Fun Rak Fun Salai ep 4 – 6

22 Jul

Finally caught their character names: Navin = Pakorn and Bua = On.

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Maybe cos lakorn villains tend to be OTT and not very clever, I generally don’t take them seriously and find them more of a mild inconvenience to the main characters. I mean, in Talay Fai the bad guys tried to kill the pra’nang in almost every single episode and manages to fail every time! So it’s been a while since I was this anxious for the well being of a lakorn character.  While I know Meili is obviously not going to die or be repatriated at this point in the lakorn, she feels trapped at every turn and I keep wondering if the triad or the police will catch up with her first and neither option is appealing. Meili was caught by Pakorn at the end of ep3 but managed to escape with the help of Chang.

They get an extremely brief respite and Chang gets a job for Meili at the restaurant he works at. They are so precious together I wish the world could leave them be, just quietly working hard and living their simple life.

But things go south very soon when Pakorn coincidentally spots Meili, and Jiang also finds out where Meili was staying from Chang’s friend so the world ends up back at her heels again. This time Chang wasn’t around to save her and backed up on the roof top with Pakorn blocking the only exit, Meili threatens to kill herself if Pakorn insists on arresting her. Pakorn tries to convince Meili that sending her home is the best option since she will be forced into prostitution or killed if the triad catches her again but Meili tells him that if she had food and a good life back home, why would she waste her life coming here in the first place? To Meili, dying was a better option than being sent home. Moved by Meili, Pakorn hides her and lies to his disbelieving colleagues that she escaped (from the roof top!) and brought her home instead to his bewildered mom.   Continue reading

Fun Rak Fun Salai ep 1 – 3

19 Jul

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From the light hearted Nang Rai Summer I moved on to Fun Rak Fun Salai which is very much sombre in tone. P’Fia’s post piqued my interest in this lakorn but after poking around it appears there’s no interest in this by any subbing groups out there so I went ahead and watched it raw, wondering if the Thai I picked up from all these years of lakorn-watching will be sufficient to see me through. So far (3 ep in) I could catch the gist of the dialogue so if even if your Thai is lakorn-level, you can still consider giving this a shot.

FRFS deals with a subject very different from what I’ve come to expect of lakorns. Charebelle our n’ek plays Meili, a young lady facing abject poverty in her hometown. I’m not sure if Meili’s hometown is in a fictional or real country bordering Thailand, but it appears to be under some kind of military control? After seeing pictures sent home by her neighbour’s daughter of cozy life in America with food aplenty, Meili decides to risk following human trafficker Jiang into Thailand and onward to the promise land of America. After an almost deadly trek across the border, Meili reaches Thailand only to find out that she has been sold into prostitution by Jiang. Meili manages to escape and is subsequently picked up by fellow illegal immigrant Chang (First) when he finds her eating leftovers from the rubbish bin outside the restaurant he works at. Though she now has an ally,  things are not all that much better for Meili because she has to escape both the triad who wants to catch her back and also the police who will deport her.  Continue reading

Nang Rai Summer

16 Jul

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Had intended to continue on the Cupid Series and maybe it’s the Singapore heat but I found myself wandering back to Nang Rai Summer for a re-watch. I first caught the lakorn almost 3 years ago when P’Fia blogged about it  but somehow my review was never completed. Too lazy or too distracted by other dramas I can’t recall but now I’m finally writing about it after my re-watch! It appears that between my first and second watch, NRS still has not been subbed in English (I watched with Chinese subs) which is a pity because it’s a lakorn that will keep you smiling all the way.

