Golden Bell Awards 2015: Winners

Yes, I had to quit Facebook to watch faster, lol. I was slower last year with putting it up because I got discouraged with watching after being spoiled, lol. Anyway, congrats to all the winners!

Best Art and Design – Presented by Ming Dao and Janet:
You Jia Shi, Huang Jian Hao, Wu Jin Wei, Cai Can En, Chen Shu Lin (尤佳施、黃健豪、吳進偉、蔡燦恩、陳淑琳) – World’s Top Chinese Music (全球中文音樂榜上榜) (TVBS)
Yao Guo Zhen and Figaro Ceng (姚國禎、曾少宗) – Maidenology (許涼涼與她的少女們)
Chen Wei Zhong (陳韋中) – Freak Family (超級夥伴)
Chen Jia Sheng (陳嘉晟) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Liao Bing (廖秉怡) – A Corner (一個角落)

Best Film Editing – Presented by Hu Gua, Ah Xiang, and Hao Zi:
Lin Xin Min and Zhou Wen Qin (林欣民、周文欽) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Promise Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:黑潮的承諾)
Nian Li Wen (粘瓈文) – Discovery (台灣製造大解密)
Nian Li Wen and Lin Xin Min (粘瓈文、林欣民) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Taste of Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:台灣好吃魚)
Lai Meng Jie (賴孟傑) – Freak Family (超級夥伴) (Videoland Television Network)
Su Pei Yi (蘇珮儀) – Rainbow Fairy (尋物少女)

Best Lighting – Presented by Zeng Guo Cheng and Fang Fang Fang:
Li Yuan Yue (李元嶽) – Go Music 3 (音樂萬萬歲3) (PTS)
Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – Mr. Right Wanted (徵婚啟事)
Dong Chong An (董崇安) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Xie Han Yang (謝漢諹) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Zhong Qiong Ting (鍾瓊婷) – Probing Worries (偷窺心事) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhong Xin Ling and Lin Mei Xiu:
Momo Wu (吳若湄) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Vivi Lee (李維維) – A Corner (一個角落) (CTI)
Chen Qiu Zhen (陳秋貞) – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)
Xie Ying Xuan (謝盈萱) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)

Best Sound Editing – Presented by Zhu Ke Liang and (?):
Li Chun Xiong, Lin Jie, Xia Jing Chun, and Xie Zong Jie (李春雄、林潔、夏敬淳、謝宗杰) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Yu Zheng Xian (余政憲) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Hong Zi Wei (洪梓為) – 1 Carat’s Roommate (一克拉的室友) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Chen Fei Wu and Shen Zhi Peng (陳飛午、沈志朋) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Taste of Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:台灣好吃魚)
Jiang Zhen Dao, Xu Lan Ting, Chen Wei Jun, You Wan Shen (蔣震道、徐嵐婷、陳惟君、游寓紳) – Freak Family (超級夥伴)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhu Ke Liang and (?):
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Mason Lee (李淳) – Love’s End Point (愛情的盡頭)
Michael Huang (黃仲崑) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Xi Xiang (喜翔) – God of Love Karaoke (愛神卡拉OK) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Wen Cheng Lin (溫乘麟) – Mother’s Practiced Tune (母親練習曲)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhu Ke Liang and (?):
Easton Dong (東明相) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Kaiser Chuang (莊凱勛) – The Road Home (回家路上)
Kaiser Chuang (莊凱勛) – On A Journey (出遊) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Jag Huang (黃健瑋) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Huang Deng Hui (黃鐙輝) – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)

Best Cinematography – Presented by Zhang Fei and Ruby Lin:
Li Ming (李鳴) – Rainbow Fairy (尋物少女) (CTI)
Zhou Wen Qin, Zhang Wei Zhi, and Liang Yi Yang (周文欽、張緯誌、梁義洋) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Promise Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:黑潮的承諾)
Hu Wu Zheng (胡午正) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Feng Xin Hua (馮信華) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Huang Pei Li, Hu Guo wei, Xie Zheng Feng, Du Li Ren, and Liang Yong Guang (黃培理、胡國偉、謝政峰、杜立仁、梁勇光) – Slow Travel Adventures (浩克慢遊) (PTS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies – Presented by Zhang Fei and Ruby Lin:
Yu Wei Shan (于瑋珊) – The Kids (小孩)
Chen Yi Ru (陳怡儒) – On A Journey (出遊)
Zhang Qi En (張綺恩) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Huang Jian Ming and Wang Hui Zhu (黃建銘、王卉竺) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Cai Yi Deng (蔡沂澄) – The Road Home (回家路上)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhang Fei and Ruby Lin:
Mei Fang (梅芳) – Water’s Origin (水源地) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Jenny Wen (溫貞菱) – The Kids (小孩)
Megan Lai (賴雅妍) – Love’s End Point (愛情的盡頭) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Mother’s Practiced Tune (母親練習曲) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Ye Quan Zhen and (?):
Yu Wei Shan (于瑋珊) – The Kids (小孩)
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Xu Rong Rong (許榕容) – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)
Liao Shi Han (廖士涵) – The Road Home (回家路上)
Aozaru Shiao (蕭力修) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Ye Quan Zhen and (?):
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Kids (小孩)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Road Home (回家路上)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)
Wake Up (麻醉風暴) (PTS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and (?):
Du Zheng Zhe, Lu Hui Xin, Yang Hui Wen, and Li Song Lin (杜政哲、盧慧心、楊蕙文、李松霖) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Lu Shi Yuan (呂蒔媛) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Wu Fan / Wu Yu Qing, Deng Li Fen, Hei Mi / Tu Fang Xiang, and Chen Jia Zhen (吳繁/吳毓青、鄧莉芬、黑米/涂芳祥、陳嘉振) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)
Xu Yu Ting (徐譽庭) – Apple In Your Eye (妹妹)
Huang Zhi Xiang (黃志翔) – The New World (新世界)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and (?):
Zhu De Gang (朱德剛) – The New World (新世界)
Mark Lee (李天柱) – San Bao Wanted To Go Home (三寶要回家) (DaAi TV)
Zhang Shao Huai (張少懷) – Mr. Right Wanted (徵婚啟事) (GTV / TTV)
Melvin Sia (謝佳見) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Soda Voyu (蘇達) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and (?):
Jean Lee (李依瑾) – The New World (新世界)
Lin Yu Xuan (林雨宣) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Miao Ke Li (苗可麗) – Someone Like You (聽見幸福) (SETTV)
Tiffany Hsu (許瑋甯) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Isa Hsieh (謝瓊煖) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)

Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presented by Wilber Pan and Rainie Yang:
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Ruby Lin (林心如) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Huang Pei Jia (黃姵嘉) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Rabbit Yang (楊可涵) – The New World (新世界) (TTV)
Janel Tsai (蔡淑臻) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)

Best Director – Drama – Presented by Zhang Chen Guang and Tian Xin:
Li Zhi Qiang (李志薔) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Chen Rong Hui (陳戎暉) – Apple In Your Eye (妹妹)
Xu Fu Xiang (許富翔) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Xu Zhao Ren (許肇任) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Lai Meng Jie and Zhang Xiu Cheng (賴孟傑、張修誠) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)

Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presented by Vic Chou, Ariel Lin, and Chen Bo Lin:
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Kurt Chou (周孝安) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)
Leroy Yang (楊一展) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Blue Lan (藍正龍) – Apple In Your Eye (妹妹)
Lan Wei Hua (藍葦華) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)

Best Dramas – Presented by Bu Xue Liang, Harlem Yu, Zhang Xiao Yan, and Huang Zi Jiao:
The Way We Were (16個夏天) (TVBS)
iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄) (CTV)
Apple In Your Eye (妹妹) (GTV)
Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所) (Hakka TV)
Brave Forward (新丁花開) (Hakka TV)

*All information were translated and verified by DTLCT.

Peak Times

I wasn’t thinking of watching this since I’ve been quite lazy watching dramas lately. But it was more like wanting to check it out because of curiosity. Then it pulled me in. Mostly because of the suspense. I must admit it was pretty good overall though. The ending sort of killed it BUT I guess it wasn’t that bad. More on that later. Oh yeah, note that the first 3 episodes were just there to introduce Hao Tian’s character and a bit on his background before launching into the meatier parts of the drama. YES, because the next 17 episodes have to do mostly with family conflicts and other business rivalry stuff that was totally unrelated to the introduction scenes. I finished this drama within several days and several months back already (though was still doing the review slowly).

Main Cast:

  • Eric Huang as Ke Hao Tian (柯浩天) and Yang Nian He (楊念和).  Twins role. I think most actors/actresses go through the phase where they have to portray some sort of twins role or look-alike to prove themselves regarding acting skills and whatnot. This was probably Eric’s chance. OR wanting to accept the challenge. Successful actually and thanks to the scriptwriters also that I found this pair of twins the most realistic that I’ve seen so far–as far as HK or TW dramas go for me. I meant twins are similar for the most part, right? And this pair of twins was just that. YES, due to the environment they were raised in, they had their differences at times and needed to seek some sort of comfort level YET shedding off all the professionalism from Hao Tian, they were so similar and could be considered as ‘double-trouble’–to its true meaning.
    • Ke Hao Tian (柯浩天). The first 3 episodes said it all that he was a daredevil. Yet his responsible side was due to the fact that he had to lead the family business. So it made sense that he wasn’t as sunshine as Nian He at times. There was this dark side to him and somewhat of an impatient to Nai Xin’s tantrums. I liked him A LOT as well until the whole Yu Ting incident. YES, I do get it that he was feeling guilty but I think he could’ve handled the situation a bit better, considering how intelligent he was at times. BUT I guess regarding personal matters, it sort of blinded him? I don’t know. But to think that he was quite fierce with Nai Xin during the first 3 episodes too, not wanting to give in to her tantrums at times made him so cold YET defined his personality. OR was it just different from the other situation than this one? (DUH, I know.) Then there was this gentle side of him when he was taking Xuan Xuan under his wing to protect her from harm, etc–and his continued patient with her. Then there was also this righteous side of him, trying to stop Fang Fang from harming Xuan Xuan and Stacia, though he was late for some incidents yet didn’t stop trying. And his braveness was seen numerous times throughout, especially the scene at the bridge with trying to rescue Nai Xin (or die trying).
    • Yang Nian He (楊念和). More happy-go-lucky but wasn’t a doormat OR a dummy either. Though portrayed by Eric as well, I liked Nian He a bit more. Okay, maybe A LOT more. Not just because he seemed to appear more because of the takeover after episode 3 or so. But because he was more persistent in what he believed in and wasn’t easily persuaded by others. Even when he was posing as Hao Tian, his firmness was still running strong, making it so different than when seeing Eric portray Hao Tian. It was like noticeable that he was Nian He without a doubt (at least to viewers). His smart-aleck behaviors at times made it priceless–and lovable. Though he lacked experience in the family business but made up in the intelligence area. AND I think it was seriously just awesome that Eric could differentiate the feelings or at least projected the feelings during the whole obstacles when he had to deal with Ying Ying and Ruo Qing when he was Nian He (and posing as Hao Tian) versus how he approached the Ruo Qing and Yu Ting matters. Back to Nian He, he didn’t lack in bravery either because he risked his life that one time at the oceanside trying to save that one guy–and there were other times.
    • Ways to differentiate between Hao Tian and Nian He:
      • Attires. It didn’t count when Nian He was still posing as Hao Tian. But when they did appear together, it was easy to see that Nian He dressed simpler. Though Nian He was in a suit too, his style was more tone down than that of Hao Tian.
      • Personal Space. Notice the personal space between him and Ying Ying versus Ruo Qing. Unless the place didn’t allow for too much personal space, other times, it was easier to notice. Not to mention how Eric was able to show his feelings/concerns for one party or the other while portraying Hao Tian or Nian He. When portraying Nian He posing as Hao Tian parts, he was really uncomfortable around Ruo Qing and was really protective of Ying Ying. That one misunderstanding with thinking Ruo Qing must have tried to frame Ying Ying leading to firing her (Ying Ying) really showed it that Nian He was out to protect Ying Ying, even forgetting that he needed to act reasonably and be patient with Ruo Qing (because he, Nian He, was posing as Hao Tian). Also, the part where Ruo Qing almost jump from her hotel room showed that the other person talking to Ruo Qing was really Hao Tian (even without the flashbacks later on to explain the switch) because it was too obvious that Nian He couldn’t say all those words, trying to prove his love regardless of how hard he tried. (Well, he did try to be romantic and all during the proposal with the fireworks–with Ying Ying and Nai Xin’s help BUT that had taken a lot of effort.) Then there was also the part where Hao Tian was trying to protect Ruo Qing from Yu Ting’s attack in Ruo Qing’s office that one time, leading to him firing Yu Ting in the end. And how could anyone forget their interactions with Ding Bang? Nian He was so polite and was trying to pass by, even if he was more familiar with Ding Bang later on. Yet as Hao Tian, he was comfortable and looked like he was the other guy’s buddy, no awkwardness whatsoever. That was the same when their interactions were toward Da Chang, it was obvious who was the buddy, etc.
      • The Eyes SAID it all. I’m so serious here. Watch his eyes when he was looking at Ruo Qing or Ying Ying. Or when he was interacting with the others. It was just different.
      • Mischievous Level. Can’t blame Hao Tian too much since he was raised to act proper and professional at work. But it was a cue to distinguish between the two since Nian He was more laid-back and funnier at times. At home, they were about the same. OF COURSE, since it was off work and all. Oh yeah, Nian He was really boyish at times that it was really cute versus Hao Tian’s joking style was just different.
      • Tolerance Level toward Nai Xin. It was there. Though they both cared very much for Nai Xin throughout, Nian He was closer to Nai Xin than Hao Tian. Hao Tian seemed to be on the tolerance level with Nai Xin during the first three episodes. Though with the rescue scene at the bridge, we could tell why Nai Xin really stick to Hao Tian and really trust him, but he seemed to keep a safe distance from her otherwise. Nian He, though kept getting freaked out by her at first–because of some weird encounters, but soon really learned to get along with her and end up being even closer to her than Hao Tian. Maybe it was the way they were raised. The more obvious sign was during the scene where Ruo Qing told Hao Tian to go talk to Nai Xin when she (Nai Xin) came home all upset (because she had overheard stuff about her mother and the trouble her mother got into again), but Hao Tian was like saying, “Me?” Ruo Qing reminded him he was really close to Nai Xin and all, so he went upstairs and talked to Nai Xin. There was no doubt that they both really cared for Nai Xin as their cute little cousin, but it seemed like it was in Nian He’s nature to just go without being asked. Oh yeah, how could I forget that Nai Xin even said it herself that one time with how Hao Tian would always act all ‘cool’ in front of her even if they know each other for so long yet Nian He cared for her so much even though they just know each other in episode 8?
      • Experienced/Inexperienced. I got this one from episode 14’s business meeting. The way Nian He was kind of laid-back and uncertain about their new business plan (aka if he was able to help) versus Hao Tian’s confidence look distinguished their characters and how Eric had acted it out so convincingly. Hao Tian’s leadership capabilities and his confidence vibe could be seen not only from his attires but from his expressions and even the way he sat. Though after Hao Tian reassured Nian He that each of them would divide all the functions up among themselves, decreasing the workload and allowing their own areas of expertise to come into play, Nian He’s worried look was still present. Another way of looking at it was how they reacted differently in their own comfort zone or outside of it.
      • Hygiene, courtesy, and whatnot. Okay, I’m so not talking about how many showers they should take a day. I’m talking about the scene where Nian He and Da Chang were eating lunch (?) and Da Chang said that he had some information for Nian He so Nian He just wiped his hands on his pants before grabbing the files to read. WHAT?! LOL! Not in a million years would you see Hao Tian do that–regardless of at home or at work. And of course they were gentlemen so they would know how to act polite and proper at times, but it was just different. Repetitive, but it was just like how Eric and the rest of the production team must have thought of those tiny, subtle gestures to establish the twins’ personalities and habits because of the different environment they were brought up in.
  • Margaret Wang as Qiu Ying Ying (邱盈盈). Cute, kind, gentle, and understanding. YES, the typical girlfriend formula. Yet I didn’t find her boring at all. Perhaps it was because of her bravery and intelligence. Though possessing the typical personalities but it didn’t mean she didn’t have her stubborn moments because she DID get so mad at Nian He at times that it could be scary (to be him, lol). It made her character more interesting and real (aka not so one-dimensional). And since I’m talking about her somewhat scary side, I think it made me like her even more since she seemed to possess the ‘nagging’ girlfriend element with trying to get Nian He to get out of the situation (with posing as Hao Tian) in the beginning, mostly because she didn’t want him to get involved in their conflicts thus getting hurt as well, and also because who would want to see their boyfriend so close to some girl anyway, right? It made her real to not be sooooo freaking understanding that made it fake. BUT the plot allowed her to enter the Ke household to actually understand the situation and even putting in more emotions (i.e. sympathizing with the Ke family) before making the decision of supporting Nian He in being part of the conspiracy with helping them secure the position with the Bai family. It definitely sucked to be on the Bai’s side of being deceived (ESPECIALLY when no one in their right mind would want to be deceived), but it somehow made Ying Ying a braver person for being able to let go just like that. I meant she didn’t let go completely either because she agreed to help him with talking to his mother in letting him stay and help BUT thought they would eventually find a way to back out of it altogether, i.e. clarifying stuff with Ruo Qing. YET things were moving too fast and it seemed hopeless that Nian He could edge out. The most heartbreaking part was their last meeting when she finally told him to go ahead with the plan since she was willing to back down, seeing the seriousness of the situation pushing down on the Ke household. And to think she even went along with helping him further to secure his place during the proposal? Other characters would have left after giving her significant other the go on the plan (and couldn’t be blamed since it was too much to take after all), but Ying Ying had stayed and supported him even more, helping whenever she could. It was already so hard to give up on her chance of happiness, but to stick around seeing the upcoming events unfold? Took a lot of courage all right. Oh yeah, the other side of Ying Ying was how she was gentle as a nurse with much compassion and gentleness (of course) but she wasn’t just so off-work as well. Her character was still kind and nice, but she also had her wild side when allowed, and the little scenes where she was laughing with the others or pulling jokes as well. Those cute moments weren’t overdone either. But it actually defined her personality and showed us that she was just like each and every one of us, someone who reacted differently in different situations.
  • Cecilia Han Xue as Bai Ruo Qing (白若情). Mixed feelings. I found her character too dangerous at times. YES, I do understand she was driven to insanity at times and it was how she coped OR tried to cope at times. All of us have different ways to deal with pain. Yet I found it too dangerous with her ways and she was so easily driven to suicide. Her type of depression was seriously too nerve-racking. I guess it was the other side of her intelligent and calm nature when dealing with problems. YET when doubts were cast, she went all out. I found it scary, that was all. NOT that I don’t like her or don’t sympathize with her. I did pity her at times for her confusion throughout the first half of the drama, trying to figure out what was really going on with her life and Hao Tian. YET if looked at a different way, she could be one of those scheming, manipulative wife in the becoming IF she didn’t seek help in time. I’m so serious since she was sooo patient and calm each time she found out that Hao Tian might be cheating on her. (At least she tried to put up a front–before breaking down later on her own.) Other times, I find her somewhat similar to a porcelain doll. (I’m NOT talking about Cecilia, but the character so don’t misunderstand.) Perhaps it was because she was too fragile, not being able to handle problems at times. AGAIN, I don’t blame her since those emotional turmoils she went through were quite traumatizing but those little catalysts made it too nerve-racking to watch her at times, wondering when she would break down again. Acting? I guess Cecilia was convincing enough in portraying her character. NOT my favorite character of her but she pulled through with the role.
  • Viola Fang Yan Xin (方妍心) / Fang Shu Zhen (方數真) as Zhang Nai Xin (張乃馨). At first, I didn’t think much of her because I thought she was going to be the blind cousin throughout the drama. Yet that changed because her character was much more flowery than that. I must really compliment the actress for being so convincing. (AND also the directors and scriptwriters for giving her story more than just the initial parts.) She was actually quite intelligent than just the instincts she had while she was blind. Her attentiveness to details was really incredible, especially during the incident with Mr. Wan trying to find his ring. Then there was the courage she possessed, not backing down unless it was that traumatizing event linking to her step-father. That one scene at the bridge where Fang Fang had kidnapped her and tied her up, trying to lure Hao Tian out was really incredible and so touching. I’m not sure how to put it, call it that she couldn’t see anyway so she wasn’t afraid OR because she couldn’t see the unknown (aka falling down toward the water), but her persistence in begging Hao Tian to leave and not care for her was really brave. I’m so serious. It was so unexpected because most characters being captured would call out for help (AND I seriously don’t blame them since who wouldn’t be scared and who wouldn’t want to live–even the slightest chance?) YET Nai Xin didn’t. She had begged him to leave over and over again.
  • Chen Sha Li as Wang Yin Li (王銀麗). I remember the days of watching old TW soaps and seeing her in fierce roles. This one was semi-fierce since she had to be tough to keep everything intact within the household but she was so vulnerable as well (because of her age, obviously). She was quite intelligent for the most part, except for that one incident that had led to misunderstanding her daughter-in-law years ago. There goes the pattern with people’s blind spot when it came to personal matters. (But I don’t mind since everyone has to have some weakness or it would be too fake.)
  • Wang Dao as Ke Yao He (柯耀和).  What could I say about him except that he was convincing with appearing to be quite weak at first but became a stronger character later because the dramatic obstacle of his life got resolved already?
    • Xu Deng Ke (徐登科) as the young Yao He. For some reason, I couldn’t see the link. I meant sometimes you could see the similarities of the younger version and older version? I guess his somewhat intimidating appearance at first cast some doubt and lured us in because he was portrayed as somewhat arrogant with Bai Zong Yuan’s version of the story? Perhaps.
  • Wang Zhong Huang as Jian Shi Xin (簡士信). Despicable character but I guess someone had to do it. He was intimidating and suspicious at first all right. Yet when the dark curtain lifted and he was all out on the ‘evil’ deeds, it was even more frustrating. Of course, the plot had to plan for us to hate him. He was one of the reasons why I found it hard to accept some part of the ending (aka letting the others forgave that crazy old woman aka his mother). I meant she molded him into that type of person, right? And he harmed practically every member of the Ke family, including the attempted assault on Nai Xin so it was hard to just say ‘forget it’. Come on now, even if his mother was sworn sisters with Wang Yin Li.
  • Jing Ming Hua as Bai Zong Yuan (白宗源).The typical, cliche brother who thought that he should have inherited the fortune OR other stuff, etc. YUP, the typical jealous dude who thought the world owed him. But if the families didn’t have issues of their own, they wouldn’t fall for his tricks, eh? Well, his family wouldn’t have guessed it was him and I wouldn’t blame them. Especially how Mr. and Mrs. Bai (Ruo Qing’s parents) were quite sharp regarding him so they could be forgiven. But the other side? (I only give Nian He credit, LOL!) Anyway, we could say that Bai Zong Yuan was responsible for 50% of the misunderstandings in here. Honestly, he was that good and people still fell for it. Got to give the guy credit. His ending was shocking (since I wouldn’t guess that they would go all the way, considering how dramas nowadays love the ‘forgive’ theme) because how he accidentally killed his daughter in his haste to seek revenge. She didn’t deserve to die but he was the one responsible because he wouldn’t stop all his killing until he could ‘win’ back what was supposed to be ‘his’. AND we once again witness how scary it could be when ‘jealousy’ gets in the way.
    • Wang Rui Jian (王瑞劍) as the young Bai Zong Yuan. For some reason, okay–I got influenced because of Bai Zong Yuan’s story-telling, but the younger version of him looked more sincere? I don’t know. Perhaps that was the benefit of him telling the story at first so it made everything kind of vague, making us wanting to hold our judgment since we needed the other side’s words. Considering how Wang Yin Li could be so fierce at times, it was possible she was responsible for some of the stuff in the past, etc. But I guess Wang Rui Jian sure made it convincing with looking like a victim to mislead at first. (OR was that supposed to be his own version? He was the victim, etc.)

