Year 2016 in Recap

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 stuff. 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 stories 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 fanfics, 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, 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.

The Two of Us

It has been a long time since I watched anything relating to Ming Dao. But it was only one episode so I thought I gave it a go. Then I realize there were also some others in here that I enjoyed so the better. How was it? It was interesting, to say the least. It was confusing at first with some of the sequences and events going on. However, I got used to the style.

Anyway, this telemovie reminded me of why Zhang Chen Guang is my all-time favorite Taiwanese actor. Each time he tried a new role, he always managed to impress. It was amazing to see how he acted out various scenes. The length of the drama didn’t mean it lacked depth because there was plenty of time for the development of characters and plot. In fact, because of the short length, it allowed for some of the crucial elements to come into play, instead of plugging in some unnecessary details over and over again in a longer drama.

Phoenix Chang was awesome as well in her performance. She totally brought out the many sides of her character in here. Her suffering was done alone for the most part, but out in the world, she covered it all up. Until she wasn’t able to take it anymore. Talking about that, the drama really covered the differences in how people cope through loss. Some cried it out, some just didn’t cry. Or was too numbed or tried to distract themselves with other stuff. It didn’t mean that one way or another was wrong. It was how they were. So who was to say that either party was wrong?

The theme of cheating was also covered in this drama. Although cheating had been done so many times in past dramas, this time, it brought us toward a different direction. I thought it was well done. There were too many complications going on. There were the wonderful feelings of past memories, but then came those feelings of betrayal, resentment, and much more.

I think that people who like happy dramas shouldn’t watch. Because you might be disappointed. Do not watch either if you think Ming Dao would be a big part of this. Well, he was in a sense, because his character held a key in the story–and he did quite well alongside the other veteran stars. However, he didn’t appear as much because this was definitely the stage for Phoenix Chang and Zhang Chen Guang. This a great drama with the theme of reflection and other elements of life.

Golden Bell Awards 2015: Winners

Yes, I had to quit Facebook to watch faster, lol. I was slower last year with putting it up because I got discouraged with watching after being spoiled, lol. Anyway, congrats to all the winners!

Best Art and Design – Presented by Ming Dao and Janet:
You Jia Shi, Huang Jian Hao, Wu Jin Wei, Cai Can En, Chen Shu Lin (尤佳施、黃健豪、吳進偉、蔡燦恩、陳淑琳) – World’s Top Chinese Music (全球中文音樂榜上榜) (TVBS)
Yao Guo Zhen and Figaro Ceng (姚國禎、曾少宗) – Maidenology (許涼涼與她的少女們)
Chen Wei Zhong (陳韋中) – Freak Family (超級夥伴)
Chen Jia Sheng (陳嘉晟) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Liao Bing (廖秉怡) – A Corner (一個角落)

Best Film Editing – Presented by Hu Gua, Ah Xiang, and Hao Zi:
Lin Xin Min and Zhou Wen Qin (林欣民、周文欽) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Promise Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:黑潮的承諾)
Nian Li Wen (粘瓈文) – Discovery (台灣製造大解密)
Nian Li Wen and Lin Xin Min (粘瓈文、林欣民) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Taste of Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:台灣好吃魚)
Lai Meng Jie (賴孟傑) – Freak Family (超級夥伴) (Videoland Television Network)
Su Pei Yi (蘇珮儀) – Rainbow Fairy (尋物少女)

Best Lighting – Presented by Zeng Guo Cheng and Fang Fang Fang:
Li Yuan Yue (李元嶽) – Go Music 3 (音樂萬萬歲3) (PTS)
Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – Mr. Right Wanted (徵婚啟事)
Dong Chong An (董崇安) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Xie Han Yang (謝漢諹) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Zhong Qiong Ting (鍾瓊婷) – Probing Worries (偷窺心事) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhong Xin Ling and Lin Mei Xiu:
Momo Wu (吳若湄) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Vivi Lee (李維維) – A Corner (一個角落) (CTI)
Chen Qiu Zhen (陳秋貞) – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)
Xie Ying Xuan (謝盈萱) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)

Best Sound Editing – Presented by Zhu Ke Liang and (?):
Li Chun Xiong, Lin Jie, Xia Jing Chun, and Xie Zong Jie (李春雄、林潔、夏敬淳、謝宗杰) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Yu Zheng Xian (余政憲) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Hong Zi Wei (洪梓為) – 1 Carat’s Roommate (一克拉的室友) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Chen Fei Wu and Shen Zhi Peng (陳飛午、沈志朋) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Taste of Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:台灣好吃魚)
Jiang Zhen Dao, Xu Lan Ting, Chen Wei Jun, You Wan Shen (蔣震道、徐嵐婷、陳惟君、游寓紳) – Freak Family (超級夥伴)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhu Ke Liang and (?):
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Mason Lee (李淳) – Love’s End Point (愛情的盡頭)
Michael Huang (黃仲崑) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Xi Xiang (喜翔) – God of Love Karaoke (愛神卡拉OK) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Wen Cheng Lin (溫乘麟) – Mother’s Practiced Tune (母親練習曲)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhu Ke Liang and (?):
Easton Dong (東明相) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Kaiser Chuang (莊凱勛) – The Road Home (回家路上)
Kaiser Chuang (莊凱勛) – On A Journey (出遊) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Jag Huang (黃健瑋) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Huang Deng Hui (黃鐙輝) – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)

