Blog: To Do List

Okay, so I thought I keep a little tab on things and let on with what I’m currently doing as in blog posts and whatnot.

Music Reviews: I actually need to re-organize my music collection again.

  • Nicholas Teo’s Let’s Not Fall In Love Again – Honestly, I’ve been procrastinating though I already scanned images and listened several times.
  • Eric Suen’s Never Said Goodbye – So procrastinating, right?
  • Shine Huang’s Shine album – It had some songs from Endless Love, lol.
  • Yang Mi’s Close To Me – Talking about catching up, right?
  • Nicole Wang’s Queen of Chanson Melody – I found it browsing around one day and purchased it
  • Jacky Zheng’s Yuan Qing Ge – I totally forgot about reviewing this.
  • Eric Suen’s A Second Thought – YUP, got it.
  • Angela Chang’s Visible Wings – YES, I got it anyway.
  • Amber Kuo’s Hear, There, and Everywhere
  • Cecilia Han Xue’s They Say
  • Wilber Pan’s The Story of Billy
  • Just Singing And Dancing OST
  • Freya Lim’s Love, Suddenly
  • Cyndi Wang’s Love Or Not
  • Eric Suen’s Love Actually
  • Hu Xia’s Silly Tango
  • Kevin Cheng’s It’s A Long Story
  • Van Fan’s Let’s Rock, Love Songs
  • JPM’s 365 (Special Version)
  • Angela Chang’s Self Titled Album (Limited Pre-order Edition)

Movies Reviews:

  • Linger
  • Tea Fight – YES, I meant to do this a long time ago but I kept getting into other obsessions. Major apology to Vic fans!
  • Love You 10,000 Years – I actually haven’t watched it yet though I have the dvd, lol. Talking about being behind.
  • Dancing Without You – Again, still haven’t watch though I got it.
  • Magic To Win – Got this awhile back.
  • Citizen King – Johnson Lee’s movie
  • Sleepless Fashion
  • Any Other Side
  • Saving General Yang
  • Mini-Movie: Refresh 3+7
  • Touch of Light

TV Series Reviews:

  • Gu Jian En Chou Ji 1984: Part III – OMG, I totally forget that I didn’t finish posting it. BUT I need to watch the last bit again to remember accurate, lol. However, notice that I divided it into 10-years gap SO hope it wasn’t too much of a cliff hanger.
  • Legend of Star Apple – Episode 6 – YES, need to finish the episode summaries.
  • Love Together (FTV) – Episode 4 – Honestly, I know, I’m lagging on bringing out reviews for this though I finished the drama ages ago already. YET couldn’t help it. I will get back into trying to finish the review since I’m watching it again recently and lifting off some quotes, etc.
  • Only You (TVB) – Episode 2 – YES, I finally finished it and had some notes, just need to write the posts and post it up, etc.
  • [CANCELLED] Show Me The Happy (TVB) – Finished this ages ago, but haven’t gotten time to do the review. NOT really. Might just scrap it off since it has been a long time now but might come back. Don’t know.
  • [CANCELLED]Life at Sanyuan County – Honestly, I had some beef about this and wanted to get things out of my system. OR maybe I’ll just forget about it since I should focus on the positive anyway, right?
  • [CANCELLED] Tiger Cubs (TVB) – I thought it was decent, but was lazy to do a review for it.
  • [CANCELLED] Bountiful Blessings (Singapore) - Interesting take on things but just need to do the review.
  • Ji Gong 1995 (TW version) – Need to get this out, but had too many notes regarding it so will be awhile.
  • [CANCELLED] King Maker (TVB) – Finished, just need to write review for it.
  • Detective Di Ren Jie – Mainland China version, NOT others
  • Detective Tang Lang – On the boiler, NOT really that hype over it anymore
  • [CANCELLED] The Legend of Dragon Pearl (TVB) – This seemed so long ago BUT just watched it recently, just hadn’t gotten around to the review. Sounds too familiar, right?
  • [CANCELLED] Li Wei’s Resignation – YES, I totally forgot about this too but I think I will review it sometime in the future
  • [CANCELLED] The Blood Sword (ATV) – Kenny Ho’s version
  • [CANCELLED] Lord of Imprisonment – Totally forgot about this too.
  • Zhong Wu Yan – Episode 1 – NOT on top of my priority list but might as well put it here for tracking purposes.
  • Autumn’s Concerto – Episode 1 – Also the same as the previous but just keeping track here.
  • Mei Ren Long Tang – DONE!
  • [CANCELLED] Just Sing And Dancing – Actually planning to watch it during airing as well. I decided to do individual,l random posts on it instead of the typical episode summary.
  • True Love 365 – DONE!
  • Borrow Your Love – Episode 14 – DONE!
  • Bao Qing Tian: Huang Jin Meng

Translations:

  • Full Moon Curved Sabre – It’s an ongoing project AND probably the most challenging because wuxia is actually VERY hard to translate.
  • More songs – Mostly Viet, but we’ll see.
  • More articles – IF I could just do it, lol.

