My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyLadies – Thursday RollCall

As already explained in my previous post, throughout this week, I’ll be sharing pictures of celebrities that naturally have an air of elegance and poise. From the way they carry themselves to how they speak and dress, they continuously keep things classy.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First on today’s list is BLACKPINK’s Rose for ELLE Korea – img_8299img_8298img_8296img_8297

 

Up next is the Chinese actress Cecilia Boey for Marie Claire China –img_6817img_6816

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Third on this list is the Korean actress Kim Ji Won for Harper’s BAZAAR Korea – img_7817img_7816img_7819img_7818

 

To close this post, I have the Chinese actress Tong Yao for Bobosnap China – 

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Queens, use this link 👉🏼 My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens. I had so many ladies, so I could not include them all in one post. Here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Nana for COSMOPOLITAN Korea -January 2020 Issue. Her radiance is astonishing. She is gorgeous, and I love the apricot/peach coloured makeup look on her.img_2982

 

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Yao Chen graces the cover of Variety China for its January 2020 Issue. I don’t know why but to me, she looks like the exact description of snow white in these photos.

 

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EXID Hani for NYLON Magazine – February 2020 Issue.  I love her funky and goofy poses.

 

IU for J .Estina Jewelry. I love all the photos for this jewelry campaign with IU. She always looks fresh with the minimal makeup look.

 

Cecilia Boey exudes casual charm for FireBible. She is so beautiful, and she nails so many different concepts.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa takes the latest cover for ELLE Korea’s February Issue. I love the flowery concept. She is beautiful.

 

img_3097Park Eun Bin for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.  She looks like a flower that just bloomed. Honestly, I wish I could rock peach coloured makeup like her. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

 

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Sun Yi for SoFigaro Magazine. She is one of those who doesn’t even have to try. She has a natural and relaxed charm to her.

 

img_2586img_2587AOA’s Seolhyun looks stunning in this shoot for Allure Korea. I love the incorporation of fruits. I hardly get attracted to pink, but this got my attention. The way her hair was pulled back, allowing her face to have all focus and the soft makeup look was a great choice as well.

 

Minah looks lovely with her rosy cheeks in this photoshoot for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.

 

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Guan Xiaotong takes the cover of SoFigaro Magazine’s latest issue. The freckles called to me. She is serving direct eye contact that just makes you want to stare.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie in her latest photoshoot with W Korea. She is definitely someone that can rock any style. She always makes a fashion statement.

 

And last on this list is Xuan Lu for Aida Fashion. Whatever colour editing that is going on in this set of photos is pure magic. I love the brown-goldish tone they used. I have seen many of Xuan Lu’s photoshoots, and she always slays.

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Vault Release Edition

Sometimes when creating this kind of post, most pictures do not fit the chosen theme. So they remain on my phone for way too long. 2020 is here; therefore, it is time to let go.

Basically, this is a vault release of all photos that caught my attention but did not make a themed cut yet –

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is the Chinese actress Crystal Zhang in MIKAEL D for Esquire China’s 16th Man At His Best Award. She looks stunning in this white gown. img_2406img_2119img_2118

 

img_2141Cecilia Boey for NeufMode Magazine. I featured some other photos from this shoot in my Red Signifies A Lot Edition. This is actually my favourite because of how colourful it is.

 

img_1813Han Ji Min looks really radiant in this shoot for HIGH CUT Korea.

 

img_2214Vivien Li graces the Men’s Uno China December 2019 Issue. I adore this kind of flowy gowns a lot. 

 

img_2225img_2224Chang Chen’s look for iQiYi Scream Night 2020. He won the Award for Drama Actor of the year that night with his recent series – Love and Destiny. He caught me off guard in the right way. He looks so chiselled.

 

img_1830Korean actor and singer Chani looks good in this casual shoot. I am kind of unsure about the magazine this is for, but I think it is HIGH CUT Korea.

 

img_2136Deng Lun for the documentary variety show – Palace Museum. He looks angelic and innocent in this photo.

 

img_2851img_1825img_1824Seo Ji Hye always breathes elegance. She is one of the most beautiful women I have seen, and her fashion taste is also incredible.

 

img_2402img_2401Yuan Bingyan for a Tiffany & Co. event in Shanghai. Every little detail for this look certainly stands out. The makeup, jewelry, hairstyle and dress fit so well together.

