Year 2017 in Recap

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

Total Posts in 2017: 155 (11.7% of all time).
January: 18 (% of the year)
February: 10 (%)
March: 21 (%)
April: 20 (%)
May: 11 (%)
June: 18 (%)
July: 6 (%)
August: 4 (%)
September: 20 (%)
October: 14 (%)
November: 9 (%)
December: 4 (%)

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

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

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

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

Chinese:

Vietnamese:

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

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Painted Heart by Nicole Wang

Song Title: Painted Heart (畫心)

Lyrics by: Chen Shao Qi (陳少其)

Music by:

Key:
Bold = Original Lyrics
Dark Green = Pin Yin
Purple = English
Green = Vietnamese

看不穿 是你失落的魂魄
kan bu chuan   shi ni shi luo de hun po
What I can’t understand is your lost soul
Không hiểu được là tâm hồn thất lạc của anh
猜不透 是你瞳孔的顏色
cai bu tou   shi ni kong tong de yan se
What I can’t guess is your pupil color
Không đoán được là màu con ngươi của anh
一陣風 一場夢愛如生命般莫測
yi zhen feng   yi chang meng ai ru sheng ming pan mo ce
Whether it is a gust of wind or a dream, they’re both unpredictable like life itself
Một làn gió thoảng hoặc một giấc mộng đều khó đoán như vòng đời
你的心 到底被什麼蠱惑
ni de xin   dao di bei she me gu huo
What has your heart been bewitched by?
Tim của anh rốt cuộc đang bị cái gì mê hoặc?

你的輪廓在黑夜之中淹沒
ni de lun kuo zai he ye zhi zhong yan mo
Your silhouette has faded into the dark night
Hình bóng của anh đã biến mất trong đêm tối
看桃花 開出怎樣的結果
kan tao hua   kai chu zen yang de jie guo
Seeing the peach blossom blooming like so
Nhìn thấy hoa đào nở rộ như vậy
看著你 抱著我 目光似月色寂寞
kan zhe ni   bao zhe wo   mu guang si yue se ji mo
Seeing you embracing me with eyes that are lonely like the moonlight
Nhìn thấy anh ôm lấy em mà đôi mắt lại cô đơn giống như ánh trăng
就讓你 在別人懷裡快樂
jiu rang ni   zai bie ren huai li kuai le
I could only let you be happy in someone else’s embrace
Em chỉ có thể để anh vui vẻ trong vòng tay người khác

愛著你 像心跳 難觸摸
ai zhe ni   xiang xin tiao   nan chu mo
Loving you is like a heartbeat, unable to touch
Yêu anh giống như là nhịp tim đập, khó có thể nào đụng được
畫著你 畫不出你的骨骼
hua zhe ni   hua bu chu ni de gu ge
Wanting to paint you yet I can’t capture the essence
Muốn họa hình anh nhưng lại không vẽ ra được bản chất của anh
記著你的臉色 是我等你的執著
ji zhe ni de lian se   shi wo deng ni de zhi zhuo
Remembering your complexion is my perseverance of waiting for you
Ghi nhớ dáng anh là sự kiên trì của em để mà đợi anh
你是我一首唱不完的歌
ni shi wo yi shou chang bu wan de ge
You’re the song that I could never finish singing
Anh là bài hát mà em không bao giờ hát trọn được

(music)

你的輪廓在黑夜之中淹沒
ni de lun kuo zai he ye zhi zhong yan mo
Your silhouette has faded into the dark night
Hình bóng của anh đã biến mất trong đêm tối
看桃花 開出怎樣的結果
kan tao hua   kai chu zen yang de jie guo
Seeing the peach blossom blooming like so
Nhìn thấy hoa đào nở rộ như vậy
看著你 抱著我 目光比月色寂寞
kan zhe ni   bao zhe wo   mu guang bi yue se ji mo
Seeing you embracing me with eyes that are lonelier than the moonlight
Nhìn thấy anh ôm lấy em mà đôi mắt lại cô đơn còn hơn cả ánh trăng
就讓你 在別人懷裡快樂
jiu rang ni   zai bie ren huai li kuai le
I could only let you be happy in someone else’s embrace
Em chỉ có thể để anh vui vẻ trong vòng tay người khác

愛著你 像心跳 難觸摸
ai zhe ni   xiang xin tiao   nan chu mo
Loving you is like a heartbeat, unable to touch
Yêu anh giống như là nhịp tim đập, khó có thể nào đụng được
畫著你 畫不出你的骨骼
hua zhe ni   hua bu chu ni de gu ge
Wanting to paint you yet I can’t capture the essence
Muốn họa hình anh nhưng lại không vẽ ra được bản chất của anh
記著你的臉色 是我等你的執著
ji zhe ni de lian se   shi wo deng ni de zhi zhuo
Remembering your complexion is my perseverance of waiting for you
Ghi nhớ dáng anh là sự kiên trì của em để mà đợi anh
我的心 只願為你而割捨
wo de xin   zhi yuan wei ni er ge she
My heart could only be willing to let go because of you
Tim em chỉ có thể vì anh mà đành lòng buông tay

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Queen of Chanson Melody 5

Okay, finally reviewing this. And the song titles are lifted from the lyrics booklet. Oh yeah, they tried to translate the lyrics as well. Some made sense, some didn’t. I guess it was a very loose translation of the lyrics. It’s all right.

