Year 2014 in Recap

You know what? I’m beginning to feel like the year in review from WordPress doesn’t even justify my accomplishments, especially this past year. So I decided to go all out on the rebellion and make my own post. It might not look as glamorous as WordPress’s version but at least it doesn’t make me look that lazy, lol.

Starting off with some general stats.

Total Posts in 2014: 139 – Yes, posts ONLY. But the number would have gone up if I counted the pages since I usually use ‘pages’ for fanfic updates, except if it’s a one-shot.
January: 19
February: 16
March: 13
April: 14
May: 6
June: 12
July: 8
August: 10
September: 7
October: 9
November: 8
December: 17

Times Updated on People on the Poll: 63 – Looking at the breakdown, it goes to show that I update on whoever I feel like, not having to do with the who is leading the polls, etc. It’s nothing new, it’s like what I said before. It’s not that I placed in the poll just for kicks or just messing with people. But it’s more like I was curious (like I mentioned in the past already) and try not to put myself on pressure as to update according to votes. What I do feel bad about is not updating on Vic and Janine or Nic more like I should have.
Wallace Huo: 8
Ady An: 1
Hu Ge: 1
Vic Chou: 4
Joanne Tseng: 4
Janine Chang: 2
Angela Chang: 1
Xiu Jie Kai: 1
Nicholas Teo: 1
Yvonne Yao: 3
Zhao Jun Ya: 16
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 5
Sophia Chou: 3
Van Fan: 1
Eric Suen: 3
Penny Lin: 3
Jacky Chu: 10
Bianca Bai: 1

Music Reviews: 13 – Not bad, right? I managed to empty the majority of the list I had up. So it’s something to celebrate here.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries: 22 episodes and 6 reviews – I could have done better here but still not too bad.

Fan Fiction: It has been a sad case here since I don’t know when. But I really do apologize for all those waiting for certain stories that have been lagging for the past few years now. It’s just that I didn’t find inspiration to do work with it and didn’t want to end up ruining it more than I already did.

  • Slanted Thoughts 2
  • The Dating Game 45 – Mad progress on this saga, right? Sadly, it could only be said for this one, lol.

Songs Translations: 12 – Hey, it’s a record here! I’m serious! Translations are hard! It’s harder for my case since I’m still learning in some areas.

Chinese: 9

Vietnamese: 3

Side Updates: 41 posts – YUP, these have been occupying my time as well. At times, I cheated and posted pictures only, but I swear, some of them were kind of too secretive to talk about. Or some were adaptations that I hadn’t read about yet.

  • Fu Rong Jin: 5 – It’s going to show like next year, right?
  • Favorite Scenes Saga: 1 post, but I did have a lot to work on so it wasn’t like I was slacking on purpose
  • Worth Watching Saga: Managed to publish all 3 I have in the background for the recommendation posts. Plan to launch another one this upcoming year.
  • Seasons in the Sun: 5
  • Love Knows No Distance: 2
  • Gold Pretty Girl/Dan Shen You Yue: 3 – Seriously, been waiting for this to air.
  • Dong Jiang Heroes: 6
  • Never Ending Love: 2
  • Royal Tramp/ The Deer and the Cauldron 2014: 4
  • Yuan Yue Wan Dao: 1 – Seriously, when is this airing?
  • Shen Yi Da Dao Gong 2013: 4
  • Throwback Thursday Saga: 3
  • Reasons to Stay Positive Saga: 2

What do I want to focus on for this next coming year? More on Couples posts and pages. Not to mention the “Special Profiles” pages that I had suddenly abandoned. There’s also the “All About” saga that I halted all of a sudden as well. So are these my New Year resolutions? No. I seriously don’t want to force myself into that, considering how this is just a blog to share all the randomness that I like. So putting pressure on that would lose the purpose of the blog itself even more. I’m just bringing it up because I want to say I’m not abandoning those completely yet. Although what I would want more is to finally finish some fanfics that I have been lagging since whenever. Wouldn’t that be something?

All right, have a great year next year, everyone! Happy blogging or stalking if you don’t blog! (LOL) See you next year for another random update of the wrap-up from me!

A Second Thought

I sure took my precious time where Eric’s albums are concerns of recent. Yet I think it’s worth it because I get to spend more time listening to the songs. Anyway, how was this one? Full of ranges and variety. Like most of his recent albums, he wrote and/or composed the music for the majority of the songs. He even produced ’em. So, of course, he had a lot of control over the album. It really steered toward his artistic side so that was reassuring.

CD

1. Healing Dryness (療Dry).  An upbeat, powerful song to start the album off. Very addicting and affecting one’s mood. Although it’s supposedly somewhat of a sad song since everything seems to be just about going on and doing stuff according to routine. But the saving point was the ending by saying how one doesn’t have to feel that way, etc. A very nice song to lead the album.

2. Rock Bottom (谷底). Penned by Eric. A very sad song. The feeling of the song reminds me of this 90s Aaron Kwok song for some reason. (Which I can’t recall the title at the moment, but it’s just madly familiar.) Anyway, a very good song by Eric, capturing the feeling so well with the lyrics and music.

3. From Now On My World Has One More Second (從此我的世界多了一秒). Another song penned by Eric. It’s one of those songs that I know it’s a good song yet I couldn’t get into it.

4. I Do. Yet another song penned by Eric. A very uplifting and free-flowing song. Sweet and promising in many ways, obviously because of the mood. Could be called mushy but I’m a sucker for it. Love the song! Could be my 2nd favorite in here.

5. Magnificent Friendship (超友誼). Mixed feelings. On one hand, I really like the music and flow. On the other hand, the feeling of the lyrics makes it somewhat off.

6. One Hundred Meters (一百米). Another mixed feelings. Catchy in a way yet I couldn’t get into it. I like the theme and imagery but not as much as the arrangement.

7. One Million Miles. 3rd favorite song. I don’t know. It’s just so addicting and catchy. Not too depressing yet not too over-hype either. A balance among some of the songs.

8. Returning Home (回家). Deep, nice, and inspirational. A very nice, flowing song.

9. The Battlefield’s Final Christmas (戰場上的最後聖誕). Powerful. Probably meant to be since it has to do with X-mas and all.

10. Breaking the Waves (浪踏破). Featuring Hardpack. Uplifting and exciting. Liveliness with the addition of the collaboration.

11. Letting Go (放開手). Sad, slow song. The tune makes it even more depressing. Nice and sorrowful exit.

DVD

1. Mini Movie: Give Me A Second To Say Love You (Mini Movie [給我一秒說愛你] ). The last time Eric did a mini-movie for an album was for In the Name of…Love. I loved that one because of his chemistry with Vivien Yeo. This one? Short, but it was cute in a way. I didn’t like it that he was taking it out on his girlfriend after a day of unfruitful tackling at work. Yet it was cute with the ending.

2. Healing Dryness (療Dry) MV. Very lively and addicting. I repeated it several more times before moving on, lol. The creation of the music video was very interesting. Unlike those recent fast songs that kept selling something, this one played on the visualization and his liveliness.

3.  (谷底) MV.  Love the concept. I felt I could get into the song more. The haunting feeling of the overall story drove the song through. What bugged the world out of me was the way the lyrics were boxed in. They could have done a better job of arranging it in a way that was easier to read.

4.  From Now On My World Has One More Second (從此我的世界多了一秒) MV. It’s a rehash of the mini-movie, which made me felt kind of robbed. But I think the other 2 MVs made up for it.

Overall feeling? It’s like another must-have for Eric fans! Yes, although I wasn’t feeling so strong about some of the songs, I think in general, it was a very good album.