 

img_2205img_2207Janice Man glows in her gorgeous gown for the closing ceremony of the 2nd Hainan Island International Film in Sanya.

 

img_2362img_2360Elaine Zhong in Chloe at the premiere of her film Liberation in Beijing. She is lovely in yellow.

 

img_2086Xuan Lu on the cover of ONCE Magazine. I love her smile.

 

img_2553img_2552Leo Luo updated his Weibo recently with a beautiful set of pictures. He looks good in white, and I am looking forward to all his dramas set for release this year.

 

img_2138Newlyweds Lin Chi-ling and Akira strike a few poses for the cover of COSMOPOLITAN China January 2020 Issue.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Red Signifies A Lot

A colour that always gets my attention. I have had difficulty deciding on a favourite colour, but recently, I am beginning to realize that it might be RED.

Here are images with the colour red that recently caught my attention. (Please Note: none of the pictures are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

img_2235Qi Wei stuns for a variety show appearance with her husband, Nathan Lee. They deserve featured image for this post. She always looks great.img_2236

 

img_2112Chinese model/actress He Sui in Ralph & Russo for Esquire China’s 16th Man At His Best Award. This dress is actually pink & red, but the entire look is fire.🔥🔥

 

Cecilia Boey for NeufMode Magazine. She looks so intense in this shoot.

 

img_2210Daisy Dai for a Gentle Monster event in Beijing. I just love the red leather blouse on her. She is stunning.

 

Xiao Zhan attends a Vidal Sassoon product launch event in Shanghai. He is so handsome.

 

img_2469Bambi Zhu in Marchesa for the 2019 Robb Robert Best of the Best Gala. Her eyes are so beautiful.

 

img_2115Xing Fei during a Coach store opening in Beijing. Her soft smile with that red lipstick captured my heart. She is so adorable.img_2116

 

Hyomin for Haper’s BAZAAR Korea. She is so gorgeous.

 

img_2202Sunnee, a Thai singer based in China, takes the cover of the digital issue for Cosmopolitian China. I really do not know much about him, but I was intrigued by this photo.

 

img_2611img_2612Korean actress Kim Seo Hyung exudes beauty and intensity in her recent photoshoot with COSMOPOLITAN  Korea.

 

img_2385Ju Jingyi for an Emphasis Jewellery Christmas brand event in Shanghai. A perfect show of beauty and talent. I love her so much. img_2221

Ju Jingyi for 2020 iQiYi Scream Night. She got the Breakthrough Drama Actress of the Year Award for The Legend of White Snake.

 

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The Oath of Love co-stars Yang Zi and Xiao Zhan stun as spokespersons for the 2020 Chinese New Year’s gala to be held on the 25th of January. I am so looking for their drama.

Guan Xiaotong glows in monsoori for the 11th Macau International Film Festival. I love her gown so much, it makes her look like a Greek goddess. img_2379img_2380

 

TEN YEARS LATE: Drama Review

Ten Years Late is a 2019 Chinese TV series that tells the story of six young individuals and their different approaches to building a new life in the big city.

Sypnosis: Jin Ran gives up his high-paying position in Japan for the sake of love. He takes up a job as the Chief Operating Officer of a tourism company and gets reunited with his first love Yuan Lai as he jumps at the chance to pursue her again. Career woman Xu Xin Yi crosses paths with professional gamer Ding An to start their lives as a couple, but things do not turn out as planned. Zhao Cheng Zhi, a lawyer, making strides in establishing his own practice, butts heads with intern Shen Shuang Shuang and her bright and bubbly personality brings excitement to his otherwise monotonous life (Source: MyDramaList).

My Expectations: This was definitely one of the dramas I was looking forward to watching in 2019. I love Shawn Dou, and I was committed to checking out all his leading roles for 2019. I even downloaded the iQiyi app to watch this show in full HD. In conclusion, my expectation was remarkably high. I also know a few other faces among the main cast, so I was assured that it was going to be a good watch.

(Warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: This was a great series to watch, but I will have to say that it was just there. Let me break it down by starting with the couples in the show. Here is my ranking of the three couples –

#1. Ding An and Xu Xin Yi3518d7bb-dc21-4ca4-92b5-79f01153779f-4007-00000393b00ed19aThey had CHEMISTRY. This pairing was the complete package, and if given the opportunity, they could be the main couple. Their story was compelling, and the love they shared for each other was evident for all to see. They made the show for me.

