Golden Bell Awards 2013: Winners

I know, I know. I’m way late with posting up results. But I had to wait until I actually have time or try to squeeze in some watching here and there before I could post this up–instead of just copying and pasting stuff from other sites. Anyway, those of you who have watched or read news know who won. (Go here to read about more exciting updates from the pros! LOL!) Again, like last year, I’m posting results by the order it was announced (except for variety shows, etc).

Best Film Editing – Presenters: Megan Lai and Leroy Yang:
Chen Zhen Guo (陳振國) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)
Gao Ming Sheng (高鳴晟) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Huang Guan Jun (黃冠鈞) – Record Standpoint – A Rolling Stone (紀錄觀點—築巢人)
Wen Ming Long (溫明龍) – Home (回家)
Fan Qiu Yan (潘秋燕) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)

Best Cinematography – Presenters: Megan Lai and Leroy Yang:
Li Xue Zhu (李學主) – Discovery – Dajia River (DaAi TV)
Lin Jun Yang (林君陽) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Fu Shi Ying (傅士英) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Liao Jing Yao (廖敬堯) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Liu Zhi Yi (劉志益) – MTV Taiwan Documentary (MIT台灣誌)

Best Marketing Program – Presenters: Megan Lai and Leroy Yang:
Two Fathers (2個爸爸) (SETTV)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
KO One Return (終極一班2) (GTV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Na Dou (納豆) and Selina Ren:
Mariko Okubo (大久保麻梨子) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
Debbie Yao (姚黛瑋) – Sweet Recipe of Happiness (幸福蜜方) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Lu Yi Ching (陸弈靜) – Radiance of Heng Sheng (光明恆生) (DaAi TV)
Huang Cai Yi (黃采儀) – Life Is Shit (臺北八個人) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Tan Ai Zhen (譚艾珍) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)

Best Lighting:
Wu Ming De (吳明德) – National Treasure In Focus (對焦國寶) (PTS)
Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)
Zhuang Hong Yu (莊弘裕) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂)
Cheng Wei Zhong (程韋中) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Zhong Qiong Ting (鍾瓊婷) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Sound Editing:
Wu Jia Li, Lin Chuan Zhi, Jian Shu Huan, and Huang Shan Liang (吳嘉莉、林傳智、簡淑歡、許勝雄、荒山亮) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Chen An Ru, Yu Zheng Xian, and Zhang Rong Yi (陳安如、余政憲、張榮倚) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Huang Nian Yong, Zheng Wei Zhi, and Zhang Rong Yi (黃年永、鄭維芝、張榮倚) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Yang Yi Xuan, Shen Sheng De, and Xu Yi Hong (楊以瑄、沈聖德、許一鴻) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Deng Mao Zi, Gao You Feng, Suo Ji Chang, Luo Yi Juan, and Li Ai Xuan (鄧茂茲、高友峰、鎖際昌、羅怡娟、李艾璇) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)