Special Profiles: Stuffs that still need to be fine-tuned, mostly graphics

  • Bianca Bai
  • Cynthia/ Chloe Wang
  • Denny Tang Feng
  • Enson Chang
  • Eric Huang
  • [CANCELLED] Jacky Chu
  • James Chu
  • Joanne Zeng
  • Ken Chang
  • Margaret Wang
  • Penny Lin
  • Sophia Chou
  • Yvonne Yao

Couple Posts + Pages – Seriously, been lagging because I couldn’t make up my mind regarding it BUT possibly will focus more on it when I’m done with fixing the ‘special profiles’ section.

Fan Fiction:

  • Hide & Seek – Chapter 7 – Vic & Cyndi
  • Honey In Tea – Chapter 1 – Joe & Janine
  • Neurotic: Tainted World – Chapter 2 – Wallace, Nic, Tony, Angela, and Calvin
  • Payback – Chapter 2 – Xiu Jie Kai, Cynthia, and Nic
  • Slanted Thoughts 2: Edge of Darkness – Chapter 13 – Wallace, Tammy, Nic, Angela, Amber, and Yvonne
  • Stranded – Voting process
  • The Dating Game 4: Bridge of Hope – Chapter 11 – Joanne, Jacky, Sophia, Ehlo, Angela, Wallace, and Yvonne
  • The Dating Game 5: Rebirth – Chapter 8 – Joanne, Jacky, Ehlo, Angela, Wallace, Yvonne, and Bryant
  • The Business – Chapter 3 – Wallace, Penny, Van, Tammy, and Enson
  • Poster to-do/re-do:
    • Afraid of Darkness
    • Haunting Past
    • Payback
    • Scheming Nature
    • Slanted Thoughts I
    • The Dating Game 1-4 (ALL 4 POSTERS LOOK LAME TO DEATH)
    • The Other Extreme

Other Randomness:

  • Dian Wan Da Lian Meng – I finished catching up to all the remaining episodes already. Just need more cushion posts to bring it out.
  • Finally launching the “Song of The Week” sagas.
  • More “Favorite Quotes” posts.

*To-Do List will be update from time to time OR it will disappear when I finally finish aka all caught up with stuffs (LOL)…

Stitch Fix: Fix #1 – September 2014

YES, I jumped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon. NOT just because everyone and their cousins are doing it, but more like I need to change my style and it’s a real hassle AND I’m hopeless when it comes to fashion so I thought I try it out. So what’s in the box? A bundle of clothes covered in white tissue to protect it and a personalized envelope on top. Inside the envelope contains 3 pieces of paper, the turquoise one is for directions, the other two are regarding styling information and receipt.

And the bundle of clothes look like this when I take the tissue off. All nice and ready to go. Before I unfolded it and made a big mess, of course, lol. Oh yeah, before I began, I have to say I have no photographer available SO have to try it on and then wrap it up to head for the post office the next day so I couldn’t really take pictures in them. Selfies are out since I’m not pro like some people, lol.

First off?

Fun2Fun’s Matias Floral Print Flutter Sleeve Blouse. Color: Navy. Price: $44.00. Status: KEPT. OMG, this is so cute. And nice. I have a variation of this type of blouse in the past. I guess I should revisit it again.

41Hawthorn’s Walden Solid Trim Zipper Detail Blouse. Color: Burgundy. Price: $44.00. Status: SENT BACK. Um, material is nice. However, I don’t like zipper on blouses. It makes me feel uncomfortable and at times when my hair is long, it somehow gets caught on the zipper. YES, I’m talented like that. So I rather not. Also because I didn’t like the sleeveless bit of it, plus the dip in front is a bit low for me.

Tart’s Ottlie Lace Overlay Fit & Flare Dress. Color: Navy. Price: $98.00. Status: SENT BACK. I wish I could keep this, because it’s really nice and cute. I thought I wouldn’t like this since I’m not much of a dress person. But this is indeed really cute. The reason why I’m not keeping isn’t because of the price. Only part of it. The real reason is because I miscalculated on dress size so it was one size too small for me. SO yeah. Such a shame. But on the other hand, maybe I’ll request it again with the right side in the future.

41Hawthorn’s Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse. Color: Black. Price: $58.00. Status: SENT BACK. It’s all right I guess. But the neck and sleeve was annoying me. It’s just me really.

Just Black’s Dean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean. Color: Black. Price: $78.00. Status: KEPT. Okay, I still feel guilty keeping this. But I was debating like it’s super hard to come across a pair of jeans this comfortable. Not to mention I’m not a fan of skinny jeans. But this one was perfect for me.

