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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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Moonlight by Yang Pei An

Song Title: Moonlight (月光)

Music & Lyrics by: Chen Guo Hua (陳國華)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Grayish Blue = Pin Yin
Indigo  = English

月兒彎彎靜靜掛在天空上
yue er wan wan jing jing gua zai tian kong shang
The arched calm moon hanging high in the sky
微光中世界充滿著希望
wei guang zhong shi jie chong man zhe xi wang
Glimmering in the center of the world, overflowing with hope
滿天星 星滿天 像母親的光輝
man tian xing   xing man tian  xiang mu qin de guang hui
Sky full of stars, stars all over the sky, resembling a mother’s radiance
暖暖的守護這人間
nuan nuan de shou hu zhe ren jian
Warmly protecting this world

也許命連常常考驗著你我
ye xu ming lian chang chang kao yan zhe ni wo
Perhaps fate often test you and me
揮揮手灰塵就能夠擺脫
hui hui shou hui chen jiu neng gou bai tuo
Waving off the dust could enable an escape route
這一段 坎坷路 讓我來陪你走
zhe yi duan   kan ke lu   rang wo lai pei ni zou
This one, even path had allowed me to accompany you
溫柔月光會照亮這一路
wen rou yue guang hui zhao liang zhe yi lu
The benevolent moonlight illuminated brightly on this path

不要怕不要慌 有我在你身旁
bu yao pa bu yao huang   you wo zai ni shen pang
Don’t be afraid, don’t be nervous, I’m right here by your side
手牽手就能抵擋這風浪
shou qian shou jiu neng di dang zhe feng lang
Holding hands will allow us to push off this obstacle
別擔心別徬徨 有信心一定強
bie dan xin bie pang huang   you xin xin yi ding qiang
Don’t worry, don’t hesitate, having confidence will make you strong
有微笑就能聚集這能量
you wei xiao jiu neng ju ji zhe neng liang
Having a smile will gather this energy

常常聽說不如意十有八九
chang chang ting shuo bu ru yi shi you ba jiu
Oftentimes having heard unfavorable things are 8,9 out of 10
學學風就輕盈又自由
xue xue feng jiu neng qing ying you zi you
Learn to be just like the wind, graceful and liberating
悲與恨 都放手 用真愛來歌頌
bei yu hen   dou fang shou   yong zhen ai lai ge song
Letting go of grief and hate, using true love to honor
願你我都能平安的度過
yuan ni wo dou neng ping an de du guo
Hoping that you and I will go through safely

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Not Complete Without You by Fu Qiong Yin

(Credit: TheJoyfulmelody)

Song Title: Not Complete Without You  (有你才完整)

Music by: Xiao Huang Qi (蕭煌奇)

Lyrics by: Yang Pei An (楊培安)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Indigo = Pin Yin
Light Red = English
Green = Vietnamese

嬉鬧畫面不斷重複著
xi nao hua mian bu duan chong fu zhe
Amusement and ruptures from the picture won’t stop repeating itself
Những sự vui nhộn trong tấm hình cứ không ngừng hiện ra
配合我噗通的心跳聲
pei he wo pu tong de xin tiao sheng
In tune with the sound of happiness from my heartbeat
Phối hợp cùng với nhịp đập tim tôi
旋律伴隨著兒時記憶不停播送著
xuan lu ban sui zhe er shi ji yi bu ting bo song zhe
The melodies of childhood memories wouldn’t stop broadcasting
Những nhịp điệu của kỷ niệm hồi thơ ấu không ngừng phát thanh

告別故鄉親愛的家人
gao bie gu xiang shen ai de jia ren
Saying goodbye to the dearest homeland’s family members
Nói lời từ giã với gia đình thân thương tại cố hương
獨自來到陌生的城鎮
du zi lai dao mo sheng de cheng zhen
Traveling alone to an unfamiliar town
Một mình đi tới một thành phố xa lạ
就算不適應也只能將思念先擱著
jiu suan bu shi ying ye zhi neng jiang si nian xian ge zhe
Given my inadaptability, I could only be prepared at first
Vì không dễ thích ứng nên tôi chỉ có thể làm những chuẩn bị tốt thôi

