Aaron Kwok, Andy Lau, Ben Wong, Charmaine Sheh, Gallen Lo, Hong Kong Entertainment, Jacky Cheung

Miss Hong Kong 1998

The hosts for this year were Eric Tsang, Lawrence Cheng, and Bobby Au Yeung. The year that it started to deteriorate. Trust me, the hairstyles the contestants were wearing at the beginning were enough to turn everyone off. The stylists should be fired. Even if the contestants weren’t that pretty, the make-up artists and the stylists made it even worse. It was hard to swallow and took a lot of energy to continue watching. Jacky was one of the judges so it was something to look forward to. NOT to mention we would get to see him perform later. (Gallen Lo was also among the judges.) Must agree with the result that #6 was the best among the first group since her answer was the strongest. I swear I don’t know what half of them were saying. Worth millions of yawns. I was waiting for the questioning parts to be over so I could listen to some of the songs, lol. Eric was the hardest, Lawrence was minimal, and Bobby was the easiest. The short version? If one couldn’t pass Bobby, one don’t deserve to be there. Eric’s comment regarding the quality of beauty that year! LOL! I must agree though. #13 – don’t like her but must admit she was the smoothest among all the second group who answered. #14 was WAY off topic. She was so stuck up that I didn’t pity her at all when Lawrence was picking on her. #17 was standing at the wrong place! LOL! #20 got killed by Lawrence! My gosh! Eric was so funny! He said if he was #20, he wouldn’ve slapped Lawrence already! LOL! #19 won for that group with the best answer. Agreed since Anne got creamed major time!
They moved on, but Eric and Lawrence were trapping Bobby with questions! LOL! Okay, entertainment part. Sort of since this year, they had to use some of their artists. The girls were divided into four groups. Michael Tse performed with the first group and then the contestants had to talk about different strengths of Hong Kong. The first group talked about the economy of Hong Kong and their experiences. The second group performed with Halina Tam. (I don’t recognize her. Strange…) The second group of contestants talked about toys and their personal experiences. Eason Chan was leading the 3rd group. This group talked about electronics. Hawick Lau wrapped up the performances with the 4th group. The last group talked about jewelry. This was definitely a sign of TVB using artists internally and not being able to invite outside guests as much anymore. (OR at least they were trying to cut back on inviting mega-stars, LOL.)
Anne Heung won over the contestants with the last performance. Not a surprise since she seemed to shine out the most among all the contestants–regardless of the horrendous make-up and styling. Anyway, it was funny that Lawrence said Jacky was the best ’cause he didn’t wait for Lawrence to open the envelope. (LOL!) Jacky was the most courteous all right.
The contestants were then changed into different outfits designed by four famous designers and was led by four different gentlemen. Ben Wong led the first group! (I almost forgot that one!) Marco Ngai led the 3rd group. Anne won again for this round.
Okay, live performances aka pre-recorded stuffs that they traveled to different places. Who performed during these scenes? Edmond Leung, Mariam Yeung, and Nicholas Tse. The girls looked better in these scenes. Probably because the horrendous hairstyle was gone already. And the performers were brought on stage.
Eric was trying to sneak into the judges’ panel and pry the answers out of their mouths! LOL! Nancy Sit was telling Jacky to keep quiet! Hilarious! At least there was something to look forward to.
By this time, I’m not surprised that Anne keeps winning. New method to know who got in. I guess they needed something to create some hype for the show. Each of the hosts led a contestant one at a time and had them placed their ticket into the machine. They either got a ‘Welcome’ or a ‘Sorry’. Eric = sure win, Lawrence = NO WAY, Bobby = mixed. (Well, only 1 slipped with Eric’s guidance, LOL. Good enough! Lawrence got one in, lol. Poor Lawrence. YET #14 got in. Darn! Why didn’t Lawrence jinx her too? She was seriously stuck up!) Eric was so smart, he led Anne since she had been winning so it was easy to say, “If you lose, I won’t host the pageant anymore.”