Best Art and Design:
Lin Pei Chen (林沛辰) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Ke Qing Mei (柯青每) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Xu Ying Guang and Zhao Shu Yin (許英光、趙舒音) – Home (回家)
Zheng Jia Wei (鄭嘉偉) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Lai Yong Kun (賴勇坤) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies – Presenters: Kingone Wang and Jade Chou:
Chen Jia Min (陳佳敏) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Chen Guan Ting and Huang Jing Zu (陳冠廷、黃靖祖) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Huang Ying Min and Lv Deng Gui (黃英珉、呂登貴) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰) (Hakka TV)
Lei Xiao Ci (雷孝慈) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Liao Shi Han and Shi Hong Ru (廖士涵、施虹如) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Kingone Wang and Jade Chou:
Wu Ding Qian (吳定謙) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Li Tao (李滔) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Vince Kao (高英軒) – A Complete Life (双全)
Chen Mu Yi (陳慕義) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Tang Zhi Wei (湯志偉) – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Kingone Wang and Jade Chou:
Yin Xin (尹馨) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bai Bing Bing (白冰冰) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂) (Hakka TV)
Yu Pei Zhen (余佩真) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Yang Xiao Li (楊小黎) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Long Shao Hua and Miao Ke Li:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Xin Jian Zong (辛建宗) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Fan Yang Zhong (范揚仲) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Zeng Xin Ying (曾馨瑩) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Long Shao Hua and Miao Ke Li:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Traversal 101 (穿越101) (PTS)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenter: Miao Ke Li:
Tai Bao (太保) – The Best Thing (最好的一件事) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Wang Mon Ling (王夢麟) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Liang Xiu Shen (梁修身) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bi Xiao Hai (畢曉海) – Fresh Meatball (鮮肉餅) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – La Ba Hong’s Song of Grief and Joy (喇叭宏的悲喜曲) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presenters: James Wen and Janel Tsai:
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) – Sweet Sweet Bodyguard (剩女保鏢) (SETTV)
Li Li Ren (李李仁) – Home (回家)
Li Chen Xiang (李辰翔) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Lin Zong Ren (林宗仁) – Love in the Wind (你是春風我是雨) (GTV)
Zhang Shao Huai(張少懷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presenters: James Wen and Janel Tsai:
Xiao Xun (小薰) – Love Me Or Leave Me (我租了一個情人) (TTV)
Lv Xue Feng (呂雪鳳) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Yang Ke Fan (楊可凡) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Ge Lei (葛蕾) – Home (回家)
Esther Liu (劉品言) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presenters: Winnie Qu and Amber Kuo:
Xu Yu Ting, Wu Yi Ran, Xie Bing Xun, He Yao Xian, and Li Wan Rong (徐譽庭、吳怡然、謝秉勳、何曜先、李婉榕) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Huang Shi Ming, Liu Wei Ci, Zeng Xian Zhang, and Liu Rui Xuan (黃世鳴、劉瑋慈、曾顯章、劉蕊瑄) – Home (回家)
Huang Yu Jia (黃雨佳) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Ye Dan Qing, Yan Yi Fan, Lin Jia Hui, and Xi Qin (葉丹青、顏一帆、林佳慧、楊靚姝、嬉勤) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Wen Yu Fang (溫郁芳) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Director – Drama – Presenters: Winnie Qu and Amber Kuo:
Wang Ming Tai (王明台) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Zi Ping (林子平) – Home (回家)
Zhang Jin Rong (張晉榮) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘) (Hakka TV)
Ye Tian Lun (葉天倫) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
You Zhi Wei, Gao Bing Quan, Guo Chun Hui, and Zhang Jia Xian (游智煒、高炳權、郭春暉、張佳賢) – The Late Night Shop (小站)

Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presenters: Tia Li and Puff Guo:
Ding Ye Tian (丁也恬) – My Summer Adventure (阿婆的夏令營) (Hakka TV)
Jade Chou (周幼婷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Chen Xi (林辰唏) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Miao Ke Li (苗可麗) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Nikki Hsieh (謝欣穎) – Die Sterntaler (白色之戀) (CTV)

Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Sonia Sui:
Vic Chou (周渝民) – Home (回家)
Lin Jia Wei (林嘉瑋) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Morning Mo (莫子儀) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Jag Huang (黃健瑋) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)

Best Dramas – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Sonia Sui:
Home (回家) (CTS)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後) (Hakka TV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

Wow! Congrats to all winners! It was fun to watch. But what I enjoyed was the unpredictable winners versus last year’s repetitive trends. I’m not acting like a sore loser about last year. But I felt this year have more variety with winners versus last year’s one take all so it was a bit boring on that front.

*All information were translated and verified by DTLCT.

Golden Bell Awards 2013: Nominations List

Another year gone by and here we are again, talking about the Golden Bell Awards. Again, I’m not going to translate some of the variety shows, etc because it’s too much of a headache for me.

