Web of Love by Jacky Cheung

(Uploaded by: JackyCheungVEVO)

Song Title: Web of Love (情網)

Music by: Wu Si Kai (伍思凱)

Lyrics by: Liu Yu Rui (劉虞瑞)

Key:
Bold = Original
Indigo = Pin Yin
Faded Purple = English
Faded Blue = Vietnamese

請你再為我 點上一盞燭光
qing ni zai wei wo   dian shang yi zhan zhu guang
Please once again light up a candle because of me
Xin hãy vì tôi thêm một lần nữa thấp lên một ngọn nến
因為我早已迷失了方向
yin wei wo zao yi mi shi liao fang xiang
Because I’ve already lost my way
Bởi vì tôi đã sớm bị mất đi phương hướng
我掩飾不住的慌張
wo yan shi bu zhu de huang zhang
I couldn’t hide my nervousness
Tôi chôn dấu không được nỗi hoang mang
在迫不及待地張望
zai po bu ji dai di zhang wang
Too impatient to wait, I looked everywhere
Đợi không được, tôi nhìn khắp nơi
深怕這一路是好夢一場
shen pa zhe yi lu shi hao meng yi chang
Really afraid that the road is just only but a dream
Thiệt sợ rằng con đường này chỉ là một giấc mộng đẹp

而你是一張無邊無際的網
er ni shi yi zhang wu bian wu ji di wang
And you’re a borderless web
Còn em là chiếc lưới vô bờ vô biên
輕易就把我困在網中央
qing yi jiu ba wo kun zai wang zhong yang
Just simply trapped me at the center of the web
Chỉ đơn giản vây hãm tôi vào giữa chiếc lưới
我愈陷愈深愈迷網 
wo yu xian yu shen yu mi wang
The deeper I fall, the more lost I am within the web
Tôi lúng càng sâu thì càng bị thất lạc trong chiếc lưới
路愈走愈遠愈漫長
lu yu zou yu yuan yu man chang
The farther the road is traveled, the longer it gets
Đường càng đi thì càng dài dằng dặc
如何我才能捉住你眼光
ru he wo cai neng zhuo zhu ni yan guang
How could I capture your attention?
Tôi làm sao mới lọt được vào tầm mắt của em?

情願就這樣守在你身旁
qing ni jiu zhe yang shou zai ni shen pang
Willingly just like that staying protectively by your side
Tình nguyện cứ như vậy mà ở bên cạnh bảo vệ em
情願就這樣一輩子不忘
qing yuan jiu zhe yang yi bei zi bu wang
Willingly just like that my whole life, not forgetting
Tình nguyện cứ như vậy mà cả đời không quên
我打開愛情這扇窗 卻看見長夜日淒涼
wo da kai ai qing zhe shan chuang   que kan jian chang ye ri qi liang
I opened up that window of love yet saw long days and nights of coldness
Tôi mở ra cánh cửa sổ tình yêu nhưng thấy được những đêm ngày dài lạnh lẽo
問你是否會捨得我心傷
wen ni shi fou hui she de wo xin shang
Asking you whether you’re willing to let me be heartbroken
Hỏi em có nở lòng thấy tôi đau khổ?

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Forbes China – Top 100 Successful Celebrities 2017

(image credit: Zhao Li Ying’s Studio Weibo)

I usually don’t do this, but I just thought I do it since year since I saw the list the other day.  (Go here for the list in its originality.) And I know she’s not ranked first, but I just like the picture, lol.

Anyway, here goes the translation for the list:

  1. 1. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng
  2. 2. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm
  3. 3. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch
  4. 4. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh
  5. 5. Yang Yang / Dương Dương
  6. 6. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào
  7. 7. Jackie Chan / Thành Long
  8. 8. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh
  9. 9. Jay Chou / Châu Kiệt Luân
  10. 10. Wu Yi Fan / Ngô Dịch Phàm
  11. 11. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong
  12. 12. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu
  13. 13. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ
  14. 14. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên
  15. 15. Chen Kun / Trần Khôn
  16. 16. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh
  17. 17. TFBOYS
  18. 18. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca
  19. 19. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi
  20. 20. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng
  21. 21. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình
  22. 22. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa
  23. 23. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi
  24. 24. Jing Bo Ran / Tỉnh Bách Nhiên
  25. 25. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao
  26. 26. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba
  27. 27. Andy Lau / Lưu Đức Hoa
  28. 28. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy
  29. 29. Li Bing Bing / Lý Băng Băng
  30. 30. Huang Bo / Huỳnh Bột
  31. 31. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương
  32. 32. Lin Chi Ling / Lâm Chí Linh
  33. 33. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương
  34. 34. Chris Lee / Li Yu Chun / Lý Vũ Xuân
  35. 35. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm
  36. 36. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình
  37. 37. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba
  38. 38. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á
  39. 39. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng
  40. 40. Cheney Chen Xue Dong / Trần Học Đông
  41. 41. He Jing / Hà Cảnh
  42. 42. Wang Kai / Vương Khải
  43. 43. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân
  44. 44. Xue Zhi Qian / Tuyết Chi Khiêm
  45. 45. Faye Wong / Vương Phi
  46. 46. Eddie Peng / Bành Vu Yến
  47. 47. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị
  48. 48. Shu Qi / Thư Kỳ
  49. 49. Nicky Wu / Ngô Kỳ Long
  50. 50. Jin Dong / Cận Đông
  1. 52. Liu Wen / Lưu Văn
  2. 53. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương
  3. 54. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách
  4. 55. Li Chen / Lý Thần
  5. 56. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân
  6. 57. Jacky Cheung / Trương Học Hữu
  7. 58. Eason Chan / Trần Dịch Tấn
  8. 59. Donnie Yen / Chân Tử Đan
  9. 60. Zhou Xun / Châu Tấn
  10. 61. Louis Koo / Cổ Thiên Lạc
  11. 62. Huang Lei / Hoàng Lỗi
  12. 63. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi
  13. 64. Sun Hong Lei / Tôn Hồng Lôi
  14. 65. Show Luo / La Chí Tường
  15. 66. Tony Leung Chiu Wai / Lương Triều Vỹ
  16. 67. Ryan Zheng / Trịnh Khải
  17. 68. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như
  18. 69. Sun Yang / Tôn Dương
  19. 70. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn
  20. 71. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ
  21. 72. Ni Ni / Nghệ Ni
  22. 73. Yang Zi / Dương Tử
  23. 74. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến
  24. 75. Xie Na / Tạ Na
  25. 76. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy
  26. 77. Mayday
  27. 78. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên
  28. 79. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần
  29. 80. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng
  30. 81. Chen Dao Ming / Trần Đạo Minh
  31. 82. Carina Lau / Lưu Gia Linh
  32. 83. Jolin Tsai / Thái Y Lâm
  33. 84. Nicholas Tse / Tạ Đình Phong
  34. 85. Aaron Kwok / Quách Phú Thành
  35. 86. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên
  36. 87. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn
  37. 88. Kevin Tsai / Thái Khang Vĩnh
  38. 89. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên
  39. 90. Han Han / Hàn Hàn
  40. 91. Feng Xiao Gang / Phùng Tiểu Cương
  41. 92. Xu Zheng / Từ Tranh
  42. 93. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Trạch
  43. 94. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân
  44. 95. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ
  45. 96. Jason Zhang Jie / Trương Kiệt
  46. 97. Zhang Hui Mei / Trương Huệ Muội
  47. 98. Zhang Yimou / Trương Nghệ Mưu
  48. 99. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong
  49. 100. Li Qin / Lý Thấm

Wilber Pan: Jacky Cheung’s Unofficial Disciple

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(image source: Will’s Facebook)

The other day, Wilber shared a picture with “God of Songs” (歌神) Jacky Cheung with the caption that mentioned Jacky was supposedly his “master” (師父). I had to double-check since I wasn’t aware, lol. The other picture disclosed of the matter even more, because, from the flowers he sent Jacky, it clarified that Jacky wasn’t really his master, not really in a sense that Jacky recognized it and had gone through the “tea offering ceremony”, lol. Will had decided to declare it as that–quite thick-skinned attempt on his part (as he had said in the message, lol). You gotta love Will for his effort, right? What was the occasion? Jacky had launched a world tour called “A Classic Tour” so that had drawn a lot of attention and excitement all around the e-circle. Many others had posted their own pictures of attending the tour, but what caught my attention was Will’s humor.

A Thousand Heartbreaking Reasons by Jacky Cheung

(Uploaded by: JackyCheungVEVO)

Song Title: A Thousand Heartbreaking Reasons (一千個傷心的理由)

Music by: Li Si Song (李偲菘)

Lyrics by: Xing Zeng Hua (邢增華)

Key:
Bold = Original
Red-Orange = Pin Yin
Royal Blue = English
Faded Green = Vietnamese

愛過的人 我己不再擁有
ai guo de ren   wo ji bu zai yong you
The one whom I loved, I no longer possess anything
Người đã từng yêu qua, tôi đã không còn gì nữa
許多故事 有傷心的理由
xu duo gu shi   you shang xin de li you
There are many stories that contain reasons for a heartbreak
Có nhiều câu chuyện chứa đầy những sự thương đau
這一次我的愛情 等不到天長地久
zhe yi cie wo de ai qing   deng bu dao tian chang di jiu
This time, my love couldn’t wait for eternity
Lần này, cuộc tình của tôi sẽ không đợi được thiên trường địa cửu
錯過的人 是否可以回首
cuo guo de ren   shi fou ke yi hui shou
The person whom I had missed the chance with, it would be impossible to go back
Người đã lỡ lầm, sẽ không còn quay đầu lại được

