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Sound Trip: Perfect (Angela Zhang & Harlem Yu)

Hello sountripers!

What’s up guys? Have you read my posts lately. This week, I seem to be loving the lovely Zhang Ziyi that I featured her twice in I Eat Spicy Noodles – one as the Featured Asian (read here) and another in an Asian Watcher post of Sophie’s Revenge (read here). Today is another Zhang Ziyi special. Although she is not the singer of the song, this song is used in Sophie’s Revenge. Anyway, here’s an audio (it’s actually a Youtube video).

I always like Angela Zhang and Harlem Yu. Harlem Yu sang for Meteor Garden (Taiwanese drama), and his song for Meteor Garden is one of my most favorite. Angela Zhang is one of the most celebrated singers in Taiwan. She’s not only a great singer, she’s an awesome actress as well. I will feature them in a Featured Asian edition sometime next month perhaps.

I love this song because it’s just a really sweet song. As you guessed, I did not understand any word of it, but it was absolutely amazing, I did not even care. Have you ever had one of those songs? Even something which language you can perfectly understand, but you do not get at all? It’s like this song. I cannot understand it, but it kind of speaks to the heart.

Song melody: GOOD

I probably will listen to this song over and over again.

Until next song,

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Asian Watcher: Sophie’s Revenge

Let’s watch!

If you have been following I Eat Spicy Noodles, you would know that for a Featured Asian edition, I featured the charming Zhang Ziyi (read post here). Today in Asian Watcher, I would be featuring one of her movies, Sophie’s Revenge. 

Sophie’s Revenge is a really cool movie. Zhang Ziyi is really cool, composed and serious in her Hollywood movies, so I think Sophie’s Revenge is a movie that shows how versatile of an actress she is.

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Movie Title: Sophie’s Revenge

Language: Mandarin

Actors: Zhang Ziyi (Sophie), So Ji Sub (Jeff), Peter Ho (Gordon), Fan Bing Bing (Anna)

Directed by: Eva Jin 

Year of release: 2009

I just love this movie. I am not fond of romantic Hollywood movies, but when it comes to Asian love stories, I could not help but watch. It might be because I am Asian as well, and I can very much relate to certain cultures in Asia.

Sophie’s Revenge, as the title would suggest, is about Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) wanting to take revenge. Her fiancé Jeff (So Ji Sub) dumped her before their wedding, and had a relationship with the actress Anna (Fan Bingbing). Sophie then tried to get revenge, and wanted to get Jeff back, so she analyzed the situation and came up with various plans to get him back. She ran across Jeff and Anna at a party, where she also met Gordon, who was supposed to have also been dumped by Anna. She persuades him to help her get revenge. In the process, Gordon falls in love with Sophie. 

During the last portions of the movie, it Gordon refuses to help Sophie because he wanted her to notice him instead. Jeff is persuaded and wanted Sophie back, and it makes Sophie confused because she may already have feelings for Gordon too. A shocking revelation happens – Anna is not actually Gordon’s ex-girlfriend, but his sister. Will Sophie have the happy ever after she wants? I suggest you watch.

I did not know that a Youtube member has all the cuts of the movies with English subtitles until today. Because I want to share them with you, I will be posting the links of the videos below. I hope you like them. 

That’s it for this edition of Asian Watchers. If there’s a movie, video or series, you want me to review for Asian Watchers, comment down below. Don’t forget to subscribe to I Eat Spicy Noodles for more Asian stuff. Please like the official Facebook page, and also follow me on Twitter if you can.

Catch you guys later!

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Featured Asian: Zhang Ziyi (Chinese)

For today’s Featured Asian, we discuss the beautiful and charming Zhang Ziyi.

Zhang Ziyi is of Chinese decent. She is remembered well for her roles in Hollywood films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and the highly-acclaimed Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). 

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Zhang Ziyi was born in Beijing on February 1979.  When she was a little girl, she studied dance, and entered and won numerous dance competitions. Because of her skill, she was even noticed by the entertainment industry and began appearing in many commercials in Hong Kong. 

When she was 18, she entered the Central Academy of Drama. She then started appearing in movies in China in 1999. She then appeared in Hollywood in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, then in Rush Hour 2. Because she was not fluent in English, she had Jackie Chan interpret the movie directions in Rush Hour 2.

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Many movies followed after that, but Zhang Ziyi was known most especially for gaining the lead role in Memoirs of a Geisha, a movie adaptation of Arthur Golden’s international bestseller. The movie had a lot of criticism, especially because a geisha is a Japanese woman, and Zhang Ziyi was of Chinese decent. However, because of her beautiful portrayal of lead character Sayuri, she got many positive comments, and even got a Golden Globe nomination. 

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I remember Zhang Ziyi most especially for her role in Sophie’s Revenge. One day I was browsing the cable for something interesting, and as I was going to one of my favorite channels, Red Channel (presents Asian movies all the time), I saw Zhang Ziyi. She was a different person. In her Hollywood movies, she was always cool and fierce, but in Sophie’s Revenge, she was dorky and gullible. It was like seeing a new side of her, and it was good. It showed how flexible of an actress she is. 

