Taking Sorrow And Keeping It Within Self by Bobby Chen

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(Credit: Rock Records Taipei)

Song Title: Taking Sorrow And Keeping It Within Self (把悲傷留給自己)

Music & Lyrics: Bobby Chen (陳昇)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Saddle Brown  = Pin Yin
Golden = English
Orange = Vietnamese

能不能讓我陪著你走
neng bu neng rang wo pei zhe ni zou
Could you let me accompany you?
Có thể nào cho anh đi cùng em được không?
既然你說留不住你
ji ran ni shuo liu bu zhu ni
Since you said you can’t stay
Bởi vì em nói em không thể nào ở lại được nữa 
回去的路有些黑暗
hui qu di lu you xie hei an
The road home is a little dark
Đường về có chút u ám
擔心讓你一個人走
dan xin rang ni yi ge ren zou
Worried about letting you go alone
Lo lắng cho em đi có một mình

我想是因為我不夠溫柔
wo xiang shi yin wei wo bu gou wen rou
I think it’s because I’m not gentle enough
Anh nghĩ rằng anh không đủ dịu dàng
不能分擔你的憂愁
bu neng fen dan ni di you chou
Unable to share your troubles
Không thể chia sẻ những nổi sầu của em
如果這樣說不出口
ru guo zhe yang shuo bu chu kou
If you can’t say it out
Nếu không thể nói ra được
就把遺憾放在心頭
jiu ba yi han fang zai xin tou
Just keep those regrets in mind
Hãy để những sự hối tiếc đó trong lòng

把我的悲傷留給自己
ba wo di bei shang liu gei zi ji
Taking my sorrows and keeping it to myself
Anh đem những đau thương của mình giữ kín trong lòng
你的美麗 讓你帶走
ni de mei li   rang ni dai zou
Your beauty has fled along with you
Nét đẹp của em đã theo em cùng bay xa
從此以後我在沒有
cong ci yi hou wo zai mei you
Henceforth, I’m left with no
Cho nên sau này, anh không còn lại
快樂起來的理由
kuai le qi lai de li you
Reason to be happy again
Lý do nào để vui trở lại được

把我的悲傷留給自己
ba wo di bei shang liu gei zi ji
Taking my sorrows and keeping it to myself
Anh đem những đau thương của mình giữ kín trong lòng
你的美麗 讓你帶走
ni de mei li   rang ni dai zou
Your beauty has fled along with you
Nét đẹp của em đã theo em cùng bay xa
我想我可以忍住悲傷
wo xiang wo ke yi ren zhu bei shang
I think I could bear all the sorrows
Anh nghĩ anh có thể nhịn được những đau thương
可不可以你也會想起我
ke bu ke yi ni ye hui xiang qi wo
Could you also think of me?
Em có thể nào cũng nghĩ về anh không?

(music)

是不是可以牽你的手呢
shi bu shi ke yi qian ni de shou ne
Is it possible that I hold your hand?
Anh có thể nào nắm tay em được không?
從來沒有這樣要求
cong lai mei you zhe yang yao qiu
Never before have I made such a request
Hồi nào tới giờ anh chưa từng đưa ra yêu cầu đó
怕你難過轉身就走
pa ni nan guo zhuan shen jiu zou
Feared that you would turn and leave in distress
Sợ em buồn lòng, quay đầu bỏ đi
那就這樣吧我會了解的
na jiu zhe yang ba wo hui liao jie de
So just let it be, I’m willing to sympathize
Cứ để vậy đi, anh có thể hiểu được mà

把我的悲傷留給自己
ba wo di bei shang liu gei zi ji
Taking my sorrows and keeping it to myself
Anh đem những đau thương của mình giữ kín trong lòng
你的美麗 讓你帶走
ni de mei li   rang ni dai zou
Your beauty has fled along with you
Nét đẹp của em đã theo em cùng bay xa
從此以後我在沒有
cong ci yi hou wo zai mei you
Henceforth, I’m left with no
Cho nên sau này, anh không còn lại
快樂起來的理由
kuai le qi lai de li you
Reason to be happy again
Lý do nào để vui trở lại được

