Year 2017 in Recap

year_review

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 repeated 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, 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 fanfics again and managed to get going on some, but I can’t promise 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 a teeny, tiny bit of hope that 2018 will actually be better. So we’ll see, right?

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The Handsomest Men of the (Ancient) World

(image credit: as marked)

I just stumbled upon this MV and couldn’t help but share. (Click here for the original on Weibo and here for Vietnamese subs of the song.) The song is Zhang Jie’s “Tian Xia.” I used Ken’s picture because that was where I first saw the video being shared.

Anyway, did you see your favorites in here?

Forbes China – Top 100 Successful Celebrities 2017

(image credit: Zhao Li Ying’s Studio Weibo)

I usually don’t do this, but I just thought I do it since year since I saw the list the other day.  (Go here for the list in its originality.) And I know she’s not ranked first, but I just like the picture, lol.

Anyway, here goes the translation for the list:

  1. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng
  2. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm
  3. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch
  4. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh
  5. Yang Yang / Dương Dương
  6. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào
  7. Jackie Chan / Thành Long
  8. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh
  9. Jay Chou / Châu Kiệt Luân
  10. Wu Yi Fan / Ngô Dịch Phàm
  11. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong
  12. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu
  13. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ
  14. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên
  15. Chen Kun / Trần Khôn
  16. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh
  17. TFBOYS
  18. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca
  19. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi
  20. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng
  21. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình
  22. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa
  23. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi
  24. Jing Bo Ran / Tỉnh Bách Nhiên
  25. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao
  26. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba
  27. Andy Lau / Lưu Đức Hoa
  28. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy
  29. Li Bing Bing / Lý Băng Băng
  30. Huang Bo / Huỳnh Bột
  31. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương
  32. Lin Chi Ling / Lâm Chí Linh
  33. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương
  34. Chris Lee / Li Yu Chun / Lý Vũ Xuân
  35. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm
  36. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình
  37. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba
  38. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á
  39. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng
  40. Cheney Chen Xue Dong / Trần Học Đông
  41. He Jiong / Hà Cảnh
  42. Wang Kai / Vương Khải
  43. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân
  44. Xue Zhi Qian / Tuyết Chi Khiêm
  45. Faye Wong / Vương Phi
  46. Eddie Peng / Bành Vu Yến
  47. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị
  48. Shu Qi / Thư Kỳ
  49. Nicky Wu / Ngô Kỳ Long
  50. Jin Dong / Cận Đông
  51. Liu Wen / Lưu Văn
  52. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương
  53. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách
  54. Li Chen / Lý Thần
  55. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân
  56. Jacky Cheung / Trương Học Hữu
  57. Eason Chan / Trần Dịch Tấn
  58. Donnie Yen / Chân Tử Đan
  59. Zhou Xun / Châu Tấn
  60. Louis Koo / Cổ Thiên Lạc
  61. Huang Lei / Hoàng Lỗi
  62. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi
  63. Sun Hong Lei / Tôn Hồng Lôi
  64. Show Luo / La Chí Tường
  65. Tony Leung Chiu Wai / Lương Triều Vỹ
  66. Ryan Zheng / Trịnh Khải
  67. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như
  68. Sun Yang / Tôn Dương
  69. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn
  70. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ
  71. Ni Ni / Nghệ Ni
  72. Yang Zi / Dương Tử
  73. Victoria Song / Tống Tây
  74. Xie Na / Tạ Na
  75. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy
  76. Mayday
  77. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên
  78. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần
  79. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng
  80. Chen Dao Ming / Trần Đạo Minh
  81. Carina Lau / Lưu Gia Linh
  82. Jolin Tsai / Thái Y Lâm
  83. Nicholas Tse / Tạ Đình Phong
  84. Aaron Kwok / Quách Phú Thành
  85. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên
  86. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn
  87. Kevin Tsai / Thái Khang Vĩnh
  88. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên
  89. Han Han / Hàn Hàn
  90. Feng Xiao Gang / Phùng Tiểu Cương
  91. Xu Zheng / Từ Tranh
  92. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Trạch
  93. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân
  94. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ
  95. Jason Zhang Jie / Trương Kiệt
  96. Zhang Hui Mei / Trương Huệ Muội
  97. Zhang Yimou / Trương Nghệ Mưu
  98. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong
  99. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

Our Time Will Come: A Wallace and Zhou Xun Collaboration

This was actually shot before the Ruyi one but I think the other one received more attention. Anyway, this is a movie directed by Ann Hui. It’s a war movie.

Many war movies focused on the male side, but this one will focus on one of the notable heroines of that time, Fang Lan (方蘭), but she is often known as Fang Gu (方姑). This is, of course, Zhou Xun’s character.

Wallace will play her lover, Li Jin Rong (李錦榮). His name sounds really, really familiar. I can’t place it at the moment. Not sure if he was mentioned or appeared in Dong Jiang Heroes yet wasn’t focused on since the other drama focused on Liu Hei Zai and his side mostly.

Which brings me to the other essential character of the drama, Liu Hei Zai. He will be portrayed by Eddie Peng. (Good luck with that since Wang Lei already stole my heart, lol.)

They will be joined by other veteran stars, such as Bau Hei Jing, Ray Lui, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Eddie Cheung, and more.

Check out the trailer (uploaded by 双喜電影 A Really Happy Film). It looks quite promising.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

Janine and Eddie Reunited in Adidas Commercial

I know this is a tad old since it was from February but I just jumped back on Weibo like once in a blue moon lately to check. Did I say that they are one of my favorite on-screen couples? So yes, I had to jump at the opportunity when I noticed their interaction. (Click here for the clip.)

Translations:

Not the same type of sound
Not the same type of setting
Not the same type of movement
Nevertheless, it’s the same type of focus

Adidas’ message

Different type of Eddie
Different type of Janine
Nevertheless, it’s the same type of focus

Janine’s message

Well, it started with Adidas posting a new commercial of Janine and Eddie with the catchy phrases. Then Janine forwarded it with her own response, tagging Eddie in the process.

Translation:

Where’s the difference?

Eddie’s message

He, obviously, responded. How could he not? She was his Xiao Wei. But anyway, to answer Eddie, maybe it’s because you no longer look like this?

Just kidding! Still love them both.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.