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: 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.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Darren Chen and Leon Zhang Exclusive

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

Recently Darren Chen posted some pictures on his Weibo, and he looks good💋. img_0823img_0825img_0826img_0828img_0827img_0824

He also posed for Our Street Style’s themed shoot titled ‘He Came from the Portrait’ –img_0996-1

Darren Chen has two upcoming dramas slotted for this year – ‘Yu Zhao Ling’ and ‘My Unicorn Girl’. Both shows have not announced a release date, but ‘My Unicorn Girl’ has started promotions with a teaser and official posters.

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Synopsis for ‘My Unicorn Girl’: Sang Tian is an aspiring figure skater. On the day she turns 18, she vows to her family that she will be accepted to the same university that her mother once attended. To get in, she must pass a test, which she – an exceptionally competent skater and student – expects to ace. However, things do not go according to plan, and she fails the exam. Undaunted, Sang Tian decides not to give up. In desperation, she dresses as a male ice hockey player and joins in a trial match for the college team. She unexpectedly shines and is selected as part of the men’s ice hockey program. Things get even more complicated for her when she realizes that Wen Bing, a young man she has crossed swords with in the past, is also part of the team. Worse still, she finds she must share a dormitory with him, and struggles to keep her true identity a secret. On the ice, Sang Tian and Wen Bing prove to be the catalysts for their team’s newfound success, and the team finds itself in with a shot at the championship. As the two students start to get to know one another, they develop mutual respect for one another…but could that one day turn to love? (source – MyDramaList)

 

The next feature on this post is, of course, Leon Zhang. He also posed for Our Street Style in the themed shoot titled ‘He Came from the Portrait.’ I absolutely love the fusion of modern and traditional elements for his outfit. img_0787img_0784img_0785img_0783img_0782Leon Zhang has three upcoming dramas slotted for this year – ‘Together’ – ‘Player’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’. None of these shows have a set release date.

I have been waiting for ‘Tears in Heaven’ in years. I still don’t believe that they will let that drama out of the dungeon this year, but I have my fingers crossed for it to finally premiere.

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

Yes!!! I got the pleasure of watching three episodes in a row by waiting. Honestly, I wish it wasn’t just one episode per week, but who am I to complain? Now let’s discuss the story progression so far.

If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

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

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I am officially inside the rabbit hole of this drama. They got me with their comedic timing and witty/sarcastic dialogues. My favourite character from episode four to six is definitely Zheng Xiao En. She might not be the brightest or most practical person in the room, but I admire her extra and straightforward personality. I literally laughed to tears when she told Qing Feng that unless he wanted to be her sugar daddy, she didn’t want to hear anything from him😂. That line was a whole mood😂🤣🤣😂. Plus, do not even get me started on Zheng Xiao En’s wild imaginations. This woman creates different versions of melodramas in her mind, and I stay dying😅😅😅. I seriously did not expect her character to grow on me this much. How can someone be so shameless and talk nonsense to the point that they make you feel like their right? Take the scene when she was caught peeking at Situ Aoran in the shower. At first, I was firm that no matter what she was wrong but her arguments took the situation too left and Sito Aoran’s reaction did not help me at all😂🤣🤣😅😂🤣 –

Now there was also a character that tired me out during these recent episodes, and that is Chuchu. I was kind of intrigued to discover that her name is also Chuchu in the real world, and her role in the novel was starting to balance out. Then came the constant damsel in distress situations and crying again, which was seriously unbearing to watch. I kept on asking myself why Situ Aoran and Qing Feng like her because, at this point, we just need to give her a permanent wheelchair to prevent more accidents. And what even pinches me more is how Situ Aoran blames all her mishaps on Zheng Xiao En, while, in reality, Chuchu is a walking time bomb.

Anyways moving on, let’s touch on the potential love lines. Starting off with Zheng Xiao En & Qing Feng – As of now, the chemistry between these two is more evident in comparison to the Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran’s ship. They are very casual and relaxed with each other. By episode six, I noticed that Qing Feng had started developing romantic feelings for her. I also have a theory that he might even be somehow connected to them in the real world. Although I love the bond between these two, I am still currently invested in Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran because I want to see Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing connect in the real world.

Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran – It was a great idea to have both of them live in the same house because we are now getting more interactions, and they are slowing building chemistry together. I love their bickerings because they never give the replies or do the things that the other expects. The same change of feelings also applies to Situ Aoran by episode six. He now enjoys taunting her and also leans on her for strength.

To close things, let’s touch on the happenings of the real world. Now you all know I do not support He Mingli’s ways, but the statement her mother made about protecting the company for He Tian Jian to take over as the rightful owner was utterly messed up. Why does she have to do all the dirty work and give him the fruits just because he is the son? The mother definitely failed both her kids in most aspects. I can’t believe her words actually made me feel slightly bad for He Mingli, but at least now I know why she turned out so vile.

In conclusion, Lost Romance has been showing more potential with each new episode. I love the comedic aspect of things, and the characters are developing nicely so far. I am also looking forward to finding out more concerning Uncle Hu’s schemes. The man acts like a snake in sheep clothing, and I don’t like the uncertainty of his actions.