Other Major Cast/ Characters:

  • Zhou Shao Dong as Lao Ma (老馬). Ke family’s trusty servant. Sometimes, I wonder if he had a hidden agenda somewhere. Maybe it was paranoia on my part since I found it too good to be true that he was just one of those loyal servants. OR also having to do with finding out that Ding Bang wasn’t that ‘good’ like he let on. Yet it was interesting to see how his character was somewhat put in the dark until almost the end. I meant like I said already, he was loyal BUT sometimes, it seemed like he was up to something so that was sort of good to be kept in the dark until almost the end when we could see he was relaxing and joking along with the others as well.
  • Tang Jun Xi as Zhou Ding Bang (周定邦). Hao Tian’s supposedly good brother. A jealous idiot who got persuaded by Jian Shi Xin to join him in the whole conspiracy. I do understand that he felt so inferior alongside Hao Tian and only wanted his mother’s attention BUT he went WAY over with all the things he did. OR had all that jealousy blinded his vision? SO he realized Hao Tian was genuine when Hao Tian called the lawyer in to help him, but it seemed a bit rushed? OR it was like he said, he didn’t want to be locked up forever. And Hao Tian’s offer was too good to pass, right?
  • Ding Guo Lin as Ke Xiao Jing (柯曉菁). Another character who was trying to prove a thing or two in here. She was, of course, eventually used by Jian Shi Xian against the others–as well. Like she wasn’t used since the beginning with the marriage so Jian Shi Jian could enter the Ke family, but it was more obvious later on. AND she couldn’t totally be blamed since she really wanted to be acknowledged by her mother. Yet it seemed so OVER when she knew that she was being used BUT kept going? Well, always good to see her turn back later–and it took her daughter’s incident (with the fabricated story published in the gossip magazines) for her to muster some courage, but that seemed a bit too easy? I guess better than nothing since it would be too hard on Nai Xin if her mother didn’t turn around.
  • Gino as Zhang Zi Wen (張子文). Perhaps, because of his mother’s constant complaints about their grandma being partial to the uncle and eventually the uncle’s son so it influenced his mind. He wasn’t a bad person overall, but I guess he could be called as easily persuaded by others. And possibly somewhat of a player? Or more like love roaming around than taking things serious about their family business hence not really trusted with important matters.
  • Wang Jing as Bai Jia Wen (白嘉雯). I really, really hated her at the beginning since she kept playing those childish, bullying games. Not that I ended up liking her later since I tried to tune her out at other times, just focusing on the major plot for the most part. Yet I sort of pitied her later on. Though she was the jealous type, wanting to prove herself and seeking attention from Luo Bing Xian, but I must admire her stubbornness. I meant she wasn’t easily persuaded to fall for Zi Wen. Though that might or might not be better for her to just move on, she was persistent in what she did. Regardless of all the silly schemes she pulled throughout, I didn’t think she deserved death to pay for what she did. She was just another victim of her father’s blind hate. YET was that to punish her father?
  • Zhang Ming Ming as Luo Bing Xian (羅秉憲). I was really annoyed with him at the beginning. NOT because I was rooting for Hao Tian and Ruo Qing, but more like I hated his advances on Ruo Qing. He was trying to prove his love for her BUT realistically, it’s very scary in real life to encounter such traumatizing incidents. Yet I think I had to reconsider his character in the later parts. And that wasn’t because he ended up helping Ruo Qing near the end with the information, but more like he moved into the mixed feelings area along with the other characters. It was like he was too blind with his love to see that his method wasn’t proper toward Ruo Qing.
  • Huang Mei Ying (黃梅瑩) as Yang Qiu Yan (楊秋燕). Hao Tian and Nian He’s mother. I liked it that she was so hardworking and still have the little stall by the seaside. OKAY, so it was necessary that she worked and chipped in with the finances. It later became the key part where Yao He discovered her whereabouts again and had the confrontation, etc also. But I thought she didn’t have to really work, considering how Nian He was capable (even if he was trying to make ends meet at first). But it showed her down-to-earth nature with always wanting to stay active, even when she found out Nian He was already pretty well on his way within the Ke household. It proved that she wasn’t just in for the money, etc. (It proved that before with how she wanted Nian He to get out of the Ke family because of the past misunderstandings and she worried for Nian He’s safety. But what I found memorable was the actual scenes afterward with keeping it consistent that she still worked hard to earn money, etc.)
    • Li Ming Zhu (李明珠) as the young Qiu Yan. She looked so cute. No wonder the two guys were fighting over her. Well, Yao He wasn’t fighting BUT it was just Bai Zong Yuan’s one-sided love. YET I could see why she received attention from both.
  • Liu Zheng (劉政) as Ge Da Chang (葛大昌). Nian He’s good brother and somewhat of his side-kick (LOL). At first, I kept a look out for him too. I was too scared that he might turn, just like how Ding Bang did with some temptation. But he was loyal to Nian He, even to the end. Or there was the other side with the possibility of him blowing Nian He’s cover when they were around town and during that one time at the car shop. YET he even covered for Nian He (even if he wasn’t sure if he’d agreed with Nian He’s method).
  • Yuan Xiao Xu (袁曉旭) as Tao Qian Hui (陶芊慧). I seriously thought she was just there to be Da Chang’s girlfriend, and also Ying Ying and Ruo Qing’s good friend. When she framed Ying Ying and all, I was wondering what happened–since she didn’t seem to be the type to give in to pressure OR wanting a higher position hence targeting Ying Ying. YET I didn’t rule out the possibility that most characters in here were already weird/mysterious/having hidden agenda, SO I watched on seeing what would happen. After that little conflict was resolved, I knew her grandma knew something when she reacted strangely upon them mentioning some words, BUT didn’t realize the grandma was actually the mastermind AND Qian Hui played a major role in the conspiracy/revenge scheme. Okay, SO she didn’t want to harm anyone, but she still helped her grandma with delivering the pin at the beginning and then doing other things later. It appeared she was just a tool used to aid in the whole revenge plot (since she was NOT Yin Xin Yu’s grand-daughter). BUT possibly because of her guilt and having interacted with the others for a while, she helped them to stop her grandma in the end–and delaying the worst until help arrived. AND since they forgave Yin Xin Yu, her little aids here and there could be forgiven as well?
  • Cong Zhong Xiao (叢中笑) as Yin Xin Yu (陰心瑜). Jian Shi Xin’s mother, Qian Hui’s grandma. The mastermind behind all those schemes and conspiracy since the end of episode 3 and onward. Well, at least for the whole revenge plot on Jian Shi Xin’s side. I can’t even sympathize with her though learning of what happened and her hardship afterward. I’m serious. I meant it seemed she and Wang Yin Li either have such fake friendships that they couldn’t trust one another enough OR she was really paranoid. Because honestly, it was ridiculous so much happened before someone took it up to clarify matters. Or was that because she had to let her anger out before listening to anyone? Well, I do understand she had suffered a lot hence it was fusing her hate. YET it was too extreme if she hadn’t trust Wang Yin Li at all. How hard was it to just go and ask? Or she was afraid she would be off (aka getting killed off) as well if she just approached Wang Yin Li?

