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: A Long Journey

(image credit: Shine)

I just found this clip that someone put together in regard to Joanne’s journey up until now. Well, for the most part. But it really brought back lots of memories. She had gone a long way, worked really hard, and now becoming an established artist. I’m so proud of her.

Xiao Qiao’s Wedding

Last weekend was actually Xiao Qiao’s wedding. I previously saw pictures but was confused since aside from her pictures, others didn’t post anything. I thought I misunderstood or it was for a show. But then last weekend’s updates clarified everything and it was very exciting.

The majority of the J-Star family came to support and celebrate with her. In fact, the other members of the 7 Flowers were her bridesmaids. The best men were Johnny Yan and Sam Wang from 183 Club and GINO from K-One. From other pictures, there were other pairings as well.

Of course, there were also other non-J-Star members who came.

Liang Zhe was seen next to Ehlo at the reception.

Jun Ya, Derek Chen, and Ada Pan posed together at one point.

My favorite one must be of Doris and Sam, lol. Because she said the “before picture” was closer to their real life selves. She paired with Sam so Johnny and Jade were paired together (just like some past events).

Anyway, it was a huge event yet was also heartwarming in many ways and brought back memories for those previously following J-Star events. And I only posted up some pictures from the people I do follow so I don’t know the rest of the details. Also, some people I follow didn’t post up pictures so I wasn’t sure if they were there or not.

*Images credit: Joyce Zhao, Doris Lai, Sam Wang, Ehlo Huang, GINO Tsai, Tony Sun, Derek Chen, and Zhao Jun Ya

My Teacher Is Xiao He: Ending Its Run

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The drama that has aired for the past year or so is finally coming to an end. Well, at least it’s nearing the end. Chloe posted on her Facebook page that she will miss everyone so much, considering how much time she spent with the cast in here versus other TV dramas. In this article, GINO said that he had hoped for it to pass the 600 mark. Whether he’s joking or not, it doesn’t seem to be happening since they already wrapped. GINO had jokingly posted several months back that he wish to portray a principal the next time he participates in a student drama since he portrayed a student in Smile Pasta and now a teacher in this drama. Anyway, the drama just aired its 321st episode so it should end in the next several weeks, depending how they want to wrap this up.

Cyndi Wants Concert

I actually didn’t want to focus on this but when I saw someone posted some pictures on one of Calvin’s fan pages, I couldn’t help it. Miss Wang just held a concert and it was a success. There were many people coming to support her–both onstage and offstage. (Go here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for articles.)

The picture above was the one that captured my attention hence updating. But aside from the above whom went onstage at different points as guest performers, there were other guests and friends whom came to support and/or sent flowers to wish her success for the event. Others whom sent flowers were: JJ Lin, Mike He, Rainie Yang, Kenji Wu, Wilber Pan, and Alien Huang. (I’m sure there were lots of others but I didn’t want to go on Weibo to stalk.)

Vic and his wife, Reen Yu, also came to support. (Yes, Vic recently got married with Reen in case anyone missed it.)

GINO was also there and had posted a message, his words consisted of their relation in Smile Pasta from ten years ago.

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

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