Taiwanese-Korean singer, Shi Shi serves golden r&b with her 2020 album – ‘Where is SHI?’

Hello, hello🤗

How’s everyone doing? I hope you all are in good health and staying warm.

This week, I’ve decided to share an album with you all instead of my traditional weekly song recommendation. Where is SHI? is a 2020 r&b record from the groundbreaking Taiwanese-Korean artist Shi Shi. If you’re an avid reader, you must have heard me mention her in a few drama reviews due to her soundtrack contributions. This time I’m switching things up by focusing on her actual work because all the ten songs on this album are undoubtedly top-notch.

Sun Sheng Xi, popularly known as Shi Shi, is a Taiwanese-Korean singer-songwriter born on November 13, 1990. Shi Shi was born in Korea but later moved to Taiwan in pursuit of becoming a singer. After participating in a singing competition known as Chinese Million Stars, she signed with Rock Records Taipei. Her official debut was in 2014 with the full-length album, girls.

I genuinely enjoy her 2020 record Where is SHI? because it has a perfect balance between the nostalgic 2000s r&b vibe and the current modern take on rhythm and blues. Some other outstanding attributes on this album include Shi Shi’s unique vocals, great featured artists, striking instrumentalization, and excellent production. Plus, eight out of the ten songs have visuals.

Here’s my brief take on each track, and I’m also noting my favourites –

Track 1 – “Midnight Movie”

Such a soft opening to the album, + the guitar/drumbeat instrumental is beautiful. Shi Shi’s voice on this is serving absolute serene vibes. “Midnight Movie” always pours positive energy into me, so I love to play it more than once before moving on.

Track 2 – “Realer Love ft. sunkis”

I enjoy the slight groove on this one, + it showcases excellent production on both the vocals and instrumental. Shi Shi has one the most stable falsetto tones, and I love how she smoothly rides the beat on this song. Sunkis also has a beautiful voice, and he nailed the harmonies.

Track 3 – “Me First ft. TroutFresh”

I adore the keyboard and drum entry on this track, + I got introduced to a talented r&b/rap artist through this record. TroutFresh is impressive. I love his flow. I always enjoy the jazzy vibe on “Me First”; I find myself dancing whenever this song comes on.

Track 4 – “Empty Track”

This song is my all-time favourite on the album. I live for this type of peaceful energy. Shi Shi’s vocals on this track are pure bliss, and I could listen to her sing all day. Every note, instrument and beat came out right with “Empty Track”

Track 5 – “Two of One ft. HUSH”

While listening to this song, all I could focus on was Shi Shi and HUSH’s beautiful voices + the lovely melody of “Two of One”. The music video is quite intriguing. At first, I assumed it was just about jealously and trust issues between the couple, but there’s also cheating?😲 It isn’t right to use someone to cover up your sexual preference.

Track 6 – “LA-LI-LA-TA”

Now this song has some elements of pop, but it’s the right blend of music styles. At this point, I sound like a broken record, but I genuinely enjoy Shi Shi’s voice. “LA-LI-LA-TA” would probably be the last on my list if I was ranking the album, but I still love it. The hazy visuals for this music video are nice, but I don’t entirely get the story. I think there’s a lot of focus on people’s sexuality & how they identify in society🤷🏼‍♀️.

Track 7 – “Not Enough”

Here is the song with that in-your-face 2000s r&b vibe. I wish the music video had English subtitles, so I could fully understand the story. “Not Enough” is a groovy bop, and I jam out to it on repeat. Shi Shi looks stunning in this video. I love her dress and makeup. HECK NO!! The gay boyfriend that cheated on her is getting married to another woman????🤯🤯🤯. Plus, someone stole the wedding ring? Woah, this is some messy tea!!!🍵. This is my first time seeing the music videos, and I love that they’re connected.

Track 8 – “Give It to Me”

“Give It to Me” is a more sensual song. Even the vocals sound very sultry in comparison to the previous tracks. I love this vibe. The music video also matches the concept of the song. I loved that they filmed it in a classy way, but the sexual innuendos are apparent. My only problem is that this track seems too short.