What do you all think of this drama’s current pace and story? Let me know in the comment section.

 

 

 

Chen Linong – This is How I Feel You: Song Of The Week

The song I have been going back to a lot throughout this week is “This Is How I Feel You” by Chen Linong.

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Chen Linong is a Taiwanese singer and actor. He was born on October 3rd, 2000, which makes him 20 this year. He participated in the Chinese audition program – Idol Producer, and debuted as a member of the resulting boy group known as Nine Percent. The contract for Nine Percent officially ended on October 6th of 2018, and all the members moved on to there respective groups or solo careers. Although Chen Linong had released a few singles and featured on some OSTs, his official solo debut was on May 29th of 2020. He released a full-length album titled 格格不入(Out 0f Place). This record has twelve songs including the title track “This Is How I Feel You”

I remember seeing the MV teaser for “This Is How I Feel You” on twitter, and I took a screenshot. I listened to the song a week after it dropped, and I was utterly wowed by the power of Chen Linong’s voice. I have never listened to him sing before. I did like a few of his pictures on twitter, but I don’t follow his music career religiously. So imagine the disappointment I felt when I realized that I had been neglecting such a gem🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️. Therefore I embarked on my research until I found the full album on Spotify.

“This Is How I Feel You” is a beautiful song, and when I first heard it, I got goosebumps. It starts out slow and gradually progresses into this intense guitar instrumental before fading out again. The other eleven songs on the album are equally amazing. It has a mix of ballads, pop and R&B music, and I have never skipped a track when listening to the full album. That’s how impressive Chen Linong’s debut is for me. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Here are the other songs from 格格不入(Out 0f Place) that have official music videos:

“Unsure” (Features Lala Hsu ) –

“Taste Of Summer” –

“Lost In You” –

“Unmask” –

“Masterpiece” (Features Hailee Steinfeld)

And here is the full-length album for anyone interested –

I hope you all enjoy listening to “This Is How I Feel You” by Chen Linong. Take care, everyone.💕💕💕

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

Alright, it is time to discuss the third episode of Lost Romance. My previous episode review is available with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The filming technique and scene transitions got slightly better in this episode. We also got more interactions between Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing’s characters in the novel’s world, which in turn led to some noticeable development in their relationship. I also enjoyed Zheng Xiao En’s rescue scene because it allowed Vivian Sung to showcase actual, emotionally driven acting. That short moment proved that she was capable of more than the animated acting style. Furthermore, it gave me hope for the future of this drama. Hence why I’m excited to get more interactions from our leads as the story progresses.

Another good thing about this episode is that we finally got some insight into Zheng Xiao En’s fondness for He Tian Xing. He was someone who gave her strength and comfort whenever she felt down or frustrated. His words encouraged her to continue working hard, and that’s how her “obsession” over him began. The quote that He Tian Xing gave was beautiful – “In a storm, you have to be like an adult. In beautiful weather, you have to be like a child.”

Now in my previous review, I mentioned that the supposed novel’s female lead is way too cringy for me, and I still stand by that. However, I now find Chuchu’s antics hilarious because how can one human being trip at every given opportunity. Honestly, Chuchu is a sweet girl, but she needs to work on her stamina and also learn some essential body balance. No wonder Zheng Xiao En stays paranoid about keeping her away from danger.😂😂😂

Moving on to our villain, He Mingli. I finally see who she got her twisted personality from. The mother is a more reserved version of her. The way she talking to He Mingli’s father in the hospital was quite creepy to me. Also, I still stand by my statement that He Mingli’s methods will become her downfall. Just because you feel threatened, you want to get rid of all He Tian Xing’s potential supporters? I personally think that removing too many people at once will cause her to lose very essential supporters for her family’s business in the long run.

Overall, since the story has started moving somewhere, I am going to continue watching. If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

If you haven’t read my review for episode one, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

In this episode, certain things didn’t sit well with me, but I tried not to over-analyze them since this is a fantasy series. For example, how was He Tian Xing able to grab Zheng Xiao En’s hand while in a coma? Also, I think Zheng Xiao En should have posted the video anonymously or reported the incident anonymously. I get that she’s scared, but how do you see something so horrid and know that they are trying to cover it up but still say nothing? Her decision made me question this character’s moral grounds, but I guess the writer wanted to use her guilt to lead us into the novel’s world. Therefore I rest my case.

Now in concerns to He Mingli, I think we’ve all confirmed at this point that she is a pure psycho. Previously I thought the uncle was just trying to keep eyes on her, but after this episode, I fear he has his own private agenda. He probably voted for He Mingli because she is not too knowledgable about the business, and that way, he can easily take over.

