Joanne Tseng: A Long Journey

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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.

NOTE: The video clip has been deleted so it’s not there anymore but still an amazing video highlighting Qiao Qiao’s journey over the years.

Give Me A Taiwanese Boyband To Idolize

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This topic came forward because of how I had this conversation with Vanadia about the recently popular boyband “Super 131.” She was saying how they seemed to have dropped off the radar or disband or possibly just moved on to other things. She was really getting unease with not having a boyband to chase after. She wants me to give her a band? I’ll not only give her one but many more to think over! In an attempt to bring forth the right atmosphere to discuss this topic, I decided to use JPM’s catchy song “365 Days” to emphasize my point. (Go here for lyrics translation.) Anyway, without further ado, here are the Taiwanese boybands worth mentioning:

First off?

Mayday (五月天). Probably one of the longest formed bands and still active to this day. Ah Xin’s really talented with his songwriting and I really love his style. Although ironically, I like it more when Ah Xin writes songs for other singers, lol. But I must admit, they’re a strong band. With all the awards and recognitions they received, I don’t think they need me to praise them, lol. So yeah, they’re one of the coolest bands around.

F4/JVKV. Although they have sort of scattered in the previous years to do their own thing, they still haven’t officially disbanded yet. Their last performance together was in 2013 for the Spring Festival. Who knows? Maybe they will get together again to bring out another album, if not another round of performances.

5566. They’re still around. Even if they are not as active together. They’re actually quite strong during their more active years so they still have a solid fanbase regardless.

Chemical Monkey. I will say that I’m not really a big fan of them, because I have my weird moments, lol. But I think that they’re a genuine, artistic band. Indeed very talented in their own way.

SpeXial. The ten-male members’ band. YES, there are ten members in this band. All male. What’s amazing about them is the ability to harmonize so well. You could get addicted to them by listening to just one song. They bring a refreshing feeling to the pop genre. (And yes, there are two members missing from the picture, because they’re busy right now so can’t join in with the recent album.)

831 (八三夭). Another band that brings forth a refreshing feeling to their music. I especially love their “Why I Cried” song. They lean toward the rock and roll path more than the usual pop so it might take getting used to. But they have their own uniqueness.

io Band (io樂團). Rock band. They sure have style. If you like rock, it’s a must check out.

Gentleman. Their name tripped me since it’s more than one person so it should be “Gentlemen.” But other than that, I guess I’ll live, lol. Seriously though, they could be fun to listen to.

MIXION. Max and Steven. Looks and voice. Nice? They do have some fun songs as well.

Last but not least?

JPM. Yup, I saved them last on purpose. I will tell you that I’m already past the age that I could listen to loud music and enjoy it. LOL! But JPM’s one of those bands that I could enjoy both heartwarming songs and at times, like the song at the beginning of this post–upbeat, uplifting, energetic ones. I will also say that I wasn’t into their previous bands that much, mostly because of the number of bands within the industry so it was SO hard to keep up. But what got me into listening to them was none other than the drama I had followed for several months and fell in love with, True Love 365. If you want to get a sample, you could go hunt them down on YouTube (i.e. click on the credit and it should take you to their official channel) or check out my review of their second album.

Okay, SO not all of them are eye candies, considering some of the new bands. But they make up in talents and variety. Some of the coolest bands out there aren’t considered all that “hot” either but are known for their music.

*Images were either scanned by DTLCT or were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

All About Joanne Tseng


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 mature 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 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 company at one time), I still enjoyed the few genuine interactions on shows or BTS.



*Will be updated in the future.

*Images were either collected around the net (hence belonging to their rightful owners) OR were captured by DTLCT and ShadowoftheNight

Chocolate, Anyone?

(image credit: Qiao Qiao’s Weibo)

The other day when I was doing my usual catching up on Weibo to see what other dramas my usual favorites have for their upcoming schedule, I came across the fun exchange above (original post here). My first reaction? CUTE, Chen Yi, really cute. (NOT…) But found that funny still–as I mentioned above. Yet I wasn’t thinking much of it aside from being excited that Qiao Qiao has a new drama. I was wondering who exactly was her new leading man but had ruled out Calvin because of the confirmation elsewhere of his new drama. (That’s another topic though since I’ll do a ‘QiaoRu’ update later.) But I wouldn’t have guessed right if I had tried harder because the result came out later and I didn’t even realize it until yesterday. YES, I was occupied with other stuff so didn’t catch up until last night. Who is her new leading man then? Van Ness Wu. YES, like I said, I wouldn’t guess it in a million years. NOT that it’s impossible but I really haven’t imagined it, lol. And I have a blind spot so it’s really interesting and great to know that she’s collaborating with different actors. I do like Van Ness so I’m really looking forward to seeing this new collaboration. So what’s the drama called then? At this point, it’s called Set Chocolate (愛上巧克力) but not sure if and when it would be changed. Go here for the SETTV blog page and here for the Facebook page for updates–if you’re interested.