Track 9 – “Infected”

Once again, another music video with a confusing storyline, but I believe this one shows the details of what went down in the relationship + how Shi Shi got her revenge? All the same, “Infected” is one of my top songs from this album. It’s a slow tempo vibe but with a very captivating melody + the keyboard player on it is exceptional. Shi Shi is so talented. The emotion she pours into each note is incredible. I love this song.

Track 10 – “And Then?”

Yes, the last song on this record and one of the favourites that I always play on repeat. The soothing energy from this song does something right for me. I like to have “And Then?” playing in the background while I’m reading webtoons or chilling. It’s a perfect track and a smooth way to close the album.

Alright, If you read to this point, I hope you found a few exciting songs to add to your playlist. Where is SHI? by Shi Shi is an r&b lover’s gem, so go check out the full album on any music streaming site or app. I use Spotify, so there’s a link below. That’s all for today, have a beautiful night, everyone.💕💕💕

My Final Review For ‘Lost Romance’ – Was It Worth The Commitment?🧐

It’s a new year, and I am breaking the spirit of procrastination. Hence, I will be completing all my held back drama reviews this week, starting with Lost Romance. Better late than never, I guess. Hwaiting!!!!

Since it’s been a while, here are all previous reviews for anyone who needs a refresher:

👉🏽 First Impressions of Taiwanese Drama – ‘Lost Romance’

👉🏽 Lost Romance: Taiwanese Drama Review – Episode 2

👉🏽 Lost Romance: Taiwanese Drama Review – Episode 3

👉🏽 Lost Romance: Taiwanese Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

👉🏽 Lost Romance: Taiwanese Drama Review – Episode 7 – 9

And all episodes of this drama are available on Viki – Lost Romance on Viki.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

First off, here are my thoughts on episodes 10 to 20:

When I went back to continue this show, one aspect that completely turned me off was Situ Aoran’s indecisive and overbearing nature. I didn’t appreciate him trying to control Zheng Xiao En’s life even after rejecting all her advances. There’s absolutely nothing sweet or cute about excessive jealousy. So with that development, I came to enjoy the presence of Qing Feng more. An added disappointment to Situ Aoran’s toxic traits was the character development of Chu Chu in the novel’s world. I was sad when she turned out to be the typical mean and manipulative female viper. She might not have been my favourite character, but I had high hopes for her🤦🏽‍♀️.

Moving on, of course, Situ Aoran and Zheng Xiao En got together. I was okay with their relationship since they did have sizzling chemistry, + Aoran became less controlling. As the story progressed, I understood that Aoran served as an alter ego for He Tian Xing, who wished for more freedom in life. Situ Aoran was like a combination of all the traits that Tian Xing considered weak, which means Zheng Xiao En loved him at his lowest… Awww🥰, quite endearing.

Honestly, this drama nearly lost me halfway, but once they switched back entirely to the real world, the new dynamic between He Tian Xing and Zheng Xiao En kept me hooked. I think we can all agree that He Tian Xing is way more charming than Situ Aoran. Plus, the real world’s courting stage felt more genuine without all the novel-like antics and uncertainties. I also enjoyed how the story came full circle with He Tian Xing doing the pursuit, spying on Zheng Xiao En with a drone and comforting her during her down moments –

Now in regards to our villains, starting with Uncle Hu. I don’t have much to say because he is simply a twisted individual that decided to destroy a friend’s family due to greed. He Tian Jian, on the other hand, indeed took me by surprise in the closing episodes. I was rooting for you boy, how could you? Even as Situ Moran, he was no better😑. The saving grace of this group was He Ming Li. Although nothing excuses her evil ways, we can’t deny that she was a demon created by her father’s infidelity and mother’s neglect. If their father had communicated his real feelings towards all his children, the He family could have been in a better situation. I’m glad that He Ming Li realized her mistakes and did a full turn around –

With all that said, I have to conclude that my favourite character from Lost Romance is Qing Feng. His backstory of roaming through various novels added an intriguing layer to the drama when it started to get draggy. Plus, he was just a very loving and genuine person in general. Thankfully Qing Feng got his happy ending, and I loved the brief cameo from Puff Kuo.

