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Yuan Lai Wo Bu Shuai

I just thought I would watch a comedy (or it seems so) to give myself a break from all the dramatic ones that I have been tuning into lately. It wasn’t a mistake at all though I have to say it got a bit annoying near the end. Though some of the comedic parts were still placed in to ease some of the tensions that were going on, trying to maintain the ‘comedy’ part of the drama. Because of the little side drama near the end, I have to take off some points and declare this show as not bad instead of great.
The cast/characters:

  • JJ Lin as Xiao Zhuang (小莊) aka Zhuang Jun Wei (莊俊維). The supposed handsome guy who found out he wasn’t really handsome as the story unfolded.
  • Nicky Lee as Jin Si Si (金斯斯). OMG, his role was so wacko and clueless at times that was so funny.
  • Michael Zhang as Ah Kang (阿康) aka Fang Wen Kang (方文康). I must say that Michael honestly has a knack for comedy. He’s one of those guys that could exaggerate without making it too lame.
  • Alice Ceng as Cindy Xu Xin Ting (徐心婷). I didn’t know what to say about her until later. I guess she was one of those others often like to form an opinion of but didn’t really know her, etc. It was sort of cliches that she liked her sister’s boyfriend. Yet I tried to get past that and focused on her own character more later.
  • Xiu Jie Kai as Duan Zhao Wei (段兆偉). If only he appeared even more in the later parts. But that would be irrelevant with the rest of the plot. YET I rather have him appear more than some of the upcoming dramas that unfolded.
  • Jozie Lu as Shen Man Man (沈嫚嫚). I didn’t realize she was in ‘4 Gifts’ until later. But it was interesting to see her portray this role. The spunky girl within the group. She was the one with the least fake personality in here, which I really enjoyed watching. Okay, maybe second least since I just remember about Pin Xuan.
  • Winnie Zhong as Liu Pin Xuan (劉品萱). A girl who claimed she was possessed by an alien and wanted to regain her freedom. Though some of us could interpret it as her suffering from multiple personality problems because of how she was abused by her elementary teacher when she was little. I found her quite funny at times and her blunt personality was really refreshing. I didn’t care if she was mean at one point or another since it just meant she wasn’t fake. Her gentle personality was really funny as well, all shy. I think Winnie was really convincing with portraying both roles because it was so hard switching back and forth like that. Not to mention how she kept both personalities consistent.
  • Yao An Qi (姚安琪) as Cai Qiao Ping (蔡巧萍). At first, I didn’t mind her being the somewhat passive one since she wasn’t really making trouble but I forgot that the usually quiet ones are the ones to watch out for since they are even more dangerous than the loud ones. Though she wasn’t really my favorite throughout but I was okay with her around until later. I found her really, really fake. BUT it wasn’t because I was rooting for the main couple. More on that later.
  • Guo Yao Zhong (郭堯中) as Jason. SUPER fake. I didn’t care if he was being considerate to Cindy’s habits too. His whole show-off thing was such a turn off anyway. So it was wrong of Cindy to use him to get over Zhao Wei but I still find him really fake regardless of if Cindy was at fault or not. Those were too different things.
  • Renzo Liu as Club Advisor Lai Zhen Yi (賴正義). It was really funny to see him so worked up from time to time. His blood pressures were way up because of the three guys.
  • Doris Kuang as Restaurant owner. The supposedly wise boss. Yet I found her to be wrong like how Xiao Zhuang had implied of her supposed talent. YES, she was right on reading their current situation but some things weren’t as accurate when she gave advice.
  • Gina Lin as Yong Ge (勇哥). That was funny that she was a girl instead of a guy like they thought. At first I thought she was trying to con them for meals but I had to keep in mind that Man Man wouldn’t introduce someone to sabotage them. I was reassured again when I realized they were delivering newspapers and gas tanks because those helped build their strength. That was quite impressive. I guess those talented masters are usually strange regardless of their age.
  • Huang Ruo Bai (黃若白) as Principal. Only appears a bit to give the club advisor some pressures but still funny.
  • Rynn Lin as Zhuang Jun Ren (莊俊仁). Xiao Zhuang’s brother, the actual handsome one in the family–though the morphed concept ingrained in the townspeople’s mind had affected their mentality since young hence him not having confidence about his appearance and worshiped his brother since young. His jokes were the worst though since he kept scaring them about cooking their beloved Old Wang.
  • Xiao Zhuang’s cousin. I found her really funny though she was causing troubles for others. At least she wasn’t fake and all. I actually enjoyed it that she was sabotaging Xiao Zhuang and Qiao Ping. It seemed to test Qiao Ping and made her cunning side came out.

