Fan Fiction: Critiquing Your Own Stories

Years ago when I was still active on Winglin and other online communities, there was an explosion of different authors and readers alike coming out with websites or their own page to critique different fan fiction authors. Whether it was to help the authors improve their writing techniques or just something fun to do, it was quite an experience. I never submitted my stories to any of those websites but found them intriguing because I learned of how an author’s perspective could be versus how readers see it. It’s so obvious for everyday, published authors to go through this process. But at that time when I started posting my stories online, it was a new experience for me and it opened my eyes to some levels.

So, what’s the point of this post, right? Especially when I’ve been lagging soooo much on stories. This is an attempt to get back into it. Because the following will be an activity like the title said. I’m going to have fun and critique all the fanfictions I’ve ever written. Yes, I won’t leave anything untouched. But before I do, here’s a disclaimer for those who haven’t read the stories yet (so don’t say I didn’t warn you):

NOTE: The following contains spoilers (obviously from the title), SO if you haven’t read my stories yet, DO NOT proceed.

The beginning of the story had great potential and felt refreshing. It paved a nice and peaceful picture and a hopeful feeling because it described the two major characters’ feelings and goals in life. The humorous exchanges between several characters led readers to believe it would be a fun story. Although it had some typical formula of a small-town family with the scenic backdrop to pave the way, there was some mystery with various characters that readers could look forward to exploring. All in all, it paved a promising picture.

The problem with this story was that it was too wordy. It was one of my first attempts at writing fanfiction so it got so messy with descriptions. It didn’t take into account “show instead of telling” so it felt flaky and corny. In addition, because there was a setback with the last few chapters so it dived into the morbid side without intending to in the first place. It completely took away from the main plot and its lighthearted feeling that was established in the first place. A bad call. Like the feeling when the writers totally gave up and just wanted to end it already like how I often criticize them, lol. Also, the feeling of the celebs chosen was so random and unorganized, like lumping a bunch of people together just because. It felt like a test run.

Heaven’s Gift

The setting at the beach at the beginning of the story was promising and lighthearted. It presented a typical picture yet also let readers see a glimpse into each major character’s personality with a dash of humor. It seemed like they didn’t change much over the years, except for the circumstances around them. Light humor continued to occupy the scene, paving the story and pushing the major characters together–or apart–as time went by. There were some surprising details to the plot but it lacked some details here and there, not allowing the full potential of the plot to be explored.

HIDE & SEEK

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Honey In Tea

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Neurotic

Like some other stories, it started out describing the scenery and then introducing the characters. The weather, once again, like some other stories, gave hints to what the plot was going to be like. There was some side humor but just subtle, not too much. It was saying like the story meant business and it was no time to joke around, not really.

It was an interesting concept although it didn’t take in a lot of rules of sci-fi and went off the rails regarding technicalities. However, what made up for it was the layout of the major characters. It kept consistent and featured three female leads. What broke the rule for the third one was leading into a happier, hopeful ending than was predicted. It also gave more character and depth to one of the so-called villains and even allowed for that person to redeem himself and had a start over.

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Scheming Nature

This was a typical setup of two pairings that were living on the opposite side of society. They met and interacted and somehow became entangled in a complex scheme. It provided a sense of mystery to the overall story and made the readers want to know what was to come and where the story was heading toward. The ending was a bit of an unknown, especially after the intense confrontations between two of the major characters and how it went down. However, it proved to be going on a typical route with allowing all problems to be resolved in a more favorable manner.

This story attempted to mock the life of gangsters and how it was supposed to be yet failed because, in the end, it was equally cliche and was corny in a sense of allowing some bizarre details to come into play. Although having the theme of gang-related activities as the backdrop for the plot, it failed to achieve its intended effect because of the halfway compromise of the mood as an overall. Sometimes, it edged toward the side of intensity or darkness that could push past the barriers of safety but it was shy of making it into something much more.

