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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Embrace by Yu Hao Ming

(Uploaded by: taros1114)

Song Title: Embrace (擁抱)

Music by: Baek Moo-hyun

Lyrics by: Tang Tian + Zhang Zhang (唐恬 + 张彰)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Olive = Pin Yin
Brown = English
Green = Vietnamese

鏡子里 出現另一張臉
jing zi li   chu xian ling yi zhang lian
Within the mirror, another face appears
Trong mặt kiến, xuất hiện một khuôn mặt khác
天忽然 變了臉 模糊了我的眼
tian hu ran   bian le lian   mo hu le wo de yan
The sky suddenly changes, distorting my eyes
Trời đột nhiên đổi sắc, làm mắt tôi mơ hồ đi
愛上你 或許是種冒險
ai shang ni   huo xu shi zhong mao xian
Loving you, perhaps, is a kind of risk
Yêu thương em, có lẽ, là một sự mạo hiểm
當思念 開始擱淺 是否你看不見
dang si nian   kai shi ge qian   shi fou ni kan bu jian
When thinking, the start of an obstacle is denying that you can’t see it
Lúc suy nghĩ, sự bắt đầu của trở ngại là khi phủ nhận rằng em nhìn không thấy

心在風里碎
xin zai feng li sui
The heart breaks within the wind
Lòng đã tan nát trong gió
還要承受這份罪
hai yao cheng shou zhe fen zui
Still want to bear this sin
Vẫn còn muốn chịu phần tội này 
任愛憔悴 安靜的陶醉 也是一種美
ren ai qiao cui   an jing de tao zui   ye shi yi zhong mei
Bearing love’s deterioration, silent infatuation is also a kind of beauty
Chịu đựng sự tan vỡ của tình yêu, sự say mê trong yên lặng cũng là một vẻ đẹp

我等不到 我要不了 你的擁抱
wo deng bu dao   wo yao bu liao   ni de yong bao
I can’t wait, I can’t have it, your embrace
Tôi đợi không được, tôi sẽ không được nó, cái ôm của em
向左向右 太煎熬 身體像個 問號
xiang zuo xiang you   tai jian ao   shen ti xiang ge   wen hao
Turning left or right, it’s very tormenting, the body is like a question mark
Nhìn trái hay phải cũng rất đau khổ, thân thể như là một dấu hỏi
我抱不了 我愛不到 你的心跳
wo bao bu liao   wo ai bu dao   ni de xin tiao
I can’t embrace, I can’t love, your heartbeat
Tôi ôm không được, tôi yêu không tới, nhịp đập tim em
很痛很傻 我都知道
hen tong hen sha   wo dou zhi dao
Very painful and foolish, I know it all
Rất đau, rất khờ, tôi đều biết hết
卻無法 脆弱的 戒掉
que wu fa   cui ruo de   jie diao
Yet I can’t get rid of the fragility
Nhưng tôi không thể bỏ đi được sự nhu nhược
你曾經 說的所謂 美好
ni ceng jing   shuo de suo wei   mei hao
All the beautiful words you said in the past
Những lời đẹp em đã nói trước kia
只想等你 等你的抱
zhi xiang deng ni   deng ni de bao
I just want to wait for you, waiting for your embrace
Tôi chỉ muốn chờ đợi em, chờ đợi cái ôm của em

(music)

我習慣 忍著咬痛的嘴
wo xi guan   ren zhe yao tong de zui
I’m used to enduring this pain
Tôi đã quen chịu đựng nỗi đau này 
假裝著 演個笑臉 站在你的身邊
jia zhuang zhe   yan ge xiao lian   zhan zai ni de shen bian
Masquerading, putting on the smiling face, standing by your side
Ngụy trang, diễn ra mặt cười, đứng bên cạnh em
你轉身之前
ni zhuan shen zhi qian
Before you turned away
Trước khi em quay đi
世界對於我而言
shi jie dui yu wo er yan
The world regarded me
Thế giới đã nói với tôi
就像永夜 沒有了時間 無所謂明天
jiu xiang yong ye   mei you le shi jian   wu suo wei ming tian
Just like endless night, no time, no tomorrow
Giống như đêm tối vĩnh viễn, không có giờ, không có ngày mai

