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Miss Hong Kong 1998

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

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Miss Hong Kong 1994

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

Welcome to the House

This the first sitcom of TVB that I managed to finish and I must admit that it was one interesting journey. It took me several months, of course, because I had to spread them out.
Like(s):

  • Raymond Cho and Johnson Lee as Ah Dee and Ah Mieh. I really like watching them together as friends. They’re a really odd duo since one is super loud and mean at times versues the other being the nice and quiet guy. However, really enjoy their scenes– together or separate. I finally get to see Ray shine in here and how he just manages to be a smart aleck about everything. Although Ah Dee is really loud and keeps taking advantage of Ah Mieh but he really appreciates Ah Mieh’s friendship. Their friendship is fun to watch throughout. I actually wanted to watch this for them and they didn’t disappoint with their performance. Great team.
  • Raymond Cho and Shermon Tang as siblings. It’s really funny to watch them at times, always bickering and stealing food from each other. But we could see that they really care about each other, especially all the times that he buys food for her and all the times she tries to help him.
  • Raymond Cho and Sharon Chan as Ah Dee and Ah Fah. They’re so funny and cute together. All their stories crack me up to no ends. (What’s funnier is when they’re using Ah Mieh as the shield so they could secretly date without others suspecting them. Poor Ah Mieh.) I’m glad that Ah Dee finally learns to take care of others and somehow forgets about the brand stuffs at the end (since he was too occupied). It’s nice to see how they got back together at the end. Really nice in general to see Ah Dee cooking for everyone at the end.
  • Kingdom Yuen as Ko Lai. It’s funny how she became one of my favorite characters later on. Her obsession with keeping everything clean is funny in a way. Maybe because she’s so hard working that I don’t mind seeing a different character. Although she does get random like the rest but did not lose her touch. The story to introduce her character was a bit too funny with the whole misunderstanding and the eerie atmosphere.
  • Gill Mohindepaul Singh as Lo Hung Lei. This is my first time watching him and I find him really funny in here. I think he’s one of those rare actors/actresses who could exaggerate without going overboard. (After all, this is a comedy, right?) Still a lot of funny scenes with him, especially after Hung Lei and Ko Lai became best friends.
  • Ram Tseung as So Gun. I really dislike him at first since he’s so full of tricks and it’s not even funny either. However, I like him more later when I understand how he could be lonely all these times and just want to find some friends. It was a bit surprising that he ended up with Chu Lei Nga (Joyce Koi) but still funny to see it turning out that way. No complaints about his acting, of course.
  • Johnson Lee and Nancy Wu as Ah Mieh and Sugar. I really like them in here but it was a bit disappointed to not know if they ended up later or not. But I guess probably did. (Wishful thinking.)
  • Gill Mohindepaul Singh & Johnson Lee as a duo. It’s really funny how everyone in the family thought that they would be taken advantage of when they joined this club. It ended up that they drove everyone there crazy so they were black-listed.
  • Shermon Tang and Chris Lai as Ma Duk On and Ko Yau Ching. I didn’t expect him to come back since everyone keeps appearing and disappearing randomly after their story ended. But glad he came back since they do make a cute pairing.
  • Iris Wong as Chu Chi Ding. I think I’m the only crazy one to like her but I do see it her way later on. She seems mean but it’s because she’s independent and only relies on herself. It’s so funny that she switches target later because of what the fortune-teller told her. It would’ve been funny if she was with Ah Mieh at the end though–I wouldn’t mind later on since she’s actually seem mean on the outside but at least she’s better than that fake author.

Dislike(s):

  • Assumptions. I guess it’s trying to make fun of some people, but it gets super annoying that no one ever shut up and give others a chance to explain but just assume away and jumps in all the time, causing even more misunderstandings. I could remember all the times that everyone didn’t even let Ah Mieh talk but it is until the end that they find out for themselves.
  • Christina Ng as Cheung Yu Moon. It’s not as noticeable at first but later she tries too hard to steal the limelight that it gets super annoying. She’s not made out for comedy. Even if she’s being cast in an older role in here but that doesn’t help either. It’s just too disturbing to watch her being a ‘know-it-all’. I do not even get that she does not know to do the most basic things, like changing the bed sheets. (I know they were trying to portray that she was just really scared of her husband’s situation but using that as an example is being exaggerated. Come on now! How old is she? Even if she doesn’t do it, wouldn’t she know just by watching? All of us have that instinct. Unbelievable.)
  • Annie Chung as Ko Wai Ting. Her character is too ironic since she’s so rude to her uncles and aunts but she acts all virtuous and sympathetic toward grandpa, which doesn’t make sense at all. The script trying too hard to make her sound filial but it’s full of holes. I won’t say anything about her acting since this is the first time watching her, but her character is what irks me sometimes.

Anyway, this is a sitcom after all so it’s about willing to waste time and watch it or not. I mean if you want to relax a bit from stress to laugh about all the randomness, it would be good for taking stress off. But if you want to watch something more meaningful, shouldn’t dive in.
Posted (on Xanga): August 12, 2009
Re-posted: Monday, March 29th, 2010

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