Slanted Thoughts

The story started out really random, bordering childishness because of the constant fights between two of the major characters. However, it evolved into a sadder story because of what happened at the end. Although it attempted to resurrect the atmosphere with some side humor, the plot never recovered with the happiness felt at the beginning of the story. It was later explained in the second part why it was so and eventually leading the plot into a darker path than was originally intended to–or so it seemed when compared to the beginning of the first part. What the plot lacked severely was the explanation and more details into a certain mysterious organization that impacted some characters’ lives so many years and ongoing. Some of the undertones provided a hint about how they were a big deal and were not to be messed with. Yet it failed to back up the claim as the story went along and eventually wrapped up. It also never explained why Tammy’s character had so much impact on what Wallace’s life was going to be and yet left him alone after he had apparently restored his memories. Or was it because it was to emphasize how scary he was if he returned to his past self? Or because the organization didn’t care how things turned out and that it was only important they kept everything a secret? Some things were never answered.

Slicing Boundary

This was a fun read, at least at the beginning. Sure, there were childish humor and constant competition between the two siblings–or so readers thought as it was with typical siblings rivalry. However, it took a dark turn, killing a major character unnecessarily. Was that an attempt to be overdramatic? Or was it because the writer just decided to give up and end it that way?

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The Dating Game

The story seemed really random but that wasn’t a bad thing. It hinted potential with so many major characters involved and how each was at a different point in their lives. It was fascinating to see how they all met and would become important–one way or another–in each other’s lives. The story shifted between humor and intensity and back again. Yet always managed to push the plot forward, introducing new characters or circumstances into their lives and how they would react to those situations.

Although the cast was so extended that it provided an outlet for many story arches yet because it was so crowded that it didn’t allow for a focus on some characters. Also, some of the characters had suffered from the inconsistency of personality, except for the main characters. It also created an unrealistic atmosphere with so many of their gatherings and their strong bonds over the years. It could be both good and bad but mostly it was unrealistic. Not to mention how ridiculously meddlesome most of them were of one another’s lives. The occasional stalking of various parties was equally bizarre.

The Other Extreme

The first scene already gave a snapshot of what the story was going to be about and how the dark mood predicted the inevitable ending for some characters. The weather foreshadowed a lot of the scenes that were to come for the story. The layout wasn’t bad yet the constant side randomness and humor involving the characters downplayed the overall theme for the majority of the story. It was actually character-based and not plot-based like it should have been. The lack of information on both gang’s background made it hard to relate and didn’t allow for more interest toward that side of the story. It became a wannabe gangster story because it didn’t say how or why they were fighting or fleeing for their lives. It was only covered briefly at the beginning of how both sides had been fighting since forever yet never revealed the real reason why.

Tri-Visual

The storytelling style was strange yet intriguing. It made readers want to read more and find out what was going on and what was the deal with these characters. Or if they could get out from the current prison they were in. However, there were only glimpses here and there and some side details of the characters. They could have been extended to a much more complex story.

True Friendship

This story started out introducing the main characters right away and hinted at their established relationship and how it would come into play later on. The story began lighthearted with some side humor and then took a more serious turn as the characters acknowledge much more complex issues surrounding their lives. In some sense, the story allowed the characters to face reality with a hard punch. But in other sense, it felt a little dramatic and forced. Yet the story was still written a dialed down sort of way, like some subtlety of daily life happenings that could edge toward blandness but jumped back with a kick to tell us that reality will strike again. It was a mixture of complexity and simplicity. It had this balance and one tip of the scale would lead the story spiraling away.

When Wishes Come True

The story introduced some promising aspects, such as the story being told from the main character’s point of view. There were also inspirational quotes involved. So that sort of gave a feeling of a legit book. However, it took a shaky turn and ended up being a typical high school, mean girl type of war. There were some interesting ideas but the execution was terrible and the plot dull. If at all, that was.

Winds & Rain

Extremely disappointing because it seemed like an attempt to crank out something that involved the two main characters. It seemed like an unfinished story and didn’t involve a lot of details. It would have been better to wait for some sort of idea to come forth before continuing with the story. It should have been a one-shot, then it would make more sense.

Conclusion

So, aside from being random for this post, what’s the point here? Of all the stories I’ve written, I only liked True Friendship. Yes, that sad. I took it slow and made it through without feeling like I needed to rush anything or wanted to write to please readers. It wasn’t like I didn’t add in random conversations or some bizarre humor. The story had both. But what was different was how the two main characters didn’t end up together but also didn’t downplay their relationship throughout. It acknowledged some of the more realistic aspects of life, even if it didn’t allow for the story to cover all. I did get stuck on it at one time but the time spent thinking about the plot as an overall and side brainstorming, it had allowed me to change the ending for the better, at least to me.