Final Review:

Overall, Lost Romance was an okay drama. The story started quite bizarre, then mid-way, it got a bit draggy, but thankfully the scriptwriter still managed to round up every arc properly. Aside from the overly dramatic sequences of the novel’s world + some unnecessary filler scenes, and lack of better development for certain side characters, everything else was a good watch. I enjoyed the second half of the show more, which is why I feel they could have made this a sixteen-episode series. As an avid drama watcher, I have outgrown the cliché plot-devices adopted in this show, hence why specific aspects were too exhausting for me. All the same, the scriptwriter, director, and actors did exceptionally well in gracing me with superb acting, sizzling chemistry, a great showcase of friendship, comedy, witty dialogues and beautiful soundtracks.

I give big props to Marcus Chang for his contribution to the soundtracks👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽. He has such a soothing voice, so his songs were my favourite, along with the opening track by Ariel Tsai –

To close this post, my rating for Lost Romance is 7.5/10. To better understand how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide. Also, feel free to let me know your thoughts on this series in the comment section💕.

Chinese Celebrities Glam Out for #TencentVideoAll-StarNight 2020 – Part 2

Here is the final part of the red carpet looks from Tencent Video All-Star Night 2020. If you haven’t seen the previous post, use this link 👉🏽 Chinese Celebrities Glam Out for #TencentVideoAll-StarNight 2020 

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

Zhao Yiqin is so handsome. I love the clothing + jewelry combo, and green truly makes his outfit – 


My baby🥰 Chen Linong served in two beautiful suit looks –


Yang Mi‘s looked stunning!!! I can’t pick a favourite in her case because I love the fluffy look of the pink gown, but I also like the simple/classy style of the other dress – 


My first time seeing Angela Hui, and she’s beautiful + her baby blue gown is so pretty- 


Zhang Meng came through with some traditional elements. The papered wall/twigs truly set the antique vibe for these pictures – 


Jeremy Jones Xu came to serve face. This man should be made illegal; how can someone be so good looking? –


Yang Yang looked great in his Dunhill suit. His studio was probably like, “no need to post too many pictures. He could slay and bewitch in just four.” Don’t mind me😂😂😂😂 –


Xu Kai‘s round eyeglass is the main point of his outfit, in my opinion. He makes me want to get new glasses in the same style – 


Yang Chao Yue is such an attractive lady. Her long black hair, the gown, + the setting for her pictures were all flawless –


Rachel Mao was serving vintage princess vibes with her first look. I love the yellow gown on her, it compliments her skin tone so well, and she’s gorgeous – 


Greg Han kept it simple. He’s got the face to shine all day long, so he looked charming – 


Another suited up look from Vengo Gao. The textured blazer brought the right amount of bougie to his outfit –


Xing Zhaolin and his green suit are indeed fated. He looks remarkable good; I’m in awe –


The two outfits for Chen Yuqi did her justice. I love both dresses, but the black & yellow one has a special place in my heart – 


To close off, I have Maggie Jiang. I think she looked better in the black gown; it hugged her body perfectly. All the same, she’s pretty – 

Chen Linong Explores Shanghai for Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Recently, Taiwanese singer and actor Chen Linong posed for an exploration photoshoot with Condé Nast Traveler China. These pictures were for the cover of the Magazine’s November 2020 Issue.

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


Chen Linong has a movie and one drama slotted for 2020/2021. The current title of his upcoming drama is Seizing Dream(2021). There’s no confirmed airing date yet.

His upcoming movie – Soul Snatcher (also known as Red Fox Scholar), is set for a December 4th, 2020 theatre premiere –

Synopsis: To achieve immortality, fox spirit Bai Shisan disguises as a young man and travels to the human world, searching for a divine pill. There he befriends the innocent scholar Wang Zijin whom he later realizes is the key to his transcendence. To keep Wang safe, Bai must bond with him on his road to the imperial examination while fending off threats from mythic creatures and evil spirits. (source – MyDramaList)

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Jasper Liu Looking Dashing As Always For Mars Magazine

