True Love 365: Episode 13

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

The team of three–Yu Xiang, Bi Ting, and Min Ling–finally found the light at the other end of the tunnel because they were celebrating after a client left their place. Yu Xiang was so excited that he wanted to go out and celebrate. It was worth it since they’d been working hard and tried to improvise their plans. For once, Yu Xiang wasn’t all talks, really researching it out. And the girls, no need to say it, they were hardworking from the start. It was up to Yu Xiang to understand the situation. Just when Yu Xiang was at his highest peak, Bi Ting had to spoil it by turning his invitation down. She did tell them to have fun with their celebration. Min Ling was more than glad to go out with her boss. But Yu Xiang seemed oblivious to her reaction at that point, pondering what was really going on. He even requested that Min Ling removed her hands from his when she hooked it into his, claiming that it was just a ‘date’ with the two of them.

The answer to Yu Xiang’s question with what was the big deal with not going with them to celebrate since he was sure his brother had been busy lately (obviously from the latest trap that despicable Bi Shu rolled out) was because she wanted to celebrate her birthday with Jun Jie, if only just a simple dinner together. Their dinner date was sabotaged by Shu Xin again. Whether she heard who was on the other side or realized it or not, but the situation at hand for Jun Jie was to do anything to savor his career at the moment. And yes, Shu Xin did hear Jun Jie making the date with Bi Ting hence saying that her father was only available for that day and won’t be back until next month. She listened in outside when she was supposedly ‘making the call’ to her father and Jun Jie was calling Bi Ting back to delay their meeting. Jun Jie had no choice but to lie when Bi Ting asked him if Shu Xin would be present, he told her it was a business meeting and that Xue Ming would be with him while Shu Xin was having dinner with her father. Well, he wasn’t really lying, right? It was really about business (his career was on the line) and Xue Ming’s last name was also Wu, so it was on a slight manipulation of the situation. No one gets hurt, right? (YEAH RIGHT…yup, I’m definitely mocking. I totally get the sticky situation he’s in right now. But he’s on his own for planning to use Shu Xin’s connections to advance his career in the first place, even before that Bi Shu dude sprung the trap.)

Jun Jie’s delay brought forth some new opportunities for Yu Xiang since their little celebration was back on again. OMG, he had to use his ‘boss’ power to get her to come along? (No surprise since it’s Yu Xiang. Yet he really has it bad for Bi Ting now.) But on a serious note though, was Yu Xiang using this ‘success’ celebration excuse for Bi Ting’s birthday? Because he knew she wouldn’t want to spend it alone. And he did something else that made it feel like he was playing ‘Cupid’ because he wanted Jun Jie to go to Sam Brunch for a meeting because their parents were launching a new tactic. (I’m guessing at this point it was an excuse to get Jun Jie there to celebrate with Bi Ting.)

That night at Sam Brunch, Min Ling and Bi Ting seemed to get along really, really well while Yu Xiang seemed to be on the out–though he was sitting between them. It seemed that he had become invisible while they shared their past memories of Yu Xiang and his misdeeds. Yet the typical Yu Xiang managed to steer the situation around completely, causing Bi Ting needing to rush and explain to Min Ling that she wasn’t in love with Yu Xiang (whether in the past or now) and that Min Ling could go ahead and pursue Yu Xiang, even cheering Min Ling on. Yu Xiang once again was becoming invisible (or ‘dead person’ as he put it). So he was forced to grab onto Bi Ting’s ear to teach her a lesson for upstaging him. Surprisingly, Bi Ting didn’t let that one go and even returned the favor by pulling on Yu Xiang’s ear, possibly harder than he pulled hers–as Min Ling witnessed it with a smile on her face, enjoying their little fight. Yu Xiang was seriously in for good because he was forced to apologize to her while taking in all the pain. (He was really falling for Bi Ting because past records showed that he wouldn’t let her do that. All those cruel times he caused her to walk home bare feet and all, and the petty bicker after some mishaps he encountered.) Indeed the group of three were hanging out like friends now, not having barriers of being employees or just trying to get along.

Their ear tugging moment was interrupted by Min Ling because she had noticed someone stepping out of a Taxi hence informing Yu Xiang and Bi Ting of it. Indeed, it was Jun Jie showing up for the meeting, but stepping out of the Taxi was also a very drunk Shu Xin trying to drag him back. (We all know her past record of being drunk, right? So it was just another scheme, but I don’t feel sorry for Jun Jie at this point, he’d gone way past that. He’d triggered Shu Xin’s actions like how he’d strung her along all these times.) So as it were, Jun Jie got on the phone immediately after sending Shu Xin away with a passionate kiss, Bi Ting was already by the door inside Sam Brunch witnessing the scene. (In actuality it was Shu Xin grabbing him and kissing him–though he had agreed to give her a goodbye kiss. But from where Bi Ting was standing, it looked different.)

In retrospect, it seemed like Yu Xiang had set Jun Jie up for failure when he told Jun Jie to show up here. (If anyone was going there.) But Yu Xiang had specified (using an excuse with their family matter) that Jun Jie shouldn’t bring anyone along. So Yu Xiang was actually trying to play ‘Cupid’ yet failed majorly this time. Even if Yu Xiang didn’t interfere, Jun Jie still wanted to make it in time for Bi Ting’s birthday celebration so he would eventually end up in this obstacle anyway because Shu Xin insisted on coming with him regardless?

Back to the situation at hand, Jun Jie–of course–rushed over to the corner where Bi Ting was standing and attempted to explain. Yet his chance didn’t come, he got a slap instead. She wasn’t mad at him for going with Shu Xin, but she was upset that he’d lied to her earlier. As the slap went through, Yu Xiang and Min Ling could only stare in bewilderment by the counter. Yet by the time the atmosphere intensified, Yu Xiang was already up and by the door, ready to jump in. But he didn’t. He was still standing there numbed, watching Bi Ting fighting to get away from Jun Jie on her own. But Yu Xiang soon unfroze from his place after Bi Ting ran out, telling Jun Jie to go home since Bi Ting was too upset at the moment to talk. As Yu Xiang volunteered to run after Bi Ting, Min Ling walked up to ask who was going to cover the bill if the other two were already gone. Jun Jie quickly snatched up the bill, relieving Min Ling of the burden. (And I silently ponder if Min Ling did it on purpose to sabotage Jun Jie since she did witness the same scene as them, seeing how Shu Xin and Jun Jie were kissing and wanting to get back at Jun Jie for Bi Ting. Because honestly, it was too strange that she couldn’t cover their bill.)

Outside, Yu Xiang finally caught up to Bi Ting as she got into a Taxi. He acted like nothing was going on and even insisted on going with her. (Though he had said they were going the same way.) As they arrived, she got out first and rushed to the convenient store nearby to stock up on some beer. What I clap the writers at this time was how he interfered immediately and snatched the beer away from her, putting it all back. He tossed the basket loosely back into its place and grabbed her hand to go. Instead of allowing her to soak in beer, he took her to the bridge across the street to cool down. (I know those things happen with people getting really drunk when they’re upset or sad or whatever, but I hate the repeated formula in almost every drama with insisting on using alcohol to solve everything. I like it that it gave Yu Xiang enough sense to stop her, providing another alternative for her to vent instead of the typical getting drunk with her–like some dramas would insist on using. Even if nothing happened between them during the ‘drunk stage’, they would somehow end up appreciating each other for the ‘companionship’ previously. But this one veered from that route and I give them major bravo on that.)

On the bridge, Bi Ting finally broke down and cried. Yu Xiang, instead of comforting her with the usual words others would do, ended up wishing her ‘happy birthday’ instead. She was surprised that he knew it was her birthday. He said if not, why would he insisted on going to the celebration dinner tonight. Yet he backpaddled into saying that it was convenient that she was really improving at work hence the double celebration. It was hard to blame Bi Ting for being so touched since even her mother had forgotten yet he remembered. (And in case anyone wondered why he knew, aside from possibly eavesdropping in on the phone conversation, but it wasn’t so in this case because he had expressed the idea of wanting to go celebrate earlier than that. The real reason how he found out was simple, he was the boss, after all, pulling her file was a piece of cake.) Seeing that Bi Ting couldn’t stop crying, he finally patted her on the shoulder and even pulled her a little closer in a more comforting manner. It wasn’t so off course or so uncalled for, because it was just a normal comforting pat, not just taking advantage of the situation.

Meanwhile, at Sam Brunch, Jun Jie was drinking away his sorrows as Yu Jie and Long Tian Xing walked in. (Okay, I don’t mind that he was drinking or whatever because it soon explained from Yu Jie’s words that he wouldn’t go that route yet it tried to display the serious situation he was in, instead of just projecting how he was just randomly drinking like any guy out there. NOT saying like Bi Ting was the drinking type when I didn’t like where it was going earlier and glad it stopped, but it was more like I didn’t want it to go the typical drunk route with Yu Xiang and Bi Ting.) Not getting much out of Jun Jie since he was already drunk off his rocker anyway, Yu Jie turned to Sam for an explanation. The conversation soon turned into Yu Jie and Long Tian Xing.

