In Time for the Lunar New Year: QiaoRu Got Married!

(image credit: Joanne Tseng’s Facebook page)

Oh, happy day! No jokes! This is not a drill! QiaoRu got married! This came out as a surprise for me too since I was just scrolling down my Facebook page out of boredom. Then I saw Qiao Qiao’s post.

Translation:

We got married! ❤️

We’ve known each other for so long. Mr. Chen has witnessed me from a little girl turning into a woman, and continues to accompany me with much tolerance.

From this day on, I am Ms. Tseng and also Mrs. Chen. 🙂

People who love us are numerous, thank you for everyone’s caring and blessing. We will work together in the upcoming days, and will help each other to continue to grow.

A new page has opened up in our lives, please give us lots of advice. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

I thought she was putting us on. Seriously, even after I read the message. I just thought they finally worked on a drama together. Yet a quick stalking of Weibo confirmed the news and also because Aaron posted his congratulations to both parties.

Translation:

Yu Tang, congrats!

Wishing you a lifetime full of happiness.

Chen Yi Ru, congrats!

Wishing you a lifetime of success.

We’ve been together in each other’s lives and grew up together. Having encountered such fate isn’t easy. Thank you both.

I ended up checking Calvin’s page also and indeed, he had posted up a message of his own as well–with the same picture shared.

Translation:

Life has entered a new phase. Unplanned, but every one of us has our own pace, right? We’re married! In the new year of 2020, our responsibilities will be heavier. Thank you to our families and friends who have accompanied us. This road has been full of laughter and tears. Thank you for everyone’s concerns. Thank you for everyone’s blessings. For the new year, wishing everyone a progressive growth of goodness. Happy New Year! Most importantly, a year full of health!

Different articles could be found on the UDN site. (Go here for more.) One of the articles mentioned that Jiro had also sent his blessings for Calvin and Qiao Qiao. Esther from Qiao Qiao’s band Sweety had also congratulated her. Other friends and those within the industry had also sent their good blessings as well.

Anyway, how do I feel? So excited! I couldn’t be happier! Life has been tough lately SO this is one of the sunshine moments that I could use. Having followed them since their failed collaboration and then finally a successful collaboration, I’m beyond happy to learn of the news. Congrats to them and wish them all the happiness in the world!

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Meng Fei Comes Across


I haven’t watched a drama of Jiro’s in years–although I do stalk him on Facebook. One of the reasons is because I still have a lot on my to-watch list. But this one got me hooked from the start and a rare palace drama that I actually enjoyed. I think it was because it was a comedy and that they mocked the other palace dramas so I got a kick out of that. I felt all the cast did very well and the comedy wasn’t too over. Sure, they were over-dramatic at times but like I said, it was mocking palace dramas so it fitted. I loved that they did one episode per random story. At times, it extended but wasn’t dragging. There were also major story arches like they were trying to find the lead and/or masterminds behind the assassins at various times. But they added enough intrigue to the cases.

