Give Me A Taiwanese Boyband To Idolize

(Credit: itsJPMofficial)

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 write 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.

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Year 2014 in Recap

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You know what? I’m beginning to feel like the year in review from WordPress doesn’t even justify my accomplishments, especially this past year. So I decided to go all out on the rebellion and make my own post. It might not look as glamorous as WordPress’s version but at least it doesn’t make me look that lazy, lol.

Starting off with some general stats.

Total Posts in 2014: 139 – Yes, posts ONLY. But the number would have gone up if I counted the pages since I usually use ‘pages’ for fanfic updates, except if it’s a one-shot.
January: 19
February: 16
March: 13
April: 14
May: 6
June: 12
July: 8
August: 10
September: 7
October: 9
November: 8
December: 17

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Times Updated on People on the Poll: 63 – Looking at the breakdown, it goes to show that I update on whoever I feel like, not having to do with the who is leading the polls, etc. It’s nothing new, it’s like what I said before. It’s not that I placed in the poll just for kicks or just messing with people. But it’s more like I was curious (like I mentioned in the past already) and try not to put myself on pressure as to update according to votes. What I do feel bad about is not updating on Vic and Janine or Nic more like I should have.
Wallace Huo: 8
Ady An: 1
Hu Ge: 1
Vic Chou: 4
Joanne Tseng: 4
Janine Chang: 2
Angela Chang: 1
Xiu Jie Kai: 1
Nicholas Teo: 1
Yvonne Yao: 3
Zhao Jun Ya: 16
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 5
Sophia Chou: 3
Van Fan: 1
Eric Suen: 3
Penny Lin: 3
Jacky Chu: 10
Bianca Bai: 1

Music Reviews: 13 – Not bad, right? I managed to empty the majority of the list I had up. So it’s something to celebrate here.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries: 22 episodes and 6 reviews – I could have done better here but still not too bad.

Fan Fiction: It has been a sad case here since I don’t know when. But I really do apologize for all those waiting for certain stories that have been lagging for the past few years now. It’s just that I didn’t find inspiration to do work with it and didn’t want to end up ruining it more than I already did.

  • Slanted Thoughts 2
  • The Dating Game 45 – Mad progress on this saga, right? Sadly, it could only be said for this one, lol.

Songs Translations: 12 – Hey, it’s a record here! I’m serious! Translations are hard! It’s harder for my case since I’m still learning in some areas.

Chinese: 9

Vietnamese: 3

Side Updates: 41 posts – YUP, these have been occupying my time as well. At times, I cheated and posted pictures only, but I swear, some of them were kind of too secretive to talk about. Or some were adaptations that I hadn’t read about yet.

  • Fu Rong Jin: 5 – It’s going to show like next year, right?
  • Favorite Scenes Saga: 1 post, but I did have a lot to work on so it wasn’t like I was slacking on purpose
  • Worth Watching Saga: Managed to publish all 3 I have in the background for the recommendation posts. Plan to launch another one this upcoming year.
  • Seasons in the Sun: 5
  • Love Knows No Distance: 2
  • Gold Pretty Girl/Dan Shen You Yue: 3 – Seriously, been waiting for this to air.
  • Dong Jiang Heroes: 6
  • Never Ending Love: 2
  • Royal Tramp/ The Deer and the Cauldron 2014: 4
  • Yuan Yue Wan Dao: 1 – Seriously, when is this airing?
  • Shen Yi Da Dao Gong 2013: 4
  • Throwback Thursday Saga: 3
  • Reasons to Stay Positive Saga: 2

What do I want to focus on for this next coming year? More on Couples posts and pages. Not to mention the “Special Profiles” pages that I had suddenly abandoned. There’s also the “All About” saga that I halted all of a sudden as well. So are these my New Year resolutions? No. I seriously don’t want to force myself into that, considering how this is just a blog to share all the randomness that I like. So putting pressure on that would lose the purpose of the blog itself even more. I’m just bringing it up because I want to say I’m not abandoning those completely yet. Although what I would want more is to finally finish some fanfics that I have been lagging since whenever. Wouldn’t that be something?

All right, have a great year next year, everyone! Happy blogging or stalking if you don’t blog! (LOL) See you next year for another random update of the wrap-up from me!

2014 MILK Awards

So I’m back for another voting event thing. This time, it’s the Milk Awards. Follow this link to vote. The following people are the ones I’m rooting for, the rest, oh well…I mean I like some of them, but planning to support these ones for this particular event.

