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.

  • Kevin Cheng’s It’s A Long Story
  • Van Fan’s Let’s Rock, Love Songs

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.
  • Detective Tang Lang – On the boiler, NOT really that hype over it anymore
  • 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.
  • Bao Qing Tian: Huang Jin Meng
  • The New World – Episode 6 – Will try to post summaries consistently by week. But let’s see how long I could keep this up!

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
  • [RESURRECTED] 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
  • The Dating Game 5: Rebirth – Joanne, Jacky, Ehlo, Angela, Wallace, Yvonne, and Bryant
  • The Business – Chapter 6 – 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 1-6 (ALL 4 POSTERS LOOK LAME TO DEATH)
    • The Other Extreme

Other Randomness:

  • 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)…

The Creative Glow: Art and DIY

I just found this really cool blog that has a lot of neat DIY ideas that might keep me occupied for a while. (Click here to check it out for yourself.) One of those projects will involve the above.

Who Do You Want Me To Be by Dicky Cheung

Song Title: Who Do You Want Me To Be? (你愛我像誰)

Music by: Chen De Jian (陳德建)

Lyrics by: Lin Xi (林夕)

(Credit: wendy957)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Navy Blue = Pin Yin
Light Purple = English

我甚麼都沒有 只是有一點吵
wo shen me dou mei you   zhi shi you yi dian chao
I don’t have much, just a little bit of disruptiveness
如果你感到寂寞 我帶給你熱鬧
ru guo ni gan dao ji mo   wo dai gei ni re nao
If you feel lonely, I could present you with some liveliness
為你繞一繞 沒有甚麼大不了 卻可以讓你微笑
wei ni rao yi rao   mei you shen me da bu liao   que ke yi rang ni wei xiao
Going around and about because of you, it’s no big deal, as long as it could make you smile

其實我很煩惱 只是你看不到
qi shi wo hen fan nao    zhi shi ni kan bu dao
Actually, I’m very troubled, it’s just that you can’t see it
如果我也不開心 怕你轉身就逃
ru guo wo ye bu kai xin    pa ni zhuan shen jiu tao
If I’m also unhappy, I fear that it would affect you thus causing you to flee
愛上一個人 一定要讓他相信 這世界多麼美好
ai shang yi ge ren   yi ding yao rang ta xiang xin    zhe shi jie duo me mei hao
Loving someone, one must let her believe that there are lots of beautiful things in this world
對每個人 都說還好 我的心我的青你不需要明瞭
dui mei ge ren    dou shuo hai hao   wo de xin wo de qing ni bu xu yao ming liao
Toward each person, always say fortunate things. My frame of mind, you wouldn’t understand.
只要我對你好 這樣的溫柔你要不要
zhi yao wo dui ni hao    zhe yang de wen rou ni yao bu yao
Just want to treat you well, that kind of gentleness, do you want it?

其實你愛我像誰 扮演甚麼角色我都會
qi shi ni ai wo xiang shui    ban yan shen me jue se wo dou hui
Actually, who do you want me to be? I’m capable of performing all sort of roles
快不快樂我無所謂 為了你開心 我忘記了累不累
kuai bu kuai le wo wu suo wei    wei le ni kai xin    wo wang ji le lei bu lei
Happiness or sadness, it doesn’t matter. Just as long as you’re happy, I would forget all the fatigue
其實你愛我像誰 任何的表情我都能給
qi shi ni ai wo xiang shui    ren he de biao qing wo dou neng gei
Actually, who do you want me to be? I’m capable of giving any types of expressions
Woo~  在你身上學會流眼淚
Woo~ zai ni shen shang xue hui liu yan lei
Woo~ Being by your side, I’ve learned to shed tears

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Fairly Legal: An Adaptation of Liu An Hua Ming’s Novel

Title / Tên: Fairly Legal (美人谋律) / Mỹ Nhân Mưu Luật

AKA / Tên Khác: Tang Dynasty’s Strategic Law  (大唐谋律) / Đại Đường Mưu Luật

Episode Count / Tổng Số Tập: 50 Episodes / Tập

Episode Length / Tổng Số Phút Trong Một Tập: 45 Minutes / Phút

Genre / Thể Loại: Drama, Romance, Ancient, Suspense / Tính Kịch, Tình Cảm, Cổ Trang, Huyền Nghi

Airing / Thời Gian Phát Sóng: 2016

Producer / Giám Chế: Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

Online Broadcasting Platforms / Những Liên Mạng Phát Sóng: iQIYI (爱奇艺), LeTV (乐视), Sohu (搜狐), MangoTV (芒果TV), QQ (腾讯)