我想我可以忍住悲傷
wo xiang wo ke yi ren zhu bei shang
I think I could bear all the sorrows
Anh nghĩ anh có thể nhịn được những đau thương
徦裝生命中沒有你
jia zhuang sheng ming zhong mei you ni
Pretending that you didn’t exist in my life
Làm như trong đời không có em tồn tại
從此以後我在這裡
cong ci yi hou wo zai zhe li
Henceforth, I’m here
Cho nên sau này, anh ở nơi đây
日夜等待你的消息
ri ye deng dai ni di xiao xi
Waiting for news of you days and nights
Ngày đêm chờ đợi tin em

能不能讓我陪著你走
neng bu neng rang wo pei zhe ni zou
Could you let me accompany you?
Có thể nào cho anh đi cùng em được không?
既然你說留不住你
ji ran ni shuo liu bu zhu ni
Since you said you can’t stay
Bởi vì em nói em không thể nào ở lại được nữa 
無論你在天涯海角
wu lun ni zai tian ya hai jiao
It doesn’t matter if you’re at the other end of the world
Cho dù em đang ở chân trời hay gốc biển
是不是你偶爾會想起我
shi bu shi ni ou er hui xiang qi wo
Could you think of me from time to time?
Em có thể lâu lâu nghĩ về anh không?

可不可以你也會想起我
ke bu ke yi ni ye hui xiang qi wo
Could you also think of me?
Em có thể nào cũng nghĩ về anh không?
可不可以
ke bu ke yi…
Is it possible…
Được hay không…

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

You’re My Only One by Eric Moo

(Uploaded by: 流行经典歌曲那些年)

Song Title: You’re My Only One (你是我的唯一)

Music by: Eric Moo (巫啟賢)

Lyrics by: Xing Zeng Hua (邢增華)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Light Brown = Pin Yin
Burnt Orange= English
Amber = Vietnamese

很想給你寫封信
hen xiang gei ni xie feng xin
Really want to write a letter to you
Rất muốn viết một bức thư cho em
告訴你這裡的天氣
gao su ni zhe li de tian qi
Telling you about this place’s weather
Nói cho em biết thời tiết của nơi đây
作夜的那場電影
zuo ye de na chang dian ying
A scene from last night’s film
Đoạn phim của tối hôm qua
還有我的心情
hai you wo de xin qing
And my mood
Và tâm tình của tôi

很想給你寫封信
hen xiang gei ni xie feng xin
Really want to write a letter to you
Rất muốn viết một bức thư cho em
卻只是想想而己
que zhi shi xiang xiang er ji
Yet those were just thoughts
Nhưng đó cũng là những suy nghĩ thôi
我己經不能肯定
wo ji jing bu neng ken ding
I couldn’t be sure
Tôi không khẳng định được rằng
你是不是還會關心
ni shi bu shi hai hui guan xin
Whether you still cared
Em vẫn còn quan tâm tới hay không

愛與不愛都需要勇氣
ai yu bu ai dou xu yao yong qi
To love or not, both requires courage
Có yêu hay không, hai thứ đều cần sự dũng cảm
於是我們都選擇了逃避
yu shi wo men dou xuan ze liao tao bi
Consequently, we both chose to dodge
Cho nên chúng ta đều chọn lẩn tránh
愛與不愛都需要勇氣
ai yu bu ai dou xu yao yong qi
To love or not, both requires courage
Có yêu hay không, hai thứ đều cần sự dũng cảm
於是我們都選擇了逃避
yu shi wo men dou xuan ze liao tao bi
Consequently, we both chose to dodge
Cho nên chúng ta đều chọn lẩn tránh

或許你不相信
huo xu ni bu xiang xin
Perhaps you don’t believe that
Có lẽ em không tin rằng
我很滿意這樣的結局
wo hen man yi zhe yang de jie ju
I’m very satisfied with this ending
Tôi rất hài lòng với kệt cuộc này
或許你不相信
huo xu ni bu xiang xin
Perhaps you don’t believe that
Có lẽ em không tin rằng
我沒有一絲的埋怨和悔意
wo mei you yi si de man yuan he hui yi
I haven’t had the slightest bit of complaint or a change of heart
Tôi không có một chút oán trách hay hối hận nào

