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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.

Songs To Be Translated:

  • Rebirth (新生) – Fahrenheit
  • Will Never Change My Love For You – Hu Ge
  • Where You Are (有你的地方) – Chris Wang
  • Love Journey (愛情旅程) – Angela Chang
  • In Love, There’s No Wrong Party (愛情里沒有誰對誰錯) by Jacky Zheng
  • Deceive – 183 Club
  • A Date So Sweet – 183 Club
  • Discover Love (發現愛) – Alex To
  • Discover True Love (發現真愛) – 183 Club
  • White Fox (白狐) – Ai Yi Man
  • Bai Bai De (白白的) – Angela Chang
  • Love For Sale – 183 Club
  • We’re All Afraid of Pain – Wilber Pan
  • Chess For 2 – 183 Club
  • That Year (那一年) – Nicholas Teo
  • Love Is Over – Ou Yang Fei Fei

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

  • Kevin Cheng’s It’s A Long Story
  • Calvin Chen’s It’s Still Summer
  • You Sheng’s Mr. Perfect?
  • Elisa Lin’s Adventures Music Journal
  • Nicholas Teo’s Long Vacation
  • Nicholas Teo’s To Be…

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
  • Touch of Light
  • Kiasu – Xiu Jie Kai + Dou Hua Mei

TV Series Reviews:

  • Gu Jian En Chou Ji 1984: Part III – OMG, I totally forgot that I didn’t finish posting it. BUT I need to watch the last bit again to remember accurately, 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 In Penghu – Episode 2 – Placeholder is almost done BUT actual summaries haven’t been filled yet.
  • 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
  • Refresh 3+7

Translations:

  • Full Moon Curved Sabre – Prologue

Fan Fiction:

  • Hide & Seek – Chapter 7 – Vic & Cyndi
  • Honey In Tea – Chapter 1 – Joe & Janine
  • Payback – Chapter 3 – Xiu Jie Kai, Cynthia, and Nic
  • Stranded – Prologue – Wallace, Hu Ge, Ray Ma, and others
  • The Business – Chapter 7 – 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)…

Female Butler: Janine’s New Drama

Yes, Janine has a new drama. I actually read about it awhile back but didn’t update until now. It’s pre-modern drama.

Janine stars alongside Liu Huan this time.

There’s also Liu Wei Bo.

The drama is supposedly 45 episodes long. And it probably starts out as a comedy before  going into more intense subjects. Not totally sure but that was the impression I had with some of the stills.

They actually already wrapped up. So probably working on post-production and all before we could see it onscreen.

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

The Two of Us

It has been a long time since I watched anything relating to Ming Dao. But it was only one episode so I thought I gave it a go. Then I realize there was also some others in here that I enjoyed so the better. How was it? It was interesting to say the least. It was confusing at first with some of the sequences and events going on. However, I got used to the style.

Anyway, this tele-movie reminded me of why Zhang Chen Guang is my all time favorite Taiwanese actor. Each time he tried a new role, he always managed to impress. It was amazing to see how he acted out various scenes. The length of the drama didn’t mean it lacked depth because there were plenty of time for development of characters and plot. In fact, because of the short length, it allowed for some of the crucial elements to come into play, instead of plugging in some unnecessary details over and over again in a longer drama.

Phoenix Chang was awesome as well in her performance. She totally brought out the many sides of her character in here. Her suffering was done alone for the most part, but out in the world, she covered it all up. Until she wasn’t able to take it anymore. Talking about that, the drama really covered the differences of how people cope through lost. Some cried it out, some just didn’t cry. Or was too numbed or tried to distract themselves with other stuffs. It didn’t mean that one way or another was wrong. It was how they were. So who was to say that either party was wrong?

The theme of cheating was also covered in this drama. Although cheating had been done so many times in past dramas, but this time, it brought us toward a different direction. I thought it was well done. There were too many complications going on. There were the wonderful feelings of past memories, but then came those feelings of betrayal, resentment, and much more.

I think that people who like happy dramas shouldn’t watch. Because you might be disappointed. Do not watch either if you think Ming Dao would be a big part of this. Well, he was in a sense, because his character held a key in the story–and he did quite well alongside the other veteran stars. However, he didn’t appear as much because this was definitely the stage for Phoenix Chang and Zhang Chen Guang. This a great drama with the theme of reflection and other elements of life.