孤芳自賞或許是必經的過程
gu fang zi shang huo xu shi bi jing de guo cheng
Indulging in self admiration, perhaps, is an inevitable path
Chìm vào say đắm đối với bản thân là sự khó tránh
這點道理我懂的
zhe dian dao li wo dong de
This principle, I understand
Cái đạo lý này, tôi hiểu được mà
我有與衆不同的動人的歌聲
wo you yu zhong bu tong de dong ren de ge sheng
The masses and I can’t agree on what qualifies as a touching song
Công chúng và tôi không thể hòa đồng cùng một thanh âm cảm động
有你的傾聽生活有不同的顏色
you ni de qing ting sheng huo you bu tong de yan se
Having you listen, life wouldn’t contain the same colors
Có được sự lắng nghe của anh sẽ khiến đời sống thêm muôn màu

不再是一個人孤獨的唱著
bu zai shi yi ge ren gu du de chang zhe
No longer singing one person’s song of solitude
Không còn tự mình hát những bài hát cô độc
一個人漫步的夜色
yi ge ren man bu de ye se
One person’s aimless night stroll
Một mình đi tản bộ trong đêm tối
哼著歌手牽手的走著
heng zhe ge shou qian shou de zou zhe
Humming songs, walking hand in hand
Cùng nhau bước đi, tay trong tay hát hò
月光下身影不再蕭瑟
yue guang xia shen ying bu zai xiao se
Moonlight’s reflection won’t be so dreary
Sự phản chiếu của ánh trăng sẽ không quá ảm đạm

有你在心是安穩的
you ni zai xin shi an wen de
Having you, the heart is able to retain its stability
Có anh trái tim sẽ giữ được sự ổn định
不管做什麼都自在輕鬆的
bu guan zuo shen me dou zi zai qing song de
Regardless of accomplishing any task, it would be very carefree and relaxing
Cho dù làm chuyện gì cũng rất vô tư và thoải mái
有你在什麼都可能
you ni zai shen me dou ke neng
Having you, anything could turn into possible
Có anh, chuyện gì cũng sẽ biến thành có thể
從此夢與現實取得了平衡
cong ci meng yu xian shi qu de le ping heng
Henceforth, obtaining dream and reality is an equilibrium
Cho nên mộng mơ và hiện thục đều bằng nhau

(music)

嬉鬧畫面不斷重複著
xi nao hua mian bu duan chong fu zhe
Amusement and ruptures from the picture won’t stop repeating itself
Những sự vui nhộn trong tấm hình cứ không ngừng hiện ra
配合我噗通的心跳聲
pei he wo pu tong de xin tiao sheng
In tune with the sound of happiness from my heartbeat
Phối hợp cùng với nhịp đập tim tôi
旋律伴隨著兒時記憶不停播送著
xuan lu ban sui zhe er shi ji yi bu ting bo song zhe
The melodies of childhood memories wouldn’t stop broadcasting
Những nhịp điệu của kỷ niệm hồi thơ ấu không ngừng phát thanh

告別故鄉親愛的家人
gao bie gu xiang shen ai de jia ren
Saying goodbye to the dearest homeland’s family members
Nói lời từ giã với gia đình thân thương tại cố hương
獨自來到陌生的城鎮
du zi lai dao mo sheng de cheng zhen
Traveling alone to an unfamiliar town
Một mình đi tới một thành phố xa lạ
就算不適應也只能將思念先擱著
jiu suan bu shi ying ye zhi neng jiang si nian xian ge zhe
Given my inadaptability, I could only be prepared at first
Vì không dễ thích ứng nên tôi chỉ có thể làm những chuẩn bị tốt thôi