Supporting Cast:

  • Chen Jun Sheng as Shi San Shao (十三少). Hao Tian’s good friend and somewhat of an arch-enemy (LOL). I thought he was the bad guy at first. I’m so serious. Perhaps because of the intro scene where everyone was sooooo worried for Hao Tian and thinking that Shi San Shao was setting up some trap for Hao Tian. Yet he was just competitive–in the car racing/betting area. He actually was quite funny and a supportive, trustworthy friend. Funny how I thought he would get a major role as well. But he was just part of the intro scenes. It was all right. Since they got enough problems for the rest of the plot already. No need to include everyone–or drag it out even more.
  • AVA (錢帥君) as Ni Fang Fang (倪芳芳) aka Lin Xin Hui (林心卉). I know she had a very cruel past with witnessing her father being murdered right in front of her and her mother jumping from that one bridge. But I can’t seem to sympathize with her. Okay, I kind of sympathize with her after learning that she was avenging her parents’ deaths and NOT because of some senseless killing (since I guess they were bounty hunters at first). NOT because of the cruel killing techniques that were executed at times, but how she had treated Xuan Xuan later on–and insisting on killing Xuan Xuan to keep their secret. SURE, her devastating past had caused some trust issues in her, but after all Xuan Xuan did to help her avenge her parents’ deaths AND been there for her all those times, she had to pull that card on Xuan Xuan? Not to mention how she was punishing Stacia. Targeting her enemies and resorting to any type of method possible to avenge her parents was one thing BUT punishing those who had been there for her throughout? OR maybe I shouldn’t apply reasonableness to her case.
  • Qiao Ke Li (巧克力) as Pan Pan (潘潘). I hated her for her jealousy and her attacks on Xuan Xuan and Stacia, BUT didn’t hate her for her betrayal on Fang Fang. Why not? Honestly, Fang Fang had it coming and how Pan Pan was just covering for herself after knowing what could be done after all Xuan Xuan and Stacia did for Fang Fang. Though she, Pan Pan, had a hand in influencing Fang Fang’s actions toward Xuan Xuan and Stacia, Fang Fang was the leader SO she could overrule Pan Pan in those side attacks on Xuan Xuan and Stacia.
  • Angel Weng (翁子麒) as Stacia (史黛西). I found her kind of kiddish for their group yet I guess it made sense after learning her story. (I meant the actress looked too innocent for the role OR possibly too young but got the answer later as to why they gave her that image.) She was the only one treating Xuan Xuan like a friend and/or good sister, unlike the other two who were just saying it with their mouths, NOT acting like so. I was super frustrated with her death and wished it hadn’t occurred YET I guess it had to happen for some events to unfold, etc. NOT too unreasonable. At least the people who had a hand in her death got punished.
  • Cherry Hsia (夏如芝) as Xuan Xuan (宣宣). I can’t recall where I have last seen her in yet this role was all right. A mixture of gentleness and capabilities. I actually liked both of her bonds with Stacia and Nai Xin. Totally different types of bond yet it allowed us to see her character in another light, aside from the intimidating image she had at first (along with the other three during their intro scenes). I was so glad she didn’t die. I thought she would after being stabbed like that. Well, if she had died, it would be even harder for them all to forgive Fang Fang (regardless of whether it was just some misunderstanding or not).
  • Patrick Li (李沛旭) as Li Da Wei (李大衛). A different role from When Dolphin Met Cat and refreshing since we got to see him kind of dorky and clumsy in here versus his cool dude attitude in the other one. Convincing enough.
  • Hu Xiao Fang (胡曉芳) as Xie Xiao Tian (謝小甜). I found her cute until she got all bossy with Da Wei in trying to secure her job with helping Fang Fang. Yet I reminded myself that she didn’t know how much damage could be done. And indeed she was quite regretful when she learned what had happened.
  • Zhang Qin as Lin Sao (林嫂). Ni Fang Fang’s mother. So didn’t see it coming that she was Fang Fang’s mother. But it made sense. The only person who could stop Fang Fang from continuing on with her mistakes, AND not to mention how they needed the mother to clarify with Hao Tian having no involvement in the killing of the father.
  • Jian Jia Wei (簡家瑋) as Liao Qing Long (廖慶隆). I thought he was a match for Pan Pan with their exchange at the police station. However, I didn’t realize where the plot was going. Yet it wasn’t impossible and made the plot even more intense. Really hated him for killing Stacia. SO serious, I thought Stacia would have made it through if it wasn’t for him. But I guess they needed Pan Pan around to pull through with the conspiracy and finally his arrest with the higher authorities finding evidence, etc.
  • Ma Hui Zhen (馬惠珍) as Zhou Qing Shan (周晴珊) aka Qing Yi (晴姨). Ding Bang’s mother. I sort of suspected her throughout too. I SWEAR! I meant like how she was too kind and too nice, etc. AND how it was too good to be true that she didn’t know Ding Bang was involved in such conspiracy. YET not too unreasonable since the truth revealed near the end, and how Ding Bang wasn’t around her as much during those times so he had plenty of times to roam. She was indeed another loyal housekeeper.
  • You Yong (尤勇) as Bai Ruo Yao (白瑞堯). Ruo Qing’s father. Glad he wasn’t the dummy type. It’s mean, but I’m seriously getting sick of those characters that are too good to be true, especially when they’re within the business field and is still in the ‘naive’ side with thinking siblings can’t betray you, etc. Come on now, let’s get real. I mean okay, he’s a good person, but it doesn’t mean he would get fooled by his brother for pulling such acts, especially when he overheard the dude cooking up some plans with Nian He (even if Nian He was just trying to extract more info from Bai Zong Yuan).
  • Liu Jia (劉佳) as Zhang Zai Fen (張再芬). Ruo Qing’s mother. She’s average, I guess. I can’t say much since she doesn’t appear enough to form a strong opinion. But I guess I’m surprised they give her a stronger and active role within their business, accompanying her husband. It seems cool since she’s not just in the background, letting her husband do whatever.
  • Hao Xiao Yu (郝笑雨) as Zhang Qian (張倩). Jia Wen’s conspirator who was later arrested for bribery–among other things.
  • Cindy Mong (孟庭麗) as Feng Yi. She was one hilarious character all right. Loved her intro scenes and the craziness later with her son. I guess she was a breath of fresh air for the show since she and her son became the comic relief for some parts in between. I was also glad that they showed some of Ying Ying’s relatives too and others who supported Ying Ying (even if they had accidentally caused some incidents to unfold).
  • Leo Ding as Yang Xian Yong. Ying Ying’s cousin. A silly dude overall, lol. Very rash at times hence the misunderstanding at the beginning. Yet had a good heart overall.
  • Li Yi Juan (李宜娟) as Jiang Qiao Ping (姜巧萍). One of the front desk clerks. I needed a second watch to remember her. She added to the group of receptionists and their bond at times, even if they were just cooperating for the necessary duties. Yet I would take anyone over Yu Ting at this point.
  • Liza Wang (王心宜) as Ma Xin Yi (馬心儀). Ying Ying’s friend. She was cute and understanding. And if it wasn’t for her, Hao Tian wouldn’t be alive (considering how Ding Bang was trying to finish his job at the hospital). But what I felt kind of irked with her was not stopping her cousin (aka Yu Ting) from jumping into Hao Tian when he lost his memory. OKAY, so there was a possibility that Hao Tian might not remember (if it were real-life situation) so moving on with his life was something they couldn’t change. However, he was a man with a past, she really wanted to risk it? At least tell him the truth so he wouldn’t be so clueless. It wouldn’t change anything since he couldn’t remember, but at least he knows somewhat and make the decision for himself. But keeping him in the blind and knowing what could happen? (I like to blame Yu Ting AND yes, I hate that desperate girl, but Xin Yi should take some of the blame for the damage afterward since she knows.)
  • Vicky Tseng as Zeng Yu Ting (曾玉婷). I found it sooo hard to sympathize with her though I know what happened in the past while Hao Tian lost his memory was hard to let go after he regained his memory and returned to his normal life again. YES, she was just stubborn and so into Hao Tian that it was hard to let go SO she practically blocked out the reasonable side of her to win Hao Tian back (as she claimed). But it was really hard to sympathize with her. NOT just because Ruo Qing was the fiancee and Hao Tian only loved Ruo Qing, BUT more like Yu Ting’s attitude. Also, how desperate was that to just throw herself toward Hao Tian when she knew his true identity? Or was that intentional? That was uncalled for with me thinking of her like that, but I couldn’t help it. It didn’t matter that she finally understood Ruo Qing and clarified matters later, still didn’t like her. Was just glad she was finally out of the picture. But I think she brought it upon herself with her downfall since Hao Tian said it was one thing with causing trouble for him, but for the hotel businesses?
  • STACY as Zhang Lin Lin (張琳琳). She really had style. One of the funniest parts was how she was saying they had to help Lu Bao to look her best (aka restoring her confidence). Then she launched into saying how they should make Lu Bao look so beautiful that even her husband would regret in abandoning her. AND the priceless part was adding in some comments about men, which got the majority’s reaction, LOL! (Since most of the people sitting at the meeting were men, lol.)
  • Zhan Wei Zhong (詹惟中) as Wang Wei (王威). Lin Lin’s best friend and was considered to understand her the most (and didn’t mind her comment about ‘men’, lol). At first, I thought he was quite weird and wonder if he was up to something. But was reassured later. Guess those artists do have some kind of weirdness within them, eh? LOL!
  • Yang Zhong En as Wang Bo Lin (王柏林). Strict and seemed to have some beef with life in general or something. Well, at first when he appeared and somewhat of his attitude were seen. When his story revealed, it was refreshing in a sense because haven’t seen a character that cared so much about the actual person instead of just caring about making money of the occupation. And in a way, that was why he refused to take Jian’s offer though Jian was supposed to be his classmate once upon a time. Had his principles yet could loosen up with the people who actually respect and care for his family–and friends.
  • Zheng Ping Jun (鄭平君) as Wang Bo Song (王柏松). Wang Bo Lin’s older brother. I found it hard that he wasn’t mad at his brother for such actions as it often happened with other overly dramatic series. Yet I guess it wasn’t too unbelievable because they were family after all and they had to look at the positive no matter what, trying to stick together. Especially his brother had already turned a new leaf and worked hard.
  • Yue Ting (岳庭) as Yang Lin Hui Lan (王林慧蘭). Wang Bo Song’s wife. I guess her sacrifice was worth it since the younger brother was no longer as stubborn? Yet it was so sad with her having to cover up when she went out. Glad she got her wish and had a little makeover that one time. But most importantly, she found the courage to look forward, regaining her confidence.
  • Yu Cai En (余采恩) as Wang Wan Jun (王婉君). Wang Bo Song and Yang Lin Hui Lan’s daughter. Cute. She didn’t appear much so it was hard to say, lol. But she worked at the beauty/makeover center of the hotel with her uncle. Professional enough and likable also.
  • Mishelle Wang as Hu Li Ming (胡莉茗) aka Lu Bao (綠寶). Didn’t realize she also had a story of her own since I thought they were just three really weird rich people (who were quite paranoid). Still nice to see the story between her and her son.
  • Chen Wei Han (陳威翰) as Jiang Yi Lin (蔣亦霖). I had a feeling he was linked to some other story aside from just being there for a little makeover to cheer his dad up. Guessed right but didn’t realize he was Lu Bao’s son until when they pulled up to that one house.
  • Chen Ping (陳萍) as Chanel aka Lan Bao (藍寶). Somewhat in the crazy category. But I guess she had to protect herself by pulling some tricks on people, lol.
  • Cai Jia Hong (蔡佳宏) as Christine aka Bai Zhen (白鉆). She completed the group of three, of course. And same as the other two, kind of crazy and paranoid at times but I guess their bonds do convince with how they were so worried for Lu Bao that one time.

Friendships:

  • Hao Tian and Shi San Shao. I found their rivalry kind of funny. But I guess that was one of those typical guy thing with wanting to compete BUT still kept some type of bond. The scene where Shi San Shao rejected Fang Fang’s offer really illustrated their friendship. In fact, Shi San Shao was right in clarifying the matter with how he wanted to marry Fang Fang because he loved her AND not wanting it to become some sort of transaction. So Hao Tian’s trust in him wasn’t for nothing after all. Also, when they were hiding at his house that one time, Shi San Shao didn’t even disclose of their whereabouts. (Though I was shocked at first to learn Shi San Shao would tell Fang Fang YET it was just Fang Fang’s excuse to come and check on them–and eventually try to make a move with setting the trap to kill Hao Tian.)
  • Hao Tian and Ding Bang. They were sort of like brothers. Too bad Ding Bang couldn’t see it–with him feeling inferior to Hao Tian, because of his mother’s partial to Hao Tian. OR at least it was from his point of view. Hao Tian indeed treated him like a good brother and even trusted him, too much actually. If not, why would he agree to race like that thus leading to his downfall (temporarily)? Then afterward when Hao Tian returned, he even greeted Ding Bang enthusiastically (after he clarified to the others about the plots with the switch-over again) and didn’t even doubt Ding Bang at all with having a hand in the whole car accident.
  • Nian He and Da Chang. My favorite team in here. They were so funny together–with their schemes and all. I thought Da Chang would ruin it for Nian He with his smart-mouth and all. Yet he managed to keep it a secret (for the most part) and tried to cover for Nian He as best as he could (as mentioned before). He later became the person who went around searching for information here and there. One of the scenes that I thought he might get ‘off’ was, of course, the part where he sneaked into Bai Zong Yuan’s office to plant the chip. Since Bai Zong Yuan already showed his capability when he tried to kill the car shop owner SO that was why I felt quite nerve-racking in watching that scene.
  • Ying Ying, Ruo Qing, and Qian Hui. I don’t know. I thought they were kind of fun at first and another group of friends to look forward to since the girl side needed some type of group too. Yet it seemed kind of loose later on.
  • Ying Ying and Nai Xin. I felt their chemistry with the friendship more. Though Ying Ying was supposed to be the nurse who looked after Nai Xin at first hence being protective of her in the later parts as well. Yet their bond was really genuine, especially the part where they arranged the fireworks in order to help Nian He with his proposal to Ruo Qing. (OF COURSE, Nian He was posing as Hao Tian at that time.) Then there were various points throughout that they really stuck together, supporting one another in time of need. Like Nai Xin would try to cheer Ying Ying up when Ruo Qing misunderstood her or when Nai Xin was feeling down because of how her mother was causing trouble all around.

Couples:

  • Eric Huang and Margaret Wang as Yang Nian He and Qiu Ying Ying. Both cute and addicting to watch. And could be quite touching at times too. What I loved the most about their interaction was a mixture of seriousness and cuteness. It was like they have their secret language with what real-life couples would often have (and sometimes end up that way over the years after they were married). It was like they say a word or two or just a sign or an expression and the other got it. They had a way with communicating that convinced us that they were together, not just the usual ‘I Love You’ spread all over or the overly mushy stuff to convince us they were a couple. (YES, I’m rolling my eyes right now at those scenes often seen in the other dramas.) She often played the devil’s advocate, trying to wake him up in certain matters, such as how serious things were within the Ke family (when she finally found out he was posing as Hao Tian). Though it was the only way he could get the money for his mother’s medical fees but Ying Ying was quite level headed and often kept him in check regarding the whole matter and how complicated it was, not just a little deal and he would be done afterward. Though she soon gave in and ended up helping him all the way later on, it wasn’t like she was just blindly jumping in but she understood the situation quite well or could sympathize with the Ke family, etc. The only time that I found it kind of ridiculous with their interaction was how they were hugging in Ruo Qing’s office and got caught (though Ruo Qing didn’t say anything at all). I meant, come on now, common sense? It wasn’t like it was in his office and Ruo Qing came in somehow and saw them, BUT it was Ruo Qing’s office. I guess the scriptwriters needed more problems to occur so they made it like that. BUT that was so out of characters. Though it could explain they were so comfortable with talking with one another that they forgot, etc. YET they should understand they were at work, NOT home. Anyway, their relationship wasn’t just him protecting her but at times, he needed a shoulder to cry on too–not literally, but more like some sort of silent support and cheering him on. Their roles were reversed at times, so it wasn’t just about who was protecting whom. They were at the same level.
  • Eric Huang and Cecilia Han as Ke Hao Tian and Bai Ruo Qing. More reserved than the other couple, except several rare times. Mostly because of their background so it was hard to blame them for being so formal at times. But they didn’t lack chemistry because of those factors. Not to mention how her feelings for Hao Tian were already magnetized during the times she thought Nian He was Hao Tian (like some of the others had thought as well).
  • Liu Zheng and Yuan Xiao Xu as Ge Da Chang and Tao Qian Hui. They were all right for me at first. But I found them kind of cute too later, especially near the ending. I like it that they also had a part at the wedding since like the mother said that Da Chang was sort of a brother to Nian He so it was natural to include him and Qian Hui too.
  • Leo Ding and Fang Shu Zhen as Xian Yong and Nai Xin. They were really funny all right. The misunderstanding at his intro scene was quite funny–after things were sorted out, of course. Since I thought Nai Xin was really unlucky to encounter such a matter after she started her new life. YET it ended up being quite silly because Xian Yong had misunderstood and thought Nai Xin was Ruo Qing. She sure was strong for such a petite girl! LOL! (I guess we shouldn’t underestimate her.) Anyway, her daydreaming that one time with him saving her in an ancient setting was really funny! She was really cute in that outfit though and he was more silly than brave in that rescue scene. They probably will end up together, right? I meant she did catch the bouquet of flowers. LOL!