The second part’s theme was International. The best part was having Jacky opened the performance. What could go wrong, right? Something else that was encouraging–they got rid of that weird hairstyle at the beginning. That was horrendous all right. After the contestants told us about their supposedly ‘goal/wish’, Jacky came out to wrap up the performance once again.
Natalis Chan replaced Bobby Au Yeung and Philip replaced Lawrence in this part. Great to have Philip back! (Eric even welcomed Philip back personally.) After the brief talk, Jacky was back with his hit song “頭髮亂了”.
They ended up doing the theme with different continents. And Africa was first. Ekin Cheng performed first. The contestants looked slightly better in these types of customes but still…some couldn’t even change my opinion regardless. Like the next part more. Eric was trying to talk and then he spotted Natalis and Philip filling out the forms, saying stuffs about him, LOL. They said it was only a sample! (LOL!)
Asia was the next stop after the random talk. Pretty cool since the contestants were in various oriental outfits. Definitely TVB’s attempt to recruit new artists since they were tested with the voice among other things. Andy Hui was the main singer for this one. He had to change into several outfits, considering it was relevant for different regions of Asia.
They moved onto the swimsuit part and like usual, they would squeeze in the questioning part. #1 seriously got straight to the point. She was definitely jealous of Anne, wanting Anne to disappear. Eric got her big time all right, exposing her intention and all. #6 got guts. Man, I can’t believe she would resort to those methods. Okay, it was getting worse and worse. One of the contestants didn’t even get what Eric was saying. They need to filter out these people. Not understanding the language fully and participating? Seriously? (I know I can’t have a say but probably any country would want someone who is fluent in their language.) Man, I love Eric’s mocking and Philip’s constant stabs. Philip hasn’t lost it at all. In fact, he was entertaining the audience more than the contestant could ever impress with the answers. By the time it got to #17, though her answer should be consider minimal, but I thought she was the best thus far, not stepping past the lines. Yay! Agree that #17 should get the prize since she has the best answer. Anne was all right but #17 had to think more to word it correctly and/or appropriately.
Of course it wouldn’t be the same without a skit from Eric and Natalis. Almost forgot that Jordan Chan was also in this one. Cool! Once again, the  girls look better during the shoot for the scenes outside. Not sure what happened. (Some of them still look so-so but most of them somehow look less unattractive.) Funny that he was dreaming! LOL!
Another highlight of the show (though most of the performances from the guests were great) was the part where Andy was portraying the prince who was in love with his servant. (The servant was of course portrayed by the previous Miss Hong Kong since it was like tradition to have the previous Miss Hong Kong participate in some scene and/or story.) A nice and cute story. (It would’ve been perfect if #14 wasn’t hugging the camera so much! Gosh, get a grip girl!)
Eric, Philip, and Natalis were back at backstabbing each other. They’re a riot. Moving on (again…), the contestants got to show their talents in different sports. (Sort of like Olympics theme.)
Seriously? #14 is Miss Goodwill? Honestly? Seriously? She looked like she wanted to challenge half of the world. But I guess it passed already and nothing happened so never mind. Doesn’t matter anymore. At least she wasn’t in top 5.
I so forget that Aaron and Sammi were also in here! Seriously? How could I forget? But I guess it was kind of long… Another cool performance.
Umm…before they announced the top #5, Anne managed to snatch another award! AND of course #1 must be even more jealous and feeling beyond threatened by now.
Top 5 (as announced): #9, #20, #19, #6, #17
The funniest part and probably tough–since they had to answer to the criticisms written on the forms.
#6 – Darn…she dived right out of that one…
#9 – She managed fine BUT I must agree regarding how it was a pageant after all.
#17 – Cute! LOL!
#19 – She managed all right. So funny! Eric’s so funny. At least she didn’t insult anyone.
#20 – Smart!
Yay! It wouldn’t be the same without Jacky closing the show up.
The results were too obvious. Though I prefer #17 to have one of the spots BUT I guess it wasn’t too bad.

