Listen With Your Heart by Van Fan

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Song Title: Listen With Your Heart (用心聽)

Music by: Chen Zhi Yuan (陳志遠)

Lyrics by: Xie Feng Xian (謝楓嫻)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Dark Azure = Pin Yin
Dark Magenta = English
Royal Blue  = Vietnamese

落葉深藍色
luo ye shen lan se
The fallen leaves are deep blue
Những chiếc lá rơi xuống là màu xanh thắm 
因為它很憂鬱
yin wei ta hen you yu
Because it’s depressed
Vì nó đang chán nản 
而天空隨著風變了顏色
er tian kong sui zhe feng bian le yan se
And the sky turned its color along with the wind
Và trời đã đổi màu cùng với gió
妳說的自然
ni shuo de zi ran
Your words were so natural
Lời nói của em rất là tự nhiên
我聽的悲傷
wo ting de bei shang
I listened with sorrow
Tôi lắng nghe với nỗi bi thương
想想你的世界盡是無邊的黑暗
xiang xiang ni de shi jie jin shi wu bian de hei an
Thinking that your utmost world consisted of endless darkness
Nghĩ rằng tận cùng thế giới của em chứa đựng bóng tối vô hạn

什麼是真的
shen me shi zhen de
What is the truth?
Cá gì mới là sự thật?
妳比誰都清晰
ni bi shui dou qing xie
Comparing to others, you’re the clearest
So với người khác, em là rõ ràng nhứt
是因為聲音洩漏了天機
shi yin wei sheng yin xie lou le tian ji
It’s because your voice has unveiled the mysteries of heaven
Bởi vì thanh âm của em đã tiết lộ những thiên cơ
忍不住好奇窺探妳的心底
ren bu zhu hao qi kui tan ni de xin di
Unable to sustain my curiosity from peering through your heart
Không thể nào kìm được sự hiếu kỳ mà đã ngó thấu tận tim em 
由不得漸漸愛上妳
you bu de jian jian ai shang ni
Can’t help but fall in love with you gradually
Không tự chủ được vì đã dần dần yêu em

我該怎麼愛妳
wo gai zen me ai ni
How should I love you?
Anh làm sao để mà yêu em?
不願妳摸索而去
bu yuan ni mo suo er qu
By not willing to let you walk away slowly
Bằng cách không cam nguyện để em từ từ bỏ ra đi
妳卻把委屈隱藏的
ni que ba wei qu yin cang de
Yet you’ve contained your grief, concealing it
Nhưng em đã kìm lại nỗi đau, chôn dấu nó
不留點痕跡
bu liu dian hen ji
By not leaving behind any mark
Bằng cách không để lại một dấu vết

我該怎麼愛妳
wo gai zen me ai ni
How should I love you?
Anh làm sao để mà yêu em?
我沉默且小心翼翼
wo chen mo qie xiao xin yi yi
I do it silently and cautiously
Anh làm trong âm thầm và thận trọng
只希望妳能傾聽
zhi xi wang ni neng qing ting
Just hoping that you could listen attentively
Chỉ mong rằng em có thể chăm chú lắng nghe
感覺我溫柔又不掩飾的心
gan jue wo wen rou you bu yan shi de xin
Feeling my warmness and unconcealed heart
Cảm nhận được trái tim ấm áp, không che đậy của anh

(music)

什麼是真的
shen me shi zhen de
What is the truth?
Cá gì mới là sự thật?
妳比誰都清晰
ni bi shui dou qing xie
Comparing to others, you’re the clearest
So với người khác, em là rõ ràng nhứt
是因為聲音洩漏了天機
shi yin wei sheng yin xie lou le tian ji
It’s because your voice has unveiled the mysteries of heaven
Bởi vì thanh âm của em đã tiết lộ những thiên cơ
忍不住好奇窺探妳的心底
ren bu zhu hao qi kui tan ni de xin di
Unable to sustain my curiosity from peering through your heart
Không thể nào kìm được sự hiếu kỳ mà đã ngó thấu tận tim em 
由不得漸漸愛上妳
you bu de jian jian ai shang ni
Can’t help but fall in love with you gradually
Không tự chủ được vì đã dần dần yêu em

