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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Burn Notice: How Much More Worse Could It Get?

Okay, it ended already and it didn’t matter anyway. But I finally caught up so I had to chip in. So I could move on, lol. But I swear that was like a question for both plot-wise and the situation they were in. It actually went downhill like somewhere in Season 5. I forgot where exactly but it just derailed and never recovered since then. It was like they were dragging out the plot on purpose to fulfill the number of episode requirements and not about the plot anymore. I actually hung in throughout just to see what would happen next. But it wasn’t pleasant. Sure, I enjoyed some of the side humors for the later parts of the plot. I heard spoilers here and there but didn’t actively verify the sources, because I really wanted to find out on my own with some of the side details. Like how Nate had died. Well, in a way, it was a shocker for me since I thought he finally turned a new leaf after some rough patches in his life and would get a second chance. Yet he didn’t. But what was the worst, that didn’t allow me to mourn him, was Mike getting the blame and hated by his mother for the later parts of the series. Yeah, yeah, I got it, her son died and the other son didn’t help the cause with talking the former out of the situation in the first place. But I swear, I never forgave her for making that decision, regardless of what she say all those crap about family and all. Just because they were family, it was all right to make up all the excuses for Mike and Nate’s father? Really? Yeah, I understand the story of the ever abused wives with their typical stories of “He doesn’t mean it”, “He has a good heart overall” or others. AND the old man was her sons’ father after all so she probably didn’t want them to hate him, even through all those abusive incidents. Yet justifying all of that just made me feel even sicker. AND that wasn’t all. It was the fact that they threw in the whole thing with saying he died trying to investigate into Anson’s fishy business was a way to cope out for the rest of his previous actions. It was like it was all right for him to be mean and abusive, because he regretted his action in the end. Really? Saying stuffs like all of that made Michael stronger (according to the conversation she had with Card that one time) was just a bunch of bull. It was trying to convince too much about the family stuffs and regardless of all the crap they put you through, you just have to bite your jaw down and take it (and try to survive somehow) or you’re the monster for going against someone. I believed Jesse when he told that one CIA lady about them being family when she tried to say stuffs like his mother would want him to seek justice for her. He told her not to act like she knew his mother and that his mother wouldn’t want them to turn his back on family. I’m not agreeing with Jesse because it worked toward Michael’s cause at that point. But because I truly believed Jesse meant it. Considering how he’d never turned his back on them, even if he’d found out that Michael had ruined his career and life initially–and even tried to sacrifice himself for their safety when they were trapped that one time. He had every right to be upset (or be livid of it), but he didn’t use that to take revenge on Michael, especially that one time when he shot Michael to save him. NOT that Maddy didn’t protect them since the series started showing stuffs here and there since Michael’s return to Miami after being burned. But I swear she was making up for lost time, because she wasn’t able to do that at the crucial times. They were kids back then, they needed it more than ever.

Anyway, back to the main plot. The Nate’s death scare wasn’t what got me though. Okay, I did care for Nate, but like I said, the aftermath events sort of made it hard to focus on that, even if there was a funeral for him–which was well done. But what got to me was the false alarm in Season 6. I thought I had to watch the remaining 14 episodes without my favorite character. That was a great scare all right. At least for my case. But what killed it for me–or more like my patience – was how they spent 6 episodes on the grand escape AND in the end, there was NO escape. Not to mention 3 and a half of those wasting it on the new ID acquiring thing. Seriously? Then there was the whole Maddy accidentally linked herself to Barry’s incident. Sure, it was risky either way and how he had triggered alarms with canceling his appointments for that day. But IF she could just plain get off the smoking for a bit, there wouldn’t be any cigarette butts around for them to find and incriminate her. Yeah, I got it she was nervous, etc and she needed it. But it was like the screenwriters tossed every formula into the pot just to extend the episodes even more, making it impossible for any chance for a turnaround of the plot. It was like the production team wanted to limit on expenses of having to shoot for possible scenes of the location they were to escape to if that come into play, which it didn’t. So they had to keep delaying and keeping everyone in Miami. I swear I didn’t even like Bly, but I felt his death was just another decoy to make it impossible for their case so Michael could step in, thus making him breaking his promise with Fi in the end. I totally got why he had to do it, and I love watching him along with the others, more or less at times (regarding the others, except for Sam that was). But seriously? I understand that the whole fiasco was irreversible in many ways and it made sense they were cornered and had to sneak around to stay alive, and they had limited options at that point. But I swear, again, the screenwriters were trying to toss everything in on purpose just to drag the episodes out. I liked how they managed to improvise at times to get out of sticky situations, but I didn’t like how they were tossed just WAY too many problems. Even if those problems do occur, it wasn’t worth per episode to solve ’em.

I initially wanted to wait until I finish the whole series and wrap up the post, but I had to stop. I actually stopped like 3 weeks back and could never go back. Not yet. So I’m going to come back to talk about the ending the next time.

John Ross Bowie in Burn Notice: No Good Deed

John Ross Bowie is actually a very talented actor. He’s quite charming in the various roles he portrays. Or at least the ones I’ve seen so far. Having loved him since watching him on The Big Bang Theory and being Sheldon’s archenemy since the beginning had been quite entertaining for me. (Talking about Sheldon, Jim Parsons just got his star on Hollywood Walk of Fame!)

Anyway, I’ve been trying to catch up on Burn Notice. John guest starred in there as Paul, Barry’s brother. It was actually a riot the minute they appeared together, the contrast in their behaviors. So we got a little more background into Barry’s life. For the majority of the times he appeared during the previous seasons, Barry’s sole job was to help the gang from time to time with his magic (from his money laundering business experiences). So while Michael was out there working on some mission with Max, Fi had to stay home and listen to the banter between the brothers–while at the same time try to track down a hacker. Then there was the whole idea of Fi trying to convince Sam to help Paul. Sam’s reaction said it all. He didn’t want to be involved. Yeah, like there’s two of ’em? LOL! Even if Fi put in a good word for Paul, Sam still wasn’t convinced. But no problem! Fi’s always pretty persuasive so Sam had no choice but to agree (until Mike returns, that is). And just when I thought her classic move was hitting Sam with her gun instead of the target, her classic move for the episode was actually slapping both Barry and Paul when they were distracting her from her work. Yes, she needed to concentrate, considering what she was doing, especially the nature of the item being worked on. If they would only shut up the first time around when she asked nicely.

Overall, another nice, enjoyable episode. Yet the intensity cranked up once again when the ending rolled around.