You know 2017 is going to be a good year when you wake up and read about Qiaoru’s latest development. Kidding aside, it’s true though that the media is circling back to Qiaoru again. I can’t believe it has been 8 years since the Love Buffet situation. But yes, it has been that long. Good memories to look back on actually, even though some are bittersweet.
Anyway, there are two articles that sorta went into details so I decided to read it thoroughly, dissecting it to bits–just to be sure I didn’t miss anything. Or more like misunderstand anything. (Go here and here for articles.) Anyway, both articles mentioned about Calvin’s latest reveal that could possibly clear all rumors (or not). He said that he hoped to have kids before he hit the big 40 (the CTS article actually said 38 but it wasn’t too far off), because he claimed he didn’t want to be too old to spend time with his kids. Totally a good cue for a set of questions to unleash. (Hey, he jumped right into that one, didn’t he?) Calvin actually admitted that he had taken Qiao Qiao to see his parents already (for a meal). His parents complimented her simplicity and pure personalities. Did that mean she was good as in the door already? Nope, at this state, Calvin and Qiao Qiao are considered “meal friends”, lol. As a recap, Calvin said that they both lived in the Tianmu area so they often hang out and go for meals. Calvin even complimented her on being down-to-earth and going out for meals with her was easy since she wasn’t a picky eater. They could browse around the street stalls, not having to go to fancy restaurants. When pressed for an answer regarding if he has plans to get married with Qiao Qiao within the next two years, he answered that if it was matters of marriage, they would announce–yet if it was just a relationship not leading to marriage, he wouldn’t publicize it. The media went bonkers by then, stating that it was an indirect admittance to him loving Qiao Qiao. Sounds good to me! LOL!
Seriously though, Calvin had taken a few of his female friends he felt was a good match to see his parents in the past (aside from Qiao Qiao). Yet his parents–contrary to typical parents who want grand-kids or whatnot–told him not to rush things. They advised him to pick carefully before getting into marriage. Aside from those important details (lol), there were some tidbits about him hanging around the gym with Jiro and Dylan at times to work out. (If you stalk all three of them, you could see pictures of them at the gym. They’re seriously obsessed, lol.)
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I was browsing on Facebook and found Joanne’s post. After reading the article, I realized it was a drama. It was totally unexpected but I will continue to tune in. Many of the QiaoLun fans would be soooo happy. Because I think many have thought that the ship already sank, even before it came to fruition, considering what happened after the Love Buffet incident. But yay, finally some hope, right? (And last time when he guest-starred in Dear Mom didn’t count since it was just a mini appearance.)
Aside from the main leads, there are also many familiar faces in the drama. (Go here to follow their official page for updates.)
*Images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.
Favorite Role: Jiang Qing Mei (from Liu Mang Xiao Zhang). A princess role yet didn’t lose too much touch with reality. She was funny and silly but wasn’t overly obnoxious with her tricks. Her bubbly side made it cute but other times, she was as normal as how a typical student should be. Qiao Qiao expressed that she was so happy when she received this role because she finally got a chance to portray a princess with beautiful wardrobes and I must agree. It was a different role for her and she wasn’t too over with it. Just the right touches here and there. This princess role wasn’t too much either or stayed the same because she did learn something and become an even more mature person in that she did in the end.
2nd Favorite Role: Zhang Bi Ting (from True Love 365). I never liked a role more than this. Perhaps it helped because it was fresh on my mind. But it was like she was portraying an independent girl but wasn’t WAY too silly like some past dramas. Sure, she got a tad too weird when she was meeting her ‘prince in shining armor’ at first but that was understandable with how people acted silly when they were in love (at least that was what I saw with some people). Other times, she really lived up to being an independent girl, living alone in some unknown place and trying to make a living, saving money to fulfill her dream but it wasn’t too silly of a dream. She was able to take care of herself and didn’t need help or rescuing. (Though she was helped at some point, she didn’t act super pitiful to earn more points or anything. Those people just happened to be there, etc.) Then there was the whole idea with her fashion wasn’t too badly snubbed as it was in other dramas where it kept saying how the main lead had poor fashion sense, etc. Though she seemed to not be up to ‘perfection’ with some other females in here, she didn’t need to dress in weird outfits either to make the other characters WAY better. After all, she was in a business where she knew how to handle herself professionally and didn’t need to be told about everything. It sure added to her independent image and all.
Totally Ruined: Bei Ruo Yi aka Xiao Bei (from The Magicians of Love). I swore I tried to make a lot of excuses for her actions in here and how she couldn’t be blamed. Yet I find it really frustrating at times too. Though I had rooted for her with Ya Si/Ming Dao since the beginning, I felt there were many things that could have been better. In the end, I realized it was the plot that had dragged her character down more and more–to make the guys seemed so heroic and all. It seemed that way to me. I read comments in the past that blamed her lack of chemistry with both guys and that her acting was also lacking hence not being able to exude the cute/lovable image, etc. YET I think many had looked past the way the plot had been crafted. It didn’t help her cause at all. Then I wondered if that was another excuse I used to make myself feel better. But when I went and searched around for more information, I realized that there was an extension of episodes hence making it even worse and worse for her case.