我等不到 我要不了 你的擁抱
wo deng bu dao   wo yao bu liao   ni de yong bao
I can’t wait, I can’t have it, your embrace
Tôi đợi không được, tôi sẽ không được nó, cái ôm của em
向左向右 太煎熬 身體像個 問號
xiang zuo xiang you   tai jian ao   shen ti xiang ge   wen hao
Turning left or right, it’s very tormenting, the body is like a question mark
Nhìn trái hay phải cũng rất đau khổ, thân thể như là một dấu hỏi
我抱不了 我愛不到 你的心跳
wo bao bu liao   wo ai bu dao   ni de xin tiao
I can’t embrace, I can’t love, your heartbeat
Tôi ôm không được, tôi yêu không tới, nhịp đập tim em
很痛很傻 我都知道
hen tong hen sha   wo dou zhi dao
Very painful and foolish, I know it all
Rất đau, rất khờ, tôi đều biết hết
卻無法 脆弱的 戒掉
que wu fa   cui ruo de   jie diao
Yet I can’t get rid of the fragility
Nhưng tôi không thể bỏ đi được sự nhu nhược
你曾經 說的所謂 美好
ni ceng jing   shuo de suo wei   mei hao
All the beautiful words you said in the past
Những lời đẹp em đã nói trước kia
只想等你 等你的抱
zhi xiang deng ni   deng ni de bao
I just want to wait for you, waiting for your embrace
Tôi chỉ muốn chờ đợi em, chờ đợi cái ôm của em

(music)

戴著假面 在舞蹈
dai zhe jia mian   zai wu dao
Carrying a false face while dancing
Đem theo bộ mặt giả lúc đang khiêu vũ
帶著愛你的記號
dai zhe ai ni de ji hao
Carrying love with your mark
Đem theo tình yêu lẫn ký hiệu của em
我只要 你最後的擁抱
wo zhi yao   ni zui hou de yong bao
I just want your last embrace
Tôi chỉ muốn cái ôm cuối cùng của em

我等不到 我要不了 你的擁抱
wo deng bu dao   wo yao bu liao   ni de yong bao
I can’t wait, I can’t have it, your embrace
Tôi đợi không được, tôi sẽ không được nó, cái ôm của em
向左向右 太煎熬 身體像個 問號
xiang zuo xiang you   tai jian ao   shen ti xiang ge   wen hao
Turning left or right, it’s very tormenting, the body is like a question mark
Nhìn trái hay phải cũng rất đau khổ, thân thể như là một dấu hỏi
我抱不了 我愛不到 你的心跳
wo bao bu liao  wo ai bu dao   ni de xin tiao
I can’t embrace, I can’t love, your heartbeat
Tôi ôm không được, tôi yêu không tới, nhịp đập tim em
很痛很傻 我都知道
hen tong hen sha   wo dou zhi dao
Very painful and foolish, I know it all
Rất đau, rất khờ, tôi đều biết hết
卻無法 脆弱的 戒掉
que wu fa   cui ruo de   jie diao
Yet I can’t get rid of the fragility
Nhưng tôi không thể bỏ đi được sự nhu nhược
你曾經 說的所謂 美好
ni ceng jing   shuo de suo wei   mei hao
All the beautiful words you said in the past
Những lời đẹp em đã nói trước kia
只想等你 等你的抱
zhi xiang deng ni   deng ni de bao
I just want to wait for you, waiting for your embrace
Tôi chỉ muốn chờ đợi em, chờ đợi cái ôm của em

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Fan Fiction: Inspirational Songs

This is more like out of fun and to fill the blog with more randomness. One time I was talking to one of my fellow fan fic writers and she was surprised that I actually write with music on since it’s more of a distraction for her than inspiration. So I started to wonder what other fellow writers’ routines are. For this post though, I’m going to reveal all the songs that I ever used for the stories I wrote–that are posted so far on this blog. (Though I won’t list all since sometimes the music is just background and it didn’t really have a major impact for writing some scenes, etc.) Feel free to jump in and share your own experiences, etc.

