Forbes China – Top 100 Successful Celebrities 2017

(image credit: Zhao Li Ying’s Studio Weibo)

I usually don’t do this, but I just thought I do it since year since I saw the list the other day.  (Go here for the list in its originality.) And I know she’s not ranked first, but I just like the picture, lol.

Anyway, here goes the translation for the list:

  1. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng
  2. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm
  3. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch
  4. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh
  5. Yang Yang / Dương Dương
  6. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào
  7. Jackie Chan / Thành Long
  8. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh
  9. Jay Chou / Châu Kiệt Luân
  10. Wu Yi Fan / Ngô Dịch Phàm
  11. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong
  12. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu
  13. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ
  14. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên
  15. Chen Kun / Trần Khôn
  16. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh
  17. TFBOYS
  18. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca
  19. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi
  20. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng
  21. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình
  22. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa
  23. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi
  24. Jing Bo Ran / Tỉnh Bách Nhiên
  25. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao
  26. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba
  27. Andy Lau / Lưu Đức Hoa
  28. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy
  29. Li Bing Bing / Lý Băng Băng
  30. Huang Bo / Huỳnh Bột
  31. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương
  32. Lin Chi Ling / Lâm Chí Linh
  33. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương
  34. Chris Lee / Li Yu Chun / Lý Vũ Xuân
  35. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm
  36. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình
  37. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba
  38. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á
  39. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng
  40. Cheney Chen Xue Dong / Trần Học Đông
  41. He Jiong / Hà Cảnh
  42. Wang Kai / Vương Khải
  43. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân
  44. Xue Zhi Qian / Tuyết Chi Khiêm
  45. Faye Wong / Vương Phi
  46. Eddie Peng / Bành Vu Yến
  47. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị
  48. Shu Qi / Thư Kỳ
  49. Nicky Wu / Ngô Kỳ Long
  50. Jin Dong / Cận Đông
  51. Liu Wen / Lưu Văn
  52. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương
  53. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách
  54. Li Chen / Lý Thần
  55. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân
  56. Jacky Cheung / Trương Học Hữu
  57. Eason Chan / Trần Dịch Tấn
  58. Donnie Yen / Chân Tử Đan
  59. Zhou Xun / Châu Tấn
  60. Louis Koo / Cổ Thiên Lạc
  61. Huang Lei / Hoàng Lỗi
  62. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi
  63. Sun Hong Lei / Tôn Hồng Lôi
  64. Show Luo / La Chí Tường
  65. Tony Leung Chiu Wai / Lương Triều Vỹ
  66. Ryan Zheng / Trịnh Khải
  67. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như
  68. Sun Yang / Tôn Dương
  69. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn
  70. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ
  71. Ni Ni / Nghệ Ni
  72. Yang Zi / Dương Tử
  73. Victoria Song / Tống Tây
  74. Xie Na / Tạ Na
  75. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy
  76. Mayday
  77. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên
  78. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần
  79. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng
  80. Chen Dao Ming / Trần Đạo Minh
  81. Carina Lau / Lưu Gia Linh
  82. Jolin Tsai / Thái Y Lâm
  83. Nicholas Tse / Tạ Đình Phong
  84. Aaron Kwok / Quách Phú Thành
  85. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên
  86. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn
  87. Kevin Tsai / Thái Khang Vĩnh
  88. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên
  89. Han Han / Hàn Hàn
  90. Feng Xiao Gang / Phùng Tiểu Cương
  91. Xu Zheng / Từ Tranh
  92. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Trạch
  93. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân
  94. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ
  95. Jason Zhang Jie / Trương Kiệt
  96. Zhang Hui Mei / Trương Huệ Muội
  97. Zhang Yimou / Trương Nghệ Mưu
  98. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong
  99. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

Give Me A Taiwanese Boyband To Idolize

(Credit: itsJPMofficial)

This topic came forward because of how I had this conversation with Vanadia about the recently popular boyband “Super 131.” She was saying how they seemed to have dropped off the radar or disband or possibly just moved on to other things. She was really getting unease with not having a boyband to chase after. She wants me to give her a band? I’ll not only give her one but many more to think over! In an attempt to bring forth the right atmosphere to discuss this topic, I decided to use JPM’s catchy song “365 Days” to emphasize my point. (Go here for lyrics translation.) Anyway, without further ado, here are the Taiwanese boybands worth mentioning:

First off?

Mayday (五月天). Probably one of the longest formed bands and still active to this day. Ah Xin’s really talented with his songwriting and I really love his style. Although ironically, I like it more when Ah Xin write songs for other singers, lol. But I must admit, they’re a strong band. With all the awards and recognitions they received, I don’t think they need me to praise them, lol. So yeah, they’re one of the coolest bands around.

F4/JVKV. Although they have sort of scattered in the previous years to do their own thing, they still haven’t officially disbanded yet. Their last performance together was in 2013 for the Spring Festival. Who knows? Maybe they will get together again to bring out another album, if not another round of performances.

5566. They’re still around. Even if they are not as active together. They’re actually quite strong during their more active years so they still have a solid fanbase regardless.

