, unfortunately dubbed where the long trailer, it wasn't. But perhaps it is still Hu Ge's voice. So far this is high quality production marred by one annoying fact; too may slow mo for fight scenes. This series doesn't need such gimmick and I felt it jumped a bit. I am not sure.

Anyway will post more when I watch again with English fansub.



[O] WALLACE HUO JIANHUA [Actor][Part 3] : Why HD TV exists [Taiwan]

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The following consists of truths, lies, speculations, rumours, gossips, comments, reviews, opinions and analysis of everything Wallace Huo Jianhua. If you see this at the top of the post, it means it is updated. Click the Read More button below to see the entire post. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to.
Who?! 
Here is his profile

What is he in? 
Here is his filmography

You his fan? 
Sort of.

From whence? 
The Glamorous Imperial Concubine aka Qing Shi Huang Fei where I first saw him in HD TV and he was the sulky sullen unhappy angry miserable Liu Liancheng and I fell in love with him and was convinced HD is the way to go only if you're Wallace Huo. He was absolutely gorgeous (thank you to Ruby Lin for the beautiful angles and costumes!!) You can read my "love letter" to him in my review.

Got other posts about him? 
Yes, this is in fact part 3 of my comments. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here (Archive Blog).

More resources on him?
Chinese sites, can't help you. English ones, go to Jaynestars but be prepared to vomit blood since more concentrated on gossips and rumours. For more indepth stuff, go to his English fan forum, wallacehuo.info Forums.


14.09.2015
A CLARIFICATION ON RELATIONSHIP RUMOURS
Huajae Company at Weibo which is indirectly Wallace's weibo account (he doesn't have one officially and the day he opens one is when aliens taken over him) issued an indirect denial on recent relationship rumours with whoever he is rumoured with, specifically Liying and all those so called exposes.


@ Huajaecompany: The one that Hua Ge is in love with is this, therefore he is now in a relationship with it. Others so called relationships are pure fiction. 

There you have it. He rarely issues any statements personally,  not even on the Viann "one night stand-third party-hotel trysts" rumours. Usually it is Huajae Company that does it and even they're  not quite actively denying. But let's put into perspective. He is single and even if he's not, his other half is not Tang Yan or Zhao Liying.

Anyway he is now into cycling it seems. I am however not sure that IS his bicycle though.

[O] Of TVB, Mainland China series and my love letter to Wallace Huo Jianhua

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I haven't watched an episode of any TVB series for the past 2 weeks and I don't feel like I am missing anything. I was looking forward to Ghost Of Relativity until I saw a minute of it and I realise I don't feel like watching it. For someone who watched an episode daily of any and every TVB series for so many years, this sudden breakaway is to me rather surprising even to myself. I don't feel like my life is made more entertained by watching something that I have zero interest in. As I am older, I suppose I get more selective with what I watch, that's how I reason it but that is not entirely accurate. I chose to watch Empress Of China until I decided I wouldn't waste a nanosecond of my life watching a production that values the costumes more than the story. So I stopped about midway, or less than midway. I am rewatching Galileo because I find myself wanting to watch something I haven't seen for some time and would want to watch something of quality. And boy was I right. Galileo is still as amazing as it was years before and it was way back in 2007. How time flies. The truth is of course I also wanted to watch Fukuyama Masaharu. I miss a quality charismatic presence in any series or movie. 

Which leads me to why I am not quite watching TVB series for the time being.

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