Throwback Thursday: Still Friends After Bidding Farewell

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Sam Tsang and Elaine Ho are actually one of my favorite pairs ever who collaborated. This song is also one of my favorites among the oldies. Love watching them on-screen through various short productions. So yeah, had to put this song in as part of the saga for old time’s sake. (Click here for the live recent version.)

Fan Fiction: Inspirational Songs

This is more like out of fun and to fill the blog with more randomness. One time I was talking to one of my fellow fan fic writers and she was surprised that I actually write with music on since it’s more of a distraction for her than inspiration. So I started to wonder what other fellow writers’ routines are. For this post though, I’m going to reveal all the songs that I ever used for the stories I wrote–that are posted so far on this blog. (Though I won’t list all since sometimes the music is just background and it didn’t really have a major impact for writing some scenes, etc.) Feel free to jump in and share your own experiences, etc.

One-Shots:

Afraid of Darkness

  • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai

Haunting Past

  • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我 ) by Jacky Zheng

Men Don’t Cry

  • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen

Your Number One

  • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo

Misty Morning

  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo

More long-winded Stories:

Heaven’s Gift

  • Courageous Happiness (勇敢的幸福) by Sweety
  • Primrose (樱花草) by Sweety
  • Rainbow Tears (彩虹眼淚) by Sweety
  • Ghost of You & Me by BBMak

HIDE & SEEK

  • Embrace (擁抱) by Yu Hao Ming
  • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
  • Peaceful Breakup (和平分手) by Eric Suen

Honey In Tea

Neurotic

  • Part I
    • Call My Name (叫阮的名) by Eric Moo
    • Give up (放棄) by Dylan Kuo
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
  • Part II
    • Still Good Friends (還是好朋友) by Cyndi Wang
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
  • Part III
    • Tinh Dau Mai Yeu by Huy Vu
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
    • It’s All Right To Forget Me (忘了我也不錯) by Cyndi Wang
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Listen With Your Heart (用心聽) by Van Fan
    • The Sky Within A Pocket (口袋的天空) by Angela Chang
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Yesterday (昨日) by Chris Wang
    • Too Immersed In The Role (入戲太深) by Jacky Zheng

Payback

  • Find A Word To Replace (找一個字代替) by Samuel Tai
  • Dusk (黃昏) by Steve Chou
  • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
  • Forever And A Day by Ian Brown
  • Who Understands A Wanderer’s Heart? (誰明浪子心) by Dave Wang
  • How Could You Let Me Suffer? (你怎麼捨得我難過) by Michael Wong
  • Unyielding (倔强) by Mabel Yuan Shan Shan
  • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
  • Love Story 1 (愛的故事 – 上集) by Eric Suen

Scheming Nature

  • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang

Slanted Thoughts

  • Part I
    • Mua Thu Co Nho by Tam Doan
  • Part II
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
    • Loved You Once (曾經愛過你) by Jacky Zheng
    • Carefree (消遙) by Wallace Huo
    • Sau Mot Tinh Yeu by Tien Dung
    • For Get Me Not (該忘了) by Amber Kuo
    • Painted Heart (畫心) by Nicole Wang
    • This Is Love (就是愛) by Nicholas Teo and Amber Kuo
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • You Said You Would by Freya Lim

Slicing Boundary

  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo

The Business

  • Painted Heart (畫心) by Nicole Wang
  • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
  • Rift (缺口) by Freya Lim