Likes:

  • The theme songs. I had to rely on the subtitles because I don’t understand the dialect that well, but I liked those songs while watching.
  • Make-up. YES, I had to put this in because it seemed like it was overly done in other dramas. I thought they gave the right touch in here, especially the male population. There were times in other dramas I wonder IF it was done on purpose or just poorly done. Of course, we all know all of the cast has to wear makeup for the filming, etc BUT when it gets so noticeable with the guys, it starts to become disturbing. Unless it was intentional for exaggeration of personalities, it just seemed ODD with so much powder/make-up on some people’s faces. Skin colors were more noticeable in here SO they managed to tone it down for make-up in this one, helping the drama projecting a more serious image as an overall. Kudos to the production team on this one.
  • Intelligence Level/ Common Sense. YUP, the fact that the majority in here weren’t idiots. I’m so serious here. It was like from some other dramas, they loved torturing themselves into those troubles by letting others harm them. Though the characters in here weren’t flawless (because that would be unrealistic), but they weren’t that clueless either. Unless it was some personal matters at times or weak spots, they seemed to be intelligent for the most part. At least for most of the main cast.
Goofs/Oops/Annoying Parts/Whatever Else:
  • Flashbacks. I think it was helpful while it was airing because after some lapses between episodes and time it was aired, viewers would forget the details and needed it as reminders BUT since I watched it in one go, it was a pain to me at times. ‘Cause some of them kept repeating AND at a great length (TO ME) so it was bugging me at times and driving my patience insane.
  • Yu Ting’s schemes. YES, they needed more plot development for Hao Tian after he returned YET I found it quite annoying with those parts, especially the one he ended up at her house that one night AND fell right into her trap. I know he felt guilty for what he did while he lost his memory and wanted to make up to her–with what he could do. BUT what he could have done with picking up some items would be bringing Ruo Qing with him SO there was no way anyone would misunderstand him. Some of Yu Ting’s schemes later backfired on her YET I found some scenes still annoying. It made sense and what she did drove the plot forward but it was sooo annoying. I so agreed with Ruo Qing that Hao Tian was asking for trouble when agreeing to let Yu Ting work at the hotel.
  • Jia Wen’s death scene. I think they (the scriptwriters) really wanted to kill Jia Wen because NO ONE yelled out for others to call 911 OR some sort of emergency unit to come right away. It took Bai Zong Yuan to yell for them to call? WOW! They seriously cared for her all right. Well, it could be that they were too shocked with the turn of events YET it seemed out of place since they managed to keep it consistent throughout with other scenes where emergency vehicles/help were needed SO why the goof-up this one time? That was why I came up with the conclusion that the scriptwriters really wanted to kill Jia Wen. It wasn’t like it was a surprise since Bai Zong Yuan had it coming AND they were too far out (as in current location) to get to the hospital in time. YET it would make sense to call right away, NOT until Bai Zong Yuan yell at them.
  • The Ending. NO, I don’t dislike weddings or happy endings. I meant the clarifications and the tie-in near the end in this situation. Honestly? They put us through 17 episodes of that just because of some lame misunderstanding? I do understand some small matter could turn into BIG right away IF it was interpreted differently or just through assumptions, but that was lame all right. With all the deaths and torturing that most characters went through, you would think there would be some other explanation. But I guess sometimes it was just that lame. That was life. AND maybe because I had the feeling they sort of got together and sang the ‘Barney song’ SO I was kind of stumped with such a finale. But I guess if it wasn’t for such misunderstanding and so many schemes, the Ke family wouldn’t resolve some of their own misunderstandings and reunite once again.

Moral of the story? People need to work on their communication skills AND trust issues. YES, I honestly thought that was what it was all about here. Because 90% of the problems in here occurred because of some sort of misunderstanding. Sometimes, things couldn’t be thoroughly investigated, but maybe some sort of direct communication could help the case. I could draw up a list too! (LOL!)

  • The misunderstanding between Ni Fang Fang and Ke Hao Tian. More like her thinking that he was the mastermind behind her parents’ deaths. BUT how hard was it to confront him? What could go wrong? She could always kill him anyway. Like she wasn’t capable.
  • The misunderstanding between Wang Yin Li, Ke Yao He, and Yang Qiu Yan. It was manipulated by Bai Zong Yuan. BUT still…crazy. NOT too far-fetched, but still crazy that they listened to outsiders more than their family? Like seriously? Nian He nailed it when he said they shouldn’t listen to Bai Zong Yuan and NOT trust one another. (YES, he literally said, “We shouldn’t trust outsiders, but should be trusting our family.”)
  • The misunderstanding between Wang Yin Li and her daughter, Ke Xiao Jing. Another attention seeking situation. But it was there with Xiao Jing trying to prove herself to her mother. Seeking attention wasn’t wrong since it was her mother after all, BUT that had led her into doing damage to the already-sinking ship (aka their business). Perhaps this one was harder to resolve since it was ongoing since she was young and I don’t blame her for feeling that way.
  • The misunderstanding between Wang Bo Lin and Hao Tian and the others within the business. OKAY, this one couldn’t be helped because Yu Ting did it to sabotage Ruo Qing and the rest of the team out of jealousy and childishness. But it was still another misunderstanding within all those other problems they had to take care of. Lucky Mr. Wang told Hao Tian when he finally got a chance during their departure that night at the Wang resident. One of those less frustrating moments because it was short-lived.
  • The misunderstanding between Hu Li Ming and her husband. YES, the man couldn’t help it that he found out he had an incurable disease BUT he couldn’t muster up the courage to ask his wife who the other dude was? It wasn’t like he was spying on her BUT was just there to pick her up from the appointment and saw them. SO he could just ask. It was a harmless, curious question. OR he was too into the morbid-land after finding out about his disease that he didn’t care to ask or clarify matters anymore? I don’t know.
  • Ding Bang misunderstood his mother with only loving Hao Tian AND NOT him. Since he thought the reason why he wasn’t receiving enough attention was because he wasn’t her son. NOT really. But seriously? He was just too filled with hatred and allowing his assumptions to fill in the gaps without caring to ask the mother. OR perhaps, he had been subjected to hearing about Hao Tian that he went nuts? OH WELL, but that was too lame, considering the Ke family was so nice to him, trusting him to handle most of their important stuff, etc.
  • Yin Xin Yu misunderstood Wang Yin Li for betraying her because of that one incident. The little misunderstanding that had affected so many people’s lives. YES, it wasn’t too out of it since the coincidences were too much. But if some sort of confrontation had taken place ages back, that would prevent some matters from occurring. We wouldn’t even have a drama to watch IF it was that easy, BUT seriously? How hard was it to confront someone you declared to be your sworn sister? GREAT…

NOT saying that I hated the series by listing the above points but found that formula the most obvious for the overall story.

Recommended? Your choice. I enjoyed it for the majority of the time. It took me four days (minus all the time I needed to get on with real-life stuff) to watch which was a new record for a 20-episode drama. BUT then again, I’m weird like that to choose certain dramas over others SO my opinions could not be trusted anyway.

When Dolphin Met Cat

I finally decided to watch this for two reasons: (1) because it’s old and (2) because I just felt like it. Sometimes watching random ones interest me more than the current or most recent ones with so much hype surrounding it. So how was it? At first, I thought it was like one of those dramas that should have never been made. YES, that terrible. Not because I was impatient–though it partially had to do with that. They had a good foundation with establishing so many different characters for the main cast/characters yet they ruined it by adding in all the cliche formulas and dragged it until it was so unbearable. The reason why I even stuck around until the end was because I wanted to see how much more pathetic it was and I was in the hope of seeing how the ending was or if the ending made sense at all. And I was glad I stuck behind since afterward, the more I thought about it, it wasn’t as bad. In fact, it made a lot more sense than some other dramas out there. But maybe there was some better way to approach some topics versus how it sort of scattered all over the place at one point or another. And because of my frustration throughout, I decided to revamp the previous version of my review to a more appropriate context. It still sounded harsh but I had tried really hard to edit out some comments and consider the first version to just be some notes. Though I did keep some stuff from the previous versions, like specific scenes because I felt it was necessary or if it was hilarious to mention.

So what about the main cast?

  • Eddie Peng as Xu Wei (徐蔚). Wei just recently lost his best friend and then his grandfather so he had disconnected himself from all his friends, leaving to a place called Hua Lian. After listening to his story about how his name came about, I wanted to hug him. NOT just because he was portrayed by Eddie BUT that was just too sad. (Then it makes one think of arranged marriage and all those crap. But still NOT an excuse to cheat or whatever else that his father did. If the father didn’t like it, then leave NOT wait and harm someone else and then acted all pitiful. Considering this day and age, it’s ridiculous to say he didn’t have any control over things.) Wei was so passive for the majority of the drama and it made sense because of what happened yet when he finally opened up (and some flashback scenes), he was pretty normal. Eddie was able to convince with his passive nature and at times the stubborn nature. Then there was the kind-hearted one as well. Eddie was able to capture these elements and made the character more interesting and easier to relate to. However, just to be fair to others in here, I even got quite annoyed with him and possibly of character inconsistency at various points but his acting didn’t waver.
  • Angela Chang as Ning Ying Zi (甯英子). Losing two friends–one to death and the other to depression, she had no choice but to leave after the failed attempt to talk to Xu Wei. I can’t make up my mind to like her or not because of how I was slightly annoyed (or possibly very annoyed) that she confided to Ying Ying so easily of the three’s friendship. (Since it would be too unfair to pick on Ying Ying only when Ying Zi was the one telling the story.) Then there was also the whole entrusting the task of handing over some of Wang Hai’s belongings to Xu Wei. It was too much for me to bear. Yet I tried to hang on. On other things though, she seriously appeared so little for the main lead. I wished she was more involved in the plot though. Or was Angela’s schedule too busy? Because if Ying Zi loved him, she would have been more persistent and would try to go through the harsh times with him, not leaving like that and let some other girl do all the deeds. It could only be explained that Angela was busy AND not because Ying Zi was so lame like that. It was honestly too extreme to have her return like around episode 10. Like honestly? The story was almost over. But I swear, the words she said at the pier that night was worth more tears than anyone’s combined in the last ten episodes. YES, probably bias but I swear I found her more sincere than the rest for some reason. NOT just because I’m a fan since I was really annoyed by her character too or the scriptwriters for making it seemed so strange that she was gone for soooo long. But then when some details were filled in again, I wanted to forgive her for giving up that one time. Favoritism? No, more like it had been years since Wang Hai passed away so that meant Ying Zi had been trying and trying all these years and then somehow the story just got moved forward and focused more on the others, especially more on Xu Wei’s healing process than hers. But I still find it so disturbing she confided to Ying Ying that one time. It made sense that she told Ah Wen many things since she was going crazy (almost) and how they both thought Xu Wei didn’t make it hence the rambling on. Yet with Ying Ying that one time? Didn’t make sense.
  • Joelle Lu as Joelle Su Ting (蘇婷). Funny that they were being lazy and used her real English name in here. But that was okay. I found her graceful and composed in here. Kind of a different role for Joelle. I meant I saw her in more of the rouge or daring roles than this type of roles. But I guess it was the typical businesswoman role so can’t have the “too many wild” of a side to her. AND being a businesswoman didn’t dull her character either because there was this mysterious side to her that showed somewhat in episode 4, making us wonder behind that hardworking attitude of hers. Man, mad graceful! Yup, I loved the scene in the rain with Peter in episode 7 where she let go of the umbrella. Like I thought she would somehow cave in since most characters in here have disappointed me already. Yet she was the only one keeping firm on her words and meaning it. Not to mention how she didn’t cave in either when he attempted to hug her. She actually told him off and walked away. Sure, she loved him deeply but she wasn’t so blinded after being hurt for so long. He had better jump some hoops to win her heart over again.
  • Ken Chang as Tang Zhong Yue (唐中嶽). Nicknamed Tang Tang by close friends. A typical poor, rich guy role. Yet he always wanted to learn how to make Western desserts and served as an apprentice under a famous chef. His recent plot consisted of swapping identity with his best friend Shao Peng so they could fulfill their wishes within three months. Being spoiled and talented at the same time was a dangerous formula. Yet I found him entertaining to watch in many ways since he always managed to come up with some schemes to get his way. Being a young master made him annoying at times yet it was somewhat hilarious as well. I thought it had to do with Ken’s acting and his ability to exude his charm since I was about to give up on him at times in the beginning, but he managed to make it work as the story went along. What I found the most annoying about him (yes, that was the part where I was struggling whether to like him or hate him or just let him stay in the middle) was how he promised Alice to give the chief chef the ingredients/recipe for the order YET he didn’t deliver. What the heck? That was so irresponsible and he still dared brag about his abilities. Should I give him more points for hating on Peter? I swear he was so funny talking on and on about how much he hated that dude. LOL! Or more like he was saying how that dude would use such despicable ways to climb the ladder. Yet wasn’t he using his connections too? OR was it because using someone with the whole ‘love’ thing was more wrong? Who knows. Great performance overall.
  • Ben Bai as Peter (徐永達). OMG! How could he do that? It didn’t make it any better that he loved Su Ting the most, BUT using others to get his ways? It didn’t matter if the other girl had flirted with him or not. He had no right to take advantage of her like that. AND I think I must give Ah Ben credit for his acting since I really wanted to beat him up so much throughout. Yet I almost felt like those idiots deserved it all with being deceived by him, especially Shao Peng. And not to mention how Ah Ben was so convincing during the last few episodes of how he was really sincere and dedicated to Su Ting. I meant I wouldn’t want to root for the evilness that much, but then I thought Ah Ben did quite a job of acting that looked quite sincere in the later parts. So he used some underhand techniques, but wasn’t he fighting for his love? Not like people who would just say stuff yet didn’t do anything. I’m not encouraging evil ways. But I’m just saying just because someone had used the wrong method before doesn’t mean they should be condemned forever. Someone else had to fall for it, right? It made him less fake because he was willing to admit later on how he had done all of those things–and for the first time in the history of the fictional world, it was really for Su Ting. NOT like how it was tossed around by the evil guy as an excuse.
  • Ke Yu Lun (柯宇綸) as Wei Shao Peng (魏少朋). An unlucky guy who wanted to enter hotel management and was quite hardworking in improving his English. Got lured in by his best friend Tang Tang to swap identities but he found it impossible and didn’t want to use that type of connections to learn. I was so annoyed with him during episode 5 and 6 from time to time. YES, he had every right to be frustrated and mad at Tang Tang and himself or whoever else since he made the wrong choice when joining in the conspiracy. YET did he have to mix with Peter? Honestly! Sometimes, I think he deserved to be tricked. HONESTLY! So frustrating. By episode 8, I wanted to personally drown him! GOD! How could he reveal Tang Tang’s password to Peter? YES, definitely demoting him to the 18th Level of Hell. Honestly, that was sooooo dumb. Tang Tang trusted in him AND he went and gave away Tang Tang’s password just like that? Too bitter, didn’t fight but would want to reap. (His tossing the wedding invitation away.) Though by the time I got the pieces of the puzzles and could sympathy with Peter more, his actions during those times in the middle were quite frustrating. It was like he didn’t know who to trust or trust so easily that he fell for the prey but didn’t blame himself. Just blame other people. How old was he? So naive. Though there were other characters in here who had quite a gentle heart too but I felt he was the weakest in not knowing how to take care of himself. Who could he blame but himself then?
  • Monie Tung as Li Nian Ying (李念英). Tang Tang’s childhood crush. A hardworking person. At first, I felt like I liked her. Maybe because it was from Tang Tang’s point of view and obsession. Yet somehow, I found her too trying and annoying later on. Maybe it was because of Xu Wei’s point of view and passiveness toward the people around him. AND not to mention how it was annoying and beyond nosy that she was spying on Xu Wei and Ying Zi’s conversation when the two met again. I meant okay, it was an accident at first since they just happened to be standing in front of her place. YET what about when she knew? She kept eavesdropping and made it her business when it wasn’t. Then out came the story with their friendship (aka Xu Wei, Ying Zi, and Wang Hai). So I could blame Ying Zi for telling Ying Ying about it, BUT that was an annoying scene all right. I love to learn more about the friendship YET not through that conversation. I felt it would be better if Xu Wei told it instead. OR it would be too much of his bias and grief-stricken words than the actual truth? AND sticking in the fact that Ying Ying had this incurable disease didn’t get sympathy points from me. I don’t know. I felt her character too cliche and her acting didn’t bring it out either. Talking about acting, I felt she looked too bored–regardless if she tried to keep the sincere smile on her face or not–when Ying Zi was telling her the story. Maybe she didn’t want to listen but it contradicted her nosy glances earlier. Maybe if it was some other girl portraying this role, she might bring out the character better. I don’t know. AND maybe having Ying Zi tell the story to Su Ting would be more relevant and making the scene much more meaningful. I meant I know Ying Ying had to find out somehow BUT Monie’s expressions were not convincing enough. Having Joelle and Angela doing that scene might be better because I’m sure Su Ting would be as worried for Xu Wei after that strange encounter. YUP, I could see more and more of Ying Ying’s nosy nature showing as she tried to probe into Xu Wei’s life, NOT compassion or sincerity. Though I know the character possessed those two personalities. I just can’t see it the way Monie portrayed it. She was trying too hard to be cute and charming. AND I think Xu Wei nailed it when he finally told it to her face that she was too nosy. Honestly, she WAS. The fake bomb incident proved her nosy nature even more. GOD, when will she stop meddling in places that did not concern her? What was with her lecturing others? Okay, so she was concerned for Shao Peng and all BUT I found it annoying that she kept interfering with others’ businesses. By the time she was congratulating Xu Wei about his acceptance into the dolphin place, I had no idea if the character was too trying or Monie was too trying BECAUSE honestly, it was just too trying no matter how you looked at it. Trying to make conversation, trying to be nice, you name it. Trying to be those things so she could probe even more. If she was so kind and nice and loved helping others, there were millions out there, NOT just Xu Wei so that excuse didn’t slide with me regarding her character. YUP, she didn’t know when to stop, honestly. Like Xu Wei said “goodnight” all these times and she still didn’t get it, kept trying and trying and trying to the point that he finally walked away. I was glad he dropped his polite attempt altogether. There was no point talking to her anyway. And she still dared to call him “Weirdo”? He didn’t ask her to care. YUP, 200% nosy all right. Honestly, I really hate to pick on her all the time but the signs were showing and showing even more that it was hard to ignore. I’m serious, the part where she let it loose with Sky liking Quan Ge when she picked up the cake for Sky from Alice was just too much. OMG, I can’t figure out her personality anymore. I meant I know it was good that her personality wasn’t so one-sided or too one-layered, BUT it was annoying that it seemed too fake with so much liveliness in it at times YET so freaking gentle that it was corny at other moments. Now that I got started, what else was there to pick about? Honestly, stop wearing so thin of clothing. It’s really cliche. I hate that the most in dramas ’cause though it seems romantic or manly that some guy takes his jacket off for the girl, etc BUT it’s so cliche and makes the girl dumb since she doesn’t know or seem to own a coat or is brainless or something. I’m sure it wasn’t Monie’s fault ’cause she had to follow the script with this stuff, but I’m hinting at the scriptwriter and director for making such a lame character by adding that. LAME! AND just when I thought I was done, there was the littering thing with the can. Sure, she wasn’t tossing the can somewhere on the floor/ground YET it still qualified as littering when she left it there. YEAH, I get it that the purpose was to inform Xu Wei she was there, but so what? Better find another technique. Blame the director and scriptwriter again since they had to use that method. With all those rants, maybe I should compliment her a little AND because I honestly want to–not because I’m trying to make up for my picking on her character. What was good about her? Or at least what made me like her–if just a little? Her persistent in keeping a distance from Tang Tang and other men who she wasn’t interested in. Maybe that was more admirable than just flirting–or seemed to be treating everyone the same, causing even more misunderstandings. YES, often the supposedly kind and nice girl would have that wishy-washy personality that would drive us insane by creating even more misunderstandings. Yet she tried to stay away from others–even if that meant sad for Tang Tang, but she wasn’t so clueless as to think everyone could be friends. YES, she tried to stand up for Shao Peng and tell Tang Tang to stop with his schemes, but she wasn’t acting all close with both guys versus her wanting to be close to Xu Wei. Though I found it quite annoying since I wasn’t rooting for her regarding Xu Wei, but must give her points for NOT making it even more confusing as to who she liked. AND for being known as a considerate, kind, and nice person I don’t know how she could be so inconsiderate of others, especially about Quan Ge’s situation. I wanted to slap her so much (YES, no longer care about restraining to pick on her because I quit) in the beginning of episode 8 when she begged Quan Ge to start the “not bringing An An over tomorrow” instead of like Quan Ge planned. So Ah Wen forgot to tell her, BUT Quan Ge had his difficulties too. He can’t just back off every single time. It didn’t matter what her relationship status was like at that moment OR who she liked since that was her life. YET wanting others to cave in to her every demand was ridiculous. She looked like she was remembering her script in episode 14 when Xu Wei asked her about Tang Tang taking her to the States for treatment? *shrugs* I don’t know why since I usually like the multi-dimensional girl yet I can’t seem to figure her out because she was all over the place. I think it wouldn’t be too much if I pick on both Monie and the script. So she can’t change it but the way she portrayed it made it hard to sympathize with her or see how she was. And the script didn’t help either with trying to squeeze everything in. Other actors/actresses in here, even Ke Yu Lun (though his character was quite annoying because I hate that type of cowardly character) managed to be convincing in portraying his character more. And her character wasn’t supposed to be that annoying–as oppose to Shao Peng–yet she couldn’t convince? So I’m not just picking on her here. I did consider the other characters/actors too.
  • Patrick Li (李沛旭) as Ah Wen (阿文). Kind of rouge but I guess he had his ways hence Quan Ge still keeping him around. Then I found him kind of interesting as well with his righteous streak at times. I thought he was some sort of bully at first for picking on the newbie yet there was this side of him that came out and it showed that he was just protecting himself and his principles from being disturbed by others. Then I took his points away again by episode 8 because he didn’t trust Quan Ge enough. He was blinded by his own biases and how he didn’t get the Japan position. Was Quan Ge wrong? He honestly wanted to go there? And not to mention how he accused Quan Ge of such things like sucking up to others. YES, Quan Ge wanted to break Xu Wei and Ying Ying up but that wasn’t the whole story. He was so biased that he assumed away instead of asking directly or investigate further. (If he wanted to go that far.) Then I reconsidered and forgave him again. Like perhaps his rash actions fitted with his stubborn behavior. I don’t know. Mixed feelings throughout.
  • Zhou Wen Xian as Lu Qi. A somewhat rogue guy but somewhat humorous at times as well. He was the typical character who would find any means to make money. However, haven’t really gone to the other side quite yet. I found him to be one of my favorite characters later on since he seemed to display the whole money-grubbing exterior yet he valued friendship and love more than half of the characters in here that only talked with their mouths. He provided a great comedy relief for the show as an overall. No complaints here. YES, finally.
  • Na Wei Xun as Quan Zhi Xian. A dolphin trainer. A very patient and understanding type of guy. He had a cool exterior but was very kind inside. I really liked his character though he seemed to be somewhat in the background, guiding them, supporting them throughout. Yet one of the things I could never forgive was causing Xu Wei’s family crisis. It didn’t matter if the others didn’t blame him, it still happened–whether accidental or whatever. He still sided with them–on some level. Perhaps his reason for not cutting off ties with some people was because how Ying Ying’s mother had treated him like a real brother. But I just can’t see it as that way with loyalty and all. That’s just me though.
  • Joy Pan as Alice Guo. An interesting character with a strict personality. Yes, of course, she had this gentle and sweet side to her hence creating desserts and all. I really liked her character as well. Quite stern and all but she always meant well. At least she was straightforward. She was very blunt and admirable. I must credit her also for her careful nature (i.e. testing the cakes before delivering them to their guests). It really reduced dramas around their lives and made it more realistic because I honestly believe people would test stuff before delivering it–unlike how other dramas often want to make everyone careless to create another obstacle on purpose. (One of the times when I actually want to clap the scriptwriters on.) I actually wish they had focused on her more and on some others less. Or maybe she was less focused on that made her less annoying? So I guess I shouldn’t be too greedy because the scriptwriters might get too happy and somehow destroy her character’s foundation as well.
  • Guo Shi Lun as Orlando. Found him quite annoying at the beginning. But as the drama progressed, I rather side with him than the other idiots in here. At least he was straightforward about his intentions and his bullying routines. AND I found his taunting funny at times, especially when he was saying how he rather go kiss a sea lion’s ass than be like the manager, kissing up to everyone. That was priceless!