Plot Summary / Tình Tiết: Young Chun Tu Mi was borned from a military household. Originally intended to be an obedient young lady of a small household yet unfortunately her father was wronged and imprisoned. Because there was no male figure within the household, Chun Tu Mi – who had studied the laws – didn’t have any choice but to enter the courthouse and seek justice for her father, hence she had to walk on the road of a barrister. For a woman to lodge a complain, she had to face numerous problems and obvious criticisms. Even affecting her marriage. Yet due to her persistence and her family’s support and encouragement, she saved poor people, fought against nobility, never feared the powerful, was crafty and full of wisdom, uncovered countless of unsolved and mysterious cases, sharing and shouldering the burdens of the country’s difficulties, and willingly became the king’s little pawn. In the end, Chun Tu Mi grown into the first ancient greatest female barrister. At the same time, she also won over the affections of the future crowned prince Han Wu Wei, the minister of Dali Kang Zheng Yuan, and the foreign country prince A Su Rui. In the end, Chun Tu Mi chose to face trials and tribulations with A Su Rui, joining the two countries together by marriage. / Thiếu nữ Xuân Đồ Mi sinh ra trong một hộ nhà quân sự. Đáng lẽ dự định rằng sẽ ngoan ngoãn an phận làm thiên kim của một hộ nhỏ. Ai ngờ, phụ thân bị oan phải vào tù. Bởi vì trong nhà không có nam đinh, cho nên một người đã từng học hiểu về pháp luật như Xuân Đồ Mi phải bất đắc dĩ lên công đường vì cha thân oan. Và vì vậy đã phải dẫm lên con đường làm trạng sư. Một cô gái đi kiện cáo, cô đã phải đối diện với biết bao nhiêu gian nan và phê phán hiển nhiên. Đến nổi ảnh hưởng tới cuộc hôn nhân của cô. Nhưng vì sự kiên trì của cô và sự ủng hộ và cổ võ của gia đình, cô cứu dân nghèo, đấu quyền quý, không sợ cường quyền, giảo hoạt đa trí, phá vô số nghi nan kỳ án, vì quốc phân ưu, và cam nguyện làm con cờ nho nhỏ trong tay hoàng đế. Cuối cùng, Xuân Đồ Mi trở thành cổ đại đệ nhứt nữ trạng sư. Đồng thời, cô đã dành được cảm tình của Thái Tử Tương Lai Hàn Vô Úy, Đại Lý Đại Thừa Khang Chính Nguyên, và Dị Quốc Vương Tử A Tô Thụy. Cuối cùng, Xuân Đồ Mi chọn lựa con đường đồng cam cộng khổ với A Tô Thụy, đi hòa thân.

Yang Mi (楊冪) as Chun Tu Mi (春荼蘼) / Dương Mịch vai Xuân Đồ Mi. Tang Dynasty’s Greatest Female Barrister / Đại Đường Đệ Nhứt Nữ Trạng Sư (大唐第一女状师). Chun Tu Mi is a kind-hearted, full of sympathy girl. Because she wanted to seek justice for her father, she had to pursue the barrister path. Yet having been through a series of legendary stories, she finally acquired her true love. / Xuân Đồ Mi là một nữ tử thiện lương, tràn đầy sự thông cảm. Vì cha thân oan, cô phải đi trên con đường trạng sư. Nhưng trải qua vô số trường kỳ cố sự, cô đã kiếm được tình yêu của chính mình.

Feng Shao Feng (冯绍峰) as A Su Rui (阿苏瑞) / Phùng Thiếu Phong vai A Tô Thụy. A Su Rui is the Prince of A Su, a neighboring country to the Tang Dynasty. While traveling within the Tang Dynasty, he met and eventually fell in love with Chun Tu Mi. In the end, they were able to be together. / A Tô Thụy là vương tử của Nước A Tô, một nước láng giềng của Đại Đường. Trong lúc du ngoạn tại Đại Đường đã quen được Xuân Đồ Mi và đem lòng thương Xuân Đồ Mi. Cuối cùng, họ cũng được ở cạnh bên nhau.