Thoughts so far? I like surprises, so this worked for me in that sense. The real surprise for me this time was seeing how they actually sent a ‘skinny jean’ but I didn’t check it. However, I was glad my stylist went ahead with it. Talking about stylist, my stylist for this first time was Natalie. She’s awesome and has chosen 3 items that I liked. 3/5, that’s pretty good. Perhaps it was because I worked on my Pinterest board, or perhaps I was lucky, lol. Since I did read that some people weren’t satisfied hence wondering if stylists listened at all, etc. I have like about 200+ items in my Pinterest board, some of them with notes, some without, etc. I also used up almost all characters for my notes – both in the styling profile and the personal note for the fix itself.

Recommended or not? Depends on you really. I meant if you like surprises or not. I read both positive and negative reviews before signing up to see for myself. It was a positive first experience for me. I’m currently scheduling it for every other month, but I might take that off and schedule it whenever I need something. That’s because of my own budget and what I would allow myself to get into for now. Yes, pricing is high for some of the items all right. But I think I agreed with someone who said that with all the amount of time the stylist spent to study and pick out what might or might not work for us, it’s indeed worth it. Going back to the scheduling process a bit, I like the flexibility with how we could decide on our subscription without having to cancel it altogether if we want to skip a month or only want it for occasional selections.

All in all though, I think that all subscription boxes have ups and downs. So you have to try it for yourself to see what’s it all about. I’m not saying that because I want to earn points for future purchases, lol. I’m actually saying that because it’s really hard to measure quality of services or the actual items based on others’ opinions, just like how it is with me. I will tell you that I was worried that it wouldn’t work out or if it was a bad idea after all while waiting for my fix. It worked out for me, at least for this time. So I’ll continue to explore to see what happens. I actually used my birthday gift cards for this time’s spending so after all the deduction from the fix fee ($20) and the added tax, I only had to pay like 3 bucks out of my own pocket. So yeah, talking about a good deal for me, huh?

*All images were snapped by DTLCT

Dusk by Steve Chou

(Uploaded by: 大仟張)

Song Title: Dusk (黃昏)

Music by: Steve Chou (周傳雄)

Lyrics by: Chen Xin Rong (陳信榮)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Burnt Orange = Pin Yin
Orange = English
Amber  = Vietnamese

過完整個夏天
guo wan zheng ge xia tian
A whole summer has passed
Qua trọn một mùa hè

憂傷並沒有好一些
you shang bing mei you hao yi xie
Yet all the pain and sadness haven’t left me
Nhưng những nỗi đau thương vẫn chưa nguôi

開車行駛在公路無際無邊
kai che xing shi zai gong lu wu ji wu bian
Driving on a public road with no destination in mind
Lái xe trên con đường không có mục tiêu

有離開自己的感覺
you li kai zi ji de gan jue
There’s this feeling of self-abandonment
Có chút cảm giác muốn rời bỏ chính mình

唱不完一首歌
chang bu wan yi shou ge
Unable to finish singing a song
Bài hát không thể nào hát trọn được

疲倦還剩下黑眼圈
pi juan hai sheng xia hei yan juan
Fatigue is still visible within the dark sockets
Sự mệt mỏi vẫn còn đọng lại trên khóe mắt thâm huyền

感情的世界傷害在所難免
gan qing de shi jie shang hai zai suo nan mian
In the world of love, injury is unavoidable
Trong cuộc tình, trải qua những nỗi thương đau là lẽ dĩ nhiên

黃昏再美終要黑夜
huang hun zai mei zhong yao hei ye
The beautiful sunset will eventually turn into a night of darkness
Hoàng hôn thật đẹp rồi cũng sẽ biến thành đêm tối

依然記得從你口中
yi ran ji de cong ni kou zhong
Still remembering all the words coming from your mouth
Vẫn còn nhớ rõ những lời thoát ra từ đầu môi em

說出再見堅決如鐵
shuo chu zai jian jian jue ru tie
Saying a determined goodbye
Nói lên hai chữ giã từ thật rất quả quyết

昏暗中
hun an zhong
Within the dark night
Trong đêm tối

有種烈日灼身的錯覺
 you zhong lie ri zhuo shen de cuo jue
There’s this phantom of being burned by the sky’s fire
Có một ảo giác như bị thiêu đốt bởi lửa trời

黃昏的地平線
huang hun de di ping xian
The sunset’s horizon
Chân trời của hoàng hôn

劃出一句離別
hua chu yi ju li bie
Had drawn out its departure
Đã vẽ ra một câu ly biệt

愛情進入永夜
ai qing jin ru yong ye
Letting love disappear into the eternal darkness
Cho cuộc tình rơi vào đêm tối vĩnh viễn