Image from http://besthollywoodwallpaper.blogspot.com/2011/10/zhang-ziyi-images.html

Zhang Ziyi is named as one of the most beautiful women in China. I do remember her representing the line of Maybelline in Asia. When I see her, I kind of think about Lee Hyori (Korean singer) because they kind of look a little similar, perhaps because they both have this fierceness in their eyes. 

Well, I guess me featuring her in the first ever Featured Asian says that I kind of like her. I haven’t really been following her activities, but when I see her in movies, I admire her for her strong acting abilities.

See you guys until the next Featured Asian!


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Christmas in Asia

It’s Christmas Eve!

It’s Christmas time and what better way to do an edition of Anything Asian than by discussing how Asians celebrate Christmas?

First of all, not everyone is Asia celebrate Christmas. Christmas is a Christian tradition, and while most Westerners (Europe, the Americas, etc) are practicing Christianity, most of Asia don’t. If I am correct, most people in Asia practice Buddhism, and it would not be surprising since Buddhism was born in Asia. Wait, just a minute. Wasn’t Christianity born in Asia too? Now, I’m confused.

Anyways, I’ll ponder on this serious matter some other time. For now, let’s see how Asians celebrate Christmas.

Philippines

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Since I live in the Philippines, I do know how we celebrate Christmas as Filipinos. Philippines is the biggest Catholic country in all of Asia, so Christmas is a very prominent holiday in the country.

Loads of colorful Christmas lanterns, Simbang Gabi (Nine Church Masses from December 16-24, usually in the very early morning), foods like Bibingka and Puto Bumbong (exclusive every Christmas), children caroling in front of your house every night – these are just some of the highlights of Christmas in the Philippines. You still have your Christmas parties, but they do not usually happen on Christmas Eve, because December 24 usually marks the Noche Buena, or the Christmas Eve dinner, and the family must be together for this dinner. Filipinos have very close family ties, and the celebration of Christmas Eve together is a portrayal of the importance we give to family. 

Japan

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From what I watched from Anime, Christmas in Japan is like a 2nd Valentine’s Day. The highlight usually would be for couples. Christmas is not a national holiday. People from Japan are usually Shintoists or Buddhists, so the celebration of Christmas is mostly for  commercial purposes. People still give gifts to people on Christmas, but unlike the Christian celebration in the Philippines, it mostly does not mean anything religious-related. 

South Korea

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About a quarter of South Korea’s population are Christians. Although this is the case, I have seen many Korean idols promote Christmas albums and commercials. Christmas is treated according to what an individual thinks. Some people think it’s about charity, others a normal pace of life. South Koreans give gifts in different forms like any other races, and they also spend time with their family. However, Christmas celebration is not as extravagant as other national holidays like the Lunar New Year. 

Singapore

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Singapore is a big shopping center, and during the Christmas season, establishments hold various sales and promos for consumers. Decorations are very extravagant, as if preparing for tourists to come. 

Indonesia and Malaysia

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Malaysia and Indonesia are big Muslim countries. About less than 10% of the population comprise Christians, but Jesus is believed as a prophet by Muslims, so they also celebrate his birth, although not as festive as the Christian celebration. People decorate their homes and give gifts with one another too.

India

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Interestingly, Indians also celebrate Christmas, even if only 2% of the entire population are actual Christians. Because the country was colonized and influenced by the British government, even schools celebrate Christmas. Instead of the pine tree used in Christmas trees, Indians often decorate mango or banana trees. 

It is traditional for Indians to give gifts during this season, but unlike other countries, they are not only expected to give gifts to friends and family members, they also have to give to the unfortunate and the poor.

 

Bangladesh and Pakistan

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Both in Pakistan and Bangladesh, Christmas is know as the Great Day. In Pakistan, people celebrate Christmas by wearing new clothes, visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts. They also have to attend church on that day.

In Bangladesh, people cut banana trees and form arches using two trees. They build this as a special pathway to a church service. They put oil on these arches, so they sort of make a lighted way to the service. 

Israel

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Most Israelites are Jews, so they do not practice the celebration of Christmas. Hannukah, an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. Christians living in Israel however, do pilgrimage along the places where Jesus Christ lived, most especially in Bethlehem where he was born.

China

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Decoration can be seen in China during the Christmas season, but as a country mainly practicing Taoism, the minority of Christians usually privately celebrate Christmas. Christianity is an oppressed religion in China, as it is a communist country, and some people have to secretly read the Bible (these events are told by my Pastors, I dunno if it still happens). This happens mainly on Mainland China. As for Hong Kong and Macau, they are wide tourist attractions, and they are as well-decorated as Singapore during the season.

That’s it for this edition of Anything Asian. No matter how you celebrate the holidays (or if you ever do), I hope you celebrate it with joy and love. Information on how people celebrate Christmas here might not be accurate. These are based on slight research and stocked knowledge.

Catch you guys soon! 

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