Back to the Yu Xiang and Bi Ting front, she finally calmed down, obviously. He took her to that one flower shop that he went by on his bike days before (and had run into Min Ling). She was asking the reason for taking her there and he replied that he wanted to give her a birthday present. Though trying to be nice, he couldn’t quit being a smart-mouth anyway. Of course, he would try to make light of the situation, not wanting her to get any ideas. (In a way, he was saying how he wouldn’t take advantage of the situation to jump in just like that. It was clear that he tried to dodge out of it when she was so touched with him remembering her birthday but he had said it was convenient to celebrate both success and birthday at the same time.) Yet was Bi Ting getting ideas already? Because after the lady boss of the flower shop suggested that they should find a park to plant the small tree down and come back to look at it each year, her smile was so sweet after he said ‘happy birthday’ again. (Or I’m just jumping to conclusions. She could just be touched that he remembered her birthday and there was someone who was supporting her at the moment, trying to cheer her up, especially the mean Lai Yu Xiang who only knew how to make her life even more miserable in the past.)

Chairman Lai and his wife were finally back from vacation. Just in time to receive some bad news too. Of course it was the manipulative version since that Bi Jing Ye dude was hiding the story from both sides and trying to sabotage them more and more, driving the rip. But he couldn’t be blamed for all of it because it was their fault for playing this game in the first place hence letting outsiders having a chance to manipulate them one by one.

While Chairman Lai had some ‘business’ to take care of, Yang Bo Wen also had some ‘business’ to deal with on his side. At his studio, Yi Ru finally came to visit for the first time. Though it was because she wanted to make sure it went all right with her friend–and that Bo Wen wasn’t up to something. Yet it was one of those few rare times that Uncle Bo Wen had relevant things to say. He was right that Yi Ru still had feelings for Tian Cheng yet it wasn’t her fault that he didn’t know to treasure her when she was around.

As expected, Yu Xiang and Bi Ting carried out their plan of planting the birthday gift that Yu Xiang gave her the previous night at a park nearby. It was indeed a very good day for such an activity. Somehow, their hands came into contact when they were trying to place the dirt around the little tree. Hey, they held hands numerous times in the past already yet wasn’t feeling awkward. But now? Bi Ting withdrew her hand first but still, that was sort of funny. Perhaps because they weren’t really thinking in the past when he teased her or grabbed onto her hand just to get her out of a sticky situation or whatever?

As interesting as it got, Jun Jie was somehow in the area and spotted the two sitting together after planting the tree down, just resting. He was definitely suspicious of the two. Yet what did he have to say for himself? Anyway, it was so cute that Bi Ting was able to tease Yu Xiang now and he was the one being nervous, lol. The table got turned. Okay, it finally got to the part where Yu Xiang got confronted with how he knew about her birthday. Yup, he got it through the files. Oh geez, their ongoing questions, lol. He answered her question with a question? Nice. But that was cute, cornering her like that, forcing her to come up with some answer to wing it through. She told him not to call her “Dao Mei Nv” (倒楣女) anymore since they haven’t encountered such bad luck recently when with one another. He had a great comeback though, lol. He was chiding her for being so fierce to him yet so gentle to Jun Jie? LOL! He was so dead with her. Honestly, a new start to their friendship and he dared to tease her? He went further by asking about her situation with Jun Jie, but she told him off. Ironically though, she soon confided in him of the situation (aka Jun Jie still hadn’t called her so she wasn’t going to call him either). Yu Xiang concluded that they were going to go on their ‘cold war’ again, but Bi Ting clarified that she was going to forget it. After all, like she said, Jun Jie needed someone who could further advance his career, not someone like her. (OMG, not sure what would happen in the future and if anyone could keep their words, but at this point, like Bi Ting even more because she said she wouldn’t want Jun Jie to give up his career for her and wouldn’t want to give up her own self-pride because of Jun Jie. A simple phrase, but I swore other female leads would keep going with naive thoughts and continue until it couldn’t get any worse, but Bi Ting acknowledged these real-life situations head-on.) A good question from Yu Xiang was: “Could you really let go?” She retorted with: “Aren’t you the one living with him? Why aren’t you asking him these questions yet you’re asking me?” (LOL) Of course, Yu Xiang couldn’t admit defeat, he said because he was living with Jun Jie, the more he shouldn’t ask. They diverted the subject of conversation to the weather and ended up enjoying the scene instead.

Yet while Yu Xiang and Bi Ting were enjoying the good weather, Jun Jie was forced to reminisce about a past conversation with Yu Xiang, asking him what he would give the person he liked. What Yu Xiang said at that time: “If it was me, I would give her a gift that would cause her to think of me for the entire lifetime. Birthday Tree (生日樹).” Yu Xiang’s following words were equally memorable with how he not only wanted to be remembered each year when her birthday came around but also to take her wherever she wanted to go–regardless of the distance. (I think I remember this conversation yet at that time, I was so annoyed with his whole finding the ‘perfect woman’ that I didn’t care to take it into heart. Those words indeed rang true and proved that he was really a man of his words, actually carrying out those things he said he would–even if Bi Ting doesn’t know about it presently.) Anyway, that particular conversation proved of Yu Xiang’s current action that he really cared for Bi Ting, and that little trivial matter with seeing Bi Ting with the ‘birthday tree’ had riled up Jun Jie’s state of mind even more.

Back on Chairman Lai’s front, omg, yup, I guessed right again. The whole thing with Yu Xiang getting kicked out of places after places were weaved by the manipulator Bi Jing Ye. He ended up blaming it on ‘misunderstanding’ hence Yu Xiang having no other place to go so he ended up at Gao You Da’s company. And I seriously do not know how they established this empire, because Bi Jing Ye was definitely doing everything here and Chairman Lai still thanked him? Or was it because of his constant trips and how he decided to kick back after all these years of hard work that allowed for Bi Jing Ye to conjure up his own plans?

So while her husband was at the company taking care of matters, Mrs. Lai went to Sam Brunch to visit Xiao Die and gave her some gifts. She attempted to persuade Yi Ru in returning to Tian Cheng’s side yet she was disappointed upon learning Yi Ru was seeing someone else at the moment. She gave them her blessing yet was saddened that she had lost a good daughter in law. Even Xiao Die was getting along quite well with the other dude so it was hard to blame Mrs. Lai for feeling unwilling to part with the other two.

Back to Bi Ting, Min Ling was wondering why Yu Xiang hadn’t accompanied them to see the clients after he went out with Bi Ting to plant that tree at the park. Bi Ting was saying how it was good that he didn’t join them to talk to the clients or he would end up causing trouble again. Yet Min Ling’s investigation into the previous night sent Bi Ting into a round of nervousness and trying to fend off her questions. Luckily, Yu Xiang called Min Ling to come in and help him with some preparations because Chairman Gao was coming over later to check on them. So Bi Ting was saved by Yu Xiang once again. (PHEW!)

Things turned even worse and worse for Jun Jie as he and Shu Xin got scolded by one of their partners. If only they hadn’t launched into the whole situation so eagerly, the current state wouldn’t be as bad. Well, couldn’t really blame Jun Jie since he really trusted Bi Jing Ye. Even his father got conned, so how could he be any wiser? Now that their partner had stormed out on them as well, threatening to sue if she didn’t get her money back, Shu Xin was left to pick up the pieces of Jun Jie’s hopelessness. Her comfort at this moment was what he needed the most, right? Was Jun Jie having a change of heart at last? He finally realized how good Shu Xin was treating him and wanted to reproach her feelings? Or was he trying to hang on to her so she could help him escape out of this situation? Or was he still mad upon witnessing Yu Xiang and Bi Ting spending time together that he wanted to shift gears?

Yu Xiang’s meeting with Chairman Gao wasn’t as successful as he had thought initially. The man was impatient and needed results right away. So telling him three months didn’t work. Like he said, he didn’t even want to wait for a month, how could he wait for three months to see Yu Xiang’s plan come into fruition? And what? He wanted to snatch all the clients from Yu Xiang’s father’s company? Of course, Yu Xiang didn’t agree. It didn’t matter if it was his father or not, it was still a past company he worked for. Using the tactic with driving him insane and turning him against his father won’t work. Okay, if that Bi Jing Ye said it, he would actually believe it, but this guy? He actually knew this guy was really competing with his father, so would he take this man’s words seriously? And what? This guy has proof to convince Yu Xiang? (Now I have a wild theory that this dude’s actually working with Bi Jing Ye and BJY was just staying in the background doing silent stabbing to break the other company apart for the moment before joining with this Gao dude.)

While that was going on, Shu Xin was seeking out her father’s friend, Jerry, to help with the situation she and Jun Jie was in. Indeed, it was hard to stick around regarding business. But the man had promised to do what he could. As Shu Xin was convincing and apologizing to Jerry about how things had progressed to that point, Bi Jing Ye came back for round two to push Jun Jie’s moods further and further down those levels of Hell. He seriously wasn’t stopping anytime soon; and he would be crazy if he was stopping. He was so successful with his plan so how could he stop?