Autumn’s Concerto: Episode 2

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

Episode 2 was getting intense and moving the plot along with more dramas–as expected.

It was only the second episode but I already feel like I will like the character Hua Tuo Ye very much for the upcoming episodes. He sounded so sincere that I could almost disregard his silly rants with his friends from the previous episode. I think it had to do with Chris’ pitiful look but also how brave Tuo Ye was yet he was not arrogant at all. He was just sincere and willing to stand behind Mu Cheng and protect her from harm. Yet…he was just a simple guy–NOT some cool dude like in some other dramas. His character was more real in that sense. He was not trying to be a showoff or to be cool in front of Mu Cheng. He actually focused on what she liked and how to make her happy.

I also like how they did not make Mu Cheng a weakling like often portrayed in other dramas. Yes, she looked petite but she was stronger both internally and externally. She was able to protect herself. She was able to make her own decisions. Though her financial crisis was what tied her down. She was also able to protect those around her, such that of how she used herself as a shield to protect Tuo Ye.

She was also not a doormat that was easily stepped on. She would get mad like anyone and argued with her stepmother like any normal family that had problems. She was not overly optimistic with sunshine attitudes, considering what she’d gone through. In short, she was very down to earth and real, not possessing distant personalities that we ourselves could not relate to.

Guang Xi was equally intelligent, catching on to what was going on in Mu Cheng’s household within several seconds. The fact that he was sensitive in diverting the conversation was quite witty too. Making random jokes to help ease the awkward moment they were in.

That was really fast of Mu Cheng to put two and two together with Guang Xi’s little ghost story. Nice conversation right there. A lot of depth in it. And more development of the two’s relationship as well. (And I must say that Van Ness has a very nice smile. Aww…so cute…)

And he was seriously a sly dude. He had the key the whole night yet did not care to tell her? (You did not ask? Nice.)

For the first time, Guang Xi admitted defeat with the bets and carried out his punishment as was agreed upon. Mu Cheng was watching nearby and was very touched since he had the ability to whip out those photos but did not.

The thing that I hate the most about dramas is the element of third wheel. Why must it be that again? I know it will happen from reading some news, but honestly, why this again? Somehow, He Yi Qian was as equally sincere as Hua Tuo Ye but I have a better feeling toward Tuo Ye than Yi Qian for some reason. Maybe because Tuo Ye was there but did not wish to shine or make an impression, but Yi Qian was? No idea. Have to watch more to know. (Thank you, Guang Xi for asking the most obvious question! Honestly! Someone is seeking for attention major time! Not to mention having such a thick skin too. I was wondering who was the worst of it? He Yi Qian or Zhang Ai Li? At least Ai Li was forward about her witchy nature–even if she was desperate. Yea, yea….so they decided to make Yi Qian’s character as clever and witty but so what? So forced and unconvincing.)

And I was getting ready to pity the mother for having her son misunderstood her. But apparently Guang Xi was right after all. To think that someone was in such a high position within the educational system and used such methods to get out of financial crisis? She actually deserved all the harsh treatments from Guang Xi.
Van Ness got to show off his abilities by running up the flight of stairs in lightning speed. Wow! Must be hard work! (Or did someone run for him?) Crazy stuffs but had to be fast because of the circumstances.

Another touching scene between Guang Xi and Mu Cheng when Guang Xi was trying to shield Mu Cheng from harm with the gang from G Da University stirring up trouble for them once again.

Guang Xi may have stole Mu Cheng’s heart with his bravery but Tuo Ye stole the show with his deceptive tactics on the G Da University’s students. Nice move! They did not even see it coming their way.

Having received its recognition, the rating finally rise a little more for this episode from 2.89 to 3.25. Another good episode.

*All images were captured by DTLCT