雖然你是我的最初
sui ran ni shi wo di zui chu
Even though you’re my very first
Mặc dù em là người đầu tiên của tôi
雖然你是我的最終
sui ran ni shi wo di zui zhong
Even though you’re my very last
Mặc dù em là người cuối cùng của tôi
雖然你是我的唯一
sui ran ni shi wo di wei yi
Even though you’re my only one
Mặc dù em là người duy nhứt của tôi

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Father and Son: Pitying the Villain

Yes, the title isn’t wrong. I’m seriously feeling bad for Lin Dong Jiang though he’s supposedly the villain for the upcoming parts (through reading some spoilers). At first, I really didn’t care for him because of the anniversary event’s absent and he sounded so irresponsible. Not to mention how he kept pulling all those despicable tricks to achieve his goals, like getting his sworn brother to help him threaten the two shareholders of the company. Yet when the beginning of episode 10 came around, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him. Call me a sucker for it and the song playing in the background was aiding his cause majorly.

Again, at first, I had guessed that he wanted to marry Zhong Hui because of her wealthy background thus advancing his career further. Even if he had claimed many times before he didn’t want to have any connections with the Li family any more than he already did with the funds that were needed to jump-start his company. I just thought he was being flaky by declaring those things but would eventually work up to bigger things. AND believe me, he wasn’t that innocent, considering how I already listed his capabilities with resorting to all sort of methods to get what he wanted.

However, I didn’t think it was fair to blame the whole Zhong Hui’s happiness on him. Okay, so he had promised to take care of her and give her happiness, which he had inevitably broken over the years. Yet he wasn’t totally blamed for it either. Not to mention how in the flashbacks, from his point of view, he had been in love with her and had pursued her, trying to cheer her up and eventually proposing to her. I’m only at episode 10 at this point so I don’t know the rest of the story yet (and maybe it was after all the wealth that lured him in), but right now, seeing it from his point of view, it seemed like he had always wanted to prove his worthiness and trying hard to impress Zhong Hui (though failed many times because of his poor methods and execution).

Just like what he was thinking when he was sitting by their bed and stroking her hair while she was sleeping, it seemed like whatever he did he had never entered her heart before. It wasn’t a good excuse for his current behaviors with excessive partying and going to nightclubs. However, I felt it was also his own way of escaping from the current situation, with so much pressure from all sides. And how he was trying to put his fingers around the reason why Zhong Hui wasn’t as focused even after all these years of marriage. It would drive one banana all right.

The sad thing was, his character was already set up for failure when the audience was led into seeing his bad side and sympathizing with Zhong Hui. (NOT me, though I do think Daisy Fang Xin has better chemistry with Ke Shu Yuan. However, that’s another story so I won’t elaborate here.) But I just hope that wasn’t the cause for blaming everything on him. Zhong Hui should be responsible for her own decisions as well. If she hadn’t agreed to marry him years ago, then he wouldn’t have hope. Sure, it might have been her weak moment and she might have believed that she would eventually fall for him, but it seemed like she didn’t try enough. Despite all the scenes I’ve seen thus far with her trying to cover up his mishaps from her father, I felt like she was just doing what she thought was necessary as a wife, NOT putting in emotions. And he was able to detect that bit.

They say a picture says a thousand words, right? Imagine looking into a picture album and seeing yourself smiling like an idiot in every picture but your wife looked like she was going to a funeral. I totally felt the blow. So I don’t blame the jealousy on his part when he discovered (accidentally) the pictures of her and Li Xin ages ago.

Sure, it was his own doing by pursuing her and proposing to her years ago. Yet I felt it was up to her to agree or not. Back in a circle with stating that she shouldn’t have agreed, but that was what I felt so frustrated all along. If she couldn’t do it, then don’t give him hope. Blaming it on him and storming out didn’t help either when they had that conversation in the living room. AGAIN, like he was any better in his actions, but I felt pinning all those things on him was so wrong. Like he said, don’t divert that on him when it was her own past baggage.