I also realized some things about my writing styles. Well, I already realized it for a while now but here’s an outright confession, lol. Some characters, especially the main ones, tend to fall into one formula. So I think that’s something to take into account to try to make it different in the future. Or least mix it up a bit.

If anyone noticed, I think I got influenced by Gu Long and Jin Yong at times, lol. No jokes. Sad, but I read those two a lot so I got influenced, especially with describing sceneries and stuff. But of course, I couldn’t go to their level. Not yet. The reason I said “not yet” is because I at least want to reserve some hope that one day I could reach another level. Or like find my own styles. For now, just recognizing the flaws is enough.

So that’s the fun post. More to come in the future, hopefully.

NOTE: This post will be updated from time to write as I add more stories to my blog or finish the current ones.

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Give Me A Taiwanese Boyband To Idolize

(Credit: itsJPMofficial)

This topic came forward because of how I had this conversation with Vanadia about the recently popular boyband “Super 131.” She was saying how they seemed to have dropped off the radar or disband or possibly just moved on to other things. She was really getting unease with not having a boyband to chase after. She wants me to give her a band? I’ll not only give her one but many more to think over! In an attempt to bring forth the right atmosphere to discuss this topic, I decided to use JPM’s catchy song “365 Days” to emphasize my point. (Go here for lyrics translation.) Anyway, without further ado, here are the Taiwanese boybands worth mentioning:

First off?

Mayday (五月天). Probably one of the longest formed bands and still active to this day. Ah Xin’s really talented with his songwriting and I really love his style. Although ironically, I like it more when Ah Xin write songs for other singers, lol. But I must admit, they’re a strong band. With all the awards and recognitions they received, I don’t think they need me to praise them, lol. So yeah, they’re one of the coolest bands around.

F4/JVKV. Although they have sort of scattered in the previous years to do their own thing, they still haven’t officially disbanded yet. Their last performance together was in 2013 for the Spring Festival. Who knows? Maybe they will get together again to bring out another album, if not another round of performances.

5566. They’re still around. Even if they are not as active together. They’re actually quite strong during their more active years so they still have a solid fanbase regardless.

Chemical Monkey. I will say that I’m not really a big fan of them, because I have my weird moments, lol. But I think that they’re a genuine, artistic band. Indeed very talented in their own way.

SpeXial. The ten-male members’ band. YES, there are ten members in this band. All male. What’s amazing about them is the ability to harmonize so well. You could get addicted to them by listening to just one song. They bring a refreshing feeling to the pop genre. (And yes, there are two members missing from the picture, because they’re busy right now so can’t join in with the recent album.)

831 (八三夭). Another band that brings forth a refreshing feeling to their music. I especially love their “Why I Cried” song. They lean toward the rock and roll path more than the usual pop so it might take getting used to. But they have their own uniqueness.

io Band (io樂團). Rock band. They sure have style. If you like rock, it’s a must check out.

Gentleman. Their name tripped me since it’s more than one person so it should be “Gentlemen.” But other than that, I guess I’ll live, lol. Seriously though, they could be fun to listen to.

MIXION. Max and Steven. Looks and voice. Nice? They do have some fun songs as well.

Last but not least?

JPM. Yup, I saved them last on purpose. I will tell you that I’m already past the age that I could listen to loud music and enjoy it. LOL! But JPM’s one of those bands that I could enjoy both heartwarming songs and at times, like the song at the beginning of this post–upbeat, uplifting, energetic ones. I will also say that I wasn’t into their previous bands that much, mostly because of the number of bands within the industry so it was SO hard to keep up. But what got me into listening to them was none other than the drama I had followed for several months and fell in love with, True Love 365. If you want to get a sample, you could go hunt them down on YouTube (i.e. click on the credit and it should take you to their official channel) or check out my review of their second album.

Okay, SO not all of them are eye candies, considering some of the new bands. But they make up in talents and variety. Some of the coolest bands out there aren’t considered all that ‘hot’ either but are known for their music.

