I just found this clip that someone put together in regard to Joanne’s journey up until now. Well, for the most part. But it really brought back lots of memories. She had gone a long way, worked really hard, and now becoming an established artist. I’m so proud of her.
Not long after I updated last time, Ehlo shared two more videos of them singing “A Date So Sweet” and “One Umbrella.” And interestingly, Ming Dao jumped off the stage during “One Umbrella” to drag Angel Wang on to the stage with him, joining the rest of them in the spotlight.
Omg! It’s happening! At long last! Yes, it’s true this time.
I wasn’t paying attention too closely last time regarding how they were performing and all, but they were getting together to practice. It was actually a surprise.
Angel Wang from We Are In Love (我們相愛吧) was also there. She was sitting near Ming Dao’s parents. She also got to go onstage and perform some songs with Ming Dao. It was a dream of hers to hold a concert (or something like that). It was indeed a touching moment for her. (Click on articles here, here, and here for details.)
Anyway, they performed four songs (Pure Love, Once Again, Affective Line, and Enticing Trick), not just the two mentioned in the articles. (Click here for Ehlo’s version of the upload.) Sadly, Johnny (according to Ehlo) had to work overseas so he wasn’t able to make it. But this was as close to a 183 Club reunion that we got as far as performing-wise so I call this a success. By the way, happy birthday to Jacky!
Notice that the other three guys changed their shoes after they changed their outfits, but Sam kept wearing his sneakers. (How cute!) At least he wasn’t persistent in sticking with his pajamas fashion, right? (Kidding, lol.)
Favorite Role: Jiang Qing Mei (from Liu Mang Xiao Zhang). A princess role yet didn’t lose too much touch with reality. She was funny and silly but wasn’t overly obnoxious with her tricks. Her bubbly side made it cute but other times, she was as normal as how a typical student should be. Qiao Qiao expressed that she was so happy when she received this role because she finally got a chance to portray a princess with beautiful wardrobes and I must agree. It was a different role for her and she wasn’t too over with it. Just the right touches here and there. This princess role wasn’t too much either or stayed the same because she did learn something and become an even more matured person in that she did in the end.
2nd Favorite Role: Zhang Bi Ting (from True Love 365). I never liked a role more than this. Perhaps it helped because it was fresh on my mind. But it was like she was portraying an independent girl but wasn’t WAY too silly like some past dramas. Sure, she got a tad too weird when she was meeting her ‘prince in shining armor’ at first but that was understandable with how people acted silly when they were in love (at least that was what I saw with some people). Other times, she really lived up to being an independent girl, living alone in some unknown place and trying to make a living, saving money to fulfill her dream but it wasn’t too silly of a dream. She was able to take care of herself and didn’t need help or rescuing. (Though she was helped at some point, she didn’t act super pitiful to earn more points or anything. Those people just happened to be there, etc.) Then there was the whole idea with her fashion wasn’t too badly snubbed as it was in other dramas where it kept saying how the main lead had poor fashion sense, etc. Though she seemed to not be up to ‘perfection’ with some other females in here, she didn’t need to dress in weird outfits either to make the other characters WAY better. After all, she was in a business where she knew how to handle herself professionally and didn’t need to be told about everything. It sure added to her independent image and all.
Totally Ruined: Bei Ruo Yi aka Xiao Bei (from The Magicians of Love). I swore I tried to make a lot of excuses for her actions in here and how she couldn’t be blamed. Yet I find it really frustrating at times too. Though I had rooted for her with Ya Si/Ming Dao since the beginning, I felt there were many things that could have been better. In the end, I realized it was the plot that had dragged her character down more and more–to make the guys seemed so heroic and all. It seemed that way to me. I read comments in the past that blamed her lack of chemistry with both guys and that her acting was also lacking hence not being able to exude the cute/lovable image, etc. YET I think many had looked past the way the plot had been crafted. It didn’t help her cause at all. Then I wondered if that was another excuse I used to make myself feel better. But when I went and searched around for more information, I realized that there was an extension of episodes hence making it even worse and worse for her case.
Favorite Male Co-Star: Ray Chang. Honestly, I finally found someone opposite her that I really like without needing to make an excuse for her actions (whether regarding the character or other factors). It’s not just because it’s still fresh on my mind either but finally a guy who I felt the chemistry too strongly because of their interactions and also appearance-wise. (Go here and here for more discussions about them.)
