Year 2015 in Recap


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.

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%)

Books Reviews:

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!


The New World: Interviews

(Credit: 星地標 IDOL)

Found the clip with some of the main cast and they shared some of their filming experiences–whether fun, bitter, or meaningful that they could take away from it. And also their humorous side outside of the intense drama thus far. Also, they wished everyone a happy new year!

The songs in the background (if anyone’s interested) are: Genie Chuo’s Be Yourself, Freya Lim’s Farewell, and Nine Chen’s So Close Yet So Far.

Be Yourself by Genie Chuo

(Credit: 滾石唱片 ROCK RECORDS)

Song Title: Be Yourself

Music by: Chen Yi Fen (陳怡芬)

Lyrics by: Genie Chuo (卓文萱)

Bold = Chinese
Royal Blue = Pin Yin
Purple = English
Lavender = Vietnamese

kan zhe wo ni gan jue dao shen me
Seeing me, what are your feelings?
Nhìn thấy tôi, người cảm nhận được gì?
shi fou neng qing yi kan tou wo
Is it that easy to see through me?
Bộ dễ dàng nhìn thấu tôi vậy sao?

ru guo wo ye bu shi hen dong wo
If I’m also not able to understand myself
Nếu cả chính tôi cũng không hiểu rõ mình
na zui hou jie guo shi shen me
Then what would the final outcome be?
Vậy thì cuối cùng kết quả sẽ ra sao?

wo bu xiang tai huang zhang
I don’t want to be too flustered
Tôi không muốn quá bối rối
bu xiang bei cai ce bei fang da
Don’t want to be speculated or magnified
Không muốn bị suy đoán hoặc phóng đại
bu xiang zhuang mo zuo yang
Don’t want to be masqueraded
Không muốn bị ngụy trang

wo bu xiang tai jin zhang
I don’t want to be too tensed
Tôi không muốn quá khẩn trương
bu xiang bei chuai ce bei kun bang
Don’t want to be presumed or bound
Không muốn bị sự phỏng đoán hoặc ràng buộc
tui fan wu wei de jia xiang
I want to overthrow those meaningless semblance
Tôi muốn lật đổ những giả tượng vộ vị đó

shui neng zhen zheng de dong
Who could truly understand?
Ai có thể thật sự hiểu rõ được?
bu xu yao you tai duo li you
Don’t ask for too many reasons
Đừng đòi hỏi quá nhiều lý do
neng gan shou wo
To be able to feel me
Để cảm nhận được tôi
shui neng zhen zheng de dong
Who could truly understand?
Ai có thể thật sự hiểu rõ được?
xu qing jia yi pao qu nao hou
False affections should be pushed toward the back of your mind
Hư tình giả ý nên được loại ra phía sau tâm trí
huan ge sheng huo
Change your lifestyle
Hãy thay đổi cuộc sống của chính mình

ye xu hui hen nan dong
Perhaps it’s hard to understand
Có lẽ rất khó hiểu
ye xu hui xin tong
Perhaps it’s heartbreaking
Có lẽ rất đau lòng
ye xu hui fan cuo
Perhaps mistakes will be made
Có lẽ sẽ phạm sai
也許不受控 沒什麼
ye xu bu shou kong   mei shen me
Perhaps there will be no endurance of accusations
Có lẽ sẽ không cần chịu đựng sự du khống của ai

bu yao luo luo suo suo
Don’t be so chatty
Đừng quá nhiều lời
ni jiu shi ni wo jiu shi wo
You’re you and I’m me
Người là người, tôi là tôi
shui dou mei cuo
No one is wrong
Không có ai sai cả
Be Yourself
Cứ làm chính mình

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Voting: Most Influential Figure

Yes, voting time! I’m putting Janine’s photo up as inspiration! LOL! But there are other people on there, which I tagged some. Go here to vote. You can vote for 5 different people per day. There are about 19 days left so hurry! I voted for Janine (obviously), Alec, Ruby, Angela, and Calvin.

Dramas of Fall 2009

Since we’re entering autumn and there are quite a few dramas airing, what are you looking forward to? I think this is a really exciting season. At least for me, there are a lot of dramas that I find interesting and hopefully they won’t disappoint like in the past. Most of the dramas have been quite low profile so it might surprise us more than those that receive tons of promotions but failed in the end. So let’s hope the best for each.

Love Buffet – Fahrenheit and Sweety collaboration–sort of with some members involved. The funniest thing is most fans are supporting the QiaoLun pairing. Maybe it’s because they’re seen together more and how Calvin has to run back and forth between locations for this and Momo Love. This started out quite low profile but was later spotted and blogged by many fans. The production was very lively and even the manga creator was quite excited about it, even picking out Aaron for one of the main leads.

Momo Love – After the change of cast and a change of the script, the production team start anew with a new goal. Considering how Director Winnie works, this should be quite slow pace, however, it should be worth the wait. However, unlike the last production that someone decided to step in and butchered it, he had freedom this time to finish what he started. Not to mention, it isn’t airing yet so plenty of time. Major cast in this one as well, leaning more on the guy side since there seemed to be only about 2 girls in here aka the leads, not counting others. Fahrenheit and Cyndi have been in quite a few ADs together (although it might be due to some manipulations of graphics) but still a familiar feel to some fans so hopefully there will be plenty of support for this one. Words have it that Ken Zhu has a hand in directing this drama so let’s look forward to his creativity side.

Next Station, Happiness – After all the change of cast, it was finally decided as a Van Ness and Ady collaboration. To be honest, I was having doubts of seeing Ming Dao with either Yoo Hana or Ady An since it felt wrong. (However, I would still support it if it was that way since I am fans of the three anyway so would see what happens.) Van Ness and Ady look more compatible to me and after seeing the trailers, it seemed like it would be an interesting pairing. (Who knows? I might end up liking Van Ness with Ady after watching this.)

River Lovers – A Leon and Genie collaboration. A very refreshing pairing. Not to mention Remus Kam is in it as well. (Hopefully he gets a notable role since it looks like he has a major role at the press conference.) It is neither a SETTV or GTV drama and have been very low profile to the point of non-existence if it wasn’t for Leon, Genie, and some of the others from the production team updating us, we would not have much news. The press conference at the very beginning of the shoot was it. It has finally wrapped and it is just a matter of time before it airs.

Lucky Day – From my last post, it is very obvious that I’m waiting for this and it will be airing at the same time during the filming process. Hopefully, there won’t be some rush or other types of plot gap for this one as it happens with dramas that are airing while still in filming. A Wallace and Tammy collaboration. A technology slash sci-fi theme sounds promising all right. Let’s hope the plot delivers.

One word to sum up all these dramas–refreshing! Yes, full of new pairings so viewers might have a different feel instead of the same couple over and over. (But of course that would depend on taste as well.)

Those are on my list of must watch, which are on yours?