*Images were either scanned by DTLCT or were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

Momo Love: The Goods

I know it wasn’t getting up there with the ratings while it aired or attempted to draw in viewers–or so some might think. But I enjoyed it a lot because of its lighthearted nature and how it reminded me of the university days. Many could relate to its experiences–though some might think it was overly exaggerated, I felt that I want to point out some things that made it great.

NOTE: The numbers are there to keep track of how many good points the drama has and NOT listed in events of significant (of one surpassing another or anything like that).

1 Refreshing collaboration among the cast. Aside from several parties who are in the same band or had some past collaboration, the overall cast was very fresh. They came together to make this drama work and it was really something. Sure, some had a hard time adjusting to their roles or others needing to change his or her image to suit the role but it gave off a very fresh feeling.

2 The Chen family. It was nice to see such a large amount of people in the same family. It was crazy at times but it was funny also, seeing different relationships that they developed throughout.

3 Everyone has his/her own story. It’s rare to pull off nowadays since most dramas only focus on the main leads and second leads. That’s it. Yet with this drama being a family one, it allows for a lot of possibilities, letting us see each character having his or her own story without the feeling of anyone hogging the camera too long. Even if they needed to focus on the main couple the most but it was spread out.

4 Each couple have a different story. This is sort of like the previous but not really since this is covering the romance department more. Each couple had their own beginning and other developments throughout, making it unique for each case and more addicting to watch.

5 The interval at which some of the major characters appear. I like the spread out of it all since it wouldn’t crowd the scenes OR make it draggy. If they let the others like Xiao Xue, Gong Hui Qi or Xue Zhi Qiang appear so early in the story, they would end up getting draggy and/or messed up plotline. The spread-out appearances made it a nice pace and NOT too overdone. They didn’t have to rush at the end to make everything work out–as much.

6 Jiro and Cyndi = Jindi. I don’t know. It seems like they don’t look compatible or could not make it work, but I feel there’s this cuteness about them that’s hard to resist. Their off-screen interaction was even more funny, considering they had more freedom than just following the script. Anyway, seeing them wearing matching outfits gets to me all the time while watching the drama. Some people might think that they are too dull or not lively enough BUT I thought it is considered normal, NOT creating the hype on purpose just to crank the excitement up. In fact, I thought there were many conflicts they had to face already, so making their characters even more exaggerated or jumpy would’ve been too much, not to mention clashing with the other characters in here.

7 Gabe Lan and Cynthia Wang as Cheng and Xiao Xue. Seriously, that was way too funny. For some weird, weird reason, I love watching their story more than some of the other ones. Since they were so into fighting each other off and attempting to sabotage each other at first. The developing of their relationship, later on, was funny as well, considering how they kept somewhat of a secret from the others. Somehow, I felt they were the most like husband and wife, especially the part in the hospital when Shi Lang was shot, they were working together as a team–and like how often seen in husband and wife. Not to mention the shirt he was wearing at that time. (I mentioned this in my episode review before.)

8 The Chen twins: Zhuan and He (Sphinx and Godfrey Gao). They cracked me up each time with their opposite personalities–though they were supposed to be twins. Zhuan was always so knowledgeable and very scholarly, patient (or what it seemed) while He was all actions, quite hot-headed but quite athletic–thus gaining numerous admirers. One of the funniest parts that I remembered about them was the part where all of the brothers were trying to put in their birthdates to see which one was Tao Hua’s #1 brother (aka the best brother) and they failed one by one. When it was Zhuan’s turn and it didn’t work, He ended up grabbing the keyboard to type his birthdate in. Zhuan immediately yelled at him for being an idiot. It sounded mean, BUT it made sense BECAUSE they were twins, OF COURSE, it didn’t work!

9 Jing Lun and Jia Ying as Yu Yi and Hui Qi. Although Hui Qi caused some of the problems in here, it was too hard to hate her after learning of her bond to Shi Lang since little. Maybe it had to do with her angelic image. Aside from that, I really liked seeing them together. They were just too cute, too compatible.