愛過的心 沒有任何請求
ai guo de xin   mei you ren he qing qiu
The heart that had loved, no longer has any requests
Trái tim đã từng yêu qua, đã không còn gì để thỉnh cầu
許多故事 有傷心的理由
xu duo gu shi   you shang xin de li you
There are many stories that contain reasons for a heartbreak
Có nhiều câu chuyện chứa đầy những sự thương đau
這一次我的愛情 等不到天長地久
zhe yi cie wo de ai qing   deng bu dao tian chang di jiu
This time, my love couldn’t wait for eternity
Lần này, cuộc tình của tôi sẽ không đợi được thiên trường địa cửu
走過的路 再也不能停留
zou guo de lu   zai ye bu neng ting liu
The road that had already been traveled, it would never stop
Con đường từng đi qua, sẽ không thể nào ngừng lại

一千個傷心的理由 一千個傷心的理由
yi qian ge shang xin de li you   yi qian ge shang xin de li you
There are one thousand reasons for a heartbreak, one thousand reasons for a heartbreak
Có một ngàn lý do để mà đau lòng, ngàn lý do để mà đau lòng
最後我的愛情 在故事裡慢慢陳舊
zui hou wo de ai qing   zai gu shi li man man chen jiu
In the end, my love in the story slowly turned into being old-fashioned
Cuối cùng, tình yêu của tôi ở trong câu chuyện đã từ từ lỗi thời
一千個傷心的理由 一千個傷心的理由
yi qian ge shang xin de li you   yi qian ge shang xin de li you
There are one thousand reasons for a heartbreak, one thousand reasons for a heartbreak
Có một ngàn lý do để mà đau lòng, ngàn lý do để mà đau lòng
最後在別人的 故事裡我被遺忘
zui hou zai bie ren de   gu shi li wo bei yi wang
In the end, within someone’s story, I was forgotten
Cuối cùng, ở trong câu chuyện của người ta, tôi đã bị lãng quên

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Love Letter by Jacky Cheung

(Uploaded by: Billii Laam)

Song Title: Love Letter (情書)

Music by: Qi Xiao Lian (戚小恋)

Lyrics by: Yao Ruo Long (姚若龙)

Key:
Bold = Original
Orange = Pin Yin
Royal Blue = English
Olive = Vietnamese

你瘦了 憔悴得讓我好心疼
ni shou le   qiao cui de rang wo hao xin teng
Your deterioration in health tugged at my heart
Em ốm, tiều tùy đi khiến cho tôi rất thương tiếc
有時候 愛情比時間還殘忍
you shi hou   ai qing bi shi jian hai can ren
Sometimes, love is much more cruel comparing to time
Có khi tình yêu so với thời gian càng tàn nhẫn hơn
把人變得盲目 而奮不顧身
ba ren bian de mang mu   er fen bu gu shen
Causing one to turn blind and rushing in regardless of perils
Biến người thành mù quáng và cố chấp không màng tới thân mình
忘了愛 要兩個同樣用心的人
wang liao ai   yao liang ge tong yang yong xin de ren
It takes two equally determined people to forget love
Muốn quên đi tình yêu phải cần có hai người dụng tâm như nhau

你醉了 脆弱得藏不住淚痕
ni zui le   cui ruo de cang bu zhu lei hen
When you’re drunk and weak, you couldn’t hide the tear stains
Trong lúc em đang say và yếu đuối, em không thể nào dấu được những vệt nước mắt
我知道 絕望比冬天還寒冷
wo zhi dao   jue wang bi dong tian hai han leng
I know that hopelessness is colder comparing to winter
Tôi biết được rằng sự tuyệt vọng còn lạnh hơn cả mùa đông
你恨自己是個 怕孤獨的人
ni hen zi ji shi ge   pa gu du de ren
You hate yourself for being afraid of loneliness
Em hận chính mình là người sợ sự cô độc
偏偏又 愛上自由自私的靈魂
pian pian you   ai shang zi you zi si de ling hun
And unexpectedly falling in love with a carefree and selfish soul
Và ngược lại đi yêu một linh hồn tự do và tự tư

你帶著他 唯一寫過的情書
ni dai zhe ta   wei yi xie guo de qing shu
You carry the only love letter he’d written
Em mang theo lá thư duy nhứt mà anh ta đã viết
想証明當初 愛得並不糊塗
xiang zheng ming dang chu   ai de bing bu hu tu
Wanting to prove that your love wasn’t foolish
Muốn chứng minh rằng tình yêu đó không phải là sự hồ đồ
他曾為了你 的逃離頹廢痛苦
ta ceng wei le ni   de tao li tui fei tong ku
Because of your runaway, he’d wallowed in despair
Bởi vì em bỏ đi nên khiến cho anh ta sa sút và thống khổ
也為了破鏡重圓 抱著你哭
ye wei le po jing chong yuan   bao zhe ni ku
And because of a reunion after separation had held you and cried
Và bởi sự gương vỡ lại lành nên ôm em mà khóc

