Saturday, March 30, 2013

Phantom (Ghost) Review (2012)

Drama Rating: ****
Personal Rating: Loved it!

Kim Woo Hyun, team lead of the Cyber Crime Investigation team at the National Police Agency, is preoccupied with the identity of Hades, a hacker who also seems to be somehow involved in the case of Shin Hyo Jeong, an actress who dies under mysterious circumstances. Can Kim Woo Hyun unravel the mystery and apprehend the true criminal mastermind?

Friday, March 29, 2013

$10,000 Getaway to India Sweepstakes

Conde Nast Traveler is running a sweepstakes here for a chance to win a 12 night getaway for two to India. The winner will receive a pair of coach tickets from the US to India, 12 nights for two at the Oberoi hotels of your choice (located in Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ranthambhore and Shimla), a 60 minute spa session per person at each hotel on the itinerary, an upgrade to a suite at any 2 hotels in the itinerary and complimentary breakfast and airport transfers. Sign up today for your chance to win!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines Kiwi 101 Sweepstakes

Hawaiian Airlines is running a sweepstakes to give away 240,000 Hawaiian miles, sufficient to redeem 2 economy class tickets between airports in the continental US and New Zealand. You can sign up here before March 31, 2013 for a chance to win.  Interestingly, Hawaiian Airlines is partnered with ANA, Delta, Korean Air, JetBlue, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, so your miles may be more useful and not limited to Hawaiian operated flights.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko Review (2012)

Drama Rating: ****
Personal Rating: Loved it!

Doctor Daimon Michiko is a freelance 'super'-surgeon who's hired on contract to help fill a surgeon shortage in the surgery department of a university hospital. However, Daimon-sensei commands exhorbitant fees for her superior medical skills/services and cares little for the struggles of the medical workers in the ivory tower workplace. No one knows how she acquired her top-notch skills and her new colleagues are confounded by her disregard for department norms.

Wyndham Stick To Your Resolution Sweepstakes

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham is currently running a 'Stick To Your Resolution' Sweepstakes with a grand prize of 1,000,000 Wyndham points!! Even if you don't win that, you also have a chance at four weekly 100,000 Wyndham point prizes which is good enough for at least 3 nights at their top-tier 30,000-point per night Wyndham property worldwide!  So sign up here daily for your chance to win until April 7, 2013!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kaseifu no Mita Review (2011)

Drama Rating: ***
Personal Rating: Enjoyable

Mita Akari works as the housekeeper for the Asuda household where the rest of the family face numerous issues and challenges after the death of the mother in the family. But when solicited for advice by the members of the Asuda family, she turns the question back to the questioner and asks them to make their own choices without giving advice. The mystery deepens as she repeatedly thwarts questions about her mysterious background.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Win 25k Hilton HHonors Points from Embassy Suites Orlando North

The Embassy Suites Orlando North is running a sweepstakes to give away 25,000 Hilton HHonors points. While they're not going to be as valuable after the overall program devaluation on March 28, 2013, it never hurts to top off your account with some free points! Just enter your email here after 'liking' them on Facebook and you're on your way to a chance to win!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Trip to the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival Sweepstakes

There's only a few days left but still enough time for you to get in your entries for a trip to the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC! To enter, 'like' Conrad hotels here and fill in an entry. The first grand prize winner gets a pair of business class flights from anywhere in the US/UK to NYC, a pair of Vesey Passes to the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival for 3 days (access to most Festival screenings) and 3 nights accommodation at the Conrad New York! You can get a second entry via the Hilton Facebook page here. The 2nd grand prize winner gets the same except the 3 nights accommodation are at at the Millenium Hilton instead! It pays to be the runner-up as well as you get 2 nights at any Conrad Hotel worldwide so sign up now!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Priceless Review (2012)

Drama Rating: ***
Personal Rating: Enjoyable

This jdrama led by Kimura Takuya tells the story of Kindaichi Fumio, an ordinary salaryman who is one day unexpectedly tossed from his job. The bad luck doesn't end there as his apartment subsequently explodes and he ends up losing all his money and almost all his possessions. With nowhere else to move but back up, Kindaichi begins his life anew with optimism.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Two Amazing Marriott Vacation Club Sweepstakes!