The Dating Game

  • Part I:
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • A Date So Sweet (甜蜜约定) by 183 Club
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Can’t Bear To Be Lovers (捨不得當情人) by Jacky Chu
    • I Want You (我要你) by Jacky Chu
    • Joke (笑話) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Is Over (逝去的爱) by Ou Yang Fei Fei
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Xin Shi (心事) by Tony Sun
    • My Heart Is Like A Cloud (心雲) by Jimmy Lin
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Listen With Your Heart (用心聽) by Van Fan
    • Chuyen Tinh Hoa Ngoc Lan by Ngoc Ho
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
  • Part II:
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Love Letter (情書) by Van Fan
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Em Se Den by Ngoc Huong
  • Part III:
    • White Fox (白狐) by Ai Yi Man
    • Tormented (煎熬) by Tony Sun and Cyndi Wang
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年) by Vic Chou
  • Part IV:
    • You’re My Only One (你是我的唯一) by Eric Moo
    • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Story 1 (愛的故事 – 上集) by Eric Suen
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong
    • 999 Doa Hoa Hong by Anh Tu
    • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
    • Belong To (屬於) by Fish Leong
    • Love Is Empty (愛太空) by Cyndi Wang
    • In Love, There’s No Wrong Party (愛情里沒有誰對誰錯) by Jacky Zheng
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • Lent Heart (心借過) by Cai Xiao Hu (蔡小虎)
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • Anh Khong Con Yeu Em Nua Dau by Ly Hai
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • For You (送給你) by Long Qian Yu
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
  • Part V:
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (KTV version)
    • Tinh Yeu Don Phuong by Ngoc Ho
  • Part VI:
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • You’re Still Here (你還在) by Freya Lim
    • Too Foolish (太傻) by Eric Moo
    • Don’t Want To Understand (不想懂得) by Angela Chang
    • Dusk (黃昏) by Steve Chou
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
    • Find A Word To Replace (找一個字代替) by Samuel Tai
    • Dung Hoi Vi Sao by Philip Huy
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai
    • Dau Co Biet Truoc by Lam Nhat Tien
    • One Umbrella (一把傘) by 183 Club
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Cuoc Tinh Cay Dang by Luong Tung Quang
    • Feeling So Right by Jacky Chu
  • Part VII:
    • How Sorrowful is Love? (情愛幾多哀) by Michael Kwan
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (Mando version)
    • Xin Mua Ngung Roi by Johnny Dung
    • Chi Co Ban Be Thoi by Truong Vu
    • Ngay Sau Se Ra Sao by Manh Quynh
    • Love Letter (情書) by Van Fan
    • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Can’t Bear To Be Lovers (捨不得當情人) by Jacky Chu
    • Won’t Let You Cry (不讓你哭) by Jacky Chu
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Infatuation A Whole Life (一生痴心) by Leon Lai
    • Eraser in the Head (腦海的橡皮擦) by Ehlo Huang
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • Rain Keeps Falling (雨一直下) by Phil Chang
    • Once Acquaintances (也曾相識) by Alan Tam
    • Courageous Happiness (勇敢的幸福) by Sweety
    • Xin Shi (心事) by Tony Sun
    • My Heart Is Like A Cloud (心雲) by Jimmy Lin
    • Chan Tinh by Van Truong
    • Step Forward (學著走) by Hu Xia
    • You’re My Only One (你是我的唯一) by Eric Moo
    • A Thousand Heartbreaking Reasons (一千個傷心的理由) by Jacky Cheung
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • Dream (夢想) by Zhao Jun Ya
    • Love Is Over (逝去的爱) by Ou Yang Fei Fei
    • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui
    • Tear Stained Face (一臉淚痕) by Edward Cheung
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
    • White Fox (白狐) by Ai Yi Man
    • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai
    • You’re Still Here (你還在) by Freya Lim
    • Chuyen Tinh Hoa Ngoc Lan by Ngoc Ho
    • Gazing Toward the End of the World (天涯凝望) by Aaron Kwok
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Flower in the Mist (霧中花) by Christopher Wong
    • Yesterday (昨日) by Chris Wang
  • Part VIII
    • Gazing Toward the End of the World (天涯凝望) by Aaron Kwok
    • Once Acquaintances (也曾相識) by Alan Tam
    • Flower in the Mist (霧中花) by Christopher Wong
    • Infatuation A Whole Life (一生痴心) by Leon Lai
    • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui
    • Yesterday (昨日) by Chris Wang
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • There’s Still Tomorrow (还有明天) by Cally Kwong
    • Farewell (目送) by Freya Lim
    • The Next Page of Me (下一頁的我) by Cyndi Wang
    • A Thousand Heartbreaking Reasons (一千個傷心的理由) by Jacky Cheung
    • Hay Xem La Mot Giac Mo by Ly Hai
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • There’s Love on Heaven and Earth (天地有情) by Gallen Lo
    • While There’s Still Time (趁早) by Jacky Chu
    • Truth (真相) by Jacky Cheung
    • Prisoner by Adam Crossley
    • Forever And A Day by Ian Brown
    • Khoc Trong Mua by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Tinh Ta Chi La Mo by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Sau Mot Nu Cuoi by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Niem Dau Rieng Anh by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Mona Lisa’s Tears (蒙娜麗莎的眼淚) by Terry Lin
  • Part IX
    • La Nguoi Em Da Yeu by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Mi Tinh by Ngo Kien Huy
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Can’t Cry (哭不出來) by Yao Ting
    • Jiang Dao Li De Shi Zhi Ji (讲道理的是知己) by Dai Rao (戴娆)
    • Taking Sorrow And Keeping It Within Self (把悲傷留給自己) by Bobby Chen
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • While There’s Still Time (趁早) by Jacky Chu
    • Ruminate (玩味) by Phil Chang
    • Rain Keeps Falling (雨一直下) by Phil Chang
    • Deformation (走樣) by Phil Chang
    • Xin Mua Ngung Roi by Johnny Dung
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • I Really Am Not Perfect (我是真的不完美) by Sean He
    • Autumn Night (晚秋) by Christopher Wong
    • Who Understands A Wanderer’s Heart (誰明浪子心) by Dave Wang
    • Hay Xem La Mot Giac Mo by Ly Hai
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Fate Arrives (緣來) by Zhang Wei
    • Reparation (賠償) by Edith Chung
    • Singing 4 Love by JPM
    • 1000 I Will (一千個願意) by Kevin Cheng
    • Courageous Happiness (勇敢的幸福) by Sweety
    • Fragile Woman (容易受傷的女人) (Mandarin Version) by Faye Wong
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
    • Gazing Toward the End of the World (天涯凝望) by Aaron Kwok
    • Mona Lisa’s Tears (蒙娜麗莎的眼淚) by Terry Lin
    • Still Friends After Bidding Farewell (再見亦是朋友) by Sam Tsang and Elaine Ho
    • Rain Butterfly (雨蝶) by Hu Xia
    • When You (當你) by Cyndi Wang
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
    • Tormented (煎熬) by Tony Sun and Cyndi Wang
    • Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年) by Vic Chou
    • Fragments (碎片) by Wallace Huo
    • Infatuation In Exchange For Affectionate Love (痴心換清深) by Vivian Chow
    • Prisoner by Adam Crossley
    • Forever And A Day by Ian Brown
    • Dream to Awakening (夢醒時分) by Sarah Chen
    • Perfect Lover (完美情人) by 183 Club
    • Tomorrow Will Be Better (明天會更好) by Various Artists
    • Single Person Song (單身情歌) by Terry Lin
    • Deformation (走樣) by Phil Chang
    • It’s A Long Story (一言難盡) by Phil Chang
    • It Doesn’t Matter (沒關係) by Phil Chang
    • Forget Love (忘情) by Wang Xiang Qin & Yang Yan Qing