哦可惜愛不是 幾滴眼淚幾封情書哦
o ke xi ai bu shi   ji di yan lei ji feng qing shu o
Oh, such a shame that love isn’t just a few drop of tears or a few love letters
Ôi thiệt đáng tiếc rằng tình yêu không phải chỉ có vài giọt nước mắt hoặc vài lá thư tình
這樣的話或許有點殘酷
zhe yang de hua huo xu you dian can ku
Perhaps those kind of words are a little cruel
Có lẽ những lời đó có chút đỉnh tàn khốc
等待著別人給幸福的人
deng dai zhe bie ren gei xing fu de ren
Waiting for the other person to give you happiness
Đợi đến khi người khác đem đến hạnh phúc cho em
往往過得都不怎麼幸福
wang wang guo de dou bu zen me xing fu
Oftentimes, after experiencing it, you will know those aren’t considered happiness
Thường thường khi trải qua rồi mới biết đó không phải là sự hạnh phúc gì

哦可惜愛不是 忍著眼淚留著情書哦
o ke xi ai bu shi   ren zhe yan lei liu zhe qing shu o
Oh, such a shame that love isn’t restraining tears or leaving love letters
Ôi thiệt đáng tiếc rằng tình yêu không phải là cầm lại nước mắt hay là để lại những lá thư tình
傷口清醒要比昏迷痛楚
shang kou qing xing yao bi hun mi tong chu
Having a wound and being clear-headed is better than being disoriented and suffering in pain
Có vết thương và sự tỉnh táo còn hơn là chìm trong hôn mê và đau khổ
緊閉著雙眼又拖著錯誤
jin bi zhe shuang yan you tuo zhe cuo wu
Close your eyes tightly and let go of the mistakes
Hãy nhắm chặt hai mắt lại và buông thõng những sự sai lầm
真愛來臨時你要怎麼 留得住
zhen ai lai lin shi ni yao zen me   liu de chu
True love arrives when you want it to stay
Chân tình sẽ đến khi em muốn cho nó ở lại

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Celebs Real Life Couples

Okay, I was just bored and wanted to start a list. But I will only include the ones I know for sure of OR care about somewhat. So if you don’t see your favorites on there, DON’T freak out. Also, I’m not including any past relationships OR rumors. AND–yes, this is the last one–I’m dividing them by region since I was getting a headache trying to group ’em one way or another.

Hong Kong

  • Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng
  • Angela Tong and Chin Ka Lok
  • Edmond So and Winnie Lau
  • Eric Suen and Macy Chan
  • Ekin Cheng and Yoyo Mung
  • Felix Wong and Leung Kit Wah
  • Frankie Lam and Kenix Kwok
  • Hacken Lee and Emily Lo
  • Jacky Cheung and May Lo
  • John Chiang and Lee Lam Lam
  • Kevin Cheng and Grace Chan
  • Leila Tong and Desmond Tang
  • Liu Kai Chi and Barbara Chan
  • Michael Miu and Jamie Chik
  • Noel Leung and Gary Chan
  • Power Chan and Mimi Lo
  • Roger Kwok and Cindy Au
  • Simon Yam and Qi Qi
  • Stephen Fung and Shu Qi
  • Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Carina Lau
  • Wong Cho Lam and Leanne Li

Mainland China

  • Benny Qian and Coco Lv
  • Deng Chao and Betty Sun Li
  • Dong Xuan and Gao Yun Xiang
  • Fu Xin Bo and Ying Er
  • Kevin Yan and Sunny Du
  • Qiao Zhen Yu and Wang Qian Yi
  • Tiffany Tang Yan and Luo Jin
  • Tong Li Ya and Chen Si Cheng
  • Zhang Jie and Xie Na

Taiwan

  • Alice Ko and Kunda Hsieh
  • Alyssa Chia and Xiu Jie Kai
  • Ann Hsu and Roy Chiu
  • Blue J and Sandrine Pinna
  • Blue Lan and Jade Chou
  • Calvin Chen and Joanne Tseng
  • Chen Yu Feng and Ye Jia Yu
  • Eric Huang and Jenny Lu
  • June Tsai and Lee Yi
  • Justine Ji and Wu Jian Xin
  • Leroy Yang and Jiang Zu Ping
  • Nylon Chen and Lene Lai
  • Phil Chang and Shi Yi Lang
  • Vic Chou and Reen Yu
  • Wallace Huo and Ruby Lin
  • Wesley Chia and Amanda Chu

Singapore

  • Christopher Lee and Fann Wong

MIXED

  • Ada Choi and Max Zhang
  • Archie Kao and Zhou Xun
  • Dicky Cheung and Jess Zhang
  • Gallen Lo and Sophie Su
  • Mark Chao and Gao Yuan Yuan
  • Michelle Chen and Chen Xiao
  • Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu Shi Shi
  • Sonija Kwok and Zhu Shao Jie

*This list will be updated from time to time.

Welcome, Winter!

(Uploaded by: Man Ho)

If you thought the past month or so was cold, that wasn’t winter. It was still autumn. Today is actually the first day of winter. Woohoo, right? Anyway, I couldn’t help thinking of this song when realizing today is the first day of winter. (Go here for the Mandarin version.) This song also reminds me of the movie called The New Marvelous Double (新孖寶妙探) that starred Deric Wan and Bryan Leung. The song was played during the scene when Deric and Bryan’s characters were in a bar. The song was focused on more when Deric’s character was on his way to the restroom and bumped into Joey Leung’s character and Joey’s character’s brother-in-law, which ended up in some argument. To be honest, at that moment, Joey looked like Aaron Kwok from behind, lol.

