Joanne Tseng: A Long Journey

(image credit: Shine)

I just found this clip that someone put together in regard to Joanne’s journey up until now. Well, for the most part. But it really brought back lots of memories. She had gone a long way, worked really hard, and now becoming an established artist. I’m so proud of her.

NOTE: The video clip has been deleted so it’s not there anymore but still an amazing video highlighting Qiao Qiao’s journey over the years.

Primrose by Sweety

(Credit: ForwardMusic 豐華唱片)

Song Title: Primrose (櫻花草)

Music & Lyrics by: Li Tian Long (李天龍)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Red-Violet = Pin Yin
Orange-ish = English
Powder Pink = Vietnamese

晚風吹動著竹林
wan feng chui dong zhe zhu lin
Night wind sweeping by, affecting the bamboo grove
Gió đêm thổi qua làm động tới rừng trúc
月光拉長了身影
yue guang la chang le shen ying
Moonlight dragging out its shadows
Ánh trăng đang tự làm dài hình bóng
螢火蟲 一閃閃
ying huo chong   yi shan shan
Fireflies flickering
Đom đóm tỏa ánh sáng lung linh
滿山飛舞的錢幣
man shan fei wu de qian bi
Soaring through the whole mountain
Bay lượn đầy khắp rừng núi

上天銀河在發光
shang tian yin he zai fa guang
The galaxy high above is shining
Ngân hà trên cao đang phát quang
地上風鈴來歌唱
di shang feng ling lai ge chang
On the ground, the wind chimes are ringing
Ở dưới đất, chuông gió lại reo vang
織女星 在遠方
zhi nv xing   zai yuan fang
The Weaver Girl Star is at a distance place
Sao Chức Nữ đang ở một nơi xa xôi
古老浪漫的神話
gu lao lang man de shen hua
Sealing an ancient romantic mythology
Ẩn chứa một câu chuyện thần thoại lãng mạn

流水 走過
liu shui   zou guo
Flowing water passing through
Nước chảy qua
春夏四季的變換
chun xia si ji de lian huan
Transforming the four seasons of spring and summer
Làm thay đổi bốn mùa xuân hạ
幸福在蔓延
xing fu zai man yan
Happiness is spreading
Hạnh phúc đang lan tràn
愛你永恆不孤單
ai ni yong heng bu gu dan
Loving you, I will never feel lonely
Yêu anh, em vĩnh viễn sẽ không cảm thấy cô đơn

戀人手中櫻花草
lian ren shou zhong ying hua cao
Primrose in the hands of lovers
Cỏ anh đào trong tay người đang yêu
春彩滿佈的微笑
chun cai man bu de wei xiao
Filled with smiles full of spring hues
Chứa nụ cười đầy xuân sắc
種下了 一朵朵
zhong xia le   yi duo duo
Panting a flower
Trồng xuống một đóa
青春璀璨的年少
qing chun cui can de nian shao
Full of lustrous youth
Tuổi thơ tràn đầy thanh xuân rực rỡ

戀人懷中櫻花草
lian ren huai zhong ying hua cao
Primrose in the embrace of lovers
Cỏ anh đào trong vòng tay người đang yêu
聽見胸膛心在跳
ting jian xiong tang xin zai tiao
Hearing the heartbeat within the chest
Nghe thấy được nhịp đập của tim trong lòng ngực
偷偷的 在思念
tou tou de   zai si nian
Stealthily immersed into the mind
Lẳng lặng nhập vào tư niệm
那是我們相愛的記號
na shi wo men xiang ai de ji hao
That is the mark of our love
Đó là ký hiệu tình yêu của chúng ta

(music)

遠方鐘聲在響起
yuan fang zhong sheng zai xiang qi
Sound of bells are ringing in the distance
Tiếng chuông đang vang vọng từ nơi xa xôi
蛙鳴唱起了 搖籃曲
wa ming chang qi le   yao lan qu
Frogs are singing lullabies
Con ếch đang hát những khúc ru con
白沙灘 月彎彎
bai sha tan   yue wan wan
White sandy shore, curved moon
Bờ cát trắng, vầng trăng khuyết
愛你香甜的夢裡
ai ni xiang tian de meng li
Loving you is like a dream full of sweet fragrance
Yêu anh giống như một giác mộng đầy hương thơm