我該怎麼愛妳
wo gai zen me ai ni
How should I love you?
Anh làm sao để mà yêu em?
不願妳摸索而去
bu yuan ni mo suo er qu
By not willing to let you walk away slowly
Bằng cách không cam nguyện để em từ từ bỏ ra đi
妳卻把委屈隱藏的
ni que ba wei qu yin cang de
Yet you’ve contained your grief, concealing it
Nhưng em đã kìm lại nỗi đau, chôn dấu nó
不留點痕跡
bu liu dian hen ji
By not leaving behind any mark
Bằng cách không để lại một dấu vết

我該怎麼愛妳
wo gai zen me ai ni
How should I love you?
Anh làm sao để mà yêu em?
我沉默且小心翼翼
wo chen mo qie xiao xin yi yi
I do it silently and cautiously
Anh làm trong âm thầm và thận trọng
只希望妳能傾聽
zhi xi wang ni neng qing ting
Just hoping that you could listen attentively
Chỉ mong rằng em có thể chăm chú lắng nghe
感覺我溫柔又不掩飾的心
gan jue wo wen rou you bu yan shi de xin
Feeling my warmness and unconcealed heart
Cảm nhận được trái tim ấm áp, không che đậy của anh

該怎麼愛你
gai zen me ai ni
How should you be loved?
Làm sao để mà yêu em?
不願妳摸索而去
bu yuan ni mo suo er qu
By not willing to let you walk away slowly
Bằng cách không cam nguyện để em từ từ bỏ ra đi
妳卻把委屈隱藏的
ni que ba wei qu yin cang de
Yet you’ve contained your grief, concealing it
Nhưng em đã kìm lại nỗi đau, chôn dấu nó
不留點痕跡
bu liu dian hen ji
By not leaving behind any mark
Bằng cách không để lại một dấu vết

我愛妳 沉默且小心翼翼
wo ai ni   chen mo qie xiao xin yi yi
I love you silently and cautiously
Anh yêu em trong âm thầm và thận trọng
只希望妳能傾聽
zhi xi wang ni neng qing ting
Just hoping that you could listen attentively
Chỉ mong rằng em có thể chăm chú lắng nghe
感覺我溫柔又不掩飾的心
gan jue wo wen rou you bu yan shi de xin
Feeling my warmness and unconcealed heart
Cảm nhận được trái tim ấm áp, không che đậy của anh

用心聽 我溫柔
yong xin ting   wo wen rou
Use your heart to listen to my warmness
Hãy dùng trái tim của em mà lắng nghe sự ấm áp
又不掩飾的心
you bu yan shi de xin
And unconcealed heart
Và không che đậy của anh

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Priceless Moments On The Set: Part I

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This scene was considered one of their cutest scenes together from Sound of Colors. Yet there was an interesting story behind it. Years ago, I read this article (which the link is already lost), but I’ll try my best. Anyway, it was about this scene. When they filmed that scene, Wallace thought that Ruby was crazy, because of her actions during the filming. However, it was later revealed by Ruby that she was afraid of heights and some of the rides they went on for the date in the scenes were sure wild. She tried her best to make it joyous and fun for the sake of the scenes. But, still scared, she clung onto Wallace’s hand so hard that he thought she was out of her mind. When Ruby finally revealed that little detail regarding her fear, it made Wallace understood more about Ruby and disregarded the psycho theory. (Or so I hope, lol.) Anyhow, this made me respect Ruby even more for her professionalism.

Celebs Friendship Moments: Wallace and Van

I meant to do this saga for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it until now. But first off, I want to share regarding Wallace and Van. I never realized how close they are, but I have always associated them together because of Sound of Colors. Some might be confused by now. But if you haven’t forgotten, Van sang the ending theme “Listen With Your Heart” for Sound of Colors.

I could only find the photo above as one of the times they’d promoted Sound of Colors together. To me, they were the perfect team–for cast and singer for the soundtrack. (That, of course, also meant Ruby.)

Interestingly, what also linked them together for me was how Van and Tammy used to star together in this drama called The Success Story of a Formosa Girl (寶島少女成功記). If it wasn’t for the failed collaboration between Wallace and Tammy years back, then there would be another interesting link between them all.