Here’s the song that was playing in the background the whole while he was reminiscing about his past with Zhong Hui:

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(Credit: Rock Records Taipei)

And for how many episodes later that his evil deeds unleash before everyone’s eyes–in more obvious ways, I seriously hope it’s not that lame thing with making him the monster just because some people not being able to confront their past so they need to make him a scapegoat for their sufferings.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Father and Son: On the Subject

When returning on the actual subject of ‘father and son’ relationships, I think I could see that within the Zhao family–though they were not as wealthy as some people in here. Honestly, I’m sick of what was going on within the Li household that I couldn’t sympathize with Li San Yuan anymore. So when I watched some of the scenes with the Zhao family, I felt that they deserved the spotlight the most. It had been years already but they haven’t changed at all. Though they could always rise up, the father had kept it simple. He had admitted in not being able to provide a better life for his children yet they looked up to him and admired him greatly for his effort–along with their mother all these years. That was what was called good parenting on their part, not some BS talk. I guess this was why Zhong Yi rather hang around with the Zhao family at times rather than coming home. Though that wasn’t totally true since he wanted to go out and about, exploring other options, knowing that his brothers and sister were already in the company working and helping their father. Yet the pressure of being a part of the Li family was much more than anyone could take. It was already obvious with so many episodes thus far. It was always the pressure.

Anyway, to get back to the Zhao family, I would like to mention first regarding the scene where Zhao Da Pao discovered that his son, Li Da, was actually being assigned to do those hard labor work–even getting scolded on the side–instead of the office work he thought was to be assigned. Then he just left, wanting to save his son some face and called him on the phone to meet for lunch instead. Watching them trying to reassure one another and just getting through lunch was somewhat heartbreaking. Though we all understand how it worked with everyone having to start somewhere yet it was so sad to see how Da Pao was silently blaming himself for not knowing how to take better care of his son (aka not having connections hence the labor job instead of office job). Or like how Li Da was trying to cover up the whole thing, telling his father that he was really enjoying his job and that everyone was being so nice to him at work. And this was one of those rare times I didn’t mind people trying to cover up some things to save face. It was actually all out of concern for one another, not wanting either party to worry instead of the fakeness that was slapped around at times.

Then the part where Li Da volunteered to make a trip to the market in his father’s place was extremely touching as well. Though subtle but it showed that he wasn’t complaining or anything, still hiding the fact that he was far from comfortable at work. Then his father came down and helped him massage all the places that must have hurt like hell. (Sorry for the language but yeah…) The little exchanges between them were extremely meaningful, it really showed that Li Da never forgot what his father had taught them all. Of course, Li Da finally realized that his father knew what was going on at work and the old man had revealed the pain he felt seeing his son suffer like that. But Li Da took it into his hands to reassure his father once again that he finally had a job so he should be grateful, etc. And indeed, Li Da was definitely looking on the bright side since most of his other classmates didn’t even have a job so he was better off with having some type of income flowing in. After all those serious talks, it was somewhat hilarious to see how they were fighting to carry the bags, LOL! Ah Da didn’t want people to say that he was not a filial son and his father didn’t care about what others were saying. A nice scene to dispel the somewhat sad atmosphere. What was even funnier was one of their neighbors yelling out that they could each carry one instead of keep arguing over it, LOL!

There was also the interaction between the father and Li Xin. Li Xin still held a grudge with Li San Yuan because of what happened between him and Zhong Hui. But because of his father’s concerns, he didn’t stir anything up. However, he still worked hard to prove himself that he would one day rise above his current status. Yet at the same time kept a kind heart because of what his father had taught them since young. He wanted more than anything to let his parents live a better life, mostly because he was the oldest son and felt the great responsibility, but also to prove to others he could take care of his family. But his old man, of course, wanted him to be happy. Their conversation that night after Li Da’s wedding showed that he knew what was going on and it was still on his mind throughout the coming episodes each time someone brought the subject up regarding Li Xin and Zhong Hui. Once again, Da Pao was blaming himself for not working harder so now his sons and daughter had to suffer. Yet like Li Da, Li Xin did not blame their father, but the eyes of those who only saw what was on the surface, not by looking at one’s heart. I thought that was great since oftentimes, the sons would end up blaming the father for not having enough wealth causing them to be looked down upon by others. But indeed, both Li Xin and Li Da appreciated their family very much and could only use their own capabilities to prove themselves.