Favorite Male Co-Star: Ray Chang. Honestly, I finally found someone opposite her that I really like without needing to make an excuse for her actions (whether regarding the character or other factors). It’s not just because it’s still fresh on my mind either but finally a guy who I felt the chemistry too strongly because of their interactions and also appearance-wise. (Go here and here for more discussions about them.)
2nd Favorite Male Co-Star: Chen Yi. I had to struggle a bit to think since it has been a while with their last collaboration in a drama. But I remembered how cute they were together at times. Off-screen? They’re like brother and sister (mostly visible through interactions on Weibo).
3rd Favorite Male Co-Star: Alien Huang. So cute and unexpected. I liked how their relationship developed in there. First, I thought it was another typical crazy girl scheming to go after the guy who saved her (which was true with her bizarre switching school at first), but it turned into a much more mature relationship than I expected.
4th Favorite Male Co-Star: Sun Quan. Don’t be mistaking this guy for one of Sodagreen’s band members. He collaborated with her in Dreams Link. Though there were many things I disliked about that drama, I loved them in there. They were like the comic relief for the show in general.
Missed Chance Pairing: Calvin Chen. OMG, how many fanfics must I write before I could finally see them collaborate for real? After the failed collaboration the previous time, I’m more than eager to see them in another drama together. Hope it would be a good script too so it’s not just about having them in the same drama for the sake of viewers, etc. Note that this was written way before her collaboration for the MV with Calvin so it would sound odd. So yes, their collaboration finally happened but I greedily want a drama too. (UPDATE January 2020: they got married in real life! Go here for more information.)
SO History: Ming Dao and Sam Wang. YES, I used to like her with them too. But I fell out of the obsession. Half due to other fanbase attacking her AND half because I no longer care. Maybe one day when I go back to watch those dramas again (which is rare of recent), I’ll get back into obsessing over these two pairings again. Who knows?
But talking about Sam, he and Qiao Qiao are also close outside, not just for the sake of promotion of dramas either. Or more like she, Chen Yi, and Sam. Chen Yi’s message that one time said it all. (Click here.)
Frustratingly Unbelievable: Tang Feng. I couldn’t believe the day that I rooted for the bad guy more than anything when I watched Mr. Fighting. I enjoyed her chemistry and interaction more with Tang Feng for that role. I could even conjure up a side fanfic to change the ending too. It wasn’t because of his appearance either that made me root for him but more like how the plot was full of holes hence making me sympathize with him more than the supposed “good guys.”
Hope to enjoy: Wei Qian Xiang. I haven’t watched Our Love yet but the pictures showed a lot of promise. Just that I need to actually watch before I make more comments about it.
Interesting Pairing: Jacky Chu. Disregard all his “colorful” lifestyles off-screen, I always thought they would make an interesting on-screen couple. There were some scenes in The Magicians of Love that had made me curious. First hilarious then later how their interactions suggested that they could make an interesting pairing. Like how she was giving him looks so he could explain and cover for them during the wedding reception. There were also signs of him being overly happy when she was able to stay at Neo-Image at one point (or so it was when the camera moved toward his direction). Yes, those little signs got me into writing fanfics for them. But what got even more interesting and the dream almost coming true for me was seeing them together in Liu Mang Xiao Zhang. Though that didn’t work out, I enjoyed their interactions in there. Off-screen, though they probably aren’t close (except for the few times they worked together and were even under the same management company at one time), I still enjoyed the few genuine interactions on shows or BTS.
AS A SINGER:
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With the drama’s unavoidable delay due to the weather at first and numerous other reasons coming up–either weaved by the pen of the paparazzi or assumptions from others, it was still an excruciating wait for everyone involved–directly or indirectly. In the most recent post, I mentioned that filming had resumed yet it was delayed again due to other factors. The paparazzi took it into their hands to draw up more stories, such as “Qiao Qiao looks too old for the role” or she looked older than her two male leads. (She is actually 21 years old if anyone wants to know. But they said “looks” and not the actual age, right? Although her appearance has matured since the early days of her debut, she still looks quite compatible with the two male leads.) Another reason listed and was actually found out to be true later was schedule conflicts. It sounds more reasonable, doesn’t it?
After much debates–both heated and/or excitement of finally learning some actual news of a possible replacement, it was later confirmed by GTV. The new female lead of the drama is actually Reen Yu (who was last seen in the much-hyped police drama Black & White). Many fans agreed on her resemblance to Qiao Qiao. GTV probably made a good choice since after all, they were aiming for the image of Xiao Feng. A press conference was pulled together to introduce the new female lead and she seemed to blend right in with her two male leads as they posed for pictures together.