Friendships:

  • Tang Tang and Shao Peng. I found their friendship hilarious. I guess they just had to be from the two extremes in order to bring out the humor. OMG! Tang Tang was teaching Shao Peng all the tricks to be him and dramatic. Sure, it had been done numerous times already with people switching identities and trying to teach each other of the habits, but I saw more of the girls doing it than the guys so this was definitely worth laughing over and watching the process unfold. More about Tang Tang teaching Shao Peng than the other way around but very funny still. Tang Tang would get so upset when Shao Peng was not using his emotions when he said his lines, LOL! More emotions! LOL! Regardless of how scared Shao Peng was of Tang Tang at times but I found it extremely touching that Shao Peng would stand up for Tang Tang when Ying Ying was saying all those things about Tang Tang, misunderstanding him. I guess because Tang Tang didn’t look down on Shao Peng and would always hang out with him hence the loyalty. AND it honestly proved Ying Ying wrong that she didn’t know Tang Tang at all when there was the scene where the guys were in the kitchen together and Tang Tang was trying to make a cake for Ying Ying using substitute sugar. I guess if it didn’t concern her or if she didn’t care, then she didn’t want to pay attention, BUT she seriously had no right in chiding Tang Tang when she didn’t even know him at all. She didn’t even know how serious he could get and how caring he could be–when he wasn’t too off with his schemes. He even remembered about his promise to her YET did she still cared? Guess not! Anyway, watching Tang Tang and Shao Peng always cracked me up because they were such opposites and although Tang Tang would throw around words of insults yet Shao Peng didn’t mind–or too slow to mind, lol. Then there was the whole trying to help Shao Peng from time to time so their covers weren’t blown, lol. The time where I want to strangle Shao Peng the most was not listening to Tang Tang and socializing with Peter. GOD! He should shut up and not talk to that guy. AND he had to do it. Sure, they were busted but he should go to Tang Tang and yell at Tang Tang OR do whatever else. NOT talk to Peter. I want to beat him up so bad for that. Then he did go confront Tang Tang YET the two made it so much of a joke that I wanted to beat both up as well–just to be fair to Shao Peng. I guess their pact of friendship was tested major time after the whole exposure. I honestly wish there was something to hold on to. YET this friendship was also a joke. So they managed to get past all that after a fight initiated by Tang Tang at the beginning of episode 8. But let’s see for how long before Peter tricks Shao Peng again. We learned from episode 13 that Tang Tang learned to love from Korean drams? JUST KIDDING, but that was funny. Yet I must admit he was more persistent, determined, and courageous comparing to Shao Peng. Though it could seem nagging, at least he won’t regret if he lost since he had done everything he could and wanted to. Unlike Shao Peng who was always pitying himself and had too big of a pride. YES, Tang Tang had his pride too but he didn’t let it stop him from his achievements. Yes, Tang Tang had the advantage since he had a rich background but he also had perseverance hence coming this far. AND he was so right in scolding Shao Peng for being cowardly. Honestly, he was so right and funny too for saying that Shao Peng could only catch a small fish since he waited for the fish to come to the hook. He was being mean, but in a way, it was his way to encourage Shao Peng on, not wanting Shao Peng to give up. Their exchange at the ocean side when Shao Peng discovered that Tang Tang had lost his sight summed up their friendship (AND finally restored my faith in them) because Tang Tang was saying how he was not able to watch out for Shao Peng anymore. Sounded arrogant, but it was true. Even if Tang Tang couldn’t help with everything but he had always tried to support Shao Peng as best as he could in the past.
  • Xu Wei and Ah Wen. I never imagined they would get along so fast. I meant I thought Ah Wen would be the bully until near the end where they somehow reach an understanding OR something along that lame. (Yes, I meant ‘lame’ and not ‘line’.) Yet they had their differences but managed to see through each other’s good sides quickly. It wasn’t out of jealousy or spike that Ah Wen shove Xu Wei into the pool that one time. He was just acting on his principles. Then Xu Wei soon saw Ah Wen’s righteous side as well, not holding a grudge either. It wasn’t fake either. It was just one of those guy things. No need to say anything really. I couldn’t guess that Ah Wen was the one helping Xu Wei conquering his fear of water either. I meant okay, the first punch sort of hinted it, BUT didn’t realize it would be that way with Ah Wen helping Xu Wei step-by-step like that. AND then by episode 8, I think they got into the ‘Hating Quan Ge’ club together hence the attitude toward him. Honestly? That was low! Xu Wei might not know better since he didn’t know Quan Ge as much YET Ah Wen? No excuses. Just when I thought I was watching because I only wanted to finish without leaving out details for this review, they surprised me with the part in episode 13 when Ah Wen was telling Xu Wei all these tips and telling him not to be nervous, etc. It was hilarious with Xu Wei asking, “Mom, can I go to school yet?” LOL! Priceless!
  • Tang Tang and Lu Qi. I swear I thought they would be love rivals at the beginning–with how Ying Ying was hanging out with Lu Qi (mostly for work), BUT I was sooo wrong. Anyway, their relationship could not really be considered as friendship. At least not at first, but I found their random interactions extremely funny. Like the part where Lu Qi was mumbling about that magical piece of wood that would earn him big money hence laughing away and Tang Tang was shaking his head, thinking that Lu Qi was crazy. Then that night, Tang Tang was confronting Shao Peng about his wanting to quit the role switching scheme AND Lu Qi scolded Tang Tang for being loud and jinxing the piece of wood, so Tang Tang had to apologize to the magical wood. LOL! Oh yeah, not sure if it beat other parts, but their conversation in episode 12 was so funny as well. The part where Lu Qi was analyzing the situation for Tang Tang and Tang Tang wanted him to shut up but Tang Tang sort of missed the point, LOL! So true regarding the analysis though! OMG! I didn’t see that coming but should have because Lu Qi used that chance to make money as well! LOL!
  • Tang Tang, Shao Peng, and Lu Qi. I have to keep it separate instead of including some scenes into both parts regarding ‘Tang Tang and Shao Peng versus ‘Tang Tang and Lu Qi’ since I found their interactions so hilarious at times–with Tang Tang being the smartest (or at least smart aleck) while the other two clueless dudes were driving him insane, lol.
  • Lu Qi and Shao Peng. I remember their exchange at the beginning was hilarious with Lu Qi not charging money if Shao Peng was in a bad mood. It was interesting that it had gone full circle again at the end. Who knew, right?
  • Xu Wei and Su Ting. I didn’t plan on putting this in but had to. The advice the two exchanged in the car said a lot. Xu Wei reminded Su Ting of herself in the past while Xu Wei knew the truth behind Tang Tang and Shao Peng’s identities but didn’t reveal it. Instead, he warned Su Ting of others’ intentions. They didn’t say much yet their friendship was really genuine.
  • Lu Qi and Ying Ying. I didn’t realize Lu Qi was so loyal to Ying Ying. Okay, to some extent yet it made it quite interesting since I thought they were just thrown together for work and that her father wanted him to help by looking after her at work. Yet he did show support for her at various points.
  • Tang Tang and Alice Guo. Okay, they were more master and student than friends but I thought their discussions at times touched me more than other people in here. (Well, except for Quan Ge’s pep talk of course since his were the best aside from Alice’s lines.) I thought her harsh, meaningful words were more effective than some people’s fake promises or empty talks in here. And because he respected her, he took her seriously–at least later on more than in the earlier parts. But she influenced him to turn his life around, not exuding the young master attitude so much anymore, and to be more genuine toward his work. She also taught him the true meaning of being a chef, allowing him to be a calmer person and not act on impulse and get in touch with his inner self in order to become a good chef. It didn’t matter that his initial reason was for Ying Ying. If he put in his effort, he could master his skills. I especially liked her words to him in episode 13 when they finally cracked the code of the miracle fruits.
  • Xu Wei and Lu Qi. I never thought I put them in since they were basically having an owner/renter relationship aka business mostly. Yet Lu Qi pulled through by distributing those flyers for Xu Wei without charges. Then it made me remember all those other scenes with him trying to help Xu Wei without caring about money as much.
  • Ying Zi and Ah Wen. I seriously didn’t want to put this in earlier because I felt it was just some casual scene they bonded when they thought Xu Wei was dead. Yet he followed up on it and kept in touch with Ying Zi throughout, even wanting to matchmake for the both of them (aka Xu Wei and Ying Zi of course), which was equally cute. Funny how he was reporting Xu Wei’s expression to Ying Zi over the phone, lol.

