My girl crushes

11 02 2011

Girl Crush; noun;
feelings of admiration and adoration of the non-sexual variety which a girl has for another girl, usually the result of said girl possessing an incredibly sassy sense of style and, most importantly, major talent to boot. Or in short, said girl just freaking rocks.



Counting down my top ten girl crushes (I think I have the order right- actually, I’m not 100% sure. Positions 4-8 are completely interchangeable depending on my mood but it’s high time I hit “Publish” on this post >_>;;;)…


[10] Jang Geun Suk lol No seriously… >_>…
[10]Mizukawa Asami The Budding Leading Woman

Who is she?: A Japanese actress who is not quite a straight-up leading lady yet but excels in many of her supporting roles.

Have you ever seen her in?: Dark Water– apparently, she was in that! I watched it way back in 2002 but at the time my knowledge of  the J-industry was limited to horror flicks (and also a certain dude called Kimura Takuya, who I was kinda aware was a superstar but didn’t quite know what he looked like… ~_~) so I wasn’t paying full attention to her then. I do remember liking everything about the film big time though (despite being scared shiteless.) Alas, some years later, I saw the girl rocking the violin in Nodame Cantabile and was immediately intrigued (goshdarn all you violinists luring me!) but it was her role as the jetsetting Eri in Last Friends that made me fall for good. I’m not 100% sure if she is ready to take on leading lady roles yet but one thing is for certain- the girl can definitely act her butt off.

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: [insert random Arashi boy] lol j/ks ;))))))

[09] Gong Hyo JinThe Eccentrically Cool

Who is she?: A South Korean actress known mainly for her television work and also being the other half of actor Ryu Seung Bum.

Have you seen her in?: Ruler Of Your Own World, Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School and Thank You. – three of my favourite series of all-time. And she was perfect in all three. Like, “There is no one else who could’ve played your role” perfect.

The most recent series I’ve seen with her is Pasta, and although nothing in that series ever happened at all (and I mean EVER… hang on a second, something did get some people excited in episode 13 >O<; ) I never felt like I was wasting my time because she and Lee Sun Gyun were just so gooey sweet together! But somehow not sickening (*´ー`*) T’is a tough feat. Not to mention the girl was always trending it out to the max in the fashion stakes in this series as well- layers in my opinion have never looked so yummy.

Which brings me to this point- a huuuge reason why I love Gong Hyo Jin as much as I do is because in my eyes, she’s just such a freaking fashionista (!) It’s like she possesses this uncanny knack to make bizarre, eccentric, wholly whack clothes look like true fashion. If anyone else were to don some of the outfits she dons, they would look downright foolish. Honestly, I don’t know how she does it really but all I can say is she simply makes the super daggy look super, super cooooool :)

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: I should probably say Ryu Seung Bum but I’m not gunna. So whooisit then? Jang Hyuk! I think I just have that hair-washing scene from Thank You stuck in mah head xD

[08] Ha Ji Won The Courtesan

Who is she?: A South Korean actress, who is as successful in her drama series work as she is in her movies (let’s not mention her brief music recording career however, which needless to say, didn’t really sustain itself -_-;)

Have you seen her in?: Damo– as the super awesome Chae Ok. Hands down one of the best drama heroines ever. Then, as if she didn’t kick enough ass there, she went on to make What Happened In Bali and turned Lee Soo Jung, who was the world’s most painfully indecisive character (jicks, pulling her hair: “Guuurl, choose one of them already! Choose one so I can kidnap the other now!”), into someone you were actually barracking for.

AND THEN! As if that plus that wasn’t enough, the woman took on the lead role in Hwang Jin I with the utmost amount of grace and sheer strength and delicacy, firmly validating her absolute professionalism and total commitment to her art. In a nutshell, Ha Ji Won as Korea’s most famous gisaeng equals utter breathtaking perfection <3

And just in case anyone had any doubt, Song Hye Kyo came along a year later playing the same role in a movie version (albeit in a different mood and tone) and made Ha Ji Won look even better xDD (*hearts on SHK* Once upon a time Hye Kyo shi would have my top10 list. Now, I still like the gorgeous thing and all but for me she’s really stalled as an actress O_x Hopefully her upcoming big-time movie will boost her back up in the acting department again- working with Wong Kar Wai and Tony Leung can only be a good thing right? )

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: Jo In Sung. That’s right, all you Secret Garden shippers, I am laying it down straight! Although truth be told, I do think Ha Ji Won has chemistry with practically all her leading men. Must be a natural born talent because it appears that the woman is the ideal type for quite a handful of male celebs. Must be difficult being her (-_-;)


[07] Maggie Cheung The Movie Star

Who is she?: A Chinese actress from Hong Kong who started off as a Miss Hong Kong pageant first runner-up, dabbled in television acting afterwards and then one day fell into the hands of epic artsy director Wong Kar Wai and the rest, as they say, is H.I.S.T.O.R.Y.