Best Dramas:
Home (回家) (CTS)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後) (Hakka TV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Traversal 101 (穿越101) (PTS)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Leading Actor – Drama:
Vic Chou (周渝民) – Home (回家)
Lin Jia Wei (林嘉瑋) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Morning Mo (莫子儀) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Jag Huang (黃健瑋) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)

Best Leading Actress – Drama:
Ding Ye Tian (丁也恬) – My Summer Adventure (阿婆的夏令營) (Hakka TV)
Jade Chou (周幼婷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Chen Xi (林辰唏) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Miao Ke Li (苗可麗) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Nikki Hsieh (謝欣穎) – Die Sterntaler (白色之戀) (CTV)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama:
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) – Sweet Sweet Bodyguard (剩女保鏢) (SETTV)
Li Li Ren (李李仁) – Home (回家)
Li Chen Xiang (李辰翔) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Lin Zong Ren (林宗仁) – Love in the Wind (你是春風我是雨) (GTV)
Zhang Shao Huai(張少懷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama:
Xiao Xun (小薰) – Love Me Or Leave Me (我租了一個情人) (TTV)
Lv Xue Feng (呂雪鳳) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Yang Ke Fan (楊可凡) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Ge Lei (葛蕾) – Home (回家)
Esther Liu (劉品言) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Director – Drama:
Wang Ming Tai (王明台) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Zi Ping (林子平) – Home (回家)
Zhang Jin Rong (張晉榮) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘) (Hakka TV)
Ye Tian Lun (葉天倫) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
You Zhi Wei, Gao Bing Quan, Guo Chun Hui, and Zhang Jia Xian (游智煒、高炳權、郭春暉、張佳賢) – The Late Night Shop (小站)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama:
Xu Yu Ting, Wu Yi Ran, Xie Bing Xun, He Yao Xian, and Li Wan Rong (徐譽庭、吳怡然、謝秉勳、何曜先、李婉榕) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Huang Shi Ming, Liu Wei Ci, Zeng Xian Zhang, and Liu Rui Xuan (黃世鳴、劉瑋慈、曾顯章、劉蕊瑄) – Home (回家)
Huang Yu Jia (黃雨佳) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Ye Dan Qing, Yan Yi Fan, Lin Jia Hui, and Xi Qin (葉丹青、顏一帆、林佳慧、楊靚姝、嬉勤) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Wen Yu Fang (溫郁芳) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Tai Bao (太保) – The Best Thing (最好的一件事) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Wang Mon Ling (王夢麟) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Liang Xiu Shen (梁修身) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bi Xiao Hai (畢曉海) – Fresh Meatball (鮮肉餅) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – La Ba Hong’s Song of Grief and Joy (喇叭宏的悲喜曲) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies:
Yin Xin (尹馨) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bai Bing Bing (白冰冰) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂) (Hakka TV)
Yu Pei Zhen (余佩真) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Yang Xiao Li (楊小黎) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wu Ding Qian (吳定謙) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Li Tao (李滔) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Vince Kao (高英軒) – A Complete Life (双全)
Chen Mu Yi (陳慕義) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Tang Zhi Wei (湯志偉) – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Mariko Okubo (大久保麻梨子) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
Debbie Yao (姚黛瑋) – Sweet Recipe of Happiness (幸福蜜方) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Lu Yi Ching (陸弈靜) – Radiance of Heng Sheng (光明恆生) (DaAi TV)
Huang Cai Yi (黃采儀) – Life Is Shit (臺北八個人) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Tan Ai Zhen (譚艾珍) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Xin Jian Zong (辛建宗) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Fan Yang Zhong (范揚仲) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Zeng Xin Ying (曾馨瑩) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies:
Chen Jia Min (陳佳敏) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Chen Guan Ting and Huang Jing Zu (陳冠廷、黃靖祖) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Huang Ying Min and Lv Deng Gui (黃英珉、呂登貴) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰) (Hakka TV)
Lei Xiao Ci (雷孝慈) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Liao Shi Han and Shi Hong Ru (廖士涵、施虹如) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)

Best Cinematography:
Li Xue Zhu (李學主) – Discovery – Dajia River (DaAi TV)
Lin Jun Yang (林君陽) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Fu Shi Ying (傅士英) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Liao Jing Yao (廖敬堯) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Liu Zhi Yi (劉志益) – MTV Taiwan Documentary (MIT台灣誌)

Best Film Editing:
Chen Zhen Guo (陳振國) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)
Gao Ming Sheng (高鳴晟) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Huang Guan Jun (黃冠鈞) – Record Standpoint – A Rolling Stone (紀錄觀點—築巢人)
Wen Ming Long (溫明龍) – Home (回家)
Fan Qiu Yan (潘秋燕) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)