Friendships:

  • Xiao Zhuang, Si Si, and Ah Kang. They are seriously the highlights of the show, of course. Every time they got together to discuss about matters, it was so crazy. Two would always team up together and bully the other one. Watching Si Si and Ah Kang fight over food was seriously funny as well. Yet I found it really nice to see that they would stick by one another’s side when needed. They often talked about their problems and gave advices but was so funny with adding in side remarks as well. That made it more realistic than just the overly corny lines.
  • Xiao Zhuang and Man Man. It was interesting how they shared some likeness with one another too, especially that one time when they got drunk together–more her than him.
  • Cindy and Man Man. They were seriously friends. Regardless of how they seemed to make poor decision at one time or another, they didn’t desert each other–or judge. Though Man Man had stressed that she wasn’t siding with anyone when she had that conversation with Qiao Ping near the end, but I think she has every right to side with Cindy since she knew Cindy longer. But must admit she kept her words since she treated both girls equally–as friends, not attacking Qiao Ping for pulling such selfish stunts.
  • Everyone had some link with one another. Not just because they were in the club together or knew one person through another. But it was like they could bond at one point or another through different circumstances.

Couples:

  • Xiao Zhuang and Cindy. To be honest, I was taking in Ah Kang’s words too much at the beginning and felt like they were better off as friends. But through different scenes that unfolded, I got more attached to them though didn’t have high hopes since they seemed to be from two different worlds. Then came the flashbacks that Xiao Zhuang had with the two of them, it seemed like they were so in-sync with each other–regardless of how outsiders would feel odd seeing them together. I guess her past baggage was too much and she didn’t realize Xiao Zhuang for the right one for her until she step out of the whole scene. She didn’t know if Xiao Zhuang was just a good friend when she needed him for support–or was he the one for her until later. But glad they ended up together all the same.
  • Xiao Zhuang and Qiao Ping. At first, I thought they were more suitable for one another than Xiao Zhuang and Cindy yet I was wrong since the scene in the restaurant when Xiao Zhuang remembered back to how he had asked Cindy about the joke, she had gotten the right answer instead of Qiao Ping’s clueless response. It was then that I realized Xiao Zhuang and Cindy were more in-sync with one another regardless of outer appearances. When Xiao Zhuang’s with Qiao Ping, it seemed like he was more serious but it also meant he was uncomfortable and the guilt was present (like he later mentioned). It was so wrong. This showed that what they think might work wasn’t so. Not to mention how she knew of his deep feeling for Cindy so it was harder and harder with the trust thing. It wasn’t totally her fault for being jealous but it was better for both not to be together since she knew too well about Cindy so it was hard regardless of what both tried to do to make it work. The big difference between them was he didn’t resort to other means when he saw some threats. YES, I didn’t expect her to be perfect since Man Man and the other  girls in here get jealous at times too but I found it too much of a joke when she said she was unwilling and felt it was unfair with how Xiao Zhuang was able to move Cindy but she can’t move Xiao Zhuang. Maybe it was because Xiao Zhuang never blamed Cindy or anyone, but himself for not succeeding BUT Qiao Ping was too calculating. (Like how she was keeping tallies of how long it would take to win Xiao Zhuang over versus how Xiao Zhuang didn’t care–as long as Cindy was happy. It took a lot for him to get over certain failures but he didn’t resort to other means like Qiao Ping had chosen.)
  • Si Si and Pin Xuan. Too crazy for words yet I guess if they didn’t end together, I don’t know what else. But it was too funny seeing how he was trying to act normal when she was talking to herself (aka her other personality).
  • Ah Kang and Man Man. They were too addicting to watch. I’m so serious here. They are like my favorite couple. They were too hilarious, always fighting and giving one another a hard time. Yet it wasn’t too typical of the whole fighting couple either. Ah Kang was trying to avoid her at all cost after realizing that she liked him YET he didn’t realize that he was falling for her himself, so bad. Possibly way more than he realized because all he could focus on was her and brushing off all possible threats. I found it funny that she ended up attracting more and more guys at the end because she had changed her style and he was fending off his threats. LOL!
  • Club Adviser Lai Zhen Yi and the restaurant owner. That was so funny that he became all nice and kind to the others because of her. Then he even went and helped at her shop.

Recommended? IF you really want to watch for kicks and NOT because you wanted to watch something so-called ‘deep’. It is deep to some extent because it addressed some major issues in life that one might encounter. You can’t just look on the surface and make a conclusion. Sure, it was exaggerated at some points because it was a comedy at heart, but there were lots more than just that. I enjoyed it since it had succeeded in making me laugh. But it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

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Weibo: The Special List

No, no, no. This is not another tutorial since I already hung up my hat. Well, for now. Unless I go explore and update some of the gaps that I haven’t care to try out yet. But for now, this is a random post. So what is the special list really? It’s obvious that everyone of us have a lot of people we are following, right? (Duh, I know…) Anyway, it ended up being too much of a challenge for me though it’s always optional since I have too many things with my life than sit around and stalk people. I just need to know of some recent news, promotions, or others. At least those from my current obsessions, like absolute current ones so I could tune in and check things out. I currently have like 200 and something people that I tune into, but I managed to narrow it down to 53 – because of the dramas I’m watching and still like to stalk some long time favorites. So who made it?