Have you seen her in?: Well, everything. But if I had to select one film where I drooled the most, it would probably have to be In The Mood For Love. Maggie Cheung in a cheongsam brings a whole new definition to the term adkasjhdkasfjalsfjoawiufxDDDDDD;;;,,,

Her work speaks for herself. This woman was born to be A Movie Star ☆★☆ *glistening eyes*

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: Tony Leung of course.


[06] Son Ye Jin The Classic

Who is she?: A South Korean actress who has made a successful career in both television and cinema. This woman is one heckuva bankable leading lady and it doesn’t seem to matter too much what genre her work is either.

Have you seen her in?: Summer Scent– no? Well congratulations and pat yourself on the back, you have saved yourself 20hours of gruelling, hair-pulling pain (okay, maybe it’s more like 17.5hours. The first couple of eps were a’ight and I’m thinking there may have been a few small decent moments somewhere else along the line… but no more! No more!) I’m here to tell you, I loathed this series. Apart from the ridiculous heartbeat sound effect thing (which I wish wasn’t used at all much less having to put up with it being overused and abused >_>…), the two main characters did not win any of my empathy or sympathy. Not once, not a drop, not even for a split second. I seem to recall screeching lines such as “Just get over yourselves already!” “There are SO many more issues going on in this world!” and “If you want a problem, I’ll give you a problem..!” (><“) Nevertheless, I soldiered through all the mess- and it definitely wasn’t for Song Seung Hun‘s majorly lush eyebrows.

That’s right, it was for Son Ye Jin shi, who, to me, seems like the type that men would totally go for. I mean, if I were a guy, I’d probably be after her myself (Ah. Ahem.) While I think she’s rather brilliant already, somehow I feel that Ye Jin can and should still get better. For now, she is definitely taking strong strides, demonstrating and proving her versatility having already played characters across a broad range of different genres in her young career.

May I mention also- I love the way she cries <3

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: That carpenter-turned-architect guy xD


[05] Jeon Ji Hyun The Ultimate Sassy Girl

Who is she?: A South Korean model-turned-actress who is dubbed the nation’s CF Queen.

Have you ever seen her in?: ANY of her CFs- half the time I’m like, “Okay so I don’t really know what you are selling but yah, I’ll have 100 of them anyways thank you ^U^!” Usually the ones where there is alot of leg, midriff, S-line and/or hair-swaying action do the most damage^^;;;

Exhibit A: Giordano (this one is infamous!) ▎Exhibit B: Anycall (loving the blue)▎Exhibit C: Laneige (love the fresh-faceness) ▎Exhibit D: LaneigeExhibit E: 17Tea (possibly my fave!) ▎Exhibit F: 17Tea (er, pretty sure I drink 17Tea and I don’t look like  that in a jumpsuit…) ▎Exhibit G: Elastine (loving the black and white)

I hope you get my point. In all seriousness though, like most, it was her insanely charming and magnetic delivery of her role in the Korean movie My Sassy Girl– one of the best romantic comedies ever made- that captivated my heart and turned me onto her side for good and for life. And by that, I mean it don’t matter how poorly she or her films from thereon after performs or if she tries to pull a JinnyJinJin by venturing into America completely under-prepared (*coughs*Blood: The Last Vampire*coughs*)… I will still love her.

However, to this day I still can not bring myself to refer to her as Gianna. Just typing it out even makes me feel blah.

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: Jung Woo Sung baby! See any of their Giordano CFs for supporting evidence. Or, and I have some reservations in recommending this, the film Daisy. I guess if you can turn a blind eye to the rocky writing and Woo Sung‘s wobbly (at times overcooked) acting, the film wasn’t completely horrid. Just go into it not expecting too much and you will come out fine. Think; Jeon Ji Hyun being all artsy in Amsterdam and aah, Woo Sung in military cargoes and form-fitting tanks- at the very, very least, it is a very, very visually pretty watch for all ^_^,


[04] Kim Hyun Joo The Pretty

Who is she?: A South Korean actress, known mainly in the drama world.

