Year 2015 in Recap

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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.

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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!

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Mystic Detective Files

Every time I try to dive into a Felix series, I get disappointed. Yes, my expectations are just WAY TOO HIGH for his series hence automatic disappointment because the plot just plain sucks! Yes, I said it. Anyway, I like watching those phenomenal stuffs from time to time. I didn’t realize this one was so into placing everything into the mix like they didn’t have any other opportunity to do a series within the genre. So yeah, it was all over the place, especially part 2. In fact, I’m mostly picking on part 2 at this point. When I searched, because of lack of information here and there, I didn’t realize it was 2 parts until later. So I was all right with watching Michael and waiting. Part 1 itself was already enough for the installment, to be honest. It wasn’t satisfying on some matters, but it probably made more sense than what was going on in part 2 plot-wise. Okay, execution too. I felt part 2 was just episode fillers throughout and they needed to get all those tomatoes sauce/ketchup or maple syrup they had in overstock out of the storage OR something like that. Because seriously, part 2 was just about gore and disturbing imagery throughout. The plot just didn’t stick. There were indeed quite a few tragedies and I so felt for the victims hence the whole revenges throughout. Yet, I felt they didn’t think out all the plot as much as they did for part 1. Like said before, they (the scriptwriters) just tossed everything into the mix, to the point that it became unbearable and confusing all the same. I got it, but I swear some people who were watching with me felt it was too overwhelming. There was also the time travel thing. Oh yeah, if they all died, how in the world did Felix’s kid return from the future to warn him about stuffs? OR was that just another version of him from another dimension? So, what was the point of this rant? Michael was smart not to return for part 2. Well, I read there were some disagreements going on so he didn’t return. But in a way, he dodged a bullet. Okay, I felt the layout wasn’t bad for Felix’s character and all, but the elements of the plot killed it. And I do know supernatural stuffs DO NOT have to make sense, not in the real world sense. However, they have a set of rhythm to it. You break it, the audience is gone.

Main Cast:

  • Michael Tao as Yip Sing Fai (叶胜辉 ). I’m not much of a Michael fan, mostly because I kept watching the wrong series where he was the villain and eventually got killed off, lol. OR maybe he survived ’til the end but was still the villain, lol. Anyway, loved him in this role. There was this sense of if he believed everything he was seeing or if he was just following the flow. It was really hard to explain it to others when they thought he’d gone crazy after what happened with the shooting and all. However, he managed to conquer his demons and eventually moved on thus changing his fate. (Or at least that was how it was put.)
  • Joey Leung as Gwaan Suk Guen (关蜀勋 ). A mixture of personalities with his character. He was seen quite comical at times and sometimes he had this weird dark mood. However, it was later explained. One of the phrases that he said that stuck with me and defined his character was, “The AC that didn’t require bill paying turned itself on again” during the scene where there was some spirits nearby hence it was unusually cold in the room. It wasn’t about the phrase, but more like the way he said it and shivered, lol. It was hilarious watching his expression.
  • Lee Lung Gei (李隆基) as Chan Jung (陈忠). He was quite knowledgeable and resourceful in the areas of spirits and the supernatural world. His words at times implied that he might not believed all of it, but believed there were unknown forces we might not even know about. He kept an open mind for the most part yet wasn’t too blinded by it either. I had seen a lot of series from this actors from the past, mostly supporting roles and possibly on the side of annoying. However, with this one being one of the main cast made a difference in some way. He was still able to act and impressed. But he was given the proper time and space for his talent. Enjoyable overall.
  • Grace Yip as Leung Bo Yi (梁宝儿). I actually quite liked Grace in the old days. I don’t know what happened. But I did enjoy her role in here as part of the team.
  • Lee San San as Dr. Lee Jia Man (李嘉雯). I didn’t even recognize her at first. I had to google the main cast to see who she was. Then it hit me. Wow! Seriously? I used to think she had a knack for acting. Yet this one was just terrible. I wasn’t sure if it was the plot or because her acting had deteriorated. But it was a disappointment to say the least. The parts where she could possibly be possessed sort of stuck out more, but that was it. I felt her character was annoying and didn’t really sympathize with her at times. Okay, I got the part where she thought Yip Sir was going crazy with hallucinations or whatever, but the other parts were equally annoying. It improved a bit later on, but I still didn’t like her.
  • Felix Wong as Ko Dat (高達). Mixed feelings at first. Of course I knew Felix could act and he didn’t disappoint in the acting department. He made the character funny at times and somewhat rouge at others. However, I felt I didn’t enjoy it as much. Especially the plot surrounding his character. There were a lot of confusions. Well, I got it. But I didn’t think it was a good mixture. Like I said earlier in the rant at the beginning, it was like they wanted to toss EVERYTHING in the mix. It was like supernatural fusion OR something.