Namfon Patcharin plays twins Ploylada and Praechompoo who were separated at birth when their Aunt Soy took Prae away from their mother through trickery. With twin lakorns you somehow gotta give them disparate personalities whether they grew up together or not (refer to Exhibit (A) Fai Chon Saeng) so Ploy grows up to be a spit-fire who gives as good – or even more – as she gets whereas Prae is thorough lady. Their lives eventually cross and hijinks ensue. I’ll be lazy and point you over to P’Fia’s post for more details on the story. :p

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Kammathep Ork Suek (Battle of Love)

9 Jul

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Wow, after my very long lakorn drought I finished Kammathep Ork Suek in a day and half! This is part 2 of the Cupid Series and I actually started off watching Sorn Ruk Kammethep after reading P’Fia’s review but another character Hom caught my eye with her cheerful and slightly ditzy personality plus she looked really familiar though I couldn’t place her right off the bat. Ended up googling for her part in the series and turns out she’s Cris Horwang from Bangkok Traffic Love Story. It’s funny to see her and Ken T reunite on screen after all these years though this time as boss/staff instead of a couple. 

Peem (Ken T) is the boss of Cupid Hut, a match making agency and has offered THB1 million as reward for his group of female staff if they get themselves a boyfriend as he theories that they can be better match makers if they have actually experienced love themselves. Hunsa (Toey) is the first one of the lot to snag herself a boyfriend, a very rich one at that in form of hotel owner Tim (Boy Pakorn) which causes Hom (Cris Horwang) even more stress/motivation to find one of similar caliber. Unfortunately… the only constant male presence in her life is her taxi driver Pee (Punjan Kawin) who has been driving her to and from work since he saved her 3 years ago. Hom had gotten drunk at her university gathering and her university crush had brought her to his house and tried to be funny before she regain consciousness and escaped in panic with only her belongings and a towel to preserve her modesty. Pee’s taxi happened to be parked at the condo and saved her from the nasty guy. In the course of their escape and subsequent interaction, they realise they are both big movie fans and have their own ‘language’ in the form of movie quotes. There begins their driver/passenger relationship which has evolved into an easy friendship over the years.  Continue reading

Bare it all ?

22 Oct

Hey guys, I’m back… from Iceland! What’s the first thing you’d think of when I say ‘Iceland’? Northern lights I bet, and the Blue Lagoon is probably a close second. When I did a bit of googling prior to the trip (not much cos my amazinggggg friend pretty much planned the whole thing, I just showed up with my luggage), I came across a blog with a section on Blue Lagoon. It said that everyone had to shower naked in an open shower area, in the respective male/female bathrooms of course, before you put on your swim wear to enter the Blue Lagoon. There were many comments expressing dismay at this arrangement and wondering why there couldn’t be stalls/curtains set up to protect the individual’s modesty. I can’t remember when that blog was written, but stalls have actually been set up at the Blue Lagoon bathrooms during my visit last week – likely to cater to tourists – so for anyone who’s uncomfortable with the previous arrangement, you can breathe easy if you’re planning a trip there soon. I’ll talk more about my experience there later, but most people I’ve chatted with on this topic were also uncomfortable with the thought of baring it all in front of others. Personally it’s not an issue for me as I’ve been conditioned by my multiple trips to onsens (hot springs) in Japan where you don’t just shower naked in a public bath area, but you’re supposed to remain unclothed in the (gender separated) onsen itself. All those travel hosts on TV you see wrapped in a towel? That’s just so the programme can be broadcasted. I had my awkward moments on my first onesen experience but with more onsen trips, I literally became more comfortable in and with my own skin. I can’t speak for the male population, but as woman I have so many insecurities about my body: better complexion, tauter skin, longer legs, flatter tummy, smaller waist … the list can go on forever. In the onsen there’s nowhere to hide all these imperfections and… it’s ok. The Japanese are so natural and blase about it that it didn’t take too long for me to get used to it. No one’s gawking or judging, just there to have a relaxing time. Onsen trips don’t magically make my insecurities go away, but I learnt to not be scared of facing our own bodies. What’s your take on this?