Deric Wan (温兆伦) – Why is he first? Isn’t it obvious? He’s one of the first ones I discovered when beginning to watch tv series or listen to Chinese music. It’s not like I’m going to give up liking him just because of some bizarre reasons. He still acts good and sings good, so yeah. He totally deserves the first spot.

Eric Suen (孫耀威) – I just think among all of those I put on this list, he deserves the 2nd spot because he’s from the ’90s? Haven’t lost it yet with the singing, keeps coming up with creative songs. Can’t say the same for his choice of tv series, but I seriously can’t pin him for that since I’m always into music more than watching stuffs so he gets the easy out. GREAT?

Vivien Yeo (楊秀惠) – Don’t ask, it’s just because Eric’s 2nd. And she shows great promise though she’s not promoted much. But that’s just my opinion.

Jacky Chu/ Zhu Fan Gang (祝釩剛) – Need I say more?

Sophia Chou/ Zhou Ming Jing (周明璟) – My favorite new pairing for Jacky. AND not to mention she’s pretty cool and quite down to earth. Great voice, hard-working, and always optimistic.

Andy Chen Yi (陳奕) – The mad blogger/networking person. Honestly, stalking him is so fun. And it has somewhat become a habit ’cause of my personal partial to past Tangerine artists. I know he’s NOT the best, but his personality is always so cool and not to mention he’s quite charming. (NO, I’m not cradle robbing. Just on the level of liking him pairing with quite several of my favorites.)

Joanne Zeng Zhi Qiao (曾之喬) aka Qiao Qiao (喬喬) – YES, another one that I shouldn’t even have to explain. Why is she between Chen Yi and Tang Feng AND NOT Calvin since I’m like into the whole ‘QiaoRu’ craze recently? Chen Yi and Tang Feng paired with her first. Not to mention they’re still pals, etc. So it’s only fair I put her between them.

Denny Tang Feng (唐豐) – I always rooted for him all these years so it’s not like it’s a sudden thing with Rookies’ Diary. Finally he’s getting the recognition he deserves. One of the guys within the new generation of the TW scenes that could act. (And doesn’t even have to dress nicely to be able to act well either. *roll eyes*)

Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu (張芯瑜) aka Xiao Xiao Yu (小小瑜) – Love her singing. And yes, I’m one of the rare ones that likes her voice and actually like her acting as well. AND yes, her personality – though people thinks it’s immature OR whatever. She has really matured these past years. YET I’m so glad she’s not changing into a ‘fake-sy’ like some people. Always so real and so cool. At least I always thought she’s fine.

Hu Ge (胡歌) – Xiao Yao stuck between Ai Qie and Yue Ru, nice? YES, I couldn’t resist the joke SO had to put him between them. Hu Ge is sort of like Wallace for me. Always so awesome YET never shows off. Quite real also.

Ady An Yi Xuan (安以轩) – I don’t need to explain, do I? I had her between my two favorite pairings of her. Great? Can’t penalize me for putting Hu Ge first because that’s how I watched and noticed them. AND then came more Ady dramas so Dylan came into the picture.

Dylan Kuo/ Guo Pin Chao (郭品超) – See the pattern yet? YES, My ‘The Outsiders’ group are kind of clustered together. Nice? Anyway, Dylan has always surprised me with the roles he’d chosen. Not always so predictable. Not choosing over-hyped stuffs on purpose.

Blue Lan Zheng Long (藍正龍) – With ‘The Outsiders’ and then ‘Police Et Vous’ and then ‘I Do?’, it’s hard not to like him. I actually like how he’s doing more of the less over-hyped dramas in the past. Not sure how he would go forth now. But good luck all the same.

Annie Liu Xin You (劉心悠) – Makes sense to put Annie near Blue after my obsession with ‘I Do?’

Michael Chang/ Zhang Xun Jie (張勛傑) – One of the three brothers from ‘The Outsiders’ and the reason why I place him near Annie is they almost collaborate. Too bad. Maybe next time. Another person always looking for new challenges with his roles.

Ge Li Jie Fu (格里杰夫) – Blame it on my obsession with this one song he sang with Cynthia. And after checking out his other songs, tune into him as well.

Cynthia Wang Xin Ru ( 王心如) – Thanks to ‘Momo Love’, I found out more about her and like her voice as well. Not to mention how she’s fun to stalk as well. Yeah, she’s next to Nic ’cause she’s sort of my favorite co-star with Nic (aside from Cyndi – or maybe leaning on even more than Cyndi by now).

Nicholas Teo/ Zhang Dong Liang (張棟樑) – Need to explain more? YES, he’s sort of like Wallace in a way but on the music side. (Though I’m not implying anything about Wallace’s singing, LOL!) Kind of fun to stalk him as well. Get to learn more about events as well as random chats with his friends.