Miss Hong Kong 2001

Definite signs of deterioration. No doubt about it. Though the opening was interesting but still…the entertainment parts were always way better for some reason. I must say that each year they managed to come up with a different theme. Not bad. The contestants were introduced and they had to list why they were eligible to enter the next round. Man, most of them were definitely bragging. Guess they were testing to see if the contestants could be witty without being arrogant. BUT it was hard.

The hosts: Eric, Louis, and Sonija…

Judges: Pauline, Gallen, Charmaine, Hacken, and some others…

Definitely signs of TVB using internal resources more than ever. Gallen looked so handsome though! (mwuhahaha) Charm looked so cute in that outfit. (Okay, I know half of the population hates her but I love her since she won me over.)

Scenes when they were outside usually made them look better for some reason. Strange…

After Patrick Tang and some people performed, we were finally led into the questioning part. PHEW…not sure how worse it could get but whatever. Sonija got to introduce the contestants while Eric and Louis were in charge of grilling the contestants. GOSH…it was killing me. Eric and Louis should’ve killed them all already so they couldn’t pass. #6 was all right. At least she didn’t stutter. (Though it was all right that she mixed her languages.) Where in the world did they get all these contestants? AND poor Eric, had to look up so much. These girls were honestly too tall. #18’s question was funny. George Washington was still holding the ax, LOL! Darn! These girls were killing me. Shirley’s question was the easiest BUT she didn’t get it? How slow could she get? Only like about three could provide some decent answers.

Jordan Chan will take them to Japan? Poor Jordan! I actually liked the effects where Jordan was drawing/painting and the pictures came to live. That was about it. Then there was also the part they were transported to the city and other areas. Very exotic and cool. That was about it. No comment regarding the ‘beauties’. I thought they looked better when they covered up because their bodies were too much of a sight to me. (Seriously, I must agree with Eric that most of them looked like they haven’t gone through puberty yet.)

Last part before they picked top 12? Joey Yung and Ekin Cheng. (What a coincidence!) Joey Yung looked better than the contestants! (I know that was mean but honestly.) Interesting story. Kind of cute… I’d already gone out of the ‘Ekin’ phase so I wasn’t really paying attention. (But I think Ekin must have improved in his singing or something? Since he sounded better than the last time.) The settings were quite grand though. The crew totally made it happen.

Miss Photogenic? Shirley got it? Umm…no comment. I guess she seemed better than most of them for some reason.

They were each given a lamp and would take the label off. The ones who got the ‘X’ would be out.

Gilbert Lam was the person who introduced the judges at the beginning of the second part? Cool! I totally forgot about him! He’s so cool. Too bad he didn’t get to stick around much. Or perhaps that was better since it would be too much to stand.

(I didn’t want to say it before but I was seeing the pattern of Angels of Missions people in here. BUT of course, AOM was after this. Still interesting to see.)

I totally forgot that Leon was in here also since he opened up the show with his performance. (Snore-land though it was an upbeat song.) The whole time he was singing, I was like, “Hand it to Aaron already.” Mean, I know. But I was yawning too much. He’s not suitable for upbeat songs.

The next part was funnier though–much more entertaining–since Hacken was seen walking along with Natalis and Alan on the camels, trying to find their way to the show, LOL. Natalis and Alan were pondering if they were lost, LOL. And then Hacken was saying they heard Leon’s voice so they must be going in the right direction. Alan was even saying how Hacken was easily fooled by Eric’s words (i.e. he was the one who told them the directions, lol). Then the contestants got to tell everyone their dreams and/or goals. But Natalis, Alan, and Hacken’s rants were funnier. Eric had been in some sort of accident (according to their recounts) so he was unable to make it.

The next part was cool since they managed to invite this one pro acrobat lady to do some really cool tricks. Then Bernice Liu came out, dancing and singing. Cool. Suitable for the theme. She was so glamorous. Okay, the contestants had to use the objects given to describe one another. They were divided into pairs, of course. I loved Alan and Hacken! They were so funny, arguing with each other like that instead of asking the questions, LOL. Bernice changed again to continue the song–or at least until the next sets of contestants came out. Watching the contestants try to find some compliments to praise each other with the objects given was too funny! At least they were improving. OR it seemed to get a tad better than having them answering trivial questions. Bernice changed again! Whoa! That was fast. Anyway, still cool.

Okay, the next part of questioning–more trivial questions, LOL. There were three sets of questions–middle school, high school, and college. (OR something like that.) If they answered correctly, they would advance one step up. If not, they would be lowered one level. The questioning would start at their current educational level. The contestants changed outfits again. Nice outfits, LOL. I think the contestants were better in these set of questions since they were more used to the straight fact question/answer than the critical thinking ones. At least it was reassuring on some level since it would be more encouraging to watch. Shirley did slightly better in this one.