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

I have to say that this was one of my least favorite books of his. That was saying it lightly, because it was filled with disappointment from the start. Not just because it seemed typical and too unbelievable, but I always came into his book full of hope and often left with just that. His books were always reassuring and a place for me to fall back on because they never forced one to believe. This one went against all of that and implied that it was okay to be manipulated. Then the whole thing with only believing will gain you the access to Heaven. Or the so-called concept of Heaven. I’m sooooo sorry if I stepped on a lot of feet, but I felt the true victim of the story stayed that way, which was Sully. If it wasn’t for the old man whom tried to play god from the start, Sully wouldn’t end up in that mess. Then at the end when he had the accident and ended up becoming a believer, it was also that manipulative old man’s fault since if it wasn’t for the web of lies he created, the place wouldn’t end up in such a chaos, so many people, nowhere to go any way you turned, causing so much traffic congestion thus Sully ended up in another mess. The whole guilt trip thing didn’t help either, considering how Sully didn’t want to affect his kid. So yes, sorry once again for taking it out of the worse, but from all the lot that participated in the madness, aside from Sully, I only liked Tess and Jack. I felt they were real in the way they reacted. Although I had no problem with some of the other characters, such as Elias Rowe, but I felt he also got railed into the whole guilt trip hence having to take on the burden. Because seriously? People got fired every single day, then it was this guy’s fault that he had to take on such deeds? Well, he did promise Pastor Warren so he couldn’t back down. Talking about Pastor Warren, he was probably my favorite character in here (and he didn’t participate in the whole madness willingly). Why? He was the only one keeping his faith right from the beginning but wasn’t blind to it. He stayed real and kept it consistent throughout, not wanting to take advantage of getting some fame or wanting any type of attention from it. What surprised Sully at one point was that Pastor Warren actually agreed with him, and Pastor Warren even stating that there was some sort of unnatural feeling to all of that. Yes, considering how it was manipulated. I think Doreen’s reaction captured the moment perfectly during the part where she finally had enough and ended up disconnecting her phone, just wanting peace. She felt glad at first and happy even to hear her son’s voice again, but she soon realized it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t like he was coming back to her. It wasn’t like she could hold him in her arms again.

The other thing that made me want to roll my eyes even more was the whole madness with Katherine Yellin. I understood and sympathized with her and how her sister had died–as I did with the majority of the ones who got the calls in here. What I didn’t like wasn’t her wanting to prove that Heaven existed and her sister called her, but it was the fact that she was upset when she found out Tess was actually the first one to receive the call. Wow, really? Considering how she was a believer, I thought she would be more kind and accepting, and wouldn’t be so egotistical to think that she was the chosen one. Then there was Father Carroll–whom was more than happy when he learned the first call from Heaven was actually from a member of his church. The so-called people of the church didn’t care for Tess or her mother at all, especially what her mother had gone through in the past YET now wanting to claim credit that their church had the first calling? Really? I totally understand why Tess finally came out with it, because her mother would want her to–and she felt she owe it to her mother. However, did it matter where it occur or who got the call first? Did it matter that much? That was why I liked Pastor Warren the most, and how he reacted to the whole situation. The exchange between him and Elias Rowe were probably the best lines from the book–with Elias asking, “Does this prove what we believe?” and Pastor Warren responded, “If you believe it, you don’t need proof.” And then Pastor Warren died alone that night. The man had served the community and honored god for so long yet his ending was that? Yes, I’m seriously petty for thinking he minded, because his purpose was only to spread the words, not bask in fame. But I felt that was just too sad and tragic. So his mourning wasn’t accepted by me because it felt like they threw it in the last minute, after having chased after all of the other illusions.

What was that with the old man justifying his actions by stating that each and every one of the so-called “chosen ones” all wanted to hear from their loved ones again? Seriously? He was a coward to not step out and prevent Sully from being imprisoned in the first place. (Even if he already destroyed the evidences and couldn’t make others believe him YET at least step out. Staying silent like that and causing a man to be wrongly accused and losing his freedom. Sully was already in it for the alcohol level thing. He didn’t need another major event crashing down on him too.) He was the one whom caused all of this and then went and died alone, not brave enough to face Sully. Instead, he uttered some vague words to Sully when Sully showed up to confront him. Then there was the whole letter. Seriously? That was one of the reasons why I didn’t care for it. Not even an ounce of sympathy on my side. I don’t care if I missed the point either. I don’t like manipulations.