Best Sound Editing:
Wu Jia Li, Lin Chuan Zhi, Jian Shu Huan, and Huang Shan Liang (吳嘉莉、林傳智、簡淑歡、許勝雄、荒山亮) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Chen An Ru, Yu Zheng Xian, and Zhang Rong Yi (陳安如、余政憲、張榮倚) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Huang Nian Yong, Zheng Wei Zhi, and Zhang Rong Yi (黃年永、鄭維芝、張榮倚) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Yang Yi Xuan, Shen Sheng De, and Xu Yi Hong (楊以瑄、沈聖德、許一鴻) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Deng Mao Zi, Gao You Feng, Suo Ji Chang, Luo Yi Juan, and Li Ai Xuan (鄧茂茲、高友峰、鎖際昌、羅怡娟、李艾璇) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)

Best Lighting:
Wu Ming De (吳明德) – National Treasure In Focus (對焦國寶) (PTS)
Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)
Zhuang Hong Yu (莊弘裕) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂)
Cheng Wei Zhong (程韋中) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Zhong Qiong Ting (鍾瓊婷) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Art and Design:
Lin Pei Chen (林沛辰) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Ke Qing Mei (柯青每) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Xu Ying Guang and Zhao Shu Yin (許英光、趙舒音) – Home (回家)
Zheng Jia Wei (鄭嘉偉) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Lai Yong Kun (賴勇坤) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Marketing Program:
Two Fathers (2個爸爸) (SETTV)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
KO One Return (終極一班2) (GTV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

*All information was translated and verified by DTLCT.

Sisters: The Overall

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I actually finished this several months back already. Amazing, isn’t it? I actually finished a 60-episodes drama. I guess an episode or two a day will somehow lead me to achieve the goal. So how was it? Mixed feelings. YES, I couldn’t help it. But I thought the ending made all the difference. I thought of giving up around episode something (forgot which since I had finished several months back after all) when Zheng Fang and Ru Fen got married because of the baby, and not because of love. The fact that Ru Fen seemed to live under a rock regarding stuff didn’t help things either. I do understand that she was the youngest one of the family and was so sheltered that she only knew of family relationships, friendships, and other work-related responsibilities YET so out of it with the dangerous side of matters. It was still a major frustration that she was cornered and forced into marrying Zheng Fang just because, and somehow, only Ru Li was against it because she wasn’t very fond of Zheng Fang since he was such a cheapskate. Okay, so it was Ru Fen’s fault in the first place to accept Zheng Fang and have this pity for him since his father just passed away, etc AND how she wasn’t experienced in the romance area hence getting deceived and all, but I felt she didn’t deserve to pay for her stupidity so much. That was why I didn’t want to go on. But I continued months later (since I dropped it sometime last year and picked it up again earlier this year). Maybe it was because I just wanted to watch Ah Pang and Phoebe Huang because they were actually my favorite characters in here–and also was my favorite couple. Somehow afterward, I realized pieces were falling into place. The pace wasn’t too slow with dragging out things to the point of unbearable. Sure, it got dramatic and way beyond mad at some points, but it kept the realism at bay.

After seven years, Ru Fen was no longer the naive girl, which was real enough all right. But she had put up a shield to protect herself and her daughter through all the fuss her mother-in-law was tossing her way. Then there was also Zheng Fang who wasn’t so one-way with supporting his mother all the way anymore. I didn’t even feel it at first or possibly didn’t feel much of the chemistry between Zheng Fang and Ru Fen at all–regardless of their age gap (in the story, not their real age). Yet after seven years of being together, I could feel like he actually loved Ru Fen though he was so torn between his mother and wife. Believe me, I wanted to kill him so many times during those times when he claimed he loved her yet seemed so oblivious to what was right in front of him, seeing how miserable she and their daughter were. Yet what made the difference was how he claimed later that he was the one in the ‘dream’ the whole time, saying how all these times the prince was living in his fantasy while not realizing that the princess wasn’t happy. That reminded me that the whole setup with Wang Man Lin was essential to wrap up the plot in general. It was not only a clever move but it had brought the whole story back to full circle, allowing him to experience the whole effects of it all. It was obvious that Zheng Fang wasn’t the type to give in or accept defeat or admitting wrong unless he had experienced something first hand. The incident with Man Lin had allowed him to realize how traumatizing it had been for Ru Fen when she woke up to discover she was in an unfamiliar place and realizing what had happened and was forced to accept the consequences with everyone cornering her.