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

Recently, Jasper Liu posed for a photoshoot with Mars Magazine, and he looks gorgeous in every picture!!! Jasper has been one of my favourite Taiwanese actors for the longest time. I’m excited to see him branching into a bigger audience through Mainland Chinese dramas. I will discuss his upcoming dramas at the end of this post, but for now, here’s the visual feast –


Here are some bonus photos from another shoot with Beauty Magazine (Taiwan) –


Jasper Liu has three Mainland Chinese dramas slotted for 2020/2021 –

Twelve Legends (2020) There’s no fixed release date yet, but it will run for 32 episodes. Jasper and Gülnezer Bextiyar (Nazha) are the leads. Synopsis: Jin Xing Jian was initially an ordinary rock who displayed the characteristics of both a deity and a demon. He had a studio in the human world and met several quirky demons along the way. However, it’ll take the hero more than just learning through observation to get back the love of his life – Ye Ming, the human form of a luminous night pearl. (Source – MyDramaList)

Use For My Talent(2021) There’s also no set release date for this one, and it will run for 24 episodes. Shen Yue is Jasper’s co-star for this series. Synopsis: Because of his incomplete family, Gu Ren Qi has a closed up personality and mysophobia. Shuang Jiao used to have a happy family but later lost her mother in a car accident, which led her to become a careless person. The two become acquainted when Shuang Jiao starts working in Gu Ren Qi’s cleaning company. They gradually get to know each other and begin to heal from their wounds. (Source – MyDramaList)

Fall in Love with a Scientist(2021) Yet the third series with no definite release date. This drama will also run for 24 episodes, and Jasper’s leading lady is Zhou Yutong. Synopsis: Yang Lan Hang is a genius scientist, the dream boyfriend of all school girls. Bai Ling Ling, a doctor tutor, slowly falls in love with him without realizing it. (Source – MyDramaList)

Shi Shi – Come Away: Song Of The Week

My most played song of this week “Come Away” by Shi Shi, which is also an original soundtrack for the 2019 Taiwanese TV series – Someday Or One Day.

A profile for this singer is available with this link 👉🏼 Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week

I recently went back to watch my favourite scenes from Someday Or One Day, and this time around, “Come Away” really stood out to me. Since the beginning of this week, I have been replaying this song. I adore the mellow tempo and comforting feeling I get when listening to it. Plus, Shi Shi’s voice always soothes me, so I can’t resist going back every day.

I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well, and if anyone hasn’t seen Someday Or One Day, you need to check it out immediately. It is such an excellent drama. I already have a two-part review available on this blog but be warned of spoilers:

👉🏼 Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 7

👉🏼 Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 8 – 13|FINALE

Lost Romance: Taiwanese Drama Review – Episode 7 – 9

I finally got through episodes seven to nine, so here are my thoughts on the current story progression. If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

All English subbed episodes of this drama are uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Episode seven honestly felt like a filler to me. Not much happened, and some scenes were drawn out longer than necessary. Basically, Chuchu found out about Zheng Xiao En’s living arrangement, and that caused Situ Aoran to transfer her back to the office.

Now from episode eight, I could smell the love triangle intensifying between Situ Aoran and Qing Feng. Aoran is becoming more aware of Zheng Xiao En. Although he is still skeptical of her real intentions, I noticed how he looks for every little opportunity to keep in contact with Zheng Xiao En. He also seems to be getting some of He Tian Xing’s memories. On the other hand, Qing Feng has gotten much closer to Zheng Xian En, and I will admit that they are cute together. Anyone watching can’t deny the sizzling chemistry between Qing Feng and Zheng Xiao En. However, I warn you all not to get attached or develop the ‘second lead syndrome’ because it will end in heartbreak. My favourite scene from them was the maid themed restaurant –

Another thing, am I the only that feels Qing Feng is starting to realize that their world is fake. Especially when Situ Aoran described Chuchu with the exact words he used when Xiao En asked why he liked Chuchu. Also, what if Qing Feng is the author of the novel, and he burns whenever he hugs Xiao En because his character is diverging from its original purpose. His role is quite intriguing.