10 Godfrey Gao and He Mi as He and Xiao Mi. I didn’t really want to put them in since though they were fun to watch, I felt it was a tad on the side of cliche. YET I remembered the parts where they were together with the other couples and it was really fun to watch so I thought I might as well include them.

11 Ken Chu and Annie Chen. Didn’t put it ‘as their characters’ because the last part was a bit off that she suddenly decided to go with someone else BUT came back later. I know that was harsh of me, but it felt a tad too random–even for a comedy. They were just emphasizing some possibilities in life yet I didn’t like it as much. What I do like was seeing these two pair off. It was interesting.

12 The four ‘psycho’ Chen brothers. Honestly, I just love them though they were so evil. It wasn’t because of their looks or because they were so talented only. But it was because of what they would go through to protect their little sister–even if they went over the line. It looked so exaggerated at times, but I think others who have siblings would be able to sympathize with them. If you have one over-protective brother, multiply it by four and you get the result of them.

13 Honduras as Jiro’s father. Honestly, that was just too funny! I was glad they made him so laid-back and understanding. I was sick and tired of seeing the father-in-law criticizing the daughter-in-law for being ‘not good enough’ for his son. He was so supportive of Shi Lang and Tao Hua, even helping Tao Hua to pass the test with her cooking skills. The funniest part was he hypnotized himself to sleep! The bond between him and Shi Lang was really good also. I liked how the production team made them look like they were father and son for real (or at least I had that impression).

14 Great casting. At first, when I saw how they were at the press conference, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. But after they were placed into their roles with the right image, it finally fell into place for me. I actually felt that each character was suitable for the roles given–regardless of what role they played in here.

15 Awesome filming technique. Personal opinion, of course. I really liked the idea of shooting using the black and white approach during flashbacks, story recounts or daydreaming ones. It brought some sense of the old-time comedic feelings back. There were other techniques too, but I have forgotten somewhat because of a gap between watching and doing this review. BUT I really liked the style overall.

ANOTHER NOTE: These were just my personal opinions and I just want to share with fellow fans out there. It was not mean to sell anything to others and DO NOT intend to force any beliefs on anyone either. PEACE!

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Momo Love: Episode 13

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

To continue with that mystery at the end of the previous episode, things were not going well at all. Obviously, especially if it was true regarding the matter OR if the swap was just between the two families or all the families that were victims of that one nurse’s cruel game.

After drawing some blood for some DNA testing (finally, since everyone had calmed down after the initial shock of the story that both fathers recounted), everyone went home to wait for the result. While Chen Ba Ba and Chen Ma Ma were arguing over the whole matter, the others were mulling it over themselves. And why was He so happy? That was no time to joke.

When things were getting hectic at the Chen household, it was not any better at the Shi household since they were as worried for Shi Lang’s being–and the possibilities of the outcome. What would the result bring to them all? Preparing Shi Lang for the situation might be the best? Or was it? But that was a great father and son hug–regardless of blood relations. For the first time, Shi Lang agreed to hug Shi Ba Ba. He looked so happy. Love Shi Ba Ba although he could be a bit strange at times.

While everyone was worried out of their wits, Yu Yi and Hui Qi seemed to be in their own world. Yes, they were equally worried about the results since it also affected Yu Yi but it wasn’t as bad for him regardless of the result. It was still funny that Yu Yi and Hui Qi were still able to laugh about the matter. Yu Yi honestly wanted Hui Qi to go look for Shi Lang? Yeah right! That was still funny with his mumbling rant. Aww…that was so cute! They must be the cutest couple in here! (Sorry Shi Lang and Tao Hua!)

So funny that Yu Yi was getting special treatment all of a sudden. Not to mention that the others were being really sneaky about it. Why did they need to make up an excuse for being there anyway? Oh…no wonder they had to sneak around.

And that was almost so touching with Zhuan declaring that Yu Yi would always be their brother. A little bonding between them. But did he have to put such a strong emphasis on the matter? Not that Yu Yi did not appreciate their effort in including him in the family, but did he have to hit Yu Yi on the head while doing that?

Another touching scene with Yu Yi and Chen Ma Ma.

I always thought that Qi was in control of the situation regardless of the matter but I guess I was wrong since he was super clueless on stuff too. Too bad. Can’t blame him, considering what was going on these past days at the Chen resident.