Best Cinematography – Presented by Zhang Fei and Ruby Lin:
Li Ming (李鳴) – Rainbow Fairy (尋物少女) (CTI)
Zhou Wen Qin, Zhang Wei Zhi, and Liang Yi Yang (周文欽、張緯誌、梁義洋) – Taiwan to the World: Island of Fish: Promise Fish (綻放真台灣5–魚之島:黑潮的承諾)
Hu Wu Zheng (胡午正) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Feng Xin Hua (馮信華) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Huang Pei Li, Hu Guo wei, Xie Zheng Feng, Du Li Ren, and Liang Yong Guang (黃培理、胡國偉、謝政峰、杜立仁、梁勇光) – Slow Travel Adventures (浩克慢遊) (PTS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies – Presented by Zhang Fei and Ruby Lin:
Yu Wei Shan (于瑋珊) – The Kids (小孩)
Chen Yi Ru (陳怡儒) – On A Journey (出遊)
Zhang Qi En (張綺恩) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Huang Jian Ming and Wang Hui Zhu (黃建銘、王卉竺) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)
Cai Yi Deng (蔡沂澄) – The Road Home (回家路上)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Zhang Fei and Ruby Lin:
Mei Fang (梅芳) – Water’s Origin (水源地) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Jenny Wen (溫貞菱) – The Kids (小孩)
Megan Lai (賴雅妍) – Love’s End Point (愛情的盡頭) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Mother’s Practiced Tune (母親練習曲) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Ye Quan Zhen and (?):
Yu Wei Shan (于瑋珊) – The Kids (小孩)
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
Xu Rong Rong (許榕容) – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)
Liao Shi Han (廖士涵) – The Road Home (回家路上)
Aozaru Shiao (蕭力修) – Wake Up (麻醉風暴)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Ye Quan Zhen and (?):
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Kids (小孩)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Angel’s Voice Recorder (天使的收音機)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Road Home (回家路上)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Let The Sunshine In (浪子單飛)
Wake Up (麻醉風暴) (PTS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and (?):
Du Zheng Zhe, Lu Hui Xin, Yang Hui Wen, and Li Song Lin (杜政哲、盧慧心、楊蕙文、李松霖) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Lu Shi Yuan (呂蒔媛) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Wu Fan / Wu Yu Qing, Deng Li Fen, Hei Mi / Tu Fang Xiang, and Chen Jia Zhen (吳繁/吳毓青、鄧莉芬、黑米/涂芳祥、陳嘉振) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)
Xu Yu Ting (徐譽庭) – Apple In Your Eye (妹妹)
Huang Zhi Xiang (黃志翔) – The New World (新世界)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and (?):
Zhu De Gang (朱德剛) – The New World (新世界)
Mark Lee (李天柱) – San Bao Wanted To Go Home (三寶要回家) (DaAi TV)
Zhang Shao Huai (張少懷) – Mr. Right Wanted (徵婚啟事) (GTV / TTV)
Melvin Sia (謝佳見) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Soda Voyu (蘇達) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and (?):
Jean Lee (李依瑾) – The New World (新世界)
Lin Yu Xuan (林雨宣) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Miao Ke Li (苗可麗) – Someone Like You (聽見幸福) (SETTV)
Tiffany Hsu (許瑋甯) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Isa Hsieh (謝瓊煖) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)

Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presented by Wilber Pan and Rainie Yang:
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Ruby Lin (林心如) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Huang Pei Jia (黃姵嘉) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Rabbit Yang (楊可涵) – The New World (新世界) (TTV)
Janel Tsai (蔡淑臻) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)

Best Director – Drama – Presented by Zhang Chen Guang and Tian Xin:
Li Zhi Qiang (李志薔) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)
Chen Rong Hui (陳戎暉) – Apple In Your Eye (妹妹)
Xu Fu Xiang (許富翔) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Xu Zhao Ren (許肇任) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Lai Meng Jie and Zhang Xiu Cheng (賴孟傑、張修誠) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)

Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presented by Vic Chou, Ariel Lin, and Chen Bo Lin:
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所)
Kurt Chou (周孝安) – iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄)
Leroy Yang (楊一展) – The Way We Were (16個夏天)
Blue Lan (藍正龍) – Apple In Your Eye (妹妹)
Lan Wei Hua (藍葦華) – Brave Forward (新丁花開)

Best Dramas – Presented by Bu Xue Liang, Harlem Yu, Zhang Xiao Yan, and Huang Zi Jiao:
The Way We Were (16個夏天) (TVBS)
iHero (C.S.I.C鑑識英雄) (CTV)
Apple In Your Eye (妹妹) (GTV)
Long Day’s Journey Into Light (出境事務所) (Hakka TV)
Brave Forward (新丁花開) (Hakka TV)

*All information were translated and verified by DTLCT.

The Four Brothers of Peking (京城四少) 1991: Heartache

One of Zhang Chen Guang’s award-winning moment was probably during this scene when he continuously banged on the door of the De (德) resident, trying to get them to open the door. Yet no matter how hard he pounded on the door and how many times he called out, no one answered. (Though it was somewhat unrealistic that none of the servants from the resident came out with the usual long sticks to beat the world out of him for disturbing their house.)