Chemical Monkey. I will say that I’m not really a big fan of them, because I have my weird moments, lol. But I think that they’re a genuine, artistic band. Indeed very talented in their own way.

SpeXial. The ten-male members’ band. YES, there are ten members in this band. All male. What’s amazing about them is the ability to harmonize so well. You could get addicted to them by listening to just one song. They bring a refreshing feeling to the pop genre. (And yes, there are two members missing from the picture, because they’re busy right now so can’t join in with the recent album.)

831 (八三夭). Another band that brings forth a refreshing feeling to their music. I especially love their “Why I Cried” song. They lean toward the rock and roll path more than the usual pop so it might take getting used to. But they have their own uniqueness.

io Band (io樂團). Rock band. They sure have style. If you like rock, it’s a must check out.

Gentleman. Their name tripped me since it’s more than one person so it should be “Gentlemen.” But other than that, I guess I’ll live, lol. Seriously though, they could be fun to listen to.

MIXION. Max and Steven. Looks and voice. Nice? They do have some fun songs as well.

Last but not least?

JPM. Yup, I saved them last on purpose. I will tell you that I’m already past the age that I could listen to loud music and enjoy it. LOL! But JPM’s one of those bands that I could enjoy both heartwarming songs and at times, like the song at the beginning of this post–upbeat, uplifting, energetic ones. I will also say that I wasn’t into their previous bands that much, mostly because of the number of bands within the industry so it was SO hard to keep up. But what got me into listening to them was none other than the drama I had followed for several months and fell in love with, True Love 365. If you want to get a sample, you could go hunt them down on YouTube (i.e. click on the credit and it should take you to their official channel) or check out my review of their second album.

Okay, SO not all of them are eye candies, considering some of the new bands. But they make up in talents and variety. Some of the coolest bands out there aren’t considered all that ‘hot’ either but are known for their music.

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Sisters OST

1. Sisters (姊妹) by Victor Wong (品冠) and Phoebe Huang (黃嘉千). The main theme of the drama, and was suitable and tied in with the drama.

2. Because of You, I Want to Become A Better Person (為你我想做更好的人) by Victor Wong (品冠). The ending song of the drama. Though Zheng Fang kept repeating his mantra over and over with building a good life for his family (and we could see it at times though not as much), it had failed so many times until he finally let go of Ru Fen, allowing some peace into the house at last that the song rang true. Though ironically, the MV had hinted at marriage versus the drama’s separation scene. Quite a meaningful and touching song. Wasn’t too mushy with the promises.

3. Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong (品冠). My favorite song in here. Though it only played like about 4 times in here? It was used mostly for Ru Li and Pin Chuan and it was indeed suitable. Yet I found it was even more suitable for Zheng Fang since he had learned a lot–the good and bad from all the women in his life, whether it was his wives, his mother, the many female friends surrounding him.

4. I Thought (我以為) by Victor Wong  (品冠). This song was quite good too. Though I don’t remember as much about it being used in the drama, I felt it was suitable for the rest of the scenes too.

5. Suddenly Missing You (突然好想你) by Mayday (五月天). Often used for Ru Fen and Jim moments. I got the point, but I don’t really like it. Might be the mix, I don’t know.

6. Use to Love So Much (很愛過) by Della Ding (丁噹). Used for Chen Wei and Xin Yi when they were missing each other or when they almost broke up that one time when things got quite serious between Zheng Fang and Ru Fen. Though I got it, but don’t really like it. I don’t know. Might be the mix again.

7. Good Sisters: Perfect Meeting Version (好姊妹完美相遇版) – Instrumental. It indeed was the perfect version since I really liked it when it was playing in the background throughout.

8. When You Think of Me (當你想著我) by Victor Wong (品冠) and Angelica Lee (李心潔). Used for Chen Wei and Xin Yi that one time when they were out shopping for their new home. Fun and uplifting song. Also, really suitable for their situation since they seemed to be the only couple with some sort of obvious dreaming within a relationship (versus others’ more practical situations–NOT that I don’t like it, just different).

9. Wind and Beautiful Day (風和日麗) by René Liu (劉若英). I don’t even remember this one being in the drama. Perhaps because it was 60 episodes, lol. But still a good track.

10. The Most Important Small Matter (最重要的小事) by Mayday (五月天). Okay, I guess. Wasn’t too into it.

11. Not Your Truest Happiness (你不是真正的快樂) by Mayday (五月天). It’s starting to be a pattern that I can’t like Mayday songs. Well, at least involving this soundtrack. It’s just me, not them. And I kept switching the translation around and somehow I couldn’t get it right, it’s more like not the most compatible, suitable, deserved one OR something. Or is it genuine? Oy, I got it, but can’t find the correct term in English.

12. Good Sisters: Determined & Courageous, Well-Acquainted Version  (好姊妹堅毅勇敢相知版) – Instrumental. A little closer to track #2 in the tone, but I don’t like it as much. Maybe it was missing the flow when every instrument was combined like in the ‘perfect’ version, making this version sounding a tad slower.

13. Good Sisters: Regretfully Invaluable, Emotional Version (好姊妹情感無價相惜版) – Instrumental. Another version closing to track #2. It was all right, I guess.

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