#2. Zhao Chen Zhi and Shen Shuang Shuang0b15ce0d-c1f2-40c0-a76c-db52c4af02b6-4007-00000393b97b9628This two had the typical characteristics of secondary couples. I still love them, though. They were cute and funny together. They brought out the best in each other and were very supportive of each other until the end.

#3. Jin Ran and Yuan Laif143fe40-9016-4145-8663-cb4dbdee531a-4007-00000393c3a7efcfUnfortunately, the main couple was my least favourite. Something was definitely missing. The constant on-off was a bit unbearable for me. It made me feel like they were never officially dating. I mean, the other two couples had more romantic scenes and spent more time together compared to our leads here.

Here are the elements and moments I truly enjoyed while watching Ten Years Late

  • One thing that kept me wanting more of this series was Ding An and Xin Yi’s relationship. I just loved watching them together. They were my anchor, and, sadly, they did not get to have a happy ending like the other couples.
  • I also lived for the sweet little moments between the other two pairings.
  • I admire the friendship, loyalty and trust they all had. Jin Ran, Yuan Lai, Chen Zhi,  Shuang Shuang, Ding An and Xin Yi were like a family that always lent a hand to each other in times of need. This very fact brought comfort to me after Ding An’s death because I knew that Xin Yi had people to look after her.
  • This is not too important, but I like that the progression of Xin Yi’s pregnancy was made to look as realistic as possible.
  • The cinematography for this drama was stunning. I love the colour palette for the show, it was so clean and captivating. I absolutely loved the snow scenes in Japan and the island scenes that were used during the tourism work.
  • Another thing was the fashion. Everyone’s outfit in the show was well chosen. It fitted each character’s trait to wear the clothes they had on throughout the series. I also would not mind stealing a few pieces from the ladies’ wardrobe.
  • Lastly, the soundtracks for this show were lovely. My favourite is “Fortunately, We Meet Again” by Juno Su. I featured this OST as my song for last week. If you have not read that post yet, use this link to check it out 👉🏼 Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again: Song Of The Week

Now here is a list of the things that led me to conclude that Ten Years Late was not anything exceptional but only an okay drama –

  • Like I mentioned already, the main couple did not do much for me. They did get engaged in the last episode, but throughout the rest of the show, all they did was resolve countless misunderstandings. I will admit that they still had a few lovely moments together, but I needed to see them interact more as a couple because I was not sold. I just accepted the fact that Jin Ran and Yuan Lai are an item. The leads are supposed to carry a show, so when that is not happening, there is a problem.
  • The last few episodes were quite frustrating to watch. The sudden and intense focus on Chu Yun and Gu Sa was not necessary. Also, what it led to was heartbreaking to watch. I feel they could have spread out this tension more instead of packing all this angst into the last few episodes. Gu Sa could have been a closed chapter mid-series, and Chu Yun should not even be a character. This is just my personal opinion.
  • Ding An’s Death – This was a big blow to me. Just three episodes left, and they killed off my favourite character. I get that they wanted to prove the point that time waits for no one, so hold on dearly to your loved ones while you still have the chance, but I am still pissed. I kept on praying for him to survive. His death reminds me of Xiao Qiu’s last-minute death from the Chinese drama – Across The Ocean To See You. I kind of understand the writer’s decision for Ding An, but as a viewer, I was still disappointed and heartbroken.
  • Overall, while watching this drama, the storyline was not just flowing as expected. It kind of dragged. I found my self skipping some scenes to avoid being bored with irrelevant dialogues.

Character Analysis:

Gülnezer Bextiyar – Yuan Lai. 1e1907e3-cb00-4e5d-b8db-61992fe62086-4007-00000393f89f8da3I feel Gülnezer Bextiyar is an actress with potential, but most times, her characters tend to be quite flat. I hope that she gets a role that finally showcases her skills. She was okay as Yuan Lai, but this was definitely not her best. I also understand that it was hard for Yuan Lai to fully trust Jin Ran because of all the new findings that came up about him. But at the same time, I did not appreciate how she would just completely ignore him instead of directing asking him about what she had heard or seen. Some of the misunderstandings could have been cleared if she spoke up. All the same, Yuan Lai was brilliant and fabulous at her job. She was also very supportive of her friends. So an okay character, I guess.

