Year 2017 in Recap

When I thought that 2016 was a terrible year for me, I was wrong. 2017 continued to tank to a new level of crappiness. There were many frustrating things–one after another. It was like when I asked, “How much worse could 2017 be?”, it was like a challenge to the universe. So stuff happening in real life obviously affected how much time I have for this blog or attempted to keep some sort of activity. I did better than last year regarding updates, but that was a lot of effort because I’m still way behind on some news that I wanted to talk about. Yet no time or more like didn’t feel like it at the moment. I continued to get drained to another level that I thought might not be possible–like several days before. Then the pattern just repeated itself at different intervals. I think somewhere along the way, I ended up revamping my blog by getting rid of the too random posts. Like those general update ones. Although my blog already is random on many levels, I didn’t want to just post for the sake of placeholders too much. Anyway, here are some stats for this year.

Total Posts in 2017: 155 (11.7% of all time).

January: 18 (% of the year)
February: 10 (%)
March: 21 (%)
April: 20 (%)
May: 11 (%)
June: 18 (%)
July: 6 (%)
August: 4 (%)
September: 20 (%)
October: 14 (%)
November: 9 (%)
December: 4 (%)

Books Reviews:

Sad, because I actually read a bit this year but didn’t feel like doing reviews for some of them. Maybe I’ll go back to do them later.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

Fan Fiction:

Complete failure–unlike what I promised last year about getting things done. I started looking over some of the fanfics again and managed to get going on some, but I can’t promise how fast it would be rolled out. I’ll get it out when I’m happy with what I wrote.

Songs Translations:

I used “You’re Always Beautiful” to start the year, thinking that if I continue to retain some sense of positiveness, somehow things will get better. But it didn’t. Anyway, how was this year regarding translations? I didn’t realize I was that productive. Mostly, I tried to push the majority of 183 Club’s songs out.

Chinese:

Vietnamese:

I didn’t want to do this update like I said last year. However, I felt like I needed to persuade myself to continue on. Not to mention, I want to keep some sort of a teeny, tiny bit of hope that 2018 will actually be better. So we’ll see, right?

Vi Tri Nao Cho Anh by Ly Hai

Vietnamese Title: Vị Trí Nào Cho Anh (Vi Tri Nao Cho Anh)

English Translation: Where Do I Stand?

Music: Chinese Melodies

Viet Lyrics by: Thái Khang (Thai Khang)

Ánh trăng thề, ngày nào bên nhau
Under the moonlight, once when we were together
Diệu ngọt em nói yêu anh suốt đời
Gently and sweetly, you said you’ll love me for the rest of your life
Nhớ hôm nào, dìu người trong tay
Remembering the day when we were together hand-in-hand
Để lòng chìm đắm bao nhiêu dấu yêu khi bên người
Letting my heart immersed deeply into love when I was by your side

Đôi ta bên nhau đếm chiếc lá thu vàng rơi
The two of us were together, counting autumn’s yellow leaves falling
Yêu đương đam mê dâng trao hết cho người
Giving you all of the love and passion I have
Lòng thầm mong đắp xây hạnh phúc
The heart silently wanting to build happiness

Nhưng nào ngờ, ngoài vòng tay anh
Yet unpredictably, aside from my embrace
Còn một người khác em yêu đắm chìm
There was also someone you passionately loved
Vẫn một lời thề nguyện bên nhau
With the same promises of staying together
Chỉ là để muốn quên đi cố nhân đang tìm về
Just to forget a person of the past from finding his way back

Khi em ra đi mùa thu trút lá ngoài sân
Since you left, autumn shred its leaves out in the yard
Ôm bao cô đơn đau trong trái ngang tình
Holding onto loneliness and the bitterness of love
Bỏ sau lưng tháng ngày dài thương nhớ
Leaving behind the endless months and days of longing
Trái tim em thuộc về ai?
To whom does your heart belong?

Giá như em hãy nói một lời thà là không yêu
If you had said you rather not love
Con tim anh đau chỉ một lần còn hơn vẫn nói yêu anh
Then my heart would hurt just once rather than saying that you love me
Nhưng khi xa nhau rồi lòng em thay đổi
But when we’re apart, your heart changes
Cuộc tình nào ai khi đang yêu mà không đắng?
Who wouldn’t feel bitter if he were to be in such a relationship?