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Hong Kong Entertainment, Jacky Cheung

Miss Hong Kong 1994

I only managed to catch the top 12 this year. The top 12 consisted of:
#1. Halina Tam Siu Wan (譚小環)
#2. Theresa Lee Yi Hung (李綺紅)
#3. Astrid Chan Chi Ching (陳芷菁)
#5. Kitty Chung Kit Yee ()
#6. Annamarie Wood Lai Ming (活麗明)
#9. Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (張可頤)
#10. Bui Hon Mei ()
#11. Chiu Mei Yu ()
#13. Akina Hong Wah (康華)
#14. Natalie Wong (黃紀瑩)
#17. Kwong Ching Che ()
#18. Dorothy Ng So Shan (吳素珊)
The hosts for this part of the show were: Eric Tsang, Natalis Chan, and Lawrence Cheng. The theme this year for the top 12 was pirates. The guests were Jacky Cheung (of course), Leon Lai, Faye Wong, and Kenny Ho. Alan Tam was one of the judges.The opening of this part was quite lively and the humor wasn’t over. Eric made a good team with Lawrence and Natalis. The twelve contestants were princesses like last year but this time they were princesses under a pirate captain. The first part was seeing who wanted to be the next captain but the princesses wanted to vote for one another, lol. Most of the girls voted for #3, Astrid Chan. (I know I’m slow but I just realized it was Astrid! I meant I didn’t realize it was her until I re-watch it this time.) Then the others voted for #1, which was Halina Tam. There were of course others too, but Halina and Astrid were the most popular among the girls. While they were deciding which one to make as captain, the island was invaded and was threatened. So Eric and the others were thinking of ways to defend the island. Lawrence jumped in finally and told the others that he found a famous swordsman to come and train the princesses for the upcoming battle. This was the part where Kenny Ho came in. He got to show off his swords moves as well as his singing skills. Refreshing indeed since there was a mix of singers.
Shirley Kwan came into the scene shortly after as Medusa. Well, I like to give her that name since she has snakes on her head and all. She was just one of those sent to sabotage the island and paved way for her people’s take over. It was funny that Eric won with his mirror! That was funny!
Now they finally found an excuse for the questioning part, lol. There was definite disparity with their answers. Leon came on after that round of questions as the son of the God of the Sun. Man, he was so lucky, getting all those kisses from the girls. (YES, I’m probably the rare few who thinks so since come on now!) Leon was singing of the rare few songs that I like of his. The princesses were supposed to convince Leon and borrow his sword. This was also the part where they get to show off their evening gowns.
So after they convinced Leon with the kisses, Leon agreed (of course) to let them have the sword. Then they have to give the sword to Jacky so he could fight with Faye Wong (who was the real leader pulling all the strings in trying to take over the island). Awesome performance! How could I complain right? It’s Jacky and Faye! Jacky was singing one my favorite songs when he appeared aka 餓狼傳說. (I rewind it around 2 times before letting the program continue! LOL!) I don’t know. For some reason, I enjoy the performances more than the contestants’ answers, except for some. AND Jacky did not need the Leon sword to defeat Faye! (He’s awesome by himself!)
After that performance, they of course reverted to the modern time again to continue the last part of the program. The usual announcing the Miss Friendship first before announcing the top 5. Dorothy Ng got the title, which made sense since she seemed friendly enough. Top #5 as announced: #6, #9, #14, #1, #2.
The last part of this year was more enjoyable (to me) since they have a variety of challenges for the top 5. First part was the persuasion thing. Theresa was hilarious in her responses. Maggie couldn’t convince Theresa to cry but it was still cute seeing Maggie tried to convince while Theresa was staying firm with her belief, lol. Annamarie couldn’t convince so she gave in! LOL! Honestly…
The next part the contestants have to change into sportswear to answer questions. Halina and Maggie dominated the scene. Annamarie had a disadvantage ’cause they were too fast. Maggie got the highest score for that round with 160. The second part was they had to run to get the questions. Speed and intelligence were required. Halina and Maggie dominated again but this time Halina was leading. Understandable. Halina was honestly smart. And Maggie was sort of nervous so she reacted a tad slower during the second part.
While waiting for the result, the hosts made the contestants write down the possible winner. The difference from last year was they have to write who was going to be #1 and then who will lose out. Halina wrote #2 for win and #9 and #14 lose. WOW. That was strange but she was right regarding the other two. Theresa wrote down #1 as the winner (which she was smack on) and #9 and #2 would lose. Theresa’s asnwer, lol! And it was kind of predictable that Maggie wouldn’t win. (TVB had to haul her regarding her potential actress prize.) Theresa got her wish! She didn’t win the crown, lol. At least Halina won and not #14. I’m sorry, but #14 didn’t impress me at all.

Derek Kwok, Hong Kong Entertainment, Raymond Cho, Sonija Kwok, Yoyo Mung

ICAC 2009: Episode 2

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.


