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 – 

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.

Lost Romance: Taiwanese 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.

 

 

 

Lost Romance: Taiwanese 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: Taiwanese 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: Taiwanese 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?