Back at the Lai resident, Chairman Lai was fuming over how his sons were so lacking in the filial piety department, trying to bring his blood pressure to a new peak. For once, his wife was the calm one, reminding him of his health. (And I just have to interrupt and say that Chairman Lai was quite dumb too so he couldn’t scold his sons for falling into other people’s traps. He listened to Bi Jing Ye without even investigating things out for himself, so how could he expect his kids to do otherwise? He had no idea who was the puppeteer behind this whole scheme, so they couldn’t be that bright to suspect anyone so close to them either.) The wife was smart though, she was surprised how Tian Cheng and Yu Jie could fend so well like that, not causing troubles yet the other two were the ones causing them headaches. It was true to some extent, especially how Jun Jie was always knowing how to take care of himself and work hard. And though Yu Xiang was such a brag, only his arrogance needed to be curved, so how could he be so fierce as to go against his father, right? Hopefully, they could decode this whole situation faster. It would be too annoying if they’re so dumb like that. Even if it was someone they trusted so much and couldn’t be blamed for being off-guard but still annoying. I just love Mrs. Lai, she wanted to investigate further into the matter yet her husband kept insisting that Bi Jing Ye already said it so clearly, what was there to investigate. Seriously? So as Chairman Lai stormed away from the scene, claiming he was already full of anger so he didn’t need to eat anymore, Mrs. Lai picked up her phone to make a call. To investigate? Hopefully so.

At their uncle, Yang Bo Wen’s place, Jun Jie came home to see Yu Xiang already home, moping over something. Yet he didn’t ask, he just went on his way–or attempted to. Yu Xiang stopped him. (Wow, let me guess, did that Gao dude get to him aka managed to bring Jun Jie into the matter somehow? Considering how one of the traitors from his father’s company already went over to Gao to ‘help’.) Ooooh, he was upset because Jun Jie didn’t appreciate his ‘help’ to patch things up with Bi Ting, not regarding the other matter. But still, Jun Jie was already upset, probably affected by what that Bi Jing Ye told him earlier about knowing his ‘place’. Before he could go on though, Yang Bo Wen came home, ranting out how it was good they were present hence stopping a possible fight from taking place. Jun Jie ended up leaving first before their uncle could say anything else. Yet Yang Bo Wen was surprised Jun Jie was so rude, just exiting like that, not hearing his news yet. What surprised him, even more, was Yu Xiang’s attempt to make up some excuse such as ‘too tired’ to cover up for Jun Jie. Then he even said ‘welcome home’ before excusing himself. What was going on, right? Yu Xiang clearly stated that what he cared about the most at the moment was to resurrect Jun Jie and Bi Ting’s relationship. (It was strange though because he had so much on his plate at work too, but he only cared about Jun Jie and Bi Ting’s situation when he got home versus Jun Jie taking it out on him. Well, it was hard to blame Jun Jie when he got so much on his plate too. But it wasn’t like Yu Xiang didn’t have to deal with all the crap at work as well.)

As the story shifted gear, we finally got the chance to hear about how Xiao Die felt about Guan Shi Cong. She indeed liked him yet she loved her father more. It was natural that she would prefer her father more. So if Tian Cheng were to hear it, he would so be on Cloud 9, considering how he was competing with the guy earlier, not wanting Xiao Die to accept the other guy’s gifts.

Next day, Bi Ting was seen at the park, watering her tree and talking to it. (Crazy, eh?) The person sneaking up on her was Yu Xiang. He was about to tease her yet couldn’t because she told him something quite sad. Not that sad, but sad comparing to what he would have expected of her answer. Anyway, he was just teasing her of how much she loved that tree. And she said it was the only birthday she got from someone and it was so unique too. They were staring at each other a little. Was he reconsidering even more about her?

There was one good news out of all these turmoils they were going through though. Yu Xiang told Bi Ting that he wouldn’t snatch clients away from his father’s company when she asked him regarding the situation with Gao You Da. Yes, it was just about his principle but Yu Xiang didn’t want to commit a crime by doing those things. Bi Ting looked like she was proud of him. (Let’s see if he could keep past that temptation.) Their conversation was interrupted this time by Min Ling calling in. After he got off the phone, he randomly asked what Bi Ting’s greatest dream was. He exuded his ‘boss’ power to force her into telling him, lol. But he can’t laugh. He swore but had cracked a tad, trying to tease her, lol. So, what was her biggest dream? She wanted to go to Paris (to study). And it wasn’t surprising that he teased her, turning the whole situation into some weird thing.

When they were back at the company, Yu Xiang had to deal with that despicable Chen Guo Long. Though Chen Guo Long had brought out Gao You Da’s words to snuff Yu Xiang into succumbing to the actions of snatching the clients away from his father’s company, Yu Xiang still didn’t back down. Even if Chen Guo Long was using the threat with how Yu Xiang’s seat could become his if Yu Xiang didn’t do what Gao You Da said, Yu Xiang still didn’t care. How long could he stay firm though? This was definitely a test for him here. Though he could run back to his father’s place at any time and his life would be back to normal. Yet his pride was too big.

Instead of worrying over that matter, Yu Xiang ended up reminiscing about what Bi Ting told him earlier of her biggest dream ever. He had called a travel agency to arrange two tickets to Paris. Wow, so he was really going forward with fulfilling her dream for her?

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True Love 365: Episode 12

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

The episode continued with Yu Xiang launching an investigation on what happened. Well, it was the first day so he wasn’t going to go all ballistic on them. Yet…after all, it was his idea. They did tell him before. The mystery was finally solved with how Shen Xin Ru was able to score 1 versus the others having clients yet wasn’t able to lure anyone in. So the older couple was more prepared for the upcoming inevitable than the youthful couples. (Obviously.) Since the code was cracked, Yu Xiang decided to encourage them on, not giving up on his plans just yet.

A surprise twist though, because after the meeting, Bi Ting actually approached Yu Xiang to ask about Jun Jie. Usually, he was the one initiating the conversation or the teasing, etc. Anyway, she wanted to ask him about Jun Jie because she wanted to return something to Jun Jie. Yu Xiang said he wanted to take a look. Great or what? Bi Ting was definitely digging a hole for herself this time, conjuring up his curiosity. But he sort of backed down, not totally though. He told her she could come along but will have to pay for the transportation fees. Nice?

So at Sam Brunch, Jun Jie was praising Tian Cheng’s latest dish as Sam was cleaning up at the counter. Yu Xiang soon walked in with Bi Ting in toll. Tian Cheng immediately assumed that Bi Ting was Yu Xiang’s girlfriend since they were together after all. Yet Jun Jie dispelled that. Tian Cheng didn’t get the answer yet though since Yu Xiang rattled out his order before he (Tian Cheng) could get ‘nosy’. But it was Yu Xiang’s time to get nosy since he was really anxious about the ‘item’ that Bi Ting was going to return to Jun Jie. It was indeed the watch that Jun Jie gave her previously that she wanted to return, knowing it was too much. Jun Jie kept insisting as it were, that dragged out until who else but Shu Xin walked by and saw them. (Was she there earlier but the others just didn’t know? Since she walked out from somewhere, not from the front door in.) Another round of awkwardness traveled around them as Bi Ting looked toward Yu Xiang for help. (Or was that it with the look she sent him?) Though Shu Xin was asking Yu Xiang about his new job yet she was definitely glaring at Bi Ting to see what the other party was up to, even testing Bi Ting by hooking her hands through Jun Jie’s. Yu Xiang finally reacted and replied to Shu Xin’s question, even standing up. As if trying to reduce the hectic feeling of the atmosphere, Jun Jie quickly excused himself to go help Tian Cheng. (Like Tian Cheng needed help.) His brief departure set the stage for Yu Xiang’s exit. Because Jun Jie couldn’t come to the rescue, Yu Xiang had to once again do it, rattling out to Shu Xin that he was on a date with Bi Ting but just wanted to stop by. Upon their exit, Jun Jie came back and asked them why they were leaving. Why else? (Hello, you didn’t help the matter except run away.) Too bad we didn’t get to see another round of Yu Xiang wrapping his arms around Bi Ting and hauling her away. He was actually keeping his distance already, considering how he finally acknowledged that Bi Ting could be with Jun Jie. (The reason why I say ‘could be’ because everything at this point is so ambiguous with Jun Jie’s moves. Though we definitely know who he likes at this point, he’s still stalling about the other situation.)

Soon Tian Cheng was coming back, realizing that Yu Xiang left and–without paying, he couldn’t be more upset. It was also around then that Yang Bo Wen entered stage left to lecture Tian Cheng with his always talking about money. That wasn’t the most upsetting thing to Tian Cheng (being lectured that was), but the most upsetting thing had shifted to his ex-wife dressing in a sexy dress and addressing some of the customers. Honestly, Yi Ru was definitely out to get back at him. It served him right for wanting to hire some sexy girls to work for the cafe. She was out to prove a point. What to do now? Of course, he had to drag her out of there and confront her. He had no choice but to get his over-sized coat from back and wrapped it over her, dragging her out of the restaurant altogether. Honestly? Funny that he could act like that since what about all those times that she had to endure his hitting on girls?