Things that didn’t fit:

  • Yip Sir dating his psychologist/psychiatrist. I don’t know how it is in Hong Kong (because I don’t live in Hong Kong so I wouldn’t know, not trying to be snappy here), but those things are NO WAY in the U.S. Unless you want to get your license pulled.
  • Consistency. Yes, this goes out the window ALL THE TIME, especially with TVB dramas. But I don’t know why I’m still picking on it. It’s the little detail regarding Dr. Lee going into the second installment. What in the world happened? I thought that she disappeared since the soul inhabitant incident regarding Macy and then later Yip Sir saw her in this one street area in which she had turned into another person. (That was creepy to death, really.) How in the world did she make her way back in part 2? The scriptwriters must have forgotten what in the world they did, but I haven’t. Did they do an alternate ending like most stuffs nowadays?
  • What in the world did they all see that made them freak out regarding what was found in Ko Dat’s brain? Yeah, they were trying to be cryptic and all. I watched a very old version so didn’t see exactly when it attempted to zoom. But seriously? That was lame. I finally searched up later on the effect they were talking about and understood it better. However, when TVB tried to make it all ‘omg, creepy’, it didn’t work.

Recommended? If you really must watch it, part 1 yes, part 2 NO WAY. Yes, coming from a hardcore fan of Felix. I wouldn’t put my worst enemy through it. Okay, maybe I might, depending on my evil mood of that day. But that’s basically it.

Welcome, Winter!

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If you thought the past month or so was cold, that wasn’t winter. It was still autumn. Today is actually the first day of winter. Woohoo, right? Anyway, I couldn’t help thinking of this song when realizing today is the first day of winter. (Go here for the Mandarin version.) This song also reminds me of the movie called The New Marvelous Double (新孖寶妙探) that starred Deric Wan and Bryan Leung. The song was played during the scene when Deric and Bryan’s characters were in a bar. The song was focused on more when Deric’s character was on his way to the restroom and bumped into Joey’s character and Joey’s character’s brother-in-law, which ended up in some argument. To be honest, at that moment, Joey looked like Aaron Kwok from behind, lol.

Tales From Beyond

Being a semi-fan of ghost/supernatural stuff, I had to give this a try. Not to mention it was considered an old TVB series, right?

First Story: Romance Between Human and Ghost (人鬼情)

  • Sam Tsang and Elaine Ho. I always liked their “Still Friends After Bidding Farewell” (再 見亦是朋友) and was interesting to see them collaborate in here. Even if it was one of those ghost stories. Creepy in a way but still sad. And a song from them at the end of the story.
  • Gordon Lam as one of the guys. So funny to see him back in the old days.
  • Comedy. Okay, that was interesting that they added the comedy bit into the story though it was supposed to be a romantic one or so I thought. With Gordon and the others attempting to get rid of the ghost was really funny.
  • Possessed or psycho? It was interesting at how others thought he was suffering from multiple personality disorder. AND then it got me into thinking if he really encountered a ghost OR was suffering from psychological problems. Still, it was something to think about.