Moving on to the novel’s world. It was quite funny when Zheng Xiao En realized that she wasn’t the main lead but actually one of the mean side characters. In my opinion, the actual female lead is cringy. Her overly innocent and clumsy personality is kind of off. Plus, the fact that He Tian Xing was about to date her in the real world was even more surprising. Now, if his brother He Tian Jian falls in love with the lead in the real world, will that cause a problem between both boys in the future? I don’t think the writer will take that route, but we will see. I also noticed that the writer used the novel’s world to call out a lot of cliches in romance novels and dramas. Starting from the random screams for handsome men to the wall pin from the lead guy to the clumsy female lead that regularly trips, and somehow a man is always ready to catch her. These are the traditional Asian romance troupes, and in this novel’s world, we get to see how cringy and unrealistic they are.

For now, I currently do not have any strong emotions towards this drama. I am not in love with it yet, neither do I dislike it. I’m still watching because the upcoming episode looks promising. However, I am more than ready for the story to pick up and take me to the point that completely captures my attention.

If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

Iron Ladies: Drama Review

I recently rewatched this drama, and I decided to use the opportunity to write a review. Iron Ladies is a 2018 Taiwanese series that stars Aviis Zhong and Ben Wu as leads.

Synopsis: Zhou Kai Ting is the youngest vice president of sales for the online shopping mall, Ai U Web. She turns to Su Can, a café barista, to resolve a work crisis and helps him discover a talent he didn’t know he had. Ma Li Sha, Ai U Web’s General Manager, has raised an 18-year-old son on her own and is jaded by love. On the other hand, Wang Qing Qing has always had everything in life go her way. Can the three women deal with their respective relationship woes, marriage issues and family problems as well as they do their jobs? (source – Viki)

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Even from my first time watching this drama, it gave off a similar vibe to the Korean series – I Need Romance. I love such stories, hence why I was excited to give it a shot when it first released. One thing I genuinely enjoyed about Iron Ladies was the chemistry between all the main characters, both friends and couples. I will say that showcases excellent acting. This drama also gave me a strong and intelligent female lead. There were times when Zhou Kai Ting made mistakes, but overall, she was a very rationale and understanding lady. I appreciate shows that portray assertive women because a girl needs such a confidence boost once in a while. I also love the soundtrack for this series. My two favourite OSTs are “Unachievable Future” by Ben Wu – and “Almost” by Shi Shi –

Iron Ladies is a good drama, but the story development and pacing did lose some of its appeal towards the end. The ending also felt rushed. To explain more, let me discuss the three main arcs of this series in detail. Starting with the main couple:

– Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting

Right off the bat, their chemistry was solid. I could also tell that Kai Ting and her fiance were not going to end well. The eight-years relationship had lost all flavour, and he went ahead to cheat. For me, that closed the chapter because it’s challenging to build the same level of trust again. Plus, Kai Ting’s heart was now longing for someone else. An important message this drama brought to the table was that marriage should not be a do or die affair. Everyone has the right to be happy and not merely settle for the bare minimum. Consequently, cheating leads the betrayed partner to question their self-worth, which is sad and frustrating. One of my favourite scenes in this drama was when Kai Ting and Qing Qing discussed the effect their partner’s infidelity had on them – 

Moving back to Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting. All round, they were a good pair, but their main issue was financial inequality. Thankfully they were usually direct with each other and never dragged out arguments or misunderstandings. Another thing that disturbed their relationship was how they both lied by omission to protect each other, but all the same, I loved seeing them together. Yes, the ending felt a bit rushed, but the happy ending made me feel okay.

– Ma Li Sha and David

These two were a case study in their own right. At first, their interactions were funny, but their arc development towards the end was such a cliche. I fully believed in the agenda that she was scared of committing to a serious relationship and that her son was scared of losing his mom to someone else. However, what I couldn’t swim along with was when Ma Li Sha starting using childish tactics to keep David away. And to top it off, they decided to use the cliche near-to-death accident to make her realize her love for David. They were still fun together, but I did not enjoy how their story was handled.

– Wang Qing Qing’s Marriage

This was an intriguing arc to sit through. I felt rage, sadness and a whole lot of emotions whenever Qing Qing’s story came up. Her relationship was pure toxicity, and it led her to anxiety and panic attacks. I found her husband to be very disrespectful and pathetic. Excuse my choice of words, but I need to be this raw for you all to get how pained I was for this lady. Take away from the emotional pain, Qing Qing also had to condone mental abuse. After seeing all she went through, I could understand why she continued to sell herself short or believed that things could become better if she pleased her husband. However, where she lost me was when she took a break, came back strong and still fell for the husband’s tears to stay and fix their marriage. Like seriously? This man is a chronic cheater. You’re fully aware that he doesn’t care for you. What are you still holding on to? Thankfully through the grace of whatever, she came to her senses by the close of the series.

Overall, I still enjoyed this drama because it got me to look at situations through the lens of different thinkers than myself. It’s honestly not easy when love and the heart come into play because rationality goes missing during such times. Zhou Kai Ting, Ma Li Sha and Wang Qing Qing were women with real and relatable relationship issues. They battled and came out triumphant, so what’s not to love about these three iron ladies.

With all that said, my rating for Iron Ladies is 8/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼Iron Ladies on Viki.

If you have seen Iron Ladies, what do you think of the series?