Back on the Yu Xiang and Bi Ting front, which was honestly much needed at the moment since they hadn’t spent much time together lately. (Well, they were always together at work but not talking on a personal level as much, even if just teasing.) And I honestly am learning to appreciate Yu Xiang at this point. Though he was so, so arrogant and seemed to look down on the world at first. Yet in a way, it was good that each time he spoke, he meant it. Then there was the whole thing with, he was able to do things at times that people thought they couldn’t. What was so hard, right? Even now, he could allow himself to be a ‘silent’ ear if Bi Ting had anything to say. Perhaps, he was finally treating Bi Ting like a friend, because, in other circumstances, he wouldn’t allow others to waste his time, especially remembering the time when she forced him to be her driver to catch up to her mother. He didn’t tolerate it, even if he knew what was going on. This time? He went further by assuring her that there was nothing going on between Jun Jie and Shu Xin. Yet Yu Xiang kept it quite real. Though he tried to assure Bi Ting, he also told her that this matter was all up to her, only she could know. He even advised her to have a real discussion with Jun Jie. And once again, I really love Bi Ting for it, not too naive in thinking it would work out. Because she told Yu Xiang she had a talk with Jun Jie already, but it seemed like there was no use. The first time Yu Xiang cheered her up with encouraging her on–if she indeed intended to go forward knowing that this road would be quite tiresome. Possibly the second time though since the first time she played along with his persistence of stating that she ‘secretly admired’ him.  (OMG, am I dreaming? He even disputed the transportation fees since he said her moods weren’t too good. Definitely treating her like a friend now.) After all the serious talk and then the little jokes, Yu Xiang still insisted on taking a glimpse of the gift that Bi Ting received from Jun Jie. She denied, of course.

Another turn around was how he wanted to ask Bi Ting of her opinion regarding his newest plan. Yes, the one they had discussed with the others at the company. Why a turn? Because he finally talked about work outside of work with her, meaning he really valued her opinion as a friend and trusted her professionalism, instead of just rattling out orders at work for them to follow. Indeed, Bi Ting was now discussing with him in a serious manner, stating that his idea wasn’t bad but the approach just wasn’t right yet. It was indeed too new of an idea. Or more like if one thought of that situation right on their wedding event, would it bring bad luck? It was more like a frame of mind people often associated with and was used to. But Yu Xiang just had to ruin the moment with his smart mouth again. It wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t have those random banters though, right?

As cliched as it got (and I honestly don’t mind this time), it rained. But unlike those cliched moments where the guy shielded the girl from rain and ended up getting wet, Bi Ting chided Yu Xiang to hurry and get out of there before it poured even harder. So they ran out of there together. Brief but cute that he was listening to her. (Well, if he didn’t, he would end up getting wet and sick.) As familiar as it got with the plot formula, the scene once again repeated itself with her fast asleep while he was driving her home. Like last time, he wanted to call her but stopped short because he realized she was sleeping. Unlike last time, right? (Because he roused her up and was too glad to get rid of her, even if he was smiling but had cunningly slipped the fees slip into her hands.) Yu Xiang waited and even stared at her as she slept. (I was so glad of this familiar scene this time around because it showed all the differences.) Then the phone rang yet it was different from Yu Xiang because they didn’t get interrupt of this scene together. Yu Xiang reached into her handbag to retrieve the phone, turning it off after checking who it was from. He didn’t mean to cut the connection, because his intention this time was to not disturb Bi Ting’s slumber. It wasn’t like he would erase the call history. (Love the song playing in the background at this point, so suitable for the scene. It’s Hu Xia’s Step Forward.) OMG, I so love the scriptwriters! Showing major progress in the Yu Xiang and Bi Ting moments. (That I forgave all his past misdeeds toward her.) He actually draped his jacket over her, trying to not wake her up in the process. (Again, another cliched formula, but it was unimaginable that he would do it for her, considering their past grudges and all. Definitely a leap in their relationship, even if it might just be Yu Xiang’s one-sided caring at this point.)

Though Jun Jie was trying desperately to reach Bi Ting on the phone at the moment and got interfered by Yu Xiang’s action, I don’t feel sorry for Jun Jie at all. It was his fault not to play the hero and kept dodging to the point that Yu Xiang kept having to patch up things and had to drag Bi Ting out of awkward moments. Jun Jie finally sent Bi Ting a text instead of kept calling, thinking Bi Ting didn’t pick up on purpose. The sound of that text message also awakened Bi Ting. (So Yu Xiang didn’t turn the phone off, only cut the call off so it wouldn’t disturb Bi Ting’s slumber.) It was so cute that Yu Xiang pretended to look straight ahead and was fidgeting–like he wasn’t staring. (No sirree, lol.) And he recovered as fast with his snappy response when she asked why he didn’t wake her up. (His answer was she slept like a pig so he wasn’t able to rouse her up. LOL!) He was still playing the ‘mean’ front yet it was just too funny at this moment. (I can’t take him seriously anymore, not after how he stared at Bi Ting like that.) Yet he soon encouraged her on regarding their job the next day. And that was definitely a wrap for their memorable night together since he actually watched until she entered her place before he would leave. Both because he was staring and wanted to make sure she was safe.

Several days later, Jun Jie was seen at a restaurant, still trying to save his relationship (or whatever it was at this point) with Bi Ting. Her tossing the phone on the sofa that night after Yu Xiang dropped her off had indicated that she was definitely mad and it seemed like she hadn’t returned his messages. Meanwhile, at the company, Xiao Q was bringing their lunch (the typical instant noodles again) and Bi Ting was getting ready to eat when she received the message from Jun Jie. Same reaction as last time, but since it was the desk, she didn’t toss the phone so hard like last time. Xiao Q quickly asked what was wrong yet Bi Ting brushed her off again. Her moods were indeed quite terrible at the moment. Seeing it was hopeless to talk to Bi Ting, Xiao Q chose to exit stage left. That was also about the time the camera changed its angle and exposed Yu Xiang’s spying. So he had been checking up on her. (Not in a work sense where it was appropriate that he was keeping his employees in line. He had the worried look on his face so it was more along the line of personal matters at the moment.) The silent war continued with Jun Jie’s constant messaging to Bi Ting as Yu Xiang watched nearby–without Bi Ting noticing it, feeling helpless of the stalemate. Indeed, Yu Xiang seemed to have forgotten about his ‘beauty’ since he was supposed to be seeking her out during free time, especially recently to celebrate over his recent success. Yet he chose to stay by Bi Ting’s side and silently look after her? (Even if he knew Shu Xin liked his brother in the past, he hadn’t hinted at giving up, but now? He seemed to unknowingly protect Bi Ting without realizing it.)

As the days passed by, it seemed that Yu Xiang’s true ‘secret admirer’ was nowhere to be seen. He was seen with Bi Ting more. On one of those occasions, Yu Xiang finally had the chance to ‘rescue Bi Ting’ out of yet another awkward moment. It was business this time, not personal but still. As it were, Bi Ting was so careless that she had forgotten their latest customer had already called to reschedule but it totally slipped her mind. Just when she didn’t know how to get off the stage, Yu Xiang stepped in to interfere and used his charm to dispel the whole awkward situation. Bi Ting, stunned, finally realized the change in Yu Xiang. No, he hadn’t changed with using his charms to get his way (since he just used it right in front of her), but he didn’t scold her like in the past (if she were to make a mistake). As they left though, he stated he could start scolding her if she wished, lol. And he told her to forget it since she was ‘Dao Mei Nv” (倒楣女) after all. Even that didn’t cheer her up, not quite yet. So he had to exude his arrogance and give out ‘love advice’ once again.

Bi Ting’s love adviser’s effort wasn’t in vain at all since he managed to convince her to go see Jun Jie. At least get the talk out of the way instead of torturing everyone involved with the silent war, right? (Well, it was more like Yu Xiang couldn’t bear to watch any longer hence finally interfering with his own analysis, using a business meeting as an example.) Though this silent war wasn’t all in vain because their time apart made Jun Jie realized the little things that he often missed about their interactions in the past. This seemed like a hallmark moment because their relationship wasn’t so loose anymore. The person who walked in to witness their blissful scene wasn’t Shu Xin this time, but Yu Xiang. And contrary to his usual style, he didn’t interrupt them like the previous times to tease, but signaled for Jun Jie not to speak up. Leaving the place, his smile had turned off. It seemed like he was happy for them yet wasn’t so happy. (It was hard to blame, how could he be truly happy?)

Don’t worry about Yu Xiang being sad for long, because his ‘secret admirer’ spotted him out riding his bike and engaged in a conversation. To which, he bragged on and on about himself again. At least he was still able to joke. Cute moment between the two of them though, and how the lady boss was trying to get him to buy flowers for her yet failed.

Before Jun Jie could enjoy his happiness too much, he was confronted by Shu Xin again. Yes, more good news coming in so a typical meal or some trip wasn’t what she wanted. She was still waiting for his answer yet he was still pretending to be dumb. Seriously? He was once again rescued by the phone ringing, business matter–for real this time. He was given an opportunity to once again dodge her question. But to get back to business, Jun Jie’s obstacle this time was trying to get past the whole feng shui matters again with their clients.