Ekk…Tao Hua ran away from home? Again? Of course, it had to do with Shi Lang. This time, things were even more serious but still. The Chen household was once again in turmoil since they were back at looking for Tao Hua. Sounds super familiar all right. Just as they finally decided to pursue the matter on foot, Cheng received a call from Xiao Xue. Huh? Shi Lang was also missing? So He was right?

Was Hui Qi exaggerating? Seriously, would Shi Lang and Tao Hua jump? She was getting infected with the Chen clan’s vivid imagination all right. Possibly the effects of sticking around Yu Yi too much. And Yu Yi still find the time to act lovey-dovey? All right.

Another touching moment before the results would be delivered to them all. It was hard to imagine the Chen clan without Yu Yi. They finally showed some appreciation for Yu Yi–even if they usually bully him. It was a routine, right? A part of their life. It wouldn’t be the same if there was no Yu Yi.

Before the result could come out or they could find Shi Lang and Tao Hua, another drama unrolled for them. Well, for Qi actually since Kai Li was breaking up with him. I sort of guessed what happened earlier (since Qi kept delaying the talk because of other matters) and seriously I don’t blame her but that was too sad for Qi. He was a family man. Everything revolved around his family. If only people would appreciate him for that.

So after 7 dragging days of waiting, they finally get to see the results. They could finally sigh out in relief since Yu Yi was their brother after all. So that meant Shi Lang was not their brother. That was relief all right. But not sure if he was Shi Ba Ba’s son. Although that did not matter since they’ve been living together for so long but it was good to know too. Qi and Cheng played a trick on them? How could they? So funny that the twins were attacking Cheng though.

Aww…poor Zhuan. Yet he was so cute. Trying to get sympathy from Chen Ma Ma. (But then he did not realize Qi just got dump so they were both single after all.) So funny how he even hugged Chen Ba Ba too. What was that? Even Yu Yi has a girlfriend and he doesn’t? Aww…now their parents made Cheng help him get one.

Aww…Xiao Du Juan so cute! And Shi Zhi Qiang? Honestly?

Yay, Yu Yi’s back to tell us about the happenings since they were last together under the same roof. So Qi and Kai Li reconciled? And I thought Qi was so unlucky that he ended up alone. At least that was a happy ending. So funny that Cheng and Xiao Xue were still fighting like once upon a time. And I thought Shi Ba Ba and Chen Ba Ba already worked out their disagreements. Still funny.

So after that heated debate between Shi Ba Ba and Chen Ba Ba, we were brought back to Yu Yi’s little narration! Wow! Yu Yi was busy all right!

Picture time! Finally! And Yu Yi was right, where in the world was Zhuan? Wasn’t Yu Yi the one who the others usually forget about?

Problem solved! And I almost thought that it was Zhuan’s kid but it was actually Yu Yi’s kid. That answered the question with Yu Yi saying that he had four (but we only saw three so far). How dared Yu Yi assume that Zhuan’s gay? LOL! He was just picky! Not to mention fate didn’t touch him yet! Well, it was late but better than never, right? It was a small world after all. But nice… (Funny that their mother was also asking about Zhuan’s preference. That was a cute exchange between Zhuan and the girl! Cute!) Phew! So they finally get to take the picture after much delay.

It ended with a rating of .69, which could not be helped since it has been lagging since its airing. However, must say that it was still one of the most enjoyable dramas regardless of how the majority of the public had judged it to be.

*All images were  captured by DTLCT

Momo Love: Episode 12

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

Chen Ba Ba and Chen Ma Ma were quite sneaky themselves. The four crazy brothers must have gotten that from them. Can’t blame them for being anxious though since it was a very special occasion. Their son’s future depended on it.

Exactly, wasn’t the occasion for Xiao Du Juan’s celebration? So much for it. Lucky they dodged out of the situation right away. Phew! Nice, Qi and Cheng dodged out of the situation as well! They planned everything well. (Love Cheng’s bragging, lol. “What can I do?” Nice…)

Okay, that was a tad over. Possibly WAY over. How could that hurt Tao Hua so bad? I thought the guys’ yelling was louder than hers. But that was another excuse to leave the scene. Too exaggerated but still funny. The Chen clan was really united tonight to make it happen for Yu Yi.