The next part was a really cute yet entertaining story. Aaron Kwok and Coco Lee. (I was a bit surprised that they were able to invite Coco to participate.) Aaron got to sing his “Para Para” song! LOL! (This sort of solved my question with why Aaron wasn’t opening before. This was more fun.)

Anyway, after that, we got to witness the contestants sing and dance with 60 children. The children were so cute! (I don’t know, I just didn’t care as much for the contestants regardless of how much they improved for this round.)

They were trying to do it differently this year. Getting rid of three at a time until they reached the top 5. Don’t know it would come to that but I guess it was something to keep people tune in. Hacken was so funny!

Eric’s return. Awww…Alan was subbing for Eric. Just when Eric returned, they made him be the bad guy to eliminate three contestants, LOL. Still funny. What was Hacken looking at, kept staring at Eric’s head? So funny that Eric was reassuring the others to come back next year, LOL.

More questionings. They were given a statement and then they had to pick if they agreed with the phrase or not. Then they had to argue for or against it. Alan was too funny! He lost during the first time! He and Hacken were cracking me up! Hacken was saying how Alan was only the witness and did not have to input. It got even funnier when they were attempting to translate for this one contestant. Then Alan translated before she was even finished. Natalis was poking at Alan for it. (Actually, he was pretending to talk about Alan with Hacken, LOL.) Man, it was way funnier watching the hosts argue. Man, Natalis’ comment!

They invited Anne to help with determining who had beautiful skin? Shirley got it. I guess the judges were careful and inspected everything so no complaints.#3, #9, and #18 got the creativity prize since they were able to impress the judges with their cooking skills and creativity.

I totally forgot that Jacky was in here! Cool! I guess it wouldn’t be complete without him. Jacky and Kelly Chen? OKAY…but for all the fun of it. Funny ending since he was just dreaming and his wife (portrayed by Kelly) was rousing him up. So much for it…(LOL) Again, save the best for last, right? Since it was supposed to be the last performance before they eliminated three more. But the top 12 got to return so they could announce the ‘most improved’ prize and the Miss International Goodwill. #4 got ‘most improved’ and #6 got Miss International Goodwill. Not bad. I don’t know. Somehow they looked better around this time.

Alan, Hacken, and Natalis were arguing over who should sing for the last part? But they ended up using the dancing routines to determine who was the top 4. At least they didn’t have to argue. That was interesting that Johnson Lee was one of the ones holding the sign up when they were answering the last round of questions. #2 and #3 got eliminated after that.

The ones who were eliminated had to come out and tell us who they supported to be the winner. #6 got third place, #4 got second, and of course, Shirley got first. Not bad. NOT the best of all time, but I guess it will have to do.

Miss Hong Kong 1998

The hosts for this year were Eric Tsang, Lawrence Cheng, and Bobby Au Yeung. The year that it started to deteriorate. Trust me, the hairstyles the contestants were wearing at the beginning were enough to turn everyone off. The stylists should be fired. Even if the contestants weren’t that pretty, the make-up artists and the stylists made it even worse. It was hard to swallow and took a lot of energy to continue watching. Jacky was one of the judges so it was something to look forward to. NOT to mention we would get to see him perform later. (Gallen Lo was also among the judges.) Must agree with the result that #6 was the best among the first group since her answer was the strongest. I swear I don’t know what half of them were saying. Worth millions of yawns. I was waiting for the questioning parts to be over so I could listen to some of the songs, lol. Eric was the hardest, Lawrence was minimal, and Bobby was the easiest. The short version? If one couldn’t pass Bobby, one doesn’t deserve to be there. Eric’s comment regarding the quality of beauty that year! LOL! I must agree though. #13 – I don’t like her but must admit she was the smoothest among all the second group who answered. #14 was WAY off-topic. She was so stuck up that I didn’t pity her at all when Lawrence was picking on her. #17 was standing at the wrong place! LOL! #20 got killed by Lawrence! My gosh! Eric was so funny! He said if he was #20, he would’ve slapped Lawrence already! LOL! #19 won for that group with the best answer. Agreed since Anne got creamed major time!

They moved on, but Eric and Lawrence were trapping Bobby with questions! LOL! Okay, entertainment part. Sort of since this year, they had to use some of their artists. The girls were divided into four groups. Michael Tse performed with the first group and then the contestants had to talk about different strengths of Hong Kong. The first group talked about the economy of Hong Kong and their experiences. The second group performed with Halina Tam. (I didn’t recognize her. Strange…) The second group of contestants talked about toys and their personal experiences. Eason Chan was leading the third group. This group talked about electronics. Hawick Lau wrapped up the performances with the fourth group. The last group talked about jewelry. This was definitely a sign of TVB using artists internally and not being able to invite outside guests as much anymore. (OR at least they were trying to cut back on inviting mega-stars, LOL.)

Anne Heung won over the contestants with the last performance. Not a surprise since she seemed to shine out the most among all the contestants–regardless of the horrendous make-up and styling. Anyway, it was funny that Lawrence said Jacky was the best ’cause he didn’t wait for Lawrence to open the envelope. (LOL!) Jacky was the most courteous all right.