Pairings:

  • Xu Wei/Eddie and Ying Zi/Angela. Interesting pairing but I guess they do match to some extent. I was so scared that they wouldn’t end up together since she had so little screen time. Man, it was quite nerve-racking and I ended up watching the last few minutes of the last episode before flipping back to watch properly. They were indeed cute together as the story unfolded more. What I found really cute was the ending where they were sitting together and playing the harmonica and the tunes were the same. Back-tracking since I had cheated. Anyway, the flashback scene in episode 5 was so cute also with how he was missing her and remembering the time about the words he wrote on the soda can. In fact, the soda cans became their link and were brought back in episode 10 and 11, and lastly episode 14 when he talked about their communication method. It was indeed special. Though I hated that it dragged out the relationship with him and Ying Ying but I thought upon mentioning Ying Zi and how Ying Zi appeared, it didn’t dull their relationship at all. It was like they were one of those couples who could pick it up from where they left off ages before. (His relationship with Ying Ying harmed Tang Tang’s foundation more than Ying Zi’s, which was interesting. I guess because he spent more time with Ying Zi these past years than did Tang Tang and Ying Ying so they were less affected.)
  • Tang Tang/Ken Chang and Ying Ying/Monie Tung. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Like I said, I liked the idea and liked her through Tang Tang’s cute description and some flashbacks in the beginning. Yet found her extremely annoying, more than I thought he would be. I meant I thought he would be the annoying one with his young master attitude at the beginning and how he was late for that one test. However, he wasn’t as annoying as I would expect but she was even though she was supposed to be the kind and gentle girl? NO clue. But I guess whatever made him happy. Then that one time when she was speaking up for Shao Peng, she seemed to act like Tang Tang’s wife so I thought it was a bit cute and somewhat interesting. Something to ponder about YET I had to hang on, not wanting to get my hopes up too much. And by the time I reached episode 4, I felt like she didn’t deserve him at all. YES, that coming from me when I don’t want to force people to like others. I meant, okay, she could choose whoever she likes. YET the words she said to him were so hurtful in many ways. She seemed to be a considerate person–or from what others see of her and the way her image was projected thus far, but she said all those things to Tang Tang? He doesn’t have feeling? Just because he’s rich and spoiled, he doesn’t have feelings? As a friend, she sucks big time since she knew him since young yet doesn’t understand him at all. No wonder he and Shao Peng were best friends AND not her. Oh yeah, that was WAY too interesting that Tang Tang was dreaming of running after Ying Ying in the flowers field, not wanting her to run so fast, etc–AND the reality was she was also running in the flowers field. Freaky or what? Or a hint? Then I have to add some points back for her at the beginning of episode 5 because it was revealed that she no longer trusted Tang Tang since he left about ten years ago and not because she was heartless. OR at least she tried to build herself up and that she was still mad at him. Though she said she didn’t care anymore but it showed that she was still mad hence not taking his words so seriously anymore. Their little talk at the end of episode 7 brought out her emotions of the past even more yet I found it extremely funny that she forgave her mother or assumed her mother had reasons YET didn’t think that Tang Tang would have his reasons as well? Anyway, I kept thinking more and more near the ending that Ying Ying fell into the same trap as her mother because of how much Tang Tang did for her. (Her father was right in making the call and not letting her be in debt. Not to mention what he told her after handing his account info over, regarding how money could not buy marriage, etc and that she should think clearly of what she wanted the most, NOT relying on other factors. She still had time to stop the tragic events from playing out, unlike her father.) The scene where she found him (Tang Tang) at the ocean side listening to the waves was quite emotional yet I felt Monie’s acting was like kind of bland to make it worth it. She didn’t have to exaggerate or anything but it seemed like it was some guy down the block and she was giving him the daily weather report. Though she did a tad better when she moved with the story about her father telling her about finding the right pair of shoes. I thought Tang Tang nailed it when he said she was saying those words because he’d gone blind already. NOT really that convincing since the scriptwriters had to leave everything to the end. Yet I guess their foundation since young sort of proved what she was saying true. Yet it was a shame that it was so slow and if the scriptwriters could have cut out some useless/frustrating scenes to build foundation back for Tang Tang and Ying Ying, then it would be better.
  • Xu Wei/Eddie and Ying Ying/Monie. Honestly? I was so against this and I was so freaked out that they would end up together. I’m so serious. I don’t like it at all but I know the two do not look that bad together. Yup, it was way too obvious that she liked him because she kept nagging him and wanting to know more about him. AND I think I’m probably qualified as heartless by now since when I watched that scene with them looking for each other that one night–when he got beat up by Orlando and his gang, I didn’t even care. I was even annoyed. Maybe it was too much to think that he would fall for her so easily? (Or I must have read it wrong and I rather be wrong.) And it was too much of a betrayal to Ying Zi, not caring for her feelings but was just loyal to his good brother. (YES, I hate when girls are treated as objects.) The other reason why they shouldn’t even be together was I found Ying Ying more natural when she was with Tang Tang. I just don’t know. When she was with Xu Wei, she was more manipulative, always plotting different schemes to get his attention versus Tang Tang. Maybe because she knew Tang Tang too well and didn’t think of him as much versus wanting to impress Xu Wei? I don’t know. Okay, whatever it was that made me want to just consider their relationship for a bit–even with the obstacles they have to face–made me disregard all caring for them because of what Ying Ying said to Tang Tang about her feelings for Xu Wei. NOT because I was siding with Tang Tang since she had the right to like whoever she wanted. But what I was irked at was her ‘love at first sight’ phrase. I hate that type of love the most! Seems so impulsive and fake. *shrugs* NOT picking on her this time, BUT more like the overall of the situation. I just hate that formula–or at least it’s one of the formulas I hate. Oh yeah, maybe the ultimate reason why I did not even support this pairing was because of how Ying Ying was sort of the third-wheel and knowing it. YES, Xu Wei pushed Ying Zi away. But it still felt so wrong that Ying Ying jumped in like that. It was like she was so clueless not to know or care about others, just her feelings.
  • Su Ting/Joelle and Shao Peng/Ke Yu Lun. Seriously, he didn’t deserve her. NOT because of his background either BUT because he was too dumb at times. Well, not that extreme YET like I said in the other parts, he trusted Peter and confided in him when he shouldn’t be. Hadn’t he listened to Tang Tang at all about what type of person Peter was? Honestly! Not to mention what I had already said in the other part under the character section was how he didn’t even try or fight hard enough yet he was bitter about losing? If he had been braver and all, and gave his best, he wouldn’t regret it–even if she didn’t choose him. He could at least say ‘he tried’ but no. He had to let himself fall into others’ traps and then play the self-pity game.
  • Lu Qi and Mei Lan. They were seriously so cute though they were not that focused on. I’m so serious. Maybe that was why they were tolerable to watch? Thank the scriptwriters for not dragging out the details of their relationship so it was a lot more lovable. It was so cool how her name fitted right in with that one song he often sang, LOL!
  • Peter/Ah Ben and Su Ting/Joelle. Seriously, I thought they matched more. Not just because of how it was revealed Peter had meant it with wanting to get back with Su Ting. That was after he went into a coma and all. But I always thought they matched more chemistry wise. Or perhaps Ah Ben was better at acting. I just don’t know. I reminded myself of all the despicable things Peter had done throughout yet I still shed a few tears while watching the flashbacks of their past. Strange…or perhaps it was the song playing in the background all along while Su Ting was reading the letters?

Interesting things? OR other discussions.

  • Both female leads had the word ‘Ying’ in their names. Possibly it was done on purpose hence Xu Wei’s mantra about hating girls having ‘Ying’ in their names.
  • Alice Guo saved the day by making the cake again. Honestly, I thought it would cost the restaurant’s reputation with the whole mixed up and how Tang Tang re-wrote the recipe from memory–or so he claimed. I was thinking of a typical controversy before things get sorted out. YET it was so great that the mix-up didn’t occur. That would be their next step in the typical drama. Then I forgive the director and/or scriptwriters for not changing the script and making it lame. They let Alice tasted it first, which made sense since it was really important, considering how it was a special delivery. Lucky some stupid drama was avoided. I didn’t care if Tang Tang got into trouble too much at that point because I swear he needed to learn a lesson or two and needed to take responsibility for what he’d done.
  • Wang Hai’s message to Xu Wei through the CD. Honestly, I thought they were going that route and expect us to think it was cool that two guys were valuing friendship, neglecting Ying Zi’s feelings. YET they (the scriptwriters) made it clear through the message Wang Hai wanted to send to Xu Wei. I totally agreed with what was said. Ying Zi was not a piece of toy they fought over from childhood. She was a person and had a right to choose. Xu Wei could choose to reject but not because he wanted to push her to someone else. Wang Hai was very straightforward about his wanting to fight and not just give up so easily, but didn’t want to play that pity card. AND just when I wanted to compliment the scriptwriters, they let Ying Ying step in to ruin the moment Xu Wei shared with Wang Hai (even if Wang Hai already passed away). I didn’t think her being there was necessary since this was between the guys and he deserved to grieve officially for his friend and playing the harmonica one last time together–without the disturbance of outsiders. Seriously, that scene was SO LAME. Xu Wei had been keeping everything inside for so long, he needed to cry. We know Ying Ying liked him and didn’t want to see him so sad YET that made the scene lame, robbing us of the overall message. AND not to mention how I found all those condolences are so lame. Those are just empty words. Ever heard of irreplaceable? People are irreplaceable. It doesn’t matter how many more people care for him, they ARE NOT Wang Hai. Leave him alone to grieve for his friend–for once. He will move on, but NOT be rushed into it. Just because others do not want to see him sad doesn’t mean they have to force him into acting like a machine again. I probably lost the point here but I felt that was just so ruining a special moment.
  • Xu Wei and Ying Ying were step-siblings? WHAT?! Just my guess from episode 4’s with the phone conversation between Quan Ge and Xu Wei’s father. This was so throwing us off. Though they were not really related but would be too weird IF they ended up together. Then there were the past grudges with their mothers (somewhat indirectly). AND then I never celebrated anything more than this upon learning the possibility. Mean or cruel even for me to celebrate like that but I’m not rooting for the two SO I want to be evil on severing their ties.
  • The confrontation between Tang Tang and Xu Wei in episode 4. Honestly, that was priceless. It reminded Xu Wei of the past and how Wang Hai was declaring war on him as well, but regarding Ying Zi (of course). It was an interesting one because it made Xu Wei think even more. And whether he was lying or not, I would like to believe him that he didn’t like Ying Ying because it just seemed too fast. Perhaps he was just opening up to her because of her kind nature. But that was definitely interesting that Tang Tang was doing that. I meant I would think he would go and pull some schemes on Xu Wei behind his back more than be front. NOT that I don’t have faith in Tang Tang but his love for Ying Ying could blind him. He was capable of a bunch of schemes so it wasn’t impossible. Yet it was cool to see him so straightforward. AND yes, according to Xu Wei’s words to An An in episode 6, he was lying about his feelings for Ying Ying. I swear I’m hating everyone in here. No loyalty. Liking someone else so quickly. Well, except for some people BUT yeah… ANYWAY, I totally agree with Tang Tang when he said Xu Wei’s words weren’t worth anything. So Tang Tang was annoying too when he was being mean to Xu Wei YET he was forward and direct about it, even declaring war. YET Xu Wei just had to hide and be all fake.
  • The choices Lu Qi made versus Peter. I always thought since learning of Peter if Lu Qi would have chosen the same path if that was presented to him. YET I think it would be too far-fetched and not fair since no one would know how he would choose. But then near the end of episode 4, I got my answer. Though Lu Qi valued money and loved all schemes that would provide him with the opportunity to make money, he wasn’t heartless. Though it was a misunderstanding, he was really upset for Ying Ying upon learning that Xu Wei and Su Ting might be involved. YES, he was so talking nonsense when he said he would’ve chosen Su Ting too versus Ying Ying, but his being upset for Ying Ying made the decision more clear as to what he chose in a more serious manner.
  • People in here liked to confide with strangers? By the time it reached the part where Peter was confiding with Shao Peng regarding Su Ting, I swear it reminded me of Ying Zi suddenly confiding to Ying Ying at the beginning. It was like the scriptwriters wanted the audience to know some history of the characters involved YET did not know how to do it better than just let them tell it to some strangers. So maybe I shouldn’t take Ying Zi’s points off after all? I meant since Peter was doing it too?
  • Ying Ying not appreciating her father? Well, she WAS quite grateful of him. Yet what made her think her father was at fault with her mother leaving? NICE…a slap in the face for him all right if he were to know how much his daughter supported him. Thinking that he didn’t appreciate her that was why she left? Well, no one knew the real version yet up to episode 5, but that was so out of line with not trusting her father.
  • The truth with Tang Tang and Shao Peng’s identities got exposed in episode 6. Thank you for not dragging it out! Darn! I would hate it that people try to solve it in the last episode. It would come out eventually anyway since they can’t con everyone forever so better sooner than later.
  • Lan Ying aka the other woman blamed it on her ex-husband regarding their marriage. Well, at least it seemed so from her exchange with Quan Ge in episode 8. What the heck? YES, her daughter definitely takes it after her.
  • They left An An alone in the room so they could go outside and talk? WHAT?! This was episode 8. Nothing happened yet since I paused the episode to type BUT it was cliche enough to cause some mishaps. Idiots! YES, I’m being intolerant of everyone now. NO longer holding back. Including that dumb Tang Tang for listening to Lu Qi and putting the pressure on Quan Ge. Quan Ge should just quit and let them do what the hell ever they want. GOD! YUP, just continue on AND they couldn’t use the pails for the performance. Thanks a lot, dummies! Now, Quan Ge has to be creative–IF he could. Sucks to be him.
  • Shao Peng sort of compensated himself by finally telling Ying Ying about what happened to Tang Tang years ago when he suddenly disappeared. NO, it will not make up for the damage he’d already achieved with passing out Tang Tang’s password. BUT I thought that was worth some points that he decided to tell Ying Ying the truth. Regardless of how she decided, it was NOT up to anyone and she had the right to choose. Yet the truth finally revealed made it less annoying. OR so I thought. But it was lame hearing her ask why Tang Tang didn’t tell her. DUH! Each time he wanted to, she shut him up.
  • Ah Wen supported Ying Zi? WHAT?! Okay, I would be more than happy to see Ah Wen so supportive of Ying Zi, but it was so strange since he was so aggressive and was supporting Xu Wei and Ying Ying. Perhaps, he really bonded with Ying Zi that night–just like he claimed? (And that he knew why Xu Wei and Ying Ying wouldn’t work?)
  • People sympathizing with Ying Ying more. NOT that I want to pick on the sick girl, but I think that was the sole reason why she got more support than Ying Zi. Oh yeah, not to mention how those people know Ying Ying more, of course. Lucky Ah Wen seemed to stay neutral or it would become even harder. Though I was a tad annoyed with Sky for it. YES, she was being a supportive friend YET she only thought of Ying Ying, not of others surrounding them all. And not to mention how it seemed to imply that Ying Zi was the other woman. Though IF anyone wanted to keep things straight or settle scores, Ying Ying was actually the other woman.
  • What was so good about Ying Ying anyway? I honestly didn’t want to go that low since I know her character was supposed to be having some kind nature (since Xu Wei did say she was an angel at one point). YET I just can’t seem to see any good in her. She was especially so ungrateful with how Lu Qi was trying to comfort her later on. Though he was saying bad things about Xu Wei, that was the only technique he knew of to comfort her YET she was scolding him? It didn’t matter how sad she was, she should appreciate her friends. Thinking Lu Qi only cared for money? YEAH, so what? At least he was there when others needed it the most. Like they don’t need money to live. IF not, they should all quit their jobs. At least he thought up of all those techniques himself, not wanting to slow down, unlike others only knowing how to sabotage or ruin plans.
  • “Living in happiness is just a fake world.”  This was said by Ying Ying to Tang Tang at the end of episode 11, indicating that she was living in her own made-up world, not getting in touch with reality. YET I think it was more along the line of if life didn’t go her way, it was fake. Since she didn’t get Xu Wei, she felt depressed and wanted to take it out on the world as well. Honestly? I don’t know. She had the right to be depressed, but it made her mantra faker than anything in the past about what she chanted to others but couldn’t do herself hence her nosy nature was so obvious from the beginning. Not being able to take care of her own problems yet meddling in others’.
  • The whole story revealed. This was the part in episode 12 where Tang Tang went to seek Ying Ba Ba out for the chat and also the part where Quan Ge told Xu Wei what happened in the past. I was glad they didn’t make up excuses–OR tried too hard to defend Lan Ying’s actions. I meant Quan Ge blamed himself, but it was not hard to figure out some details. Ying Ba Ba was too emotional. But Xu Wei was right. What did that have to do with others? Sure, the marriage between Ying Ba Ba and Lan Ying was too much like some business transaction, but did that leave her any right to treat the other dude like that? Perhaps Ying Ba Ba wasn’t too bright either with accepting the marriage. Yet did Lan Ying had to run away with a married man? She could have run off with some other person out there. OR blame her gambling father. It wasn’t like it was Ying Ba Ba’s fault. If it was, then it was the fact that he was too weak and paid off the debt for Lan Ying’s father.
  • Xu Wei and his father were the same. I was almost laughing when Xu Wei was saying how he wasn’t like his father. He was dead wrong BECAUSE I was still keeping the score with him forgetting Ying Zi so easily and moved onto Ying Ying so fast. SO what if he was in pain about the other relationship? He seemed to move on in two shakes too.
  • Claiming to follow the heart didn’t mean you can hurt anyone and everyone around you. YES, listening to your heart was the best–or so they say. YET why were these people using it as an excuse to be irresponsible and covering up for past wrongs? It was not about judging others, but it was about how much pain was inflicted directly or indirectly and intentionally or unintentionally.
  • Xu Wei didn’t follow on the tip about Peter posing as Shao Peng to create trouble outside. This was the part at the bar in episode 13. Thank Orlando. That was so sweet! Priceless! Why? Orlando just had to spit it out to Xu Wei about Peter using Shao Peng’s name to get the schemes going. That was obviously a key point in uncovering the truth. YET Xu Wei didn’t think anything of it? He knew the Lan Tan company were luring people over so why didn’t he report anything to anyone? It was too lame. It wasn’t like Orlando was talking random. He had a basis AND even repeated those stuff about the recruit and how the guest lists were purchased too. I guess when things do not concern people in here, they just don’t care. Unless it was their own group of friends? HONESTLY… Even if he thought Orlando was spouting nonsense, he should’ve told someone or Su Ting even to follow up and check it out to see if it was indeed just that. Maxing out possibilities will help her investigation. It wasn’t like he didn’t know or forgot who Shao Peng was. How could he not say anything? They (the scriptwriters) waited for episode 14–THE LAST EPISODE–to let Xu Wei tell Su Ting? What the heck? That’s not being clever and making it intriguing, but making the characters slow and stupid on purpose to drag out the plot.
  • Blood so fake! It was the scene when Peter fell saving Su Ting. They didn’t achieve the effects because his blood flowing out looked so fake! Not the one on his face but the one on the ground when his head hit the rock. OHhhh…so he was the one in coma/needing surgery AND NOT Shao Peng like I thought…
  • Peter’s punishment for leaving Maggie. WHAT?! How delusional was that? She had the power to conjure Heaven to help her or listen to her? Does that mean she’s more mighty than Heaven? That’s ridiculous. Peter and Su Ting started first then Maggie jumped in and seduced him and snatched him away YET Maggie said that Su Ting snatched Peter away from her? I seriously am boggled. Nice one, but that was really lame. Trying to be graceful yet failed. I wasn’t blaming Maggie since Peter fell for it SO it was his fault mostly for deceiving both girls. YET it was ironic when Maggie used the ‘snatching’ concept like that.
  • Full circle. Not only was Lu Qi’s joke about not charging Shao Peng if he was in a bad mood a familiar scene from the beginning but also Tang Tang’s disappearance after Ying Ying’s surgery.
  • Tang Tang ended up blind? I saw this coming when he asked Alice if it would affect his cooking abilities if he lost his sights. She said it would enhance his other senses but wouldn’t affect his cooking if he made the effort. Then there was also the clue with Ying Ying returning alone, and no Tang Tang. Yet I didn’t want to believe it was true until he appeared at the oceanside while Shao Peng was out there again and saw him–eventually since he heard Tang Tang scolding at the servants. Yet it was super strange that it had allowed Shao Peng to muster up his courage a bit more, realizing how cowardly he had been and how hateful and disappointing it was to see someone so full of self-pitying when others were supporting and encouraging him/her on.
  • “As long as there’s Mommy, everything would be solved.” Tang Tang’s mantra and proved that he was a momma’s boy. Yet it was indeed funny when Shao Peng was finishing the sentence after he reassured Shao Peng there was still his mother.