Cyndi Wang Xin Ling (王心凌) – Princess Cyndi. That’s it. The person who got me interested in watching TW dramas again so that says something. Though people can disagree or whatever. But that was what happened.

Jiro Wang Dong Cheng (汪东城) – I guess just for the Jindi craze? NOT to mention how I conveniently place him between Cyndi and Calvin just for the fun of it.

Calvin Chen Yi Ru (辰亦儒) – Because of the QiaoRu craze and not to mention how I sort of tune into him more at times. Sorry, like way before I actually am having this obsession over Chun. ‘Cause I really like his positive attitude and his sunshine side. (Yeah, the first person I actually pay attention to in FRH was him, not the others. Though sometimes I don’t let on ’cause fans were too into fighting that I didn’t want to aggravate anyone else. But now I sort of tune into FRH normally on my own, not as scared, but still trying not to make troubles for others, I want to clarify that.)

Angela Chang/ Zhang Shao Han (张韶涵) – Odd to place her between Calvin and Will but not really since they collaborated in the past already, right? Not to mention I sort of want to keep Angela somewhere along the top. Angela joined Weibo recently (through Gillian Chung’s help) and has been posting several messages already. Pretty cool. She posts both in English and Chinese. So that’s like easy on the stalking bit.

Wilber Pan Wei Bo (潘瑋柏) – Should I need to explain more about the arrangement? Endless Love obsession here. Though not done with the drama yet still found them cute as always. And I do like Will so it’s not too over to put him on the list.

Sandrine Pinna aka Zhang Rong Rong (張榕容) – Recent obsession because of ‘Endless Love’ but I do like her style.

Ehlo Huang Yu Rong (黃玉榮) – The other favorite previously 183 Club member that I still care a lot about. He updates us once in awhile. So it’s cool. No hint or anything by placing between these two, I don’t want to place him way down there.

Justine Ji Wen Hui (紀文惠) – Always like Justine because of my partial to Tangerine artists – as mentioned above already. Also because I like her style as well. Not to mention how she released her debut album recently and I just want to tune in to her events.

Van Fan Yi Chen (范逸臣) – Hey, he goes way back in the days when I was watching Wallace’s Sound of Colors SO it’s not like I just tune in recently after watching Cape No.7 or something. Just manage to get bits and pieces of news recently. He had his normal hair color back – for now. Yay!

Tammy Chen Yi Rong (陳怡蓉 ) – I used to watch this one drama with Van and Tammy and like them as a pairing so put them near one another. Not to mention how I’ve been a fan of Tammy for a while now. Not too over to pay more attention to her lately.

Tony Sun Xie Zhi (孫協志) – Senior Xie Zhi! Okay, Manager Xie Zhi. But I’m so used to him being ‘Senior Xie Zhi’ that it’s hard to separate that. Kind of fun stalking him too.

Esther Liu Pin Yan (劉品言) aka Yan Yan (言言) – As a fan of Sweety – and part of the old Tangerine artists clan, gotta add her, right? Place her between two of my favorite pairing of hers. YUP, Tony and Eddie.

Eddie Peng Yu Yan (彭于晏) – Haven’t really tune into him as much lately in the whole tv series/movies since I’m occupied with other obsessions but it’s all right. Still like him and want to keep up to date at times. He’s between Esther and Janine. Nice? Haven’t seen messages of him interacting with Esther (I might have missed it though) but have seen him interact with Janine and it’s really cute and funny. They still call each other by the character names in ‘Wayward Kenting’, which brings back some nice and cute memories.

Janine Chang/ Zhang Jun Ning (張鈞甯) – Hey, been tuning into her stuffs so it’s natural that I stalk her on Weibo as well.

Xiu Jie Kai (修杰楷) – Mr. Nature, always providing nice shots of scenery, etc. And because of the ‘B&W’ phase that I place him near Janine.

Yuan Hong (袁弘) – I don’t know. I like to watch him interact with Hu Ge and other Chinese Paladin III cast. It’s fun. Sometimes he does updates on Hu Ge and the others too so it’s not like he just posts stuffs about himself. Cool guy. (Did I tell you guys that I actually like him the most with Rainie? ‘Cause that’s the way I watched in the first place, I watched ‘Strange Tales of Liao Zhai’ and really like them together, so yeah…)

Yang Mi (杨幂) – YES, my favorite pairing with Hu Ge but place her in between these two because it’s all right since she’s good friends with Yuan Hong outside as well and also has been in two series with FSF already? (Or so I thought.)

William Feng Shao Feng (冯绍峰) – I don’t know. Just put him on the list for kicks ’cause he would update stuffs or interact with Ady or Yang Mi. Feel like he could really act (and I think all those collaboration with TVB are so misleading for his abilities since I felt so different when watching his Mainland dramas versus the TVB ones).

Liu Xiang Ci (劉香慈) – The Rookies’ Diary team begins with her. YES, the reason why I put her and about several others in.