The Other Extreme

  • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu

True Friendship

  • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui

Wan Xin Bang

  • Part I
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Jackie Lui (Canto version)
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (Mando version)
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
    • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) by Jo Sung Mo (조성모)
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • Crossroads (分岔路) by Chen Guo Hua (陳國華)
    • Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
    • Dem Buon Tinh Le by Truong Vu
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • For Get Me Not (該忘了) by Amber Kuo
    • The Smile In Your Bosom (在你懷裡的微笑) by Rainie Yang
  • Part II
    • A Mark (記號) by Eric Suen
    • Too Foolish (太傻) by Eric Moo
    • Jiang Dao Li De Shi Zhi Ji (讲道理的是知己) by Dai Rao (戴娆)
  • Part III
    • Suffer For You by Jeff Chang
    • Loi Noi Yeu Dau Tien by Vu Tuan Duc
    • Resenting Heaven For Changing His Heart (怨蒼天變了心) by Sophia Fang
    • When Will We Meet Again? (何日再相見) by Teresa Cheung
    • Two Unwavering Hearts of Love (情義兩心堅) by Teresa Cheung
    • Commemorating Today’s Love (留住今日情) by Teresa Cheung
    • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen
    • Rouge Tears (胭脂淚) by Luo Yong Juan
    • Fairy in the Water (水中仙) by Steven Ma
    • There’s Still Tomorrow (还有明天) by Cally Kwong

When Wishes Come True

  • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
  • The Sky Within A Pocket (口袋的天空) by Angela Chang

*Information will be updated from time to time just for fun.

Tales From Beyond

Being a semi-fan of ghost/supernatural stuff, I had to give this a try. Not to mention it was considered an old TVB series, right?