孤芳自賞或許是必經的過程
gu fang zi shang huo xu shi bi jing de guo cheng
Indulging in self admiration, perhaps, is an inevitable path
Chìm vào say đắm đối với bản thân là sự khó tránh
這點道理我懂的
zhe dian dao li wo dong de
This principle, I understand
Cái đạo lý này, tôi hiểu được mà
我有與衆不同的動人的歌聲
wo you yu zhong bu tong de dong ren de ge sheng
The masses and I can’t agree on what qualifies as a touching song
Công chúng và tôi không thể hòa đồng cùng một thanh âm cảm động
有你的傾聽生活有不同的顏色
you ni de qing ting sheng huo you bu tong de yan se
Having you listen, life wouldn’t contain the same colors
Có được sự lắng nghe của anh sẽ khiến đời sống thêm muôn màu

不再是一個人孤獨的唱著
bu zai shi yi ge ren gu du de chang zhe
No longer singing one person’s song of solitude
Không còn tự mình hát những bài hát cô độc
一個人漫步的夜色
yi ge ren man bu de ye se
One person’s aimless night stroll
Một mình đi tản bộ trong đêm tối
哼著歌手牽手的走著
heng zhe ge shou qian shou de zou zhe
Humming songs, walking hand in hand
Cùng nhau bước đi, tay trong tay hát hò
月光下身影不再蕭瑟
yue guang xia shen ying bu zai xiao se
Moonlight’s reflection won’t be so dreary
Sự phản chiếu của ánh trăng sẽ không quá ảm đạm

有你在心是安穩的
you ni zai xin shi an wen de
Having you, the heart is able to retain its stability
Có anh trái tim sẽ giữ được sự ổn định
不管做什麼都自在輕鬆的
bu guan zuo shen me dou zi zai qing song de
Regardless of accomplishing any task, it would be very carefree and relaxing
Cho dù làm chuyện gì cũng rất vô tư và thoải mái
有你在什麼都可能
you ni zai shen me dou ke neng
Having you, anything could turn into possible
Có anh, chuyện gì cũng sẽ biến thành có thể
從此夢與現實取得了平衡
cong ci meng yu xian shi qu de le ping heng
Henceforth, obtaining dream and reality is an equilibrium
Cho nên mộng mơ và hiện thục đều bằng nhau

奇妙的安排讓我們在一起
qi miao de an pai rang wo men zai yi qi
A miracle had let us be together
Sự kỳ diệu đã đưa chúng ta đến với nhau
有哭有笑卻很甜蜜
you ku you xiao que hen tian mi
There are crying and laughter yet very sweet
Có khóc, có cười nhưng rất ngọt ngào
只要你在身邊
zhi yao ni zai shen bian
As long as you are by my side
Chỉ cần có anh bên cạnh
不管路有多遠
bu guan lu you duo yuan
It doesn’t matter how long the road is
Cho dù đường có xa bao nhiêu
有你陪就不怕累
you ni pei jiu bu pa lei
Having you accompany me, I’m not afraid of fatigue
Có anh đi cùng, không sợ mệt tí nào
幸福就是有你相隨
xing fu jiu shi you ni xiang sui
Having you is having happiness
Có anh giống như có được hạnh phúc

兩顆心同心的唱和
liang ge xin tong xin de chang he
Two hearts beating as one
Hai trái tim cùng chung nhịp đập
兩顆心溫暖了夜色
liang ge xin wen nuan le ye se
Two hearts warming the night’s shades
Hai trái tim làm ấm đi đêm tối
哼著歌手牽手的走著
heng zhe ge shou qian shou de zou zhe
Humming songs, walking hand in hand
Cùng nhau bước đi, tay trong tay hát hò
月光下身影不再蕭瑟
yue guang xia shen ying bu zai xiao se
Moonlight’s reflection won’t be so dreary
Sự phản chiếu của ánh trăng sẽ không quá ảm đạm