Zhao Jun Ya (趙駿亞) – Can’t blame me for not watching his stuffs before Rookies’ Diary because I didn’t watch all his past dramas. I’m so serious. I just managed to miss all of them, which is strange. But oh well. I’ll tune in to his dramas from now on to make up for it? LOL!

Debbie Huang Di Jun (黃荻鈞) – Another Rookies’ Diary cast. Though of course she interacts others too, so it’s not like just for that.

Chen De Lie (陳德烈) – Lin Bo Wen! LOL! Actually liked him since watching ‘Your Home Is My Home’ so was glad he was part of the Rookies’ Diary’s cast.

Novia Lin Ruo Ya (林若亞) – She doesn’t appear much in Rookies’ Diary but still follow her stuffs since she’s in Monga also so just tracking stuffs for that too, LOL!

Qian Jun Zhong (錢君仲) – Rookies’ Diary is still going and he’s in the sequel so still checking stuffs that he posts at times.

Ah Gan (阿 竿) – Tian Bin, right? Can’t miss him. Found him recently through Xiao Xiao You’s interaction with him so yeah…

Ah Xiang (阿翔) – The last person I manage to find who’s also in Rookies’ Diary and has Weibo so following him as well.

Penny Lin Wei Jun (林韋君) – Found her just recently so stalking her for a the time being, LOL! I manage to get some of my positive energy back and try to ignore some of her fans. So now I think I might get more inspirations for fan fics. But don’t get me started on the pairing ’cause I always been into Ambrose and Penny more than some others. Though I wouldn’t rule out other possibilities.

GINO – YES, I could put him in near Qiao Qiao or Cyndi but I got torn so I just thought putting him near Penny’s cool too since they did pair up – and did look quite cute together as well. Another guy fun to stalk at times as well.

Bianca Bai Xin Hui (白歆惠) – One of my favorites (of course) and she hasn’t post as much lately or I’m not stalking as much lately. But better to put her in the list so I could keep track.

James Wen Sheng Hao (溫昇豪) – Recent interest because of his chemistry with Sonia BUT I haven’t watched ‘Fierce Wife’ yet since I don’t care regardless of how others urges me to watch.

Sonia Sui Tang (隋棠) – Always been my favorite, even before she got recognized by many (like recently). Blame it on AQMFS ’cause I liked her back then and didn’t think she suck or anything.

Amber Kuo/ Guo Cai Jie (郭采潔) – I guess have to put her in too ’cause I did like her after watching some scenes of ‘Na Yi Nian De Xing Fu Shi Guang’.

Joe Cheng/ Zheng Yuan Chang (鄭元暢) – I wasn’t into him back then or didn’t care to pay attention. NOT his fault but more like the hype surrounding a certain drama. So I didn’t pay attention to him until ‘Honey & Clover’. Can’t wait to watch (or more like catch-up on for me) ‘Channel X’.

Mike He Qun Xiang (賀軍翔) – Just like him after watching ‘Devil Beside You’ and then since I’m tuning in to ‘Mei Le, Jia You’ (recently called ‘Love Keeps Going’) so yeah.

Kingone Wang (王傳一) – Already adding Mike, it’s hard not to think of adding him in too. And he’s fun to stalk as well so why not, right?
Is this permanent? NOPE…because my current obsession could always change, except for a rare few that I won’t erase. The higher up they are, the higher the chance they won’t get deleted out of the list. Are the current ones at the bottom doom? Well, not really…we’ll see…
Okay, so what is the point – aside from this being a random post and I had to be all repetitive with my obsession for these people? Honestly, I totally recommend you taking time deciding on about 50 people to put into some kind of ‘special’ list SO it would make it easier on your stalking life. LOL! (If that make sense…) Only around 50 ’cause if more, you’ll end up with a headache again. ‘Cause guess what with about 50 people? I catch up faster. I was like not around for several days during the weekend ’cause who wants to be stuck inside for the weekend, right? So when I came back, it took me like 3 pages before I’m back to the point where I last read someone’s entry. Great?
So, do you have a similar list? Like not really called ‘Special’ list like mine but more like some kind of list to narrow down your ‘absolutely, must follow’ people versus others? If yes, who? If not, who would you put on there? Just curious. See you guys next time on another random post about Weibo. But maybe I’ll break it down or be more specific about some interesting relations I found. But probably won’t be limited to just this group.
*All images were captured by DTLCT