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyMen – Tuesday RollCall

Now I know you all didn’t think I was about to leave out the men. In what realm? Equality reigns over this blog. So it time to showcase some classy lads.

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

First on this list is Zhu Yawen on the cover of Beijing Youth Weeklyimg_8231img_8233img_8239img_8237img_8240

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Up next is Taiwanese actor Greg Han for Cadillac x GQ China – img_8175img_8173img_8169img_8168img_8170img_8174img_8167

 

Up next is Chinese actor Chen Xiao on the cover of Men’s Uno China – June 2020 Issue –img_7379img_7376

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Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

Lost Romance is a 2020 Taiwanese drama that stars Marcus Chang and Vivian Sung. It started airing on June 7th and comes on every Sunday. This drama is set to run for twenty episodes.

Synopsis: Zheng Xiao En works as an editor of romance novels at a publishing company and secretly dreams about falling in love with a CEO. When she isn’t working, she spends her time daydreaming about He Tian Xing, the handsome chief executive of the company that occupies the building opposite her company’s office. One day, Zheng Xiao En magically finds herself transported into the pages of a romance novel – and comes face-to-face with her crush He Tian Xing. However, she soon discovers that in this fictional universe, his name is Si Tu Ao Ran – and his personality is very different. She hopes to use all the tips and tricks she has learned from the romance novels she has edited to help snare his heart. But she soon discovers that in this fictional world, she isn’t the heroic female lead – and instead is an evil side character! Can she flip the story on its head – and end up with the man of her dreams? (Source – Viki)

Expectations: The story is nothing new, but I decided to give this drama a shot because of the main leads. Marcus Chang has done great with most of his shows, while Vivian Sung always gives her best in every project. So why not?

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

Personally, I think this episode started out a bit weird with Vivian Sung’s novel narration, but I got used to it after a few seconds. From what I’ve seen so far, everyone’s acting is kind of okay, but Vivian’s style was too animated. I know her character is meant to be cheerful, but the acting style made it difficult for me to flow with her properly. That aside, I love the look for Marcus’s character. He looks fantastic with the black slicked hair and great fitted suits. In my opinion, the outfits department for each character is well suited.

Moving on to the story aspect, I can’t wait to find out more about He Tian Xing’s family dynamics. Right now, I think he’s either an illegitimate child or from his dad’s previous marriage. I seriously need more clarity on why He Mingli hates him so much. It’s only the first episode, and her character is already vile and crazy. With all the stunts she was pulling, I was more shocked about her eagerness to take over the family business even though her dad was still well and breathing. Like girl, calm down. HE AIN’T DEAD YET😒. Plus, she does not have excellent business skills. I foresee her running the company to bankruptcy. My hope is that their uncle is only pretending to support her just to keep his eyes on the company.

Overall this premiere was alright, but I feel it could have been better. A few scenes in this first episode felt quite lacklustre to me, most notably when He Tian Xing fell from the building. They didn’t do an excellent job with the direction and sequence of that scene. I know they meant not to reveal how exactly he fell down, but this omission left a lot of questions for me. Like how did he fall without pulling Mingli down, and what sort of weird fall was that? I couldn’t take it seriously. They also need to do better with the background scores.

Now one thing, I am really looking forward to is how they will tie together the novel and the real world. I hope that when He Tian Xing regains consciousness, he remembers all the time he spent with Zheng Xiao En.

In conclusion, since I do see potential in the drama, I will continue watching. All English subbed episodes of this show will be updated with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance on Viki.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Jeffrey Tung for Men’s Health

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. I took a short break to focus on school and also relax emotionally, but I am officially back. Since it’s the weekend, I’ll be sharing some pictures I saw earlier this week with you all. I honestly do not know why Men’s Health Magazine keeps coming for my throat like this😂😂😂, but I am not complaining.

So here is Jeffrey Tung on the cover of Men’s Health China – June 2020 Issue.

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

img_7915img_7918The first thing I said once I saw these pictures was, “WHO IS THIS?” I try my best to not sexualize celebrities, but Men’s Health truly isn’t helping my case.😅

Anyways, I did my research and discovered that Jeffrey Tung is a Taiwanese singer and actor born on January 22nd, 1995. His uncle is the acclaimed Hong Kong actor, Jackie Chan.

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Triad Princess: Drama Review

Triad Princess is a 2019 NETFLIX Original Taiwanese drama that stars Jasper Liu and Eugenie Liu as leads. It has six episodes. 8d86bc69-37da-4f3f-886e-303ab9620fb3-295-0000000113f2cd1fSynopsis: Growing up in the shadows of her triad boss father, Angie Ni craves an independent life of her own. Angie decides to defy her father’s wishes and runs away from home. She takes on a gig as an undercover bodyguard for a famous actress. She must learn to navigate the unfamiliar world of glitz, glamour, and even love.

Expectations: I’ve had this drama on my watch list for a while now, and since I haven’t been feeling motivated to do much, I decided to give it a go yesterday night. My main reason for seeing this series is Jasper Liu. Most of his dramas are great, so I had high hopes.

