What I’m watching: The King’s Affection

After Hometown Cha-cha-cha and Squid Game, our latest Netflix and binge is The King’s Affection. I wanted to fill the gap left by Hometown Cha-cha-cha. I’ve not seen any period dramas from Korea (hmm… wait, Kingdom?). I’m attracted to the plot. A queen gives birth to twins, one boy and one girl. Things being as they are in whatever time period it was… they have to kill the baby girl and ensure the baby boy lives. She is secretly sent away. Later on, her twin brother, somewhat oblivious… gets killed. She happens to be at the palace around the same time as a laundry girl… gets discovered somehow and then styled as her late twin brother to save the succession. With only a handful of people knowing. During all this, the original girl had this whole puppy love thing going on with a boy in the royal court. The laundry girl “vanishes” much to the boy’s confusion… and the boy goes off to some faraway land (Ming Dynasty I think). Enter the present… the boy is now a young man who becomes the Crown Prince’s tutor. And the crown prince is who? The twin girl of course… so it’s a gender-bending love story.

I will NOT be able to explain that to a five year-old. So here’s a trailer instead:

New episodes pop up on Netflix every Monday and Tuesday after they air in Korea. It’s on-going.

What Korean drama do you recommend? Shows like these add colour during these dark days.

The mockery of a Miss Universe.

Television has managed to fuck us.

I can’t find a better way to explain it. We waited 42 years to experience a moment like this. You know, when the camera zooms in on Miss Philippines as she is crowned the winner of a pageant that is so embedded in Filipino pop culture.

The original selling point of Miss Universe, in my opinion, are traditions and production values. Parading around in a swimsuit may seem outdated (there are male beauty pageants, don’t forget)… but compared with the other shitty content out there… strutting your body on television is okay especially if you worked hard for it.

The idea of a honest mistake such as announcing the wrong winner at that pivotal moment can be a traumatic experience. People see it happen to the ladies on-screen: Miss Colombia, Miss Philippines. But how about the viewers who have invested time and latched emotions onto this pageant. Continue reading “The mockery of a Miss Universe.”

Asia’s Next Top Model – Cycle 3 – Episode Winners and Eliminations

Being a fan of reality TV shows involving models, here are the episode winners and eliminations I have been tracking. Similar to what I did for Supermodelme Sirens.

Some of my comments about the show:

  1. Theme song sounds like “Chandelier” by Sia. Visually the opening sequence of this cycle is beautiful. But the music is the weakest of the past three seasons.
  2. The background of Georgina Wilson wasn’t quite established in the first episode.

EPISODE 1 – 14 girls

  1. AMANDA, Philippines – FIRST CALLED
  2. BARBARA, Japan
  3. MONIKA, Philippines
  4. TAHLIA, Indonesia
  5. GANI, Indonesia
  6. AIMEE, Singapore
  7. LORRETTA, Hong Kong
  8. KB, Hong Kong
  9. FRANCHESCA, Philippines
  10. MELISSA, Malaysia
  11. KIANA, Thailand
  12. RANI, Indonesia

Bottom 2 please step forward…

  1. CELINE, Vietnam
  2. SHAREETA, Malaysia – ELIMINATED

EPISODE 2 – 13 girls

“Photo of the week” called together

  • CELINE, Vietnam
  • GANI, Indonesia
  • MELISSA, Malaysia

“Safe models”

  1. THALIA, Indonesia
  2. FRANCHESCA, Philippines
  3. LORRETTA, Hong Kong
  4. KB, Hong Kong
  5. BARBARA, Japan
  6. MONIKA, Philippines
  7. RANI, Indonesia

Bottom 3 please step forward

  1. AIMEE, Singapore
  2. AMANDA, Philippines
  3. KIANA, Thailand – ELIMINATED

EPISODE 3 – 12 girls

  1. AIMEE, Singapore – FIRST CALLED
  2. MELISSA, Malaysia
  3. MONIKA, Philippines
  4. FRANCHESCA, Philippines
  5. CELINE, Vietnam
  6. AMANDA, Philippines
  7. GANI, Indonesia
  8. BARBARA, Japan
  9. TAHLIA, Indonesia
  10. KB, Hong Kong

Bottom 2 please step forward

  1. LORRETTA, Hong Kong
  2. RANI, Indonesia – ELIMINATED

EPISODE 4 – 11 girls

  1. MONIKA, Philippines – FIRST CALLED
  2. AIMEE, Singapore
  3. AMANDA, Philippines
  4. KB, Hong Kong
  5. MELISSA, Malaysia
  6. TAHLIA, Indonesia
  7. GANI, Indonesia
  8. BARBARA, Japan

Bottom 3 please step forward

  1. FRANCHESCA, Philippines
  2. CELINE, Vietnam – DOUBLE ELIMINATION
  3. LORRETTA, Hong Kong – DOUBLE ELIMINATION

QUOTABLES

  • “I don’t really know what I’m doing.” – Lorretta, in Episode 2

 

 

MY PERSONAL FAVES

  • AIMEE, Singapore
  • AMANDA, Philippines
  • BARBARA, Japan

(Updated after each airing of Asia’s Next Top Model cycle 3)

Check your local listings for when the program airs.