First Story: Romance Between Human and Ghost (人鬼情)

  • Sam Tsang and Elaine Ho. I always liked their “Still Friends After Bidding Farewell” (再 見亦是朋友) and was interesting to see them collaborate in here. Even if it was one of those ghost stories. Creepy in a way but still sad. And a song from them at the end of the story.
  • Gordon Lam as one of the guys. So funny to see him back in the old days.
  • Comedy. Okay, that was interesting that they added the comedy bit into the story though it was supposed to be a romantic one or so I thought. With Gordon and the others attempting to get rid of the ghost was really funny.
  • Possessed or psycho? It was interesting at how others thought he was suffering from multiple personality disorder. AND then it got me into thinking if he really encountered a ghost OR was suffering from psychological problems. Still, it was something to think about.

Second Story: Smoking Prohibited (不准吸煙)

  • Gordon Lam as a cop. It was funny to see him yet again BUT this time as a cop.
  • Ha Yu. I miss the older days of him. For some reason, I thought he was better back then. OR perhaps the roles.
  • And more comedy. Yes, it was continuing and it wasn’t that corny for once.
  • Ghost’s smoking territory/ Multi-dimensional world. Interesting concept OR at least I thought what it was. Was that the creator’s way of interpreting where people go when they die? Like how they would go to the same place IF they smoke (in Ha Yu’s case). AND it was even more interesting that he didn’t smoke when he was in that world. It was like they were portraying another dimension. It got even more interesting as it progressed so it was hard to understand OR seemed unpredictable. But was still something to think about. It probably aimed to educate and scare people to quit smoking BUT still too funny and exaggerated.
  • Adam Cheng song. One of my favorite songs and felt it was suitable for this situation.

Third Story: Men Have Responsibilities (男子有責)

  • Liu Wai Hung. I miss this guy! His sense of responsibility was too strong so he could not leave the world just like that.
  • Helena Law. It wouldn’t be a ghost story without Helena, right?
  • It was ironic that he didn’t die because of the other guy BUT because of the woman who knocked the plant pot down.
  • Also, something to think about with the power of the mind. It was like he was able to control himself and his mind was concentrating hard on stopping the event from happening and not leaving the world at all

Fourth Story: A Belief of Revival (再生的信念)

  • Another interesting story and another interesting concept.
  • Wong Wei and Maggie Chan. Interesting pairing. They did have chemistry. Even if they were an older couple but still enjoyable to watch.
  • Carol Yeung. Freaky…
  • The plot. I knew it! It was too strange and unbelievable. NOT that those stories DO NOT happen but it was a conspiracy. Yet what was even more chilling was that Maggie’s character, Jun, actually returned later. That was really, really sad that they made him believe so he went and try to make another miracle happen. That was freaky.

Fifth Story: Manipulating the Universe (運轉乾坤)

  • Benz Hui. Poor guy. Honestly, that was WAY over with how he was bullied. But that was typical of those situations.
  • Amy Hu. Haven’t seen her ages so watching old series had its benefits.
  • Benz and Amy. Funny how they were having that conversation at the beginning. He was so kidding about running/walking to work AND she was like “Good idea.”
  • Law Lok Lam. Aww…look at him in the good old days.
  • Josephine Lam. Wow…
  • Law Lok Lam and Josephine? Wow…Yup, was interesting BUT I guess they were portraying how he was successful and marrying a beautiful young wife.
  • Benz and Law Lok Lam as friends. Cool. I don’t know. All I can say is I love those collaborations between my favorite veteran actors. But poor Law Lok Lam, only got to portray the rich, successful guy for like 10 minutes.
  • This really shed light into how the rich became successful in the first place since it wasn’t as easy with all the fame and fortune as people saw BUT there must be a lot of effort going into it with a hardworking attitude combined with talents and/or abilities
  • That was hilarious that he tried to fall again BUT it didn’t work. Guess it was implying that once you made a decision, you can’t turn back

Sixth Story: The Happy, Crazy Fowl (快樂癲雞)

  • Freaky ghost house theme
  • Know some of the cast but do not know their names
  • This story actually reminded us to respect others–whether alive or dead. I totally agree–whether they believe OR NOT. But it was a given that respect should be given, especially in the situation where the girls were at the other people’s place.
  • David Siu. Wow…didn’t expect him to be in here but not impossible since it was in the old days.
  • Wayne Lai. Honestly, I did not know it was him until later when he was eating the banana and making a face.
  • Ken vs. Ryu. Hahahaha. Although it was supposed to be really hectic, I found it funny that they were fighting through the game.
  • Okay, that was a surprise ending since I thought that it was about love BUT it was because he was her father. So that was why he felt responsible for her safety.