Back at the Yu Xiang and Bi Ting front, business meeting again. How have they been doing recently? Any improvements? Still no changes from last time, still only one willing to go for the new package. Even after Shen Xin Ru spoke up regarding the situation, Yu Xiang was still stubborn about his new plan. Zhou Si Yi made a lot of sense with her analysis too. But hey, it was Yu Xiang, he didn’t want to see failure. He had to succeed, somehow. (Or die trying.) Bi Ting was indeed very brave to speak up after Yu Xiang had made his point clear. But I agree with Bi Ting, why doesn’t he go face the customers with them? He would understand the situation more. Look at Zhou Si Yi’s expression, she was indeed rooting for Bi Ting (silently). OMG, he actually agreed to go with them? Everyone was surprised, even Bi Ting herself. Since he did look quite fiercely at her. Ooooh, there was definitely a catch to the whole deal. No wonder. He couldn’t be that easily affected by Bi Ting, right? He accepted the challenge yet on his own terms. Freaky indeed. (The terms: They separated into two teams to compete against one another. It didn’t matter who the losing team was, one person from the losing side will be fired. Teams: Yu Xiang, Bi Ting, Yang Min Ling vs. Shen Xin Ru, Zhou Si Yi, and Xiao Q.) Everyone would be blaming Bi Ting now after Yu Xiang exit the scene? Well, not everyone, but more like Shen Xin Ru. At least Zhou Si Yi didn’t attack Bi Ting, even taking on the role of peacemaker and reminding them that they were all on the same boat and everyone should do their best from now on.

So the battle began with Bi Ting and Yang Min Ling doing the opening act while Yu Xiang covered the ‘special’ performance to convince their customer. Seriously? What in the world was he doing dressed like that? Their customer was so excited to get a certain special package yet they have no idea it was that weird. (Should’ve gone to another wedding planning place.) OMG, if anyone thought it was bad already with the girls introducing the package after wedding details were already discussed, Yu Xiang’s current approach was ten times worse. His choice of ‘words’ made them want to kill him even more than anything. Not to mention, he ruined the whole moment for the couple, causing one big misunderstanding. The situation was spreading and turning into a bigger issue than they initially thought with being able to find at least one customer who would accept the ‘special’ package. This time, it was up to Bi Ting to patch up the situation. It was her turn to save the day versus her absent-mindedness that had caused some past complications and Yu Xiang had to patch it up. Though he wouldn’t admit it out loud, he was proud of her.

That was funny how Bi Ting told Yu Xiang he shouldn’t ‘help’ them in the future anymore. Yet she stopped herself and excused herself to go take care of matters. The way she was somewhat ‘chiding’ him earlier made me feel like they were a pair of husband and wife managing the place and she chided him like a typical wife, telling him not to ‘ruin’ business anymore. Their roles reversed again when he used his ‘boss’ status to summon her back. He indeed gave her a good scare, because he was just calling her back to praise her performance for this particular case. It was hard for her not to be shocked. It was super rare that he would cover for her, now even admitting upfront of her performance.

On the Yu Jie front, Long Tian Xing promised her that he will never act fierce in front of her anymore. It wasn’t because he had a change of heart, just slightly. But it was more like how she had already curved her attitude so he would help her with her acting but won’t be so fierce. (It was indeed the directors who wanted to teach her a lesson, not really wanting to harm her but just want to get their point across with respecting others, especially those who worked closely with her whether in front or behind the scenes.)

That night, Jun Jie came home to see Yu Xiang hard at work. It seemed strange he wasn’t bragging anymore. After learning of a certain ‘lost’, Jun Jie immediately asked about Bi Ting’s well-being, thinking Yu Xiang was up to something again. Yet they steered the conversation toward the real situation, which was how Jun Jie kept thinking about not wanting to hurt either side. Yu Xiang stated that Jun Jie shouldn’t keep that mindset with not wanting to hurt both sides yet ended up doing just so. And he finally admit that though Bi Ting was an unlucky girl, she was still a good girl, so Jun Jie shouldn’t hurt her. (Wow, major speaking up for Bi Ting indeed.)

The next day at work, Jun Jie seemed like he really want to talk to Shu Xin to sort out matters once and for all. Yet he was still hesitant. In a way, he was right with Shu Xin having high self-pride so it was just so hard to break it to her or turn her down. Yet it was still no excuse to string her along for so long. She already made it clear that she wanted him. It was his turn to deliver an answer. Just when he finally mustered up the courage to tell her and struggled to deliver the message, the phone rang once again to interrupt. Jun Jie was indeed holding the record for ‘keep getting interrupted because someone called in’. Bad news so whatever it was that Jun Jie wanted to say will have to wait. Or will have to die with time since no one had the heart to discuss those matters in such hectic time. (And I so am sticking with my answer that that Bi Shu dude had something to do with it, considering how he would know more than anyone that eventually those clients will seek out a feng shui expert to consult.)

Back on the Yu Xiang and Bi Ting front, they were still suffering badly because they only have one out of luck; and the other side have thirteen (lucky thirteen this time). Honestly, Bi Ting was getting braver by the moment. Desperate times indeed conjured up desperate behaviors. Yu Xiang, though still confidence, was somewhat affected by their situation. He wasn’t worried about firing himself, but more like he had a point to prove. He didn’t want to fail. Thanks to Yang Min Ling, Yu Xiang finally have a new idea. What now?

On the other hand, Jun Jie finally arrived at his father’s company and managed to get into Bi Shu’s office to have some sort of conversation. YUP, the guy was definitely acting out his pitiful look. (It was already obvious from the phone conversation he was in on it.) OMG, he didn’t? No wait, he did. I knew he was up to something, but didn’t realize he was steering everything in that direction. He was trying to create a big rip between Jun Jie and his father. By just suggesting that what the feng shui expert said and what his father said to him earlier were indeed the same words, it made Jun Jie connect the dots to this whole scheme having to do with his father.

Back to Yu Xiang, Bi Ting, and Min Ling’s meeting, it was indeed getting even more interesting. Yu Xiang found a gap and could improvise his plan a little, making it more flexible and less dead trap with the whole package. Even Bi Ting agreed that it was a good plan. Min Ling was worried if their boss would agree with the new plan.

And bouncing back to the whole Jun Jie situation again. He was definitely falling into Bi Shu’s trap. The other guy was so pretending to decipher the codes and steering everything into Mr. Lai’s direction. Jun Jie fell into the trap just like that. It was hard to blame him because he indeed heard his father say all those stuffs about feng shui earlier. But the old man was just stating the real-life situation and the possibilities of clients relying on feng shui to buy houses. It just so happened that this Bi Shu dude took advantage of the situation to drive the rip even further for both parties. (The parents’ plan of making them cave in was seriously backfiring on them with some parties taking advantage of the situation to strike. It was too good of an opportunity not to.) OMG, this guy was going even further, playing the card with how the father didn’t go all out with Yu Xiang. (Really? Well, Jun Jie wouldn’t know since he wasn’t there when Yu Xiang got kicked out of one company after another. Even if Yu Xiang had deserved it with his arrogant speeches those times, but those were really hard blows on his ego.) So that Bi Shu dude was playing the card with the whole Jun Jie being the adopted son to drive the madness along, wanting to create a rip between him and Yu Xiang as well. (Honestly, if Yu Xiang had money from his father, would he had gone over to work for Mr. Gao? Really? Jun Jie wouldn’t know but it was so frustrating watching this guy manipulating the whole situation. ) And the guy succeeded in persuading Jun Jie to side with him, great? He was a master of manipulation at this point. Yet all these go to show that the Lai family have major communication problems hence outsiders able to manipulate the situation and say whatever they want. It didn’t matter if Jun Jie was one of their own or not, the old man was practically going the lightest on Jun Jie. Yu Xiang got the brunt of the ‘throwing out of places’ so it wasn’t like he was being biased. Even if he didn’t treat Jun Jie like a son, there was still his wife who loved Jun Jie dearly and wouldn’t let her husband harm Jun Jie.

As Jun Jie returned to the company, Shu Xin was pacing. After the recounts of what was supposedly going on, Shu Xin offered to go seek out her father for help. At this point, it was harder and harder for Jun Jie to let go. He did try to stop her from getting her father to interfere. But it was too late, she insisted. There was no way he could get away from Shu Xin at this point. He couldn’t lose against his father.

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True Love 365: Episode 10

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

The start of the episode and Yu Jie got some good news. Apparently, she didn’t need to learn the required dialect for her part yet she was misled into studying by Long Tian Xing. However, he wasn’t doing that to sabotage her. He was just trying to test her attitude. Seeing that she had already tuned down her arrogance and was willing to cooperate, he was more than glad.