依然記得從你眼中
yi ran ji de cong ni yan zhong
Still remembering from your eyes
Vẫn còn nhớ trong mắt em

滑落的淚傷心欲絕
hua luo de lei shang xin yu jue
The tears of sorrow rolling down
Những giọt lệ u sầu tuôn rơi

混亂中
hun luan zhong
Within the chaos
Trong sự hỗn loạn

有種熱淚燒傷的錯覺
you zhong re lei shao shang de cuo jue
There’s this phantom of being hurt by the hot tears
Có một ảo giác như bị tổn thương bởi những giột lệ nồng

黃昏的地平線
huang hun de di ping xian
The sunset’s horizon
Chân trời của hoàng hôn

割斷幸福喜悅
ge duan xing fu xi yue
Had Severed all the happiness and joy
Đã cắt đứt đi những niềm vui và hạnh phúc

相愛己經幻滅
xiang ai ji jing huan mie
Our love also dissolved
Tình ta rồi cũng dần tan

*All translations were done by DTLCT and does not guarantee or ensure its accuracy 100%. Feel free to correct or suggest accordingly.

Love Actually

OMG, finally reviewing this. But what could I say about it? Let’s say that I like this one better than “Never Said Goodbye” although NSG was also a very good album. It was just that it had taken on another arch that it felt weird to me. (Or maybe I’ve been listening to pop for too long that I couldn’t appreciate quality stuffs anymore.)

CD

1. Party Life. Featuring Mike Kasem. Very lively and addicting after awhile when you get into it. Indeed living up to the opening track.

2. Petty and Low (卑微). Just a few tune of this song and I was hooked already. I was surprised how fast I stopped what I was doing to see what the song was. A very nice flowing song, along with beautiful lyrics also.

3.  You Are My Queen (妳是我的女王 [偶像劇「女王的誕生」主題曲] ). The main theme of “The Queen”. Lived up to being the main theme, drawing one into the drama. But it could also be a nice, cute song on its own too.

4. Letting Go With Happiness (幸福的忘記 (feat. 梁文音) [偶像劇「女王的誕生」插曲] ). Featuring Rachel Liang. The sub-theme of “The Queen”. Didn’t expect to like the song so much. But it was very enjoyable. Sad, mellow song. A great duet overall.

5. Disheartened Joke (傷心笑話). Depressing song, obviously, I know. Intense. It reminds me of some song I can’t really recall at the moment, but maybe it’s because from that same songwriter so it has the same feelings.

6. The Most Favorable Breakup Time (最愛時放手). Nice, soothing song. Although there’s an underlying sadness, but it’s still a good feeling one since it’s NOT too much over on the overly depressing zone.

7. Elegant Lie (謊言秀). Upbeat song. I could get into it. But the mix is bugging me to death so yeah. Have to pass on this one.

8. I Don’t Love You (我不愛妳了). I swear this sounds like another song that I dare not name, in case fans go after me. Not that I’m implying something. Yet I feel like it really reminded that one song I listened to more than once in recent years. Not really my favorite, but still feel it’s a good song.

9. Skipping (跳針). This song is a tad longer than the other ones. Or it feels that way.

10. Love…Is Not (愛…不是 [偶像劇「女王的誕生」片尾曲] ). The ending theme of “The Queen”. Totally living up to be the ending theme of the drama. Not to mention the exit song for the album.

DVD

1. Letting Go With Happiness (幸福的忘記) MV. (feat. 梁文音). Featuring Rachel Liang. Nice MV. Like the artistic direction. Enjoyed their collaboration – though subtle. Because it was suitable for the theme of the song itself.

2. Love…Is Not (愛…不是) MV. Average. Okay, maybe I’m nitpicking but it was just some scenes from the drama, and that was it.

Conclusion? Totally living up to my expectations. Or maybe because I’m an Eric fan so I can’t say no. Although I wished there were more MVs. But I guess I was just being greedy and not having enough of Eric’s performance, etc. If I could pick though, I want to see the MV for track #2. But overall, another good album from Eric.

Shen Yi Da Dao Gong 2013: Boxset Releases

Yes, I was doing my usual browsing on YesAsia today and saw it. The boxsets for the China versions are available in special edition and the H-DVD format. I have yet to watch it so I think I’ll hold off on collecting for now.

The Soul of Porcelain: Jacky’s Cuts

 
(Credit as marked on image)

Okay, so after much searching and how I totally forget about it, lol. I finally found some traces of it. Found Jacky’s cuts only though. Still, pretty cool to see some scenes of it. The Bai siblings are at it with the revenge plots and all. I like their filming technique and all, without those blinding special effects for fight scenes, etc. But my only complaint is some of the dubbing sounds really fake. It bothers me even more with Jacky’s dubbing, because it’s very different from his voice so that makes it very hard to concentrate. I’ll try harder when I find the full version, lol.