The reason for the whole rupture started several minutes back at home. Tie Dan (铁蛋 – Zhang’s character in the series) woke up after a drunken night and bumped into his mother when still trying to piece together what really happened the previous night. As he attempted to explain himself to her, he was told Xiao Chai (小钗) was gone. Just by those few words and he thought he’d done something irreversible hence wanting to go search for Xiao Chai and explain. He had misunderstood his mother’s words and she soon clarified herself.

When the truth version came out that Xiao Chai was actually getting married to the old man from the De resident and that the previous night’s meeting was just a little scheme to get him drunk and unconscious long enough so he wouldn’t wake up in time to cause trouble (but it was mostly done out of concern, not some major evil, deceptive plot), the whole world seemed to be crashing down on him and whatever was left of his reasonable side had abandoned him. The only thing he wanted to do at that point was stopping the whole incident from occurring, not knowing it was too late.

After pushing his mother (supposedly his adopted mother but that was another story) and one of the servants out of the way, he fled out the door and ran like the wind.

He was too late. The wedding carriage was very well on its way to the De’s resident. Just a few more steps. But he didn’t give up, running with all his might until he reached the place. (The reason why he even arrived with barely some time to watch her enter the resident though she had supposedly left a long time ago was because of the time needed for preparations on her part and because the resident was just across town.) He was in time to see her getting out of the wedding carriage and stepping into the De resident.

Just as he stopped at the edge of the resident, she turned around and took one last look at the world outside before losing her freedom completely after entering that resident. It was hard to tell if she’d spotted him because of the angle, but it seemed like their official goodbye before the door swung shut with a dramatic bang. That was when Tie Dan raced forward and pounded on the door, demanding that they open the door and return his beloved Xiao Chai to him.

All the while the emotional sequences were taking place, the song “Heartache” (心痛) by Dave Wang played in the background, completing the unsaid words of their story.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The GBA Aftermath

Okay, I wasn’t even going to participate in this ridiculous, beyond childish “game” this year. Yet I had to after reading some things. I refrained from wanting to even blog or care about it after reading some news (which was my first mistake in a long time now because I had cut myself off with anything that’s related to the stretch of the media and anti-fans) last night. But I could no longer hold out after reading an exchange between Will and Mark:

(Image Credit: Will’s Weibo)

YES, it got to Will. In this day and age and leave it up to the media to add in more oil to the blazing fire, OF COURSE, IT GOT TO HIM. Thank you for those who were making things even worse. I hope you all are happy now! (YES, that was sarcasm.) Now that I got that part out of the way, I will attempt to tear everything apart one by one and beat the already “dead horse” to death again (IF POSSIBLE). These points were influenced by a collection of various discussions around the net BUT might not cover everything because I stopped reading for the sake of keeping whatever of sanity is left in me. Luckily, Will didn’t get beat down yet and will continue to strive forward.

First and foremost, who should have won? Everyone loves this question, right? Since most people (or what seems like it) have been yelling out injustice since the result was announced. Biased or unbiased, I think Will deserved every ounce of the award–regardless if the other nominees are veterans or not. Well, it’s easy for me to say because I’m some obsessed fangirl, right? WRONG, I thought James Wen would win this year–finally. Does that mean I have no faith in Will? NO, it was because Endless Love was too underrated AND the fact that the hype was built around The Fierce Wife and many others all along.

Additional reasons?

  • Picking on the new guy is just so fun. People are so against Will because he’s new. Technically, he isn’t new anymore in the industry, but at least he’s one of the new nominees and some people wouldn’t expect to show up on the list. It’s the same reason why Mark got bombarded to the point that it could be compared to a massacre two years ago. AND also the mockery that followed after Show got beat by Wu Cheng Di. I just want to say that when it comes to these things, it’s not a matter of who’s senior/junior but it should be based on that one performance only. That’s why they attached the title of the drama after reading out the nominees’ name, hence the next point.
  • Acting? The obvious reason for thinking his acting isn’t up to it. Those who think so based on Miss No Good and never watched Endless Love should not even have a say in it. After all, the award was based on his performance in Endless Love. Endless Love received some attention when it first aired–yet for all the wrong reasons (thanks to the media), but that was it. So it was hard for those who lost interest and never watched the rest of it to criticize Will’s acting. He had improved heaps since Miss No Good–if that was possible. Not to mention how with people’s first major lead role, they would end up all nervous. (AND because he and Rainie are really good friends outside, too familiar with one another that made him nervous and less natural in Miss No Good than in Endless Love.)
  • Fanbase and the personal support team. This is important because this is where everyone gets overly emotional because of course, they would be supporting their friends, favorites, etc. YET if they’re unwilling to step back and analyze the whole situation, it’s just group-bullying the winner in the end. Even more so, just because someone you support wins it means it’s fair? And if someone you don’t support wins, that means the whole thing is corrupted? More on that later.
  • Different interpretation of what ‘good acting’ is. YES, this is why sometimes we have a room full of people and they can’t seem to get along. We all have a different perception of what good acting is. SO the people on the panel are like that as well. Ever heard the phrase “9 people with 10 opinions”? (I’ll leave some other questions about doubt for later as well.)