Giá như ta không phải trăm lòng
If we weren’t so wishy-washy
Thì giờ đâu phải cô đơn lang thang tiếc thương nhiều vì ai
Then we wouldn’t be wandering alone, feeling sorrow like now because of whom
Hạnh phục đôi ta đang xây cho nhau anh nào đâu thấy những lời em hứa
The happiness that we’re building for each other, I couldn’t even see all that you’ve promised
Thì còn…vị trí nào cho anh?
So exactly…where do I stand?

*All English translations were done by DTLCT.

Fan Fiction: Inspirational Songs

This is more like out of fun and to fill the blog with more randomness. One time I was talking to one of my fellow fan fic writers and she was surprised that I actually write with music on since it’s more of a distraction for her than inspiration. So I started to wonder what other fellow writers’ routines are. For this post though, I’m going to reveal all the songs that I ever used for the stories I wrote–that are posted so far on this blog. (Though I won’t list all since sometimes the music is just background and it didn’t really have a major impact for writing some scenes, etc.) Feel free to jump in and share your own experiences, etc.

One-Shots:

Afraid of Darkness

  • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai

Haunting Past

  • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我 ) by Jacky Zheng

Men Don’t Cry

  • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen

Your Number One

  • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo

Misty Morning

  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo

More long-winded Stories:

Heaven’s Gift

  • Courageous Happiness (勇敢的幸福) by Sweety
  • Primrose (樱花草) by Sweety
  • Rainbow Tears (彩虹眼淚) by Sweety
  • Ghost of You & Me by BBMak

HIDE & SEEK

  • Embrace (擁抱) by Yu Hao Ming
  • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
  • Peaceful Breakup (和平分手) by Eric Suen

Honey In Tea

Neurotic

  • Part I
    • Call My Name (叫阮的名) by Eric Moo
    • Give up (放棄) by Dylan Kuo
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
  • Part II
    • Still Good Friends (還是好朋友) by Cyndi Wang
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
  • Part III
    • Tinh Dau Mai Yeu by Huy Vu
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
    • It’s All Right To Forget Me (忘了我也不錯) by Cyndi Wang
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Listen With Your Heart (用心聽) by Van Fan
    • The Sky Within A Pocket (口袋的天空) by Angela Chang
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Yesterday (昨日) by Chris Wang
    • Too Immersed In The Role (入戲太深) by Jacky Zheng

Payback

  • Find A Word To Replace (找一個字代替) by Samuel Tai
  • Dusk (黃昏) by Steve Chou
  • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
  • Forever And A Day by Ian Brown
  • Who Understands A Wanderer’s Heart? (誰明浪子心) by Dave Wang
  • How Could You Let Me Suffer? (你怎麼捨得我難過) by Michael Wong
  • Unyielding (倔强) by Mabel Yuan Shan Shan
  • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
  • Love Story 1 (愛的故事 – 上集) by Eric Suen

Scheming Nature

  • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang

Slanted Thoughts

  • Part I
    • Mua Thu Co Nho by Tam Doan
  • Part II
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
    • Loved You Once (曾經愛過你) by Jacky Zheng
    • Carefree (消遙) by Wallace Huo
    • Sau Mot Tinh Yeu by Tien Dung
    • For Get Me Not (該忘了) by Amber Kuo
    • Painted Heart (畫心) by Nicole Wang
    • This Is Love (就是愛) by Nicholas Teo and Amber Kuo
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • You Said You Would by Freya Lim

Slicing Boundary

  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo

The Business

  • Painted Heart (畫心) by Nicole Wang
  • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
  • Rift (缺口) by Freya Lim