Have you seen her in?: In Soon Is Pretty– I found it flat-out hilarious how in the story they kept making a point of her character not being pretty but I’m sitting there looking at Kim Hyun Joo shi on my screen thinking, “Come on peeps, no matter what way you look at her, frozen or in motion or even with your eyes shut, it’s still kinda obvious- you can sever her hair and chuck her in frumpy clothes but she’s still freaking glowing at ya -_-.”

So yeah, we know that she is pretty but I’m also thinking she’s graceful, she’s professional, she can act, she can kick Goo Joo Pyo‘s ass (*flying high tens*!!!!!!!!!!) yadiyayaya… but heya! She’s released her own craft book (booyah! for being so creative :D) and even more importantly, she’s a total humanitarian as well, having done volunteer work in Bangladesh and also lending her face (and body!) for a local campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer. Good looks, acting chops and a kind heart- how can a girl not love her? :)

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: I’m gonna suppress my My Girl love and cough up the name… Lee Dong Wook (~~!!!) Seriously, if you’ve not seen them in Partner already, investigate it now, please!! The series isn’t pick-ya-jaw-up-off-the-ground fantastic per se but it’s most definitely an enjoyable watch. Even if the cases aren’t your cuppa tea, the chemistry between Hyun Joo shi and Wookie is more than enough alone. These two will totally warm your heart like the feeling you get when you take the first sip of a super creamy hot chocolate (one where the marshmellow has half-melted) on a chilly Winter’s day (*´ー`*) (Oh, apologies to my man So Ji Sub, too. I know you and Hyun Joo shi were close-to-a-match-made-in-heaven in Glass Shoes but argh… if you watch Partner you will understand, too xox)


[03] Lee Na YoungThe Quirky Beautiful

Who is she?: A South Korean actress who made a name for herself early on in television before jumping out big into the movie world.

Have you seen her in?: Dream Of A Warriorbwahahahahaha :OOOOOO

I’m sure everyone involved in this film wishes it was just a dream. Seriously, do not touch this movie, not even with a 50ft pole. When Leon Lai‘s acting is the best thing about a project than you know something is hideously wrong (but er, don’t misconstrue me or anything, I do like Leon. Alot. He’s such a charitable man. And his acting is pretty good nowadays, it’s just that he’s not often known to carry a movie with his acting, that’s all O_o…)…

Alright, so a genuine recommendation? I would say… go watch her in Someone Special. It’s not your top-notch rom-com by any means but Na Young is perfectoPLUS in this. Why she liked Jung Jae Young‘s character so much in the film I will never fully understand because based on her face alone, I’m pretty sure she could go out and get any other guy who is (A) richer, (B) (classically) better looking, (C) has a more rippling body, (D) has more personality, (E) has a brighter future, or, (F) all of the above lol. But the movie totally epitomises everything I love about Lee Na Young– the wittiness, the “plaining down my beauty so much I end up looking even more beautiful,” and… the weirdoness (^_^)V (!!!)

P.S. She was also pretty much amazing as Jun Kyung in the series Ruler Of Your Own World– definitely an underrated series in my opinion.

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: Kang Dong Won. I decided this immediately after watching Maundy Thursday (which Lee Na Young was- yet again– the bomb in; as for Dong Won, mmm, good for the most part, maybe one or two questionable crying scenes for me (・_・;) ) but I don’t even necessarily want them to get together (I guess I want him for myself xDD,) my eyes just respond jubilantly to seeing them together. I’m thinking it’s something to due with their statuesque, manga-like proportions (pin head+long neck+super long limbs=ichiban! ;) )


[02] Ueno JuriThe Kooky Girl-Next-Door

Who is she?: A Japanese actress who, in my opinion, only has the sky as her limit.

Have you seen her in?: Nodame Cantabile. And Last Friends. You know what, watch them back to back and then take a moment to think about Juri-chan’s ability as an actress. And may I dare say, I don’t even think she has reached her prime.

While I heart the wonderfully weird wackiness of the piano genius that is Nodame, Juri‘s role as Ruka in Last Friends was what sucked me right in. Hardcore. Ruka was the one who ignited my inner girl crush crusher. Something about the being tomboyish but not being butch, something about the fragility, something about the complex spectacle of emotions. Ruka is so my homegirl! I even forked out something like $39 for her mug. I know, I hear you say, 39 big ones?? For a mug??? (´・_・`) Yep. I couldn’t help it. But I feel like it’s worth my every dime.

Might I add how bemused I was that Juri-chan was winning awards as the Best Supporting Actress because, well, come on, who seriously was watching Last Friends for Nagasawa Masami..?