The Outsiders: Influences

I finally watch it properly now so I decided to bring some discussions back regarding this (and also a good chance to answer to the votes, lol). Over and over again, this drama addressed the whole influences of the ‘bad’ toward the ‘good’ and vice versa. I have to say that it gave me more ground to discuss after having read The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Those who are actually reading are wondering why and how could the two mixes when they are so different in plot. It’s actually the same concept with being influenced by others. The answer we all know–though Oscar Wilde let us ponder for ourselves more or less–after reading The Portrait of Dorian Gray is that it is not anyone’s fault in making choices or taking different actions but ourselves. Going back to The Outsiders, I found it more and more ridiculous that Yu Hao, Dan Zi, and Ah Qi were blamed for Xiao Yan Zi’s actions. It was partially because of love that Xiao Yan Zi chose to elope. It did not make her choice right or wrong. (I am not debating about that since it would be up to each one of us to think.) What I want to say is Xiao Yan Zi was not influenced to change her actions and/or behaviors even if she did not meet Yu Hao and his friends. We could see from her actions that she was capable of thinking of different techniques to sneak out of the house or make excuses when she was home late. There was also the whole sending messages to Yu Hao while she was restricted of her rights by her parents. She knew of those techniques all along, but did not care to use it until when she was left with no options. It did not matter who she met, but she knew those techniques. To blame Yu Hao and the other two guys was totally ridiculous. Was that an attempt to escape from responsibilities or what one could not explain oneself? Like Xiao Yan Zi’s parents could not say that they were at fault or how they could not understand so they chose to disregard all possible reasoning from Yu Hao and the others, seeking for ways to blame them instead of caring to acknowledge what was true of their daughter. (I am not trying to shift the blame toward Xiao Yan Zi here, but I am just stating what she had knowledge of and she chose to do those things too – so she and Yu Hao contributed 50/50 for what happened, NOT just Yu Hao doing the whole influencing.)
What was extremely amusing yet ridiculous (and probably still happening everywhere) was the idea of how people relied heavily on one’s reputation or impression on the surface to judge others in here. Xiao Yan Zi’s father criticized Hong Dou for being a bad girl since she was yelling loudly in the street, projecting an image of an indecent person. Yu Hao, Dan Zi, and Ah Qi were often caught in fights or others yet no one knew the real story behind them helping old women from being bullied. Other cases were how they were relying on themselves mostly for their survival. Only the police officer who was in charge of Yu Hao and vouching for him knew and understood the circumstances that Yu Hao and his friends went through. No one stop to understand if Yu Hao had a better environment to grow up in, would he choose such a life?
The most amusing thing was seeing how the so-called ‘good’ students at school were using their reputation to hurt others. The guy who had a crush on Xiao Yan Zi at the beginning was a sore loser and used his reputation to frame Yu Hao. The most despicable thing about it was the president actually believed him. It was like that. The guy could act the role of a good kid so he was able to get away with those things. It did not matter if Yu Hao was innocent. Just because some ‘good’ kid said it. The hypocritical behaviors caused Xiao Yan Zi to question the higher authority even more. It was like one of those: “Do as I say and not as I do” circumstances.
Talking about the president of the school made it even more stupid. He was part of the education system yet failed to care about his students, especially how he was biased toward one group. It made sense for Xiao Yan Zi’s parents to protect their daughter from outsiders, BUT it did not make sense at all to me when someone from the education system turned his head away from a student who needed guidance. Even if Yu Hao was stubborn and had his own ways of dealing with things but I thought it was the job of the educators to understand the problems of it all and guided him back onto the right track, encouraging him to do good in classes. But what the president did was just wanting to cut off the bad part of an apple and dispose of it, only looking after himself and his reputation. It was like saying society could turn away from others, ignoring the problems completely. YET they are the same people who complain about the world becoming a worse place. (Duh, because they never cared to contribute and fix the problems when they had a chance.)
What was more interesting upon confronting Yu Hao and Xiao Yan Zi was the whole ‘good for you matter’ regarding the parents’ decision. (Most of the time it’s true.) I somewhat agree with Xiao Yan Zi with how her parents were trying to pave her way and lived her life for her. Sometimes I often wonder about those things and I don’t doubt that parents love their children (in most cases), but what got me thinking is the whole thing about parents who was not able to lead the same path or do it correctly or perfectly (as to how they see things) when they were living their lives so they wanted to re-do it again with their children. It was like IF they could perfect the method with their children, then they could somehow feel that they’ve succeeded in fulfilling their wishes that they could not live through the first time around.
With all these rants, someone might be wondering why I say that everyone is responsible for his or her actions YET I did not hold Yu Hao, Dan Zi, and Ah Qi responsible for their actions? The same thing I discussed previously about society turning their head away from them since they were young. It happened just like that. How could they walk on the right path when they were always being pushed away? No one wanted to let them in. Only the officer who often looked after Yu Hao cared enough to scold at the guys but one person could not change the mass attacks of others. I could use all the excuses to make up for them, but I honestly think that the most brief and straight to the point explanation is the guys are extremely UNLUCKY.
*Notice, I used character names to emphasize that I was debating about the characters involved and not because I was siding with just my favorite stars/pairings. I am not trying influence anyone or start any arguments. But was just bringing up some points while I was watching.