Going back to the whole ‘prince and princess’ thing that Zheng Fang was saying to Ru Fen near the end when he had agreed on the divorce–FINALLY. I think it tied in with his dramatic nature at various points of the story. At first, I thought Victor was confusing us with his acting hence exaggerating. YET it was the right touches because it defined Zheng Fang’s nature so vividly, especially those words he said regarding the ‘prince and princess’ concept. The fact that he was the one ‘dreaming’ made all the difference in this case. Since it wasn’t like just the girl having some dream of marrying the perfect man all the time anymore, but the guy was the one in the situation this time around. Having Zheng Fang admitting that and how he was finally waking up from the trance, realizing that he had made the wrong choice, not wanting to burden his wife and kid any longer with the madness happening within the household. I could so relate to their marriage with his reaction and how he thought he was right and always making the right decisions and having a good family since I know someone like that in real life. (YES, I’m serious here, but the situation is still ongoing in my case and the guy haven’t awakened YET.) Anyway, with Zheng Fang, I thought the ending was going to be so forced with the intensity driven to its max when there were only several more episodes to go, but it wasn’t so. It made sense that it took their daughter’s reaction to wake him up with how her first words to him were that she wanted her mother, NOT that she loved him. It hurt major time and it was the situation that hadn’t allowed her to express her true feelings to him, but it had made him realize at last he needed to do what was right for his daughter. It had to be his daughter and not others because he hadn’t listened to them throughout those dramatic moments anyway, so it would be too cheesy if he suddenly got it with someone among them confronting him again.

The part where I actually felt touched and actually cried (YES, guilty) for them was when they said their last goodbyes. Sure, I always wanted to take a jab at times, but I also felt bad for him when she didn’t back down every time it had to do with Cai Ling. Sure, Cai Ling was important and her education was important, but I felt bad for Zheng Fang because he had to work sooo hard. She had to deal with his mother at home too, but I felt bad for him for having no break every single day with them arguing like that. So I didn’t feel as much chemistry between them or see any sort of caring. But when she told him that the season was changing, telling him to prepare this and that, and they ended up hugging. It was all the memories, he had to get used to living without her. Though there wasn’t much love in their relationship, they had been together all these years so it made sense that she knew so much of his habits. Then it reminded me of how some things looked so simple like her daily duties/routines at home, but it took so much energy out of her. I knew that from all the arguments they went through every single day within the household, but I sometimes felt she was rebelling as well with being forced into this marriage years ago. But it wasn’t so, she had tried her best to work it out, but only became stubborn when it had to do with Cai Ling (which made sense–and which I felt very admirable since she had grown so strong to protect her daughter from harm, not so naive anymore).

The ending? What made it different–as I said earlier, was how the main guy didn’t end up with the main girl. YES, I’m sort of sick of that typical formula. Sure, they had tried to work things out, but it wasn’t always like that in real life. Not all marriages end in a happy ending (or so we like to think). I always thought that they would eventually work it out (like any typical drama) since they would always say every couple had their problems and have to get past some barriers. Even when Zheng Fang was set up by Man Lin. And there was also the fact that Jim came back. I thought it was a test for them both with those catalysts involved. YET it wasn’t so. Not like I wouldn’t want them to work it out since Zheng Fang wasn’t that terrible after all, he just loved Ru Fen too much and held onto his own principle of how happiness was hence not seeing the real situation. SO I would be okay if their situations were resolved in the end (since that was what I expected of a typical drama). But this time, I was surprised they approached it in that way and how Zheng Fang had let go and wanted to become a better man (as the song played in the background when they signed the divorce papers). Funny that the song had hinted at building the future and trying to become a better person for her YET in this case of the drama, they had used it to that effect (aka hinting at his letting go as becoming a better person). And indeed the ending was somewhat a full circle to the beginning as well, sort of. Like how Zheng Fang let go of Ru Fen–and even encouraged Ru Fen to pursue her own happiness with Jim hence hauling a Taxi for her. What was full circle about that scene was how Jim had once tagged along with Zheng Fang and Ru Fen’s car from a distance and had given them his blessings, so this time it was Zheng Fang’s turn. Then the next scene where Zheng Fang bumped into Xiao Lan again, it was so similar to what happened between him and Ru Fen. Whether or not something like that would happen in real life was debatable, but for this situation, I thought it was kind of cool. This time, Zheng Fang wasn’t such a cheapskate anymore, wanting to learn to become a better person by not fussing over that ticket. Xiao Lan also gave in and they had a fresh, new start.