Who handled the outcome better? Of course, it’s easy to be happy and all when you’re winning, right? YES, but Will had to deal with the combined pressure from the other nominees–and their supporters, the media, and the audience. This is one of those rare times when he rather not win. Being the winner is worse than being the loser this time around. But I must say that out of all the other nominees, Jin Shi Jie handled it pretty well, even congratulating Will based on this post. I’m not sure about Long Shao Hua since I haven’t heard much about him afterward–or the media focused less on him. NOT sure. Joseph Chang looked sad from some of the photos captured afterward–with Rainie comforting him–AND he has every right to be. Yet the most disappointing reaction must be from James Wen. He has every right–like the other nominees–to be upset yet calling injustice? Okay, here is the part where everyone would be arguing about there’s never a wrong way to react after losing since it’s hard to control one’s emotion and how it hurts to lose four times already. YET why didn’t he react so strongly before? (Okay, people are rolling their eyes and saying, “Maybe it’s because this is the fourth time.” How could I miss it when I wrote “four times” up there, right?) Lei Hong won in 2008–and no reaction just because he’s a veteran? Or was it because it was the second time (after some years) so no real effect yet (but just the whole flaunting around about “being honored with having the nomination”)? My turn to roll my eyes here. But if Eddie Peng had won over him that year, how would he feel? (Though if Eddie had won, I wouldn’t mind either because I felt his performance in Wayward Kenting was so convincing as some clueless guy. But for the record, I was rooting for Zhang Chen Guang also SO I wasn’t too happy with Lei Hong winning YET I got over it. YES, I said it that I didn’t agree with the winner BUT I wouldn’t go about bashing another for it. I just moved on.) Then come last year’s The Happy Times of That Year and he didn’t win either AND what was his reaction? Sorry that I have forgotten but most of the heat was on between the winner and Show Luo–or so it seemed. AND is this year an appropriate time to come out pondering if the audience could vote as well? (I get it the part about him being sad and disappointed that he doesn’t know where he went wrong. YET I didn’t like some of the attitude going on like he was sure he would win. No one wants to lose OR so others would be arguing right now, but he has let the whole hype get to him and building himself up too much hence not being able to accept the outcome–like some others who have taken it lightly. I’m sure it’s hard not to get pulled in because of how much The Fierce Wife Team has built itself up for getting awards, but he must understand that acting is not about awards only. Or was that his goal all along? And IF anyone wants to pull the veteran card out now, he has to understand how the industry is since he has been around for a while now.) Back to the whole questioning about the panel, he could question the panel all he wants but touching the audience? Nice move. This goes back to prove that everyone has a different opinion on how and what is good acting. YET what is he implying? (I’m sure the media could be twisting his word, but some of the reactions from him and the rest of The Fierce Wife Team are obvious already without the media adding in more.) Talking about TFW (The Fierce Wife) Team, Sonia sure disappointed me with her reaction as well. (YES, this is the part where people are saying about how it’s natural for her to not be able to control emotion because she just lost the leading actress award to Tian Xin previously–and that she was just supporting James–AND how she already apologized afterward via Facebook. YET Miss Sui was saying in this one article that she didn’t care about winning and seemed like she was taking it easy. She must have underestimated herself and reacted differently when the moment finally came and she couldn’t predict that YET it proved that the response was just a publicity stunt after all. And if what she said before had been taken out of context with her not caring about the award and she had clarified about that–aka she does care, then I’m sorry. But that was kind of not so graceful with her reaction–regardless of how much damage control was done afterward. It had allowed for the TFW fanbase to bash others since it was okay their idols were against a certain victory as well. Yeah, here comes the whole “idols couldn’t control their emotions” again, BUT they’re NOT new. People want to use the “veteran/senior card” to their advantage? I will use it too if you want to play that way.)

SIDE-NOTE: I want to stop here and clarify that I really like both Sonia and James Wen. I liked Sonia since watching The Magicians of Love–even if people thought her performance wasn’t all that, but I saw the potential in her. (NOT to mention how I have included her as one of the key characters in The Dating Game series of my fanfiction–regardless of how lame and random the story-line tend to get.) James? I only watched him in bits and pieces in The Happy Times of That Year but really liked his chemistry with Sonia in there, and loved them as an on-screen couple since then. Not to mention how I think James could really act. Yet I’m just disappointed in their reaction of recent, that’s all. SO if anyone thinks it’s just my cheap attempt to defend Will by dunking both James and Sonia, that’s fine and I can’t stop you, but it’s not the truth. I will continue to support both and wish their time will come in the future. I also hope that they would both learn to handle situations better as well. (NOT to mention the whole ‘TFW Team’ also.)

Moving on…to the next point.

The results were fixed. This couldn’t be helped when an award ceremony comes around–or some sort of competition. I read somewhere that someone was mentioning about Angie Cai (the producer of Endless Love) was behind the whole thing with getting Will to win. Honestly? Someone also pointed out through the same post that: “Why couldn’t she do the same last year for Show and Hai Pai Tian Xin?” I must agree with that response. Don’t tell me because she learned better this year. Unless you can prove it, don’t even go there. It does happen in the industry at times and who knows what else behind those curtains YET unless you can prove it, it’s just a bunch of baseless assumptions. To make it even worse, someone else blurted out that Will was actually the one buying himself the award. Again, honestly? This, I could say is impossible without proof. Why? He focuses his career on music because that’s his passion, but does one drama per year (or so he had announced one time) because of fans who would want to see him in the dramas. He’s known to be one of the most extreme workaholics in the industry, never stopping even when he injured his leg performing that one time onstage. Would he resort to that method to win?