Mr. Milk

Ms. Milk

Performer of the Year

Most Focused Person of the Year

Band of the Year

Trendiest Artist of the Year

Most Refreshing Cover Artist

Milk’s Prevailing Artist

365 (Special Edition)

So the reason why I got this album in the first place was because of True Love 365. YUP, a collection for the drama.

1. 365 Overture (365序曲). This is the bonus track for the album. It’s all right, I guess. Creating the hype for the beginning of the album.

2. 365 Days (365天). The main theme of True Love 365. My ultimate favorite track. Not only is it catchy but also quite romantic and dreamy, lol. Hopeful indeed. It always reminded me of the drama and was seriously suitable for the theme of the drama.

3. Believe In Love (相信愛). Very uplifting and heart-warming on many levels. Although it reeks of this overly mushy feeling toward love and life in general, it’s in no way fake. Because the lyrics flow really nicely and genuinely with the guys’ singing.

4. Internet (feat. Kimberley). Upbeat song. Those who enjoy this style would definitely love it.

5. Crazy For Love by Mao Di/Qiu Yi Cheng (M-邱翊橙). Another nice song. Not too mushy, but does live up to its title with the lyrics practically screaming to be noticed and to be given love.

6. I Don’t Miss You That Much (我沒有很想你). A very nice and mellow song. Touching even. The guys really harmonize well together in this song. (Not that the other tracks didn’t show that, but this one seemed more obvious.)

7. She Wanna Go. Upbeat song, but it doesn’t mean it’s a happy song. Only semi-happy, because it’s another one of those songs where the guy gets dumped. But it’s not too pathetic either since it encouraged him to stand up bravely and move on, etc.

8. The Next Slope of Love (愛情的下坡). Another don’t know why the girl left him kind of song. OY! Not that it’s a bad song, but sort of old theme, lol. But it’s okay. Still catchy in a way to listen to.

9. It’s Fine With Just One Person (一個人也好) by Wang Zi / Qiu Sheng Yi (P-邱勝翊). Another sad song, but not too pitiful. It’s just trying to reassure oneself that it’s okay to go on alone, etc.

10. Laughing At Oneself (笑自己) by Xiao Jie /Liao Jun Jie (J-廖俊傑). Kind of bitter song, but not too morbid. Just sad.

11. Singing 4 Love. One of the sub-themes for True Love 365. Lighthearted and nice. Fun and fleeting.

So the conclusion? Aside from track #2 being an ultimate favorite like I stated above, I think it’s hard to say which one of the others is after that. Because they’re all quite good for me. Perhaps track #4 could be the least favorite, but that’s just me, not because it’s not good enough. I must admit it’s a bit surprising. Mostly because I just got this because of True Love 365 as stated numerous times already. But I realized that this album is quite good on its own.

So aside from the bonus track, what else is there to be qualified as the special edition? Well, there’s the typical lyrics booklet with pictures included. Then there’s also a storage box (which was folded for shipping purposes). I stored it away for the future, lol. NOT sure if I’m ever going to use it but it’s in a safe place for now.

*All images were scanned by DTLCT

365 Days by JPM

(Credit: itsJPMofficial)

Song Title: 365 Days (365天)

Lyricist: JPM Wang Zi/ Qiu Sheng Yi (王子/邱勝翊)

Composer: TAEMU

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Maroon = Pin Yin
Blue = English

Every day every night
給我的愛一瞬間 變成永遠 每年都不改變
gei wo de ai yi shun jian    bian cheng yong yuan    mei nian dou bu gai bian
Give my love a moment to become eternal, every year never changing
Every day every night

每天一睜開眼就希望你能在我身邊
mei tian yi zheng kai yan jiu xi wang ni neng zai wo shen bian
Every day, upon opening my eyes, I hope that you could be by my side
能不能三百六十五天都能和你見面
neng bu neng san bai liu shi wu tian dou neng he ni jian mian
Is it possible to meet up with you for all 365 days?
第一次強烈感覺
di yi ci qiang lie gan jue
The first intense feeling
無法抗拒的感覺
wu fa kang ju de gan jue
The irresistible feeling
I’m going crazy now

你的出現會讓我馬上陷入瘋狂
ni de chu xian hui rang wo ma shang xian ru feng kuang
Your appearance has caused me to sink into madness immediately
達到沸點
da dao fei dian
Reaching the boiling point
想跟著你的獨特氣味一起 環遊世界
xiang gen zhe ni de du te qi wei yi    huan you shi jie
Wanting to travel around the world with your unique scent
關於你的消息 都能成為我焦點
guan yu ni de xiao xi   dou neng cheng wei wo jiao dian
Any news pertaining to you could become my focus