Myvatn Nature Bath

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We drove round Iceland and first checked out Myvatn Nature Bath in the northern region. We went around late afternoon and you can see from the picture it’s not crowded. It has 2 changing rooms, with the first one connected to the main building you enter in and the second one outside. We decided to head to the second one as there were quite a few people using the benches of the first and it proved to be a good decision because there was only one other lady using the second changing room. It’s fairly spacious with racks for shoes, lockers for your belonging, couple of toilet cubicles and a main shower area. The shower area is an open square section with rows of shower heads and a poster at the side circling the areas you’re supposed to clean before entering the bath. Shower foam dispensers are attached to the walls as well so you don’t have to bring your own. So yes, for Myvatn there’s no hiding. Though if you had the whole place to yourself and your friends (the lady left very soon) like I did, technically you can get away with not stripping but I think it’s only fair to respect the rules of the place you’re visiting. Please clean yourself thoroughly!

Myvatn has two big pools, one warmer and one cooler, and a large bathtub size section (at the side outside of this pic) with water temperate at 41 deg C. The water temperate is not very constant in the warmer pool, I can feel hotter or colder currents at different parts of the pool, so somehow I ended up feeling cold sometimes? We ran over to the cooler pool to snap some pictures and expected to freeze, but once my body got used to the water temperature I felt better actually since the water temperature is more constant. Btw it’s not cold water, just not as warm as the other pool. The view there was absolutely lovely and I love my time at Myvatn. A very relaxing and peaceful time!

Prices & hours for Myvatn

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No pics but I’m sure you can refer to Google. :p Due to the large number of visitors, you must pre-book your tickets to Blue Lagoon on their website. When I was there I did see a separate queue line for people to inquire about ticket availability that day but I also saw a couple in front of me being turned away as they did not pre-book tickets.  There are ongoing renovations to expand the place with a luxury hotel so I could see cranes in the background but no construction noise actually interrupted the experience. The facilities look really new, I guess they were recently upgraded as well. The shower section has cubicles with doors (without locks) and each locker section also one changing room (with locks). There are also vanity tables with hairdryers outside the locker sections so facilities definitely on point. There were a lot of people, in the changing room, in the lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is fairly big and since the number of people coming in are controlled by the booking system, it never gets to the point where you need to compete with people for space in the lagoon, but you know this is a tourist spot for sure. But well, I’m part of the tourist group eh? The water temperate is fairly even, if I remember correctly the water is at 38 deg C, but it got too warm for me after a while I had to periodically stand up at the shallow parts to put my torso above water to cool down. We left around 8pm and even then many people were still coming in, quite a few in suits! As the Blue Lagoon is located near the airport, it’s probably an ideal spot for those who only have a short time in Iceland to pop by and enjoy.

Ok, that’s all from me today! I’m not planning to turn this into a travel blog, but if you have any questions about my travels or have travel stories to share, feel free to leave a comment!

Lhong Ngao Jun

22 Jun

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LNJ is an old lakorn I watched and dropped in 2013 (ranted a bit in my 2013 lakorn list), but picked up again a few months later. I ranted (again) in my written journal after I finished it, and whilst flipping through it last weekend, I thought why not re-produce that in full here for fun? Haa, here’s my uncensored self, so fans of LNJ/ch7 might want to look away ‘cos this was definitely a lakorn I hate-watched. I write in a mix of English/Chinese so I’ve left that in too, translations added. Continue reading

Leh Ratree 2015

18 Jun

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meep, I’ve been prompted to peek out from my drama blogging hibernating hole by P’Fia’s recent post on Leh Ratree 2015, which was the last lakorn I finished and enjoyed but I didn’t feel compelled enough to blog about it back then besides a short fangirly post for Jes/Gypsy who played the 2nd leads. I have not been showing up online in part due to real life stuff plus I simply have not been watching that many dramas to write about, and also I started to think that there are already so many varied and wonderful voices on the drama blogosphere that what does it matter if I do an additional post or not? As I draft this post meant for the internet audience (as oppose to jotting down my jumbled thoughts without filters or proper construction in my trusty written journal meant for my reading only) I guess the difference lies in the sense of community and sharing that comes with putting your writing out there. Fangirling doesn’t feel as fun when done alone ne? Continue reading