Year 2017 in Recap

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When I thought that 2016 was a terrible year for me, I was wrong. 2017 continued to tank to a new level of crappiness. There were many frustrating things–one after another. It was like when I asked, “How much worse could 2017 be?”, it was like a challenge to the universe. So stuff happening in real life obviously affected how much time I have for this blog or attempted to keep some sort of activity. I did better than last year regarding updates, but that was a lot of effort, because I’m still way behind on some news that I wanted to talk about. Yet no time or more like didn’t feel like it at the moment. I continued to get drained to another level that I thought might not be possible–like several days before. Then the pattern just repeat itself at different intervals. I think somewhere along the way, I ended up revamping my blog by getting rid of the too random posts. Like those general update ones. Although my blog already is random on many levels, but I didn’t want to just post for the sake of placeholders too much. Anyway, here are some stats for this year.

Total Posts in 2017: 155 (11.7% of all time).
January: 18 (% of the year)
February: 10 (%)
March: 21 (%)
April: 20 (%)
May: 11 (%)
June: 18 (%)
July: 6 (%)
August: 4 (%)
September: 20 (%)
October: 14 (%)
November: 9 (%)
December: 4 (%)

Books Reviews: Sad, because I actually read a bit this year but didn’t feel like doing reviews for some of them. Maybe I’ll go back to do them later.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

Fan Fiction: Complete failure–unlike what I promised last year about getting  things done. I started looking over some of the fan fics again and managed to get going on some, but I can’t promise on how fast it would be rolled out. I’ll get it out when I’m happy with what I wrote.

Songs Translations: I used “You’re Always Beautiful” to start the year, thinking that if I continue to retain some sense of positiveness, somehow things will get better. But it didn’t. Anyway, how was this year regarding translations? I didn’t realize I was that productive. Mostly, I tried to push the majority of 183 Club’s songs out.

Chinese:

Vietnamese:

I didn’t want to do this update like I said last year. However, I felt like I needed to persuade myself to continue on. Not to mention, I want to keep some sort of teeny, tiny bit of hope that 2018 will actually be better. So we’ll see, right?

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Wilber Pan: Jacky Cheung’s Unofficial Disciple

will_jacky(image source: Will’s Facebook)

The other day, Wilber shared a picture with “God of Songs” (歌神) Jacky Cheung with the caption that mentioned Jacky was supposedly his “master” (師父). I had to double-check since I wasn’t aware, lol. The other picture disclosed of the matter even more, because from the flowers he sent Jacky, it clarified that Jacky wasn’t really his master, not really in a sense that Jacky recognized it and had gone through the “tea offering ceremony”, lol. Will had decided to declare it as that–quite thick-skinned attempt on his part (as he had said in the message, lol). You gotta love Will for his effort, right? What was the occasion? Jacky had launched a world tour called “A Classic Tour” so that had drawn a lot of attention and excitement all around the e-circle. Many others had posted their own pictures of attending the tour, but what caught my attention was Will’s humor.

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.

We’re All Afraid of Pain by Wilber Pan

(Uploaded by: UNIVERSAL MUSIC TAIWAN 環球音樂)

Song Title: We’re All Afraid of Pain (我們都怕痛)

Music by: Lin Zi Liang (林子良)

Lyrics by: Lin Zi Liang / Wang Ya Jun (林子良 / 王雅君)

Key:
Bold = Original
Blue = Pin Yin
Faded Red = English
Royal Blue = Vietnamese

她說她再也不相信 眞愛
ta shuo ta zai ye bu xiang xin   zhen ai
She said she doesn’t believe in true love anymore
Cô ta nói rằng cô ta không còn tin tưởng vào tình yêu chân thật
我能給的安全感 也用完
wo neng gei de an quan gan   ye yong wan
What I could give her as feeling of security has already been used up
Cảm giác an toàn mà tôi có thể cho cô ta cũng đã dùng hết
原本的孤單 己變成不安
yuan ben de gu dan   ji bian cheng bu an
The original feeling of loneliness has turned into insecurity
Cảm giác cô đơn đã biến thành bất an
像看穿卻又放不下 依賴
xiang kan chuan que you fang bu xia   yi lai
Like being able to see clearly yet couldn’t let go of dependency
Giống như đã nhìn thấu được nhưng không thể buông xuống sự ỷ lại