對你的愛怎麼會 那麼濃烈
dui ni de ai zen me hui   na me nong lie
Regarding to your love, how could it be so strong?
天天對你想念
tian tian dui ni xiang nian
Longing to see you every day
Every day every night
給我的愛一瞬間 變成永遠
gei wo de ai yi shun jian   bian cheng yong yuan
Give my love a moment to become eternal
每年都不改變
mei nian dou bu gai bian
So each year it won’t change
Every day every night

每天一睜開眼就希望你能在我身邊
mei tian yi zheng kai yan jiu xi wang ni neng zai wo shen bian
Every day, upon opening my eyes, I hope that you could be by my side
能不能三百六十五天都能和你見面
neng bu neng san bai liu shi wu tian dou neng he ni jian mian
Is it possible to meet up with you for all 365 days?
第一次強烈感覺
di yi ci qiang lie gan jue
The first intense feeling
無法抗拒的感覺
wu fa kang ju de gan jue
The irresistible feeling
I’m going crazy now

你的出現會讓我馬上陷入瘋狂
ni de chu xian hui rang wo ma shang xian ru feng kuang
Your appearance has caused me to sink into madness immediately
達到沸點
da dao fei dian
Reaching the boiling point
想跟著你的獨特氣味一起 環遊世界
xiang gen zhe ni de du te qi wei yi   huan you shi jie
Wanting to travel around the world with your unique scent
關於你的消息 都能成為我焦點
guan yu ni de xiao xi   dou neng cheng wei wo jiao dian
Any news pertaining to you could become my focus

對你的愛怎麼會 那麼濃烈
dui ni de ai zen me hui   na me nong lie
Regarding to your love, how could it be so strong?
天天對你想念
tian tian dui ni xiang nian
Longing to see you every day
Every day every night
給我的愛一瞬間 變成永遠
gei wo de ai yi shun jian   bian cheng yong yuan
Give my love a moment to become eternal
每年都不改變
mei nian dou bu gai bian
So each year it won’t change
Every day every night

你的甜蜜微笑 讓我神魂顛倒
ni de tian mi wei xiao   rang wo shen hun dian dao
Your sweet smile caused my mind to go crazy
聽你撒嬌 讓我陶醉
ting ni de sa jiao   rang wo tao zui
Listening to your tantrums made me infatuated
整夜睡不著
zheng ye shui bu zhe
Unable to sleep the whole night
I want you baby
I love you lady
I want U
I love U
I want U I love U
I want U I love U

一見面 心跳快要到極限
yi jian mian   xin tiao kuai yao dao ji xian
Just one look drove the heartbeat to its limit
讓時間 會凍結
rang shi jian   hui dong jie
Let time freeze
許個願 我要你在我身邊
xu ge yuan   wo yao ni zai wo shen bian
Making a wish, I want you by my side
那最好 是永遠
na zui hao   shi yong yuan
Its best is eternal

對你的愛怎麼會 那麼濃烈
dui ni de ai zen me hui   na me nong lie
Regarding to your love, how could it be so strong?
天天對你想念
tian tian dui ni xiang nian
Longing to see you every day
Every day every night
給我的愛一瞬間 變成永遠
gei wo de ai yi shun jian   bian cheng yong yuan
Give my love a moment to become eternal
每年都不改變
mei nian dou bu gai bian
So each year it won’t change
Every day every night

對你的愛怎麼會 那麼濃烈
dui ni de ai zen me hui   na me nong lie
Regarding to your love, how could it be so strong?
天天對你想念
tian tian dui ni xiang nian
Longing to see you every day
Every day every night
給我的愛一瞬間 變成永遠
gei wo de ai yi shun jian   bian cheng yong yuan
Give my love a moment to become eternal
每年都不改變
mei nian dou bu gai bian
So each year it won’t change
Every day every night

每天一睜開眼就希望你能在我身邊
mei tian yi zheng kai yan jiu xi wang ni neng zai wo shen bian
Every day, upon opening my eyes, I hope that you could be by my side
能不能三百六十五天都能和你見面
neng bu neng san bai liu shi wu tian dou neng he ni jian mian
Is it possible to meet up with you for all 365 days?
第一次強烈感覺
di yi ci qiang lie gan jue
The first intense feeling
無法抗拒的感覺
wu fa kang ju de gan jue
The irresistible feeling
I’m going crazy now

給我的愛一瞬間 變成永遠
gei wo de ai yi shun jian   bian cheng yong yuan
Give my love a moment to become eternal
每年都不改變
mei nian dou bu gai bian
So each year it won’t change
Every day every night

*All translations were done by DTLCT.