Why didn’t I defend Mark when everyone and their cousins were after him for winning two years ago? The obvious: I didn’t watch Black & White yet and could only read the news that was surrounding the matter. A lame answer to dodge out of the sticky situation, but it’s the truth. I wouldn’t want to be talking about a subject that I have no idea about because it would end up worthless when I need to back up my argument. Have you ever sit there and listen to some friends talk about a certain popular movie recently shown in the theater and they talked it to death YET you have no idea what it’s about? But you ended up pretending you do AND they cornered you with a question regarding the plot or trap you with some questions about the cast (how did you think so and so did)? The sad outcome would be they made some stuff up to test you yet you didn’t even realize it until they told you in the end, making you look like an idiot because they knew all along you were bluffing (and just want to teach you a lesson). SO, yes I didn’t want to be that idiot. Though I never agree with people targeting others, even resorting to name-calling, etc. SO now that I already watched Black & White, how about not dodging the question anymore? Did Mark deserve the win? Honestly, I think he did. I pondered about it a lot when I was watching Black & White–and if I had to go raw without any real first-hand information, I would be too blinded and biased to answer that question. But I was glad to hold my judgment while I was watching. It seemed like a slow start with Mark’s character–though there was some excitement with the cases and the chase scenes at various points. Yet there were more actions than scenes where it allowed Mark to show off his ability to express his emotions. But somewhere near the ending when the plot focused on revealing more of Ying Xiong’s identity and the trap he fell into, Mark got more chances to prove his talent. It was indeed fascinating to watch. It wasn’t Mark’s fault that there were less emotional scenes for him. It was the way the plot was built. It was just that Pi Zi had a harsh life and the ups and downs of the stuff he went through were ten times worse hence allowing Vic more chances to prove his abilities. I’m not saying that Vic doesn’t deserve it SO don’t put words into my mouth. But I’m saying that other elements must be considered before jumping to a conclusion about who deserves it more than whom. I think either one of the guys winning would already be a victory for the drama itself.

Who got it worse–Mark or Will? YES, I had to address it too. During the commotion and the announcement of the result, Mark must have gotten it worse. Though both were equally shocked and emotional to pay attention to other sideshows. Yet I think Mark got it worse after the acceptance/appreciative speech and the after-party. Just because he was right there witnessing everything. People must be whispering and some doubts are out there–thanks to the media’s interpretation as well. Mark saw it all and had to endure the whole night. Will was in China performing and was watching it on TV. Just to get some things cleared out of the way before people assume otherwise, Will had agreed to perform in China first and did not want to cancel the show just because of the award show. Some people had interpreted that he didn’t show up because he knew he wouldn’t win (possibly thanks to the media again). That might be true to some extent, BUT I think it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he didn’t want to disappoint the people who were coming to see his performance with the show in China (since he had been known to be quite considerate and always work his best with preparations for the shows). If he didn’t care, he wouldn’t even watch, right? Of course, he was beyond surprised that he won and even went into extremely shocked mode after learning that he won. (It could be seen in this clip that he included after thanking the cast and crew of Endless Love because he said the award did not belong to him only, but to them also.) To get back to the point in bold again, I think it’s about the same after the show was over and the media begin weaving stories–and the audience’s reaction. And I don’t think there would be anyone who could comfort Will better than Mark since Mark really, truly understand EXACTLY what Will is going through (like both had said in that message above).

So after all those rants from me, who should be blamed then? (YES, I know we must blame someone for our frustration, right? SO, of course, I got that part covered.) The most obvious answer: GBA panel aka the judges. It was them who determined the winner. Whatever it was said and done, it was up to them. They were the ones who people should be targeting–regardless of what you assumed happened behind the scenes. But it’s natural to blame the winners because we couldn’t change anything or have a say in the panel, right? NO! Come on now, could someone come up with a lamer reason to hate? To get back to the subject again, if the nominees don’t trust the panel OR care for the GBA, why didn’t they just file some report/statement stating that they DO NOT want to be involved in it altogether? Oh, we’re back to the whole “I thought I would win thing again.” Scroll up and it goes in circles. LOL!

To get way off-topic but still somewhat on topic, did anyone consider that some of the best dramas of the year didn’t even get mentioned? SO how could you rate the fairness of everything or feel the injustice of it all? I’m sure every one of the production team of all the dramas aired last year (and all of the years in the past, in the current, and in the future as well) did their best and put in a lot to work to create all of those dramas for us to see–regardless if we care for the genre or not, BUT they didn’t get mentioned. What I’m getting at is if you complain about those not winning, what about those who didn’t get nominated? The list goes on and on, not just the cast–or the usual upfront producer/director teams either. But the people who spent hours to put up the set and get the scenes ready for the shoot. Or say those people who spent hours after to clean up after the others are done with the scenes and already went home? Do they ever get mentioned? We know they exist, but the attention’s always on the forerunners. SO imagine how they feel when they are not mentioned at all. OR like some people thought they could carry on a show without the help of the so-called “little people.”

Am I trying to act all mighty and teach people stuff? NO, I’m just fed up with seeing so much negativity and what one human being would do to another just because of something they couldn’t change. You might think I’m making too big of a deal out of this because they’re entertainers. BUT does that mean entertainers DO NOT have feelings or deserve to pursue their dreams or follow their ambition? Every one of us has a dream or a goal we’re working toward. You might think one is silly or another. You might choose to be a doctor because you want to save lives, others could choose to become singers/song-writers/actors–or whatever you name it. But it doesn’t make one career/profession more superior than the other. We’re just all different from one another and the path we choose makes this world a place with variety.