The last point I want to make had to do with Tess and Jack. I liked it that they ended up together and had a new start. However, I didn’t like how it was implied that because of this so-called miracle that they found someone to replace the ones whom they lost. Seriously? Everyone’s IRREPLACEABLE, you can’t replace someone regardless of reason. I liked that they found each, that was it. It was like saying it was all right that all of someone’s family members died, maybe another family will come along to replace that one. REALLY? Yes, I couldn’t let that one go either. Not saying they should always live in the past. Eventually everyone should move on, because there are many things in life to live for. But it doesn’t mean anyone or anything could replace someone important in one’s life.

To me, faith isn’t forced. It’s supposed to be a choice, something peaceful that should bring hope to you, not a reason to fight over. So no, I don’t agree with all the protesters causing troubles either, but I just don’t agree with the whole shoving things down people’s throat either.

After all that was said in this post (and probably just a bunch of “blah blah blah” to others), I still think Mitch Albom is an excellent writer. It was just that theme was a major miss for me.

While There’s Still Time by Jacky Chu

Song Title: While There’s Still Time (趁早)

Music by: Phil Chang (張宇)

Lyrics by: Shi Yi Lang (十一郎)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Blue = Pin Yin
Royal Blue = English
Navy Blue = Vietnamese

到後來才發現愛你是一種習慣
dao hou lai cai fa xian ai ni shi yi zhong xi guan
Until later did I realize that loving you is just a habit
Đến sau này tôi mới phát hiện yêu em chỉ là một thói quen
我學會和你說一樣的謊
wo xue hui he ni shuo yi yang de huang
I’ve learned, just like you, to spout lies
Tôi đã học giống như em, biết nói láo như nhau
你總是要我在你身旁
ni zong shi yao wo zai ni shen pang
You’ve always wanted me by your side
Em lúc nào cũng muốn có tôi bên cạnh
說幸福該是什麼模樣
shuo xing fu gai shi she me mo yang
Saying what happiness should look like
Nói lên thế nào mới là sự hiện diện của hạnh phúc
你給我的天堂 其實是一片荒涼
ni gei wo de tian tang   qi shi shi yi pian huang liang
The Heaven that you’ve given me is actually a slice of lies
Thiên đường mà em đã cho tôi chỉ là một mảnh dối gian

要是我早可以和你一刀兩斷
yao shi wo zao ke yi he ni yi dao liang duan
If I could have severed my ties with you
Nếu tôi có thể sớm cùng em nhứt đao lưỡng đoạn
我們就不必在愛裡勉強
wo men jiu bu bi zai ai li mian qiang
We wouldn’t be facing love’s reluctance
Chúng ta sẽ không ở trong sự miễn cưỡng của tình yêu
可是我真的不夠勇敢
ke shi wo zhen de bu gou yong gan
Yet I really couldn’t be brave enough
Nhưng mà tôi thiệt sự không đủ dũng cảm
總為你忐忑為你心軟
zong wei ni tan te wei ni xin ruan
Overall, worried because of you, softhearted because of you
Tất cả vì em mà lo lắng, vì em mà mềm lòng
畢竟相愛一場
bi jing xiang ai yi chang
After all, having loved each other
Dù sao chúng ta đã từng yêu nhau
不要誰心裡帶著傷
bu yao shui xin li dai zhe shang
Don’t let either person’s heart be hurt
Đừng để một ai phải bị tổn thương

我可以永遠笑著扮演你的配角
wo ke yi yong yuan xiao zhe ban yan ni de pei jiao
I could always smile, acting as your minor character
Tôi có thể vĩnh viễn cuời để diễn một vai phụ của em
在你的背後自己煎熬
zai ni de bei hou zi ji jian ao
Standing behind you, tormenting myself
Đứng sau em, tự giày vò mình
如果你不想要
ru guo ni bu xiang yao
If you don’t want to
Nếu em không muốn
想退出要趁早
xiang tui chu yao chen zao
Wanting to leave, then do it while there’s still time
Muốn rời khỏi thì hãy làm sớm hơn
我沒有非要一起到老
wo mei you fei yao yi qi dao lao
I wouldn’t be able to walk with you until the end
Tôi không thể đi cùng em tới già được

