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7 Friends: Promos + Themes

(Image Credit: Andy Chen Yi’s Facebook Page)

Main theme:

Ending them:

Celebs Friendship Moments: Wallace and Van

I meant to do this saga for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it until now. But first off, I want to share regarding Wallace and Van. I never realized how close they are, but I have always associated them together because of Sound of Colors. Some might be confused by now. But if you haven’t forgotten, Van sung the ending theme “Listen With Your Heart” for Sound of Colors.

I could only find the photo above as one of the times they’d promoted Sound of Colors together. To me, they were the perfect team–for cast and singer for the soundtrack. (That, of course, also meant Ruby.)

Interestingly, what also linked them together for me was how Van and Tammy used to star together in this drama called The Success Story of a Formosa Girl (寶島少女成功記). If it wasn’t for the failed collaboration between Wallace and Tammy years back, then there would be another interesting link between them all.

And of course, the link between Wallace and Tammy was when they collaborated together in World’s Finest but wasn’t romantically linked. Although they got along quite well on set, considering how they were both from Taiwan.

Yet have no fear, because I had already placed them all in a story I’m currently working on. Although the story seemed kind of controversial on some levels, but I was experimenting so it wouldn’t be just another typical soap.

So until next time for another random post about some celeb friendships.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

All About Wallace Huo

So I decided to start some kind of saga to share about the things I love and hate about my favorites. Who’s the first one on the plate? Who else but Mr. Huo, right? But before I get started, DO REMEMBER that these are my personal likes and dislikes SO if you don’t agree with me, IT’S OKAY. I’m just sharing, NOT forcing anyone to agree with me.

HIS ROLES:

Best Character EVER: Tang Lang (from Detective Tang Lang), intelligent and hilarious. NOT completely perfect but super righteous at times. Also, his kick-ass martial arts in here.

2ND Best Character EVER: Lu Yun Xiang (from Sound of Colors), OMG, he’s an artist! Super hot-headed character at times, but he’s so sweet and cute at other times.

Favorite Swordsman Character: Gui Hai Yi Dao (from Tian Xia Di Yi). (I would’ve put “Ling Hu Chong” BUT thanks to YZ, I can’t anymore, because I can’t ignore the fact that his character got ruined really badly in there.) So anyway, this was the character that brought me into being one of his fans. He really convinced me in here and come on now, his martial arts skills really ruled too! (Did he do the stunts himself back then? At least some of it?)

Devilishly Witty Character: Xing Wang (from Westside Story), a genius and bordering on the side of nerd, but was also quite awesome with various talents.

Most Hateful Character (in my book): Li Wei Xiang (from 100% Senorita), NOT because of the other girl, but I hated the fact that he was portraying a supposedly intelligent lawyer and supposedly a very understanding boyfriend YET he was more than stupid could describe. Like how he didn’t forgive his ‘godfather’ until he needed the old man for a favor near the end to help his girlfriend. Then there was the whole thing with claiming to be supportive and understanding toward his girlfriend, he acted super annoying with kept confronting her and forcing her to see how ‘hurt’ he was YET didn’t think to investigate into her strange behaviors for some ‘side’ story. It could also be the stupid plot’s fault with affecting his poor character development BUT still, I didn’t like it one bit though I felt Wallace did a really good job with portraying such an annoying role when he was still struggling between roles and trying to make it happen during the beginning of his career.

Annoying YET Can’t Hate Character: Li Ya Shou (from Wu Shi Lang). I don’t know. I couldn’t explain why I didn’t hate him. Well, partially it was Wallace and how hilarious his character was at times that I couldn’t blame him for being up to no good with his ‘getting rich’ schemes. Perhaps, it was also the fact that he knew his father died from hunger that he got so freaked out with the whole landing into the same fate as his father so I was sort of sympathizing him on that front too. And Wallace’s haunting eyes at times when he looked after Shi Lang that made it sooo hard to hate him. (Besides, I don’t really like those insanely ‘good’ characters nowadays. It’s just too flaky.)

HIS DRAMAS:

Best Drama Ever: Detective Tang Lang, just because I’m a fan of detective/police stuff and action/martial arts stuff as well. It’s a mixture of both and Wallace so kicked ass in here with his moves. The cases were quite interesting and the pace was fast enough. Plus most of the characters made it lively most of the time and hilarious during others. This drama wasn’t flawless but I seriously felt it was one of Wallace’s best choices BECAUSE though at times he picked good roles BUT failed to pay attention to the plot that made it SUPER hard for some people to watch. (I seriously am not that ‘obsessed’ yet obviously to go through every single one of his series.)