看著她低頭 勇敢牽著她就走
kan zhe ta di tou   yong gan qian zhe ta jiu zou
Seeing her with her head down, I courageously hold her hand and walk on
Thấy cô ta cúi đầu, tôi dũng cảm nắm tay cô ta và tiếp tục đi
別怕 只要在一起就能穿越黑晝
bie pa   zhi yao zai yi qi jiu neng chuan yue hei zhou
Don’t be afraid, only being together could overcome the dark days
Đừng sợ, chỉ cần gần bên nhau mới có thể vượt qua những ngày u ám
她的眼晴說 愛太迷人卻猜不透
ta de yan qing shuo   ai tai mi ren que cai bu tou
Her eyes say that love is enticing yet couldn’t be guessed
Cặp mắt của cô ta nói lên sự mê ly của tình yêu nhưng không thể đoán được
她的脆弱只有我能 看懂
ta de cui ruo zhi you wo neng   kan dong
Only I could see her vulnerabilities
Chỉ có tôi mới hiểu được sự yếu đuối của cô ta

我們都怕痛 但又好想試著牽手
wo men dou pa tong   dan you hao xiang shi zhe qian shou
We’re all afraid of pain, but still want to try and hold hands
Chúng ta đều sợ đau khổ, nhưng vẫn cứ thử nắm tay nhau
兩個心 隱藏在背後不敢承諾
liang ge xin   yin cang zai bei hou bu gan cheng nuo
Hidden behind the two hearts is the fear of making promises
Ẩn sau hai trái tim là sự không dám hứa
不想再難過 丟棄回憶重新來過
bu xiang zai nan guo   diu qi hui yi zhong xin lai guo
Don’t be sad, discard the memories and start over again
Đừng buồn nữa, bỏ đi những hồi ức và làm lại từ đầu
讓我永遠牽著你 把手給我
rang wo yong yuan qian zhe ni   ba shou gei wo
Let me hold your hands forever, give me your hand
Hãy để tôi vĩnh viễn có thể nắm tay em, hãy trao tay cho tôi

(music)

她說她再也不相信 眞愛
ta shuo ta zai ye bu xiang xin   zhen ai
She said she doesn’t believe in true love anymore
Cô ta nói rằng cô ta không còn tin tưởng vào tình yêu chân thật
我能給的安全感 也用完
wo neng gei de an quan gan   ye yong wan
What I could give her as feeling of security has already been used up
Cảm giác an toàn mà tôi có thể cho cô ta cũng đã dùng hết
原本的孤單 己變成不安
yuan ben de gu dan   ji bian cheng bu an
The original feeling of loneliness has turned into insecurity
Cảm giác cô đơn đã biến thành bất an
像看穿卻又放不下 依賴
xiang kan chuan que you fang bu xia   yi lai
Like being able to see clearly yet couldn’t let go of dependency
Giống như đã nhìn thấu được nhưng không thể buông xuống sự ỷ lại

看著我低頭 她說她願跟我走
kan zhe wo di tou   ta shuo ta yuan gen wo zou
Seeing me with my head down, she said she’s willing to walk with me
Thấy tôi cúi đầu, cô ta nói rằng cô ta nguyện đi cùng tôi
好怕 讓她心碎的痛又反覆折磨
hao pa   rang ta xin sui de tong you fan fu zhe mo
Really afraid that she would be heart-broken once again
Rất sợ rằng cô ta lại bị cõi lòng tan nát
我的眼晴說 笑或淚我都會守候
wo de yan qing shuo   xiao huo lei wo dou hui shou hou
My eyes say that whether in laughter or tears, I would be by her side
Đôi mắt tôi nói lên rằng dù cười hay khóc, tên cũng vẫn ở cạnh cô ta
她是我唯一執著的執著
ta shi wo wei yi zhi zhuo de zhi zhuo
She is my one and only perseverance
Cô ta là sự kiên trì duy nhứt của tôi