The conversation between Jun Jie and Bi Ting resumed itself also. Though the strangest thing was Bi Ting asked for Yu Xiang’s workplace’s address instead of talking about their situation first. And it wouldn’t be a complete conversation without Shu Xin spying nearby. (Yes, sarcasm here.) Lucky for Shu Xin this time, it was in front of her office so she had the right to spy as Jun Jie inquired Bi Ting about her intention of searching for Yu Xiang. It wasn’t an unreasonable question, because after all the two were sworn enemies. The more surprising part of the whole thing was Bi Ting wanted to thank Yu Xiang. What for? (Oooohh, a week gone by and I totally forgot about it.) Indeed, if it wasn’t for Yu Xiang’s quick-witted words, they would all be in a very awkward situation at that moment. If it wasn’t awkward enough already. Okay, it was even stranger now (like it wasn’t before) was that Bi Ting didn’t let Jun Jie finish whatever it was that he wanted to say. She actually encouraged him to go resume his business rather than let him talk about their matter right there. (At least it seemed reasonable in a way because it was her workplace after all, too strange to talk about the personal stuff.)

On a more promising front, Yu Jie was actually praised by the director and was able to respond with a more reserved attitude than her usual smart-aleck self. She took it a step further by personally thanking Long Tian Xing for his guidance thus far. However, not accepting the credit, he claimed he was only doing his job and that he was just fulfilling his goal of making sure every part of the production he was involved in would be to its best. Contrary to her past self, she didn’t snap or lose her patient, even emphasizing on showing her gratitude and even hoped for more guidance in the future. They did a little glare down, like somewhat in a challenging way. Yet it was hinting there might be some future relationship between the two aside from being co-stars?

Just when I thought I could get into Yu Jie’s character and see how she could be so picky and spoiled yet needed some wake up call for her to understand the importance of keeping good relationships with others, I just want to give up all together because of how she assumed Bi Ting was the fake type who was into deceiving rich guys. Sure, she was showing loyalty to her friend by saying those things and rooting for Shu Xin and Jun Jie, but it was just too much irony to think that Bi Ting was the flaky type when Shu Xin was the ‘flaky, manipulative’ one. Besides, she was also looking down on Bi Ting just because Bi Ting wasn’t the so-called ‘perfect’ type like her friend.

On the Yu Xiang front, it seemed like he was really concentrating on his work. At least until his ‘cute’ assistant let it known that she was ‘secretly in love with him’. How did he like it the other way around? (Aka he was the one being targeted instead of assuming and teasing Bi Ting about her ‘secret admiration’ for him.) Seriously, he honestly could twist the situation into his own advantage. Because when the assistant complimented him on his change (of how he was more polite and would show his appreciation for their help with a simple ‘thank you’) and insisted on liking him even more, he wasn’t even moved by it. He could still draw up some reasons as to her ‘sudden’ admiration for him and dismiss it as just a ‘temporary’ matter (aka she would eventually move on). (Tough luck! Look at her, all worshiping him, no way is she changing her mind anytime soon.) Yet it was indeed cute with how she interrupted him to tell him that the part with him ‘exaggerating on and on’ hadn’t changed. Despite his clever words, he was unable to entertain himself after the assistant left for the day. He was quite bored and finally understood why Master Ling loved to hide in the coffin and frighten visitors.

Back on the Bi Ting front, she succeeded in finding the address Jun Jie sent her. Upon entering the place, she called out several times but there was no response. Only a coffin opening to be exact. Two guesses who it was. Not frightened at all (for the time being, that was), Bi Ting called out to give him a chance to surrender before she stroke. Wait, if he was sneaking up behind her then who was the one in the coffin? It got even better for her nerves because he confessed that he just came back from somewhere and found the door ajar, thinking there was a thief inside so he entered to check it out. I swore it looked like he was putting her on yet he was even more scared but was still ‘kind’ enough to grab her hand to run out of there together, not abandoning her out of fear of the unknown. (But that was seriously funny though.) Never mind, he was really putting her on since I figured it around the time he pretended to be possessed by some unknown spirit. OMG, he was so going to get it when she finally found out that he was faking the ‘ghost’ thing. Since ‘the ghost’ did request for her to list three good traits of Yu Xiang to redeem himself. ‘The ghost’ went even further by forcing Bi Ting to accept that she ‘secretly admired him’ or Yu Xiang was dead for good. YUP, she used the old tactic with letting her shoe do the deed again. Yet he reminded her of the last time so she used her handbag to attack instead.

After she calmed down, she finally expressed her gratitude toward him for that one night with the awkward encounter with Shu Xin and all. Yet Yu Xiang was still pulling the card with her wanting to come see him and that she was still holding a torch for him hence wanting to use such a reason to come in the first place. She finally played along, stating that she ‘secretly admired him’. But she ended up staying quiet after that brief admittance, even he wasn’t used to it. (Except for that one time witnessing a touching moment between her and her mother and then the silent ride home afterward.) Hearing what Bi Ting said regarding Yu Xiang, it really got me thinking too. In fact, if everyone was like Yu Xiang, being able to say or do whatever without a care in the world, it would be so good. Not like her or others who have to think things through or assume matters. Seeing her so serious, Yu Xiang launched the whole ‘secret admiration’ thing once again, wanting to rile her up–instead of possibly having to deal with her sad, troubled face. Bi Ting once again told him off and walked away, leaving him standing there smiling and even admitting that she was actually quite cute. (YES, finally some signs of his acknowledgment. Even if it was nothing at this point but it was still a start of a turnaround for them. At least he saw her in a new light, instead of assuming she was just some ‘not worth mentioning girl’ like previously. Hey, she already listed his supposedly ‘good traits’ so it wasn’t like she was the type to just shrug him off as some ‘jerk’.)

Mystery solved. It was Ling Li Fa (Master Ling’s son) in the coffin earlier. He ended up confronting Yu Xiang when Yu Xiang returned from the meeting with Bi Ting earlier. Yu Xiang wasn’t the least bit scared when he was tapped on the shoulder. Seriously, it was getting old so it would be strange if he was that scared.

After a day of worrying and whatnot, Jun Jie was finally given a break with his business plan succeeded in persuading the panel of decision-makers. Yet he also received some sad news that Happiness Began would be closing soon, or more like transferring owners. When Jun Jie got home, Yu Xiang was already there working on something. What Yu Xiang said to Jun Jie was very true though, why leave Shu Xin hanging like that? Or was it like Jun Jie had confessed to Bi Ting previously with kind of using her connections to advance his career further? Because honestly, leaving her hanging like that was more torturous than telling her exactly what was going on. In a way, it was the pure reason why I’m not really in favor of such a character like Jun Jie, way too nice on the surface yet could be quite indecisive. Unlike Yu Xiang, who was more upfront and straightforward about what he wanted. To think back to what Shu Xin said earlier to Yu Jie, she wanted a man with a stable future, not a wanderer like Yu Xiang. Yu Xiang might as well abandon his dream of pursuing Shu Xin already and go for Bi Ting.

The next morning, Jun Jie was shocked yet not speechless when he spotted Yu Xiang already up and was eating at the kitchen counter. It was indeed a surprise since Jun Jie was usually the more hardworking one versus Yu Xiang the laid back one. Yu Xiang’s response? Didn’t want his father to be right about him.  It was a good enough reason and a surge of encouragement for him to push forward. Then Yu Jie also surprised Jun Jie by getting up early. Yet it wasn’t because of proving anything to her father, but she was up to catch Jun Jie before he walked out the door. Of course, it was none other than confronting Jun Jie about choosing Shu Xin over Bi Ting. (Though I got it that she was loyal to her friend, I didn’t agree with her principle in Shu Xin treating him so good that he should like her back. It was his fault in not clarifying matters before it got complicated, but it was a lame reason to say that ‘one should like someone just because that someone did so much for him/her’. And I’m so not just talking about this drama, but those principles being talked about in other dramas also.) And what in the world was Yu Jie ranting at? It was so stupid with her stating that Bi Ting was the third party when technically, Jun Jie and Shu Xin never even started dating yet. If anyone was the third party, it was Shu Xin–if Yu Jie wanted to go on such a scale with everyone at a stalemate at this point.

What Bi Ting said during the lunch date with Jun Jie made me like her character even more. Well, or more like starting to respect her more than actually just rooting for her and Yu Xiang because that was the supposed outcome. Her previous actions with secretly liking Jun Jie until recently made me feel like she was too silly at times. (But then it fitted with her falling in love and acting foolish at moments with daydreaming.) What she said to Jun Jie was how he should clarify his and Shu Xin’s relationship and/or situation before actually moving forward with his and her own matter. She even went on stating that the whole situation at this point made her feel like she was the third party. (YES, it was indeed a very uncomfortable feeling. This is why I’m starting to like Yu Xiang more and more, because of his outspoken nature.) Jun Jie was so stalling because he said he would clarify matters to Shu Xin when the appropriate time came. Bi Ting finally cornered him by asking: “To you, is career more important or love?” He still didn’t get it and asked her what she meant. And Bi Ting impressed me once again with her quick reaction. She tried to dodge out of it–or perhaps delay the matter even longer–by shrugging it off and telling him to pretend he didn’t hear her question. Yet his next words made her realized that she wasn’t listening to the answer when it was right in front of her. She didn’t need to ask, he didn’t answer her question yet had said that the meetup today was to celebrate for his success. (Too obvious he was choosing career. It wasn’t like it was wrong for people to choose their careers. But to sacrifice love and use others to his advantage? Perhaps he and Shu Xin were a good match in heaven all right–with the fake nature, exuding goodness and perfection. Or he didn’t get it? He so didn’t get it because he still thought everything was fine in paradise when Bi Ting excused herself to head back to the company–and even asked her if he could ask her out again in the future.) I actually was quite proud of Bi Ting (once again) for walking away like that and not be so blind with accepting his words and then crying like a pathetic girl in the future. (Aka she was acknowledging the reality of it all and didn’t want more backlash from others when things were still so ambiguous between him and Shu Xin.)

