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.

Miss Hong Kong 1996

Okay, I didn’t watch ’97 BUT I seriously have a feeling that ’96 was the last year worth watching regarding beauty and entertainment. I know that ’98 got so many stars and all too, but it seemed that was the only thing that saved the ceremony.

Interesting and funny opening since Eric and Natalis were posing as James Bond wannabes! LOL! Actually, Eric was 097 and Natalis was some similar agent. The contestants were supposed to introduce themselves by the star/artist that others said they looked like. Lee San San was so funny, saying that she was like Eric ’cause of her performance: SUPER.

Though they used Eric and Natalis a lot as the entertainers, those two were too funny. They seemed to be so natural with their stabs at one another. It was still witty back then versus now, getting WAY overboard.

I loved this approach though I know it was another attempt for TVB to recruit talents. They were being separated into groups to either act, sing, dance, host, etc. Then they were being scored and 4 would be eliminated, lol. Man, during the singing thing, I finally feel tortured and feel everyone was really brave since only #2 and #19 could sing without making me shiver, LOL. Wow! The hosting thing was really good! Regardless, I must say they were really fast. They were so creative!

Ooohhh…break time aka more showing off with their beautiful outfits, lol. (While they await the results of course.) Following the evening gown was the swimsuits, lol. Then, of course, the elimination.

Questioning time! How fun, eh? Most of them were very creative, even if they did not know the real answer. Not disappointing at all. It was kind of sad that someone didn’t know about Bruce Lee. Even if she was from overseas, she should’ve heard about it or know some basic stuff. (After all, Bruce Lee was born in the U.S.) Natalis’ secret! LOL! He said he didn’t know it but she know? So funny.

Man…the hosts are killing me! They’re so random and yet it was just to stall for time so the scoring could be locked in. They were bringing up all the past Miss Hong Kongs with the stories. Man, they were crossing out practically everyone! LOL! In fact, they crossed out everyone. So funny! Dripping of sarcasm, aren’t they? Then they were moving into ‘praising themselves’? LOL!

Adam Cheng singing! Yay! Man, miss the guy’s songs.

So after the long rant, we get to see the results (with the contestants wearing colorful long traditional dresses). Oh, almost forgot that they needed to announce the talented Miss Hong Kong, which of course was collected by Lee San San. Talented all right. (Too bad she didn’t get too many chances to show off her skills later on. Perhaps it was the price of winning the prize.) Then it was followed by Miss Photogenic, which was also won by Lee San San.

Results (as announced): #16, #7, #2, #16, #13, #5, #1, #6, #15, #9, #19, #17 (Wait, I heard wrong? How come there are two 16? Hmmm…oh well…)

Moving on to the second part, lol.

Nice opening. Grand… They managed to get the band from the Hong Kong Royal Police to help with the opening. It was grand all right. Faye Wong was next up.

The contestants were brought out and they had to say what roles they would like to take on in the future. (CUE: ANOTHER TVB ATTEMPT TO RECRUIT TALENTS) It was still great to see and hear what the contestants had to say. Some of them were really fake, BUT the ones who said they wanted to portray obnoxious, mean, evil roles were the more honest ones, lol.

Okay, the next part was where they introduced all the four seasons and we were told that the contestants would dressed accordingly. Of course, there would be singers to lead them along. More rants from Eric and Natalis but I don’t mind. They’re probably stalling for time so the contestants could change into their spring outfits. Hacken Lee and his classic hits! Awww…who could forget “Never Change In A Lifetime”, right? (My ultimate favorite of Hacken.) What’s the next season? Summer of course! LOL! Who’s up? Harlem Yu! (I never realized it was him, okay? I wasn’t paying attention to Taiwanese entertainment back then.)

Questioning–finally, lol. They were divided into groups of three for the questionings. Creativity, fast-thinking, and witty replies. Well, at least they got to show their talents–IF they had any. (Mean, I know, but it was pretty obvious who was intelligent and who was not.) #2 was really funny, lol. Well, at least she thought of a story. OKAY, that was mean! Still making fun of Deric Wan and the whole ‘debt collecting’ thing. Lee San San was witty! LOL! Natalis kept mentioning Cecilia! (LOL) #19 wasn’t bad either. I sort of phased out of some others. LOL! NO idea. I was laughing too hard when Eric kept making fun of them to care.

