Year 2015 in Recap

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Oh joy, I’m bringing this back since it’s another year of madness. How did it go? Let’s check the number first, lol. Yes, before I start bragging and realized it wasn’t worth bragging over, lol. But before I actually go into the stats, I would like to thank The New World and iHero for making some of the impossibles happen. Because if it wasn’t for the dramas, I wouldn’t have updated so much or kept it so consistent for the better half of the year. Also, anyone wanting to check out the stat report from WordPress, click here.

Total Posts in 2015: 365 (35% of all time). Yes, I took a challenge of trying to keep up posts for 365 days SO had to brag here. It wasn’t easy and some posts were less impressing than others. However, I think it was already tough that I managed it all year long. For this year, will I be continuing on this pattern? I want to but I would say no. Since quality trumps quantity so I’ll still be updating, still be my random self at times, but I won’t force it as an everyday thing. If it happens, it happens. Now, moving on to the breakdown of different categories.

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Times Updated on People on the Poll
: 284 (78% of overall). I took out Ady and Hu Ge early on so I didn’t feel like I needed to include them in this section. Anyway, because I did the 365-day challenge, everyone benefited–one way or another. However, Achel had a surge, leaving Jun Ya behind with only 22 posts, because Wallace, Joanne, Bianca, and Jacky ended up having more posts than him for the year. That knocked him off top 5 for the year yet didn’t damage his overall record too much. Talking about that, he was the reason why I held off so long of not publishing this post since I needed to calculate some of the posts again. Yet I decided to gamble and take out some and possibly double back next year to correct it all. Oh yeah, I didn’t count general updates for some people, especially those with higher numbers already.
Wallace Huo: 26 (9% of the year)
Janine Chang: 16 (6%)
Vic Chou: 12 (4%)
Joanne Zeng: 25 (9%)
Nicholas Teo: 18 (6%)
Xiu Jie Kai: 12 (4%)
Angela Chang: 12 (4%)
Zhao Jun Ya: 22 (8%)
Yvonne Yao: 7 (2%)
Penny Lin: 16 (6%)
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 34 (12%)
Sophia Chou: 6 (2%)
Ruby Lin: 16 (6%)
Van Fan: 9 (3%)
Eric Suen: 5 (2%)
Bianca Bai: 25 (9%)
Jacky Chu: 23 (8%)

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Music Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries: I will say that I was both proud and also a bit ashamed, because I was cheating for several dramas by inserting placeholders. I was trying to motivate myself to watch faster and/or fill the spaces yet things got in the way and I fell behind once again.

Fan Fiction:

Songs Translations: I think that it was too obvious that it was a Phil Chang year for me. Yes, I love that guy. Okay, mostly his songs, lol. But he is funny. Getting back to this, totally outdone myself on some levels. Overall, I translated 51 songs. OMG, that’s like major achievement for me in this area. The previous year, I only did 12, but that was because I didn’t really take it as a challenge. I think this number will drop the upcoming year since I won’t be forcing myself to update every day.

Chinese: 46

Vietnamese: 5

Side Updates: 130 posts – My randomness seriously has gone way past normal. I didn’t count some of the side stuffs. But The New World and iHero obviously dominated the scene for the beginning of the year.

For this year, I hope to bring out more quality posts, like I said earlier. I also hope to finish up the placeholder posts that I haven’t previously. Wish me luck and see you all next year!

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Sunshine Cops

I found this by accident so ended up watching it, lol. It was actually pretty good. It sure brought back the feelings of the ’90s and its traditional martial arts, cop dramas. Stephen and Ken made a good team as the sunshine cops. Their moves were awesome and their charm was addicting. What was interesting was seeing a very young Angelica Lee, almost unrecognizable but still very cute. Funny to see some of the very familiar faces still playing minor roles. But overall, it was a light drama. There weren’t too many frustrating stuffs going on. And I could finally say I watched another Ken Chang drama, lol. I think this was actually one of the gems among the movies. Well, it was to me, even if it wasn’t much to others. I would recommend this for both Stephen and Ken fans alike.

Sisters OST

1.) Sisters (姊妹) by Victor Wong (品冠) and Phoebe Huang (黃嘉千). The main theme of the drama, and was suitable and tied in with the drama.

2.) Because of You, I Want to Become A Better Person (為你我想做更好的人) by Victor Wong (品冠). The ending song of the drama. Though Zheng Fang kept repeating his mantra over and over with building a good life for his family (and we could see it at times though not as much), but it had failed so many times until he finally let go of Ru Fen, allowing some peace into the house at last that the song rang true. Though ironically, the MV had hinted at marriage versus the drama’s separation scene. Quite a meaningful and touching song. Wasn’t too mushy with the promises.

3.) Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong (品冠). My favorite song in here. Though it only played like about 4 times in here? It was used mostly for Ru Li and Pin Chuan and it was indeed suitable. Yet I found it was even more suitable for Zheng Fang since he had learned a lot–the good and bad from all the women in his life, whether it was his wives, his mother, the many female friends surrounding him.

4.) I Thought (我以為) by Victor Wong  (品冠). This song was quite good too. Though I don’t remember as much about it being used in the drama, but I felt it was suitable with the rest of the scenes too.

5.) Suddenly Missing You (突然好想你) by Mayday (五月天). Often used for Ru Fen and Jim moments. I got the point, but I don’t really like it. Might be the mix, I don’t know.

6.) Hen Ai Guo (很愛過) by Della Ding (丁噹). Used for Chen Wei and Xin Yi when they were missing each other or when they almost broke up that one time when things got quite serious between Zheng Fang and Ru Fen. Though I got it, but don’t really like it. I don’t know. Might be the mix again.

7.) Good Sisters: Perfect Meeting Version (好姊妹完美相遇版) – Instrumental. It indeed was the perfect version since I really liked it when it was playing in the background throughout.

8.)  When You Think of Me (當你想著我) by Victor Wong (品冠) and Angelica Lee (李心潔). Used for Chen Wei and Xin Yi that one time when they were out shopping for their new home. Fun and uplifting song. Also, really suitable for their situation since they seemed to be the only couple with some sort of obvious dreaming within a relationship (versus others’ more practical situations–NOT that I don’t like it, just different).

9.)  Wind and Beautiful Day (風和日麗) by René Liu (劉若英). I don’t even remember this one being in the drama. Perhaps because it was 60 episodes, lol. But still a good track.

10.) The Most Important Small Matter (最重要的小事) by Mayday (五月天). Okay, I guess. Wasn’t too into it.

11.) Not Your Truest Happiness (你不是真正的快樂) by Mayday (五月天). It’s starting to be a pattern that I can’t like Mayday songs. Well, at least involving this soundtrack. It’s just me, not them. And I kept switching the translation around and somehow I couldn’t get it right, it’s more like not the most compatible, suitable, deserved one OR something. Or is it genuine? Oy, I got it, but can’t find the correct term in English.

12.) Good Sisters: Determined & Courageous, Well-Acquainted Version  (好姊妹堅毅勇敢相知版) – Instrumental. A little closer to track #2 in the tone, but I don’t like it as much. Maybe it was missing the flow when every instrument was combined like in the ‘perfect’ version, making this version sounding a tad slower.

13.) Good Sisters: Regretfully Invaluable, Emotional Version (好姊妹情感無價相惜版) – Instrumental. Another version closing to track #2. It was all right, I guess.

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