Not sure if I should take back Yu Xiang’s points or not. But because of the pressure and how his path kept being cut, he finally agreed to his father’s rival’s terms and decided to go work for the opposite side. Was it really the doings of his father’s commands or were the other employees using this opportunity to severe his path in general without the old man knowing? It didn’t matter because Yu Xiang was already on a roll, even disclosing the plan with Jun Jie while they were exercising. Yu Xiang went a step further by exaggerating that the next person to which their father was striking was Jun Jie. That didn’t scare him–or did it?

So the day come when Shu Xin have to sign over the company to its new owner. Two guesses who came to oversee the paperwork signing process. Yes, Yu Xiang. Was Shu Xin surprised or what? But Yu Xiang was more surprised that she was willing to let go of ‘her baby’ for his brother. After a little round of teasing, Shu Xin wanted to introduce him to all the employees there. Yet he was fine with taking a tour by himself. Upon his departure, a mischievous smile was apparent. Again, it was a trademark by this time that he was ready to tease Bi Ting more than ever.  The comical act ensued when Xiao Q rushed to inform Bi Ting of their new boss yet it was Bi Ting’s fault this time for not wanting to hear anything regarding to the Lai family’s situation. She had no idea that she was getting off on a bad start with their new boss. It wasn’t until one of the other employees came to inform Yu Xiang Shu Xin wanted to talk to him that Bi Ting finally realized she’d dug a really big hole for herself. Bi Ting wasn’t the only one though since Shen Xin Ru was also mocking Yu Xiang earlier, taking it out on him that she was given false hope about the supposed promotion. It was both cute and funny that Bi Ting was smiling like insane at him now, like acting super friendly instead of the hostility exuded earlier. (Love the scriptwriters for this move. Not that it would be a plus point for Bi Ting in the long run with her career, but it was more like seeing them together even more at work.) That was hilarious with the three girls lashing out at one another after Yu Xiang was out of sight already.

After the side catfight and the embarrassment, they were finally able to meet their new boss, Gao You Da. That was a priceless moment when he introduced himself, everyone stared. His name couldn’t be more contradictory to his look. Even so, Bi Ting and Xiao Q were pushing it with their commentary of the new boss’ words. Another priceless moment was when he complimented Yu Xiang for being ‘handsome’ yet Yu Xiang could still ‘learn from him’. No one laughed when the boss left. They were indeed good at holding it in. (Oooh, so Yu Xiang’s special assistant’s name was Yang Min Ling.) Yet Xiao Q was still able to compliment Yu Xiang’s handsomeness at this time? That caused Bi Ting’s glare. But that was cut short, announcing the end of the episode.

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True Love 365: Episode 9

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

Tian Cheng’s sticky situation was actually resolved by his uncle, Bo Wen, coming to the rescue. It seemed like the uncle really knew his way around hence he could always go to places as he wished, not fearing a thing. His Wing Chun skills were indeed helpful as well. It had allowed him to get out of dangerous situations more than once already. Yet would Tian Cheng learn from this one time and try harder to find a normal job instead of cutting corners? Tian Cheng still seemed so stubborn about the whole job search. He didn’t want to listen to his uncle’s suggestion of going to Sam Brunch to work for Yi Ru. In a way, it was understandable that he didn’t want to lean on his ex-wife. But couldn’t he try harder to find a job?

Yu Jie, not listening to her manager’s advice, still retained the attitude and managed to get herself in disagreement with Long Tian Xing. This time, she spoke up and not stay quiet like the previous day. However, because it seemed to be her last straw or more like the last chance, would she back down at last? Considering how she already offended all the producers and directors within the industry–whether big or small, it wasn’t too much that Long Tian Xing was attacking her and pushing her button even more. Indeed, Yu Jie decided to keep it in, and even apologized.

So not wanting to succumb to Yi Ru’s offer, Tian Cheng ended up working at the same place as Yu Xiang. He was also responsible for some ‘crying scenes’ at the funeral. Yet it wasn’t just Tian Cheng posing as one of the ‘crying party’, because Uncle Bo Wen was also part of the skit. And the reason for it was because Master Ling was hospitalized already and his son had to go take care of him so Yu Xiang had to recruit the other two to help him with the current client. Since they’d already collected the money, it was hard to back down. They wouldn’t want to face the consequences. Yet it might have been better if they ended up getting beat up or worse by the gangsters than have Uncle Bo Wen and Tian Cheng mess up at the ceremony. It was indeed quite frustrating and pathetic that both tried to hit on girls while the funeral was taking place. (I seriously felt sorry for Yu Xiang then, having to handle the situation. At least during the ceremony, he was really professional and would do the best to his ability to pay respect as he had promised.) Their only escape route was only due to luck, because another unfamiliar woman arrived and stirred up a riot between several parties hence they managed to weave through the crowd in time before anything else happened. Yet that was one pathetic scene that shouldn’t be repeated.

Tian Cheng’s little game finally ended as he and Yu Xiang went to Sam Brunch for a meal again. This time, Yi Ru really sat down and had a serious talk with him. It was hard to dodge any longer. Though Tian Cheng needed to use some excuses to actually accept this offer so he had to lay out his own terms before accepting the job. And here Tian Cheng was thinking that his ex-wife was still harboring feelings for him hence wanting to help him time after time. He was beyond stumped when the ‘boyfriend’ walked in and greeted him with a confident smile.

The reappearance of Shu Xin marked more schemes unleashing. It first began with Bi Ting getting off of a night bus and heading back into the company to finish up a certain project. She spotted Jun Jie getting out of a Taxi across the street and wanted to approach him. Yet she soon realized Shu Xin was also with him and hid behind some tree. Unfortunately, Shu Xin already saw her and grabbed onto to Jun Jie, projecting the closeness image. Bi Ting, feeling disappointed, flagged a Taxi and embarrassingly rushed into it. She had no idea it was no use since Shu Xin already saw her anyway. Upon arriving home, she received a call from Jun Jie and learned that he wanted to meet up with her. However, another twist of fate interfered because Yu Xiang was seen walking down the street as Bi Ting was still talking on the phone with Jun Jie. Interestingly, this time they were somehow discussing as to why Jun Jie was with Shu Xin in the first place. Bi Ting stopped herself in time as not to disclose too much of what was on her mind to Yu Xiang, but of course, he could still tease her with his intimidating behavior. In fact, those usual rousing had worked because Bi Ting had accidentally let it slip that Jun Jie had spent a night at her place one time. But their humorous banter was interrupted by none other than the busybody Shu Xin. (Honestly, the only reason why I enjoy their bickering scenes and still tolerate Yu Xiang at times was because his time with Bi Ting never got interrupted by anyone. Yet now? That was going overboard.) While Shu Xin was struggling to find “whatever the reason she was appearing in front of Bi Ting’s house for” to say to Bi Ting, Yu Xiang managed to interrupt enough that Jun Jie finally appeared. Jun Jie was really in for a surprise. In fact, it was strange that even Shu Xin was surprised. (I swore I thought she somehow had backtracked and eavesdropped on Jun Jie’s conversation with Bi Ting hence arriving at the scene beforehand. Hey, she was so calculative before so it was hard to blame me for suspecting.) It was indeed quite priceless to watch Shu Xin’s expression as Jun Jie finally caught onto Yu Xiang’s attempt to rescue him from the sticky situation and played along. It was too obvious that Jun Jie didn’t know how to lie so, of course, he was there to see Bi Ting, not meeting up with Yu Xiang–like Yu Xiang had claimed. Not to mention the coming scene when Jun Jie’s expression had changed slightly when he saw his brother slipped a hand around Bi Ting’s shoulders like many times before. It wasn’t like Jun Jie never witnessed his brother trying to tease Bi Ting before, but the discomfort showed that he cared for Bi Ting too much to even tolerate Yu Xiang’s little joke. (I seriously love how Yu Xiang wouldn’t let go of Shu Xin’s loose words with seeking out Bi Ting at this time of the night just to discuss ‘business’. It was possibly due to the fact that he was sort of jealous and wanted to see if she was really interested in Jun Jie. But still, priceless to see Shu Xin struggle to answer or prove to others that she wasn’t there for some other ‘motive’.) It was hilarious how Yu Xiang was leaning forward to listen in to their ‘matter’ and exclaimed out that that matter could be said over the phone. Yet Bi Ting still wanted to save her boss’ face so she had to jump in and chide Yu Xiang for not remembering her boss’ words previously. (Of course, Yu Xiang didn’t mean that Shu Xin should call Bi Ting while driving, he meant Shu Xin could’ve called Bi Ting up from home to pass the words over instead of driving all the way over here.) Yu Xiang managed to use fatigue and drowsiness as an excuse to disperse the party. Yet Shu Xin just had to have the last word or more like a dramatic exit, because she managed to give Jun Jie a kiss on the cheek and words of farewell before leaving. It was obvious that Bi Ting was drawing a line between her and Jun Jie since she no longer called him by name but by the usual formal address. Yu Xiang had no other choice but to drag his brother home at that moment.