This was a rant about the male side mostly since it has to do with Will and all. Yet I think it could apply for all of the categories that were mentioned in the award as well. Because honestly, it doesn’t make much of a difference. The bottom-line: Get over it.

Dreams Link: The Ending

I thought the ending was somewhat on the side of corny. I felt it did not need to tell us that Zi Ling still cared for Chu Lian so deeply since it complicated the matter even more. Though her action and the test told it all that she chose Yun Fan in the end, I felt it was leaning back on the side of ‘fake-sy’ all over again. I actually liked the idea of Yun Fan and Zi Ling being together but somehow I just hate the whole link with Chu Lian and all. It ruined their funny stories at times or their romantic scenes.

What I thought was the dumbest was them NOT seeing what was in front of them OR how they did not force Lu Ping to go through psychological help sooner. It was too obvious. BUT they had to drag it out (possibly selling more episodes/DVDs). Whatever. I was glad that Lu Ping was able to have a good life again. I especially liked how Jian Bo was there for her throughout and finally got to see the person he loved start over with her life.

Chu Pei and Yu Shan were so funny and cute as always. I especially liked their scenes–as I said many times before–than others. It was what drove me to finish the whole series in the first place.

What was typical and I’d seen of Qiong Yao stories was the whole ‘forgive’ factor. I felt that it was unnecessary or too much of a joke. IF they did not hurt Lu Ping, why would they need to seek for forgiveness in the end? It was like saying it was all right to hurt them (just because they were family) and then try to do damage control later, expecting them to forgive like that, etc (just because they were family and should forgive you). Yes, it sounds judging and wanting them to be perfect, BUT I thought it was like an unsaid rule with not touching your sister’s boyfriend. (Same goes with brothers-siblings situation.)

So here I declare, unless it has a strong storyline, I won’t even touch a Qiong Yao related one again. Even if it has my favorite actors/actresses in there.

Dreams Link: The Truth

Chu Lian finally was not able to withstand the lie that he lived with for so long and told Lu Ping the real version of events in episode 42. It was probably the only time that anything he said made sense. It was his version of things or at least how he felt was supposed to be like. Though I still do not feel it was a good reason OR excuse to be forgiven like I mentioned in the other post. I meant even if it was not how he thought ‘love’ was supposed to be, but that did not make sense to push all the blame on Lu Ping either. I have to give Chu Lian credit for admitting that his dating Lu Ping was because of his longing for some sense of fame and acknowledgment when others looked at them and made him feel proud to have such a girlfriend.

It sounds repetitive from the previous post of discussion, but I honestly believe that all of them were responsible for the misunderstanding, not just one person that should be carrying on the blame. It was hard to blame them since they could not truly see what was going on nor could they predict the future, BUT it was super obvious with certain things. We all have will power and self-control. Whether we meant for something to happen or not, it still happened, what was the point in forcing others to accept us or forgive us so fast when they were hurting too? Yes, Lu Ping was hurting the others and herself so much that it was irreversible but it did not mean she was the devil. I actually felt that because she seemed the most wicked that made her despicable YET I was able to recognize the whole pattern all over again with shifting the blame fully to her just because she was behaving so out of control. People who were able to be gentle and acted pitiful received more brownie points than ever. That was how life was.

Other than that, I was finally seeing some sign of Bao Jian Feng’s acting in that scene with Chu Lian revealing the awful, cruel truth to Lu Ping. It was like I was able to feel all the feelings hold up inside him and why he never really felt guilty for what he’d done. It was because he honestly believed his version of the truth and the reason he had to marry Lu Ping made him a bigger person–or so it seemed.

It was kind of obvious that the whole scheme with them portraying a wonderful family, getting along, etc did not work since it was lying all over again. Though they did it for the good, I thought it was lying too or forcing Lu Ping to the corner so of course, she didn’t fall for it. She thought of it as a trap (and indeed it was) so how was she able to accept it? That was what I understand from Lu Ping’s point of view, but I must agree with Yun Fan that IF Lu Ping wanted to play that kind of game with the reporters and all, it was fair game for both.

To get back to the original topic, I had a feeling and it was very obvious that it had to be Chu Lian to undo the knots of the past. YET I did not realize that Qiong Yao would go that way with finally letting Chu Lian reveal the truth version of it all. Though it did not make me like any one of the characters more, Chu Lian seemed less fake to me afterward.

Somehow, I had a feeling the truth was always the worst one. Though they were living in hell before with Lu Ping’s constant schemes and never-ending yelling, when she was reverting to her old self, it was much scarier. It was not because she wanted to start over. But it was the end of everything. Once again, I must compliment Qin Lan for bringing out her character so well. It made all the differences with transitions from the carefree and innocent girl from the beginning, to someone full of hatred and hurt in the later parts, and at the point where she realized she had nothing, to begin with–it had changed her into someone giving up finally. It was like she had let go, not because of wanting to start over but to end it all for herself. The worst of all was not having too much love or hate in the heart, but having nothing at all. For the first time, I actually feel or could understand why anyone would want to end his or her life just like that. I still do not approve of it as a way to escape from all the emptiness inside, but I actually could sympathize for Lu Ping at that point. She was not hiding or dodging away, but it was because it was the only way she feel she could do to release everyone from their guilt. If they honestly felt that she was in the wrong and she was their ‘burden’, then she wanted to help them move on with their lives, so they could no longer feel like they need to do anything for her. Those things were not what she wanted anyway.