The last bit of reality finally sank in and probably a closure for fans who have been waiting was when Qiao Qiao finally blogged about what really happened in regard to the changes. She named the entry “Goodbye Ai Si Bai Hui”, which she expressed her feelings for what had happened. Although she was both sad and disappointed but she did not forget to show her encouragement and support for the new team and the production team to continue the journey and finish it at long last.
What are my actual thoughts about this? Very disappointed at first and a sense of bitterness but after actually reading Qiao Qiao’s explanation, I think that I could finally let go. I also noticed how much Qiao Qiao has matured over the years. She was known to some people as immature or whiny or whatever that they wanted to call her but she showed a great sense of consideration toward the cast, crew, and production team in general. She admitted that she was disappointed but she did not forget to encourage others on, having been through the hardships of the filming process thus far. She has always been seen as too straightforward at times, showing both good or bad reactions (depending on one’s point of view) yet she has shown great changes in her attitude in how she has handled this situation. One of the reasons I like Qiao Qiao is because she’s not perfect. But I like it even more because she’s not molded into acting a certain way or behave in a certain way on shows or other appearances in public. She has made mistakes in the past and we could witness her growth and maturity over the years consistently. It is known that she’s not perfect so people wouldn’t be saying “Where did that come from?” in the future, considering it often happens with the so-called “perfect celebs” in the past. I’m not implying anything or pointing fingers at anyone in particular (but just in general of seeing how hard celebs have to maintain their image at times) but I just feel happy to see this.
A little off-topic, but anyway, like Qiao Qiao, I wish the production team of Love Buffet the best also. They seem to be doing so well thus far from various news clips so hopefully, their efforts will finally pay off.
On the other hand, there have been words with Qiao Qiao’s upcoming project since last month. The drama is supposedly called Water Maze (水迷宮), another GTV drama, and it is supposedly a reunion with Ming Dao since their last collaboration, The Magicians of Love. However, that little excitement soon faded since any traces of the drama has been deleted from the original post. Qiao Qiao fans should not be too discouraged though since the latest is that she’s collaborating with Baron Chen in a joint production between Mainland China and Taiwan.
The year’s just starting but it seems like some major decisions have been made by several artists–both popular ones and not so well known ones. All the same, we will have to wait and see what those decisions will lead those artists to. Of course there are other changes that could not be avoided but those involved will have to make the best of it nonetheless.
First off, Sweety fans will be happy to know that the band has reunited and even appeared on The Million Singers together on the December 26th’s show. (That is if you haven’t watched or noticed it yet.) Moreover, Esther Liu seems to be back in Taiwan and is more actively involved having appeared on various variety shows to promote her book called Pari, Le temps qui compte to which the book only shows a sophisticated picture of her with a nice backdrop–not slapping on the impression of releasing a book just for the sake of showing off beautiful pictures. Whether a coincidence or not, Esther’s Mainland drama, Strange Tales of Liao Zhai 2–her second collaboration with Eddie Peng, has been released on DVD recently though it was several years ago that she filmed that. Meanwhile, Joanne’s Love Buffet should resume filming soon since it has been delayed due to the weather conditions last year. It has also caused the delay of the airing date, which was supposedly the end of last year.
Secondly, the talks of several J-Stars artists leaving the agency finally came through since Ehlo Huang was said to have not renewed his contract with the agency while Ming Dao finally made his decision recently to leave as well. Ming Dao has been establishing himself in many dramas already, so he won’t have any trouble pursuing his career. On the other hand, Ehlo has been well-received (though not enough recognition or opportunities), hopefully, he will have more opportunities in the future. All of these also means that it is now undeniable that 183 Club is officially over. (Though it still might not be for some avid fans who have followed them since the very first days.) What will Sam Wang do? He still has 5566 so that’s not a loss for him at all, considering how he’s also concentrating on his business. He’s too hardworking at times anyway. It might be less of a burden on him.
Thirdly, Jacky Chu announced on his blog in mid-December of last year in regard to his appearance on Golden Melodies’ Super Stars (金曲超級星), which fans excitedly waited for the event to unfold and even showed their support when the segments finally aired. A close call in the first round almost cost him a loss because of a brief freeze (possibly due to nerves), causing him to forget his lyrics just for a few seconds. He immediately recovered and sang on, earning some points from the judges thus they resurrected him. Last weekend’s performance, he appeared alongside his brother, James Chu, once again and sang “You’ve Always Been Here” (你一直都在) together. It was indeed another touching performance by the Chu siblings. Indeed, he had pulled himself together once again and had not disappointed the judges thus receiving a 91% overall score.
Another surprising turn–to those who have not paid attention or heard of it before–is his fellow Tangerine colleague, Justine Ji Wen Hui, also appeared on the show and has been well received by the audience and judges alike, allowing her to pass numerous times. Justine earned a 91% overall score like Jacky. In fact, they were the only two who scored the highest last weekend for their performances. Some of their friends are also on it and are quite impressive as well.
While all these are going on, let’s hope the best for all with their careers moving forward for the better. (Best wishes to the other artists as well, not just those who were listed above.)
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