Most Touching Drama: Sound of Colors. Okay, I think some of the others were quite touching as well, but I felt this one with how it made me cry more than usual, even during re-watchs, deserved the spot the most. Jimmy Liao’s adapted story, wasn’t perfect and I could detect all the goofs throughout. Yet the overall story was quite good and touching. The ending was worth a box of tissues already. But I didn’t hate it. Sure, I felt bitter after watching the ending for the first time and it stuck with me for several days (or more). Then I became more accepting of it and even felt in a way, it was meaningful. Perhaps, it was somewhat paving its way and dropping hints with how things would eventually come to that point (aka making sense), so I was able to accept it better as well.

Worst Drama Ever: 100% Senorita. NOT just because I hated his character, but I felt so robbed with how it was supposed to be a revenge plot. Then it got side-track AND got so draggy that I ended up hating almost all the characters in there. Then only the last 10 episodes seemed to be worth watching. (Or so I thought.) And the fact that Deric Wan was part of it puzzled me even more since he could DO WAY BETTER than got stuck with this stupid stuff.

TOO BAD: Xiao Ao Jiang Hu, seriously, I think it’s too obvious. It’s one disastrous, nerve-racking journey from the start. It’s a train-wreck that most of us should see it coming YET refuse to believe BECAUSE some of us actually believe in Mr. Huo’s judgment and how he would be able to control more factors coming into this drama–with his going somewhere and reading the script and studying it to death with other information before taking the role. YET he got conned as well with the scrip changes. AND of course it’s NOT something new that scripts get change in the industry, sometimes it happens the night before even. BUT the fact that he barely could do anything about it was so frustrating. He wanted more of the ‘martial arts’ side and less ‘romance’ side (like how a typical wuxia should be) YET he couldn’t fight too much with the rest of the production team and make it ‘difficult’ for them. (OR so I heard. I also heard two of them were women so he couldn’t ‘bully’ them too much.) He only won over some of the fighting scenes with Howie Huang (aka he was able to suggest certain scenes and that was it). After what happened though, the next time I see Mr. Huo caving in and agreeing to some YZ production again, HE’S ON HIS OWN. (People say you could only fall for something one time AND the next time it’s your fault, so that’s that for me. I won’t abandon him BUT just won’t watch it if he’s going to fall for YZ’s trap again.) AND what else? Um…the fact that Wallace criticized TW soaps for keep having the same formulas (and I agreed with him when he listed all the repetitive formulas during that one interview) YET accepted and went through with YZ’s schemes? WOW! Being in YZ’s production is actually worse than starring in a TW soap, I’m telling you. At least most of the TW soaps make sense with some twists–even if it could be frustrating.

HIS CO-STARS:

Favorite Female Co-Star: Ruby Lin. YES, unlike some of the fans of his who are like attacking her, she’s actually my favorite among all his co-stars. And I felt they were actually quite cute together. If only they would work together again and there would be a happy ending at last! (How many times do the guy have to die for her, really? LOL…)

2nd Favorite Female Co-Star: Alina Zhang. Words have it that they’re more like ‘sisters’ in real life OR something like that. But I really enjoyed their chemistry in Detective Tang Lang. They didn’t click for me at first yet in the later parts, it got to me with how funny they were with the constant arguments and many more.

3rd Favorite Female Co-Star: Mariam Yeung. How can I not like it that she got him out of his shell after their collaboration? It was so cool that they were getting along so well afterward and she even invited him to co-star again in one of her MVs. Aside from that, I thought they were quite funny in WSL together.

Favorite 2nd Female Lead Pairing: Yvonne Yao. To be honest, I have to skip around to watch his and Yvonne’s scenes only when I was watching since I couldn’t stand the main story when I was reading the spoilers. That was too bad that she would only be ‘second’ in his heart. I didn’t see the big deal with the main girl. One of the rare times when I actually get quite bitter with the main characters. And when I say the ‘main girl’, I meant the character AND not the actress so don’t misunderstand. Maybe one day I will watch it the right way with how the plot go and get it. But as of now, NOT happening.

Favorite Male Co-Star: Hu Ge. I really enjoyed their chemistry as buddies in Chinese Paladin III and sometimes WAY even more than seeing them with their significant others BECAUSE I eventually found almost all the females in there annoying. If they were to work together again in some project, that would be cool. Maybe this time act as enemies instead to see how that go? (Just to test their acting abilities, of course.)

2nd Favorite Male Co-Star: Wei Qian Xiang. OMG, they were a hilarious team in Detective Tang Lang. Both were so crazy at times yet didn’t fail to impress.