The hospital scene was quite touching with the recounts and the events that followed. However, I think Zi Ling’s words sort of ruined it. Lucky it did not trigger Lu Ping anymore since she was more than ever regretful of her actions because of what her parents had done for her. In all fairness, I think she only needed to apologize to her parents and not anyone else. Since they (her parents) were the ones who brought her up and cared for her regardless of who she was or how stubborn she’d been these past times.

Dreams Link: The Confrontation

Before I begin this, I must state that I was never a fan of Qiong Yao or her overly dramatic formulas and I was actually watching this because of Joanne Tseng. (Though her screen time was limited in here because it was added in for this new version, I watched on anyway.)

Aside from the overly dramatic moments and the typical romantic backdrop often seen in Qiong Yao dramas, I want to mention that Qin Lan was really good in here as Lu Ping. I never watched the old version (obviously from my first sentence) so can’t compare. But by the time it hit episode 26, I felt that Qin Lan nailed it all. It did not matter if she matched with Bao Jian Feng (who was portraying Chu Lian) or not, but her performance during the confrontation was worth a lot of points. She really brought out the emotions of her character. She was lied to. Whether she loved him the right way or not (according to his words at times when he tried to convince Zi Ling that his and Lu Ping’s relationship wasn’t love), she did not deserve that kind of treatment. IF he messed up his life, he DID NOT have to make her look bad by saying that she did not love him properly. IF he said those things earlier on AND confronted her or ended that relationship faster (i.e. when they were WAY younger and feelings weren’t as deep yet), she would never lose her leg OR even better, she would’ve found someone who loved her for who she was (like Jian Bo). Lu Ping and Chu Lian were so wrong for each other and it was obvious at various points YET I found it dumb to blame it on her that she did not pay enough attention to him. He knew her passion for dancing AND just because she neglected him (or failed to know his presence) during her practice sessions, she was the one to be blamed? Hello! Attention getting much? She was practicing. NOT like she was flirting with the guys when they were going on a date OR something. She just trusted him and thought that he would understand her, especially how she even asked him about it too (and he said that he would support her). I wouldn’t blame him IF he didn’t choose her, but instead, he misled her and then made it like her fault that their relationship didn’t work? LAME!

At that point, I found out that the whole confrontation scene made Chu Lian even more despicable. He made it like he was not able to control the whole idea of people pinning him to Lu Ping since young BUT he forgot that he had a mouth to defend himself and clarify–regardless of how they misled him. IF he knew that he liked Zi Ling, then why go with Lu Ping until it was too late AND changed his mind? It was like he wanted to try it out and then if it did not work, he would go with ‘Plan B’ AND he made himself look all pitiful so others could sympathize with him. OF COURSE, I was disappointed in Zi Ling also for giving in to his words and betraying her sister. Though an accident prevented them from being together, it did not earn her any more points (since she was feeling full of guilt and wanting to give up). (So there, I did not just pick on the guy BUT the girl also.) I found it extremely stupid also that Chu Lian still tried to defend himself even after Lu Ping already read his MSN messages regarding how he planned to break up with Lu Ping after her performance. He made it like he was led astray by Zi Ling thus falling prey to temptation (aka pushing all the blame on Zi Ling OR something) but he had always loved Lu Ping. Who was he lying to? Weak defense. Not to mention how it made him look extremely stupid in front of everyone. Oh yeah, it was dumb too that he did not hide his past affairs more carefully than that. That was lame! He used Zi Ling’s birthday as the password? He should’ve just put it on the USB and take it with him IF he wanted to reminiscence about the past. NOT that I encourage him to hide it BUT if he had chosen already, then he should not leave so many trails behind, knowing that Lu Ping could find out one day. Also, what kind of come back was that? He wished he died already seeing how he hurt others? IDIOT! He was taking the ‘easy way out’ and leaving the rest of them there to patch things up for Lu Ping in the future? IF he had the gut to cheat, then prepare to face the consequences.

I felt like Chu Pei was an idiot to even not check his DVD OR the camera properly aka he should’ve erased the clip ages ago (when I read the spoilers and then actually witnessed the scene). BUT I do not blame him any longer. He should not be blamed or be responsible for what his brother had done NOR should he be responsible for cleaning up his brother’s mess. He was equally disappointed in his brother upon learning of the affair between Chu Lian and Zi Ling, BUT he also forgave him and tried to cover up because he thought it was to protect Lu Ping. BUT who knew that someone else (namely Chu Lian) wouldn’t move on and still kept a lot of other evidence around? Sure, they could pass it off as Chu Lian and Zi Ling posing for the camera aka helping Liu Yu Shan with filming BUT the MSN conversations became the solid evidence. AGAIN, not trying to encourage him to hide, but I hated that he was not able to fulfill his promise. He did not try to move on nor put enough effort to love Lu Ping like she deserved. IF he did not propose to her and then marrying her, I would’ve forgiven him more since he was obviously playing the ‘pity’ card and then backing out on it when he thought that it wasn’t what he planned it out to be.