I’m going to stop here and cover other parts of the plot later (as well as other characters).

Sisters: First Impressions

This one proved that I should watch the daily dramas more than weekend dramas. I meant it was much more realistic and down to earth than the weekend dramas with some of the overhyped stuff. Or maybe family dramas were the ones that were closer to reality versus the whole romance scenes. Well, there were of course romances in this sort of stories too (as most themed-drama were), but this one focused on family relationships and friendships, and different types of bonds in society that I think–excuse me for the outburst but must say it–the rest of us peasants could relate to.

First, I have to say that I thought the main theme and the various scenes at the beginning were fun enough with it being some kind of lighthearted drama. Then when it started with some weird scene, I was sort of thinking it was a typical one with the klutzy girl and all. Yet I wanted to hang on a little longer. So the following scene was seeing a pair of sisters–Jiang Ru Li (portrayed by Phoebe Huang) and Jiang Ru Fen (portrayed by Judy Hu)–being bullied by this one stall-owner and had to pay a decent amount of compensation fees (for an accident). They almost lost the battle when Ru Fen timidly handed over the money but was suddenly stopped by a new voice, belonging to Song Qing Mei (portrayed by Ada Pan). I first thought that there were three sisters based on the theme video but it was just two. Yet that wasn’t too far off either since Qing Mei soon became part of the Jiang family after the failed attempt of Jiang Ma Ma and Ru Li’s matchmaking effort for Qing Mei and the Jiang’s second son, Jiang Chen Wei (Jason Zou). That was awhile later but the point was the three became good friends after that incident in the market. With the scene panning out with the nice, morning atmosphere and with me being a nature lover, I waited to see what was more.


The story of the three major characters slowly unfolded–with both humorous scenes as well as touching moments. For instance, we learned that Qing Mei had lost her parents already and was more than happy to join the Jiang family. That was one touching moment all right–with the three siblings playing with the firecrackers after dinner that night. Then Qing Mei later joined them as well. To guarantee that it wasn’t too cheesy, we were soon brought back to the humorous part because Chen Wei was making his protest with the “Sisters rule!” mantra that the other three were chanting, so they included him as well, adding in ‘brother’–just for his sake.

What I thought at first was another typical love-hate relationship with the whole accident when Li Zheng Fang (Victor Huang) and Ru Fen bumped into each other (literally) at the crosswalk wasn’t so as the plot moved on. We soon found out that both were on their way to the same restaurant, except with a different purpose in mind. Ru Fen was meeting up with her sister and Qing Mei while Zheng Fang was going to break up with his girlfriend. With his slow rate and the subtle hints, trying to build things up so it wouldn’t alarm his girlfriend too much, the tables got turned on him because she misunderstood, thinking that he wanted to get married so she stopped him, launching into the reasons why they don’t get along thus breaking up with him. The funniest moment was seeing how shocked he was that she was breaking with him that he ended up asking, “Why?” instead of agreeing with her to break up on friendly terms. I guess it was never good to be on the receiving end, eh? Moving on, the three girls soon parted from the restaurant also, going separate ways (that was after Ru Fen forgot the brochures’ bag and had to return to the restaurant to search for it). The whole while, it could be said that Zheng Fang was feeling strange toward Ru Fen (mostly not so good of an impression after the previous encounter) yet it changed after she saved his life and he was determined to pursue her regardless. (It was more like a big misunderstanding but that was so funny with his revived mantra to move on, not feeling so sad anymore after he got dumped.) What made it even more real or more appealing to watch was seeing how he wasn’t the perfect type (with so many bad habits, honestly) and really have to work hard to win the Jiang family over–if he was really serious about pursuing their little princess. Though making an impression wasn’t to the best of his ability since it was like backfiring constantly, annoying Jiang Ba Ba (Lu Yi Long) and Jiang Ma Ma (Xi Man Ning)–and eventually Chen Wei. Thinking that his advantage was being co-workers with Ru Fen or having both won the TV prize at that one event, he sure was determined. Yet he had no idea he needed more than ‘fate’ to back him up on this one.