(warning – minor spoilers ahead)

Review:

Overall, Triad Princess was an okay show. The story progression wasn’t excellent, but it was definitely fun to watch. This was a six episodes series; hence everything happened fast. The main actors did their best with the script and time they had.

My favourite aspect of this series is comedic but solid action scenes. Eugenie did a great job portraying Angie Ni. She was believable as someone who grew up in a gang. On the other hand, Jasper Liu’s character Yi Hang felt flat. There wasn’t much depth to him; therefore, I couldn’t flow with his actions 100%.

There were at least three major story arcs in this drama. If I am to rank them according to personal preference, I will choose the actress Ling Yun and her blackmailing ex-boyfriend as number one. It was nice to see a character that wasn’t perfect from the get-go. She made mistakes and tried her best to make something better of her life. From the look of things, I believe there’s going to be a season two, so I hope she finds her son and finally rids herself of the troublesome ex-boyfriend. Also, I appreciate her friendship with Angie. A great representation of female companies without any toxicity or betrayal.

My second-ranked arc is that of the main couple, Angie Ni and Yi Hang. They had chemistry, but their love story progressed too quickly. This is undoubtedly due to them having only six episodes. Some of this couple’s scenes were cheesy and corny, most especially the airport scene at the end. They also had a few misunderstandings here and there, but it looks like they got back together at the end of the series. I chose them as second because I see potential from both actors in making a tremendous onscreen couple. I only hope that the writer and director do a better job with the storytelling in the next season.

The last arc that I kind of cared for is that of the talent manager, Sophia Kwong. Her story with her ex-husband and their child was quite sad. However, I still found her a bit too controlling with her artists’ personal life. I get that it’s show biz, but she isn’t giving her artists enough freedom to be their true self. Maybe that’s why Ling Yun couldn’t open up to her about her past.

Any other character or story arc in the drama did not matter much to me because they weren’t captivating enough. I found myself skipping a lot of scenes. Hence I can say that although I enjoyed watching Triad Princess, it definitely lacked substance. It isn’t the best quality drama I have seen, but I wouldn’t mind watching the second season just for the story arcs I mentioned above.

My rating for Triad Princess is 6.5/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All six episodes of this series are available on NETFLIX.

If you have seen Triad Princess, what are your thoughts on the story???

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Greg Han for Men’s Uno

Greg Han takes the cover of Men’s Uno China – May 2020 Issue. Ever since his Taiwanese hit series Someday Or One Day, he has been getting a lot of deals.

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

These are my favourite picks from the photoshoot. img_4965img_4955img_4954img_4963img_4953

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Greg Han is set to play the lead role in a 2020 Chinese remake of the Korean film – On Your Wedding Day, which starred Park Bo Young and Kim Young Kwang. This remake is called On Our Wedding Day, and the female lead is Chinese actress Zhang Ruonan.

Just for fun, here is the Korean movie’s poster – 

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Bii – Shape: Music Review

Yesterday, Bii released his second single of the year titled “Shape”. I already reviewed his first 2020 single – “You”. If you haven’t read that post, use this link 👉🏼 Bii – You: Music Review. At that time, he only dropped a lyric video, so here’s the official music video for “You” – img_4669Bi Shu Jin, popularly known as Bii, is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, and actor. Born on July 7th, 1989, to a Taiwanese father and Korean mother. His Korean name is Pil Seo Jin. Bii was born and raised in South Korea and only learned how to speak Mandarin after relocating to Dongguan, China, to stay with his father. He officially began his music career in 2010. I discovered Bii through the Taiwanese drama Love Around. The opening song for the series – “Come Back To Me” is actually the song that shot him to fame in 2013. After gaining much popularity, many of his self-composed songs have been featured in various Chinese and Taiwanese TV series. A few of these dramas include Someone Like You, Bromance, Prince of Wolf, Sweet Combat, Better Man, Princess Jie You, Love Cuisine, Memory Love, Before We Get Married, etc. Bii is also a member of the Unstoppable Trio which includes Ian Chen and Dino Lee. To read an even more detailed profile for Bii, use this link 👉🏼 Bii: Star Showcase

Before I move on, he recently created a YouTube channel. If you’re interested, use this link 👉🏼 Bii’s Official YouTube Channel