White Robe of Love: Mo Fan or Qi Xiu Part II

I must confess that I was in the middle of watching the drama so I was still forming mixed opinions about various characters so my previous post about both guys were not the most updated to my thoughts. Since I finally finished it, I thought I approach the topic once again since I got the whole picture now. Honestly, it was very hard to choose at the end and I think both guys weren’t perfect and I actually like it that way. I like both equally now after learning more about Qi Xiu’s character.

Mo Fan was considered a daredevil in a sense that he could experiment regardless of the consequences yet he learned from his mistakes later on. He eventually understood the consequences and life was not about experiences but the importance of the precision of the procedure, the accuracy. Speed was one thing but accuracy was another matter. What was to Mo Fan’s advantage was he learned to recover faster when he’d fallen. Yes, the wounds were bad and the mistake irreversible. He was depressed and even drown himself in sorrow, even blaming himself for past wrongs. Yet he recovered and continued to fight once again. Like mentioned before, he was not perfect, but he was able to heal and move on, knowing that he need to continue with his discoveries for other diseases cures and how mulling over it would not help.

Qi Xiu seemed to be quite hectic and serious at times yet I think it was because of Sun Qian that he learned to loosen up later. Yes, I think it was because of Sun Qian and not Yi Ning. He found love and cherished Yi Ning with all his heart yet he was very protective of her. But his perspective did not broaden. Mo Fan did try to change him by taking him out when they were still studying and insisted that he tried new things aside from his concentration on his studies. But they had distanced since the misunderstanding after Yi Ning’s surgery. It was actually Sun Qian who made him changed his perspective and learned to loosen up. He even admitted to her that he finally felt good for being a doctor because of the patients and their reactions toward him instead of thinking of them as his ‘cases’ when he accompanied her to the mountains to take care of the children at this one school. What was even more admirable of Qi Xiu aside from his ability to see Mo Fan’s genius was his sense of morality. The scene where he and Sun Qian were captured, he even insisted on saving the guy who stabbed him before letting Sun Qian go for help. It was very admirable and not everyone could do it, considering what the other party had done. He was a true doctor, not just all talks or about fame. I especially like the part where Qi Xiu took Sun Qian to the sea where he once waited for sunrise with Yi Ning and admitted to Sun Qian that he was not perfect or had such a mighty heart. The fact that he admitted it made him more admirable since he was down to earth and real, not pretentious like other characters who never cared to acknowledge the matter or ignored it in totality.

Regarding how Sun Qian had changed Qi Xiu, I think it would be the same for Mo Fan since Sun Qian had made Mo Fan realized he needed to move on from his love for Yi Ning and live for himself and being happy. Sun Qian had a strange and positive effect on both guys like Yi Ning once did when they were still at the university. It was interesting with the relationship between the four of them–even if things did not occur while Yi Ning or Sun Qian was not around (due to time or circumstances).

It was also quite interesting that only Sun Qian was the one who was able to persuade Qi Xiu into doing his own surgery and not Mo Fan. But it was understandable, considering how Qi Xiu was still stubborn about the whole matter and how Sun Qian would understand things from a girl’s point of view aka how Yi Ning would want it instead of how Mo Fan would put it as when he tried to force Qi Xiu into doing the surgery. However, due to a cruel twist of fate (or more logically what happened during the previous surgery) that Yi Ning did not remember Qi Xiu, causing even more delay for Qi Xiu’s surgery. If that had not happen, would Qi Xiu had survived because he would eventually go into surgery and recover? Or would it have been too late as well since he had delayed it for so long hence causing the breakdown of his system? My faith in Dylan’s acting restored during the scene when Qi Xiu finally reunited with Yi Ning again–to find out that she had forgotten who he was. It was a very emotional moment indeed. Also, the expression on Sun Qian’s face when she realized the reality of having to step back because she could not fight with the uncontrollable. Then the aftermath of things sinking in for them all, especially the talk between Mo Fan and Qi Xiu in the hallway. Also, the following scene where Mo Fan was taking Yi Ning to the labs for testing and checkups but Qi Xiu and Sun Qian could only look at them from afar, wishing they were with their significant others instead of just standing at the sideline.

I find it extremely ironic though that Yi Ning should think of Mo Fan’s change of hearts when he was distracted with the obstacle they were all in because of Yi Ning’s memory lost. Since the reality was she changed her heart and liked Qi Xiu, leaving Mo Fan behind first. Now that he started over again, she showed up and demanded an explanation. It was not her fault because of what she could not control but I found it extremely ironic of the situation. Another ironic thing was how Yi Ning made the decision to go into surgery so she could have a future with Qi Xiu (since she was fighting for a chance of possible cure in the future) but she came out of the coma to forget him completely. What was even more sad and more tragic was when Yi Ning finally remembered, Qi Xiu has fallen due to the liver disease and it was too late even if he finally knew that she had remembered.

