Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo

Apparently, my mind has been fully occupied by this series lately. It’s like first love all over again. Except the fact that I don’t have my first love with me. So, I indulged myself to loving the main character’s first love as well – Irie Naoki.

Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo was adapted from the manga of the same title (except for Love in Tokyo) by Kaoru Tada. There were also other adaptations prior to this 2013 remake:

  • Itazura na Kiss – First Japanese adaptation of the manga in 1996 with 9 episodes
  • It Started with a Kiss – 2005 Taiwanese remake with 30 episodes covering the school life of the Naoki and Kotoko
  • They Kiss Again  – 2007 Taiwanese sequel of “It Started with a Kiss” with 20 episodes covering the married life of Naoki and Kotoko
  • Cowok Impian – 2006 Indonesian remake
  • Itazura na Kiss – 2008 Anime series with 25 episodes
  • Playful Kiss – 2010 Korean remake with 16 episodes

Of all the adaptations, I’ve only watched the anime. I wasn’t planning to watch Love in Tokyo either if not for the intriguing posts of someone about the new remake. I got curious. I downloaded the series but didn’t watched it after a month or two (since I was busy with other series😀 ).

When I had the time to finally watch it, as if I was also into the scene, I fell in love with Irie, Naoki. He’s intelligent, handsome and talented! What more could you ask for? Except for the fact that he’s cold-hearted, but the heck with that! I think I can manage it just like Kotoko. Hahahahaha! I guess I really have this thing for intelligent, talented and cold-hearted guys.

yuki furukawa

Isn’t he adorable? I think I’d faint seeing this in actual.😄

I can’t stop myself from smiling every time I see Kotoko and Naoki scenes. I’ve watched both the anime and live action a couple of times. Seems like I can’t get enough of their love story😄

Here’s some of my favorite clips from the anime and live action:

SECOND KISS: In the anime, Yuuki caught Naoki kissing a sleeping Kotoko under the tree while in the live action, it was at the hospital. So Kawaii!😄

itazura na kiss anime x live action

 THIRD KISS: Naoki finally admitted his feelings for Kotoko😄

itazura na kiss anime x live action

Naoki’s feelings were more discreet in the live action as compared to the anime. His cold attitude could piss me off sometimes but there were also scenes like this whene I can’t help but appreciate his change of heart towards Kotoko. (Like seriously Kotoko? Can you not feel Naoki’s love a bit? XD)

itazura na kiss: love in tokyo

My craziness over Naoki’s character didn’t stop on the series though. I eventually checked on the actor who portrayed Naoki which turned out to be Yuki Furukawa. I don’t know him of course (hahaha!). Although I know a few Japanese actors, I was never an avid fan. But seeing Yuki’s profile activated the fan girl in me. He had some similar qualities from Naoki (Kyaaaa! I love him even more!!) Same major in university (Science major), quite shy (according to Yuki’s interview), knows fluent English (Yuki stayed overseas when he was young) and also talented (Yuki plays basketball and knows dancing).

Yuki’s Q & A for DramaFever

According to Yuki, the difference between him and Naoki’s character is that he won’t harshly turn down a confession from a girl. Instead, he’d gladly accept it. Though he never said that he would return the affection either! But hey! It’s still a chance, ayt?😀

Yuki’s interview from Elle (link taken from One Hallyu)

And because of him, I started learning Japanese again. I’m still far from constructing sentences and writing in Kana.

learning japanese

But when I do, the first thing that I’m gonna do is a love letter for Yuki! I can’t wait for that day to come! Kyaaaaa!😄

BTW, Itazura Na Kiss: Love in Tokyo Season 2 is coming up soon. The story will cover the married life of Kotoko and Naoki. I can’t wait to watch it!😀

itazura na kiss: love in tokyo season 2

 

Credits t the following for the some info and images:

Wikipedia
Asianwiki
One Hallyu
Furukawa Yuki PH Twitter

 