Moving on to more important matters, especially the time when Yu Yi finally got to be the main guy–like he wanted all along. Aww…so Yu Yi made it. And more references to Charlie Chaplin! But too bad that everything did not turn out as expected. Of course, that would’ve been more realistic but still a shame. At least Hui Qi did not just jump in because of other factors (like recently losing Shi Lang or feeling sorry for Yu Yi). JL’s song came on again for the sake of the scene.

One could not be sad for long though since it was revealed that the rest of the Chen clan were inside the secret headquarter place to watch the scene unfold. Better than watching TV? Qi was always Qi after all. Couldn’t take failure lightly. What were they going to do anyway? They could not force things.

Though things did not turn out too good for Yu Yi, we get to see more of Shi Lang and Tao Hua. But then someone was sneaking around behind them! Who else but Xue Zhi Qiang. He was so funny acting like that though, thinking that they did not see him. Shi Lang had sharp eyes. Of course, Xue Zhi Qiang couldn’t pull that one on him. Was Tao Hua that clueless not to notice? Or was all her attention on Shi Lang that she couldn’t care less about her surroundings?

So Xue Zhi Qiang decided to quit it since he was exposed already. But what now? (Cyndi looks so small between those two guys!) Shi Lang looked so cute trying to listen to music while the other two were having a talk. Good for Tao Hua with wanting Shi Lang around at that time. It looked more like Shi Lang was pretending to listen to music but he eavesdropped in on them hence the smile. I swear it seemed like a satisfaction smile.

Xue Zhi Qiang sure was long-winded all right. It took him half a day to talk and he still wasn’t finished. Ekk… Was Shi Lang nodding off? No wait, Shi Lang was supposed to listen to music. (LOL) And Xue Zhi Qiang made a move again! Lucky Shi Lang was there to save Tao Hua! Phew! And finally, someone took the hint to leave. But he was creepy all right! Jumping back just like that.

Hahahaha, I knew it! Shi Lang got exposed! He reacted too fast to the other incident so of course, it was suspicious. How was he able to react so fast if he wasn’t listening? Still, a very cute scene!

Whoa! Just thought when things could not be any more unlucky for Yu Yi, it turned way down again. At least he got a chance to save the beauty, right? But these guys were way more serious than the other dude who they encountered last time. Yeah, why was Yu Yi smiling? They were supposed to be in danger.

Chen Ba Ba got to be kidding right? How could they do anything all tied up like that? He just had to assume away. Crazy all right! But then he figured it out. It wasn’t late after all or those two would be tied up for a very long time. At least he called the cops. Phew!

Chen Ba Ba really knew how to take advantage of the situation all right. He jumped right in to decide everything for them BUT was still funny. Yu Yi was sooo slow. But lucky Chen Ba Ba set him straight. The others were giving him looks though. Of course, why was Yu Yi so happy when Hui Qi just got robbed? And shame on Yu Yi for badmouthing Chen Ba Ba. To think that Chen Ba Ba went through all those work for him.

Aww…another family dinner. They sure looked like a family all right. Did Chen Ma Ma had to shoot them down like that? But then she turned around to give herself all the credit after seeing Qi on TV? LOL! Zhuan had to remind her about it.

Eh…Hui Qi was taking a keen interest on Yu Yi now? Or was it just plain curiosity? Why was she sneaking up on Yu Yi? Still, that was a start. They had a romantic picnic together. How nice! Was just kidding. Wishful thinking on Yu Yi’s part but still. Yu Yi was crazy though! Jumping into the water like that. Well, she was smiling because of his effort. Too bad he couldn’t see.

Eh…why were they always eating? Looks good though. Why was He getting friendly with Hui Qi? What happened to Xiao Mi? Or was he just being nice? What was Zhuan mumbling about again? More old man philosophy? (Nah, was just keeping the conversation going.) Oh…nice convo, but where was Yu Yi? LOL! They got yelled at again! Of course, they had to go find him and NOT sit around pondering like that. More power from Chen Ma Ma. Wouldn’t want to upset her.