Ah Chuen (Sonija Kwok), Zoe (Yoyo Mung), and Rainy (Halina Tam) were three best friends since high school–who were also known to be sworn sisters. Their lives had taken on different paths as in career and leisure but they still remained close after all these years.

Ah Chuen was happily married to a Taxi driver,  Zeng Wing Hong (Derek Kwok), and was pregnant with their first child. They had quite a few good news having worked so hard all these years for it. They had nothing more to ask since they were satisfied with their current status. Bad luck struck when Wing Hong was involved in an accident and being the party at fault for not reacting fast enough thus causing the consequences. In compensation, they had to pay one million for the damage.

Zoe, on the other hand, was still dating her boyfriend of seven years, Lee Chi Lun (Raymond Cho), who was a hard working man. Although Zoe was proud of Lun and was supportive of his efforts, her family thought otherwise. Zoe silently wished to get married too but did not dare to open her mouth, fearing that Lun would misunderstand it for persistence. Facing the pressures from both Zoe’s family and his boss, Lun wanted to prove to them both that he could succeed.

Rainy chose a different path from her friends, wishing to become a successful businesswoman. Though single, she was proud of her work and hoped that her efforts will pay off one day. Perhaps, her urge to bring in several more major customers and/or projects was her downfall because it led to her succumbing to other alternatives of seeking financial benefits.

A possible solution presented itself to solve everyone’s problems when Lun’s boss presented a new land redevelopment project involving several areas, including a rundown apartment building. Lun, who was lured in by Rainy several times of a possible collaboration, finally consulted with Rainy of the new project thus leaking out the secret. It was supposed to be a way out for them all, especially Ah Chuen and Wing Hong’s urgent financial needs. Not to mention Lun finally having a large sum of money to impress Zoe’s family and in getting married.

The gig was actually to move into the apartment building and wait for the compensation fees to arrive thus reaping in at the end. Ah Chuen and Wing Hong would pose as two strangers moving into two of the apartments in that particular building. They would pretend not to know each other so that they would be compensated twice the amount. Rainy would arrange all the details since she was a realtor agent. With Lun’s information, all plans should work out in the end. All they had to do was be patient and wait for the result.

When Zoe learned of their conspiracy, she protested and objected against the whole matter, knowing that it was illegal since they had traded inside information and used it for their own benefit. However, Lun convinced her of the possibility of saving Ah Chuen and Wing Hong’s financial crisis and at the same time help them earn enough for an elegant wedding.

Ah Chuen and Wing Hong were more than grateful with their friends offering a solution to help them ease off the financial pressure. However, they did not know the consequences of it nor the actual laws covering that section. Ah Chuen even asked Rainy about the matter at first and Rainy covered it up by convincing Ah Chuen that they were just helping themselves and weren’t harming anyone.

Zoe watched silently as all plans proceeded. It was just one more month before they could collect their money and start anew. They had no idea that the ICAC was investigating the matter in the background, following their every move.

Lun and Zoe finally moved forward with preparing for their wedding. Ah Chuen, Zoe, and Rainy also returned to their high school to help in the yearly event, practicing their hit song “Yesterday Once More” with Ah Chuen holding onto the microphone and performing while Zoe and Rainy accompanied her by playing the music on their guitars.

Coincidentally, one of the ICAC investigators, Sam Sam (Fiona Sit), was actually the junior of the three women. It was a bit ironic to see Sam Sam having to arrest her seniors if they could find evidence that proved the three to be guilty. While she was being torn between admitting the cold facts in regard to what her seniors had done, she also had to reconsider what she had been trained to do all along–with the guidance by Henry (Raymond Wong).

As they were leaving the wedding parlor one time, Zoe spotted Rainy taking money from someone–possibly after having sold her new learned information to that person. Zoe was once again thrown into the obstacle of knowing and not telling. Perhaps it was a relief for everything to finally end as the ICAC team finally pushed forth to arrest Lun and Rainy because they had more than enough evidence.