The Dating Game

  • Part I:
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • A Date So Sweet (甜蜜约定) by 183 Club
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Can’t Bear To Be Lovers (捨不得當情人) by Jacky Chu
    • I Want You (我要你) by Jacky Chu
    • Joke (笑話) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Is Over (逝去的爱) by Ou Yang Fei Fei
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Xin Shi (心事) by Tony Sun
    • My Heart Is Like A Cloud (心雲) by Jimmy Lin
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Listen With Your Heart (用心聽) by Van Fan
    • Chuyen Tinh Hoa Ngoc Lan by Ngoc Ho
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
  • Part II:
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Love Letter (情書) by Van Fan
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Em Se Den by Ngoc Huong
  • Part III:
    • White Fox (白狐) by Ai Yi Man
    • Tormented (煎熬) by Tony Sun and Cyndi Wang
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年) by Vic Chou
  • Part IV:
    • You’re My Only One (你是我的唯一) by Eric Moo
    • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Story 1 (愛的故事 – 上集) by Eric Suen
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong
    • 999 Doa Hoa Hong by Anh Tu
    • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
    • Belong To (屬於) by Fish Leong
    • Love Is Empty (愛太空) by Cyndi Wang
    • In Love, There’s No Wrong Party (愛情里沒有誰對誰錯) by Jacky Zheng
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • Lent Heart (心借過) by Cai Xiao Hu (蔡小虎)
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • Anh Khong Con Yeu Em Nua Dau by Ly Hai
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • For You (送給你) by Long Qian Yu
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
  • Part V:
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (KTV version)
    • Tinh Yeu Don Phuong by Ngoc Ho
  • Part VI:
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • You’re Still Here (你還在) by Freya Lim
    • Too Foolish (太傻) by Eric Moo
    • Don’t Want To Understand (不想懂得) by Angela Chang
    • Dusk (黃昏) by Steve Chou
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
    • Find A Word To Replace (找一個字代替) by Samuel Tai
    • Dung Hoi Vi Sao by Philip Huy
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai
    • Dau Co Biet Truoc by Lam Nhat Tien
    • One Umbrella (一把傘) by 183 Club
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Cuoc Tinh Cay Dang by Luong Tung Quang
    • Feeling So Right by Jacky Chu
  • Part VII:
    • How Sorrowful is Love? (情愛幾多哀) by Michael Kwan
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (Mando version)
    • Xin Mua Ngung Roi by Johnny Dung
    • Chi Co Ban Be Thoi by Truong Vu
    • Ngay Sau Se Ra Sao by Manh Quynh
    • Love Letter (情書) by Van Fan
    • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Can’t Bear To Be Lovers (捨不得當情人) by Jacky Chu
    • Won’t Let You Cry (不讓你哭) by Jacky Chu
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Infatuation A Whole Life (一生痴心) by Leon Lai
    • Eraser in the Head (腦海的橡皮擦) by Ehlo Huang
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • Rain Keeps Falling (雨一直下) by Phil Chang
    • Once Acquaintances (也曾相識) by Alan Tam
    • Courageous Happiness (勇敢的幸福) by Sweety
    • Xin Shi (心事) by Tony Sun
    • My Heart Is Like A Cloud (心雲) by Jimmy Lin
    • Chan Tinh by Van Truong
    • Step Forward (學著走) by Hu Xia
    • You’re My Only One (你是我的唯一) by Eric Moo
    • A Thousand Heartbreaking Reasons (一千個傷心的理由) by Jacky Cheung
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • Dream (夢想) by Zhao Jun Ya
    • Love Is Over (逝去的爱) by Ou Yang Fei Fei
    • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui
    • Tear Stained Face (一臉淚痕) by Edward Cheung
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
    • White Fox (白狐) by Ai Yi Man
    • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai
    • You’re Still Here (你還在) by Freya Lim
    • Chuyen Tinh Hoa Ngoc Lan by Ngoc Ho
    • Gazing Toward the End of the World (天涯凝望) by Aaron Kwok
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Flower in the Mist (霧中花) by Christopher Wong
    • Yesterday (昨日) by Chris Wang
  • Part VIII
    • Gazing Toward the End of the World (天涯凝望) by Aaron Kwok
    • Once Acquaintances (也曾相識) by Alan Tam
    • Flower in the Mist (霧中花) by Christopher Wong
    • Infatuation A Whole Life (一生痴心) by Leon Lai
    • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui
    • Yesterday (昨日) by Chris Wang
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • There’s Still Tomorrow (还有明天) by Cally Kwong
    • Farewell (目送) by Freya Lim
    • The Next Page of Me (下一頁的我) by Cyndi Wang
    • A Thousand Heartbreaking Reasons (一千個傷心的理由) by Jacky Cheung
    • Hay Xem La Mot Giac Mo by Ly Hai
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • There’s Love on Heaven and Earth (天地有情) by Gallen Lo
    • While There’s Still Time (趁早) by Jacky Chu
    • Truth (真相) by Jacky Cheung
    • Prisoner by Adam Crossley
    • Forever And A Day by Ian Brown
    • Khoc Trong Mua by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Tinh Ta Chi La Mo by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Sau Mot Nu Cuoi by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Niem Dau Rieng Anh by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Mona Lisa’s Tears (蒙娜麗莎的眼淚) by Terry Lin
  • Part IX
    • La Nguoi Em Da Yeu by Ngo Kien Huy
    • Mi Tinh by Ngo Kien Huy
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Can’t Cry (哭不出來) by Yao Ting
    • Jiang Dao Li De Shi Zhi Ji (讲道理的是知己) by Dai Rao (戴娆)
    • Taking Sorrow And Keeping It Within Self (把悲傷留給自己) by Bobby Chen
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • While There’s Still Time (趁早) by Jacky Chu
    • Ruminate (玩味) by Phil Chang
    • Rain Keeps Falling (雨一直下) by Phil Chang
    • Deformation (走樣) by Phil Chang
    • Xin Mua Ngung Roi by Johnny Dung
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • I Really Am Not Perfect (我是真的不完美) by Sean He
    • Autumn Night (晚秋) by Christopher Wong
    • Who Understands A Wanderer’s Heart (誰明浪子心) by Dave Wang
    • Hay Xem La Mot Giac Mo by Ly Hai
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Fate Arrives (緣來) by Zhang Wei
    • Reparation (賠償) by Edith Chung
    • Singing 4 Love by JPM
    • 1000 I Will (一千個願意) by Kevin Cheng
    • Courageous Happiness (勇敢的幸福) by Sweety
    • Fragile Woman (容易受傷的女人) (Mandarin Version) by Faye Wong
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
    • Gazing Toward the End of the World (天涯凝望) by Aaron Kwok
    • Mona Lisa’s Tears (蒙娜麗莎的眼淚) by Terry Lin
    • Still Friends After Bidding Farewell (再見亦是朋友) by Sam Tsang and Elaine Ho
    • Rain Butterfly (雨蝶) by Hu Xia
    • When You (當你) by Cyndi Wang
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
    • Tormented (煎熬) by Tony Sun and Cyndi Wang
    • Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年) by Vic Chou
    • Fragments (碎片) by Wallace Huo
    • Infatuation In Exchange For Affectionate Love (痴心換清深) by Vivian Chow
    • Prisoner by Adam Crossley
    • Forever And A Day by Ian Brown
    • Dream to Awakening (夢醒時分) by Sarah Chen
    • Perfect Lover (完美情人) by 183 Club
    • Tomorrow Will Be Better (明天會更好) by Various Artists
    • Single Person Song (單身情歌) by Terry Lin
    • Deformation (走樣) by Phil Chang
    • It’s A Long Story (一言難盡) by Phil Chang
    • It Doesn’t Matter (沒關係) by Phil Chang
    • Forget Love (忘情) by Wang Xiang Qin & Yang Yan Qing