Seventh Story: Variation of Kindling (變異的火種)

  • Lee Kwok Lun. I always have the feeling that he looked like Felix Wong. (I swear!) Anyway, always liked him and good to see that he was leading in this short story.
  • Creepy footsteps and sound effects. I think the hallmark of those ghost stories since that scared the world out of me.
  • The suspense. Another important formula since it made it creepier–IF the sound effects didn’t get to you already.
  • Blast from the Past. Wow! I miss these types of things. I meant this kind of thing how the main lead thought he was able to save everyone and undo the past. What was even more appealing was he succeeded. It was confusing YET he sacrificed his present self to save his past self.

Eighth Story: Demons (魔)

  • Gordon Lam and some others. Well, at least they appeared at the beginning of the camping trip place.
  • Gallen Lo. Gallen in those old days. (NOT that he doesn’t look good now but still good memories.)
  • This reminded me oddly of Psycho. Thanks to my mom for reminding me once again!
  • Joey Leung was the crazy kid? Really? Didn’t realize it. It was clearer when he was arrested though.
  • So was it multiple personalities OR was he possessed? Such a tragic story. Gallen delivered with both personalities and its extremes.

Ninth Story: A Flourishing Journey (發達之旅)

  • Hugo Ng. I just realized that he looked better in a modern series than ancient ones. (Or perhaps those roles he was given was too morbid or tragic that it was hard to smile?) Anyway, he did have charm in here and I wouldn’t mind watching him in something else since this was a creepy one. (He honestly reminded me of Lam Lei! LOL! They looked like each other from some angles.)
  • Bau Fong. Creepy! Chilling all right. Man, he scared the world out of me, especially with his waving hands and the laugh.
  • My mom just reminded me this seemed like Early Edition. (Just that the newspaper for the other one was used to help people AND not used for other benefits.)
  • I would love to know the song used in the episode. The one where they were singing and cheering for their newly acquired fortune.
  • This definitely was a lesson NOT to be greedy. And also sometimes knowing the future beforehand wasn’t a good idea.
  • Here they were promoting Hacken Lee again! NOT that I mind. I miss that song. Sort of.
  • The ending showed how it was an endless, unbreakable cycle. Since we will always continue to ponder and be curious about things.
  • The scariest story so far!

Tenth Story: Entering Dream (入夢)

  • Ekin Cheng.
  • I won’t comment on the political status since I DO NOT know much to discuss it and wouldn’t want to offend anyone.
  • The concept of vampire/zombie. That was creepy. At first, I thought nothing was happening and was wondering what was going on. However, that was scary all right. Suddenly the bodies were just popping out of the ground like that.
  • Wolf sounds. Another essential effect to achieve fear. And could only be done at night OR no one would fall for it.
  • Ghost world/ Zombie-land. Ooooohhh…
  • The world of imagination. So that was it? No wonder he was mentioning about how that one guy wanted to live in his own dream world. He also wanted to live in that world since he was not able to escape from the real world. Ironic?

Eleventh Story: Searching (尋)

  • Jimmy Au. One of those worth-watching roles of Jimmy since he was both hilarious and clever. His trademark was shooting six bullets into suspects/murderers.
  • Another hilarious one.
  • Gordon Lam. Whoa! He came back as the other dude. NOT really since Jimmy was imagining it.
  • That was creepy all right.

Twelfth Story: Debt of Sin (孽債)

  • Michael Tao and Ada Choi. Wow, interesting collaboration, considering it was a ghost theme.
  • Power Chan. He wasn’t around all the time but really enjoyed his scenes.
  • A creepy story about curses and whatnot.
  • Moral of the story: IF you promise something, KEEP it. The price of having to pay for broken promises.
  • AND oh yeah, DON’T mess with those people who know how to do those curses. Honestly, she was creepy all right.
  • Who was the smartest one? Power Chan of course! He warned Michael against it BUT he (Michael) didn’t listen and fell into Ada’s trap.
  • I just realized that she didn’t really love him OR wasn’t really serious about it. It seemed like she was setting up this trap of seduction and other dramas just to find a way to steal his youth and his girlfriend’s too. Well, Michael should’ve listened to Power about it and be careful.