有你在心是安穩的
you ni zai xin shi an wen de
Having you, the heart is able to retain its stability
Có anh trái tim sẽ giữ được sự ổn định
不管做什麼都自在輕鬆的
bu guan zuo shen me dou zi zai qing song de
Regardless of accomplishing any task, it would be very carefree and relaxing
Cho dù làm chuyện gì cũng rất vô tư và thoải mái
有你在什麼都可能
you ni zai shen me dou ke neng
Having you, anything could turn into possible
Có anh, chuyện gì cũng sẽ biến thành có thể
從此夢與現實取得了平衡
cong ci meng yu xian shi qu de le ping heng
Henceforth, obtaining dream and reality is an equilibrium
Cho nên mộng mơ và hiện thục đều bằng nhau

有了你的世界才真的完整
you le ni de shi jie cai zhen de wan zheng
Without you, the world isn’t genuinely complete
Có anh, thế giới mới thiệt sự hoàn chỉnh

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Rookies’ Diary: I Do Believe

(Uploaded by: icion2000)

Okay, it has been a long time since I blog about this. But I couldn’t help it since I found a clip of Jacky singing the song “I Believe” that Yang Pei An covered in his album a few years back and brought in a new feeling to the song. Yet again, one of the times Jacky messed up part of the lyrics, but if you don’t pay attention, I guess it’s not too bad. LOL!