The contestants were then changed into different outfits designed by four famous designers and was led by four different gentlemen. Ben Wong led the first group! (I almost forgot that one!) Marco Ngai led the third group. Anne won again for this round.

Okay, moving onto pre-recorded performances that showed they’d traveled to different places. Who performed during these scenes? Edmond Leung, Mariam Yeung, and Nicholas Tse. The girls looked better in these scenes. Probably because the horrendous hairstyle was gone already. And then the performers were brought on stage.

Eric was trying to sneak into the judges’ panel and pry the answers out of their mouths! LOL! Nancy Sit was telling Jacky to keep quiet! Hilarious! At least there was something to look forward to.

By this time, I wasn’t surprised that Anne kept winning. New method to know who got in. I guess they needed something to create some hype for the show. Each of the hosts led a contestant one at a time and had them placed their ticket into the machine. They either got a ‘Welcome’ or a ‘Sorry’. Eric = sure win, Lawrence = NO WAY, Bobby = mixed. (Well, only 1 slipped with Eric’s guidance, LOL. Good enough! Lawrence got one in, lol. Poor Lawrence. YET #14 got in. Darn! Why didn’t Lawrence jinx her too? She was seriously stuck up!) Eric was so smart, he led Anne since she had been winning so it was easy to say, “If you lose, I won’t host the pageant anymore.”

The second part’s theme was International. The best part was having Jacky opened the performance. What could go wrong, right? Something else that was encouraging–they got rid of that weird hairstyle at the beginning. That was horrendous all right. After the contestants told us about their supposedly ‘goal/wish’, Jacky came out to wrap up the performance once again.

Natalis Chan replaced Bobby Au Yeung and Philip replaced Lawrence in this part. Great to have Philip back! (Eric even welcomed Philip back personally.) After the brief talk, Jacky was back with his hit song “頭髮亂了“.

They ended up doing the theme with different continents. And Africa was first. Ekin Cheng performed first. The contestants looked slightly better in these types of costumes but still…some couldn’t even change my opinion regardless. I liked the next part more. Eric was trying to talk and then he spotted Natalis and Philip filling out the forms, saying stuff about him, LOL. They said it was only a sample! (LOL!)

Asia was the next stop after the random talk. Pretty cool since the contestants were in various oriental outfits. Definitely TVB’s attempt to recruit new artists since they were tested with the voice among other things. Andy Hui was the main singer for this one. He had to change into several outfits, considering it was relevant for different regions of Asia.

They moved onto the swimsuit part and like usual, they would squeeze in the questioning part. #1 seriously got straight to the point. She was definitely jealous of Anne, wanting Anne to disappear. Eric got her big time all right, exposing her intention and all. #6 got guts. Man, I can’t believe she would resort to those methods. Okay, it was getting worse and worse. One of the contestants didn’t even get what Eric was saying. They need to filter out these people. Not understanding the language fully and participating? Seriously? (I know I can’t have a say but probably any country would want someone who is fluent in their language.) Man, I loved Eric’s mocking and Philip’s constant stabs. Philip hasn’t lost it at all. In fact, he was entertaining the audience more than the contestants could ever impress with the answers. By the time it got to #17, though her answer should be considered minimal, I thought she was the best thus far, not stepping past the lines. Yay! Agree that #17 should get the prize since she had the best answer. Anne was all right but #17 had to think more to word it correctly and/or appropriately.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the same without a skit from Eric and Natalis. Almost forgot that Jordan Chan was also in this one. Cool! Once again, the girls looked better during the shoot for the scenes outside. Not sure what happened. (Some of them still look so-so but most of them somehow look less unattractive.) Funny that he was dreaming! LOL!

Another highlight of the show (though most of the performances from the guests were great) was the part where Andy was portraying the prince who was in love with his servant. (The servant was of course portrayed by the previous Miss Hong Kong since it was like a tradition to have the previous Miss Hong Kong participate in some scene and/or story.) A nice and cute story. (It would’ve been perfect if #14 wasn’t hugging the camera so much! Gosh, get a grip girl!)

Eric, Philip, and Natalis were back at backstabbing each other. They were a riot. Moving on (again…), the contestants got to show their talents in different sports. (Sort of like Olympics theme.)

Seriously? #14 is Miss Goodwill? Honestly? Seriously? She looked like she wanted to challenge half of the world. But I guess it passed already and nothing happened so never mind. Doesn’t matter anymore. At least she wasn’t in the top 5.

I so forget that Aaron and Sammi were also in here! Seriously? How could I forget? But I guess it was kind of long… Another cool performance.

Umm…before they announced the top #5, Anne managed to snatch another award! AND of course, #1 must be even more jealous and feeling beyond threatened by now.

Top 5 (as announced): #9, #20, #19, #6, #17

The funniest part and probably tough–since they had to answer to the criticisms written on the forms.

#6 – Darn…she dived right out of that one…

#9 – She managed fine BUT I must agree regarding how it was a pageant after all.

