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Miss Hong Kong 2001

Definite signs of deterioration. No doubt about it. Though the opening was interesting but still…the entertainment parts were always way better for some reason. I must say that each year they managed to come up with a different theme. Not bad. The contestants were introduced and they had to list why they were eligible to enter the next round. Man, most of them were definitely bragging. Guess they were testing to see if the contestants could be witty without being arrogant. BUT it was hard.
The hosts: Eric, Louis, and Sonija…
Judges: Pauline, Gallen, Charmaine, Hacken, and some others…
Definitely signs of TVB using internal resources more than ever. Gallen looks so handsome though! (*mwuhahaha*) Charm looks so cute in that outfit. (Okay, I know half of the population hates her but I have my moments with her.)
Scenes when they were outside usually make them look better for some reason. Strange…
After Patrick Tang and some people performed, we were finally led into the questioning part. PHEW…not sure how worse it could get but whatever. Sonija get to introduce the contestants while Eric and Louis were in charge of grilling the contestants. GOSH…it’s killing me. Eric and Louis should kill them all already so they couldn’t pass. #6 was all right. At least she didn’t stutter. (Though it was all right that she mixed her languages.) Where in the world did they get all these contestants? AND poor Eric, had to look up so much. These girls are honestly too tall. #18’s question was funny. George Washington was still holding the ax, LOL! Darn! These girls are killing me. Shirley’s question was the easiest BUT she didn’t get it? How slow could she get? Only like about 3 could provide some decent answers.
Jordan Chan will take them to Japan? Poor Jordan! I actually like the effects where Jordan was drawing/painting and the pictures came to live. That was about it. Then there was also the part they were transported to the city and other areas. Very exotic and cool. That was about it. No comment regarding the ‘beauties’. I thought they looked better when they covered up because their bodies were too much of a sight to me. (Seriously, I must agree with Eric that most of them looked like they haven’t gone through puberty yet.)
Last part before they picked top 12? Joey Yung and Ekin Cheng. (What a coincidence!) Joey Yung look better than the contestants! (I know that was mean but honestly.) Interesting story. Kind of cute… I already gone out of the ‘Ekin’ phase so I wasn’t really paying attention. (But I think Ekin must have improved in his singing or something? Since he sounded better than the last time.) The settings were quite grand though. The crew totally make it happen.
Miss Photogenic? Shirley got it? Umm…no comment. I guess she seemed better than most of them for some reason.
They were each given a lamp and would take the label off. The ones who got the ‘X’ would be out.
Gilbert Lam was the person who introduced the judges at the beginning of the 2nd part? Cool! I totally forgot about him! He’s so cool. Too bad he doesn’t get to stick around much. Or perhaps that was better since it would be too much to stand.
(I didn’t want to say it before but I was seeing the pattern of ‘Angels of Missions’ people in here. BUT of course AOM was after this. But still interesting to see.)
I totally forgot that Leon was in here also since he opened up the show with his performance. (Snore-land though it was an upbeat song.) The whole time he was singing, I was like, “Hand it to Aaron already.” Mean, I know. But I was yawning too much. He’s not suitable for upbeat songs.
The next part was funnier though – much more entertaining – since Hacken was seen walking along with Natalis and Alan on the camels, trying to find their way to the show, LOL. Natalis and Alan were pondering if they were lost, LOL. And then Hacken was saying they heard Leon’s voice so they must be going in the right direction. Alan was even saying how Hacken was easily fooled by Eric’s words (i.e. he was the one who told them the directions, lol). Then the contestants get to tell everyone their dreams and/or goals. But Natalis, Alan, and Hacken’s rants were funnier. Eric had been in some sort of accident (according to their recounts) so he was unable to make it.