And of course, the link between Wallace and Tammy was when they collaborated together in World’s Finest but wasn’t romantically linked. Although they got along quite well on set, considering how they were both from Taiwan.

Yet have no fear, because I had already placed them all in a story I’m currently working on. Although the story seemed kind of controversial on some levels, I was experimenting so it wouldn’t be just another typical soap.

So until next time for another random post about some celeb friendships.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

Mainland China TV Series Worth Watching

Okay, here’s the 3rd list as promised. (Although I sure take my precious time, lol.)

Ancient:

Journey to the West I & II (1986 & 1999) – This is what I call classic. Though Season 2 had some variations but still retained a sense of cleverness from within.

Li Wei’s Resignation – Surprisingly good. I didn’t realize it was that good either. I meant okay, it got random at times too, but it didn’t fall short of quality. The mystery and constant humor kept it going. Not to mention the witty battle between Li Wei and the king.

The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2013 – Yeah, I couldn’t help putting this in after finishing it. Seriously, it was a surprise for me–as mentioned in the review. But I just had to make an exception because how they did it, which made sense to me more.

The Story of a Woodcutter and his Fox Wife – So unexpected and surprisingly good. I didn’t realize I would become so addicted to it from the start. It was a lovable folktale and a mix of humor here and there. There were frustrating moments but it wasn’t as unbearable as it seemed. Qiao Zhen Yu and Song Jia Ling were so cute and lovable.

Water Margin 1998 – I haven’t watched the new version yet so I can’t comment, but this was pretty good. So awesome with the cast and the plot unfolding. They managed to keep most of the stories intact. Though sometimes you felt there were ‘miscast’ here or there regarding ages, but because they were sticking around until later so it wasn’t too bad.

Pre-Modern:

Detective Tang Lang – It was surprisingly good. Usually, trailers are misleading since those only show exciting parts, but this one was consistent throughout. The suspense and witty humor were what kept the series going. The cast was also likable, at least to me. IF you like detective and action dramas, this might be it.

Modern:

A Chance of Sunshine – Major skipping around but the ending result was good. Not to mention the Lu Yi and Alyssa chemistry was really addicting to watch so it was worth the wait in a way.

Sound of Colors – Soapy and it has its faults with draggy moments and bloopers but it was good overall. And if you don’t mind sad endings.

NOTE: This post will be updated from time to time. Therefore, it will be included in the ‘Helpful + Fun Posts’ section to make it easier to locate–IF anyone’s interested in following. Also, keep in mind that I back-watch from time to time, some might NOT be on the list yet. Others, call it a difference of opinions–IF I didn’t put it on there.

All About Wallace Huo

So I decided to start some kind of saga to share the things I love and hate about my favorites. Who’s the first one on the plate? Who else but Mr. Huo, right? But before I get started, DO REMEMBER that these are my personal likes and dislikes SO if you don’t agree with me, IT’S OKAY. I’m just sharing, NOT forcing anyone to agree with me.

HIS ROLES:

Best Character EVER: Tang Lang (from Detective Tang Lang), intelligent and hilarious. NOT completely perfect but super righteous at times. Also, his kick-ass martial arts in here.

2ND Best Character EVER: Lu Yun Xiang (from Sound of Colors), OMG, he’s an artist! Super hot-headed character at times, but he’s so sweet and cute at other times.

Favorite Swordsman Character: Gui Hai Yi Dao (from Tian Xia Di Yi). (I would’ve put “Ling Hu Chong” BUT thanks to YZ, I can’t anymore, because I can’t ignore the fact that his character got ruined really badly in there.) So anyway, this was the character that brought me into being one of his fans. He really convinced me in here and come on now, his martial arts skills really ruled too! (Did he do the stunts himself back then? At least some of it?)

Devilishly Witty Character: Xing Wang (from Westside Story), a genius and bordering on the side of a nerd, but was also quite awesome with various talents.

Most Hateful Character (in my book): Li Wei Xiang (from 100% Senorita), NOT because of the other girl, but I hated the fact that he was portraying a supposedly intelligent lawyer and supposedly a very understanding boyfriend YET he was more than stupid could describe. Like how he didn’t forgive his ‘godfather’ until he needed the old man for a favor near the end to help his girlfriend. Then there was the whole thing with claiming to be supportive and understanding toward his girlfriend, he acted super annoying with kept confronting her and forcing her to see how ‘hurt’ he was YET didn’t think to investigate into her strange behaviors for some ‘side’ story. It could also be the stupid plot’s fault with affecting his poor character development BUT still, I didn’t like it one bit though I felt Wallace did a really good job with portraying such an annoying role when he was still struggling between roles and trying to make it happen during the beginning of his career.

Annoying YET Can’t Hate Character: Li Ya Shou (from Wu Shi Lang). I don’t know. I couldn’t explain why I didn’t hate him. Well, partially it was Wallace and how hilarious his character was at times that I couldn’t blame him for being up to no good with his ‘getting rich’ schemes. Perhaps, it was also the fact that he knew his father died from hunger that he got so freaked out with the whole landing into the same fate as his father so I was sort of sympathizing him on that front too. And Wallace’s haunting eyes at times when he looked after Shi Lang that made it sooo hard to hate him. (Besides, I don’t really like those insanely ‘good’ characters nowadays. It’s just too flaky.)

HIS DRAMAS:

Best Drama Ever: Detective Tang Lang, just because I’m a fan of detective/police stuff and action/martial arts stuff as well. It’s a mixture of both and Wallace so kicked ass in here with his moves. The cases were quite interesting and the pace was fast enough. Plus most of the characters made it lively most of the time and hilarious during others. This drama wasn’t flawless but I seriously felt it was one of Wallace’s best choices BECAUSE though at times he picked good roles BUT failed to pay attention to the plot that made it SUPER hard for some people to watch. (I seriously am not that ‘obsessed’ yet obviously to go through every single one of his series.)

Most Touching Drama: Sound of Colors. Okay, I think some of the others were quite touching as well, but I felt this one with how it made me cry more than usual, even during re-watches, deserved the spot the most. Jimmy Liao’s adapted story, wasn’t perfect and I could detect all the goofs throughout. Yet the overall story was quite good and touching. The ending was worth a box of tissues already. But I didn’t hate it. Sure, I felt bitter after watching the ending for the first time and it stuck with me for several days (or more). Then I became more accepting of it and even felt in a way, it was meaningful. Perhaps, it was somewhat paving its way and dropping hints with how things would eventually come to that point (aka making sense), so I was able to accept it better as well.

Worst Drama Ever: 100% Senorita. NOT just because I hated his character, but I felt so robbed with how it was supposed to be a revenge plot. Then it got side-track AND got so draggy that I ended up hating almost all the characters in there. Then only the last ten episodes seemed to be worth watching. (Or so I thought.) And the fact that Deric Wan was part of it puzzled me even more since he could DO WAY BETTER than got stuck with this stupid stuff.

TOO BAD: Xiao Ao Jiang Hu, seriously, I think it’s too obvious. It’s one disastrous, nerve-racking journey from the start. It’s a train-wreck that most of us should see it coming YET refuse to believe BECAUSE some of us actually believe in Mr. Huo’s judgment and how he would be able to control more factors coming into this drama–with his going somewhere and reading the script and studying it to death with other information before taking the role. YET he got conned as well with the script changes. AND of course it’s NOT something new that scripts get change in the industry, sometimes it happens the night before even. BUT the fact that he barely could do anything about it was so frustrating. He wanted more of the ‘martial arts’ side and less ‘romance’ side (like how a typical wuxia should be) YET he couldn’t fight too much with the rest of the production team and make it ‘difficult’ for them. (OR so I heard. I also heard two of them were women so he couldn’t ‘bully’ them too much.) He only won over some of the fighting scenes with Howie Huang (aka he was able to suggest certain scenes and that was it). After what happened though, the next time I see Mr. Huo caving in and agreeing to some YZ production again, HE’S ON HIS OWN. (People say you could only fall for something one time AND the next time it’s your fault, so that’s that for me. I won’t abandon him BUT just won’t watch it if he’s going to fall for YZ’s trap again.) AND what else? Um…the fact that Wallace criticized Taiwanese soaps for keep having the same formulas (and I agreed with him when he listed all the repetitive formulas during that one interview) YET accepted and went through with YZ’s schemes? WOW! Being in YZ’s production is actually worse than starring in a Taiwanese soap, I’m telling you. At least most of the TW soaps make sense with some twists–even if it could be frustrating.

HIS CO-STARS:

Favorite Female Co-Star: Ruby Lin. YES, unlike some of the fans of his who are like attacking her, she’s actually my favorite among all his co-stars. And I felt they were actually quite cute together. If only they would work together again and there would be a happy ending at last! (How many times do the guy have to die for her, really? LOL…) UPDATE: They got together and got married in 2016 already so that was happy news for me. I’ll take whatever I can get. (LOL!) (Go here and here for more coverage relating to their relationship.)

2nd Favorite Female Co-Star: Alina Zhang. Words have it that they’re more like ‘sisters’ in real life OR something like that. But I really enjoyed their chemistry in Detective Tang Lang. They didn’t click for me at first yet in the later parts, it got to me with how funny they were with the constant arguments and many more.

3rd Favorite Female Co-Star: Mariam Yeung. How can I not like it that she got him out of his shell after their collaboration? It was so cool that they were getting along so well afterward and she even invited him to co-star again in one of her MVs. Aside from that, I thought they were quite funny in WSL together.

Favorite 2nd Female Lead Pairing: Yvonne Yao. To be honest, I have to skip around to watch his and Yvonne’s scenes only when I was watching since I couldn’t stand the main story when I was reading the spoilers. That was too bad that she would only be ‘second’ in his heart. I didn’t see the big deal with the main girl. One of the rare times when I actually get quite bitter with the main characters. And when I say the ‘main girl’, I meant the character AND not the actress so don’t misunderstand. Maybe one day I will watch it the right way with how the plot go and get it. But as of now, NOT happening.

Favorite Male Co-Star: Wei Qian Xiang. OMG, they were a hilarious team in Detective Tang Lang. Both were so crazy at times yet didn’t fail to impress.

Most Pitiful Co-Star: Yuan Shan Shan. Seriously, people might not like her. But I felt she was sooooo robbed with her scenes being stolen when she was the ‘main lead’ AND then bashed to high Heaven. Then what else? Her character got reduced to some silly girl instead of the supposedly awesome, witty character I was looking forward to. (Like seriously, I thought I could trust people when they say she’s one of YZ’s favorites! Never know she got sacrificed and got thrown ‘invisible rocks’ at while YZ stood laughing and shaking his head.) I’m not saying YSS is a great actress OR trying to convince anyone to like her, I just felt soooo sorry for her with what happened. (People might also be saying she’s a grown-up and could take care of herself and who cares, etc. But for me personally, I couldn’t hold it in anymore. It’s just ridiculous.) AND I seriously don’t care about those who are telling the rest of us who read the novel to “shut up” because we actually took the time to read the novel. AND without the freaking novel, it would be just another stupid soap. AND most importantly, Ren Ying Ying IS actually my favorite Jin Yong female protagonist ever so of course I’m pissed off. (SO YZ wasn’t the first one who created the ‘soap’ with twisting some characters within XAJH since I felt XAJH had always been the most butchered novel ever regardless of adaptations. It’s still such a shame that people have the resources to make this the best BUT didn’t?)

Compensation Paring: Penny Lin. I felt robbed from the stupid 100% Senorita drama. They had great chemistry and I could see the sparks BUT I hated how the plot was and his stupid character in there. I wish they could work on another project together and with an ideal plot. (Update – 12/30/22: The ideal plot was At the Dolphin Bay BUT SETTV messed up and made the wrong call regarding his pairing.)

Missed Chance Pairing: Tammy Chen. Honestly, I felt soooo disappointed that they didn’t get to star in Lucky Days together.

Didn’t Happen Pairing: Angela Chang. Okay, I admit, I was skimming too with some scenes when I was checking on At the Dolphin Bay. I might one day go back to properly watch it. But I really like this pairing too. Too bad. (Update – 12/30/22: I finally watched At the Dolphin Bay properly and understood why it had to be that way regarding Ambrose and Angela, but I still don’t support his paring in there. It was just too rushed.)

Could Have Been the Ideal NEW “Ling Hu Chong and Ren Ying Ying” Team: Cecilia Han Xue. Okay, I heard they don’t get along in real life? (Where was that rumor from or was it real?) But seriously, it was interesting that they were cast as Ling Hu Chong and Ren Ying Ying but from different production teams. Too bad the other side got snubbed. YET I swear I could enjoy it with this second collaboration. With some alterations here and there to compromise, I felt the other side did a better job creating the wardrobe for Ren Ying Ying. Even if she had to wear pink and white (for one of her outfits), I felt it projected the whole “thánh cô” (聖姑) vibe better.

AS A SINGER:

Favorite Song: “Fragments”, because it hit so hard. Yes, that song was relatable in so many ways.

Favorite Theme Song:

Bottom line? He needs to bring out another album. (And possibly sing a song or two with Angela Chang, lol.)

REAL LIFE:

Veteran Actors:

Liu Kai Chi. There was this one article I read with how he was talking about Liu Kai Chi as his mentor at one point of their collaboration and the way he described it, it seemed he really respected LKC.

Kent Cheng. Wallace recently visited Kent while both were in Hengdian filming, and then later when Kent was on break, he returned the favor as well. It was cool to see how Kent was posting it up on Weibo and they seemed to be getting along fine.

*Will be updated as I catch up like INSANE with all his “works” (EXCEPT for anything YZ related since I swore off YZ dramas after Tian Di Bu Rong BUT had to make an exception for XAJH because of Mr. Huo. Now? I’m really out!)

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A Chance of Sunshine

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It was an average series overall. That was to say the lightest about the whole thing. It seemed a bit draggy because of some repetitive scenes and its many flashbacks. The soundtrack was awesome so no complaints there but the plot could improve more. I think putting in the “third wheel” character in here defeated the whole purpose of the series. They had the whole thing about the parents’ past and their current conflict already. No need for such a nuisance and more ruptures toward the whole situation to make things worse for Le Ping and Shi Tao.

I thought the most dragged out part was how ridiculous it was to make them not meeting each other for like the majority of the series. I mean we, as the audience, got the concept that because of their different habits and lifestyles that they failed to meet up but it got so dragged out later on that it defeated the whole purpose of it, making it ridiculous. For example, there was a scene where they were practically bumping into each other aka walking like right next to each other or racing past each other but failed to notice. I was talking about after they met and exchanged numbers at the park–not the beginning because the parts before their real meeting scene were just setting the story up and letting us know the characters more. That part was relevant, but after they knew each other, it was ridiculous not to notice that they were nearby. If you find people, wouldn’t you look in all directions? It was a common sense even if your typical habit wasn’t like that.

The “third wheel” scheming girl was WAY too annoying and it seemed quite lenient to let her off so easily at the end of the series. But lucky she didn’t end up with anyone or it would be WAY too forced. Still, it was a shame that she wasn’t exposed later on either. Even after they both knew she was behind some stuff but after that? She was still at it.

Aside from those two things that made it WAY annoying at times, there were lots of other like factors about this series in general, such as:

  • Their ongoing bickering at the beginning when they were beyond annoyed with each other’s loudness. It was way too funny since when they met for real, they got along so well. Then the horn became their little inside joke later to communicate with each other. Also, the cat became their little messenger.
  • The chemistry and collaboration between Lu Yi and Alyssa Chia: I must admit that I really liked them together–sometimes even more than Vincent and Alyssa. They really hit it off in here with their interactions. It really made me believe they were really together.
  • The family of both sides. Although there were moments where it seemed annoying or might be frustrating with the parents but later on, they seemed to realize the importance of happiness over money and let the kids be that way–and not repeat their past mistakes.
  • The soundtrack. As mentioned many times before, the soundtrack was really nice. Like every song–except for maybe one. It really made the series flow better than just seeing repeated flashbacks. It made it less painful since flashbacks were all right once in a while but every ten minutes was sort of annoying. So the songs really made it happen for the majority of the drama.
  • Ambrose Hsu as a guest star. It was really fun to see him try to court Le Ping and he was a real gentleman about it too. Not to mention it burst the other girl’s bubble because she thought she was all that, always up to something. Great to see Ambrose play such a clever character and a talented guy as well. Great performance near the end with him and Lu Yi.

I think I actually feel somewhat disappointed that Qiao Zhen Yu’s character shall leave just like that–with people still misunderstanding him and the others never know that he was the one who helped Shi Tao’s sister when she came back to the hospital that one time. I really like Qiao Zhen Yu in here but too bad that he only appeared somewhat at the beginning of the drama. It would have been fun to see him still around and maybe find his own happiness later. Things can’t be too gift-wrapped, right? But still a shame.

Overall, if it wasn’t for some really annoying flaws–somewhat unforgivable–it would have been perfect. I think comparing with Jimmy Liao’s other story turned TV series, Sound of Colors with Wallace Huo and Ruby Lin did better, considering how Sound of Colors was shorter in length and even though it was really tragic, we know why it should be that way and the flow was much more fast pace. I rather deal with Yun Xiang’s step-mother than this annoying, scheming girl in here. But maybe ’cause of Lu Yi, Alyssa, Qiao Zhen Yu, and Ambrose–AND the soundtrack–that made this all worthwhile throughout.

Posted (on Xanga): December 22nd, 2008

Re-posted: Tuesday, April 9th, 2010

Memorable Sad Endings


Not everyone likes sad endings because it would defeat the purpose of them wanting to see their favorite on-screen couple ending up together. Not to mention no one dies in fairy tales, right? Everyone wants to see a happy ever after ending or if there are conflicts, they would be resolved in the end, allowing a satisfying ending, right? I was one of those people once upon a time but I’ve become accepting of those endings over the years, having been more in touch with reality. I don’t have to like it but I’ve become more understanding of the creators’ intention.

As I was listening to Van Fan’s “Listen With Your Heart” once again for the umpteenth time on my mp3 player, I once again recall of the final scenes from Sound of Colors when Wallace’s character, Yun Xiang, died in the hospital after seeing Ruby’s character, Jing Jing, for the last time. Being a Wallace fan, I must admit I did not want that kind of ending. Though I’ve known of it beforehand from various articles of it during the filming process, I was still hopeful of the ending. I wished for some incident like the script-writers changing the details of it to give us viewers a more favorable outcome. In the end, it was like the news had reported it as. I was disappointed for a while. However, I come to accept it more after several days. I also gave it a good thought of how the whole story was crafted and how the events had led to such an ending. In the end, it has become one of my favorite endings ever–even if it was really sad and tragic.

Perhaps a big clue of the ending was how Yun Xiang had tried to stop the doctors from taking his mother’s eyes for Jing Jing when his mother died. He was only a kid and knew only to protect his mother from being touched by others after her death. However, it was a big hint after they’ve met again and how he became aware of the incident that took place years ago. It was a twist of fate–as the writers crafted the story. It was also a whole new journey he was going on as he entered Jing Jing’s world. She was a blind girl yet she was still optimistic about life, learning to be independent and having a job to support herself–though unnecessary since she has an older protective sister, Ming Ming (Hao Lei), who was willing to take care of her no matter what. Jing Jing’s optimistic nature has affected Yun Xiang, making him see the better of life and to let go of his past, forgiving people who could possibly hurt him–accidentally or on purpose. Maybe Jing Jing was an angel sent to him to open his eyes up and see the better of this world–though she was the one who did not have a sight of her own.

To get back to the scenes leading to the ending, I must confess that I cried the whole time during the last few scenes of the drama. It was that sad. Jing Jing never knew about Yun Xiang’s disease–even during the time that he had to go into surgery. It was only to the very last minute that they knew Yun Xiang won’t make it that Ming Ming, Fan Yang (Huang Meng)–aka Ming Ming’s boyfriend and Yun Xiang’s step-brother–and the others decided to tell Jing Jing. It was her last chance of seeing him. Jing Jing received the call while she was at the radio station. She was beyond shocked upon hearing the news from her voicemail, dropped her cell phone and rushed outside–though she could not see or know of which direction she should have taken. She only knew that she must go to Yun Xiang’s side. Fan Yang arrived on time and drove her to the hospital. As soon as she stepped out of the car, she took a tumble since she was beyond herself at that point. Allowing herself to be led by Fan Yang, they finally made it to the waiting area where the others were waiting for news of Yun Xiang.