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • This already feels like it’s going to be an emotional trip. Just the opening atmosphere tells me a lot.
  • I love that it’s in black and white, which naturally makes anything even more aesthetic.
  • Unfortunately, there are no English captions, but I will check for the translation later.
  • Even the instrumental confirms my initial intuition that this will be emotional.
  • Bii always composes the most beautiful tracks. I have never been disappointed by him.
  • I love the piano and violin entry for this song. So soothing.
  • So the guy in the music video wants to be an actor??? But he has to take up various jobs to save up money.
  • And now all the interviews he’s going to are not paying him any attention.
  • That’s life sometimes. Pursuing your dreams is a struggle, and most things don’t work out the way you’ve planned but keep fighting.💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
  • The instrumental is beautiful.
  • I really wish I could understand what’s he’s singing.
  • Awww the actor’s tears and Bii’s voice during that scene gave me goosebumps.
  • The music video is excellent, and I love the message, but I have to listen to this song again.
  • I feel like I wasn’t paying much attention to Bii’s voice because of the story.
  • I sincerely admire Bii’s soft tone because of how comforting he sounds. Whenever I listen to him sing, I feel the need to close my eyes and just lie down.
  • I want to enjoy this moment fully, but I have to share my thoughts with you all.
  • I love how the instrumental gets a bit harsher for the chorus section. An excellent way of showcasing angst.
  • There is this subtle synthesized beat that I keep hearing whenever he’s about to enter the chorus. It feels out of place but very fitting at the same time.
  • The guitar goes off towards the end, and I am living for it.
  • I noticed that the guitar riff was used as the entry into the bridge along with Bii’s high notes. That is some charming and well-done production.
  • I love how we ended on the piano but softer in comparison to how we started.
  • I like this song, but because it’s Bii, I keep comparing it to his previous releases and how I would rank “Shape” to my favourite songs from him.
  • This one is definitely a grower, I appreciate it more now because I have it on replay while concluding this post.
  • So for this review, I will keep all those older songs aside and rate “Shape” by Bii as a solid 10/10.

Dino Lee – I’m Coming Home: Music Review

I am slowly falling in love with Dino Lee’s sound, so I have taken it upon myself to check out all his new releases. Last month, I reviewed his beautiful single “Be Me”. If you haven’t seen that post, use this link 👉🏼 Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 3. At that time, I only had the lyric video, but he has released the official music video –

For this post, I will be reviewing his latest single – “I’m Coming Home”, which dropped yesterday. img_4674Lee Yu-Hsi, popularly known as Dino Lee, is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, composer and actor. He was born on March 31st, 1993, which makes him 27 years old. He began his career in 2014 with the single – “Everything Changes”. He is best known for his role as Ou Yang Fei in the 2015 Taiwanese romance film – Our Times. He is a member of the Unstoppable Trio, which also includes Ian Chen and Bii.

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

Reaction to Official Lyric Video:

  • He’ll probably release a music video for this later on.
  • The sound, in the beginning, makes me feel like I’m in a time-travelling machine hoping to arrive in the future. Weird, but that’s the vibe I got.
  • Oooh, I love the guitar start for this song.
  • I’ve noticed that Dino Lee’s voice is quite shallow, and I like the effect it creates when I’m listening to his songs.
  • He possesses excellent vocal control. Sometimes he sounds light on the ears, then other times, he seems very powerful.
  • I’ve also noticed that both “Be Me” and “I’m Coming Home” have simple melodies that are easy to follow. I caught myself singing along when the “oh, oh, oh, oh” section. It’s catchy.
  • The background vocals in this are quite spontaneous, but they’re perfect.
  • I can also hear some beautiful vocal layering whenever he draws his ending notes.
  • I LIKE THIS. It’s a feel-good song, and I am enjoying every moment.
  • The song progression is not too over the top just like “Be Me”
  • What truly brings this song home for me is Dino Lee’s voice, the guitar and drums instrumental, and finally, the background vocals.
  • “I’m Coming Home” is 3 minutes and 14 seconds long, but it felt too short. I definitely need more time with it.
  • I’m going to go ahead and listen to it again.
  • I have listened to it four times now, and yea, I genuinely love it. I just added it to my playlist.
  • My rating for “I’m Coming Home” by Dino Lee is 10/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Walk Into Spring

This edition of my pictorial|poster faves is focused on pictures with spring vibes. This post has a lot of photos, so I won’t write much.

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

First on this list is the Korean actress, Oh Yeon Seo, for 1st Look Magazine.img_3949

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Next is Taiwanese actress, Alyssa Chia, on the cover of Hongman Magazine – March 2020 issue.img_4054

 

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Chinese actress, Bridgette Qiao on the latest cover of ELLE idol

 

img_3927img_3928img_3926Chinese singer, Huang Minghao(Justin) on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR Star for Tencent Variety Me+

 

Next up is Chinese actor, Zhu Yi Long on the cover of ELLE China – April 2020 issue for World Wildlife Fund.img_3874img_3873

 

img_4010img_4009Chinese actress, Song Yi takes the cover of Lifestyle China’s latest issue.

 

img_4052img_4051My baby IU on the cover of W Korea, April issue.

 

Rising Taiwanese star, Greg Han, in Gucci for the cover of 出色WSJ. – March 2020 issue.

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img_3877img_3876My ultimate queen. Chinese actress, Ni Ni on the cover of Rayli HerStyle Magazine – March 2020 issue

 

Last on this list is AOA’s Seolhyun as the new campaign model for Nike’s Air Max.img_3995img_3990img_3991img_3994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks – Part 3

Recently there has been a lot of comebacks and new singles that caught my attention. Unfortunately, I can’t write a review for every single one, but I can still give you guys a few words about the songs that impressed me.

