Year 2017 in Recap

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When I thought that 2016 was a terrible year for me, I was wrong. 2017 continued to tank to a new level of crappiness. There were many frustrating things–one after another. It was like when I asked, “How much worse could 2017 be?”, it was like a challenge to the universe. So stuff happening in real life obviously affected how much time I have for this blog or attempted to keep some sort of activity. I did better than last year regarding updates, but that was a lot of effort, because I’m still way behind on some news that I wanted to talk about. Yet no time or more like didn’t feel like it at the moment. I continued to get drained to another level that I thought might not be possible–like several days before. Then the pattern just repeat itself at different intervals. I think somewhere along the way, I ended up revamping my blog by getting rid of the too random posts. Like those general update ones. Although my blog already is random on many levels, but I didn’t want to just post for the sake of placeholders too much. Anyway, here are some stats for this year.

Total Posts in 2017: 155 (11.7% of all time).
January: 18 (% of the year)
February: 10 (%)
March: 21 (%)
April: 20 (%)
May: 11 (%)
June: 18 (%)
July: 6 (%)
August: 4 (%)
September: 20 (%)
October: 14 (%)
November: 9 (%)
December: 4 (%)

Books Reviews: Sad, because I actually read a bit this year but didn’t feel like doing reviews for some of them. Maybe I’ll go back to do them later.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

Fan Fiction: Complete failure–unlike what I promised last year about getting  things done. I started looking over some of the fan fics again and managed to get going on some, but I can’t promise on how fast it would be rolled out. I’ll get it out when I’m happy with what I wrote.

Songs Translations: I used “You’re Always Beautiful” to start the year, thinking that if I continue to retain some sense of positiveness, somehow things will get better. But it didn’t. Anyway, how was this year regarding translations? I didn’t realize I was that productive. Mostly, I tried to push the majority of 183 Club’s songs out.

Chinese:

Vietnamese:

I didn’t want to do this update like I said last year. However, I felt like I needed to persuade myself to continue on. Not to mention, I want to keep some sort of teeny, tiny bit of hope that 2018 will actually be better. So we’ll see, right?

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Joanne Tseng: Flowers and Life


(credit image: CTE)

A new article came up outlining Qiao Qiao’s achievements, latest dramas, and her recent album release. However, what was new to me this time was her flower arrangement abilities and somewhat tying it to her life philosophies. The article also mentioned Calvin briefly. Anyway, click here for full article. Short article, but still worth reading.

Joanne Tseng: Light Up EP

(image credit: Joanne’s Facebook page)

I was so excited that she was participating in the soundtrack of Attention, Love! that I didn’t realize she was also releasing an album. So awesome! I thought it was long overdue since she have been focusing on her acting career. I thought there was going to be a Sweety comeback when they joined H.I.M. This was unexpected, but so welcome for me. I’m actually impressed with her vocal range since last time I heard her. I meant she has been consistent as a singer and has improved as an actress over the years. I was just happy to watch and listen to her from time to time. But this was a major leap from past works. Just listening to two songs so far and I’m hooked. Aside from the song responsible for the title of the album, she also collaborated with Aaron Yan on another song.

Get your copy of the album at these places (or at your local store if you have access to it):

Books TW: http://www.books.com.tw/products/0020200131

YesAsia: http://www.yesasia.com/us/light-up-ep/1061981900-0-0-0-en/info.html

Here’s a sample of the signature song “Light Up” from H.I.M.’s YouTube Channel: