Miss Hong Kong 1996

Okay, I didn’t watch ’97 BUT I seriously have a feeling that ’96 was the last year worth watching regarding beauty and entertainment. I know that ’98 got so many stars and all too, but it seemed that was the only thing that saved the ceremony.

Interesting and funny opening since Eric and Natalis were posing as James Bond wannabes! LOL! Actually, Eric was 097 and Natalis was some similar agent. The contestants were supposed to introduce themselves by the star/artist that others said they looked like. Lee San San was so funny, saying that she was like Eric ’cause of her performance: SUPER.

Though they used Eric and Natalis a lot as the entertainers, those two were too funny. They seemed to be so natural with their stabs at one another. It was still witty back then versus now, getting WAY overboard.

I loved this approach though I know it was another attempt for TVB to recruit talents. They were being separated into groups to either act, sing, dance, host, etc. Then they were being scored and 4 would be eliminated, lol. Man, during the singing thing, I finally feel tortured and feel everyone was really brave since only #2 and #19 could sing without making me shiver, LOL. Wow! The hosting thing was really good! Regardless, I must say they were really fast. They were so creative!

Ooohhh…break time aka more showing off with their beautiful outfits, lol. (While they await the results of course.) Following the evening gown was the swimsuits, lol. Then, of course, the elimination.

Questioning time! How fun, eh? Most of them were very creative, even if they did not know the real answer. Not disappointing at all. It was kind of sad that someone didn’t know about Bruce Lee. Even if she was from overseas, she should’ve heard about it or know some basic stuff. (After all, Bruce Lee was born in the U.S.) Natalis’ secret! LOL! He said he didn’t know it but she know? So funny.

Man…the hosts are killing me! They’re so random and yet it was just to stall for time so the scoring could be locked in. They were bringing up all the past Miss Hong Kongs with the stories. Man, they were crossing out practically everyone! LOL! In fact, they crossed out everyone. So funny! Dripping of sarcasm, aren’t they? Then they were moving into ‘praising themselves’? LOL!

Adam Cheng singing! Yay! Man, miss the guy’s songs.

So after the long rant, we get to see the results (with the contestants wearing colorful long traditional dresses). Oh, almost forgot that they needed to announce the talented Miss Hong Kong, which of course was collected by Lee San San. Talented all right. (Too bad she didn’t get too many chances to show off her skills later on. Perhaps it was the price of winning the prize.) Then it was followed by Miss Photogenic, which was also won by Lee San San.

Results (as announced): #16, #7, #2, #16, #13, #5, #1, #6, #15, #9, #19, #17 (Wait, I heard wrong? How come there are two 16? Hmmm…oh well…)

Moving on to the second part, lol.

Nice opening. Grand… They managed to get the band from the Hong Kong Royal Police to help with the opening. It was grand all right. Faye Wong was next up.

The contestants were brought out and they had to say what roles they would like to take on in the future. (CUE: ANOTHER TVB ATTEMPT TO RECRUIT TALENTS) It was still great to see and hear what the contestants had to say. Some of them were really fake, BUT the ones who said they wanted to portray obnoxious, mean, evil roles were the more honest ones, lol.

Okay, the next part was where they introduced all the four seasons and we were told that the contestants would dressed accordingly. Of course, there would be singers to lead them along. More rants from Eric and Natalis but I don’t mind. They’re probably stalling for time so the contestants could change into their spring outfits. Hacken Lee and his classic hits! Awww…who could forget “Never Change In A Lifetime”, right? (My ultimate favorite of Hacken.) What’s the next season? Summer of course! LOL! Who’s up? Harlem Yu! (I never realized it was him, okay? I wasn’t paying attention to Taiwanese entertainment back then.)

Questioning–finally, lol. They were divided into groups of three for the questionings. Creativity, fast-thinking, and witty replies. Well, at least they got to show their talents–IF they had any. (Mean, I know, but it was pretty obvious who was intelligent and who was not.) #2 was really funny, lol. Well, at least she thought of a story. OKAY, that was mean! Still making fun of Deric Wan and the whole ‘debt collecting’ thing. Lee San San was witty! LOL! Natalis kept mentioning Cecilia! (LOL) #19 wasn’t bad either. I sort of phased out of some others. LOL! NO idea. I was laughing too hard when Eric kept making fun of them to care.

Autumn! Finally! My favorite season after spring. BUT then it was too funny seeing that Eric and Natalis were shut out after they were performing for a bit, LOL. Julian Cheung (ChiLam IF you guys rather go by that name) part after that. The real performance. Since they were just teasing us with Eric and Natalis before. I’m not familiar with his songs so I won’t say much. But must complain about the dresses. The backdrop looked nice, but must they make them wear black? Or was that dark green? Oh well…

BUT I liked the winter theme though! It was too funny! Eric and Natalis still trying to hog the camera! It was so funny when they were introduced. Funny descriptions, lol. They were so sarcastic yet witty! Too bad they were sabotaged by Gallen and Gordon! Man, I love that song! (They were singing “This Winter Isn’t Too Cold” (這個冬天不太冷) by Jacky Cheung.) Eric and Natalis were still trying to sabotage Gallen and Gordon! LOL! Eric was saying how Gallen and Gordon were trying to copy Jacky, lol. What a comeback! Too bad they were cut short by Sunny’s appearance. Yup, remake of Shanghai Bund year so they had to promote it. (Typical TVB…) But it was sooo funny. (I think after Sunny’s done with all those lines, he needs a plastic bag! Honestly, they were so mushy! LOL! Poor Sunny!) Lee San San’s comment–so funny! The only one worth listening to really.

Aww…the four seasons ended already. BUT at least Edmond Leung and Andy Hui were worth looking forward to. Yay! They were so funny. And it was so cool seeing them outside (aka off stage). It was always enjoyable to see the beautiful scenery. Andy was the honest one while Edmond was the mischievous one, lol. Still cute. They were cracking me up big time. They rather be stuck on earth with the beauties than returned to their place and dealt with Eric and Natalis? Hilarious! Of course like any other year, the performance was taken onstage again.

Like usual, time to announce Miss Congeniality and then top 5. Eric was commenting on how they had to learn the art of changing clothes as well, lol. True, since they were speedy all right.

Miss Congeniality was #2. (They called it ‘Miss International Goodwill’.) Definitely a good choice since Fiona was really sweet looking and her smile said it all. Really friendly.

Top 5: #18, #1, #19, #13, #2

This was the part where they had to answer questions from the judges. (This sort of reminded me of how the Western beauty pageants are designed, especially the last part with selecting the judges to get questions.)

#1 got Mr. Wong, #13 got Adam (LOL). Eric was commenting on how Lee San San already passed without answering, LOL. (At least passing the door.)  Adam was asking about the strongest point of Hong Kong–to which Lee San San answered with the economy. #19 got Anita, lol. Tough question since it was regarding the food. #18 wasn’t bad.

Last part aka the skit they did while the final scoring was done. Leon, Carina, Alex, and others. Aww…too bad it wasn’t Tony. (I’m too obsessed, lol.) Leon was the painter, Carina was the main actress, and Alex was portraying the male lead (aka the prince). Kind of mushy so it was sore of a snore for me. But still glamorous in its own way.

Okay, finally the hectic yet exciting moment of the night! They had to stand on this one step and answered why they chose that spot–of course, it was labeled as 1-3. #1 was so confident, LOL. #2 guessed she was third, that was cool! She was right! LOL! #13 guessed she was first? Good guess! Confidence but not arrogant (unlike #1 who was in La-La Land, lol). #18 wanted to be taller than her father? Cute! LOL! #19 guessed second for her. Not too arrogant, nice. Second runner up was #2. First runner up was, of course, #18. Those two should’ve been swapped. But still all right. NOT too bad. The winner was, of course, #13! Yay! Lee San San was sooo tall. Anyway, it was so funny how Eric was teasing #1 by saying that the winner was #1, LOL! Natalis was saying how Eric got to be kidding, LOL. But Eric was saying it was 1 + 3 = 13. OKAY….not sure how that works mathematically but funny.

Great results. At least I didn’t feel robbed this year. The last good year.

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I must give the scriptwriters credit for wrapping it up quite well without feeling awkward. I also loved it that they kept Joyce’s character, San, persistent throughout and how she stuck with her principles. Yes, she did like Joe since little because he played with her and didn’t make fun of her like the other kids. However, he broke her heart that one time by using her to get back at his ex-girlfriend so she didn’t blindly ignore it afterward. It was good that she tried to maintain a friendship with both guys but finally choosing Wallace later since she realized how he took everything slowly and didn’t rush into relationships, plus how he always helped her no matter what. Moreover, he made her feel comfortable and safe when she was around him. It was good that she ignored the whole “horoscope” thing and went with Wallace instead of choosing Joe when Joe finally took her serious. Joe didn’t deserve a second chance because although he was a good person and a great friend, he was always such a player in love. No one could guarantee when one day his facade fell, what else he would do. The series wrapped up not too wrapped and got us thinking. But still nice.

One of my favorite scenes must be at San’s birthday where everyone made her dance with one of the guys (since it was her special day and she must lead them all) and she ended up choosing her junior! That was way too funny. Thought she would pick Joe because she still felt somewhat awkward with Wallace’s confession but she picked her junior so no one would feel bad (lol) and she didn’t want to give the wrong impression.

And maybe the reason why I liked this series so much was that it wasn’t too wrapped since Joe (Kevin) didn’t end up with anyone. It was a funny scene at the end that everyone had a dance partner, except him. But then he saw Wallace’s sister so they just ended up being dance partners! That was funny! (And I sort of remember how they were siblings in Life Art!)

All three of the main cast did well actually, mostly Sunny and Joyce since Kevin seemed a bit lagging–maybe because of the character. But I think he really improved in his recent series. I was mostly impressed with Joyce since she seemed so natural compared to her first series–which was a pain to watch because of her exaggeration. Now, it seemed like she got the hang of it. I’m glad to say that she pulled the majority of this series with Sunny throughout. The cases with Sunny as the psychologist were a mix of good and bad ones but I must say my most favorite one would be of Liu Kai Chi and his daughter. It was so touching that I managed a few tears to see the story unfold.

It was interesting to see Gilbert Lam keep popping up here and there within cases but still fun. I’m sorry to say that TVB rarely gives Gilbert good roles although he’s a decent actor. Oh well. His role was all right in here but not the best. My favorite must be the one in HK Criminal Files and then Crossborder Daddy.

Talking about Gilbert, I especially liked the whole family. It was a nice family and good casting of them. Nice to see that Natalie got a little story of her own too.

Posted (on Xanga): December 2, 2008

Re-posted: Monday, April 19th, 2010

Just Love II

This was surprisingly better than the first part–in my opinion. It was possibly because of how the father-in-law was no longer around. Of course, Mr. 13 was not any better with his sabotage schemes and rude behaviors but it was better for them because they could choose not to care about him. And maybe because Johnson was more tolerable than the father-in-law’s character that made me like this part more. They kept most of the characters’ personalities intact for the most part. My only complaint was Mr. 13 since I barely remembered about him being more likable. Or it could be because they needed someone to play the ruthless part after the father-in-law was out so they had to sacrifice Johnson. However, he turned out all right in the end, which was convincing enough since there were enough events leading up to that point. Although there were still traces of his smart-mouth running, that was him, he could not change that or it would not be him at all.

Like Factors:

  • Sunny Chan and Jessica Hsuan as a couple. I really liked their collaboration in the past part and could see the chemistry but was turned off at how the story was paved out because of their unreasonable behaviors at various points in the previous part. It carried over for this part also but I like how their relationship was developed into something deeper than just the usual one night stand and trying to make it work afterward for the sake of the baby.
  • Johnson Lee and Joyce Tang as a couple. It was strange at first although I could see it happening because of their characters and background. However, I was glad it worked out in the end since he curved his attitude a bit. Besides, he really cared for her so it made sense that he was capable of taking care of her and giving her the proper attention, making sure she won’t suffer in the future.
  • How the Ko family and the Ho family still treated Hei Man and Sau Sau as their daughters. It was a mistake from the hospital and it was irreversible but it was great to see how both family still accept and care for both as their own daughters despite what happened.
  • Gill Mohindepaul Singh as Ap Ba Deen. Although he only appeared bits and pieces here and there, I really enjoyed his character and performance in here. Very funny. One of the funniest scenes must be him diving into the pool to save Ho Si Fu (Hui Siu Hung) because he was instructed by Hoi Tung (Mandy Wong) to do so.
  • Mandy Wong as Ng Hoi Tung. I really like her although this was the first time watching her. Although she was a bit too materialistic at times with handbags and all, she really cared for her godfather. She was also very funny in her performance at various times. I hated those tricks with the whole one night stand and then the whole dramas afterward but I really liked this one since Mr. 13 deserved some of it too since he was always so foul-mouthed toward others. (Of course, nothing happened but he took her words for it and was so burned out by her demands later.)

Dislike Factors:

  • The ongoing thing with CK (Ken Wong) and Bowie (Natalie Tong). I don’t know. Although I was all right with their characters, the pairing seemed odd to me. Were they continuing the idea with how Bowie was into older men? But glad she matured over time and how he learned to stay away from the sticky situations.
  • The fact that everyone was DNA testing happy. Yes, it was the proof in uncovering some of the most unbelievable mistakes made by the hospital ages ago. But it was like everyone and anyone could do it. It made me feel like they abused it too much and wondered if that was how it worked over there.

Posted (on Xanga): September 3, 2009

Re-posted: Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Greatness of a Hero

Another TVB mistake in warehousing a series. But I think I could understand this time because of the possibility of the complex language used in ancient series versus the modernized language we’re all used to. This was surprisingly good from the beginning to the end–even when there were hints of frustrations from several characters.