The next part was cool since they managed to invite this one pro acrobat lady to do some really cool tricks. Then Bernice Liu came out, dancing and singing. Cool. Suitable for the theme. She was so glamorous. Okay, the contestants had to use the objects given to describe one another. They were divided into pairs, of course. I love Alan and Hacken! They were so funny, arguing with each other like that instead of asking the questions, LOL. Bernice changed again to continue the song – or at least until the next sets of contestants came out. Watching the contestants try to find some compliments to praise each other with the objects given was too funny! At least they were improving. OR it seemed to get a tad better than having them answering trivial questions. Bernice changed again! Whoa! That was fast. Anyway, still cool.
Okay, the next part of questioning – more trivial questions, LOL. There were three sets of questions – middle school, high school, and college. (OR something like that.) If they answer right, they would advance one step up. If not, they would be lower one level. The questioning would start at their current educational level. The contestants changed outfits again. Nice outfits, LOL. I think the contestants were better in these set of questions since they were more used to the straight fact question-answer than the critical thinking ones. At least it’s reassuring on some level since it would be more encouraging to watch. Shirley did slightly better in this one.
The next part was a really cute yet entertaining story. Aaron Kwok and Coco Lee. (I was a bit surprised that they were able to invite Coco to participate.) Aaron got to sing his ‘Para Para’ song! LOL! (This sort of solves my question with why Aaron wasn’t opening before. This was more fun.)
Anyway, after that, we get to witness the contestants sing and dance with 60 children. The children were so cute! (I don’t know, I just didn’t care as much for the contestants regardless of how much they improved for this round.)
They were trying to do it different this year. Getting rid of three at a time until they reached top 5. Don’t know it would come to that but I guess it was something to keep people tune in. Hacken’s so funny!
Eric’s return. Awww…Alan was subbing for Eric. Just when Eric return, they made him be the bad guy to eliminate 3 contestants, LOL. Still funny. What was Hacken looking at, kept staring at Eric’s head. So funny that Eric was reassuring the others to come back next year, LOL.
More questionings. They were given a statement and then they had to pick if they agree with the phrase or not. Then they had to argue for or against it. Alan was too funny! He lost during the first time! He and Hacken are cracking me up! Hacken was saying how Alan was only the witness and did not have to input. It got even funnier when they were attempting to translate for this one contestant. Then Alan translated before she was even finished. Natalis was poking at Alan for it. (Actually, he was pretending to talk about Alan with Hacken, LOL.) Man, it was way funnier watching the hosts argue. Man, Natalis’ comment!
They invited Anne to help with determining who had beautiful skin? Shirley got it. I guess the judges were careful and inspected everything so no complaints.#3, #9, and #18 got the creativity prize since they were able to impress the judges with their cooking skills and creation.
I totally forgot that Jacky was in here! Cool! I guess it wouldn’t be complete without him. Jacky and Kelly Chen? OKAY…but for all the fun of it. Funny ending since he was just dreaming and his wife (portrayed by Kelly) was rousing him up. So much for it…(LOL) Again, save the best for last, right? Since it was supposed to be the last performance before they eliminate 3 more. But the top 12 got to return so they could announce the ‘most improved’ prize and the Miss International Goodwill. #4 got ‘most improved’ and #6 got Miss International Goodwill. Not bad. I don’t know. Somehow they looked better around this time. *shrugs*
Alan, Hacken, and Natalis were arguing over who should sing for the last part? But they ended up using the dancing routines to determine who was the top 4. At least they didn’t have to argue. That was interesting that Johnson Lee was one of the ones holding the sign up when they were answering the last round of questions. #2 and #3 got eliminated after that.
The ones who were eliminated had to come out and tell us who they support to be the winner. #6 got 3rd place, #4 got 2nd, and of course Shirley got first. Not bad. NOT the best of all time, but I guess it will have to do.