#. ZHOUMI – “I’ll be there” feat. KUN & XIAOJUN of WayVimg_3813 It is nice to hear from Zhoumi again, and I am always delighted to listen to my WayV babies. This song is actually dedicated to encouraging China as they fight against the recent coronavirus (COVID-19). XiaoJun really stood out to me because of his distinct tone and technique. All the same, they all sounded beautiful together. “I’ll be there” is a heartwarming power ballad, and I really enjoyed second of it.

 

#. GAEKO – “Cold” feat. Heizeimg_3816 This is the classic hip-hop/RnB track which I easily gravitate to. Heize is one of my frequent listens, so I had to check this out. I also know Gaeko, but I usually hear him on featured tracks. This is my first time listening to an actual song from him. “Cold” is a groovy and chill track, so I immediately added it to my playlist. The music video is also fantastic with the way it tells the story of the couple.

 

#. John Park – March Lover img_3817 I haven’t heard anything from John Park in a while, so you could imagine my excitement when I saw the notification for this new single. Oooh, how I missed that deep and raspy tone. His vocal control is impressive. I am so happy. “March Lover” is also a groovy track, but it has some disco and jazz elements. I was dancing throughout the entire 3:49 minutes. I LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG!!! Thank you, John Park, for blessing my ears.

 

#. CHUNG HA – Everybody Hasimg_3818 Chung ha continues to impress me as a vocalist. I know she always had a lovely voice, but I appreciate the growth I hear. Everything about this new single is perfect. I love the message that everyone has one of those awful days, but there is always hope. Very relatable, and Chung ha’s voice makes things even more emotional. The music video is stunning, and the instrumental on this is very soothing. I added this to my playlist.

 

#. Dino Lee – Be Meimg_3819 I stumbled upon this song while searching for Bii’s new single and I am so thrilled because this is a gem. I am mad at myself for not giving Dino Lee the attention he rightly deserves. “Be Me” is a simple track, all in English, but what drives this song home is Dino Lee’s voice. He wasn’t doing too much, but he sounded incredible to me. Also, the instrumental gives off warmth, it made me feel like I was receiving a visual hug. I just wish the song was a little bit longer. All the same, I still love it. Definitely playlist worthy.

 

#. YOOK SUNGJAE – Come With The Windimg_3815 This is the title track for SungJae’s recent mini-album titled YOOK O’clock. The mini has seven songs in total, and the sidetracks are all from his 3X2=6 Project. I have reviewed three songs already, and they can be accessed with these links 👉🏼 YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review

👉🏼 YOOK SUNGJAE – 3X2=6 Project Part 3: Music Review

SungJae dedicated this song to Melodys (BTOB’s fandom name). BTOB is honestly one of the most vocally talented groups. Every vocalist in BTOB is fully capable of singing a solid solo. I am so happy with SungJae for putting himself out there and creating this masterpiece. I have enjoyed this journey with him. His voice is beautiful. “Come With The Wind” is a heartfelt letter to his fans. Also, the animated music video is always interesting to watch. Good job, Yook SungJae. 👏👏👏

 

#. Dreamcatcher – Screamimg_3823 I have heard about Dreamcatcher, but I never had the zeal to check them out. I happened to see their teaser images for this comeback, and I was intrigued. I am genuinely impressed with this title track, so I have them on my radar now. I admire girl groups that move away from the conventional cute girl concept. “Scream” showcases incredible singing and rapping skills. I love the way the song starts, the instrumental is insanely good, and the music video compliments their concept. I am here for this kind of energy. I will have to check out the full album later because these girls are gorgeous, fierce and talented.

 

#. PENTAGON – Dr. BeBeimg_3821 I have listened to at least one or two title tracks from PENTAGON, but I never got into them like that. This comeback intensely called my attention, so here I am, boys. That whole stomping/marching band movement in the beginning already sold it for me. Plus, I love dark concepts. I lived for whenever they said “Gratatata…”, it so catchy. They have a good set of vocalists and rappers. I was jamming throughout the entire song. “Dr. BeBe” is a well-produced track, and PENTAGON ate this song up. This is already in my playlist, and I will be checking out the full album when I have time.

 

#. Niko Sun – 不枉年少 img_3820 I am not sure about the English title. I think it either translates to ‘Not Young’ or ‘Young.’ All the same, it definitely has something to do with youth. This track is from Niko Sun’s latest EP. I also stumbled on this song while searching for Bii’s new single. What caught my attention was the traditional Chinese instruments in the beginning. I just love it when artists fuse the old and new to create amazing masterpieces. This is my first time hearing Niko Sun, and I must say that he has a great set of pipes. Plus, his control is wild. This song is already in my playlist, now all I need is the correct English title.

 

#.MOONBYUL – Eclipseimg_3822 I haven’t listened to the full EP yet, but I like the vibe I am getting from this title track. I am so surprised that she isn’t getting more attention with this song. “Eclipse” sounds like something a boy band could get a lot of hype with. She nailed every second of this track. I was genuinely in awe of her presence and energy. I just hope she keeps doing her and showing that there can be variance in the kind of music that women put out. I also love the choreography for this song because it goes hard.