1. Try To Paint Your Heart (畫心). My favorite song from the album. So sad yet so good. Hauntingly good.

2. The Legend of Over-bright City (不夜城傳奇). Soothing. 3rd favorite song.

3. Moonlight Lover (月光愛人). Didn’t really like this one. Might be the mix. Not sure.

4. Soulful Clasp One Another (深情相擁). Like the song, but I remember another version that I like more.

5. Passenger of Life (生命過客). The tune’s bothering me a bit.

6. Familiar Beloved (老情人). Didn’t like the theme.

7. Sees Each Other (倆倆相望). Couldn’t get into this one either.

8. Fate (塵緣). 2nd favorite song. Nice music and sort of projected a mystical feeling.

9. On the Journey (人在旅途). Um…not getting into it either. Although must admit that it has a powerful beat to it.

10. Friendship Beyond Price (情義無價). 4th favorite song.

11. Aspiration (渴望). I like the flute in the background. That’s about it.

12. Dedication (奉獻). This is wavering on the 5th favorite but I decided against it anyway.

13.God Knows My Heart ( 星星知知我心). Um…the mood is off again.

14. I Have A Date With Spring (我和春天有個約會). Good song indeed. I decided to let this one be the 5th song and let the other one stay in the middle, lol.

15. Edelweiss (雪絨花). Couldn’t get into it for some reason.

So what does all my comments say about this album? That I’ve been listening to pop WAY too much that I can’t enjoy old remixes. LOL! It’s a good album and a good deal. It’s just that I couldn’t really get into it because the mood was wrong for me. Except for some songs, that was.

*All images were scanned by DTLCT

Fan Fiction: Inspirational Songs

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

One-Shots:

Afraid of Darkness – Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai

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

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

Your Number One – Obviously the song ‘Your Number One’ (你的第一) by Wallace Huo

Misty Morning – A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo

More long-winded Stories:

Heaven’s Gift:

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

HIDE & SEEK

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

Honey In Tea –

Neurotic

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

Payback

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

Scheming Nature:

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

Slanted Thoughts

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

Slicing Boundary:

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

The Business

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

The Dating Game

  • Part I:
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • A Date So Sweet (甜蜜约定) by 183 Club
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Can’t Bear To Be Lovers (捨不得當情人) by Jacky Chu
    • I Want You (我要你) by Jacky Chu
    • Joke (笑話) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Is Over (逝去的爱) by Ou Yang Fei Fei
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Xin Shi (心事) by Tony Sun
    • My Heart Is Like A Cloud (心雲) by Jimmy Lin
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Listen With Your Heart (用心聽) by Van Fan
    • Chuyen Tinh Hoa Ngoc Lan by Ngoc Ho
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
  • Part II:
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Love Letter (情書) by Van Fan
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Em Se Den by Ngoc Huong
  • Part III:
    • White Fox (白狐) by Ai Yi Man
    • Tormented (煎熬) by Tony Sun and Cyndi Wang
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年) by Vic Chou
  • Part IV:
    • You’re My Only One (你是我的唯一) by Eric Moo
    • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Story 1 (愛的故事 – 上集) by Eric Suen
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong
    • 999 Doa Hoa Hong by Anh Tu
    • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
    • Belong To (屬於) by Fish Leong
    • Love Is Empty (愛太空) by Cyndi Wang
    • In Love, There’s No Wrong Party (愛情里沒有誰對誰錯) by Jacky Zheng
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • Lent Heart (心借過) by Cai Xiao Hu (蔡小虎)
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • Anh Khong Con Yeu Em Nua Dau by Ly Hai
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • For You (送給你) by Long Qian Yu
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
  • Part V:
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (KTV version)
    • Tinh Yeu Don Phuong by Ngoc Ho
  • Part VI:
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • You’re Still Here (你還在) by Freya Lim
    • Too Foolish (太傻) by Eric Moo
    • Don’t Want To Understand (不想懂得) by Angela Chang
    • Dusk (黃昏) by Steve Chou
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
    • Find A Word To Replace (找一個字代替) by Samuel Tai
    • Dung Hoi Vi Sao by Philip Huy
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai
    • Dau Co Biet Truoc by Lam Nhat Tien
    • One Umbrella (一把傘) by 183 Club
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Cuoc Tinh Cay Dang by Luong Tung Quang
    • Feeling So Right by Jacky Chu
  • Part VII:

The Other Extreme:

  • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu

True Friendship:

  • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui

Wan Xin Bang:

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

When Wishes Come True:

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

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