上天銀河在發光
shang tian yin he zai fa guang
The galaxy high above is shining
Ngân hà trên cao đang phát quang
地上風鈴來歌唱
di shang feng ling lai ge chang
On the ground, the wind chimes are ringing
Ở dưới đất, chuông gió lại reo vang
織女星 在遠方
zhi nv xing   zai yuan fang
The Weaver Girl Star is at a distance place
Sao Chức Nữ đang ở một nơi xa xôi
許下愛戀的願望
xu xia ai lian de yuan wang
Making love vows
Đang tạo những ước nguyện tình yêu

流水 走過
liu shui   zou guo
Flowing water passing through
Nước chảy qua
春夏四季的變換
chun xia si ji de lian huan
Transforming the four seasons of spring and summer
Làm thay đổi bốn mùa xuân hạ
幸福在蔓延
xing fu zai man yan
Happiness is spreading
Hạnh phúc đang lan tràn
愛你永恆不孤單
ai ni yong heng bu gu dan
Loving you, I will never feel lonely
Yêu anh, em vĩnh viễn sẽ không cảm thấy cô đơn

戀人手中櫻花草
lian ren shou zhong ying hua cao
Primrose in the hands of lovers
Cỏ anh đào trong tay người đang yêu
春彩滿佈的微笑
chun cai man bu de wei xiao
Filled with smiles full of spring hues
Chứa nụ cười đầy xuân sắc
種下了 一朵朵
zhong xia le   yi duo duo
Panting a flower
Trồng xuống một đóa
青春璀璨的年少
qing chun cui can de nian shao
Full of lustrous youth
Tuổi thơ tràn đầy thanh xuân rực rỡ

戀人懷中櫻花草
lian ren huai zhong ying hua cao
Primrose in the embrace of lovers
Cỏ anh đào trong vòng tay người đang yêu
聽見胸膛心在跳
ting jian xiong tang xin zai tiao
Hearing the heartbeat within the chest
Nghe thấy được nhịp đập của tim trong lòng ngực
偷偷的 在思念
tou tou de   zai si nian
Stealthily immersed into the mind
Lẳng lặng nhập vào tư niệm
那是我們相愛的味道
na shi wo men xiang ai de wei dao
That is the scent of our love
Đó là hương vị tình yêu của chúng ta

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Legend of Star Apple: Episode 1

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


I never really watched this properly so I thought I start doing that.

First off, the song “A Little Fuss” (鬧鬧) to start the drama was a good choice since it insisted on a game at play while at the same time, there was some mixed emotion to it–mostly good feelings. This was a collaboration between Zhang Xin Yu and Sweety. An interesting one because their voices match so well and created a playful effect to the song but the words made it sound so innocent yet meaningful at the same time.

Secondly, the beginning of the story reminded me somewhat of At the Dolphin Bay regarding a legend. Of course, it was different in its context and locations, but I could not help but think of it.

Thirdly, that was just plain witty how the crashing of the wedding turned out to be. I meant other dramas portrayed the whole dramatic scene or emotional scene of crashing a wedding–running away, etc. But this was partially because of Tao Si’s unwilling to be defeated by some arrangement by his parents and also because of Rui Rui’s encounter with that one scary pig.

(And might I say the groom looked like he was going to a funeral more than a wedding? Not to mention that I almost thought Rui Rui was already attached to Tao Si so that was why she was shouting at the top of her lungs with the “No!” when they were asking Tao Si if he was willing.) Cute introduction of characters all the same.

Fourth, I suddenly remember why I like this drama so much although it was not the best one ever made. It was all because of Van Fan’s songs. (Well, at least that was partially the reason.)

I swear Tao Si should’ve thought of running WAY before his father caught on. Or was he having too much fun watching the scene unfold? (Or more like the wedding all ruined.) Busted, I guess… Love their expressions! (Rui Rui thought Tao Si’s father was talking about her since she was causing the mishaps–accidentally of course.)

Eh…Tao Si trying to take advantage of the situation? No, he was just trying to shush her up since he did not want to be found out. They still have time to argue? Luckily, they found shelter in time! (But it was quite amusing seeing how Tao Si was trying to climb the tree.) Awww…they looked so cute together.

And then Rui Rui just had to ruin his mood by making that comment. Oh well…at least he still had time to socialize! Getting friendly, huh?