Bii – You: Music Review

My baby Bii released a new single three days ago, and I am more than ready to check it out. LOL, I don’t think I should be calling him my baby any longer because he is now married. For those who are not aware, Bii announced his marriage on Valentine’s day. It took so many fans, including myself, by surprise. I was shocked but very happy for him. His fans were very supportive, they sent him a lot of congratulatory messages.💓💓💓 img_3808I already have a detailed bio for Bii on this blog. It can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Bii: Star Showcase

For those who do not want to click the link, here is a quick breakdown – Bi Shu Jin, popularly known as Bii, is a Taiwanese singer and actor. I discovered him through the Taiwanese TV series Love Around, and I have been in love with his voice since then.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Lyric Video:

  • There isn’t a music video available for this track yet, so I will be watching the lyric video.
  • I do not have English captions, and since this song is new, I doubt that I will find a video with English translations. All the same, let’s appreciate the vocals for now.
  • First of all, let me just point out that I absolutely love the picture for this single. Something about Bii sitting down in front of an antique clock is doing a lot for me.
  • The beginning of the song gives off a mystical feel, and I appreciate that.
  • Now, if you’ve read a good number of my music reviews, then you should know how I feel about an excellent soft piano entry. This track has that, so I am excited.
  • His voice is so beautiful and soothing. Even without understanding the lyrics, I can feel the emotions that he intends to communicate with each note.
  • I wonder what the music video will look like.
  • “You” has a lovely melody.
  • Bii has this breathy tone that he always uses during the chorus of very emotional songs, and I love listening to him sing like that.
  • The instrumental is absolutely breathtaking with the inclusion of classical elements towards the end of the first chorus.
  • With the second verse, the drums are more intense, and the classical elements are more resonant. I think this was done to indicate the climax.
  • The production for the instrumental makes sense since the vocal parts of the song do not have any strong high notes or runs.
  • The lyrics for this song are definitely heartfelt. Even without understanding anything, I can tell that much.
  • “You” is a beautiful and calming song, so I can see myself listening to it a lot. However, compared to other songs from Bii, it doesn’t make it to the top of my list.
  • Therefore my rating for this new single is 9/10.

The Ghost Bride: Drama Review

The Ghost Bride is a 2020 Taiwanese drama. It has six episodes and is available on Netflix. 3f1e1cdd-2854-438b-8ade-dbe7d0b0aa4d-7900-000006431a2998faSynopsis: Set in 1890 Malacca, a young woman named Pan Li Lan, is forced to marry a dead man in exchange for help with her family’s poor finances. She makes a deal with Tian Ching, the ghost she’s meant to marry. In exchange for her father’s life, she will investigate his murder. As things unfold, Li Lan finds herself in a more complicated situation than she bargained for.

Expectations: This was on my list for must-watch dramas of 2020. I love spooky ghost stories. Also, the trailers and first posters looked quite promising. I am familiar with Chris Wu. Most of his series I have seen were really good, so why I decided to give this one a shot.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

From the first poster I saw, I assumed that I was going to get a decent horror thrill and mystery, but the reality of what I got from The Ghost Bride was a lot of comedic scenes, some mystery and hardly any spookiness. Which isn’t bad, but definitely not what I expected.

The first thing that I noticed once I started episode one was the background scores. Yes, they were beautiful, but they sounded quite modern in comparison to the period the story was set in. Thankfully this got better. The next aspect I took note of was the picture quality. I absolutely love the cinematography for this drama. It was clear, simple and stunning.

This is my first time watching Huang Pei Jia. She did a great job as Pan Li Lan. The scenes with her and Er Lang were fun to watch. Chris Wu also gave an excellent performance as Er Lang. Even though I wasn’t expecting so much comedy, his character was a joy to watch. Overall most of the actors were okay, but there were still a few that gave mediocre performances.

After finishing the drama, I went ahead to read some reviews. I noticed that a few people believe that Tian Ching(the ghost) sincerely cared for Li Lan, but I beg to differ. He kept on tormenting her family members, and it was selfish of him to try and keep her in the Netherlands against her will. Even though he claimed that his upbringing was messed up, I don’t feel bad for him because he showed no sign of remorse. Plus, I blame the scriptwriter for my lack of empathy towards Tian Ching. There wasn’t enough shown that would enable me to sympathize with his character. What the drama showed me was a villain that needed to be dealt with.

Now, concerning Pan Li Lan’s affection towards Tian Bai. I didn’t care much for that pairing because there was no chemistry between them. The person she bonded with was Er Lang, the heavenly guard, and that was why her decision at the end made sense to me.

Altogether nothing really stood out to me in this drama; hence I don’t have much to say. It did showcase selfless love between family members, but overall it lacked a lot. Story-wise, The Ghost Bride did not depict excellent writing skills. The only thing that will make me want to watch a second season is the cliffhanger at the end. Aside from that, I don’t see myself rewatching this drama. My rating is 6.5/10. To get a better understanding of my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

The Ghost Bride wasn’t to my taste, but someone else might actually love it. So if you need some lighthearted ghost story, then give it a chance and form your own opinion.