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Miss Hong Kong 1999

So, what about 1999? Cool opening. This year, the girls got to sing more than the previous years. (Again, probably cutting back on inviting the famous guests. Possibly a way to recruit new singers.) Still, in a way, it helped to see that they were so united in various parts.
New way to start the show. Letting them walk around and grade their different features and/or body parts.
Finalists for the nice/beautiful legs: #5, #7, #17, #15; Winner: #15
Beautiful Skin: #4, The Most Fit: #14
Finally questioning part…*sigh*I must admit that though they were not as pretty as expected, but they were more intelligent and/or more fluent than last year’s. They seemed to understand and interact better. At least for most of them, comparing to last year. #9 was really good! Man, she guessed right! Sonija’s answer! Funny yet her explanation made sense. I don’t even know why Myolie even got in! She couldn’t get past Eric or Chin Ka Lok in the first round. (Okay, so she got the fitness prize, but so what?)
The next part was testing how well the contestants handled rumors. Interesting since it would bring forth how well mannered they are. Not to mention to see how they would react. (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it was a chance to wear their evening gowns. Kind of nice.)
Finally something to see. Or at least in the entertainment department. They have to go find 4 key elements to help save the earth, lol. The first one is the key of intelligence. Daniel Chan led the first group. The second one is the stone of true love and the group was led by Edmond Leung. The third group was led by Eason Chan and they had to find the (?) of leisure. (Sorry, too fast, wasn’t really paying attention) The fourth guy was Ronald Cheng and they had to find the sword of bravery.
Miss Photogenic? LOL! Funny how the hosts were explaining how it works, lol. Louis kept calling Sonija his fiancee, lol. So cute!
Interesting way to know the result. Probably another way to livening up things.
Anyway, the opening of the second part, more of the contestants singing the songs themselves instead of having some famous guest do it. Natalis joined the other hosts. Again, always good to see Eric and Natalis together as a team. (They’re more on par with each other than the others. Not that the others aren’t good but Eric and Natalis are on the same level, so their jokes toward each other aren’t as awkward though the others tried.) What they lack in popular singers and/or popular music, they made up for the different performances of the variety of musicals. Interesting to see and learn more regarding the cultural aspects. (Clever move by TVB. I know it’s a TVB move to cut back on inviting famous singers BUT I actually like the idea of presenting different parts of cultures into this one.) Michael Tse came into the scene around the time they were doing some stunts, LOL! He participated in some fight scenes. (But of course there was also some dancing as well.) Different stunts were done and the tricks were quite entertaining. (Probably a lot of hard-work. Man, quite nerve-wrecking during some scenes, especially the one they were carrying the kid and raising him to the second level while doing jump ropes.)
Fun questioning part since if the contestant was wrong, she would be lowered one step. #2 only got one right? LOL! #4 has none right? Honestly? OKAY… #5 got 4 right out of 5. Wow! Still hope. #9 got 4 right out of 5. Hmmm… #11 got 4 out of 5 as well. Sonjia? 3 out of 5. Not bad. Myolie? 4 out of 5? Really? OKAY… #17 got 3 out of 5. #18 got 2 right. #19 got only 1 right. It was getting funnier. #20 got 3 right.
More questions but this time they are asking contestants to vote for one another. #11 is seriously stuck up. #2 was clever, LOL! Who was fake or who was playing on words? LOL! Some of them are actually very funny.
They actually do more questions this year – or so it seems. It gives them more chances to prove themselves – or make a fool of themselves. YET it puzzles me even more and more why Myolie even got in. She wasn’t as impressive as the rest of them. Sure, some of them were not that great. But it wasn’t like she surpassed the others. #20 was really funny with her answer regarding who she wanted to get rid of. (#12 so they wouldn’t have to compete, LOL.) At last she wasn’t fake about it.
After announcing to us that #4 won the Miss Healthy prize (?), they were back with showing us how the contestants were choosing their own outfits, etc.
Okay, bikinis. Recycled ones. Well, ’cause they were trying to reminisce past Miss Hong Kongs so they were doing the theme of letting the contestants wear past ones. PHEW! Darn! Sonija almost took a fall. Lucky she was strong or managed to regain herself in time. Another contestant almost fall too. I swear there was something with the steps.
Sonija got the Miss Congeniality? Lucky she got it. (For some reason, I remember it was Myolie. Lucky I remember wrong.)
Okay, last skit before they moved on to top 5. Aaron Kwok and Kelly Chen. Of course can’t forget William So and Michael Tse either. (I forgot Cecilia Cheung was in the story too.)
Singing the top 5? LOL! Well, sort of since they were trying to see who was in or out. Trying to crank the hype up again. Eric doesn’t want to be host anymore ’cause his niece didn’t make it? LOL! Seriously, some of the other ones got better answers than Myolie. Oh well, the damage is already done.
Best smile? WHAT?! Alan Tam picked Myolie? Seriously? Marsha’s smile is the best among all since she really lightens up the whole atmosphere with her smile. Sally got better taste! LOL! AND Mr. Kwok was really cool. #4 and #12 definitely won in that area.
Regardless of all my criticism, I actually like the idea of having them sing the song ‘Peng You’. Kind of touching. (Even if it was leaning on the side of fakeness, lol. Sorry, had to squeeze that in.) The flashbacks were kind of heart-warming.Though I was wondering if they were scoring points with Alan Tam, LOL! At least I think someone got through already.
Before they announced the results, Sonija snatched another prize. (YAY! Well, let me just say that anyone snatching a prize is better than Myolie.) OF course Myolie got third place while Marsha Yuan got 2nd (PHEW). Let’s just be glad Myolie didn’t get the prize. BUT if I had to pick, I rather let #7 be third and it would be perfect. At least for that year.

ICAC 2009: Episode 5

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

The final case was about public and private usage of cars. Like said in the overall review, this case was trying to shoot two birds with one stone by having one major case and one minor case.