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: If you’ve been putting up with my fangirltastic-gag-a-liciousness, this will be a no-brainer: Eita (duh.)


[01] Mika Nakashima The Voice

Who is she?: A Japanese singer with vocals as silky and as sweet as… the silk and candy store (???)

Have you seen her in?: The manga turned live-action movie Nana– get on it xDD If you can get around how thin the girl is in this film that is. Seriously, looking at Mika wearing those super body-hugging singlets, you get to see just how tiny her frame is… and then you wonder just how the girl manages to belt out all those amazing notes. And it all makes me want to sing louder into my hairbrush!

And while every part of my soul believes Mika was born to play Nana, and every piece of my senses loved rocking along to Glamorous Sky and all the other Black Stones beats, I don’t think I would be alone in saying this: Mika is best when her voice is the main instrument i.e. give the woman a good ballad and let her do the rest.

Btw, if you haven’t noticed, for some reason, I don’t address Mika in the traditional Japanese form (as in surname before given name) because for some reason, it just doesn’t feel right. It’s like, if someone tried to get Mika to sing live not barefoot xDD

^^So I am happiest when I see her with this dude!: Mmm… well, honestly… I am happiest seeing her with a microphone (I know, how freaking sappy of me right? (_ _) .)  So you can imagine my reaction when I came across the latest piece of news that Mika is making her official comeback after taking an extended hiatus to treat an aural condition… I really think I may have slightly peed in my pants xDDDDDD

April 27th, new single Dear– Can.Not.Wait.(!!!!!!)

In the meantime, here is one of my favourite lives ever from the woman:



And there you go! The ten girls who make me go a little more gaga than the average Johnny boy (but maybe not the cream of the crop ones lololol)

Mika’s back!

31 07 2010

With a new PV for her upcoming single, Ichiban Kirei na Watashi wo (i.e. The Beautiful Me,) to be released officially on Aug 25. The track is the insert song for the new series, Unubore Deka (aka Conceited Detective, a love suspense comedy which stars Nagase Tomoya, Ikuta Toma & also Mika in the role of Hagurashi Rie. Plus a bunch of pretty cool guest stars. Hells yes I will be watching it!):

^^Her vocals are silky yet dramatic up against the emotive harmony of the piano. The video is gorgeous, filled w/ fairytale underwater scenes & mistily moody, romantic colours. Mika‘s flowing wardrobe & gracefully expressive movements really accentuate the feelings of the song & the vid.

No surprises here- I totally heart it <3

Do they make Snowflower trees?

11 06 2010

It’s that time of the year again in my part of the world when things are getting mighty chilly!

The main things I do during Winter:

[1] Exhibit layers of knits & other warm fuzzy fabrics.
[2] Drink hot mocha (optional double marshmellow portions.)
[3] Rug up in bed & watch fluffy, romantic doramas (Tatta Hitotsu no Koi, here I coooooome !!!!!!)
[4] Cross my fingers & cross my toes that I haven’t left my umbrella at home / under my desk at work / in the car *runs to lost property to take someone else’s brolly*
[5] OVERplay (almost) every single version of Yuki no Hana & reminisce I’m Sorry I Love You (mind you, there are alot more versions of the song than what you’d probably imagine. Even as I went to do this post, I came across a couple of renditions that I never knew existed. It’s like, a different country decides to cover it every year -_-)

For some reason, I only listen to this song when it’s cold. It makes me shiver but it also makes me warm. It makes me want to take my shoes off w/ Mika. It makes me want to [insert (in)appropriate fan action of affection] So Ji Sub.

I don’t know why but it does *clears throat*


The lowdown:

If by chance I knew where you were, I would’ve become a star in the winter sky and shined on you.


Original: Yuki no Hana
Sung by:
Nakashima Mika
Composed by:
Matsumoto Ryouki
(Lyrics+translation HERE )

FYI, yuki = snow, hana = flower.
I believe, in a sense, yuki no hana can mean snowflakes.


Now, how many versions can you count?


