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 who went on stage at different points as guest performers, there were other guests and friends who came to support and/or sent flowers to wish her success for the event. Others who 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.

Love? Or Not?

YES, I caved in and bought it in the end. It was one of those ‘unsure’ albums for me but I thought what in the world so went ahead anyway.


So first things first, this one went back to the traditional packaging so I didn’t need to be a ninja, unlike the last time. (Read here to get what I mean.) I got the commemorate edition so it was red all over the place with the packaging and lyrics booklet. No special edition photos. But I guess it was all right. I knew what was coming so no need to gripe over that.

The theme seemed to be seduction or something. NOT sure, lol. It seemed that way with the pictures included. Or was it supposed to be red for love (obvious, I know) or heartache? So moving onto the songs before I rip it up completely.

1. Love? Or Not? 3D Intro ( 愛不愛 3D intro). It sounded like a cult with the repeated chant of “Cyndi”, at least it was to me.

2. Love? Or Not? (愛不愛). It was a flop for me to say the least. Typical song with the cliched love formulas. Yet it was taken on a more upbeat version this time around. Though it seemed catchy with its chorus, somehow it just didn’t appeal to me.

3. Become Strangers ( 變成陌生人). Perhaps this one will grow on me in the future because I actually liked the lyrics. Yet I couldn’t get into it. Or was it because of how it was sung? I felt like it was dragged out too much. And the background mix just didn’t seem special at all.

4. Your Previous Addiction (上了你的癮). Another song that seemed so dragged out. The mix wasn’t that special either. Again, with a different mix and arrangement, it might work.

5. It’s All Right To Forget Me 3D Intro (忘了我也不錯 3D intro). More cult activity going on. Around 24 seconds or so, it started playing the song’s tune, which was suitable for the supposed ‘intro’, I guess.

6. It’s All Right To Forget Me (忘了我也不錯). Just when I was hanging on a thread of wondering if it was just ‘me’ with being SUPER picky or if it was really the previous tracks being not that special, this track saved it all. That was so good. So sad yet not too pitiful either. It contained a great sense of longing for someone. The background music–though seemed soft like the previous two tracks, the arrangements just flowed along with the lyrics and how she sang it. Just hearing the first few tunes and I actually stopped what I was doing and had to see which track it was when I was listening for the first time around. Her emotions were more real in here for some reason. Though it seemed like she dragged her voice out at times too, I felt it wasn’t as ‘trying’, it fitted with the mood of the song. I ended up repeating it several more times before moving on during my supposedly ‘first’ listen. As I was writing this review and paid even more attention to the tracks to be a little more ‘fair’ (if possible) to the songs, I repeated this song twice before moving on.

7. Capricious Lover (任性情人). I clap the production team for making a successful upbeat song for the album since it did catch on. But on a personal level, I didn’t like it. It’s me actually with still in the morbid trance, that’s all.

8. Love’s Pattern (愛情句型). This song was actually quite good. But for some reason, I could imagine a guy sing it more. NOT in a ‘cutesy’ voice, lol. But it might make it even more bitter? Oh well, that’s just me being weird.

9.  Anonymous Consolation (匿名的安慰). I actually liked the background music composed by JJ Lin more than the lyrics. It just flowed nicely along but the words didn’t quite appeal to me. But it was indeed crafty so it might just be me after all.

10. Where Are You? (你在哪裡?) Cute song. Japanese song, supposedly from the credits. She penned the lyrics. We all know how I feel about cute songs of recent? YES, couldn’t get into it. Some fans might like it though. It’s not bad. Just that I got impatient with the whole repeating of the words at the beginning and somewhat throughout. It reminded me of the ‘ai’ trends in her previous album.

11. Perfect Match Intro (絕配 3D intro). It took 29 seconds to hear some popping sound. And the point of this one was?

12. Perfect Match (絕配). Upbeat song. Another Japanese one with the lyrics do-over. Just when I thought it was me, it wasn’t me. A certain set of words were repeating once again.

13. Immediate Departure (立刻出發). Okay, another save after the last few flops again. This doesn’t look too good. Tragic song yet not too over. It bordered on the ‘average’ actually, but after so many flops for this one (on my scale), this one was one of the better ones.

14. Immediate Set Off 3D Outro (立刻出發 3D outro). What? Another rip-off. Okay, listened to it again and there was the sound of a door closing around 6-7 seconds. It probably was signifying the ending of the album aka leaving hence closing the door. Duh, I know. But I felt it was sort of stating the obvious and an unnecessary one.