Shawn Duo – Jin Ran. af6a4477-ebb2-42ab-9ced-f10cf5ad23c0-4007-0000039445f1c150Shawn did a fantastic job as Jin Ran, but again the chemistry between him and Gülnezer was not as strong compared to the other two couples. That aside, Jin Ran is someone who has made a few mistakes and was ready to start afresh and live differently. I feel that most of the misunderstandings between him and Yuan Lai could have been prevented if he was more open. Before even trying to rekindle their relationship, he should have told her about his time in Japan. At least that could have prevented all the constant time offs the main couple experienced throughout the series.

Kanazawa Hao Kim – Ding An.aa5861e7-c6e4-4188-a399-20080d7f50ff-4007-00000393d961abcaDing An… Ding An. I just cannot accept the writer’s decision to kill the best character of the series. After all the work he put into dating Xin Yi and getting married to her… SAD. He was finally going to get his family together, and he did not even get to see his child… SAD. Kanazawa Hao Kim did a fantastic job of portraying such a beautiful character. I love that he always went for what he desired, both with his career and love life. The chemistry between him and Wang Rain was superb. I will love to see them as a leading couple in a new drama because they indeed sold this series for me. Ding An truly loved Xin Yi with all his heart, and it really broke my heart that they could not be together till the end.

#4. Wang Rain – Xu Xin Yi. 43350cc7-d081-48c6-964b-53d6d457e056-4007-00000393e079a0a5I absolutely love her character. This is my first time watching Wang Rain, but I will be checking out her other works soon. She is an exceptional actress. I admired Xin Yi’s independence. Initially, she did not want to depend on Ding An in any way, but with time she learnt to let him in a little bit. She allowed him to be her emotional support. I love how she was always sure of what she wanted and did not compromise at any moment, but my one wish was for her to be a bit more understanding towards Ding An. Yes, they had a lot of sweet moments together, but most of their arguments were blown out of proportion because of their inability to hear each other out. She was definitely my favourite girl in the group. I live for her no-nonsense character.

#5. Jeremy Jones Xu – Zhao Cheng Zhi. afe98086-cdd9-4d2a-b3f4-37195c1d2033-4007-00000393ef6311c3I am so glad that his role was not made to be the frustrating third wheel to Jin Ran and Yuan Lai’s relationship. I hate when people refuse to let go of things that are clearly not working out for them. So I am so happy that he had the opportunity to get closure and move on to his own relationship. He still cared a lot for her as a friend, which was great. It took him a while to give in to his feelings for Shen Shuang Shuang, but he was fully committed once he did. I think he fell in love with her after that spider incident that almost killed him. Even though he did not want to be a lawyer, he was a great one, but in the end, he decided to chase his dreams of photography.

#6. Cecilia Boey – Shen Shuang Shuang. 5b117ed0-ebe5-44d6-a99e-8ade567b716e-4007-00000393e7b8e57cMy first drama of Cecilia Boey was Walk Into Your Memory, which was also released this year. I think she did great on that show, so I was super excited to see her in a new series. Her character as Shen Shuang Shuang started out a bit annoying and over the top, but with more episodes, she got better. She showcased how smart and depending she could be when situations called for it. I love how she easily fused into the friend circle. Her bubbly and caring personality definitely brought some diversity and balance among the girls in the group. At some point, I found her pursuit for Cheng Zhi to be quite overbearing, but for a character like his to take notice of Shuang Shuang, I believe her method was essential. I also appreciate how she changed her strategy from pursuit to making him work for her attention. He honestly needed to put in that work. Shen Shuang Shuang was also an excellent support system for Cheng Zhi and also a means to help him loosen up more. I definitely came to appreciate her presence by the end of the series.


Overall, my rating for Ten Years Late is 7.5/10 because although it was a good watch, it failed to meet my expectations. It had a good number of exciting moments but could not capture my attention all the time, so I found my self skipping some scenes. The acting was okay, the storyline was promising, but there were a few misses with the execution.

To understand my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

That is all I have for this post. I simply wanted to give a quick review of this drama since I just finished watching it. Feel free to leave your thoughts about this series in the comment section.

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