我可以不問感覺繼續為愛討好
wo ke yi bu wen gan jue ji xu wei ai tao hao
I could just not ask about feelings, just continuously be persistent for love
Tôi có thể không hỏi đến cảm giác, chỉ tiếp tục kiên trì vì tình yêu
冷眼的看著你的驕傲
leng yan de kan zhe ni de jiao ao
Indifference when seeing your pride
Ánh mắt lạnh lùng nhìn em trong kiêu ngạo
若有情太難了 想別戀要趁早
ruo you qing tai nan le   xiang bie lian yao chen zao
If love is too hard and you want to leave, do it when there’s still time
Nếu tình quá khó, không muốn yêu nữa thì hãy sớm rời khỏi
就算迷戀你的擁抱 忘了就好
jiu suan mi lian ni de yong bao   wang le jiu hao
Even if I’m infatuated with your embrace, forgetting it would be fine
Dù tôi quá say mê vòng tay em, nhưng quên đi cũng tốt

(music)

愛己至此 怎樣的說法
ai ji zhi ci   zen yang de shuo fa
Until now, what is love’s theory?
Đến giờ, thuyết pháp của tình yêu là gì?
都能成為理由
dou neng cheng wei li you
All could become reasons
Tất cả đều có thể trở thành lý do
我在這樣的愛情裡看見的
wo zai zhe yang de ai qing li kan jian de
I’m at that place in love where I could see
Tôi đang ở cái điểm trong tình yêu mà tôi có thể thấy được
是我們的軟弱
shi wo men de ruan ruo
Our love’s weakness
Sự nhu nhược của tình ta

我可以永遠笑著扮演你的配角
wo ke yi yong yuan xiao zhe ban yan ni de pei jiao
I could always smile, acting as your minor character
Tôi có thể vĩnh viễn cuời để diễn một vai phụ của em
在你的背後自己煎熬
zai ni de bei hou zi ji jian ao
Standing behind you, tormenting myself
Đứng sau em, tự giày vò mình
如果你不想要
ru guo ni bu xiang yao
If you don’t want to
Nếu em không muốn
想退出要趁早
xiang tui chu yao chen zao
Wanting to leave, then do it while there’s still time
Muốn rời khỏi thì hãy làm sớm hơn
我沒有非要一起到老
wo mei you fei yao yi qi dao lao
I wouldn’t be able to walk with you until the end
Tôi không thể đi cùng em tới già được

我可以不問感覺繼續為愛討好
wo ke yi bu wen gan jue ji xu wei ai tao hao
I could just not ask about feelings, just continuously be persistent for love
Tôi có thể không hỏi đến cảm giác, chỉ tiếp tục kiên trì vì tình yêu
冷眼的看著你的驕傲
leng yan de kan zhe ni de jiao ao
Indifference when seeing your pride
Ánh mắt lạnh lùng nhìn em trong kiêu ngạo
若有情太難了 想別戀要趁早
ruo you qing tai nan le   xiang bie lian yao chen zao
If love is too hard and you want to leave, do it when there’s still time
Nếu tình quá khó, không muốn yêu nữa thì hãy sớm rời khỏi
就算迷戀你的擁抱 忘了就好
jiu suan mi lian ni de yong bao   wang le jiu hao
Even if I’m infatuated with your embrace, forgetting it would be fine
Dù tôi quá say mê vòng tay em, nhưng quên đi cũng tốt

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Refresh Man: A Reunion for Joanne and Aaron

I was browsing on Facebook and found Joanne’s post. After reading the article, I realized it was a drama. It was totally unexpected but I will continue to tune in. Many of the QiaoLun fans would be soooo happy. Because I think many have thought that the ship already sank, even before it came into fruition, considering what happened after the Love Buffet incident. But yay, finally some hope, right? (And last time when he guest starred in Dear Mom didn’t count since it was just a mini appearance.)

Aside from the main leads, there also many familiar faces in the drama. (Go here to follow their official page for updates.)

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