Okay, let’s tally up the points. 4 intro/outro related ones so that meant it wasn’t more songs, just another way to get us into thinking it was more. Only track #5 made sense to me, but near the end. As for the actual songs, 4 upbeat songs, and 6 sad/morbid songs. The typical 10 tracks so it wasn’t that much of a ripoff, lol. The intro/outro just became a little distraction, that was all. OMG! (I actually said the ‘omg’ part out loud.) My top songs only total to 2, which were 6 and 13. Tracks #3, 4, and 8 could be back-up for me, with #8 being the more favorable one. But honestly? I thought by the time I was done listening to them more seriously, I would end up liking more songs, but it only totaled to 2. YES, still couldn’t get over it.

Moving onto the MVs now.

1.  Become Strangers (變成陌生人) MV. I think the song flowed better with the setup of the MV. Yet I got the message with the storyline, didn’t feel the other parts were necessary.

2. Capricious Lover (任性情人) MV. Half seductive, half cute. Lively indeed. And catchy. Yet I still couldn’t get into it. But the MV was creative enough, I guess.

3. Love’s Pattern (愛情句型) MV. The scenery was compensation for me. It helped a lot. I liked how the ‘pattern’ was on the walls too, so cool.

4. It’s All Right To Forget Me (忘了我也不錯) MV. OMG, I was so happy to do a quick check when I was listening to find there was an MV made for this song. But how was the MV itself? I was so scared it would turn into a flop, at times with not being able to have the best of both worlds, if anyone gets it. Yet it wasn’t disappointing at all. I liked her yellow dress. I liked the shadowy, disappearance effects as well. Then there was the scenery. Just a tad of the view but still effective.

5. Anonymous Consolation (匿名的安慰) MV. All right. I didn’t like the song so I didn’t expect much of the MV so no disappointment really, lol.

6. Capricious Lover Dance Version (任性情人舞蹈版) MV. I was wondering what in the world was the other version if this one was the ‘dance’ version. Yet I realized the difference as soon as it played. It edited out all the other effects and just show raw dancing, sort of like teaching us how to dance along with the song.

As far as MVs go, I vote for #4 and #3–in that order. I don’t care for the other ones.

Conclusions? I now am officially convinced that I’m just plain picky. Because I felt the last one was just plain trying to get by. But this one? What was that? I don’t mind about the MVs as much since it’s about music, in this case, more than visual, the MVs are just included as part of a bonus. Yet I felt the music part disappointed more and more. It wasn’t like the songs weren’t nice, but the mixing just didn’t bring out its intended effects, except for several.

Final decision? Remember that one ‘new year resolution’ thing I posted around let’s say ‘new year’? Yeah. Miss Wang is in her second strike. Perhaps in the future, I would listen and wouldn’t purposely avoid her stuff, if the songs are in dramas or if she’s in a drama. But I wouldn’t be purposely going out to seek her stuff either. For starters, no more collecting.

And we all know I operate on my own wavelength so if anyone’s upset about me abandoning the ‘princess’, don’t waste your time. (I’m serious, your time is precious.)

*All images were scanned by DTLCT

Yuan Lai Wo Bu Shuai

I just thought I would watch a comedy (or it seemed so) to give myself a break from all the dramatic ones that I have been tuning into lately. It wasn’t a mistake at all though I have to say it got a bit annoying near the end. Though some of the comedic parts were still placed in to ease some of the tensions that were going on, trying to maintain the ‘comedy’ part of the drama. Because of the little side drama near the end, I have to take off some points and declare this show as not bad instead of great.

The cast/characters:

  • JJ Lin as Xiao Zhuang (小莊) aka Zhuang Jun Wei (莊俊維). The supposed handsome guy who found out he wasn’t really handsome as the story unfolded.
  • Nicky Lee as Jin Si Si (金斯斯). OMG, his role was so wacko and clueless at times that was so funny.
  • Michael Zhang as Ah Kang (阿康) aka Fang Wen Kang (方文康). I must say that Michael honestly has a knack for comedy. He’s one of those guys that could exaggerate without making it too lame.
  • Alice Ceng as Cindy Xu Xin Ting (徐心婷). I didn’t know what to say about her until later. I guess she was one of those others often like to form an opinion of but didn’t really know her, etc. It was sort of cliche that she liked her sister’s boyfriend. Yet I tried to get past that and focused on her own character more later.
  • Xiu Jie Kai as Duan Zhao Wei (段兆偉). If only he appeared even more in the later parts. But that would be irrelevant with the rest of the plot. YET I rather have him appear more than some of the upcoming dramas that unfolded.
  • Jozie Lu as Shen Man Man (沈嫚嫚). I didn’t realize she was in 4 Gifts until later. But it was interesting to see her portray this role. The spunky girl within the group. She was the one with the least fake personality in here, which I really enjoyed watching. Okay, maybe second least since I just remember about Pin Xuan.
  • Winnie Zhong as Liu Pin Xuan (劉品萱). A girl who claimed she was possessed by an alien and wanted to regain her freedom. Though some of us could interpret it as her suffering from multiple personality problems because of how she was abused by her elementary teacher when she was little. I found her quite funny at times and her blunt personality was really refreshing. I didn’t care if she was mean at one point or another since it just meant she wasn’t fake. Her gentle personality was really funny as well, all shy. I think Winnie was really convincing with portraying both roles because it was so hard switching back and forth like that. Not to mention how she kept both personalities consistent.
  • Yao An Qi (姚安琪) as Cai Qiao Ping (蔡巧萍). At first, I didn’t mind her being the somewhat passive one since she wasn’t really making trouble but I forgot that the usually quiet ones are the ones to watch out for since they are even more dangerous than the loud ones. Though she wasn’t really my favorite throughout, I was okay with her around until later. I found her really, really fake. BUT it wasn’t because I was rooting for the main couple. More on that later.
  • Guo Yao Zhong (郭堯中) as Jason. SUPER fake. I didn’t care if he was being considerate to Cindy’s habits too. His whole show-off thing was such a turn off anyway. So it was wrong of Cindy to use him to get over Zhao Wei but I still find him really fake regardless of if Cindy was at fault or not. Those were two different things.
  • Renzo Liu as Club Advisor Lai Zhen Yi (賴正義). It was really funny to see him so worked up from time to time. His blood pressure was way up because of the three guys.
  • Doris Kuang as Restaurant owner. The supposedly wise boss. Yet I found her to be wrong like how Xiao Zhuang had implied of her supposed talent. YES, she was right on reading their current situation but some things weren’t as accurate when she gave advice.
  • Gina Lin as Yong Ge (勇哥). That was funny that she was a girl instead of a guy like they thought. At first, I thought she was trying to con them for meals but I had to keep in mind that Man Man wouldn’t introduce someone to sabotage them. I was reassured again when I realized they were delivering newspapers and gas tanks because those helped build their strength. That was quite impressive. I guess those talented masters are usually strange regardless of their age.
  • Huang Ruo Bai (黃若白) as Principal. Only appeared a bit to give the club advisor some pressure but still funny.
  • Rynn Lin as Zhuang Jun Ren (莊俊仁). Xiao Zhuang’s brother, the actual handsome one in the family–though the morphed concept ingrained in the townspeople’s mind had affected their mentality since young hence him not having confidence about his appearance and worshiped his brother since young. His jokes were the worst though since he kept scaring them about cooking their beloved Old Wang.
  • Xiao Zhuang’s cousin. I found her really funny though she was causing troubles for others. At least she wasn’t fake and all. I actually enjoyed it that she was sabotaging Xiao Zhuang and Qiao Ping. It seemed to test Qiao Ping and made her cunning side come out.

Friendships:

  • Xiao Zhuang, Si Si, and Ah Kang. They were seriously the highlights of the show, of course. Every time they got together to discuss matters, it was so crazy. Two would always team up together and bully the other one. Watching Si Si and Ah Kang fight over food was seriously funny as well. Yet I found it really nice to see that they would stick by one another’s side when needed. They often talked about their problems and gave advice but was so funny with adding in side remarks as well. That made it more realistic than just the overly corny lines.
  • Xiao Zhuang and Man Man. It was interesting how they shared some likeness with one another too, especially that one time when they got drunk together–more her than him.
  • Cindy and Man Man. They were seriously friends. Regardless of how they seemed to make poor decisions at one time or another, they didn’t desert each other–or judge. Though Man Man had stressed that she wasn’t siding with anyone when she had that conversation with Qiao Ping near the end, I thought she had every right to side with Cindy since she knew Cindy longer. But must admit she kept her words since she treated both girls equally–as friends, not attacking Qiao Ping for pulling such selfish stunts.
  • Everyone had some link with one another. Not just because they were in the club together or knew one person through another. But it was like they could bond at one point or another through different circumstances.