The Biko Tradition

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It has been in the tradition of Filipinos to prepare this delicacy during Lenten Season. Back in my hometown, my dad is the one who prepares this delicious biko for us while I do the food tasting.. It has always been that way. Hehehe

While most of us always claim their mom’s or dad’s have the best biko in the world, I too shall claim that my dad’s biko is the most delicious in the world. Hahaha! Not to be boastful, but whenever there’s holy week and all- saint’s day, my relatives from mom’s side (my mom too) and close neighbors always demand for dad’s biko.😀

But since I’m not home right now, I kinda miss my dad’s biko. But hey, I’m my dad’s daughter so recreating this delicacy won’t be a problem (I think). Hahahaha!

So, here’s my attempt on cooking glutinous rice in coconut milk or BIKO for short. Recipe was adapted here. Although I modified some of the ingredients and procedures based from my Dad’s recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups malagkit/glutinous rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups coconut milk (you may use canned or powdered coco milk)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2  cups muscovado/coco sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp grated lime peelings (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine malagkit/glutinous rice and water. Cook it until the rice is ready. The amount of water ought to be lesser in volume so that the rice will not be fully cooked. malagkit/glutinous rice
  2. While the rice is cooking combine the coconut milk, sugar and salt in a separate pot and cook in low heat  until the texture becomes thick. Stir constantly. coco-milk mixture
    • If you don’t want too much hassle, you may opt to use the canned or powdered coconut milk which most of the recipe’s I’ve found on the internet have been using. I prefer the all-natural coconut milk. I use grated coconut plus its juice (or you can substitute 4-5 cups of hot water) and squeeze the milk out of it. Do not extract the milk yet if you use hot water. Let it cool down for a bit unless you want your hands get burned. :D grated coconut
  3. Once the coconut milk – sugar mixture is thick enough, add the cooked rice and mix well. Continue cooking until all liquid evaporates (Do not over cook). The reason why the rice should not be fully cooked (from 1) is that you’re gonna cook it again along with the coco milk-sugar mixture. This will also allow the rice to absorb the mixture well. 2014-04-16 14.57.05
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  4. Add the grated lime peelings. (This prevents you from getting sick of eating too much biko, para dili sum-ol in bisaya)🙂
  5. Transfer it in a serving plate.
  6. Optional: Fry 1 cup of left-over grated coconut and 1 cup of muscovado (or brown sugar) and garnish on top of your biko.
  7. Share and Enjoy!🙂

biko

PS: I made a lot so I’m giving some for my neighbors too!😀

Turmeric Fish and Broccoli Stir Fry

This is the second post on my Fish Recipes.

Okay, so my friend asked me about Turmeric recipes this time. She knows I love curry and turmeric is one of the ingredients used to make curry and is a part of the ginger family (tinier than ginger.. this explains its yellowish color). I asked for google’s help🙂 and found a good recipe which can be found on tablespoon’s website.😀

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fish (of your choice)
  • 1 large broccoli
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 inches ginger
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut the onions and fish into strips.
  2. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized chunks.
  3. Mince the garlic and ginger together to form one chunky paste.
  4. Saute the onions in the butter for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the Ginger and Garlic Paste and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the turmeric, cumin and chili powder. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the fish and broccoli. Cook until both are tender. (I’ve boiled the broccoli beforehand to make it much tender)
  8. Add the juice from the lemon and mix.
  9. Serve over mashed potato (or rice)

This is the original recipe (chicken-based)

Turmeric Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Turmeric Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry from Tablespoon

My Version (sorry for the bad presentation >_<)

Turmeric Fish and Broccoli Stir Fry

Turmeric Fish and Broccoli Stir Fry

Since this is a stir-fry recipe, expect it to be dry. If you want to have more sauce, you can add chicken stock (or the broccoli stock if you’re gonna boil it) or coconut milk (which I think would make it a curry dish :D) Anyways, these were some of the suggestions from the original recipe.

Happy eating!🙂