And Tao Si, that was not how you were supposed to score points with girls. Pulling her down with you just like that so she almost broke her face was not it.

Lucky for him that they did not have much time to argue over that incident. However, it was not so lucky since they managed to find a beehive! Eek!

Then came the scene where our Little Fish was chosen for the role!

It was also revealed of Tao Si’s past. Little Tao Si and Little Rui Rui were as cute! (Ishii Mika do look like Zhang Xin Yu at some angles.)

The song “Primrose” by Sweety playing in the background the whole time made it even more enchanting.

If only Rui Rui still treated Tao Si like she used to when they were kids.

(Uh…Rui Rui….that was an accident. You might have reacted too strongly since he was supposed to be almost dead, right? Or did you check his pulse carefully?)

Nice comback, Tao Si! A red packet? That would solve the problem?

Uh…Tao Si, that was not how you thanked someone who just saved you from drowning. Pushed her over? Happy, paddle!

So the fun ended since Rui Rui had to go and rescue her Tang Tang! (Oh why did Tang Tang had to swallow the ring?)

And that was so cute of Sha Sha and Bo Lun–although she sounded too bossy. (Wei Ru was so charming and funny at the same time with her bossy nature yet it showed a sense of character all the same.)

Though it was a bit exaggerated, it was still a touching scene with Rui Rui caring so much for her piglet. Probably showing how caring she was toward the animals on the farm. Also, though Sha Sha was a bit harsh toward Bo Lun, it showed her friendship toward Rui Rui.

And it was a miracle! Tao Si finally made it to land! But I must agree with Rui Rui that he was a turtle. Seriously, it took him that long? All that build was for show? (But I guess he was a Young Master after all so can’t blame him. Not to mention his fear of water.)

So he was on the run again. Too bad not for long. So funny of him trying to use that to hide. Come on now. Unless they had really poor eyesight, they’ve seen him. (They were really blind after all.) Tao Si did it! He deceived them!

Okay, not really…since he got himself into another obstacle. Phew! So the guy was only trying to catch the butterfly…and did not mean to harm Tao Si in any way…YET!

Nice going AGAIN, Tao Si! No, he was not that hungry. Don’t you know anything at all? (Guess not.) And that was so amusing! Tao Si sure doesn’t know anything.

Wow! So he read! Okay, at least they got that sort out…

Ooooh….that expression looks so familiar! Tao Si’s up to something again! What what? Great plan!

And Tao Si, why are we stripping? Oooh, changing clothes to deceive others. Great move.

Wrong move, Tao Si! NOT the hat!

Ah…Rui Rui finally found Tao Si again! Tang Tang is indeed saved!

Tao Si, so you’re the expert now?

Talking about betrayals though, too bad Tao Si misunderstood Rui Rui! (If looks could kill.)

Still, a very funny and entertaining first episode. All the major characters have appeared.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Sweety, where are you?

Fans far and near might wonder what has happened to this Taiwanese girls band that established their reputation through 3 albums with their noticeable improvements from one album to the next. Not to mention their appearances in several dramas–together and separate. Though successful seemed to be the appropriate term for the band’s achievements through the amount of recognition received, it was a more effective measure when fans streamed forums and other networking sites, asking questions as to what happened to them after their 3rd album, Sweet Talk Vol. 3: Hua Yan Qiao Yu.

Yan Yan participated in a Mainland production, Liao Zhao 2, before heading to France to pursue her education in Fashion Design.

After her extended disappearance from the public eye, Yan Yan made a comeback with The Concerto, which she reunited with her two times on-screen lover, Eddie Peng. Though cast in another typical klutzy role as often associated with a female lead in idol dramas, Yan Yan managed to deliver and convince others that she was the clueless and foolish Gao Ling.

Qiao Qiao carried on without Yan Yan for a while, appearing in several dramas. Although fans loved her in different types of roles, the ratings hinted a totally different story.  She also focused on modeling and attended different events as well as talk shows and game shows for the past year. It was until recently that she appeared on the radar again at GTV‘s press conference to confirm her presence in the upcoming drama, Love Buffet, starring alongside Fahrenheit members Calvin Chen and Aaron Yan.

With Qiao Qiao busy filming Love Buffet, and Yan Yan working diligently on earning her degree, when will Sweety reunite? Anyone ready for a new album?

*All images are captured and/or scanned by DTLCT