2nd Favorite Male Co-Star: Chen Yi. I had to struggle a bit to think since it has been a while with their last collaboration in a drama. But I remembered how cute they were together at times. Off-screen? They’re like brother and sister (mostly visible through interactions on Weibo).
3rd Favorite Male Co-Star: Alien Huang. So cute and unexpected. I liked how their relationship developed in there. First, I thought it was another typical crazy girl scheming to go after the guy who saved her (which was true with her bizarre switching school at first), but it turned into a much more mature relationship than I expected.
4th Favorite Male Co-Star: Sun Quan. Don’t be mistaking this guy for one of Sodagreen’s band members. He collaborated with her in Dreams Link. Though there were many things I disliked about that drama, I loved them in there. They were like the comic relief for the show in general.
Missed Chance Pairing: Calvin Chen. OMG, how many fanfics must I write before I could finally see them collaborate for real? After the failed collaboration the previous time, I’m more than eager to see them in another drama together. Hope it would be a good script too so it’s not just about having them in the same drama for the sake of viewers, etc. Note that this was written way before her collaboration for the MV with Calvin so it would sound odd. So yes, their collaboration finally happened but I greedily want a drama too. (UPDATE January 2020: they got married in real life! Go here for more information.)
SO History: Ming Dao and Sam Wang. YES, I used to like her with them too. But I fell out of the obsession. Half due to other fanbase attacking her AND half because I no longer care. Maybe one day when I go back to watch those dramas again (which is rare of recent), I’ll get back into obsessing over these two pairings again. Who knows?
But talking about Sam, he and Qiao Qiao are also close outside, not just for the sake of promotion of dramas either. Or more like she, Chen Chen Yi, and Sam. Chen Yi’s message that one time said it all. (Click here.)
Frustratingly Unbelievable: Tang Feng. I couldn’t believe the day that I rooted for the bad guy more than anything when I watched Mr. Fighting. I enjoyed her chemistry and interaction more with Tang Feng for that role. I could even conjure up a side fanfic to change the ending too. It wasn’t because of his appearance either that made me root for him but more like how the plot was full of holes hence making me sympathize with him more than the supposed “good guys.”
Hope to enjoy: Wei Qian Xiang. I haven’t watched Our Love yet but the pictures showed a lot of promise. Just that I need to actually watch before I make more comments about it.
Interesting Pairing: Jacky Chu. Disregard all his ‘colorful’ lifestyles off-screen, I always thought they would make an interesting on-screen couple. There were some scenes in The Magicians of Love that had made me curious. First hilarious then later how their interactions suggested that they could make an interesting pairing. Like how she was giving him looks so he could explain and cover for them during the wedding reception. There were also signs of him being overly happy when she was able to stay at Neo-Image at one point (or so it was when the camera moved toward his direction). Yes, those little signs got me into writing fanfics for them. But what got even more interesting and the dream almost coming true for me was seeing them together in Liu Mang Xiao Zhang. Though that didn’t work out, I enjoyed their interactions in there. Off-screen, though they probably aren’t close (except for the few times they worked together and were even under the same management at one time), I still enjoyed the few genuine interactions on shows or BTS.
AS A SINGER:
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So I was doing my usual stalking of people on FB. Then I found out that Qiao Qiao’s finally in a new drama. It has been a while since the addicting True Love 365 so I really need something to watch of Qiao Qiao’s. This time, she’s supposedly portraying the second sister from a family of four siblings–of which all are female. Her name in here is Li Yi Wan (黎一彎).
As I watched the trailer and tried to search for more information on it, I realized that it is a daily drama. So how long would it be? Like 60-80 episodes? Hopefully, it’s not as disappointing as people had said about her previous daily drama with SETTV.
With the four female leads, of course, there must also be four male leads. I didn’t want to read too much spoilers or watch too many trailers to reserve some sort of mystery for me. So I will wait and see how the story will go this time and who will end up with whom.
In other somewhat related news, Zhao Shun had passed away recently. I learned of it through Nicholas Teo’s Facebook–to which he said some good words about the lovable and comical actor who had given a lot of advice during their collaboration in Smile Pasta. Zhao Shun, if fans of the drama The Magicians of Love remembered, portrayed Qiao Qiao’s father. R.I.P. to the late actor.
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