Most Pitiful Co-Star: Yuan Shan Shan. Seriously, people might not like her. But I felt she was sooooo robbed with her scenes being stolen when she was the ‘main lead’ AND then bashed to high Heaven. Then what else? Her character got reduced to some silly girl instead of the supposedly awesome, witty character I was looking forward to. (Like seriously, I thought I could trust people when they say she’s one of YZ’s favorites! Never know she got sacrificed and got thrown ‘invisible rocks’ at while YZ stand laughing and shaking his head.) I’m not saying YSS is a great actress OR trying to convince anyone to like her, I just felt soooo sorry for her with what happened. (People might also be saying she’s a grown-up and could take care of herself and who cares, etc. But for me personally, I couldn’t hold it in anymore. It’s just ridiculous.) AND I seriously don’t care about those who are telling the rest of us who read the novel to “shut up” because we actually took the time to read the novel. AND without the freaking novel, it would be just another stupid soap. AND most importantly, Ren Ying Ying IS actually my favorite Jin Yong female protagonist ever so of course I’m pissed off. (SO YZ wasn’t the first one who created the ‘soap’ with twisting some characters within XAJH since I felt XAJH had always been the most butchered novel ever regardless of adaptations. It’s still such a shame that people have the resources to make this the best BUT didn’t?)

Compensation Paring: Penny Lin. I felt robbed from the stupid 100% Senorita drama. They had great chemistry and I could see the sparks BUT I hated how the plot was and his stupid character in there. I wish they could work on another project together and with an ideal plot.

Missed Chance Pairing: Tammy Chen. Honestly, I felt soooo disappointed that they didn’t get to star in Lucky Days together.

Didn’t Happen Pairing: Angela Chang. Okay, I admit, I was skimming too with some scenes when I was checking on At the Dolphin Bay. I might one day go back to proper watch it. But I really like this pairing too. Too bad.

Could Have Been the Ideal NEW “Ling Hu Chong and Ren Ying Ying” Team: Cecilia Han Xue. Okay, I heard they don’t get along in real life? (Where was that rumor from or was it real?) But seriously, it was interesting that they were cast as Ling Hu Chong and Ren Ying Ying but from different production teams. Too bad the other side got snubbed. YET I swear I could enjoy it with this second collaboration. With some alterations here and there to compromise, I felt the other side did a better job creating the wardrobe for Ren Ying Ying. Even if she had to wear pink and white (for one of her outfits), I felt it projected the whole “thánh cô” (聖姑) vibe better.

AS A SINGER:

Favorite Song: Ni Hao Jiu Hao. He sang it with such passion. And I especially like the intro at the beginning of the song as well.

Favorite Theme Song:

Bottom line? He needs to bring out another album. (And possibly sing a song or two with Angela Chang, lol.)

REAL LIFE:

Veteran Actors:

Liu Kai Chi. There was this one article I read with how he was talking about Liu Kai Chi as his mentor at one point of their collaboration and the way he described it, it seemed he really respected LKC.

Kent Cheng. Wallace recently visited Kent while both were in Hengdian filming, and then later when Kent was on break, he returned the favor as well. It was cool to see how Kent was posting it up on Weibo and they seemed to be getting along fine.

*Will be updated as I catch up like INSANE with all his “works” (EXCEPT for anything YZ related since I swore off YZ dramas after Tian Di Bu Rong BUT had to make an exception for XAJH because of Mr. Huo. Now? I’m really out!)

*Images were collected around the net, therefore, belonging to their rightful owners

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Your Number One

DISCLAIMER: The following is of fictional work and should not be taken seriously or be accounted for actual facts in any way. It is not aimed to confuse or mislead anyone for that matter. It is not meant to offend or disrespect any of the artists mentioned in the work either. Its purpose only serves to entertain and share with other fans who also like those artists. Thank you for reading.

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It began one late autumn day when the final leaves had fallen from its trees, withering in the gust of the winds. She was standing by the bridge inhaling what was left of that fresh autumn air. It was only a matter of time before winter arrived with its yearly invasion, promising coldness and its dark blanket enveloping the atmosphere the coming three months. Unforeseen to the eyes of many, she was standing so peacefully by the bridge with so much carefree caressing her face that made it surreal. Her extraordinary aura standing in the wind made it seem like she just reinvented the season with so much hope, reviving all living forces that wanted to wither away just like the rest of the scenery that encompassed it these past months. She was as delicate as a transparent vase hidden away for the sake of protection. But she did not show any traces of fragility. Contrary to her exterior form, she was the bravest and the most daring person I’ve ever met.
Perhaps those beautiful images were meant to last only for a short time just like anything we all come to know of. Because that cheerful angel ceased her existence from my life just as fast as I became aware of her presence.