我們都怕痛 但又好想試著牽手
wo men dou pa tong   dan you hao xiang shi zhe qian shou
We’re all afraid of pain, but still want to try and hold hands
Chúng ta đều sợ đau khổ, nhưng vẫn cứ thử nắm tay nhau
兩個心 隱藏在背後不敢承諾
liang ge xin   yin cang zai bei hou bu gan cheng nuo
Hidden behind the two hearts is the fear of making promises
Ẩn sau hai trái tim là sự không dám hứa
不想再難過 丟棄回憶重新來過
bu xiang zai nan guo   diu qi hui yi zhong xin lai guo
Don’t be sad, discard the memories and start over again
Đừng buồn nữa, bỏ đi những hồi ức và làm lại từ đầu
讓我永遠牽著你 把手給我
rang wo yong yuan qian zhe ni   ba shou gei wo
Let me hold your hands forever, give me your hand
Hãy để tôi vĩnh viễn có thể nắm tay em, hãy trao tay cho tôi

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Year 2015 in Recap

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Oh joy, I’m bringing this back since it’s another year of madness. How did it go? Let’s check the number first, lol. Yes, before I start bragging and realized it wasn’t worth bragging over, lol. But before I actually go into the stats, I would like to thank The New World and iHero for making some of the impossibles happen. Because if it wasn’t for the dramas, I wouldn’t have updated so much or kept it so consistent for the better half of the year. Also, anyone wanting to check out the stat report from WordPress, click here.

Total Posts in 2015: 365 (35% of all time). Yes, I took a challenge of trying to keep up posts for 365 days SO had to brag here. It wasn’t easy and some posts were less impressing than others. However, I think it was already tough that I managed it all year long. For this year, will I be continuing on this pattern? I want to but I would say no. Since quality trumps quantity so I’ll still be updating, still be my random self at times, but I won’t force it as an everyday thing. If it happens, it happens. Now, moving on to the breakdown of different categories.

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Times Updated on People on the Poll
: 284 (78% of overall). I took out Ady and Hu Ge early on so I didn’t feel like I needed to include them in this section. Anyway, because I did the 365-day challenge, everyone benefited–one way or another. However, Achel had a surge, leaving Jun Ya behind with only 22 posts, because Wallace, Joanne, Bianca, and Jacky ended up having more posts than him for the year. That knocked him off top 5 for the year yet didn’t damage his overall record too much. Talking about that, he was the reason why I held off so long of not publishing this post since I needed to calculate some of the posts again. Yet I decided to gamble and take out some and possibly double back next year to correct it all. Oh yeah, I didn’t count general updates for some people, especially those with higher numbers already.
Wallace Huo: 26 (9% of the year)
Janine Chang: 16 (6%)
Vic Chou: 12 (4%)
Joanne Zeng: 25 (9%)
Nicholas Teo: 18 (6%)
Xiu Jie Kai: 12 (4%)
Angela Chang: 12 (4%)
Zhao Jun Ya: 22 (8%)
Yvonne Yao: 7 (2%)
Penny Lin: 16 (6%)
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 34 (12%)
Sophia Chou: 6 (2%)
Ruby Lin: 16 (6%)
Van Fan: 9 (3%)
Eric Suen: 5 (2%)
Bianca Bai: 25 (9%)
Jacky Chu: 23 (8%)

Books Reviews:

Music Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries: I will say that I was both proud and also a bit ashamed, because I was cheating for several dramas by inserting placeholders. I was trying to motivate myself to watch faster and/or fill the spaces yet things got in the way and I fell behind once again.

Fan Fiction:

Songs Translations: I think that it was too obvious that it was a Phil Chang year for me. Yes, I love that guy. Okay, mostly his songs, lol. But he is funny. Getting back to this, totally outdone myself on some levels. Overall, I translated 51 songs. OMG, that’s like major achievement for me in this area. The previous year, I only did 12, but that was because I didn’t really take it as a challenge. I think this number will drop the upcoming year since I won’t be forcing myself to update every day.

Chinese: 46

Vietnamese: 5

Side Updates: 130 posts – My randomness seriously has gone way past normal. I didn’t count some of the side stuffs. But The New World and iHero obviously dominated the scene for the beginning of the year.

For this year, I hope to bring out more quality posts, like I said earlier. I also hope to finish up the placeholder posts that I haven’t previously. Wish me luck and see you all next year!

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