On the other hand, I found the guys’ bonding more worth mentioning because Mo Fan was trying his hardest to get Yi Ning back on her feet again and tried to resurrect Yi Ning’s memory with different stories about Qi Xiu. Qi Xiu was also willing to let Yi Ning live in happiness with not forcing her to remember or causing her to suffer just because that was what he wanted the most. Qi Xiu did not rush her although he knew he only had a little more time. He wanted her to be happy and that was very considerate of him. It related back to him always protecting Yi Ning all these times and not just empty talks.
There were many other reasons why I felt I could not choose in the end but some of the reasons were mentioned above.
*All images were captured by DTLCT

White Robe of Love: Mo Fan or Qi Xiu?

I have to say that I’m never a fan of love triangles and find it even more unbearable when it is being weaved into the plot–whether it is part of reality or was put in for dramatic effects. Therefore, my sole purpose in this post is not about whether Yi Ning should be with Mo Fan or Qi Xiu since she should be with the one she loves the most. I just want to discuss both characters for the sake of the story.

Mo Fan is someone who usually use laughter to mask his unhappiness. He seems to be lively and doesn’t care about anything yet his compassion for others could not be denied. He’s a genius and he could get careless about matters but he’s very serious about his talents. He’s more daring when it comes to experiments and is willing to take any types of risk. The fact that he is confident of his abilities contributes to the reason why he would take even higher risks. He is not perfect and sometimes weak (because he gives in to others’ requests too easily) yet it makes him admirable because of what he does. He’s brave and invincible because he believes in what he does. Yes, he loses his confidence when he fails (with his theories and is not able to help someone) but he quickly recovers and realizes what he should do instead of feeling guilty about it. He really wants to seek out the problem.

Tang Qi Xiu, on the other hand, is the type that is more expressive about his feelings and his personality is someone more gentle on the surface. Yet he seems disturbed at times. He could become irrational and stubborn. But there’s no doubt about his hard-working attitude and his care for others (which could be seen many times with patients). He is cautious with his actions and would never take risks to put others’ lives in danger. He’s somewhat of a perfectionist too. It might be because he feels that he is not talented like some people so he has to strive harder to achieve. He does not want to let himself go by being careless or leave rooms for mistakes. If he is not sure, then he doesn’t take the risk. He is the type that does not like to face the consequences knowing of possible negative outcomes. He doesn’t want to give others false hope. Sometimes he seems cold but he’s just serious about his work.

Who do I choose then between the two characters? Being a Dylan fan, I’m sorry to say I have to choose Mo Fan because I want to separate from characters and actors. Mo Fan is such a complex person. He is hard to understand at times but what he does for others is undeniable. To think that he has such a big heart to give up his dreams for the girl that he loves just so that she could be happy is something that not every guy could do. It could be considered dumb but I think I like him in that he could joke about anything but when it comes to serious matter, he could promise and carry out that promise. Not that Qi Xiu cannot do it. But I feel that Qi Xiu is just too unreasonable sometimes. He has the right to fight for his future but he has this arrogant air about him that I do not like as much. People seems to pity Qi Xiu more because of what happened and how tragic things ended and I like his character also but I feel like Mo Fan’s kindness has surpassed everything. Many people could not sympathize enough with people like Mo Fan because he is so unpredictable at times but if one would just be patient and be more observant, one would know how good he is. If I choose Qi Xiu, it would be too much of a pity feeling than actually liking the character. Also, I think it’s very scary when Qi Xiu is mad. He’s so calm and sincere at times but when he gets mad, it’s unpredictable. Mo Fan is more predictable because he’s more lively so it’s expected if he would become intense about matters. Between the two, they have their predictability and unpredictability but I still like Mo Fan more. Though I do not deny that both are great because of how determined they are to fight for what they believe in. Not to mention that Mo Fan is not arrogant about his talents and Qi Xiu admits Mo Fan’s talent (and wants to improve himself even more so he could surpass Mo Fan) despite their conflicts and/or past misunderstandings.

Even though Sun Qian is really loud and sometimes annoying but she could see past Mo Fan’s playful nature and realizes his good sides. She’s curious at first but she has sharp eyes in that she could see past what others could not see. Sure, she really like or even becomes overly obsessed with Qi Xiu at one point but she soon realizes what kind of person Mo Fan is and likes him for who he is–even if she doesn’t admit it immediately.

Perhaps it is better after all that Yi Ning ends up with Qi Xiu (though not really since we all know happened in the end) and Mo Fan with Sun Qian. Mo Fan needs someone more independent and supports him fully so he could freely pursue his dreams in finding cures for different diseases or studying different medical techniques. I’m not saying that he is not caring towards his loved one, but he seems more relaxed and seems to think that she could take care of herself while he is occupied with other matters. He just doesn’t show his love too often or slap it around all the time hence causing misunderstandings from other parties. Qi Xiu is more attentive in taking care of his loved ones and he could do just that for Yi Ning since she is easily lonely and needs someone who cares for her. I am not hinting at something but I finally understand why it is that way.

Go here for the second part of the discussion.
*All images were captured by DTLCT

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