Love Together OST

It’s about time I do the review for this though I have gotten the soundtrack via YesAsia awhile back. (YES, blame it on desktop failure so couldn’t scan stuffs.) Must say that the collection is worth it. Well, if you didn’t collect some of the songs in here already. But let’s get started, eh?
1. Not Complete Without You (有你才完整) by Fu Qiong Yin (符瓊音). The main theme song. I don’t know, but man, to listen to it more carefully, it’s perfect for the drama itself. The lyrics are penned by Yang Pei An and the music written by Xiao Huang Qi. The perfect duo to do the deed, right? At least I thought so. Then combine in Fu Qiong Yin’s voice is just so suitable for the whole atmosphere of the song. At first, I was wondering if it was written by both Yang and Xiao, why didn’t they sing it? But after listening to the theme song a few more times, I got it. Good choice indeed. My favorite part where this song was being played in the drama was in episode 8 where Zhong Ze was searching for Xiao Yu in the woods and found her finally. He ran over and hugged her before she could say anything (except for his name). The song was really suitable for that moment because Zhong Ze finally let his bottled up feelings out, proving that he really cares for Xiao Yu–unlike what he said before about only having ‘revenge’ in his heart. I think either way, this song works for both of them because without either one, they wouldn’t feel complete.
2. Writing a Blissful Song Because of You (為你寫一首幸福的歌) by Chen Guo Hua (陳國華). A sweet, somewhat leaning on a mushy side song. Not bad actually. I didn’t really pay attention the first time around yet listening to it again brought some nice feelings to it.
3. Want to Hear You Say (想聽你說) by Mi Er Si (米兒絲). This song, I remember, was played during the conversation between Xiao Yu and Ah Bao in episode 8 where she was calling to apologize to him for scolding him previously. Not sure if it was played some other time (and I might have missed it), but that was one of the memorable scenes. It really suits the feelings Ah Bao has toward Xiao Yu. Kind of one-sided but still cute in a way.
4. The Heart’s Regret (心中的遺憾) by Yuki Hsu (徐懷鈺). Kind of sad is an understatement. This song always bring some kind of bittersweet feeling to me. I can’t tag it to a specific scene of the drama but it must have been played in the drama from time to time. With the complications throughout with Zhong Ze and Xiao Yu’s feelings for one another and other factors involved, the song already hinted so much. Quite suitable.
5. Living in Your Heart (住進你心窩) by Ai Cheng (艾成). I think this song was another song played at one time or another in Rookies’ Diary but I can’t remember a specific episode or moment, but could remember that it was. Regarding this drama though, I think this is talking about Ah Bao? Like how he’s always wanting to live in Xiao Yu’s heart yet could only be her best friend. Yet he’s not bitter about it either – at least not at the beginning, but would always support her and encourage her on. Oh yeah, how could I forget the time when this song was playing was in episode 6 when Xiao Yu was yanking the pillow away from Ah Bao, causing him to fall off the bed. (LOL!) Told you it was for Ah Bao.
6. A Very Difficult Goodbye (再見太難) by Li De Hui (利得彙). Not really my favorite or has that much impact when I listen to it. But I must admit it’s another good choice to include for the drama’s soundtrack. While listening to this song, the scene where Xiang Xiang was urging Xiao Yu to go say a proper goodbye to Zhong Ze before he went away (to Japan) came to mind. It was in episode 5–and when I was going back to check, it was indeed playing in the background when Xiao Yu was chasing after Zhong Ze on her bike–and finally giving up.
7.  How Could It Possibly Be Loneliness? (怎麼可能會寂寞) by Wu Ting Che (吳听徹). NOT sure if I got the translation correct but indeed a nice song. Kind of long-winded (lol), but I guess it drive the point in the end. I don’t remember it being played in the drama but it must have. It’s just that it’s not really my favorite.
8. I Love You (我愛你) by Xu Jin Hao (許晉豪). A song written and composed by Chen Guo Hua. I thought it would get lame since the title is just so simple yet it sure proved me wrong. I forgot when it was played in the drama yet I had a feeling it was suitable for Zhong Ze and Xiao Yu. So much has happened between them but I think the ending proved that the song rings true.
9.  Qi Xu (祈許) by Liu Hong Ling (劉虹翎). I don’t know. Too much brain work with figuring out the title. I get it, just can’t put it so that it sounds good and doesn’t lose its meaning at the same time. But about the song, a touching song. I honestly don’t know which one is this song for. But it might be a toss between Zhong Ze and Xiao Yu?
10. Song of Happiness (快樂的歌) by Yang Pei An (楊培安). OMG! All of those sad songs and then this happy song. Living up to its title since it definitely brought forth positive feelings. It’s kind of funny to listen to Yang Pei An singing a song bordering on the popular side versus his usual inspirational ones.
11. 58 Degrees of  Loneliness (58°寂寞) by Fu Qiong Yin (符瓊音). Another song that was used in Rookies’ Diary and then now use in here. It’s okay though. I seriously don’t mind. Too morbid. YES, that coming from me.
12. Crossroads (分岔路) by Chen Guo Hua (陳國華). This song is just sad. The time I remember it the most was in episode 7 when Ah Bao told Zhong Ze that Xiao Yu had agreed to go with him back to Taiwan. (It was near the end of the episode.) And this song is definitely for Ah Bao. Good call on using this song. Chen definitely brought out the feelings of this song. It was possibly due to the fact that it was written and composed by him. But must give him credit for it.
13. Admired by Thousands (萬人迷) by Ai Cheng (艾成). I don’t remember this song actually playing in the drama. At least not the words but more like the beginning of the song, like the upbeat music. But it was also used in Rookies’ Diary from time to time and especially in Episode 42. This song could also be found in one of Ai Cheng’s album if you don’t want to get this soundtrack. What does this song has to do with this drama? Honestly, I always ponder. Yet maybe it could be referring to Kurt Chou’s character aka Ah Bao? LOL! Considering how he’s just so cool and all in here.
14. Moonlight (月光) by Yang Pei An (楊培安). The ending theme song. An inspirational song–and is also written and composed by Chen Guo Hua.. Really suitable for the drama. It describes the people of the General Street perfectly and how they’re always so full of hope to overcome all obstacles. This is more like Xiao Yu reaching out to Zhong Ze. Or vice versa, depending on the situation. Nice song as an ending theme. AND yes, this was another song that was used in Rookies’ Diary, but in season 2. I guess FTV was shooting two birds with one stone by releasing this soundtrack.

How come I didn’t number my favorites? I can’t figure out. But my favorites equally are #1, #12, #13, and #14. I couldn’t decide between the four of them since it gives a different feeling yet somehow couldn’t really say I like one or another more. Rare occasion but yeah. The second favorites would be #5 and #2. A very good deal for me, considering how it linked with the drama so perfectly and how I had liked the drama so it made it better.
*All images were scanned by DTLCT

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