Goofs:

  • Major character inconsistency. YEAH, most of the cast in here suffered from that throughout and I must say it had to do with the scriptwriters.
  • Episode 13 when Ying Ying’s mother arrived at the festival to place the hat on her head. That was the part where she almost fainted and Lu Qi wanted to help her with her injection. What in the world happened? Did seeing her mother make the dizziness/fainting spell go away? Though I’m sure she was beyond herself and was very happy to finally hug her mother, I didn’t think the sickness would give Ying Ying a break. OR did they squeeze that little session in after the initial hug but not let us see?
The similarities between this drama and TVB’s Be Home For Dinner:
  • Tang Tang and Sam’s situation of breaking out of their destined career choices. Tang Tang and Sam were more interested in making/baking cakes/desserts than being stuck in some office doing corporate paperwork. Though the differences were obvious with Tang Tang much more arrogant, self-centered (from time to time), and spoiled because he was a young master of a huge hotel corporation after all. Sam was also spoiled but could be considerate and down to earth in many ways, and was not as bossy as Tang Tang. The other difference was Tang Tang’s reason for wanting to make desserts was because of Ying Ying, and Sam had a great passion for being a dessert creator. Oh yeah, Tang Tang actually studied in the U.S. versus Sam studying in Canada. But it was interestingly revealed later that Sam wanted to prove that success could be achieved through hard work and determination AND not other despicable means like his ex-girlfriend had used SO it was after all the same with both characters–influenced by love. At least at first.
  • Tang Tang and Sam both had a best friend since young. The difference was Shao Peng was less confident than Tian Kai. However, both parties’ love interest had a higher rank/position at work than them and that could cause them to have some ‘pride’ trip from time to time. Though Tian Kai’s ending was better than Shao Peng because of the obvious confidence both possessed or lacked of. Not to mention how Tian Kai actually ended up with Si Ya and not the person he thought he liked.
  • Both Tang Tang and Sam’s masters were strict yet effective in their teaching techniques. Alice Guo got less focused on than Bei Er (Sam’s master) but her role was equally important because she had to mold Tang Tang into being a more responsible chef than just learning how to do it. Though Tang Tang was more rebellious in his learning process and had been expelled once before succeeding at the end versus Sam wanting to learn yet was threatened by Bei Er’s presence at first.
  • Su Ting and Bei Er were similar characters–somewhat. Their background was different but the thing with them having trust issues and how they had to overcome it was quite emotional. Not to mention how they were both strong, independent career women.
  • Xu Wei and Bei Er were SO much similar in their family background. Both parties had been abandoned and the family breakup was actually similar though the context was a bit different. Xu Wei didn’t have a younger brother/sister but the nature of how his father abandoned him had left a deep scar.
  • Ying Ying and Bei Er both had to learn how to forgive their mothers. Though Ying Ying was more gentle of a character than Bei Er but the nature of how they had to go through the pain of being left behind and wondering why, making up reasons was similar. Again, like Xu Wei–yup for the comparison between Bei Er of them–not an error on my typing of names, Ying Ying didn’t have a younger sister but she was still left behind with her father–who was supposedly more short-tempered and bitter (rightly so). But then again, when it was revealed later on in BHFD, it seemed like Bei Er’s father was more bitter. Regardless of who was actually right or wrong in the past, both sides had to learn to live with their mothers or seek some point of understanding. There were also bracelets being involved in both cases to remind them of the past but the difference was Ying Ying’s mother made the bracelet she wore versus Bei Er’s grandmother’s golden pair of bracelets. Ying Ying was able to forgive her mother more because that was the type of person she was versus Bei Er’s stubborn nature (but not her fault because of past scars). In a way, Bei Er was more like Xu Wei because of their stubborn natures. The more obvious differences between Ying Ying and Bei Er was Ying Ying was sick versus Bei Er being pretty much healthy. The result was more forced in Be Home For Dinner for Bei Er regarding how the forgiveness scenes eventually rolled out later on. Moreover, the ending of this drama was better because it didn’t force everyone to be together, making it more realistic than Be Home For Dinner (which was so forced).
  • Ying Ying and Bei Er lived with their fathers after their mothers left. Though I must say that Bei Er sided with her father more than her mother at one point. Though the difference was Ying Ying’s father wasn’t the party at fault–like it was revealed with Bei Er’s father later. But another thing was Kristal’s acting was WAY better than Monie hence making it more convincing in that part with their father-daughter bond. Though Ying Ying appreciated her father but often doubted him (i.e. guessing that it was his fault that her mother left).
  • Both Ying Ying and Si Ya couldn’t eat sweets. It was obvious that because of her sickness that did not allow Ying Ying to eat sweets. However, Si Ya could eat sweets but did not like sweets and rather not touch it. (YET the most ironic thing was seeing Si Ya in an earlier episode being rewarded by her father with a piece of cheesecake of her favorite while her father was the one not tolerating sweet stuff.)
  • Both of the stories had to have someone come out to clarify some details regarding the family conflicts. For instance, Quan Ge was telling Xu Wei what happened in the past while Tang Tang was listening to Ying Ba Ba recount the story. In the other case, it was one of the parents’ friends came out clarifying to Guo Dong the complexity of the situation in the past with all parties involved and how it led to a misunderstanding. However, because there was an actual affair going on in this drama so it was easier to relate to, not to mention longer recounts that made the details clearer. On the other hand, in Be Home For Dinner, the scriptwriters were trying too hard to defend the mother and condemn the father AND with so little details that it seemed unbelievable. The likeness factor though was that both parties who told the story, i.e. Quan Ge and that one guy were friends of the family.
  • Both Tang Tang and Guo Dong ended up blind. Okay, NOT totally the same but was creepily similar by the time it got to the part where Guo Dong had the accident and eventually losing his sight. The incident had led to both parties’ loved ones making a decision. The difference was Ying Ying finally stepped forward bravely to confess her feelings for Tang Tang and even told him why she was reluctant to start over again at first when he appeared again (i.e. fear of getting hurt again after he left the other time). Ying Ying was touched by Tang Tang’s actions and finally believed that he could actually do anything for her–and not just talks. On the other hand, Guo Dong’s ex-wife/soon-to-be-wife-again chose to leave once again because she couldn’t accept him being blind. AND the other difference was Guo Dong was in a much more complicated situation, i.e. loving Bei Er now and only thought of responsibilities regarding his ex-wife. The other thing with both men’s sight was how Guo Dong actually got the treatment and would eventually see but with Tang Tang, we have to assume that the time would come for him as well because of his wealth and how his mother was so capable with her connections. (His words and always having his faith in his mother because he was a momma’s boy.)
So what happened with the differences of characters and how it was placed in Be Home For Dinner?
  • Tang Tang got split into two characters -> Guo Dong and Sam. Guo Dong took over somewhat of the romance and his association to someone who was part of the family conflicts (i.e. Ying Ying/Bei Er). Sam possessed the cake/dessert creator part.
  • Alice Guo also got split into two characters -> Bei Er and Roger. Bei Er took a strong personality with strict discipline in cooking lessons while Roger got the cake/dessert creating part.
  • Ying Ying’s character became Bei Er and Hai Er. Sort of because they ended up adding in a younger sister for the whole conflict but Ying Ying had become Hei Er because of her somewhat forgiving nature and how she was more gentle than that was Bei Er. Coincidentally, Ying Ying’s character wasn’t that likable in the drama either–just like how Hai Er’s character seemed to reflect in the other one. In the process, Xu Wei got sacrificed and do away with since they didn’t talk about the ‘current’ husband having a son/daughter of his own. In a way, Bei Er got both Alice Guo’s strong personality and Xu Wei’s stubbornness.
  • The type of business was changed. It took the focus away from the hotel corporation and the dolphin training facility to newspaper publishing and culinary skills. Though this one was also focused on with the culinary skills but did not focus too much on the food world, just normal whenever it was necessary to keep Tang Tang’s character consistent with his journey to becoming a responsible chef.
  • The story with Su Ting having to resolve some past love conflicts with Peter was somewhat like the conflict Guo Dong had to resolve. YET this one was unexpectedly good even if it was sort of unrealistic in a way. Kind of far-fetched with this one since the essence of the story was different and the details were also different. Yet Peter’s character made a lot more sense than the whole ‘Jessie conflict’ in the other one.
  • Peter was Jessie? Because of the previous point, it got me thinking it was so. Because Peter was really cunning and manipulative in his own way. Yet what he did was more forgivable than Jessie. (AND for once, it was really about love.) He did sabotage the other company that sent him as a spy before he confessed his crimes to Su Ting later because his only goal in stationing himself at the hotel was winning Su Ting’s heart back. In Be Home For Dinner, Jessie’s sole purpose was for her own benefit, something to brag about, NOT love. In a way, Su Ting’s character got sacrificed as well–and her character just went into Bei Er as the strong, career woman type. Yet the conflict had directed itself toward Guo Dong.

NOTE: The previous points were ONLY my assumptions, NOT really legit reasons or accusations to throw dirt on the creators of Be Home For Dinner. Call it a fun activity since I was bored.