*****

‘It began one late autumn day when the final leaves had fallen from its trees, withering in the gust of the winds. She was standing by the bridge waiting for the next ferry. I couldn’t help but noticed her extraordinary aura as she was standing in the wind. She was as delicate as a transparent vase hidden away for the sake of protection. But she didn’t show any traces of fragility. Contrary to her external image, she was the bravest and the most daring person I’ve met.’

Wallace tapped on the ‘Backspace’ key once again, letting out another sigh of defeat. Had he lost it already? Was he no longer capable of developing a more original plotline? He glanced at the wall clock, recognizing its familiar wooden frame with the silver gong striking back and forth, producing its usual tick-tock sound along with the unchanged rhythm. Perhaps it was better if he took a break first. He abandoned his task after saving his work and shutting off the laptop, grabbing his coat and scarf on the way to the door.

Stepping outside, he gave the horizon a brief scan before stepping off his porch. It was going to be another cold, autumn day. Shoving his hands into his pockets, he began the walk.

He stopped when he reached the outskirt of town. The wind was picking up. He grabbed a hold of his scarf, tightening it around his neck. A cold was all he needed to end his writing career.

He proceeded after choosing the left path, leading toward the bridge. It was the same bridge that was in the story he barely started a while back at the cabin. It was not a bad idea to visit it at such a time. A casual walk usually did him some good. He expected the same of this one.

What was it like to stand around on such a bridge and wait for someone or something to arrive? What was it really like? If he only knew. Why was he pondering of such a thing without an experiment? He increased his pace toward the bridge, knowing it was just up ahead. He waved to some people passing him in the early morning’s light, making their way to the stores opening up for business. The water loomed ahead, giving him a comforting view despite the chilling gust of wind lashing by with its attack more rapidly than the previous. He stopped ten feet from the bridge, observing its movements. It was as affected by the wind as the rest of its nature companions. The tree next to the bridge swayed with its lifeless branches, threatening to give way to the forceful wind.

Just as he was about to resume his pace, he spotted a girl approaching the bridge from the opposite side from where he was standing. He wrinkled his eyebrows, feeling the familiarity and anticipating the moment that she stepped on the bridge. He held his breath, waiting for the moment to arrive as she ascended the steps, making her way toward his side of the bridge. It was only a matter of time before he knew his answer. He exhaled as soon as he realized that she was waiting for someone. She had stopped a third way across the bridge, maintaining her composure with much tranquility as she waited. It was as he had wanted it to be. It was all he waited for to know the feeling yet he was not taking any actions to investigate. He usually approached strangers and asked them of their feelings, their version of the story. He wanted it to be a realistic picture, whatever it was he was writing at that time. Yet this time, this time, he was just standing there, fascinated by her subtle actions as she stood there, waiting in the wind as the sun began to rise–shining what was possible of a ray onto her, enhancing her features and giving off a radiant touch.

It was that moment that he knew she was not only a character in his story, but also a character in his life.

*****

It began one late autumn day when the final leaves had fallen from its trees, withering in the gust of the winds. She was standing by the bridge inhaling what was left of that fresh autumn air. It was only a matter of time before winter arrived with its yearly invasion, promising coldness and its dark blanket enveloping the atmosphere the coming three months. Unforeseen to the eyes of many, she was standing so peacefully by the bridge with so much carefree caressing her face that made it surreal. Her extraordinary aura standing in the wind made it seem like she just reinvented the season with so much hope, reviving all living forces that wanted to wither away just like the rest of the scenery that encompassed it these past months. She was as delicate as a transparent vase hidden away for the sake of protection. But she did not show any traces of fragility. Contrary to her exterior form, she was the bravest and the most daring person I’ve ever met.

Perhaps those beautiful images were meant to last only for a short time just like anything we all come to know of. Because that cheerful angel ceased her existence from my life just as fast as I became aware of her presence. She had become a fallen angel because she dared to violate the rules, upsetting the course of nature. She made a decision to dip herself into our ordinary world, exchanging her halo for a simplistic tiara, and in becoming my wife.

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NOTES:
*This was obviously not meant to be a one-shot
*The story was combined from a prologue and an epilogue (written on September 17th, 2009) and one chapter (written on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009)
*The title was named after a song sang by Wallace “Your Number One” and was inspired by a possible collaboration between Wallace and Tammy
*The story was revised on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011