Couples:

  • Xiao Zhuang and Cindy. To be honest, I was taking in Ah Kang’s words too much at the beginning and felt like they were better off as friends. But through different scenes that unfolded, I got more attached to them though didn’t have high hopes since they seemed to be from two different worlds. Then came the flashbacks that Xiao Zhuang had with the two of them, it seemed like they were so in-sync with each other–regardless of how outsiders would feel odd seeing them together. I guess her past baggage was too much and she didn’t realize Xiao Zhuang was the right one for her until she stepped out of the whole scene. She didn’t know if Xiao Zhuang was just a good friend when she needed him for support–or was he the one for her until later. But glad they ended up together all the same.
  • Xiao Zhuang and Qiao Ping. At first, I thought they were more suitable for one another than Xiao Zhuang and Cindy yet I was wrong since the scene in the restaurant when Xiao Zhuang remembered back to how he had asked Cindy about the joke, she had gotten the right answer instead of Qiao Ping’s clueless response. It was then that I realized Xiao Zhuang and Cindy were more in-sync with one another regardless of outer appearances. When Xiao Zhuang was with Qiao Ping, it seemed like he was more serious but it also meant he was uncomfortable and the guilt was present (like he later mentioned). It was so wrong. This showed that what they think might work wasn’t so. Not to mention how she knew of his deep feeling for Cindy so it was harder and harder with the trust thing. It wasn’t totally her fault for being jealous but it was better for both not to be together since she knew too well about Cindy so it was hard regardless of what both tried to do to make it work. The big difference between them was he didn’t resort to other means when he saw some threats. YES, I didn’t expect her to be perfect since Man Man and the other girls in here got jealous at times too but I found it too much of a joke when she said she was unwilling and felt it was unfair with how Xiao Zhuang was able to move Cindy but she can’t move Xiao Zhuang. Maybe it was because Xiao Zhuang never blamed Cindy or anyone, but himself for not succeeding BUT Qiao Ping was too calculating. (Like how she was keeping tallies of how long it would take to win Xiao Zhuang over versus how Xiao Zhuang didn’t care–as long as Cindy was happy. It took a lot for him to get over certain failures but he didn’t resort to other means like Qiao Ping had chosen.)
  • Si Si and Pin Xuan. Too crazy for words yet I guess if they didn’t end up together, I don’t know what else. But it was too funny seeing how he was trying to act normal when she was talking to herself (aka her other personality).
  • Ah Kang and Man Man. They were too addicting to watch. I’m so serious here. They were like my favorite couple. They were too hilarious, always fighting and giving one another a hard time. Yet it wasn’t too typical of the whole fighting couple either. Ah Kang was trying to avoid her at all cost after realizing that she liked him YET he didn’t realize that he was falling for her himself, so bad. Possibly way more than he realized because all he could focus on was her and brushing off all possible threats. I found it funny that she ended up attracting more and more guys at the end because she had changed her style and he was fending off his threats. LOL!
  • Club Adviser Lai Zhen Yi and the restaurant owner. That was so funny that he became all nice and kind to the others because of her. Then he even went and helped at her shop.

Recommended? IF you really want to watch for kicks and NOT because you wanted to watch something so-called “deep.” It was deep to some extent because it addressed some major issues in life that one might encounter. You can’t just look on the surface and make a conclusion. Sure, it was exaggerated at some points because it was a comedy at heart, but there were lots more than just that. I enjoyed it since it had succeeded in making me laugh. But it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

Princess Cyndi: Birthday 2011

The 5th was Cyndi’s birthday and it really proved who remembered and who didn’t. (We don’t count people who are WAY too busy with their lives, right? NOT! It’s a matter of effort.) Anyway, not counting the girls and some of the guys that I am not familiar with (regarding friendship/history/rumored), BUT the ones I do sort of followed are listed by the time (earliest to latest)–with Cyndi’s responses to them:


Nicholas Teo/ Zhang Dong Liang (張棟樑)WINNER – He’s mad busy with his new album YET still beat everyone! (No excuse from the others!)


Joe Cheng/ Zheng Yuan Chang (鄭元暢)1ST RUNNER UP – Joe delivers! He’s her good friend all right.


Wilber Pan Wei Bo (潘瑋柏) 2ND RUNNER UP – Another good friend. They’re going to celebrate together! Yay!