At the beginning, I really disliked Zi Ling and Lu Ping’s mother for being fake and only cared for her reputation, etc BUT suddenly I realized it by the time Lu Ping’s confrontation that she was also a victim. YES, she cared for her reputation A LOT, but she should not be made as the scapegoat OR made out to be a ‘witch’ (or so it seemed), just because her husband chose to cheat and lie to her. I felt that in a way, Chu Lian was like him that they were too wishy-washy thus making others suffer AND then eventually wanting to back out and save themselves (YET they did not think how the other parties would hurt–whether physically or emotionally). It was like, “Oh my gosh, I can’t ruin my life like this, I gotta back out. Time to think up of a way to make the other party feel bad about how she did not love me properly and move out.” I seriously have that feeling. They should NOT get with them OR even marry them IF they did not love them. It made marriage a joke and commitment nonexistence. It was like they were getting on the ‘marriage’ thing too just for the sake of it AND not because of love. (It was almost like a trend AND not something that should be taken in a serious manner.) Marrying someone and giving that person gratitude and pity doesn’t mean it’s good for that person. (AND I hate the father for saying that Chu Lian was a bigger person because he’d married Lu Ping. HE WAS trying to make his own guilt go away.)

Oh yeah, the whole thing with everyone wanting to shut Lu Ping up and go back to their peaceful life was even more despicable. NOT everyone, but like her parents and even Chu Lian, etc. I felt that only Chu Pei and Yu Shan were the only ones truly wanting Lu Ping to be happy with how they honestly wanted to think of a way to cheer Lu Ping up–regardless of how ridiculous it was. It was to make Lu Ping happy and that they actually liked her for who she was–unlike others who thought OR seemed to push the blame on Lu Ping just because she was frustrated and/or beyond mad at what happened. I felt she was entitled to be mad. Even more than that. Why did the others had to shut her up? OR wanting to go back to their normal life just like that? They weren’t the ones hurting. Making themselves more pitiful did not mean they were right. Just because she was the loud one did not mean she was wrong. Just because they tried to make it like a phenomenon or somewhat a miracle that Chu Lian was marrying her OR Chu Lian seemed to be a bigger person (as said before) DID NOT mean he was right! IF They think it was good for her, THEN do a better job of concealing everything. IF NOT, then don’t lie at all because everything would blow over anyway. Just because it was ‘good for her’ according to them, that means she should be glad and JUST MOVE ON like that? Were they treating her like a machine? Saying they cared for her YET they just didn’t want everything to be exposed to the public OR faced the consequences IF more people know.

Another thing was Chu Lian did not even know he was wrong BUT wanted to shift the blame on others. YES, I mentioned before how dumb it was that Chu Pei still have the clip and Yu Shan copied the part over to the DVD along with the dance segment by accident, BUT IF Chu Lian didn’t cheat and didn’t get caught, THERE would be no clip in the first place. Why was he making it like IF there was no disc, there would be no problems? The problem already existed the minute he cheated.

In the end, only Jian Bo comprehended the whole picture behind Lu Ping’s extreme, cruel exterior. Only he knew and understood her right from the start. He knew that she was hurting so much that she used the schemes to torture others YET she was hurting so much she did not know how to cover up the hole in her heart. She was falling through an endless pit that she was unable to save herself. She not only discovered betrayal but her own stupidity for being too innocent, too trusting, and for not being able to look at her surroundings more carefully. She blamed herself more than anything for letting things like that happened, for not knowing how to protect herself.

Things became even clearer with Yun Fan and Chu Lian’s conversation regarding Chu Lian’s thoughts. Chu Lian grew up with both sisters yet he did not realize what they really wanted OR did he understand Zi Ling. He thought that by convincing Yun Fan to bring Zi Ling back to France and seal her away it meant that he was protecting her. He did not understand that the only way she could be happy was to resolve everything. Though Yun Fan did not like the idea of coming back and facing the matter either (since he was fearing the worst) but he still respected her in accompanying her back and being there for her throughout. Chu Lian feared Lu Ping and continuously making himself the victim YET he did not know that he had chosen that path, why was he blaming her? It was pathetic to hear him confess his fear of Lu Ping amongst other things. It goes right back to what I just said regarding how he did not understand either sister.

I just want to clarify that I DO NOT hate any part of the cast, BUT just hate the characters, so don’t misunderstand.

Your Home Is My Home: Let's try this again

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So the cast is back (at least some of them) for another round of a family drama. However, this time, on a different theme and storyline. What was the flop last time? Sun De Rong ruined it for everyone by turning down the invitation of having Sam and Joyce go for the rest of the drama. It was until about 40+ episodes (and that was not an exaggeration since it was long) before things are worked out to get both back on track. There was also the whole thing with trying to wing it through with the ‘extra’ cast and how the storyline drifted into the nonsense that became too unendurable. I admitted that I was hooked from the start. I would have been fine if Huang Xiao Lei (Xiao Qiao) ended up with Jacky (Chen De Lie) since his character grew on me (and possibly some of the other viewers who weren’t too into Shao Wei and Xiao Qiao pairing) and how his dorkiness was so cute toward the end. Ending it at episode 35 wasn’t in their grand plan though. However, what was done is over. So, what is the next plan? A new drama called Mo Nu 18 Hao with the added ‘magical’ element. With this cast reuniting, there will be a lot of hilarious behind-the-scenes to look forward to since they’ve already gotten along so well. Let’s hope that it will work out this time around with the plot also.