The Other Extreme

  • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu

True Friendship

  • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui

Wan Xin Bang

  • Part I
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Jackie Lui (Canto version)
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (Mando version)
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
    • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) by Jo Sung Mo (조성모)
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • Crossroads (分岔路) by Chen Guo Hua (陳國華)
    • Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
    • Dem Buon Tinh Le by Truong Vu
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • For Get Me Not (該忘了) by Amber Kuo
    • The Smile In Your Bosom (在你懷裡的微笑) by Rainie Yang
  • Part II
    • A Mark (記號) by Eric Suen
    • Too Foolish (太傻) by Eric Moo
    • Jiang Dao Li De Shi Zhi Ji (讲道理的是知己) by Dai Rao (戴娆)
  • Part III
    • Suffer For You by Jeff Chang
    • Loi Noi Yeu Dau Tien by Vu Tuan Duc
    • Resenting Heaven For Changing His Heart (怨蒼天變了心) by Sophia Fang
    • When Will We Meet Again? (何日再相見) by Teresa Cheung
    • Two Unwavering Hearts of Love (情義兩心堅) by Teresa Cheung
    • Commemorating Today’s Love (留住今日情) by Teresa Cheung
    • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen
    • Rouge Tears (胭脂淚) by Luo Yong Juan
    • Fairy in the Water (水中仙) by Steven Ma
    • There’s Still Tomorrow (还有明天) by Cally Kwong

When Wishes Come True

  • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
  • The Sky Within A Pocket (口袋的天空) by Angela Chang

*Information will be updated from time to time just for fun.