JJ Lin (林俊傑) – A promising one from JJ! Do we get to see more pictures then? Or is it in the distant future that they meet up?


Eli Shi Yi Nan (施易男) – The other leading guy didn’t abandon her yet her leading man did? LOL! I haven’t watched Love Keeps Going yet but it’s great to know they’re keeping in touch.


Jacky Chu/ Zhu Fan Gang (祝釩剛) – I so didn’t know this, but no surprise that they’re not that closed? But still cool that he’s admitting that. Always a first for everything? (She still didn’t add him. It’s okay. He’ll get over it. I hope.)


Calvin Chen Yi Ru (辰亦儒) – Calvin’s time is actually 21:28. I went to his page and made sure of it regarding the time-stamp. Cool that they’re still interacting and he beat someone! mwuhahahaha (Okay, just kidding…)


Danson Tang Yu Zhe (唐禹哲) – Just one second behind Calvin. (Blame it on the technology, lol.) I just began stalking Danson recently. So cool that their birthdays are 3 days apart.


Jiro Wang Dong Cheng (汪東城) SAD CASE – There are no other words to describe it except those two, LOL! Or are Jindi fans going to come up with those things about ‘saving the best for last’? (Okay, just messing around here since thoughts do count…)

Okay, so unless they don’t have Weibo–or had already said ‘happy birthday’ to her through another way, who knows? The others, better luck next year, LOL!

Thoughts?

Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu

I have to say that my sole purpose of even moving this on top of my ‘to-watch list’ in the first place was because I realized Zhao Jun Ya was in it. YES, it was too obvious that I was reading some information on him lately and hunted for more dramas of his. This just happened to be on my ‘to-watch list’ BUT wasn’t high up since I needed to prioritize other things more. Then I wasn’t into following on what others said regardless of what about this drama. Yet, I went ahead anyway. I was like in the “What the world am I watching?” mood when I first started. Then there was the whole “Why am I even watching still?” when I realized there was this whole crazy conspiracy of even enrolling in an all-boys school just because some guy was there. Not to mention how bizarre it was to drop everything and travel overseas to run after someone. I meant she had to be mad rich to do that, right? (And stalking much?) There was also some clueless stuff about Rui Xi that made me feel so cliche like some other typical idol soaps that I’d been stumbling across once too many times and had to give up on it. But I was glad I hung on a little longer. Because it became addicting to watch later on. NOT because of the main couple though I have no problem with them at all, and that somehow the story developed a bit more to keep me going. At least the humor did. But what made me hung on–aside from wanting to see Jun Ya’s character–was Jiro’s character, Jin Xiu Yi. OMG, he was beyond nuts. He was probably the Drama King of the school more than the famous soccer prodigy that he claimed to be. Watching him was so entertaining that got me laughing to the point that I almost fell off my chair once too many times. I swear Jiro was doing WAY better in the lively, comedic roles than the serious ones. It was like he was more natural in it, or more comfortable. I wasn’t sure what. But I found him to be my favorite character right from the start. Then there was also Ah Xiang and Hao Zi as Jiang Ye Shen and Guan Ri Hui. They were equally crazy as Jiro’s Xiu Yi. As if they (the creators) felt we needed more craziness to this whole scene, there was also Xiu Yi’s ghost believer/hunter who scared the world out of everyone with his constant talk of the existence of those so-called ‘friends’, Da Shu (portrayed by Xie He Xian). Did I miss anyone? Of course, the famous Senior Nan portrayed by Danson Tang. Another very strange character and supposedly the school’s biggest pervert. Other characters who appeared one by one were getting weirder and weirder by the minute that it was hard to tell exactly who was the weirdest of them all. Seriously, had all the nutty guys accumulated at this one school? Like seriously? But I must admit that I enjoyed watching those scenes where they interacted and got all crazy together than the overwhelming romance. Though there was also romance in here (duh, I know), but I felt their friendship–however crazy it was–surpassed all.