Autumn! Finally! My favorite season after spring. BUT then it was too funny seeing that Eric and Natalis were shut out after they were performing for a bit, LOL. Julian Cheung (ChiLam IF you guys rather go by that name) part after that. The real performance. Since they were just teasing us with Eric and Natalis before. I’m not familiar with his songs so I won’t say much. But must complain about the dresses. The backdrop looked nice, but must they make them wear black? Or was that dark green? Oh well…

BUT I liked the winter theme though! It was too funny! Eric and Natalis still trying to hog the camera! It was so funny when they were introduced. Funny descriptions, lol. They were so sarcastic yet witty! Too bad they were sabotaged by Gallen and Gordon! Man, I love that song! (They were singing “This Winter Isn’t Too Cold” (這個冬天不太冷) by Jacky Cheung.) Eric and Natalis were still trying to sabotage Gallen and Gordon! LOL! Eric was saying how Gallen and Gordon were trying to copy Jacky, lol. What a comeback! Too bad they were cut short by Sunny’s appearance. Yup, remake of Shanghai Bund year so they had to promote it. (Typical TVB…) But it was sooo funny. (I think after Sunny’s done with all those lines, he needs a plastic bag! Honestly, they were so mushy! LOL! Poor Sunny!) Lee San San’s comment–so funny! The only one worth listening to really.

Aww…the four seasons ended already. BUT at least Edmond Leung and Andy Hui were worth looking forward to. Yay! They were so funny. And it was so cool seeing them outside (aka off stage). It was always enjoyable to see the beautiful scenery. Andy was the honest one while Edmond was the mischievous one, lol. Still cute. They were cracking me up big time. They rather be stuck on earth with the beauties than returned to their place and dealt with Eric and Natalis? Hilarious! Of course like any other year, the performance was taken onstage again.

Like usual, time to announce Miss Congeniality and then top 5. Eric was commenting on how they had to learn the art of changing clothes as well, lol. True, since they were speedy all right.

Miss Congeniality was #2. (They called it ‘Miss International Goodwill’.) Definitely a good choice since Fiona was really sweet looking and her smile said it all. Really friendly.

Top 5: #18, #1, #19, #13, #2

This was the part where they had to answer questions from the judges. (This sort of reminded me of how the Western beauty pageants are designed, especially the last part with selecting the judges to get questions.)

#1 got Mr. Wong, #13 got Adam (LOL). Eric was commenting on how Lee San San already passed without answering, LOL. (At least passing the door.)  Adam was asking about the strongest point of Hong Kong–to which Lee San San answered with the economy. #19 got Anita, lol. Tough question since it was regarding the food. #18 wasn’t bad.

Last part aka the skit they did while the final scoring was done. Leon, Carina, Alex, and others. Aww…too bad it wasn’t Tony. (I’m too obsessed, lol.) Leon was the painter, Carina was the main actress, and Alex was portraying the male lead (aka the prince). Kind of mushy so it was sore of a snore for me. But still glamorous in its own way.

Okay, finally the hectic yet exciting moment of the night! They had to stand on this one step and answered why they chose that spot–of course, it was labeled as 1-3. #1 was so confident, LOL. #2 guessed she was third, that was cool! She was right! LOL! #13 guessed she was first? Good guess! Confidence but not arrogant (unlike #1 who was in La-La Land, lol). #18 wanted to be taller than her father? Cute! LOL! #19 guessed second for her. Not too arrogant, nice. Second runner up was #2. First runner up was, of course, #18. Those two should’ve been swapped. But still all right. NOT too bad. The winner was, of course, #13! Yay! Lee San San was sooo tall. Anyway, it was so funny how Eric was teasing #1 by saying that the winner was #1, LOL! Natalis was saying how Eric got to be kidding, LOL. But Eric was saying it was 1 + 3 = 13. OKAY….not sure how that works mathematically but funny.

Great results. At least I didn’t feel robbed this year. The last good year.