Like Factor(s):

  • The cast. I was doubtful if it was going to work and was one of the reasons why I did not watch this when it first came out. But I was glad I did since the cast worked together really well. There were roles that you thought not possible but it was nice to see the collaboration.
  • Kent Cheng and Sonija Kwok as Dik Yan Kit and Cho Yuet. It was very strange that they were actually my favorite couple in here. Maybe because their relationship was on a more mature level than the rest of the couples in here. It was also possibly because of his age and her responsibilities for the family. However, they complemented each other really well despite the age difference. Their story was touching and memorable. At first, I thought it was the pity thing that he took her in and somehow married her later. But it was not that. There was an actual indication that when his wife passed away, she matched-made them, saying that they shouldn’t hold back and lose the opportunity. It showed they must have grown to admire each other for their personalities instead of just the whole ‘pity for her’ factor or ‘repaying his gratitude’ element.
  • The Dik’s family. I liked how they got along with one another with support and care for the majority of the series. And it was a bit unrealistic that everyone treated Cho Yuet so well but they probably wanted to portray the loyal family with the well-behaved children, plus an understanding mother-in-law who could sympathize with the daughter-in-law’s past and would not pick on Cho Yuet in unreasonable manners–although she admitted that she was hesitant of their marriage at first.
  • Sunny Chan and Bernice Liu as Sung Ting Yuk and Dik Ching Lyun. This was the second time I saw their collaboration and it was not bad at all. Liked their scenes for the most part.
  • Wayne as the villain. Okay, I usually do not like seeing my favorite actors as villains, but Wayne is an exception since it’s a good reminder that he isn’t just portraying all these silly guy roles. He was so convincing as the evil guy.

Dislike Factor(s):

  • The costumes/ hairstyles. I know they probably tried their best with the colorful outfits and the sophisticated hairstyles and trying to make everything worked, but it looked so bulky with the hairstyles that it was a bit disturbing. It made me feel sorry for those people wearing such thick hair pieces, especially the female cast in here.

Anyway, it was a good series overall. It was not the best but because it wasn’t trying to be cheesy that made it more likable on different levels.

*The funniest thing was I was watching it about the same time as The Threshold of a Persona so I was thinking ‘same cast’ and it added to the craziness of watching both of that and A Great Way to Care at the same time.

Posted: August 8, 2009

Re-posted: Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The Winter Melon Tale

At times when you’re watching this, you have a feeling why you still watch it. It’s funny and not because of the plot either. I agree that there are good things coming out of it, but somehow it’s just too random on some level. Or it’s just me. People tend to associate this one with Ten Brothers and I think Ten Brother‘s plot is slightly better in a sense with an actual plot. And interestingly it’s about the same cast.

The Like(s):
  • Sunny Chan and Louisa So as Tin Tai Kwai and Chung Pik Yuk. After watching Phoenix Rising, it was a bit funny to see these two together as a couple because of the other plot and their roles in there. However, I thought their chemistry is not bad at all.
  • Liu Kai Chi and Sunny Chan as brothers. It’s not much to say since Liu Kai Chi’s character as the brother is really selfish, etc. But I like the bonding between the two with Liu Kai Chi as Fan Tung more (of course).
  • Ellesmere Choi and Yvonne Ho. NOOOO. I do not like the context of the story. But I thought it was funny seeing them together again after Last One Standing. I thought her portrayal is better in here since the pressure of being Kevin’s sister in the other one was probably too much, causing nervousness, etc.
  • Nancy Wu as Fok Sze Sze. I don’t know but I found it extremely strange that she looks so nice in those demon/fairy characters than the usual roles. Or maybe those characters are more interesting.
  • Chun Wong as Chung Yuen Si. Every time the others call him ‘Mom’, I end up laughing. It’s just too funny. Must have run out of older cast? Or was it for the emphasis of the comedy? But still admit he’s cool to take on this type of role, trying it out for the sake of the story.
  • The ending. I rarely like these types of endings but for the sake of the comedy, it was funny. I meant like Fan Tung thought he would finally reunited with his ‘fairy’ but then who knew that Sunny’s character, Tai Kwai, is also one of the gods?

The Dislike(s):

  • The ridiculous humor. Seriously, I know they were trying to be funny, but I could not laugh at the jokes in here sometimes. More like laughing at them for being pathetic.
  • The outcome of Mimi’s character, Seung Kun Yun Yee. It was so rushed and all that I don’t know if she liked the other guy or not. They got along fine. But I felt a bit turn off that she chose beauty. I guess it might be more realistic with this ending since she has been suffering all her life with being called ‘ugly’ but somehow I feel that it was a bit unfair for the other dude. Although their relationship could develop into something deeper later. I guess it might be better than having her end up with Jack’s character, Chung Yiu Cho, since he’s WAY too unreasonable at times, blaming her for stuff she didn’t do.

Would I recommend it? Um…if you want to watch something light and laugh about the nonsense in it, you might want to consider. (Of course, there are serious moments but it’s still scattered all over the place.)

Posted (on Xanga): May 9, 2009

Re-posted: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010