To finally talk about Rui Xi (Ella) and Quan (Chun)–IF anyone was waiting for that, I was surprised. I meant I know how much some people were shoving this pairing into some of our faces for too long. AND that had the opposite effect for me. That was also one of the main reasons why I hadn’t watched this earlier. (YES, thank Jun Ya for speeding up the process.) But anyway, before I get too off-topic, what was I surprised about really? Chun’s acting. I swear. I don’t know why I read so many negative feedback in the past. I meant okay, he couldn’t be the best OR extraordinary or whatever. But as for his own performance and the nature of his role, I thought he pulled it off extremely well. There was this mixture of mystery to his character yet there was also this down to earth personality to him as well. Quan wasn’t just all about ‘the guy with the dark past’ like other dramas portrayed the main guy–or at least second main lead as. (YUP, the 200% overused formula to lure us in.) Sure, Quan got to conquer his past demons and go back on the path of high-jumping, etc. Yet he wasn’t too pitiful or too rouge either. He was some college student after all so it wasn’t too unrealistic with his problems. What also made his character even more realistic was his teasing nature. Wow, seriously, he cracked me up each time he was playing those ‘tricks’ on Rui Xi. Those were subtle with how he was smiling to himself when he was pushing it with teasing her, almost putting her on the edge and making her think she would be found out soon, but he was just having a little fun. Then there was her sometimes witty side YET she could be so clueless. Honestly? But that was too funny. Do I need to praise Ella for her performance? After watching Reaching for Stars, I was already convinced, so no need. I was feeling a bit uneasy at first when I saw how she was trying too hard at the beginning but soon realized it was necessary for her character so my faith was sort of restored. But that was that. What about the ChunElla chemistry? I thought it was all right. I felt like I enjoyed them being good brothers more. NO, NOT JUST BECAUSE I have other favorite pairings of them, BUT ALSO BECAUSE I enjoyed the taunting and the comedic moments more. And those who know me or read my blog know I love watching friendship/bonds more than romance. Yet I must admit the foundation for Quan and Rui Xi’s story was well established and maintained throughout. His character wasn’t too weak or too wishy-washy. So he feared of losing her and didn’t want to reveal the secret. But like he needed to be perfect. Also, how she was fearing of losing him as well if he knew she’d been lying to him but that was natural to worry. I especially liked her ‘never give up’ attitude so I do forgive her weak moments at times–or her somewhat clueless nature.

Who was really my favorite character after all those rants? I was shifting back and forth between characters throughout. Though I must admit it stayed with Jiro’s character, Xiu Yi, for most of the drama. Come on now, it was just too hilarious seeing him struggle with his identity, wondering if he was gay or not. OR if he was going crazy, etc.  But I must say that each and every one of the characters–regardless of the amount of screen time they got–made the drama for what it was. It wasn’t an effort of one or two persons, but every one of the characters involved. So that meant great ensemble. They worked well together to make it happen.

Other elements of the plot? I don’t know if I enjoyed the nutsy behaviors among the students more or those ‘love counseling’ sessions between Teacher Mei and Rui Xi more. Geez whiz, when did he become her personal love adviser? Then it was later becoming some sort of family crisis counseling center. LOL! The poor guy. Or let’s see? The jealousy between Quan and Xiu Yi? Even if they didn’t realize it themselves, it was there, especially when Rui Xi was just a guy to them–or a buddy. Well, Quan knew but Xiu Yi didn’t. (Chun and Jiro must have their fun in planning out those scenes? Or at least practice them before the actual shoot?) The scene with Xiu Yi attempting to teach Rui Xi how to wrestle was so funny. Quan interfered and said he wanted to demonstrate with Xiu Yi but Xiu Yi called Quan a big muscle man (or something like that) AND that he still wanted to play soccer? LOL! Then there was the part where Xiu Yi was protesting because Rui Xi was treating Quan so well with tending to Quan’s bruise and not care about Xiu Yi’s? LOL! OMG! It just got better and better since they found out Quan got drunk the previous night because he’d mistaken Gao Liang (a type of wine) for water. AND then Xiu Yi thought he was the one who Quan kissed hence the bruise marks around his mouth. So he was making a big fuss out of it since it was his first kiss. DARN, talking about Drama King. Quan and Xiu Yi’s constant banter cracked me up so much it could fill up all the time of the drama, lol. Then, of course, add in the others’ side remarks too. Nothing like adding oil to a blazing fire, eh? Oh yeah, what about Ye Shen and Ri Hui’s attempt to play detectives? Or more like ‘Investigator Jiang’ and ‘Guan Sir’? LOL! Quan and Xiu Yi were rolling their eyes.