#17 – Cute! LOL!

#19 – She managed all right. So funny! Eric was so funny. At least she didn’t insult anyone.

#20 – Smart!

Yay! It wouldn’t be the same without Jacky closing the show up.

The results were too obvious. Though I prefer #17 to have one of the spots, I guess it wasn’t too bad.

Miss Hong Kong 1994

I only managed to catch the top 12 this year. The top 12 consisted of:

#1. Halina Tam Siu Wan (譚小環)
#2. Theresa Lee Yi Hung (李綺紅)
#3. Astrid Chan Chi Ching (陳芷菁)
#5. Kitty Chung Kit Yee ()
#6. Annamarie Wood Lai Ming (活麗明)
#9. Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (張可頤)
#10. Bui Hon Mei ()
#11. Chiu Mei Yu ()
#13. Akina Hong Wah (康華)
#14. Natalie Wong (黃紀瑩)
#17. Kwong Ching Che ()
#18. Dorothy Ng So Shan (吳素珊)

The hosts for this part of the show were: Eric Tsang, Natalis Chan, and Lawrence Cheng. The theme this year for the top 12 was pirates. The guests were Jacky Cheung (of course), Leon Lai, Faye Wong, and Kenny Ho. Alan Tam was one of the judges. The opening of this part was quite lively and the humor wasn’t over. Eric made a good team with Lawrence and Natalis. The twelve contestants were princesses like last year but this time they were princesses under a pirate captain. The first part was seeing who wanted to be the next captain but the princesses wanted to vote for one another, lol. Most of the girls voted for #3, Astrid Chan. (I know I’m slow but I just realized it was Astrid! I meant I didn’t realize it was her until I re-watch it this time.) Then the others voted for #1, which was Halina Tam. There were, of course, others too, but Halina and Astrid were the most popular among the girls. While they were deciding which one to make as captain, the island was invaded and was threatened. So Eric and the others were thinking of ways to defend the island. Lawrence jumped in finally and told the others that he found a famous swordsman to come and train the princesses for the upcoming battle. This was the part where Kenny Ho came in. He got to show off his swords moves as well as his singing skills. Refreshing indeed since there was a mix of singers.

Shirley Kwan came into the scene shortly after as Medusa. Well, I like to give her that name since she has snakes on her head and all. She was just one of those sent to sabotage the island and paved way for her people’s take over. It was funny that Eric won with his mirror! That was funny!

Now they finally found an excuse for the questioning part, lol. There was definite disparity with their answers. Leon came on after that round of questions as the son of the God of the Sun. Man, he was so lucky, getting all those kisses from the girls. (YES, I’m probably the rare few who thinks so since come on now!) Leon was singing one of the rare few songs that I liked of his. The princesses were supposed to convince Leon and borrow his sword. This was also the part where they got to show off their evening gowns.

So after they convinced Leon with the kisses, Leon agreed (of course) to let them have the sword. Then they have to give the sword to Jacky so he could fight with Faye Wong (who was the real leader pulling all the strings in trying to take over the island). Awesome performance! How could I complain, right? It’s Jacky and Faye! Jacky was singing one of my favorite songs when he appeared aka 餓狼傳說. (I rewinded it around two times before letting the program continue! LOL!) I don’t know. For some reason, I enjoyed the performances more than the contestants’ answers, except for some. AND Jacky did not need the Leon sword to defeat Faye! (He’s awesome by himself!)

After that performance, they, of course, reverted to the modern time again to continue the last part of the program. The usual announcing the Miss Friendship first before announcing the top 5. Dorothy Ng got the title, which made sense since she seemed friendly enough. Top #5 as announced: #6, #9, #14, #1, #2.

The last part of this year was more enjoyable (to me) since they had a variety of challenges for the top 5. First part was the persuasion thing. Theresa was hilarious in her responses. Maggie couldn’t convince Theresa to cry but it was still cute seeing Maggie tried to convince while Theresa was staying firm with her belief, lol. Annamarie couldn’t convince so she gave in! LOL! Honestly…

The next part, the contestants had to change into sportswear to answer questions. Halina and Maggie dominated the scene. Annamarie had a disadvantage because they were too fast. Maggie got the highest score for that round with 160. The second part was they had to run to get the questions. Speed and intelligence were required. Halina and Maggie dominated again but this time Halina was leading. Understandable. Halina was honestly smart. And Maggie was sort of nervous so she reacted a tad slower during the second part.

While waiting for the result, the hosts made the contestants write down the possible winner. The difference from last year was that they had to write who was going to be #1 and then who will lose out. Halina wrote #2 for the win and #9 and #14 lose. WOW. That was strange but she was right regarding the other two. Theresa wrote down #1 as the winner (which she was smack on) and #9 and #2 would lose. Theresa’s answer, lol! And it was kind of predictable that Maggie wouldn’t win. (TVB had to haul her regarding her potential actress prize.) Theresa got her wish! She didn’t win the crown, lol. At least Halina won and not #14. I’m sorry, but #14 didn’t impress me at all.