Year 2014 in Recap

You know what? I’m beginning to feel like the year in review from WordPress doesn’t even justify my accomplishments, especially this past year. So I decided to go all out on the rebellion and make my own post. It might not look as glamorous as WordPress’s version but at least it doesn’t make me look that lazy, lol.

Starting off with some general stats.

Total Posts in 2014: 139 – Yes, posts ONLY. But the number would have gone up if I counted the pages since I usually use ‘pages’ for fanfic updates, except if it’s a one-shot.
January: 19
February: 16
March: 13
April: 14
May: 6
June: 12
July: 8
August: 10
September: 7
October: 9
November: 8
December: 17

Times Updated on People on the Poll: 63 – Looking at the breakdown, it goes to show that I update on whoever I feel like, not having to do with the who is leading the polls, etc. It’s nothing new, it’s like what I said before. It’s not that I placed in the poll just for kicks or just messing with people. But it’s more like I was curious (like I mentioned in the past already) and try not to put myself on pressure as to update according to votes. What I do feel bad about is not updating on Vic and Janine or Nic more like I should have.
Wallace Huo: 8
Ady An: 1
Hu Ge: 1
Vic Chou: 4
Joanne Tseng: 4
Janine Chang: 2
Angela Chang: 1
Xiu Jie Kai: 1
Nicholas Teo: 1
Yvonne Yao: 3
Zhao Jun Ya: 16
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 5
Sophia Chou: 3
Van Fan: 1
Eric Suen: 3
Penny Lin: 3
Jacky Chu: 10
Bianca Bai: 1

Music Reviews: 13 – Not bad, right? I managed to empty the majority of the list I had up. So it’s something to celebrate here.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries: 22 episodes and 6 reviews – I could have done better here but still not too bad.

Fan Fiction: It has been a sad case here since I don’t know when. But I really do apologize for all those waiting for certain stories that have been lagging for the past few years now. It’s just that I didn’t find inspiration to do work with it and didn’t want to end up ruining it more than I already did.

  • Slanted Thoughts 2
  • The Dating Game 45 – Mad progress on this saga, right? Sadly, it could only be said for this one, lol.

Songs Translations: 12 – Hey, it’s a record here! I’m serious! Translations are hard! It’s harder for my case since I’m still learning in some areas.

Chinese: 9

Vietnamese: 3

Side Updates: 41 posts – YUP, these have been occupying my time as well. At times, I cheated and posted pictures only, but I swear, some of them were kind of too secretive to talk about. Or some were adaptations that I hadn’t read about yet.

  • Fu Rong Jin: 5 – It’s going to show like next year, right?
  • Favorite Scenes Saga: 1 post, but I did have a lot to work on so it wasn’t like I was slacking on purpose
  • Worth Watching Saga: Managed to publish all 3 I have in the background for the recommendation posts. Plan to launch another one this upcoming year.
  • Seasons in the Sun: 5
  • Love Knows No Distance: 2
  • Gold Pretty Girl/Dan Shen You Yue: 3 – Seriously, been waiting for this to air.
  • Dong Jiang Heroes: 6
  • Never Ending Love: 2
  • Royal Tramp/ The Deer and the Cauldron 2014: 4
  • Yuan Yue Wan Dao: 1 – Seriously, when is this airing?
  • Shen Yi Da Dao Gong 2013: 4
  • Throwback Thursday Saga: 3
  • Reasons to Stay Positive Saga: 2

What do I want to focus on for this next coming year? More on Couples posts and pages. Not to mention the “Special Profiles” pages that I had suddenly abandoned. There’s also the “All About” saga that I halted all of a sudden as well. So are these my New Year resolutions? No. I seriously don’t want to force myself into that, considering how this is just a blog to share all the randomness that I like. So putting pressure on that would lose the purpose of the blog itself even more. I’m just bringing it up because I want to say I’m not abandoning those completely yet. Although what I would want more is to finally finish some fanfics that I have been lagging since whenever. Wouldn’t that be something?

All right, have a great year next year, everyone! Happy blogging or stalking if you don’t blog! (LOL) See you next year for another random update of the wrap-up from me!

Night Rose

I stumbled upon it by accident because I was looking for Wallace Chung’s songs. LOL! Nice or what? But it was a really cute movie overall! I’m really glad that I found it!

Oh, to those who are impatient and think that slow movies are senseless shouldn’t watch though. ‘Cause I saw some comments about people saying they wasted time and how if it wasn’t for Wallace and Ruby, would they make it through? And somehow, I actually thought of that when I saw the comment. I meant, in a serious manner, trying to plug in a random cast to see if I would feel the same, but for me, overall, I liked it regardless of cast. Sure, it might not be on top of my to-watch list if some cast I don’t like would be in it. But for the theme, I could relate to and felt that it was a nice one. Because seriously, for the rest of us who aren’t living such a colorful life, I could tell you it pretty much sticks close to it, except giving us an interesting theme to think about night roses.

Perhaps the sole reason why I liked it so much was it addressed the loneliness of people, especially those striking out in the world by themselves, etc. Also, because it totally didn’t go on the dramatic route. What pulled me in was the undertone at times yet it didn’t fail in capturing some of the essences about life. People who live much more exciting lives probably do not understand. But yeah. That was nice for me.

On the other hand, it could be kind of typical with seeing two roommates falling for one another, but I swear the main leads weren’t out of reach regarding characters. I meant how their characters were crafted made me feel like I could relate to them. He was clueless at times and didn’t know how to convey his feelings hence causing her to misunderstand (or it could just be her attitude, lol). Then it was her snappy attitude at times that made me feel like she wasn’t some typical main lead who was innocent and nice and always so bubbly and optimistic about life. Or she wasn’t the type to just went the b*tchy route either, like some writers like to think that was how ‘feisty’ characters were. But she was in between, which made it nice. Sure, she was somewhat socially awkward at times–it seemed to let on. Yet she was caring at other times. There was a back story relating to how she had withdrawn to herself. So it all made sense. He seemed to be the anti-social kind or just plain lonely type (during flashbacks) then later was pulled out of his shell by his senior. Over the years, he enjoyed the company of his roommate and then eventually realize he had to break out on his own, but still wanted to seek some kind of companionship. It eventually tied back to how he brought Mei Gui out of her shell. There was the whole life lesson tossed in about him helping her resolving her past conflicts with her father and somehow encouraged her to pursue her teaching career again. Yet it wasn’t overly dramatic to make him the “hero in shining armor.” It was just one of those things you do in life, especially when you don’t want to see the one you care for not smiling, etc. Because it was so passive at times (according to some people), it felt genuine to me.

Okay, I didn’t read the novel and was having a hard time hunting down for it. But for the movie version, I’ll say it was good enough for me. If I find the novel one day, I might go back and discuss it.

So what about Wallace and Ruby? OMG, I couldn’t imagine liking them so much but they were so cute! And so natural together too. I especially liked it that there weren’t too random scenes tossed in to make them overly cute for the selling point. Those were just based on their interactions at times, whether routine or just bizarre situations, lol.

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