What about the guy I claimed to be the reason I actually picked up the drama for? He only appeared in episode 6 at the part where Quan was spying on that despicable Jing Hang and his so-called friends. YUP! The sad truth that he only got a small role in there and not to mention some equally despicable role as Jing Hang. Now that I watched this, I was glad I didn’t watch it before. I swear, if I was in the state I was in before, I would’ve hated him to death since I hate those types of characters and can’t control myself at times to separate the characters from the actual person portraying them. SO…okay…PHEW! Close called.

I was looking for a suitable spot to plug in those somewhat inaccurate views or whatever else BUT can’t seem to find one so I might as well plug it in here. What were some of the most ridiculous things? Well, I didn’t mind the exaggerated humor or nutsy moments. But what I found a bit disturbing was, strangely, the stuff about the U.S. Let’s get started.

  • The part after Rui Xi got kissed by Quan because Quan was drunk and we all know how he would go on a kissing rampage from the others’ words. Rui Xi was running away and crying. Then later she was saying how those customs happen all the time in the U.S. so she shouldn’t mind. WRONG! I meant some people would do that as a greeting method or whatever. YET others wouldn’t do it. Some of us prefer hugs or just a casual handshake. It depends on preference and/or how close we are to someone. SO it’s not ‘ALL THE TIME’ or something.
  • Rui Xi so clueless that she didn’t know what type of guy Jing Hang was? Come on now! I have friends who could be considered living under a rock regarding some matters but at a college level like that and she’s still gullible? Okay, so she was hiding in her house in the past and didn’t want to come out until how she was motivated to slim down and start a new life, but was she that clueless? Might be possible. But don’t she have any type of shield from others? Why was she always so trusting? Especially with such creepy guys like that? (They have perverts in the U.S. too, Rui Xi, LOL!) I know it’s hard to notice since we, the viewers, have all the angles to observe while she only has one as to what and how he’s doing to interact with her. But some things, you just know like how creepy he was at times, kept sliding his hands around her shoulder like that. Even if they say it was natural for men to do that to one another and she was trying to not react too strongly since she was pretending to be a guy, but it was still creepy to death with his overly friendly gestures. By the time she got into the car with him and went on that shopping trip, it was too late because he already made it out so obvious so it was hard to ignore. Then I was sooooo glad nothing happened and that Quan got there on time ’cause it would be so sad. After all, this was a comedy from the start and adding in such a traumatizing event would suck big time. (Regardless of it just being a story or not, it still sucks to see such scenes.) Though I must say that Ella’s performance at the part after Quan found Rui Xi and was chasing after her to calm her down was great.
  • Some other weird bits about being a foreigner and U.S. references. I don’t know. I can’t seem to be convinced that some of the characters actually lived in the U.S. before. Aside from the good English pronunciations at times, the rest were like kind of whatever or just the icing on top of the cake and can’t be counted as accurate references. Like there were some hearsay or rumors, not necessarily true or be considered customs of the regions.

But aside from that? I have a big fat complaint about the last episode. How could it get so random at some parts when Quan and Rui Xi were finally going to tell each other about their secrets? The only funny part I found about the whole thing was their conversation being broadcasted and the others were letting out frustrated sighs and/or gestures because the other two kept saying, “Wait a minute…” and it took forever. That bit was a tad funny since it showed they were so nosy as well. But the other random acts with the magic show, etc were sort of too lame for my taste. It ruined the foundation of the drama. I meant they were acting weird before too, but the idea with saying how Ah Xiang said that the camera crew were still around or implied so had made it too lame. We know it was a drama, they didn’t need to incorporate those parts. Luckily, they sort of steered back into the more relevant bit of the story after Quan managed to make up a lie to trick the others. And I guess I was satisfied enough with the ending. I meant not everything had to be revealed. If it was, it would be too much like other dramas, having an answer for everything, etc. Perhaps it was like what Quan said, their relationship was already enough like that and that it didn’t have to make sense. After all, they seemed to get the feeling was mutual already, right? They wanted to keep the secrets from others and it was their choice.

What else? I was sooo glad that they (the creators) didn’t make it that Quan’s family problem would be solved as well. I meant I was curious and thought it would eventually come forth with Rui Xi thinking up of a way to help Quan. Yet the writers didn’t push it. It was like how Teacher Mei Tian had said, some things couldn’t be solved. And how at times when you’re an outsider, you couldn’t reach into their family or try to. Then there was the whole idea of not solving it because it would be too gift-wrapped. This would continue to haunt them in the future and maybe they would solve it and maybe not. But that bit made it more realistic since not all family crisis could be solved as easily or at all. Let it be.

A good drama overall.