Anyway, I kept saying over and over this was better than Be Home For Dinner so why don’t I prove it, right? Here goes:
  • Their IQs were dropped in both dramas yet it was reasonable in here. YES, it was frustrating at one point or another with some stupid schemes. But it wasn’t too unreasonable because most of them happened within the hotel corporations, telling us how people were capable of pulling those dirty tricks. AND how honest people couldn’t survive if they didn’t shape up with having sharp eyes.
  • The family conflicts actually made sense. The story was told from various characters in here–Xu Wei, Ying Ying, Xu Wei’s father, Ying Ying’s mother, etc. But all the pieces finally fell into place when Quan Ge and Ying Ba Ba explained it to Xu Wei and Tang Tang respectively. But it wasn’t unclear OR not making sense. It was quite clear all right. I guess it was because they had more people recounting the events and how their point of views was different. You name it with bitterness, anger, guilt, etc from all the parties who told the stories. YET the story made sense with all the dots connecting in the right places. Even if it was from different interpretations but we saw whose perspective it was from. All the facts were actually consistent enough, like time and dates–how things unfolded, SO it wasn’t too far-fetched. Not to mention how it wasn’t so one-sided like in Be Home For Dinner, attempting to cover up everything and tried so hard to convince us all that the dead man was the bad guy–since he couldn’t defend himself anyway.
  • Resolving the conflict. For this one, Ying Ying’s mother–through her current husband (Xu Wei’s father)’s persuasion–finally went to see Ying Ying hence allowing her to feel her mother’s warm touch once again during this one festival the villagers held up on the mountains–and participated in the events with her. YET the parents didn’t stay there or tried to mend the relationship even more. They left for Japan to continue on with their life eventually. Xu Wei, on the other hand, wasn’t forced into acknowledging his father–though his father did try to explain (or make excuses). Xu Wei did come to terms with the past and returned to his cheerful self again (after losing his mother since young, his grandfather several years back, and then his best friend about two years back as well). But he didn’t forgive his father just like that. He just chose not to hate anymore. Not to mention how he didn’t want to waste his life focusing on his father while he could spend it with the people who cared for him. Therefore, it wasn’t forcing Xu Wei to go to Japan with his father and Ying Ying’s mother either–even though the father offered. And just like the after-note that Xu Wei said–even if he meant it mostly for romantic relationships, but it could be explained that dolphins and cats weren’t of similar species hence not being able to mingle regardless of how they try to go past that barrier of differences.
  • What were all the pieces of the conflict then? (Those who watched knew.) But let me recap real quick. Both had to do with an arranged marriage and how terrible it was supposed to be. (NOT kidding here.) Starting from Xu Wei’s side. Xu Wei’s parents got together because Grandpa Xu had picked the “daughter-in-law” personally and really liked her (OF COURSE) with her gentleness and possessing the typical traits that would make her the best daughter-in-law. However, Xu Wei’s father was opposed to it, even fighting with Grandpa Xu from time to time. Yet he gave in at last because he didn’t want to fight anymore (probably both because he was tired of fighting and because he didn’t want to upset Grandpa Xu anymore). So Xu Wei’s parents got married, but Xu Wei’s father was still unrest and would always leave, claiming business matters, etc. When Xu Wei was finally born, he actually got his name from the officer who wrote the birth certificate because when the officer asked the father, “What did you name your kid?”, the father replied, “Just call him ‘Wei’ then.” The father meant ‘wei’ as in ‘hey’, but the officer jotted it down as the ‘wei’ (蔚) from ‘azure’. (So yup, the officer named him with much more grace than the original one that his father had uttered out.) That was why Xu Wei hated it when people called him ‘wei’ regardless because of how his name came about. (This was explained in episode 3.) Jumping to Ying Ying’s side now before the tie together. Ying Ying’s grandfather (her mother’s father) was a heavy gambler hence accumulating quite an amount of debt. He sold Lan Ying (Ying Ying’s mother) to a brothel. Around that time, Ying Ying’s father just finished his military service and had some money. Since he was too soft-hearted after seeing that incident, he interfered and paid off all the debts. Lan Ying’s father, knowing that there weren’t any free meals in life, insisted that Ying Ying’s father married Lan Ying. Lan Ying, of course, was really bitter about this whole marriage because she felt it was like a business transaction instead of a real marriage (because there was no real love). (Age difference was actually another factor that caused the riff since Ying Ying’s father was actually 35 that year and Lan Ying was only 17 years old.) After the wedding and having given birth to Ying Ying the following year, Lan Ying tried to avoid Ying Ba Ba at all costs by busying herself with various tasks, like doing sculptures or investing her time in studying plants and flowers. The connection with how she met Xu Wei’s father was because of Quan Ge. He was Lan Ying’s neighbor once upon a time and she treated him like her little brother. Xu Wei’s father was a businessman who did imports/exports trading and who was also coincidentally a friend of the family to Quan Ge. One day when Xu Wei’s father came to visit, Quan Ge had some exams so he asked Lan Ying to be the tour guide in his place. That was the beginning of Xu Wei’s father and Ying Ying’s mother. Quan Ge blamed himself for being the person who tied the ‘red string’ because of that incident. Yet Ying Ba Ba didn’t blame him because he knew it had to do with the other two parties–and that Quan Ge was still young so he wouldn’t know such turn of events. SO one day when Ying Ba Ba was out working, Lan Ying left her daughter (Ying Ying) with the neighbors and left without words. (She had run off with Xu Wei’s father, of course.) During the time when Xu Wei’s father was in that town, another incident occurred because Xu Wei’s mother had a heart condition and needed meds, etc. However, when she had a heart attack that one night, Xu Wei was the only person with her and tried to call his father on the phone to get him to come back and help his mother YET it was all too late. What was more was how Xu Wei’s father had called his mother earlier to say that he wanted a divorce (a possible factor that had caused her to change in emotions hence the attack). Xu Wei was sooo young at that time and didn’t realize what was going on until he had some info from his grandfather later on, but he only wanted to see his father come home and save the day. YET Xu Wei’s father didn’t and that was how the mother died (not having medical help in time). What made Quan Ge blamed himself even more of the whole incident was because of how Xu Wei’s grandfather had blamed him in the past when Xu Wei’s mother died that night. (The reason why Quan Ge knew Xu Wei’s grandfather was because the old man saved him one time when he was out at sea on this one boat with a bunch of people and they encountered a storm.) After that, Grandpa Xu actually took in the responsibility of raising Xu Wei hence Xu Wei only having a bond with his grandpa and NOT his father. Not to mention how Grandpa Xu would never accept Lan Ying, etc. Most of the recounts were from Ying Ba Ba and Quan Ge in episode 12 with Tang Tang and Xu Wei–respectively. The rest of the pieces were gathered throughout the drama until episode 12 with the actual fill-in of the big pieces. If it didn’t make sense, it was my poor recounts. NOT because of the plot lapses. (The plot did have a bunch of lapses, but with the conflicts between the families, it was actually very clear in the end.)

And while I’m at it, the plot with Xu Wei and Ying Ying being step-siblings and having past grudges creepily bears similarities to The Magicians of Love somehow–though TMOL had a lot of goofs and dragging moments too, it managed better. Also, what Xiao Bei’s mother did was somewhat similar yet her explanation, later on, made a lot more sense. The other difference was how Ming Dao and Qiao Qiao actually ended up together versus Eddie and Monie not. The theme also differed, making it steered into different directions and other subplots were different. I found Be Home For Dinner much similar because of the same theme and plot, except for some details being shuffled around and additional subplots.

What could have been done to make it less lame?

  • X out the love formula between Xu Wei and Ying Ying altogether. I’m not saying this because I’m against them. But I think both pairings DO NOT have to be so complicated. Xu Wei and Ying Ying could meet as two friends and somehow found out about the past, wanting to patch things OR just plain get mad or whatever else. Yet making it into their romance, for the most part, killed the development and patches between Xu Wei and Ying Zi later, not to mention Tang Tang and Ying Ying. Xu Wei and Ying Ying seemed so deep in love (OR SO THE PLOT DRAGGED OUT TO MAKE US BELIEVE SO), therefore, making it unconvincing that Xu Wei end up with Ying Zi and Tang Tang with Ying Ying. Though I liked the pairings that way more but the thing in the middle had dragged to death so the last four or five episodes did not justify the turnaround. Though time could tell that Xu Wei would eventually find out that Ying Zi was the only one for him and Ying Ying could get over the fact that Tang Tang had abandoned her once upon a time (through unavoidable reasons), I rather it focused on healing and patching up both relationships than adding in the romance formula.
  • Cut back on Peter’s schemes. YES, we know he was capable of a lot of things but possibly cut back on it since everyone’s IQ went down millions of points by then. AND they weren’t that intelligent, to begin with, except for some. SO that was so unbearable seeing Shao Peng kept falling into the traps. Maybe cut back on how many times Shao Pen fell in. IF he was deceived through Peter’s means, then okay. BUT how he kept running to Peter’s side and feeding information for Peter was like ridiculous. Shao Peng was too honest for his own good YET at least make him stay away from Peter just because he trusted Tang Tang’s words–or something.
  • In fact, cut back on all misunderstandings altogether. The one with Xu Wei and Ying Ying’s past and their parents were too much already AND enough for the show. No need to create more stupidity in it. It didn’t stir up intrigues or excitement. But it just proved many people in here were stupid. I don’t like to insult others, not even fictional characters. YET I couldn’t stop saying “Stupid” while watching those scenes. Common sense anyone?

Who’s fault was it? Well, first of all, mine since I wanted to watch this in the first place for Eddie and Angela. That’s a lesson for me over and over again YET I ignored in the past. Never watch for favorites since the plot could just suck big time. Secondly? The blame goes to the scriptwriters. So inconsistent at times regarding some characters. What about the rest? The plot got sooo draggy with so many cliche stuff happening, like dragging out Peter’s schemes AND the whole misunderstanding craps.

What was good?

YES, I decided it was better to let it end on a positive note regardless of how torturous it was to watch. Since I did choose to watch myself, NOT influenced by others or being held against my will.

  • Soundtrack. It doesn’t matter if Eddie’s a good singer OR not, but the main theme was really catchy and powerful but did not lose its meaningful sense and fitting in with the overall theme. Moreover, I love the song sang by Ah Ben–regardless of his role in here. I was used to hearing him sing upbeat songs more so it was quite refreshing for me to hear him sing a much more soapy song (lol).
  • Cast. Except for some variations here and there, I thought the overall cast was a good choice for their roles. Whether the production team had problems or not, I don’t know and probably we won’t know some inside details, but they managed to be convincing enough. (EXCEPT for SOME.) IF only the plot was better and that some of the personalities were better controlled–either changing one way or another, NOT because of inconsistency. But I don’t want to go into more details since I already ranted up there AND trying to keep things positive here.
  • The approach with the beginning scene tying in with the ending. Seriously, that was so cool. If only I was more patient then I would have seen more signs.
  • Su Ting ended up with Peter. I was seriously stumped yet I found that plot good. I’m so serious here. I hated the other parts of it being dragged on and on. But now that it was that way, I felt that was pretty clever, leading us on like that. But I still stand by my words with cutting back on annoying schemes. And I guess I wasn’t paying enough attention to the scene at the beginning with Su Ting wearing a wedding gown and someone was in a coma with machines attached. I thought it was Shao Peng later on into the plot. Yet it was actually Peter when the scene where he was in a coma rolled around. I had to switch to the first episode again to check. Clever move. Going full circle. Getting back to the idea of them being together, I felt it was less cliche. I meant okay, it could happen that they get back together–and like it wasn’t done in the past already. Yet it made it like Peter wasn’t just the typical bad guy that would end up in prison or worse. That would be too one-dimensional and predictable. Then it was like what Su Ting said, Shao Peng was not brave enough to withstand all obstacles. Don’t blame Peter for being despicable, but blame Shao Peng for not standing strong. YES, Peter had tossed out some traps but Shao Peng had too big of pride and didn’t stay to fight alongside Su Ting. Instead, he chose the silent retreat.
  • The after notes. Honestly, that made sense with Xu Wei/Eddie’s narration because I honestly didn’t see the point of putting romance into the whole thing and wanted to cut it out altogether. Yet I still feel it wasn’t necessary with some of the dragging parts. The moral of the story was birds of the same feathers flock together hence Xu Wei ending up with Ying Zi and Tang Tang with Ying Ying.

Recommended? Your choice.

Zhong Wu Yan: Episode 1

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


I knew it! It would’ve started in the ancient time with background info before going into modern time. It was too predictable, considering how they had pulled out a historical figure to base the drama on.

Ming Dao does look like the pervert king all right! (HEY, I like him too but have to say that he does match up with his role, LOL.) Okay, exaggerated much? (But not surprised at all!) Might be a good idea for some people to do background research before diving into watching this IF you’re not familiar with the story. They did use a bunch of ancient languages and/or terms. But of course, they made up a bunch of stuff too so not really a big deal IF you know it or not. But still might be a good idea to search up on it. Now I can see the connections with some characters that might lead up to their roles in the modern world.

Okay, this is the part where everyone wants to kill Ming Dao. At least his character. BUT I just realized that every single story and/or misunderstanding has to have some kind of annoying animal involved to drive the obstacle to the point of irreversible (i.e. the stupid snake in this one). Too late! Qi Xuan has already done the damage to Wu Yan.

Fast forward to the modern time and you have another typical modern drama with the girl being the ‘ugly’ and/or unattractive one AND the guy mega-rich and/or handsome dude who other girls drool over. But of course, they have a great excuse to do that this time, considering how they adapt the whole Zhong Wu Yang legend into this one. (Why am I watching? Hey, just for kicks and I’m watching for some of the cast, LOL.) But I have to say that I love the somewhat ancient music for the main theme and the settings.

This is getting kind of funny. Okay, typical BUT funny since Wu Yan, Wu You, and Zhi Yin are all rushing into the house. AND I thought it was for some special occasion but it was just because they wanted to get ready to celebrate Qi Xuan’s birthday. They even had the birthday hats on while watching the live coverage on TV? That was cute! Obsessed but still cute in a way. Something even funnier, they named the duck after Qi Xuan? Xiao Xuan Xuan? OKAY…

Some things never change all right. Someone was still loving the attention and the girls. On the other hand, Figaro is so cute in that outfit! (LOL) And we can see Wu Yan’s naive like ages before. NOT really her fault in the other situation but this one is a bit unbelievable. But I guess it’s part of the obsession and not wanting to believe Qi Xuan is such a person, etc.

And the girls were really going all the way! LOL! Wearing those attires and singing the birthday song as well? They need to get off their ‘clouds’ soon. But in a way, it was sweet of Yu You and Zhi Yin to follow along with Wu Yan’s routine every single year.

This is priceless! LOL! He thought he got someone! Da Wei’s expression, LOL! And history was really repeating itself since it was the familiar scene of the past with the dance and the whole mysterious thing.

The only scene worth watching in all those chaotic atmosphere. Since it was kind of nice.

Going quite far, aren’t they? Even trying to come up with a name. Oh yeah, they better watch out for Xiao Xuan Xuan! Is the poor duck sneaking away? I knew the duck would get lost. LOL! Kind of lame but funny at the same time that Wu You and Zhi Yin were pointing the flashlights toward each other. They only had to ask, didn’t have to use their hands, LOL. Trying to blind each other before finding Xiao Xuan Xuan? The whole thing with Zhi Yin blurting out ‘Yes, sir!’ reminded me of Rookies’ Diary so much! LOL!

I knew the pervert Qi Xuan would get it big time! Just based on Ying Chun’s expression, it was very obvious she was up to something. He just didn’t see it coming because he was too busy thinking of what would happen if he caught her! He had no idea she had plans of her own! She tossed his clothes into the water! LOL! (Sorry, but it was funny!) Should’ve been smarter than that!

And I saw that coming too since this is just too predictable and coincidental that he should come to the island where the girls reside on. They would bump to one another sooner or later. If Qi Xuan was so worried about his reputation, maybe he shouldn’t have gone that far in striping like that! LOL! He got that coming! Going to a desert island wasn’t going to help ease matters. It’s not so desert as he thought. BUT he was a smooth talker all right. Talked himself right out of that one. It was even easier for him, considering how Wu Yan had a thing for him. After threatening Da Wei and urging him to come to the rescue, Qi Xuan was reverting to his old ways again! Nothing new! If he sees a girl, of course, he has to move in.

Aww…the two kids were so cute! So Wu Yan wasn’t just daydreaming OR being obsessed at all. There was actually a story behind her behaviors. YET that little kind kid had turned out to be a pervert! Oh well, so life goes on! LOL! Okay, that was kind of cute with the hair clip BUT we all know it was Qi Xuan’s way of trying to remember ‘the beauty’ BUT he would be turned off if he found out the truth, considering how vain he is. (AND the hair clip thing reminded me of The Magicians of Love too much, LOL. And the whole being lost on the island and being abandoned reminds me of Legend of Star Apple. OR maybe it’s because Ming Dao was in both so I had to associate it like that.)

Da Wei had to sabotage Qi Xuan! LOL! But he’s right. Like Qi Xuan was ever going to be focused on just one person? Changing? YEAH RIGHT! As soon as Da Wei gave Qi Xuan Ying Chun’s schedule, Qi Xuan was like beyond happy. Yup, Da Wei knew him the best all right. Typical reaction from Qi Xuan again with the whole family thing.

On the other hand, the talk between Wu Yan and her father was more worth watching (as always) since it has to be someone who gets along with their family well, right? Even if the conversation ended up being about Qi Xuan but it was only to distract her father from blaming himself so much.

At least Qi Xuan’s grandma was celebrating his birthday with him. Too bad she didn’t realize that it was him and not his father. Still, she was all heart. Couldn’t deny that. Too bad his old man also prepared a present for him but did not give it to him.

Whoa! Okay, I thought it was ‘human-related’ when it was mentioned BUT this was still serious. All their fishes dying like that. AND I had a gut feeling it had to do with what happened last night. Someone was going to pay YET Wu Yan had no idea it was no one other than the one she trusted. And I rest my case. So much for someone’s attempt to create a romantic atmosphere BUT it actually caused troubles for other people. But it was so funny that Wu Yan’s father still found the time to pick on all the grammatical errors on the papers. (Wu You and her husband were so funny as well!)

And Wu Yan finally unveiled the truth! Too bad. But I have a feeling she still believes in him. It would be hard to get rid of past good thoughts of him though. NOT until she actually knows what else he’s capable of. (Honestly, I don’t want to keep associating to Ming Dao’s other dramas but that yellow car seriously reminds me of his vehicle in ‘The Magicians of Love’.)

Fake to no end, seriously. But I guess those girls deserve to be deceived too since they’re so vain. To make it even funnier, he had no idea which one his father’s office was? LOL!

Da Wei had such vivid imaginations. Honestly, what was he thinking? But can’t blame him, considering the type of words Wu Yan was using.

Finally, Wu Yan knew the grown-up Qi Xuan now. Poor Da Wei, had to keep signaling to Qi Xuan to shut up but it was too late! Poor Wu Yan. Though she found out what kind of person he is, she did not deserve those cruel words.

Previews show that Qi Xuan isn’t that type of person, a typical route to go but there’s still other things to look forward to. Chris Wu hasn’t appeared yet. Wonder when.

The first episode garnered 2.70 in ratings, leading over the currently airing dramas. My thoughts? It’s expected to have cliche parts so I am not as confident if it would still stay on top for next week. However, I honestly want it to surprise me further, considering how some of the cast is not bad and their portrayal thus far is making the story flow well–even the villains.

*All images were captured by DTLCT