Jiro and Gina were so cute together as the king and Consort Meng (萌妃). Consort Meng’s good sisters at the palace were equally likable in their own way. I liked Consort Yan (言妃) for her innovative side and her sharp mind. Yes, she was sure gossipy,  but that had its advantages since it drawn out a certain suspicious character at one point. Not to mention, it wasn’t like she gossiped about important matters regarding them. What irked me about Consort Yan was the story where she was tricked by that one girl into investing in chicken and all. It was so out of character for her. Yes, I got it that the other girl was cunning and manipulative, but I swear Consort Yan was one of the reasonable ones, regardless of how she wouldn’t pass up a chance to make money. She also witnessed how the other girl tricked Qu Wan Wan (曲碗碗) that one time also. How could she fall for it? Yet it didn’t last too long so I just let it go eventually and call it plot hole. Anyway, Consort Xiao (骁贵人) was quite cool. She used to be a general and later entered the palace because her father’s passing and the king wanted to look after her, but they weren’t romantically involved. They were actually childhood friends so he felt the need to look after her. In fact, it was mentioned that the king was fine in letting her go if her beloved returned yet it turned out quite tragic with her story. I thought it was like how Consort Meng’s brother’s story was–like eventually it would be a happy ending. The story with Bu Yue (步约) and Chen Yuan Xi (陈鸢喜) was quite nerve-racking since I thought she died for real. Yet that was a misunderstanding and they eventually got married after some more obstacles. I thought it would be the same for Consort Xiao since it seemed hectic and all, but I thought it would be another misunderstanding. Luckily, Consort Xiao had the other three to accompany her and help her get through it. Lastly, Wan Wan was actually quite cute and innocent. And I swear she wasn’t fat. It was just that the others were so skinny so she looked fat comparing to them. I also thought she would end up with the royal cook’s son. I suspected it would happen when she went outside of the palace to help look for him yet returned with many delicacies for herself instead of bringing him back. I thought they were cute when they fight. Because this wasn’t a traditional palace drama so I thought it would have been fun to watch it turning out that way, considering how the king didn’t like her in that way so he could let her go. When I looked up more information for the drama, I realized the person whom portrayed Wan Wan sang the main theme. Han Jiu Nuo sure have a sweet voice so it made the song really lively and suitable for the song. The ending theme was also quite cute and worked for the drama.

There were many hilarious scenes also. What got me going for a while was how they introduced the four little dragons of the palace, because the royal cook said that he was Wu Qi Long (吳奇隆), lol. Oh yeah, they also used English at various times and even incorporate some of the modern trends into different scenes. Like how they were using microphone, which was actually created by sticking a cucumber through an orange.

What else? The story with the king’s sister and the royal medic was also totally random but cute in its own way. The series actually wrapped up with their story and then added in a very cute and romantic scene with the king and Consort Meng. It was somewhat hilarious though, considering how the eunuchs arranged so that the flowers were falling down on them so nicely. It was hilarious yet was suitable to wrap up the drama. What tugged at my heart was how I seem to want even more episodes. There were ups and downs at times and there were some stories I didn’t care for, but overall, I loved it. It was refreshing in a way because it seemed to be a parody to all of those palace dramas they did year after year after year. So I would recommend it for comedy fans. I would definitely recommend it for Jiro and Gina fans. They were hilarious and I haven’t watched Jiro in a comedy for a while now so I felt it was a good fit.

*All images were captured by DTLCT.

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?

Qiaoru: Meeting the Parents – Real Life Version

You know 2017 is going to be a good year when you wake up and read about Qiaoru’s latest development. Kidding aside, it’s true though that the media is circling back to Qiaoru again. I can’t believe it has been 8 years since Love Buffet situation. But yes, it has been that long. Good memories to look back on actually, even though some are bittersweet.

Anyway, there are two articles that sorta went into details so I decided to read it thoroughly, dissecting it to bits–just to be sure I didn’t miss anything. Or more like misunderstand anything. (Go here and here for articles.) Anyway, both articles mentioned about Calvin’s latest reveal that could possibly clear all rumors (or not). He said that he hoped to have kids before he hit the big 40 (the CTS article actually said 38 but it wasn’t too far off), because he claimed he didn’t want to be too old to spend time with his kids. Totally a good cue for a set of questions to unleash. (Hey, he jumped right into that one, didn’t he?) Calvin actually admitted that he had taken Qiao Qiao to see his parents already (for a meal). His parents complimented her simplicity and pure personalities. Did that mean she was good as in the door already? Nope, at this state, Calvin and Qiao Qiao are considered “meal friends”, lol. As a recap, Calvin said that they both lived in the Tianmu area so they often hang out and go for meals. Calvin even complimented her on being down-to-earth and going out for meals with her was easy since she wasn’t a picky eater. They could browse around the street stalls, not having to go to fancy restaurants. When pressed for an answer regarding if he has plans to get married with Qiao Qiao within the next two years, he answered that if it was matters of marriage, they would announce–yet if it was just a relationship not leading to marriage, he wouldn’t publicize it. The media went bonkers by then, stating that it was an indirect admittance to him loving Qiao Qiao. Sounds good to me! LOL!