ONE [1] Mika Nakashima, 雪の華, Yuki no Hana, Japanese

The original Yuki  no Hana performed by Mika Nakashima is just freaking farking beautiful. Her voice is pitch-perfect delicate. This is the Mika that I heart w/ all my hormones (btw, I couldn’t find the official PV anywhere. Darn ownership rights!):


TWO [2] Park Hyo Shin, 눈꽃, Noon Eh Ggot (Snowflower,) Korean

Okay, so I feel like I’m cheating on Mika when I say this but my all-time favourite interpretation of the song is actually from Park Hyo Shin. It’s best known for being on the soundtrack for the 2004 Korean drama series I’m Sorry I Love You (aka misa <3) Maybe I can’t distinguish my emotions for the song from my emotions for Cha Moo Hyuk (i.e. So Ji Sub‘s character in the series) but I don’t care. Park Hyo Shin‘s deeply rich vocals achingly bring out the pain of a man’s undying love. I remember reading somewhere once that Mika said the song was intended to be sung by a man & when you hear Park Hyo Shin crooning it, you really do so naturally get that feeling:


THREE [3] Seo Young Eun, 눈꽃, Noon Eh Ggot (Snowflower,) Korean

Apparently Seo Young Eun was the person who translated the song to Korean, before, of course, having it perfected by Park Hyo Shin later on. But she did a cover of her own, too, a beautifully broken down acoustic version, which appeared on the second soundtrack for misa (her studio version is better but alas, I could only find a studio audio clip w/ misa footage & I didn’t want to post it because sadly, I can’t handle the heartbreak T_T;;;):


FOUR [4] Han Xue , 飄雪 (Falling Snow,) Mandarin

Mainland Chinese singer Han Xue covered it in 2004. This one’s a smidgen too flat & a smidgen too girl-like for me:


FIVE [5] Joi Chua , 对不起,我爱你 (Sorry I Love You,) Mandarin

Singaporean singer Joi Chua covered it in 2005. I like this version. There’s a sense of familiarity in her voice- it sounds like she’s been thruuuuuu it all (´・_・`):


SIX [6] Tokunaga Hideaki, 雪の華, Yuki no Hana, Japanese

Singer/songwriter Tokunaga Hideaki released his own version in 2006:

[BONUS!] And here he is live w/ Mika (girl totally rocks it barefoot xD):


SEVEN [7] Vincy Chan, 花無雪 (Flowers Without Snow,) Cantonese

Hong Kong singer Vincy Chan did her version in 2006. It is by far my least favourite interpretation:

^^Side note: I don’t think Vincy‘s a horrendous singer per se (or do I? ((+_+))), she’s just never worked for me. How do I put it… I feel as if she thinks she’s a better singer than what she actually is. Esp in this song, to me it’s like she doesn’t know what she’s singing about (where are the emotions, girl??) I wish she’d never covered the song because had she not, I may actually still hold some liking towards her.


Can you believe there are English versions of the song as well???!!! (This was when I fell out of my chair as I was researching the links for this post…) >>>

> American rock musician Eric Martin covered it in 2008. The track appeared on his album, Mr Vocalist:

> New Zealand born soprano Hayley Westenra also covered it in 2008 on her Hayley Sings Japanese Songs CD (superb album title there btw):

(Ah, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve stopped counting >_<;)


Finally, a clip that I’ve played a million times over…

So Ji Sub totally swooning us all in Nihongo <33333333333

^^I fully love that man xD (Bring on June 23, Road No.1 baby, Road No.1!)


There are also several other random performances from the likes of Jay Chou, Jong  Hyun from SHINee, Gackt… heck, there’s even a full-on metal instrumental from Marty Friedman (!) But I only really wanted to post the official releases, & well, also, the Jay Chou clip is polluted by two crazy fangirls’ scraping, irksome voices (seriously, & I thought I couldn’t shut up ><;!! It’s on youtube for anyone’s whose interested, just enter at your own risk xP.)

After so many listenings to the song in all its versions, I’ve realised that it is essentially a beautiful song in any language (even when certain “singers” take it on & don’t deliver it full justice.) I also get the feeling that it’s best sung w/ a bit of a vibrato situation going on (cue; Mika, Park Hyo Shin. Maybe subconsciously my brain is thinking; trembling voice = cold ??? Gosh, I make myself wonder sometimes ^^;;) No matter what, Yuki no Hana will remain one of my favourite songs for eternity. I love it & I love the cold. That’s my feeling.

And if the answer to my post title is ‘yes,’ then I would like one, please…

[ ^^picture credit as labelled ]

i ❤ mika nakashima

7 02 2010

and her new single Always .


Always is also on the soundtrack for the new movie Sayonara Itsuka, which is based on the novel by Tsuji Hitonari. And !!!!! I just found out that the film is directed by John H. Lee, who also directed my (equal) favourite movie ever, Korean flick, A Moment To Remember <3 I am so even more eager to see the new movie now aaaaaahhh.

Anyways, enough already, listen to the title song here: [[[ Mika Nakashima – Always ]]]