Supermodelme Sirens: Episode Winners and Eliminations (COMPLETE)

Because I can’t seem to find it anywhere else on the web, might as well share it here as I see it on TV. Here are the winners, bottom 3, and eliminated finalists on Supermodelme Sirens.

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  • EPISODE 1 WINNER
    • Alexandria Brouhard (KOREA)
  • EPISODE 1 BOTTOM 3
    • Nicole Soderstrom (THAILAND)
    • Francine Zauner (INDONESIA)
    • Nadia Christian (KOREA) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 2 WINNER
    • Rafaella Leonardo (JAPAN)
  • EPISODE 2 BOTTOM 3
    • Nicole Soderstrom (THAILAND)
    • Jasmin Ng (PHILIPPINES)
    • Francine Zauner (INDONESIA) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 3 WINNER
    • Victoria Blom (THAILAND)
  • EPISODE 3 BOTTOM 3
    • Kea Lee (MALAYSIA)
    • Sharin Keong (SINGAPORE)
    • Irish Ong (PHILIPPINES) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 4 WINNER
    • Jasmin Ng (PHILIPPINES)
  • EPISODE 4 BOTTOM 3
    • Rafaella Leonardo (JAPAN)
    • Sharin Keong (SINGAPORE)
    • Kea Lee (MALAYSIA) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 5 WINNER
    • Gabriela Leonardo (JAPAN)
  • EPISODE 5 BOTTOM 3
    • Jasmin Ng (PHILIPPINES)
    • Sharin Keong (SINGAPORE)
    • Nicole Soderstrom (THAILAND) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 6 WINNER
    • Gabriela Leonardo (JAPAN)
  • EPISODE 6 BOTTOM 3
    • Victoria Blom (THAILAND)
    • Shi Lim (SINGAPORE)
    • Jasmin Ng (PHILIPPINES) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 7 WINNER
    • Alexandria Brouhard (KOREA)
  • EPISODE 7 BOTTOM 3
    • Victoria Blom (THAILAND)
    • Shi Lim (SINGAPORE)
    • Sharin Keong (SINGAPORE) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 8 WINNER
    • Shi Lim (SINGAPORE)
  • EPISODE 8 BOTTOM 2
    • Gabriela Leonardo (JAPAN)
    • Victoria Blom (THAILAND) – Non-Elimination Round 🙂

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  • EPISODE 9 WINNER
    • Gabriela Leonardo (JAPAN)
  • EPISODE 9 BOTTOM 2
    • Victoria Blom (THAILAND)
    • Shi Lim (SINGAPORE) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 10 WINNER
    • Rafaella Leonardo (JAPAN)
  • EPISODE 10 BOTTOM 3
    • Alexandria Brouhard (KOREA)
    • Gabriela Leonardo (JAPAN)
    • Victoria Blom (THAILAND) – Eliminated

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  • EPISODE 11 – RECAP EPISODE
    • No eliminations.

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  • EPISODE 12 (FINALE) – TOP 3 OF SUPERMODELME SIRENS
    • Alexandria Brouhard (KOREA) – Winner of Supermodelme Sirens 🙂
    • Gabriela Leonardo (JAPAN)
    • Rafaella Leonardo (JAPAN)

Congratulations Alex! Supermodelme Sirens winner!

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Last updated: 10 February 2015

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Disclaimer: I am affiliated with the TV channel (DIVA) but NOT the TV show (Supermodelme Sirens). I so happen to be a big fan of reality TV shows hence my willingness to update this page frequently.

Attending PromaxBDA Asia 2014 at The Arts House at the Old Parliament

My company sent us to PromaxBDA this year. This was my 2nd time to attend the PromaxBDA and I got to enjoy a few sessions about TV trailer production. Even better was to share the same space with people in the industry who come from other cable networks like HBO, MTV, Nichelodeon, AXN, and various other TV channels in Asia. #promoGEEK ?

The venue was once again at the fabulous The Arts House at the Old Parliament. My favourite session this year was the one done by Mr. Simon Kemp from WeAreSocial. It’s like I felt everything he said is something most TV companies should have been doing five years ago. TV people, let’s not get left behind please! (Disclaimer: I’ve done my digital pitching with my current company and everyone seems enthusiastic about it. I do have a supportive manager.)

If I weren’t a TV promo producer, I’d be full time digital/social for television. 😛

Anyway, my friend won another gold Promax. Congrats girl! I also ran into former colleagues at MediaCorp and ABS-CBN.

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