Seriously though, Calvin had taken a few of his female friends he felt was a good match to see his parents in the past (aside from Qiao Qiao). Yet his parents–contrary to typical parents who wants grand-kids or whatnot–told him not to rush things. They advised him to pick carefully before getting into marriage. Aside from those important details (lol), there was some tidbits about him hanging around the gym with Jiro and Dylan at times to work out. (If you stalk all three of them, you could see pictures of them at the gym. They’re seriously obsessed, lol.)

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

Year 2016 in Recap

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Year 3 in doing this. I really want to keep doing this, but I felt that 2016 had been a complete letdown on my part. Granted, it was a terrible year on many levels. It had affected me so much, draining me emotionally that I didn’t feel like keeping some kind of streak anymore. I only did some posts when I felt like it. Then I also tried to pick myself up by the end of the year by trying to release songs translations back-to-back at times, not even saving them for later so cushion posts could do the honor. I just didn’t feel like updating a lot of things. At first, I had prepared a post about a particular pairing, but I felt like I’m better than that. Not to mention how I wouldn’t want to cause even more misunderstandings between fans. At times, it’s very hard to restrain. But in the end, real life got in the way. I took the actions that wonderful couple took, instead of arguing with senseless people who are full of evil thoughts for them. Yet I will say that can’t be epic like them so maybe one day I will break out of my silence to go at it in one post to unleash all the bottled up frustrations. Because I know one of those days I will just blow up.

Total Posts in 2016: 77 (6.5% of all time).
January: 18 (23% of the year)
February: 3 (4%)
March: 1 (1%)
April: 3 (4%)
May: 9 (12%)
June: 7 (9%)
July: 14 (18%)
August: 3 (4%)
September: 3 (4%)
October: 6 (8%)
November: 2 (3%)
December: 8 (10%)

Notice that I took the poll out for the stars. Partially, it was due to what happened earlier this year. The other part was because I felt kind of wrong with teasing readers about possible updates if they voted more or whatever. I’m grateful to those who participated and continue to follow my blog–even in silence. I appreciate the constant likes and all as well. I really do. It’s just that I don’t want to be leaving you hanging on that. Sure, I will continue to update for my favorites from time to time, but that will depend on how long before I take care of some real life matters.

Books Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

Fan Fiction: I think the year reached a new low for fan fiction updates because of my distractions of other stuffs. I can’t promise it’ll get any better this coming year. I’m sorry that I made those of you who are reading those story wait for too long. But I can promise you that I will finish regardless of obstacles since I don’t usually scrap stories away when it’s well on its way. I’ll try to do a separate fan fiction update later this year to clarify some matters.

  • Payback – Chapters 4-5

Songs Translations: Using Rebirth to start the year didn’t help at all. Despite the fact that I was having high hopes at that time. The year continued to dive with a lot of forced positiveness. But what else could I do, right? Hopefully the coming year will be better.

So, what now? I don’t think there is any other choice except to move forward. I want to keep being positive, ignoring trolls in general and just focus on my own matters. I want to get back on writing posts about Jun Ya and Xiao Xiao Yu. I have been active on Xiao Xiao Yu for the first part of the year and then somehow faded. But I did update more on Qiao Qiao in the later parts of the year. I just have to continue on that track. Not to mention getting back into fan fics, because I seriously miss them. Focusing on just real life stuffs really suck all the energy right out of me. I’ll try to work on a balance. Somehow. Because I seriously miss this blog. What I did do though was letting this blog becoming somewhat official with its own domain. Yes, that was a mini-Christmas present for myself since I managed to find a deal. Oh yeah, how could I forget Janine? Although I did update on her this year but I was somewhat neglecting her and only updating randomly. I also want to get back to Penny. More importantly, I want to actually watch and finish reviewing some dramas I’ve been holding back on.

This might possibly be the last year I do this type of update since I don’t find the fun in it anymore. Maybe resorting back to the typical data from WordPress next year. Not sure. But we’ll see.