Yu Yi’s luck needed to turn soon. Why did he get himself stuck in such situations again? Who was this old man? So weird. Well, at least Yu Yi managed. Hopefully so. What was with all those questions? 21 Questions time? Uh…I didn’t think those crazy maniacs love Yu Yi all that much while they were bullying him all those times. Wrong philosophy. Oh wow! So there was a purpose after all! He wasn’t just running into all these people out of randomness. Well, Yu Yi got to eat so it was not all for nothing. So funny, Yu Yi fell asleep with the guy’s speech.

On the other hand, the little ride on the water with the grandfather was more successful since there were interesting stories to share. Yu Yi almost blew it! Phew! Er…so it was really fate? Yu Yi wasn’t bluffing. No wonder Hui Qi was saying those words when she saw Yu Yi in the picture she captured. Grandpa didn’t realize how wrong he was in declaring that. Yu Yi and Hui Qi already met. In fact, that was why Yu Yi even went all out on searching for them. Aww…poor Grandpa. Great that Yu Yi let him have a hug though. Probably he needed that since he missed his grand-daughter too much. And Yu Yi got to stay! Yay! At least that made him happy. More with Yu Yi daydreaming. Honestly, Yu Yi needed to get a grip but that was so cute. I honestly don’t blame the others for giving him weird looks though. He was acting so weird to them.

Grandpa scared the world out of him! Of course, Grandpa already caught on! Yu Yi was acting super suspicious all right! And that was a touching little clip that Yu Yi captured of Grandpa’s speech to Hui Qi. And another hug between Yu Yi and Grandpa! At least Yu Yi initiated it this time around. It was a change that someone appreciated him for once.

While Yu Yi was enjoying himself at the Gong resident, the others were worried sick for him at home, including Hui Qi. If only they knew. But if the four brothers knew, what would they do? Beat Yu Yi up for making them worry?

Yu Yi finally came back! Aww…Hui Qi was starting to like Yu Yi. Good! But then bad for Yu Yi since he managed to stumble upon unfortunate incidents again. Then the four brothers were making everyone dizzy with their pacing. Qi yelling at Tao Hua? A first! (Not really since he was just really worried for Yu Yi.) But it wasn’t as bad as Chen Ma Ma attacking the brothers. And why were they still arguing about blood? Did Zhuan have to be so technical? Oh well… But poor the guys, got beaten up again. And they were punished again. At least this was for others’ benefit. Qi still had the voice to order his brothers around. That was probably the advantage of being the oldest.

And why were they having a party in Yu Yi’s room? That was supposed to be a place for him to rest peacefully. Still, they had to get back at Yu Yi for causing them to donate blood, right? Even if that was supposed to be for the good. And what? Yu Yi has amnesia? How repetitive could it get? Why was it always amnesia? But let’s see how it progress. But so much for it. He managed to get some revenge out of it anyway, driving the brothers nuts though they could not do anything back. But the others were back at it again with their vivid imagination and twisted minds.

Can’t believe they were using the same old technique! The pitiful look! But how could they tell Hui Qi to do such a thing? What if Yu Yi did not remember? Wouldn’t it have been all a joke? They’ve got to be kidding, right?

Ooooohhhh…yes! That was good all right! Of course, he had to pretend or the others would’ve killed him already. Clever move. So funny though that he could finally get out the goodies for her. Food and then some more. And then everything was resolved since Yu Yi miraculously recovered (thanks to Hui Qi’s story) and the Chen brothers were happy and more than grateful for her help. They seriously were clueless. But luckily they didn’t know or they would’ve torn Yu Yi apart.

What? So Chen Ba Ba and Shi Ba Ba knew each other? Wow! That was one big mess…then…ekkk! Don’t tell me! There was a switch? I blame the nurse for playing such a trick! How mean! Irresponsible too. If she wanted to play something like that, she should’ve to play tricks on her co-workers and not those poor babies. Gosh! She mixed them all up. That was such a sad closure for this episode. If those two were actually switched, that means Shi Lang is Tao Hua’s brother? Couldn’t be, right? That crazy nurse did switch it around like crazy so it might not be them. Have to wait for the last episode to see though.

It actually went up to .76 for this week but probably won’t save its rating much.

*All images were captured by DTLCT