Currently, I am looking forward to how the writer ties both worlds together. First off, Situ Aoran has started gaining He Tian Xing’s memory. Secondly, He Tian Jian now has a counterpart in the novel’s world. I can’t believe he hesitated to save Tian Xing before he fell. Uncle Hu is really turning the siblings against each other, and He Mingli is started to lose her last brain cells. Thirdly, we are yet to find out how the travel and return between both worlds work. Xiao En tried getting a cold, but Qing Feng saved her, so we have no idea if it would have worked. These three points show that there are still a lot of things to unravel, and I am excited to see how it all goes down.

To round up, let’s touch on He Mingli. The writer has started giving her character more depth by showing us why He Mingli has no regard for anyone in her family. They all looked down on her, and I bet no one ever encouraged her business ventures. I feel they all just watched her fail every single time instead of advising or trying to help her. According to her mom, Mingli is a woman and, therefore, not eligible for the family’s inheritance. Now, this depth does not excuse her evil personality, but I love it when the villain has a reasonable back story to their current actions. Also, He Mingli is finally using her brain by keeping Tian Xing alive to secure her position.

Okay, that’s all I have to say concerning episodes seven to nine, what do you all think of the current pace? Let me know in the comment section.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: AleXa|BIBI|Bii

(Please note – This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

“Villain” by AleXaimg_1287Reaction to Official MV:

  • This marks my first time hearing any song from her, so I have my fingers crossed.
  • Alright, we don’t have any English captions, but I can check for them later.
  • I love the intense instrumental, and she has a beautiful voice.
  • The choreography is also good. AleXa and the dancers are synchronized.
  • I love how they used the two outfits to represent her different sides. There must be a theory for that, but of course, I have no idea.
  • The beat goes hard and actually makes me want to move, but I’m not fully vibing with the song.
  • I’m going to listen to it again before making up my mind.
  • I absolutely adore her vocal tone. It sounds unique to me, and the production on the track is quite okay.
  • Overall, “Villian” is a great song, but since I’m not too invested it right now, it gets an 8/10.

 

“I’m good at goodbyes” by BIBIimg_1781Reaction to Official MV:

  • I absolutely loved her previous single – “KAZINO”, and if you haven’t read my review for that song, use this link 👉🏼 BIBI – KAZINO: Music Review.
  • Now let’s see how this one goes.
  • Wow, the visuals for this video are stunning. Most notably that scene with BIBI lying in the grass.
  • I need that red dress, it’s gorgeous.
  • Already this shows her versatility because it’s completely different from “KAZINO”
  • BIBI is so cute and weird. Talent just overflows from her.
  • This music video… DAMN. Who came up with the concept? The visuals are incredible but surprisingly simple.
  • I just noticed that I do not have English captions, but it’s okay.
  • I love the drum beats and piano instrumental for this song. They are soft, groovy and complement BIBI’s singing style really well.
  • Her voice is calming and always draws me in. Honestly, she is too underrated.
  • Her vocal runs and range are very intriguing. I also love the falsetto runs she throws in once in a while.
  • This is such a chill song, and I cannot wait to read the English lyrics.
  • There’s nothing more to say, I LOVE IT.
  • “I’m good at goodbyes” gives off a very serene and trancelike vibe. The music video is also well thought out.
  • A definite playlist worthy track.
  • BIBI never disappoints. This song gets a solid 10/10 from me.
  • The English/Romanized lyrics are available with this link 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics – BIBI (I’m good at goodbyes)

 

“Be Alive” by Bii

img_0211Reaction to Official Lyric Video:

  • Bii released “Be Alive” to mark his 10th Anniversary, so as one of his biggest fans, I have to give him a review.
  • Already from the guitar intro, I am intrigued.
  • No song has English captions today. WHY???
  • Awww, his voice is so sweet.
  • Oooh, I love the rocker vibe of this track. The guitar is going off in the background, and Bii’s runs are beautiful.
  • The instrumental of this song is incredible. It displays astonishing production, most notably when he sings – “Oh, Oh, Oh… Oh, Oh, Be Alive.” 
  • The drums and guitar strumming during that section are insanely good.
  • I am enjoying every second of this song because it’s very captivating.
  • Yet another substantial addition to my playlist.
  • Wow, the guitar player is mighty talented. I won’t lie, I think I’m in love.
  • Okay, “Be Alive” by Bii gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.