Thoughts? It was actually a very touching story and the most in consideration for a lot of matters. It was good to put in how Sam Sam was torn in between her job and her seniors. The group of five were not bad in actuality but it was the circumstances they were facing that they chose to seek another alternative. Ah Chuen and Wing Hong did not know the consequences of it but Zoe knew yet she did not tell. Perhaps it might have been better to stomp on the urge to move forth with such a plan but it was not easy since the obstacle they were all in. When pressured, people choose other alternatives and possibly any to just find a way out. I think the one most guilty had to be Rainy since she had always wanted personal gain whether it was from Lun or someone totally different. She said that they were just helping themselves yet she ended up selling the information to others as well, bringing in even more money for herself. I could understand that Lun would go crazy with so much pressure and the need to prove himself. But he was not any better that he pressured Zoe into it with the whole “we’re just trying to help Ah Chuen and Hong” thing.

Cast? Was surprised that they put Sonija, Yoyo, Halina, Derek, and Raymond Cho into one but it was really cool to see their collaboration. I especially loved both pairings of Derek/Sonija and Raymond/Yoyo–once again. It was nice to see their pairing though it did seem repetitive yet just for a short span of about 40 minutes.

It was interesting to see Raymond Wong getting to supervise over someone this time around and guide her through the process. However, I rather have Jessica for this one as well and how she would continue to work with Raymond as a team. It would be interesting to know just a bit more about her character.

With all that said though, this was actually my favorite story since the friendship between Ah Chuen, Zoe, and Rainy was admirable though Rainy was more for her self-gained than the other two. The song “Yesterday Once More” was a nice companion to their friendship and past.

*Special thanks to *.marshmalloww for helping with some of the character names above.

Derek Kwok, Ellesmere Choi, Evergreen Mak, Hong Kong Entertainment, Jessica Hsuan, Raymond Cho, Sonija Kwok, Vivien Yeo, Yoyo Mung

ICAC 2009

I especially like this approach to investigation dramas more than the dragging storyline of the same characters over and over. It could be nice to watch when the storyline is good with a mix of crimes and personal life, but in these cases, it’s better not to have too much randomness. This was 5 episodes long so 1 episode per case.

Anyway, the ICAC Investigators included:
Jessica Hsuan as Annie (Episode 1)
Raymond Wong as Henry (Episodes 1-4)
Pakho Chau as Kenny (Episodes 1-4)
Gregory Lee (Episodes 1-2, 4)
Fiona Sit as Sam Sam (Episodes 2-3)
Maggie Siu as Carrie (Episodes 3-4)
Mariam Yeung as Matilda Yeung (Episode 4)
Andy Hui (Episode 5)
Sammul Chan as Ka Ming (Episode 5)

Cases:

Episode 1 was about the crafty handling of money between a couple and one of the assistants at the husband’s company. There were also others involved in the acts (including Ellesmere Choi). Bowie Lam and Krystal Tin portrayed the husband and wife while Vivien Yeo was the assistant. Jessica was leading the case while Raymond Wong, Pakho Chau, Gregory Lee, and various other ICAC investigators were following the suspects. Lau Kong made an appearance as Krystal’s father.

Episode 2 involved a conspiracy between a group of friends who had inside information regarding a building project in an attempt to benefit from the compensation fees. Sonjia Kwok, Yoyo Mung, and Halina Tam were best friends while Derek Kwok portrayed Sonija’s husband and Raymond Cho was Yoyo’s boyfriend. The ICAC investigators involved in this case were Raymond Wong, Pakho Chau, Fiona Sit, and Gregory Lee.

Episode 3 was about three guys trying to con the insurance company by faking a death with all the legit information throughout the whole process of buying the insurance policy to the death scenes. Johnny Ngan was the guy who posed as the deceased’s brother. Maggie Siu was leading the team this time around with Raymond Wong, Fiona Sit, Pakho Chau, and the others involving in the case. Jason Chan also made an appearance as Fiona’s boyfriend.

Episode 4 was dealing with some clever tricks between the construction workers, the agents (which could be called middlemen), and the actual company that needed people to work on their projects. Kenny Wong portrayed the middleman. Maggie Siu was leading the team again with Raymond Wong, Pakho Chau, and some others as the investigators. Mariam Yeung also made a special appearance as one of the madams of ICAC.

Episode 5 was trying to shoot two birds with one stone since it involved two cases–one major and one side one though it intersected with each other, affecting one’s progress and both had to do with cars. Evergreen Mak and Louis Yuen were the bad guys this time around while Stephen made an appearance for the other case. Andy Hui was the person in charge while Sammul Chan and others were investigators.

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