Second Story: Smoking Prohibited (不准吸煙)

  • Gordon Lam as a cop. It was funny to see him yet again BUT this time as a cop.
  • Ha Yu. I miss the older days of him. For some reason, I thought he was better back then. OR perhaps the roles.
  • And more comedy. Yes, it was continuing and it wasn’t that corny for once.
  • Ghost’s smoking territory/ Multi-dimensional world. Interesting concept OR at least I thought what it was. Was that the creator’s way of interpreting where people go when they die? Like how they would go to the same place IF they smoke (in Ha Yu’s case). AND it was even more interesting that he didn’t smoke when he was in that world. It was like they were portraying another dimension. It got even more interesting as it progressed so it was hard to understand OR seemed unpredictable. But was still something to think about. It probably aimed to educate and scare people to quit smoking BUT still too funny and exaggerated.
  • Adam Cheng song. One of my favorite songs and felt it was suitable for this situation.

Third Story: Men Have Responsibilities (男子有責)

  • Liu Wai Hung. I miss this guy! His sense of responsibility was too strong so he could not leave the world just like that.
  • Helena Law. It wouldn’t be a ghost story without Helena, right?
  • It was ironic that he didn’t die because of the other guy BUT because of the woman who knocked the plant pot down.
  • Also, something to think about with the power of the mind. It was like he was able to control himself and his mind was concentrating hard on stopping the event from happening and not leaving the world at all

Fourth Story: A Belief of Revival (再生的信念)

  • Another interesting story and another interesting concept.
  • Wong Wei and Maggie Chan. Interesting pairing. They did have chemistry. Even if they were an older couple but still enjoyable to watch.
  • Carol Yeung. Freaky…
  • The plot. I knew it! It was too strange and unbelievable. NOT that those stories DO NOT happen but it was a conspiracy. Yet what was even more chilling was that Maggie’s character, Jun, actually returned later. That was really, really sad that they made him believe so he went and try to make another miracle happen. That was freaky.

Fifth Story: Manipulating the Universe (運轉乾坤)

  • Benz Hui. Poor guy. Honestly, that was WAY over with how he was bullied. But that was typical of those situations.
  • Amy Hu. Haven’t seen her ages so watching old series had its benefits.
  • Benz and Amy. Funny how they were having that conversation at the beginning. He was so kidding about running/walking to work AND she was like “Good idea.”
  • Law Lok Lam. Aww…look at him in the good old days.
  • Josephine Lam. Wow…
  • Law Lok Lam and Josephine? Wow…Yup, was interesting BUT I guess they were portraying how he was successful and marrying a beautiful young wife.
  • Benz and Law Lok Lam as friends. Cool. I don’t know. All I can say is I love those collaborations between my favorite veteran actors. But poor Law Lok Lam, only got to portray the rich, successful guy for like 10 minutes.
  • This really shed light into how the rich became successful in the first place since it wasn’t as easy with all the fame and fortune as people saw BUT there must be a lot of effort going into it with a hardworking attitude combined with talents and/or abilities
  • That was hilarious that he tried to fall again BUT it didn’t work. Guess it was implying that once you made a decision, you can’t turn back

Sixth Story: The Happy, Crazy Fowl (快樂癲雞)

  • Freaky ghost house theme
  • Know some of the cast but do not know their names
  • This story actually reminded us to respect others–whether alive or dead. I totally agree–whether they believe OR NOT. But it was a given that respect should be given, especially in the situation where the girls were at the other people’s place.
  • David Siu. Wow…didn’t expect him to be in here but not impossible since it was in the old days.
  • Wayne Lai. Honestly, I did not know it was him until later when he was eating the banana and making a face.
  • Ken vs. Ryu. Hahahaha. Although it was supposed to be really hectic, I found it funny that they were fighting through the game.
  • Okay, that was a surprise ending since I thought that it was about love BUT it was because he was her father. So that was why he felt responsible for her safety.

Seventh Story: Variation of Kindling (變異的火種)

  • Lee Kwok Lun. I always have the feeling that he looked like Felix Wong. (I swear!) Anyway, always liked him and good to see that he was leading in this short story.
  • Creepy footsteps and sound effects. I think the hallmark of those ghost stories since that scared the world out of me.
  • The suspense. Another important formula since it made it creepier–IF the sound effects didn’t get to you already.
  • Blast from the Past. Wow! I miss these types of things. I meant this kind of thing how the main lead thought he was able to save everyone and undo the past. What was even more appealing was he succeeded. It was confusing YET he sacrificed his present self to save his past self.

