Sweety, where are you?

Fans far and near might wonder what has happened to this Taiwanese girls band that established their reputation through 3 albums with their noticeable improvements from one album to the next. Not to mention their appearances in several dramas–together and separate. Though successful seemed to be the appropriate term for the band’s achievements through the amount of recognition received, but it was a more effective measure when fans streamed forums and other networking sites, asking questions as to what happened to them after their 3rd album, Sweet Talk Vol. 3: Hua Yan Qiao Yu.

Yan Yan participated in a Mainland production, Liao Zhao 2, before heading to France to pursue her education in Fashion Design.

Yan Yan

After her extended disappearance from the public eye, Yan Yan made a comeback with The Concerto, which she reunited with her two times on-screen lover, Eddie Peng. Though casted in another typical klutzy role as often associated with in a female lead in idol dramas, Yan Yan managed to deliver and convince others that she was the clueless and foolish Gao Ling.

Qiao Qiao
Qiao Qiao

Qiao Qiao carried on without Yan Yan for a while, appearing in several dramas. Although fans loved her in different types of roles, but the ratings hinted a totally different story.  She also focused on modeling and attended different events as well as talk shows and game shows for the past year. It was until recently that she appeared on radar again at GTV‘s press conference to confirm her presence in the upcoming drama, Love Buffet, starring alongside Fahrenheit members Calvin Chen and Aaron Yan.

With Qiao Qiao busy filming Love Buffet, and Yan Yan working diligently on earning her degree, when will Sweety reunite? Anyone ready for a new album?

*All images are captured and/or scanned by DTLCT

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From Jia Hao (家豪) to Feng (豐)

You cannot be a fan of this guy without knowing that he had changed his name. Yes, that’s right. He changed his name since last year from Jia Hao (家豪) to Feng (豐).

If you still have no idea who he is, he was the guy who portrayed Cyndi Wang (Ai Qing)’s brother in Heaven’s Wedding Gown, Tao Ya Qun. Yes, he was the cruel, despicable yet cowardly guy who sold the Tao Mansion to Leon Jay Williams (Lu Zi Hao) in order to get some money so he could pay off his debts. He was also the guy who crawled back later to cry for help when the debt collector, Ying (Jacky Chu), went after him since he managed to get himself into another huge debt again.

Tang Feng as the cowardly, despiscable Tao Ya Qun
Tang Feng as the cowardly, despicable Tao Ya Qun

He was also the cunning Duan Yan Hao in Mr. Fighting. Yes, he was Lai Wei Ru (Duo Er)’s brother and Tony Sun (Duan Yu Qiao)’s step-brother. He was the one responsible for Tony’s downfall at the beginning of the drama because of jealousy and greed. And who could forget that he fell in love with Qiao Qiao (Tian Xiao Kui) and found a reason to be happy but turned violent again upon many frustrations and unsuccessful courtships?

Tang Feng as the dashing yet sinister Duan Yan Hao
Tang Feng as the dashing yet sinister Duan Yan Hao

Call it his lack of luck or the possibility that SETTV favors J-Star guys more than Tangerine guys, but after three back-to-back not so desirable roles–from Snow Angel to Heaven’s Wedding Gown to Mr. Fighting, his fate crossed path more with the villainous roles than the favorable ones. Luckily, his fate changed slightly–just slightly–the following drama when he was cast alongside fellow Tangerine colleague Andy Chen Yi in a hilarious yet witty drama called My Son Is A Mob Boss with the role of Ah Hui, to which although he portrayed someone from a dark side of society yet managed to make people laugh more than hate him.

Despite all the undesirable roles he was given, he managed to deliver each and every time with a great performance, convincing the audience that he was the character–whether it was Ji Jie (from Snow Angel), Tao Ya Qun (from Heaven’s Wedding Gown), Duan Yan Hao (from Mr. Fighting), Ah Hui (from My Son Is A Mob Boss), Lawrence (from Engagement for Love), Xiao Gu (from Yang Ye 3 + 1), Ah Tuo (from Full Count), or Qiu Yi Bai (from Bull Fighting).

His recent project was not another idol drama, but a movie called Our Island, Our Dreams. In it, he worked alongside another fellow Tangerine colleague, Ya Li, as well as many other notable artists and production team.

Perhaps, this will be a good new start for him–with a new name and new projects to look forward to. So what is Mr. Tang Feng’s grand plan for the upcoming project? Accepting another drama or diving into movies wholeheartedly? Whatever it is, hopefully there will be more good projects to come in the near future.

Anyone want to stalk his blog? (Okay, maybe leave him messages of encouragement. 🙂 ) Here’s the link: http://www.wretch.cc/blog/ppoopp0819

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I just recently stumbled upon this song (again) and re-watched the MV. It reminded of the many tragic stories surrounding The Outsiders. Whether it was a good gang related drama or just another gimmick to gain public attention, that depended on each person’s separate views and bases. However, I thought it was a very good drama with the portrayal of many events in life–whether you want it to happen or not. It was a bit sad though that not many people come to acknowledge some of the more important concepts underneath the drama than just shaking their heads in shame or disregarding the matter as of insignificant (or unrealistic).