Marriott Vacation Club is running two amazing sweepstakes currently. The 'Share the Rewards' sweepstakes runs until August 21, 2013 for a chance to win 250,000 Marriott Rewards points here! In addition, you'll win 100,000 additional points per friend for two friends and $1000 to give away to your favorite charity! Remember, you can get 1 entry per person per day so remember to sign up daily for more chances to win! While not as amazing as before given the recent Marriott point devaluation this year, 250,000 can still get you stays at some truly aspirational properties around the world.

The 'Dream Escape Indulge' Sweepstakes runs until March 31, 2013 here and offers the grand prize winner a chance to win United Mileage Plus miles enough for two Business Class tickets, a $2500 Visa gift card and one of the following travel experiences:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Odakyu Romancecar

While planning my trip to Tokyo, trying out the onsen in Hakone ranked rather high on my to-do list. After doing some research for our little excursion, we decided to go with the Odakyu package which included a 1 night hotel stay in Hakone (with dinner & breakfast), a 1 night hotel stay in Shinjuku (at the Best Western) along with the Odakyu express train from Shinjuku station to Hakone. Below is the newest of their trains, the gorgeous VSE 50000.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Au Revoir Taipei Review (2010)

Drama Rating: ****
Personal Rating: Enjoyable

Kai, a lovesick young man, is contemplating flying over to Paris to join his girlfriend. He goes to the bookstore everyday to try to learn French in the hope of flying over to France one day to reunite with her. In doing so, he's caught the interest of Susie, the girl who works at the bookstore. Then one day, he decides in the spur of the moment to fly to Paris and gets a ticket for the following day. Little does he know, the course of that night's events would change his life.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hungry! Review (2012)

Drama Rating: ****
Personal Rating: Loved it!

After a particularly brutal reception at a performance, Yamate Eisuke, a former bassist of the rock band ROCKHEAD disbands his band and takes up the reins at Le Petit Chou, the restaurant run by his chef mother who recently passed away. As a culinary genius himself, Eisuke is torn between his two professions and goes through various struggles to find his true calling.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

ANA 'Is Japan Cool?' Sweepstakes

ANA is continuing their 'Is Japan Cool?' campaign by offering a chance to win a pair of roundtrip coach tickets to Japan from the nearest ANA hub to Tokyo, another roundtrip flight from Tokyo to Osaka, and 1 night stay at the Hoshinoya Kyoto. Click here to fill in an application for a chance to win!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card

I recently applied for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card as there was a rather hefty bonus of 50,000 Membership Reward points after spending just $1000 in the first 3 months. Unfortunately, the offer seems to have been pulled and currently only the 25,000 MR points offer is available. If you should see it return, at any point, I would advise getting in on the deal.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Gangster Lover Review (2010)

Drama Rating: ****
Personal Rating: Loved it!

My Gangster Lover, aka My Dear Desperado, tells of an over-the-hill gangster who's been released after several years in prison who happens to get a new neighbor in the form of Han Se Jin, an unemployed job seeker after she lost her first job after moving to Seoul. These unlikely neighbors end up running into each other fairly often and gradually their relationship evolves.

Monday, March 4, 2013

500 free Virgin America Elevate points

To celebrate the new partnership between Singapore Airlines and Virgin America, Virgin America is offering a chance to win a grand prize of a pair of roundtrip economy flights between SF or LA and HK, Seoul or Tokyo here.  For those located elsewhere, you can get free flights to SF or LA on Virgin America. And best of all, everyone who enters gets 500 free Virgin America Elevate points!

Friday, March 1, 2013

250 Asiana Miles for new European accounts & Giveaway

Asiana is celebrating their 25th anniversary (and their 10th anniversary in the Star Alliance) by doing a big giveaway. You can sign up here and play their quiz for your chance to win 5 economy flights to Seoul, twenty five 10k Asiana Club Miles or the hundred passport cover or watches.

1. Asiana was founded in 1988
2. Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Paris

As an added bonus, for those of you who live in Europe, you can get 250 miles just for signing up an account before March 15, 2013 as well.  Good luck!