One-Shots:

Afraid of Darkness

  • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai

Haunting Past

  • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我 ) by Jacky Zheng

Men Don’t Cry

  • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen

Your Number One

  • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo

Misty Morning

  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo

More long-winded Stories:

Heaven’s Gift

  • Courageous Happiness (勇敢的幸福) by Sweety
  • Primrose (樱花草) by Sweety
  • Rainbow Tears (彩虹眼淚) by Sweety
  • Ghost of You & Me by BBMak

HIDE & SEEK

  • Embrace (擁抱) by Yu Hao Ming
  • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
  • Peaceful Breakup (和平分手) by Eric Suen

Honey In Tea

Neurotic

  • Part I
    • Call My Name (叫阮的名) by Eric Moo
    • Give up (放棄) by Dylan Kuo
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
  • Part II
    • Still Good Friends (還是好朋友) by Cyndi Wang
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
  • Part III
    • Tinh Dau Mai Yeu by Huy Vu
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
    • It’s All Right To Forget Me (忘了我也不錯) by Cyndi Wang
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Listen With Your Heart (用心聽) by Van Fan
    • The Sky Within A Pocket (口袋的天空) by Angela Chang
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Yesterday (昨日) by Chris Wang
    • Too Immersed In The Role (入戲太深) by Jacky Zheng

Payback

  • Find A Word To Replace (找一個字代替) by Samuel Tai
  • Dusk (黃昏) by Steve Chou
  • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
  • Forever And A Day by Ian Brown
  • Who Understands A Wanderer’s Heart? (誰明浪子心) by Dave Wang
  • How Could You Let Me Suffer? (你怎麼捨得我難過) by Michael Wong
  • Unyielding (倔强) by Mabel Yuan Shan Shan
  • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
  • Love Story 1 (愛的故事 – 上集) by Eric Suen

Scheming Nature

  • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang

Slanted Thoughts

  • Part I
    • Mua Thu Co Nho by Tam Doan
  • Part II
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
    • Loved You Once (曾經愛過你) by Jacky Zheng
    • Carefree (消遙) by Wallace Huo
    • Sau Mot Tinh Yeu by Tien Dung
    • For Get Me Not (該忘了) by Amber Kuo
    • Painted Heart (畫心) by Nicole Wang
    • This Is Love (就是愛) by Nicholas Teo and Amber Kuo
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • You Said You Would by Freya Lim

Slicing Boundary

  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo

The Business

  • Painted Heart (畫心) by Nicole Wang
  • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
  • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
  • Rift (缺口) by Freya Lim

The Dating Game

  • Part I:
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • A Date So Sweet (甜蜜约定) by 183 Club
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Can’t Bear To Be Lovers (捨不得當情人) by Jacky Chu
    • I Want You (我要你) by Jacky Chu
    • Joke (笑話) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Is Over (逝去的爱) by Ou Yang Fei Fei
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Xin Shi (心事) by Tony Sun
    • My Heart Is Like A Cloud (心雲) by Jimmy Lin
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Listen With Your Heart (用心聽) by Van Fan
    • Chuyen Tinh Hoa Ngoc Lan by Ngoc Ho
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
  • Part II:
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Love Letter (情書) by Van Fan
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Em Se Den by Ngoc Huong
  • Part III:
    • White Fox (白狐) by Ai Yi Man
    • Tormented (煎熬) by Tony Sun and Cyndi Wang
    • Nguoi Hay Noi Di Nguoi Oi by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年) by Vic Chou
  • Part IV:
    • You’re My Only One (你是我的唯一) by Eric Moo
    • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu
    • Love Story 1 (愛的故事 – 上集) by Eric Suen
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong
    • 999 Doa Hoa Hong by Anh Tu
    • Sai Lam Van La Anh by Nhat Hao
    • Belong To (屬於) by Fish Leong
    • Love Is Empty (愛太空) by Cyndi Wang
    • In Love, There’s No Wrong Party (愛情里沒有誰對誰錯) by Jacky Zheng
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • Lent Heart (心借過) by Cai Xiao Hu (蔡小虎)
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • Anh Khong Con Yeu Em Nua Dau by Ly Hai
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • For You (送給你) by Long Qian Yu
    • Really (真的) by Angela Chang
  • Part V:
    • Noi Nho by Phung Ngoc Huy
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
    • A Wound In The Heart (痛彻心扉) by Nicholas Teo
    • The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了) by Achel Chang
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (KTV version)
    • Tinh Yeu Don Phuong by Ngoc Ho
  • Part VI:
    • Affective Line (感情线) by 183 Club
    • Dare to Love (去爱吧) by Hu Ge
    • Song Ends, People Leave (曲终人散) by Phil Chang
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Admitting Fault (認錯) by Sophia Chou
    • Let Me Love You (讓我愛你) by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu
    • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
    • Priceless (千金難買) by Phil Chang
    • You’re Still Here (你還在) by Freya Lim
    • Too Foolish (太傻) by Eric Moo
    • Don’t Want To Understand (不想懂得) by Angela Chang
    • Dusk (黃昏) by Steve Chou
    • Khong The Chia Xa by Quang Ha
    • Find A Word To Replace (找一個字代替) by Samuel Tai
    • Dung Hoi Vi Sao by Philip Huy
    • I Don’t Regret (我不後悔) by Jimmy Lin
    • Afraid of Darkness (怕黑) by Bianca Bai
    • Dau Co Biet Truoc by Lam Nhat Tien
    • One Umbrella (一把傘) by 183 Club
    • Torture (折磨) by 183 Club
    • Cuoc Tinh Cay Dang by Luong Tung Quang
    • Feeling So Right by Jacky Chu
  • Part VII:

The Other Extreme

  • Every Night (夜夜夜夜) by Jacky Chu

True Friendship

  • I Know (我知道) by Shi Xin Hui

Wan Xin Bang

  • Part I
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Jackie Lui (Canto version)
    • Love Won’t Change In This Lifetime (今生情不變) by Kenny Lin (Mando version)
    • Your Number One (你的第一) by Wallace Huo
    • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) by Jo Sung Mo (조성모)
    • To Your Side (너의 곁으로) (Piano Instrumental Version)
    • One Person’s Eternity (一個人的天荒地老) by Phil Chang
    • Don’t Say You Love Me When I’m Feeling Lonely (不要在我寂寞的时候说爱我) by Jacky Zheng
    • Crossroads (分岔路) by Chen Guo Hua (陳國華)
    • Things Those Girls Taught Me (那些女孩教我的事) by Victor Wong
    • Waiting (等) by Jacky Zheng
    • Dem Buon Tinh Le by Truong Vu
    • Heartache (心痛) by Dave Wang
    • For Get Me Not (該忘了) by Amber Kuo
    • The Smile In Your Bosom (在你懷裡的微笑) by Rainie Yang
  • Part II
    • A Mark (記號) by Eric Suen
    • Too Foolish (太傻) by Eric Moo
    • Jiang Dao Li De Shi Zhi Ji (讲道理的是知己) by Dai Rao (戴娆)
  • Part III
    • Suffer For You by Jeff Chang
    • Loi Noi Yeu Dau Tien by Vu Tuan Duc
    • Resenting Heaven For Changing His Heart (怨蒼天變了心) by Sophia Fang
    • When Will We Meet Again? (何日再相見) by Teresa Cheung
    • Two Unwavering Hearts  of Love (情義兩心堅) by Teresa Cheung
    • Commemorating Today’s Love (留住今日情) by Teresa Cheung
    • Men Don’t Cry (男兒無淚) by Andrew Yuen
    • Rouge Tears (胭脂淚) by Luo Yong Juan
    • Fairy in the Water (水中仙) by Steven Ma

When Wishes Come True

  • Invisible Wings (隐形的翅膀) by Angela Chang
  • The Sky Within A Pocket (口袋的天空) by Angela Chang

*Information will be updated from time to time just for fun.

Yong Bao by Yu Hao Ming


After listening to Embrace (擁抱) for like 10+ times, I really can’t tell whether I like the Mando version more or the Canto. At first, I thought that he’s more comfortable with Mando since it flows better with his voice. But then after more repeats, I couldn’t tell. LOL! He’s comfortable with both actually and it both sounds really nice. The most catchy song on here must be “I’m Not Handsome” (我沒那麼帥). I don’t know. I’m just a sucker for the upbeat songs and the background music is as addicting. Maybe it was his voice, but it was hard to dislike any songs. His voice is nice and warm, soothing too. Nice album to collect indeed.

*All images were scanned by DTLCT

Prayers for Selina and Yu Hao Ming

I usually do not do this since most people are spreading the words already but I’m got influenced by all the efforts on Weibo and much more. So pray for their well being until we wait for more news.

If you haven’t read the news regarding their accidents yet, it was regarding the explosion accident on the set of Love In Spring (愛在春天).

Selina is of course Selina Ren from S.H.E.

Yu Hao Ming is a famous singer from Mainland China. A talented one in fact. (Here’s a clip if you want to listen.)

UPDATE: Both artists recovered and went on with their lives. Yu Hao Ming decided to try again with the drama after his recovery. The script was rewritten and Yuan Shan Shan was cast as the female lead because Selina didn’t want to come back, which was understandable since it was a traumatizing incident for her and everyone involved.