Being the youngest daughter of the family, Jia Jia was very sweet and down to earth like the rest of the Zhao family members. However, she hadn’t appeared much yet aside from at Li Da’s wedding so nothing else could be said of her personality. Yet I have to say she looked cute with Zhong Yi. But it would be too ironic to end up in the Li family, right? I seriously want to see more of her though since it would be more refreshing and possibly a break from all those other dramatic parts.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Father and Son: Favorite Couple

I’m only at episode 3 so it’s really early to say anything. But I thought my favorite couple so far is Zhong Ming and Ruo Shui. They’re the most matured couple in here but could exude the somewhat playful side at times that it’s really cute and addicting to watch. I guess the main attraction is trying to wait and see how they could prove themselves with Zhong Ming’s father and see what the outcome is. As I mentioned in the other post that it’s really a repetitive formula with Zhong Ming being stuck between his kingdom and the beauty. Yet maybe it’s the feeling that it brought forth with this couple that makes it addicting to watch.

What I like about Ruo Shui is her mixture of the gentle exterior but having a strong and determined mind. She’s so strong-willed that makes her so graceful and attractive in many ways. Maybe it also has to do with Chu Xuan’s portrayal. Of course, it’s nothing new with wanting acknowledgment from the other side’s family and in this case the father; the overused plot would be either she’s the understanding one willing to work hard and wait patiently–or the nagging impatient, hot-headed girl. I guess there couldn’t be any other approach so the writers chose to let Ruo Shui be the understanding one. But I think it’s more convincing this time because of how her character was developed. I meant it was always all talks with how the understanding girl would be waiting but would be seen with conflicting thoughts or actions when the guy was not present, making the whole thing so unconvincing with her supposedly patience nature. (Yeah, I do understand that the wait would eventually make one go insane and it’s an important matter but I’m not really convinced when there are just too much of the conflicting actions/thoughts with what the girl’s saying.) This time, I’m willing to hang on because of how Ruo Shui seems to actually understand Zhong Ming and would actually do what’s good for Zhong Ming. Her effort in luring Zhong Ming to the gathering at the beginning of the drama is already proof that she’s not just talks. She could do those things to help him without needing to be given credit or being acknowledged by the father. Yes, she’s waiting silently, but she’s not forcing her presence into the father’s path, knowing that it would anger him. And not to mention, I actually felt her feelings for Zhong Ming are genuine, not just the typical ‘5-year’ label that other dramas slapped around to give us an idea of their history BUT made it so contradicting later with coming up with lame conflicts or misunderstandings between them. (Which I honestly hope isn’t going to be the case here.)

Zhong Ming, of course, has to prove to his father that he knows what he’s doing–personally and professionally. Again, another typical plot where the oldest son is with a woman who has somewhat of a shady background and needs approval from the father. But again, I actually don’t mind it this time around because I could actually sympathize with him. Honestly, he has every right to want a part of the empire his father established since he did work quite hard for it too. It’s not about just sever the ties and that’s it. How he’s approaching it seems mature enough as it can be. Yes, he gets so mad at times and wants to lash out at people for just judging Ruo Shui by just looking on the surface. But he’s still patiently wanting acknowledgment and acceptance. The conflict is ongoing and because he wants to maintain a good family relationship also so he can’t do anything but work hard and wait, proving that it’s not one of those ‘flings’ people think his relationship is with Ruo Shui.

To get back to some of the scenes they have, spending their time together and all, my favorite part thus far is episode 3 when they were having coffee at this one restaurant surrounded by the tung oil tree’s flowers. It was so nice and soothing–and yes, romantic at the same time. At that scene, we could also see how in sync they were, actually giving each other their own version of ‘high five’ and all. Very cute and playful–without going overboard.

I just can’t get enough of their scenes and can’t wait for future interactions. I just hope they don’t get broken up for real. Honestly, for once, I want to be greedy with letting Zhong Ming have both the kingdom and the beauty. (‘Cause with past records, the main guy couldn’t have both, one or the other–unless it’s some melodramatic, childish drama.) But I guess it’s not up to us viewers to decide since it’s probably going go on and on for Heaven knows how many more episodes, considering how many characters are involved.

*All images were captured by DTLCT