What made this drama even more down to earth (or at least to me) was seeing how Ru Li was working at a regular store (Espirit if anyone wanted to know and didn’t pay attention when watching) to earn a living. She was getting along with some co-workers while not so well with another. Well, more like only one. She and Amanda (portrayed by Adriene Lin) were often engaged in these silly banters. I think most of us could relate to somewhat. I meant not all of us could get along with everyone and how we try to cope yet we could see some people engaging in these witty battles, etc. It was kind of fun to see that. The humor cranked up several notches when Ru Li wanted to upstage Amanda and made a bigger bluff by admitting that she was dating Mr. Zheng’s son. (YEAH, one of the big names out there, which she had no idea how far she was going.) As soon as that was out, not only were her co-workers shocked, but a person lurking in distance was tuning in. He was none other than the person that she was talking about yet she had never met–or know of his full name, Zheng Pin Chuan (portrayed by Ah Pang). He was browsing around and looking at some of the clothes there but stopped dead upon hearing Ru Li’s declaration. After her victory speech, Ru Li finally addressed him and thought he was applying for a job. She not only didn’t allow him to explain but kept explaining her reasons for bickering with her co-workers as he witnessed before. Defeated because of her persistence, he ended up filling out the forms and was even met with some of her smart comments, regarding his name, his age, etc. (I must admit, I cracked up so hard at that scene. It was just too much. Honestly! Priceless actually!)

What was sweet about the whole thing was how Pin Chuan was wandering around in front of the shopping center. Or more like was just pacing and thinking about how it was possible that she claimed to be his girlfriend but they didn’t recognize one another, etc. Then he thought of it being his father’s arrangement. That was when she came out of the shop, thinking that he wanted to eat the food at one of the stalls so she went and bought it for him, thinking he didn’t have enough money, etc. Telling him not to be upset about it, shoving the bag into his hands. Touched by her gesture, he was no longer eager to clear things up. I thought that was really cool because even if that was a hilarious moment inside the shop, but now he realized what kind of person she was, not looking down on him–even if it was like she claimed that he was not well off and was looking for a job, etc.

The last major character to appear was Li Jia Qing (Lan Jun Tian). And here I was thinking he and Qing Mei were going to be the bickering couple instead of Zheng Fang and Ru Fen, but I was wrong again. Their encounter and first impression of one another wasn’t locked in–and saved for later to dissolve the misunderstanding. They had their clash yet it wasn’t like overly dramatic with how they declared war at the first moment. It was a mix of feelings because he soon wasn’t as fierce toward her anymore, even apologizing upon realizing she was just trying to help him return one of his packets. Their banter wasn’t just some child’s play or set on purpose to create hype yet it contained some real intensity. (If you know what I mean with how other dramas created it on purpose so we think it was funny and cute that the to-be-couples bicker but this one it seemed more real that they were fighting for what they actually want or need.) Then there was the whole idea with him being a filial son and had a son. Their family of three would indeed pave an interesting plot later.

So far, Ah Pang’s character was the rich guy but wasn’t like overly made to shine on purpose, which was more realistic in a way since he just blended in for the most part right now. Maybe because he didn’t change into his royal attires yet but we’ll see. Then there was the somewhat rouge Jia Qing with his past still to be revealed. There was also Zheng Fang, who we do not know much about yet, especially his family. The three girls’ background was more obvious from the start. But that was the contrast between the three pairs. I’m really looking forward to more scenes of it and am really enjoying it for now–AND seriously hope it won’t go downhill since it does have potential. The pace is just right, not too fast or too slow. The touches of the details are just right, not too overhype to the point of unrealistic nor ridiculous with the humor either.

Until next time since I’m leaving some things unsaid on purpose, lol. But if you watch, the are some interesting things coming up. Like some characters’ past and how things aren’t what it is on the surface. And note that these impressions are formed around episode 2 when all the major characters already appeared so it doesn’t reflect on the newly aired episodes.

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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.

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