Back home, Yu Xiang was still posing as the burnt-out person, wanting to go to sleep as soon as possible. Yet Jun Jie stopped him and thanked him for the previous matter. Of course, Yu Xiang shrugged it off as nothing since they were brothers after all. But Jun Jie still didn’t let Yu Xiang off. Instead of questioning Yu Xiang about his presence at Bi Ting’s place, he ended up pondering why Yu Xiang wasn’t questioning his behaviors. So the brothers were finally confronting the matters instead of playing dodge ball like previously. Yu Xiang’s question to Jun Jie was simple: Why did Jun Jie choose Bi Ting over such a perfect person like Shu Xin? (They were brothers after all so of course he already figured out Jun Jie liked Bi Ting.) Jun Jie, contrary to his willing to cooperate self, wanted Yu Xiang to answer his question first. His question was also predictable, which was: You like Shu Xin, right? Though Yu Xiang’s words in regard to love having no apparent reason made a lot of sense yet it trumped his previous words about ‘seeking for the perfect woman’ and ‘Shu Xin fitting the frame’. Because seriously, if he applied his own explanation for ‘love’ to his actual ‘searching’, then why was he searching for?

Good news came for Yu Xiang as he arrived at the hospital to visit Master Ling the next morning. Master Ling’s son greeted him instead and passed on the words from his father, which was to let Yu Xiang manage their funeral arrangement business for the time being since Master Ling had to go through therapy for a while before he could return home. As for Bi Ting, Jun Jie came to visit her and tried to explain about the previous night’s situation. Yet Bi Ting was dodging the matter on purpose, claiming that she was going to make tea. Jun Jie, knowing he shouldn’t delay the matter any longer, stopped her. He immediately told her about how he planned to go tell her immediately after his return of his success from the trip and it was all due to her suggestions. It took almost forever for him to say what was really in his heart. Yet it was somewhat worth the wait.

On the Yu Jie front, she was seriously driving Long Tian Xing insane with her way of reading the script. But he was seriously so professional and hardworking, willing to mark all of those spots for her. Yet she still complained? At least she wasn’t pulling the attitude and being loud anymore.

Meanwhile, the recently no longer unemployed Tian Cheng was on a roll at Sam Brunch, trying to prove himself. However, his effort wasn’t in vain because he was actually quite hardworking and even received praise from Yu Xiang. (If anyone would receive praises from Yu Xiang, it was a miracle already, especially on a professional level so Tian Cheng had definitely proved himself at last.) From Sam’s recounts, Tian Cheng was indeed taking his job seriously. Though being praised by others, he wasn’t exuding his arrogance either, even crediting Sam for his help thus far.

As they were helping Tian Cheng with taste testing the new and improved dishes, Yu Xiang and Yu Jie finally discovered that Yi Ru was dating again. Both gave their older brother a stare down yet Tian Cheng seemed oblivious to it. He was all hardworking, ignoring the siblings. He soon left with Sam to go discuss more regarding other improvements they could make for the restaurant.

As for Yu Xiang, though ambitious to rise to the top once again, he didn’t accept help from his father’s competitor nor did he cave into temptation at such a meaty offer. It seemed like Yu Xiang wasn’t as hateful as he exuded at times. After all, it was his family, so he wouldn’t do such a thing to hurt his father. He was just trying to prove to his father he was capable, not drawing a line to the point of no return.

On the other hand, Bi Ting still hadn’t given Jun Jie an answer as to whether she accepted his confession or not. But that was the coming episode because their encounter at the end of the next day was halted.

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True Love 365: Episode 8

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

The day had ended for them all yet not really, because the brothers once again united at Sam Brunch to chat about the day’s happening. At first, it was just Yu Xiang there, complaining to Sam about how much he missed the old days of just gathering there to chat, but since they moved out it wasn’t so anymore. Not long after, Jun Jie entered and was bombarded with questions regarding the various odors on his attire. like wine and makeup. Despite all the teasing, Yu Xiang still vouched that his brother wouldn’t engage in such improper acts–unless it was just those girls flinging to Jun Jie. Kidding aside, they still have to deal with the upcoming days because they were far from their planned goal of establishing themselves to prove a point to their parents about their capabilities.

A new day arrived and Yu Xiang was seen heading to work again. But today showed some improvements because he seemed to mingle with both Master Ling and his son so comfortably. He was really getting the hang of it and even operated on the same tune as the other two. They would soon become a good team, who knows? The only person still having trouble proving himself was the older brother, Tian Cheng. Yi Ru was still giving him lectures about his behaviors as he was spending time at the park with Xiao Die. If he only knew how much Yi Ru still cared for him, he wouldn’t scold at her for being a busybody.

After being MIA for the last several episodes, Yu Jie appeared once again with her manager still trying to find a suitable role for her. The table finally turned for her as she encountered the most difficult director ever. Will it teach her to have some respect for some of the veteran directors altogether? Or would she still continue on her arrogant path, thinking she was the best but haven’t been discovered yet? Seriously, the actress was good at portraying her character as a terrible actress without the knowledge that she was terrible. Because it really gave me some insight into Yu Jie’s character even more. Yu Jie was seriously taking the whole acting forte on a literal front. It was driving this director insane. As things would have it, Liang Dao (the director her manager just scheduled her for a read) was actually one of her most admired directors. So this was really a slap in the face for her after receiving the criticisms from him.

On the Bi Ting front, it seemed like she wasn’t going to invite anyone of her ‘boyfriends’ to her mother’s wedding after all. It was only her and Xiao Q. Yet Yu Xiang was having quite a time at work while Yu Jie was reflecting on her past picky attitude, wanting her manager to help her and was willing to sweet talk rather than exuding the usual attitude. After a senseless ‘staring’ contest, Master Ling suddenly decided to pour his heart out to Yu Xiang, hinting he was getting old and couldn’t maintain the business any longer. Though all of those ‘heart-wrenching’ moments would have to subside for the coming storm as a group of intimidating men showed up at their place, demanding to speak to Master Ling’s son. Fortunately for them, the whole confrontation was just a false alarm. No one pulled the trigger or caused any more trouble than that was necessary. They have a new skit.

So as Bi Ting was congratulating her mother one more time as the wedding proceeded, Yu Xiang was heading home that night, ready to brag. However, contrary to his previous prediction, his siblings weren’t as excited about his news about the latest encounter and having a new client. After all, it wasn’t just any client. He had no choice but to yell out in a dramatic manner of his current ‘lonely’ status. And just before he was entering the house to brag, Tian Cheng had already done some bragging with Yu Jie about his latest fortune. Tian Cheng had no idea what he just landed himself into when he agreed to that one lady boss’ words. His luck wasn’t turning, far from it. He was just being too positive about having good looks, which could be the influence for his luck.

A long day of making sure the wedding would go as perfect as possible for Bi Ting’s mother, Xiao Q was still full of energy to gripe over the fact that Bi Ting didn’t bring either one of her ‘boyfriends’ to the wedding. Though they both knew it was impossible with Yu Xiang, Xiao Q had no idea why Bi Ting was suddenly discouraged with inviting Jun Jie altogether in the end.

More hilarious scenes unleashed as the new client finally arrived at Master Ling’s place to discuss the fee matters. Yu Xiang just have to arrive at the wrong time and disturb the peace. Yet he soon learned and somehow had bonded with Xiao Bai (the bodyguard). Then Yu Xiang redeemed himself again as he helped in the act of proving to the new client that they were fakes. His fast reactions should be awarded in the near future, right?

On the Tian Cheng front, he was in high spirits as he accompanied his new ‘lady luck’ toward different places and tried to accommodate her requests as much as he could. But he still had no idea what he was stepping slowly into. Just like how Yu Jie’s supposedly ‘turned luck’ as she tried to be as obedient as possible wasn’t working either. (Seriously, if it wasn’t for the money, her manager would have left already. Who would want to sink their future by representing such a stuck up person who wouldn’t care to offend every single person she encountered, thinking she was above everyone like that.) Apparently, Yu Jie still hadn’t learned from her past mistakes; and was still exuding arrogance, not understanding situations or knowing how to cooperate with others.

Tian Cheng finally met with his supposed doom as his new ‘lady luck’ finally strike. He was far from prepared. Yet it was his fault for not listening to Yu Xiang and Yu Jie’s words previously. Have no fear though, he still was able to use a small deception technique to try and get out of the mess. Would he succeed? The answer is NO. But that was the end of the episode as Ai Ai Jie’s bodyguards left. Tian Cheng was already tied up and helpless. So how would he eventually escape? Or would he have to face the consequences since he didn’t listen to others’ warnings?

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