Year 2016 in Recap

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Year 3 in doing this. I really want to keep doing this, but I felt that 2016 had been a complete letdown on my part. Granted, it was a terrible year on many levels. It had affected me so much, draining me emotionally that I didn’t feel like keeping some kind of streak anymore. I only did some posts when I felt like it. Then I also tried to pick myself up by the end of the year by trying to release songs translations back-to-back at times, not even saving them for later so cushion posts could do the honor. I just didn’t feel like updating a lot of things. At first, I had prepared a post about a particular pairing, but I felt like I’m better than that. Not to mention how I wouldn’t want to cause even more misunderstandings between fans. At times, it’s very hard to restrain. But in the end, real life got in the way. I took the actions that wonderful couple took, instead of arguing with senseless people who are full of evil thoughts for them. Yet I will say that can’t be epic like them so maybe one day I will break out of my silence to go at it in one post to unleash all the bottled up frustrations. Because I know one of those days I will just blow up.

Total Posts in 2016: 77 (6.5% of all time).
January: 18 (23% of the year)
February: 3 (4%)
March: 1 (1%)
April: 3 (4%)
May: 9 (12%)
June: 7 (9%)
July: 14 (18%)
August: 3 (4%)
September: 3 (4%)
October: 6 (8%)
November: 2 (3%)
December: 8 (10%)

Notice that I took the poll out for the stars. Partially, it was due to what happened earlier this year. The other part was because I felt kind of wrong with teasing readers about possible updates if they voted more or whatever. I’m grateful to those who participated and continue to follow my blog–even in silence. I appreciate the constant likes and all as well. I really do. It’s just that I don’t want to be leaving you hanging on that. Sure, I will continue to update for my favorites from time to time, but that will depend on how long before I take care of some real life matters.

Books Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

Fan Fiction: I think the year reached a new low for fan fiction updates because of my distractions of other stuffs. I can’t promise it’ll get any better this coming year. I’m sorry that I made those of you who are reading those story wait for too long. But I can promise you that I will finish regardless of obstacles since I don’t usually scrap stories away when it’s well on its way. I’ll try to do a separate fan fiction update later this year to clarify some matters.

  • Payback – Chapters 4-5

Songs Translations: Using Rebirth to start the year didn’t help at all. Despite the fact that I was having high hopes at that time. The year continued to dive with a lot of forced positiveness. But what else could I do, right? Hopefully the coming year will be better.

So, what now? I don’t think there is any other choice except to move forward. I want to keep being positive, ignoring trolls in general and just focus on my own matters. I want to get back on writing posts about Jun Ya and Xiao Xiao Yu. I have been active on Xiao Xiao Yu for the first part of the year and then somehow faded. But I did update more on Qiao Qiao in the later parts of the year. I just have to continue on that track. Not to mention getting back into fan fics, because I seriously miss them. Focusing on just real life stuffs really suck all the energy right out of me. I’ll try to work on a balance. Somehow. Because I seriously miss this blog. What I did do though was letting this blog becoming somewhat official with its own domain. Yes, that was a mini-Christmas present for myself since I managed to find a deal. Oh yeah, how could I forget Janine? Although I did update on her this year but I was somewhat neglecting her and only updating randomly. I also want to get back to Penny. More importantly, I want to actually watch and finish reviewing some dramas I’ve been holding back on.

This might possibly be the last year I do this type of update since I don’t find the fun in it anymore. Maybe resorting back to the typical data from WordPress next year. Not sure. But we’ll see.

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The Two of Us

It has been a long time since I watched anything relating to Ming Dao. But it was only one episode so I thought I gave it a go. Then I realize there was also some others in here that I enjoyed so the better. How was it? It was interesting to say the least. It was confusing at first with some of the sequences and events going on. However, I got used to the style.

Anyway, this tele-movie reminded me of why Zhang Chen Guang is my all time favorite Taiwanese actor. Each time he tried a new role, he always managed to impress. It was amazing to see how he acted out various scenes. The length of the drama didn’t mean it lacked depth because there were plenty of time for development of characters and plot. In fact, because of the short length, it allowed for some of the crucial elements to come into play, instead of plugging in some unnecessary details over and over again in a longer drama.

Phoenix Chang was awesome as well in her performance. She totally brought out the many sides of her character in here. Her suffering was done alone for the most part, but out in the world, she covered it all up. Until she wasn’t able to take it anymore. Talking about that, the drama really covered the differences of how people cope through lost. Some cried it out, some just didn’t cry. Or was too numbed or tried to distract themselves with other stuffs. It didn’t mean that one way or another was wrong. It was how they were. So who was to say that either party was wrong?

The theme of cheating was also covered in this drama. Although cheating had been done so many times in past dramas, but this time, it brought us toward a different direction. I thought it was well done. There were too many complications going on. There were the wonderful feelings of past memories, but then came those feelings of betrayal, resentment, and much more.

I think that people who like happy dramas shouldn’t watch. Because you might be disappointed. Do not watch either if you think Ming Dao would be a big part of this. Well, he was in a sense, because his character held a key in the story–and he did quite well alongside the other veteran stars. However, he didn’t appear as much because this was definitely the stage for Phoenix Chang and Zhang Chen Guang. This a great drama with the theme of reflection and other elements of life.