William Chan (陳偉霆) as Ye Cha (夜叉) / Trần Vĩ Đình vai Dạ Xoa. Assassin (杀手) / Sát Thủ. Ye Cha is the leader of a top-ranked assassins organization, having a secretive background and acquiring advanced, unmeasurable martial arts techniques. Exuding a dangerous and mysterious aura. Yet risked his life countless times in saving Chun Tu Mi, having difficult of expressing his own trust. / Dạ Xoa là thủ lãnh của một tổ chức sát thủ cao đẳng, thân phận thần bí và có võ công cao thâm khó lường. Ngoại biểu nguy hiểm và hắc ám. Nhưng đã nhiều lần xả thân cứu Xuân Đồ Mi. Y là một người khó biểu lộ được sự tín nhiệm đối với người khác.

Mabel Yuan (袁姗姗) as Ren Ruo Yi (任若绮) / Viên San San vai Nhậm Nhược Ỷ. Ren Ruo Yi is Chun Tu Mi’s best friend since childhood. Likes Han Wu Wei. In the end, died protecting Han Wu Wei. / Nhậm Nhược Ỷ là bạn thân chơi từ nhỏ cho tới lớn của Xuân Đồ Mi. Thương Hàn Vô Úy. Cuối cùng, vì bảo vệ Hàn Vô Úy mà chết.

Li Yi Feng (李易峰) as Han Wu Wei (韩无畏) / Lý Dịch Phong vai Hàn Vô Úy. Han Wu Wei is the future crowned prince of the Tang Dynasty. Met Chun Tu Mi at the imperial garden, and eventually fell in love with her. At all times and in silence, tried to protect her. / Hàn Vô Úy là thái tử tương lai của Đại Đường. Tương ngộ với Xuân Đồ Mi tại ngự hoa viên và đã đem lòng mến mộ Xuân Đồ Mi. Luôn luôn âm thầm bảo vệ Xuân Đồ Mi.

Wallace Chung (鍾漢良) as Kang Zheng Yuan (康正源) / Chung Hán Lương vai Khang Chính Nguyên. Kang Zheng Yuan is a minister from the Kingdom of Dali, possesses an impressive amount of family wealth and status. He is a very talented person in regard to the law and possess an overflowing amount of literary talent. Likes Chun Tu Mi and treats her like his own child. / Khang Chính Nguyên là đại thần của Nước Đại Lý. Gia phú dồi dào, địa vị thanh cao. Là một vị pháp luật kỳ tài, tài hoa lỗi lạc. Thích Xuân Đồ Mi và coi cô ta như con gái của mình.

Viann Zhang ( 張馨予) as Liu Xin Xin (柳欣欣) / Trương Hinh Dư vai Liễu Hân Hân. Assassin (杀手) / Sát Thủ. Liu Xin Xin is a heartless and ruthless demonic maiden. Continuously forge against Chun Tu Mi. Likes A Su Rui. However, in the end, made peace with Chun Tu Mi. / Liễu Hân Hân là một nữ ma đầu tâm độc, thủ cay. Luôn luôn châm trích Xuân Đồ Mi. Thương A Tô Thùy. Nhưng cuối cùng giảng hòa với Xuân Đồ Mi.

Wu Xiu Bo (吴秀波) as Xu Zheng Xing (徐正兴) / Ngô Tú Ba vai Từ Chính Hưng. Tang Dynasty’s Minister (唐朝大臣) / Đường Triều Đại Thần.

Yoki Sun ( 孙耀琦) as Zhang Jing Yu (张静玉) / Tôn Diệu Kỳ vai Trương Tịnh Ngọc. Naive daughter of a wealthy family / Thiên kim thơ ngây của một đại hộ.

Hawick Lau (劉愷威) as Chun Da Shan (春大山) / Lưu Khải Uy vai Xuân Đại Sơn. Farmer (农夫) / Nông Phu.

Sources: Baidu + Weibo

Whoever wants to read the novel in Viet, go here.

*All translations were done by DTLCT, so if you decided to share elsewhere, please credit (or link back to blog). (You can take out one language or the other to your likings.)

**All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

TV Shows Cancellation Frustrations

Okay, so I went and checked on the status of when some of the shows would air again, because some networks shuffle their shows so there wouldn’t be a gap or whatever. Then I discovered some shows I’m waiting for to return had already got the heave-ho. So it got me thinking even more about some past shows that I could never forgive some networks for cancelling. I’m going to list ‘em all here just to rant!

ABC/ABC Family

  • Bunheads – Uh, seriously? It has a refreshing theme to me. And Michelle’s character is one of the most unpredictable yet funniest characters I’ve seen in a long time. The rest of the cast wasn’t bad either with their story arc and all. I seriously don’t know why I didn’t realize this until now. But I’ve been sooo busy that I didn’t even check up on it until now.