Thirteenth Story: Portrait Within A Person (相中人)

  • Know who they are but don’t know their names
  • Gordon Lam. He’s back for the last one! Great or what?
  • Darn, that was creepy…
  • Moral of the story: DO NOT take anything that isn’t yours
  • Passing it on, huh? Indeed it was another endless cycle where greed would always exist

Why did the narrator look so familiar? (Oh yeah, he was in The Hunter’s Prey as the undercover agent, Kong Ng. Just realized it after watching him more closely.)

Anyway, missed those old days when things were more creative and seemed like there were lots to explore. A lot of interesting concepts being introduced. Short stories were always better than the draggy ones they do nowadays.

Shade of Darkness

Wow! This was so good I’m still feeling the chills. This is actually one of TVB’s better series even though it has such a tragic ending. Yes, it was justified what happened at the end, but it was somewhat too sad. It was probably intentional also for the purposes of the storyline. Moreover, I think this was one of the best horror series ever made. And not to mention that it actually worked even if the main character ends up dead at the very end. When first heard of, most people would think that it would suck big time to make the main character die, but it actually made sense with how things turned out.

Like Factors:

  • Canti Lau as Lo Leung/ Chan Man Bok: I think Canti’s one of TVB’s (and not to mention HK’s) most lost cause. It’s a shame that what happened in the past and it ruined the whole thing. He’s one of the greatest actors at that time and also a potential singer. Too bad. Anyway, as both characters in conflict with each other, he was really good. (And also the scenes where he was possessed–it was really scary.)
  • Fiona Leung as Wai: I really miss watching her on TVB screen ’cause she’s one of the most missed actresses. She can really bring out her character in here without trying too hard or over-reacting. Her eyes are always full of emotions and show different stages of what her character’s going through. I really like that and miss this type of acting.
  • Ada Choi as Canti’s cousin: This series showed potential for Ada and she could really act. It was really convincing to see her in this role as the pitiful girl with such a tragic past. She’s one of the few ones who can act pitiful without you feeling it is too fake. (That’s really good.)
  • Kenix Kwok: Just her performance as both characters because I don’t like the first character very much. However, this series showed great potential for Kenix also. It really paved on a path for her thus leading to her success with upcoming series.
  • The friendship between Canti, Fiona, Elaine, the young cop, and the reporter: Although they have their differences and come into conflicts from time to time, they do learn to appreciate one another’s differences and each’s personalities.
  • Effects: That was way too creepy watching the scenes. The lighting is right for the eerie atmosphere. Not to mention those creepy sound effects.
  • The moral etched right into the series: This is one of those rare times where I don’t mind TVB slapping those “moral slogans” into a series. It really freaks people out and scares you into not making the wrong choices. (But of course, people don’t believe in such supernatural events so it would mean nothing anyway. Like I completely believe in it but still something worth note-worthy.)
  • What happened to Chan To in the end. I really like it that they didn’t make him die in the hands of the ghosts because that would probably be too cliche. He died because of karma. It really was a great kick in the end. He never saw it coming. He always thought it was Canti.

Complaints (yes, this is hard to avoid when one is watching a TVB series):

  • Medical knowledge/ anything involving hospital scenes: WAY TOO FAKE. Why? Come on now, anyone would know that you don’t perform certain procedures like that even if you’re not a doctor. When they were trying to revive Kenix’s character during the hospital scene, it was super painful to watch. Seriously, he’s a doctor, right? Why didn’t he know that you can’t just perform the procedure like that? She was under thick blankets not to mention layers of clothes. This was the director, scriptwriter, and producer’s fault though. They should know the flaws. There were many other errors as well. It was ridiculous to see those flaws considering it’s not hard to learn the basics of medical procedures just for the purpose of filming those scenes. (Luckily, recent series that involved medical scenes improved.)
  • Kenix’s character: Her original character of course. I’m glad that she was in this series but her character sort of didn’t contribute anything to the story although it was leverage for Ada’s character at one point to experience and live once again. The scenes with her in it and some parts in the middle of the series was kind of draggy and repetitive. Luckily it wasn’t super annoying though.

So what was the ultimate moral of this series? If you win the lottery, DON’T ever tell anyone. Not even your own family, considering this scary world we live in today.

Posted (on Xanga): February 17, 2009

Re-posted: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010