Eighth Story: Demons (魔)

  • Gordon Lam and some others. Well, at least they appeared at the beginning of the camping trip place.
  • Gallen Lo. Gallen in those old days. (NOT that he doesn’t look good now but still good memories.)
  • This reminded me oddly of Psycho. Thanks to my mom for reminding me once again!
  • Joey Leung was the crazy kid? Really? Didn’t realize it. It was clearer when he was arrested though.
  • So was it multiple personalities OR was he possessed? Such a tragic story. Gallen delivered with both personalities and its extremes.

Ninth Story: A Flourishing Journey (發達之旅)

  • Hugo Ng. I just realized that he looked better in modern series than ancient ones. (Or perhaps those roles he was given was too morbid or tragic that it was hard to smile?) Anyway, he did have charm in here and I wouldn’t mind watching him in something else since this was a creepy one. (He honestly reminded me of Lam Lei! LOL! They looked like each other from some angles.)
  • Bau Fong. Creepy! Chilling all right. Man, he scared the world out of me, especially with his waving hands and the laugh.
  • My mom just reminded me this seemed like Early Edition. (Just that the newspaper for the other one was used to help people AND not used for other benefits.)
  • I would love to know the song used in the episode. The one where they were singing and cheering for their newly acquired fortune.
  • This definitely was a lesson NOT to be greedy. And also sometimes knowing the future beforehand wasn’t a good idea.
  • Here they were promoting Hacken Lee again! NOT that I mind. I miss that song. Sort of.
  • The ending showed how it was an endless, unbreakable cycle. Since we will always continue to ponder and be curious about things.
  • The scariest story so far!

Tenth Story: Entering Dream (入夢)

  • Ekin Cheng.
  • I won’t comment on the political status since I DO NOT know much to discuss it and wouldn’t want to offend anyone.
  • The concept of vampire/zombie. That was creepy. At first, I thought nothing was happening and was wondering what was going on. However, that was scary all right. Suddenly the bodies were just popping out of the ground like that.
  • Wolf sounds. Another essential effect to achieve fear. And could only be done at night OR no one would fall for it.
  • Ghost world/ Zombie-land. Ooooohhh…
  • The world of imagination. So that was it? No wonder he was mentioning about how that one guy wanted to live in his own dream world. He also wanted to live in that world since he was not able to escape from the real world. Ironic?

Eleventh Story: Searching (尋)

  • Jimmy Au. One of those worth-watching roles of Jimmy since he was both hilarious and clever. His trademark was shooting six bullets into suspects/murderers.
  • Another hilarious one.
  • Gordon Lam. Whoa! He came back as the other dude. NOT really since Jimmy was imagining it.
  • That was creepy all right.

Twelfth Story: Debt of Sin (孽債)

  • Michael Tao and Ada Choi. Wow, interesting collaboration, considering it was a ghost theme.
  • Power Chan. He wasn’t around all the time but really enjoyed his scenes.
  • A creepy story about curses and whatnot.
  • Moral of the story: IF you promise something, KEEP it. The price of having to pay for broken promises.
  • AND oh yeah, DON’T mess with those people who know how to do those curses. Honestly, she was creepy all right.
  • Who was the smartest one? Power Chan of course! He warned Michael against it BUT he (Michael) didn’t listen and fell into Ada’s trap.
  • I just realized that she didn’t really love him OR wasn’t really serious about it. It seemed like she was setting up this trap of seduction and other dramas just to find a way to steal his youth and his girlfriend’s too. Well, Michael should’ve listened to Power about it and be careful.

Thirteenth Story: Portrait Within A Person (相中人)

  • Know who they are but don’t know their names
  • Gordon Lam. He’s back for the last one! Great or what?
  • Darn, that was creepy…
  • Moral of the story: DO NOT take anything that isn’t yours
  • Passing it on, huh? Indeed it was another endless cycle where greed would always exist

Why did the narrator look so familiar? (Oh yeah, he was in The Hunter’s Prey as the undercover agent. Just realized it after watching him more closely.)

Anyway, missed those old days when things were more creative and seemed like there were lots to explore. A lot of interesting concepts being introduced. Short stories were always better than the draggy ones they do nowadays.