CBS

  • Early Edition – Not too abruptly killed off, but still a very sad case.
  • Martial Law – Dead after 2 seasons.
  • Sons of Thunder – NOT sure if anyone remembers this one anymore. But it was a spin-off of the “Walker, Texas Ranger” one. I actually liked the two characters featured in here and loved that they have their own show. Yet it got killed? Seriously?
  • The Crazy Ones – Um, I actually liked the cast and whatever that was exaggerated of the plot at times. It fitted the title, hello. Regardless of what happened several months later, I rather it was because of the tragedy than CBS killing the show first. I actually started out watching because I was studying stuffs within the advertising industry at that time and found it hilarious. Sometimes I didn’t care much about some of the side romances, but I did love Zandrew! (LOL!) They also brought back some of the classic songs of the earlier decades.

NBC

  • Michael Hayes – Um, what happened?
  • Sean Saves The World – I was actually one of the people who loved it. I was soooo sore to say the least when it was killed off. I found it even more funny than some of the currently aired ones that should have been cancelled already.

*NOTE*: I’m sure I will add to the list later. So YES, the post will be updated from time to time.

Give Me A Taiwanese Boyband To Idolize

 

(Credit: itsJPMofficial)

This topic came forward because of how I had this conversation with Vanadia about the recently popular boyband “Super 131″. She was saying how they seemed to have drop off the radar or disband or possibly just moved on to other things. She was really getting unease with not having a boyband to chase after. She wants me to give her a band? I’ll not only give her one but many more to think over! In an attempt to bring forth the right atmosphere to discuss this topic, I decided to use JPM’s catchy song “365 Days” to emphasize my point. (Go here for lyrics translation.) Anyway, without further ado, here are the Taiwanese boybands worth mentioning:

First off?

Mayday (五月天). Probably one of the longest formed band and still active to this day. Ah Xin’s really talented with his songwriting and I really love his style. Although ironically, I like it more when Ah Xin wrote songs for other singers, lol. But I must admit, they’re a strong band. With all the awards and recognitions they received, I don’t think they need me to praise them, lol. So yeah, they’re one of the coolest bands around.

F4/JVKV. Although they have sort of scattered in the previous years to do their own thing, but they still haven’t officially disbanded yet. Their last performance together was in 2013 for the Spring Festival. Who knows? Maybe they will get together again to bring out another album, if not another round of performances.

5566. They’re still around. Even if they are not as active together. They’re actually quite strong during their more active years so they still have a solid fanbase regardless.

Chemical Monkey. I will say that I’m not really a big fan of them, because I have my weird moments, lol. But I think that they’re a genuine, artistic band. Indeed very talented in their own way.

SpeXial. The 10 male members band. YES, there are ten members in this band. All male. What’s amazing about them is the ability to harmonize so well. You could get addicted to them with listening to just one song. They bring a refreshing feeling to the pop genre. (And yes, there are two members missing from the picture, because they’re busy right now so can’t join in with the recent album.)

831 (八三夭). Another band that brings forth a refreshing feeling to their music. I especially love their “Why I Cried” song. They lean toward the rock and roll path more than the usual pop so it might take getting used to. But they have their own uniqueness.

io Band (io樂團). Rock band. They sure have style. If you like rock, it’s a must check out.

Gentleman. Their name tripped me since it’s more than one person so it should be “Gentlemen”. But other than that, I guess I’ll live, lol. Seriously though, they could be fun to listen to.

MIXION. Max and Steven. Looks and voice. Nice? They do have some fun songs as well.

Last but not least?

JPM. Yup, I saved them last on purpose. I will tell you that I’m already past the age that I could listen to loud music and enjoy it. LOL! But JPM’s one of those bands that I could enjoy both heartwarming songs and at times, like the song at the beginning of this post – upbeat, uplifting, energetic ones. I will also say that I wasn’t into their previous bands that much, mostly because of the amount of bands within the industry so it was SO hard to keep up. But what got me into listening to them was none other than the drama I had followed for several months and fell in love with, “True Love 365“. If you want to get a sample, you could go hunt them down on YouTube (i.e. click on the credit and it should take you to their official channel) or check out my review of their 2nd album.

Okay, SO not all of them are eye candies, considering some of the new bands. But they make up in talents and variety. Some of the coolest bands out there aren’t considered all that ‘hot’ either, but are known for their music.

*Images were either scanned by DTLCT or were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.