A touching scene unfolded as soon as Ming Ming rushed to Jing Jing’s side, trying to calm her down. Jing Jing lashed out and asked why the others did not tell her until Yun Xiang was almost dead. She was furious, hating the others for not telling her earlier. However, she did not mean that but it was because she wished she knew before. Being the one in the dark (no pun intended) was not a good feeling. I think that part was one of Ruby’s most emotional scenes in portraying Jing Jing and this role had allowed her to act out various emotions, showing her capabilities and proving to others that she was not just a pretty face who was trying too hard to be cute.

Anyway, a doctor finally stepped out and told them of the condition. After he left, Jing Jing rushed into Yun Xiang’s room (since she probably heard where he was stepping out from) and tripped on a chair since she did not know of its existence. Ming Ming helped Jing Jing up and guided her over to the bed where Yun Xiang was laying–with tubes in him. He was still unconscious but was soon awoken by her heart-breaking words, asking why he did not tell her, not allowing her to face the obstacles with him. Yun Xiang, who was quite weak by now, was only able to summon whatever was left of his energy to trace out the words on her hand, apologizing for his actions. She tearfully told him that she did not want his apologies and only wanted him to be well and be with her. The final words breaking through everyone’s heart who was present were: “Why is Heaven so unfair? I’m already blind and now I’m losing you as well.”

The fact that Van Fan’s “Listen With Your Heart” was playing the whole time while the scenes were unfolding was not helping much either. It made it hard not to shed a few tears for what was happening.

The last request that Yun Xiang had was for Jing Jing to be able to see this world with her own eyes as to how he’d seen it in the first place–maybe even more. Of course, that meant that he was giving up his eyes to her, which made sense of his last words to her: “I will never leave you. I’ll always be by your side.” The others were not aware of his wish either until Fan Yang found out from their father (his step-father and Yun Xiang’s father) of Yun Xiang’s plan–having already prepared a signed paper saying that he will donate his eyes to Jing Jing if anything were to happen to him. Of course, Jing Jing did not accept with the current state she was in, stating that there was no need to see this world anymore since she already lost Yun Xiang. Another set of touching words came out from Jing Jing–though it might be from her unwilling to let go of Yun Xiang: “Heaven could take away my light, my happiness, and even my future. But don’t tell me to take away Yun Xiang’s eyes. If you guys love me, please love my Yun Xiang as well. Don’t be so cruel to us.”

It was not until one of Yun Xiang’s good friends brought out a present from Yun Xiang, saying that Yun Xiang wanted Jing Jing to see its contents that she finally agreed because it would fulfill Yun Xiang’s last wish.

The scene skipped to the part where Jing Jing was watching the clip Yun Xiang had prepared while he was still alive for her. Her operation had been successful, allowing her to finally see the person she loved so much and also allowing her to see the world. There was also the painting that he had created for her with them standing next to each other, waiting for the sun to rise and watching the rainbow overhead. It was also a sign that he will always watch over her.

Jing Jing came back to work at the radio station after two months of recovering from the operation and having explored the world around her to which she had missed most of her life. She finally accepted what happened and encouraged her listeners to cherish what they have around them because what one has at the moment might not be there forever. An inspirational message sent through the airwaves while we see the last scenes of the drama unfolding with everyone moving on with their lives. Ming Ming and Fan Yang were preparing for their wedding while Yun Xiang’s two best friends got together. Chen Gao and Tan Li Na (Jing Jing’s colleagues) were seen happily together as well with Chen Gao’s daughter like one family. Perhaps, the other person suffering the most–among them all–was Yun Xiang’s father since he was still seen as mourning after his son’s death. The song “In Your Eyes” sang by Rebecca Hsu guided the final scenes of the drama and helped it closed on a memorable note.

Final thoughts? It was memorable without trying to be like some other dramas. It was a success though it was not perfect. Maybe that was what made it nice in the first place.

*The first three images were collected from various places around the net, therefore, belonging to their rightful owner. The rest were captured by DTLCT.