This started out with a driver coming into the ICAC department to report on the misuse of shuttle services among several parties.

What happened was Mok Yau Kuen (portrayed by Evergreen Mak) and Wong Hou Nam (portrayed by Louis Yuen) were abusing the shuttle services by using it for transporting Mok Yau Kuen’s girlfriends and himself to various places other than for the purpose of work. Wong Hou Nam was the one who started the whole idea because he wanted to please Mok Yau Kuen considering of Mok’s occupation and high position. By making Mok happy, Wong was able to get many papers signed and made his boss happy. However, through many misuses of the shuttle services, the driver was not able to hold it in any longer after suffering through such extreme work schedule and empty promises. He finally came in to report to the ICAC department of the illegal activities after having quit because he was yelled at after veering the truck safely out of harm’s way since a car just sped by and almost killed them all.

The second case was about some parties trying to please a highway inspector, Jason (portrayed by Stephen Huynh),  into signing the papers that ensured their project and progress by bribing him with cars. The flip side of it was not only that it was illegal, but it was because his driver’s license was recently revoked due to reckless driving.

The irony of both cases was that the speeding car that hit the truck transporting Mok Yau Kuen, Wong Hou Nam, and the other girls was Jason’s. That was the beginning of the investigation for both sides also.

Since the driver reported of the shuttle services too late, the ICAC investigators had a hard time finding and convincing the four girls to confess and become witnesses in court. Complications made the girls withdraw from being witnesses and did not show up in court at the scheduled date. It wasn’t until one of the girls’ marriage plans fell apart that the girls finally reunited and appeared at court in time.

The ICAC investigators this time were still the same for some parties while Andy Hui was their boss. Sammul appeared as Ka Ming–who had an awesome scene of running down flights of stairs in the end.

ICAC 2009

I especially like this approach to investigation dramas more than the dragging storyline of the same characters over and over. It could be nice to watch when the storyline is good with a mix of crimes and personal life, but in these cases, it’s better not to have too much randomness. This was 5 episodes long so 1 episode per case.

Anyway, the ICAC Investigators included:
Jessica Hsuan as Annie (Episode 1)
Raymond Wong as Henry (Episodes 1-4)
Pakho Chau as Kenny (Episodes 1-4)
Gregory Lee (Episodes 1-2, 4)
Fiona Sit as Sam Sam (Episodes 2-3)
Maggie Siu as Carrie (Episodes 3-4)
Mariam Yeung as Matilda Yeung (Episode 4)
Andy Hui (Episode 5)
Sammul Chan as Ka Ming (Episode 5)

Cases:

Episode 1 was about the crafty handling of money between a couple and one of the assistants at the husband’s company. There were also others involved in the acts (including Ellesmere Choi). Bowie Lam and Krystal Tin portrayed the husband and wife while Vivien Yeo was the assistant. Jessica was leading the case while Raymond Wong, Pakho Chau, Gregory Lee, and various other ICAC investigators were following the suspects. Lau Kong made an appearance as Krystal’s father.

Episode 2 involved a conspiracy between a group of friends who had inside information regarding a building project in an attempt to benefit from the compensation fees. Sonjia Kwok, Yoyo Mung, and Halina Tam were best friends while Derek Kwok portrayed Sonija’s husband and Raymond Cho was Yoyo’s boyfriend. The ICAC investigators involved in this case were Raymond Wong, Pakho Chau, Fiona Sit, and Gregory Lee.

Episode 3 was about three guys trying to con the insurance company by faking a death with all the legit information throughout the whole process of buying the insurance policy to the death scenes. Johnny Ngan was the guy who posed as the deceased’s brother. Maggie Siu was leading the team this time around with Raymond Wong, Fiona Sit, Pakho Chau, and the others involving in the case. Jason Chan also made an appearance as Fiona’s boyfriend.

Episode 4 was dealing with some clever tricks between the construction workers, the agents (which could be called middlemen), and the actual company that needed people to work on their projects. Kenny Wong portrayed the middleman. Maggie Siu was leading the team again with Raymond Wong, Pakho Chau, and some others as the investigators. Mariam Yeung also made a special appearance as one of the madams of ICAC.

Episode 5 was trying to shoot two birds with one stone since it involved two cases–one major and one side one though it intersected with each other, affecting one’s progress and both had to do with cars. Evergreen Mak and Louis Yuen were the bad guys this time around while Stephen made an appearance for the other case. Andy Hui was the person in charge while Sammul Chan and others were investigators.

*Note*: Click into the links to read detailed episode summary and analysis.

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