I ran across several comments made by viewers of the show (or attempted viewers) who criticized its contents of promoting gang related incidents or how it was with those typical ‘good girl likes bad guy’ type of plot. However, that was the most misconception ever made, especially in this case. Yu Hao (Dylan Kuo), Dan Li Jie/ Dan Zi  (Lan Cheng Long), and Yang Xun Qi/ Ah Qi (Michael Zhang) were never bad in the first place–not in the very beginning of the story. They never wanted to mean harm to society in general but they were outcasts and had become of such because society had abandoned and/or neglected them. They came from poor backgrounds because of what happened with their families, causing their lost and how they lived life since. It was not like they had a choice that their parents died or left them. They had to rely on themselves and each other for support through all the years, plus doing what they thought were right to survive–when the society stared with disapproving eyes (while all that time no one cared to step forward and help led their path to a more agreeable destination). They grew up without proper guidance but somehow turned out all right anyway. Bullying others and acting out through bizarre means were just their ways of coping with the situation and many obstacles thrown at them. And to even forget that they were orphans with no families. Yu Hao and Dan Zi were more polite and subtle on some levels versus Ah Qi (who chose to display his emotions and behaviors more freely toward others, not caring to be judged or punished for it).

They were responsible for their own actions after all, so why blame it on society, right? However, they still needed proper guidance after all. How old were they again when they lost their families? After so much exposure to such violence around them and the need for survival, it was just almost natural to follow suit or do whatever seen fit.  To turn heads on them and shove them further into the wall they’ve already been driven to by other factors was not the best solution either. (Ever heard of sweeping all the dust under the sofa/ furniture? Same concept. It won’t go away.) They never planned to join any gang-related organization because they knew of the dangers that came with it. They were only getting into enough troubles and they did not need more. However, they were tricked into joining the gang and thus becoming their tool for success and power.

Pei Yu Yan/ Xiao Yan Zi (Ady An) was taught to avoid those ‘bad guys’ and was brought up to be the most educated and respectful girl in the eyes of society. She avoided the gang of three like the plague and was very scared of them at the beginning–despite the fact that she accidentally and unknowingly saved their leader. She never would have thought to enter their world that was so different from hers. However, she learned of their good nature and crossed over to their side, not because of the dashing looking guy, but because she finally understood them as kind human beings who were just living a not so fortunate life yet were often misunderstood by the society.

After Xiao Yan Zi ran off with Yu Hao, her life changed drastically and it began to dawn on her bit-by-bit of her new surroundings and turmoils she had to deal with daily. However, she learned to cope with it and adapted herself into Yu Hao’s dangerous world. Yes, she did cry at the beginning upon many tragic events happening surrounding her and to her, but she toughened up eventually. It would have been more wise (according to people playing by rules and those who were so perfect that they think it was the right thing to do) to run back to her parents and begged them for forgiveness. She did none of that, but learned to live with the consequences that she’d bestowed upon herself.

There were many factors contributing to her runaway. It was not just love, but the thrive to experience. It had nothing to do with the whole idea about living it dangerously, but it was more like she was so sheltered in that all she’d done her life was learning to be perfect. It was not the best way to react to the overwhelming and/or suffocating feelings of being too sheltered in. But it was a decision she made–even if it was not the best (like stated above). (I am not trying to blame her parents since they thought what was best for their daughter and worried for her future. I am just stating what could be her possible feelings that drove her to that point.) She wanted to live life and experience. She wanted to continue to be lively like how she’d been with the guys and spent time doing the most random things–and not cared so much for perfection anymore. (Ever try pouring water into a cup/ glass until it overflows? It was what happened in this case. Again, not blaming her parents, just giving an example to better relate to this situation.)

So to say that this was just another cheap attempt for controversial creations and trying to gain attention is far from the truth. Think about it. There were so many things in the drama that is yet to be explored.

*Note*: These were my observations while watching and analyzing the drama and those were not mean to offend anyone. I just wanted to bring a different perspective of the drama than just the ‘typical’ stereotypes or other disapproving of it. I was not trying to convince anyone into believing anything they did not want to, but I was just pointing out some concepts that might have been left untouched.

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“Like I want to react in that way, but she started it.”

“I’m liable to make mistakes, I’m human after all.”

“Shouldn’t you’ve considered all consequences before diving in?”

“Even an idiot knows that you shouldn’t have done that.”

What are your thoughts on each of the phrases? We all react to a certain phrases in a different way because it reminds of possible past experiences or situations to which we’re in. It’s a bit interesting that we tend to be more agressive when attacking others but retaliate back to defend ourselves faster by coming up with excuses that we thought should not have been used by others. It is probably a natural instinct that we would jump at any chance to defend ourselves but it’s a bit sad that we can’t be as understanding towards others and think they too could be going through the same problems as us and would need as much of a break as we do.

So…what is your priorities or standard in defining the line? Do you consider it out of fariness for others as well or just could not care less if it doesn’t concern yourself?