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January 8, 2012

New Year, New Beginning

Filed under: Life — chipsandtofu @ 9:14 pm

New Year Resolutions

1. Start posting more! I started this blog 2-3 years to write about Asian dramas, but in 2012, I think I’ll be writing about my thoughts, and record my inspirations, and goals for myself, maybe some fashion purchases.

2. Put more time on my thesis! Even when there is minimal help, I need to learn independently, and take a more proactive role in my “research”.

3. Read more! I’m about to graduate soon, and with that, my free subscription to Time and the Economist will come to an end. Better use the first half of this year to read more magazines.

#2 will be the hardest.  #1 and #3 seem to be better ways to procrastinate =D

 

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August 3, 2009

Drama Mini-Reviews

Filed under: Uncategorized — chipsandtofu @ 12:30 pm

I thought I should keep track of my dramas, and hopefully I’l actually remember the reasons why I wasted the hundreds of hours watching these useless crap 😉 These are all just random thoughts I had.
Most Recent/Just Finished by July 2009:

Taiwanese:

Black and White [24eps + upcoming movie in 2010]: I saw the trailer for this drama almost half a year before it started to air on TV, and my anticipation never waned off. Sure enough, it was well worth the wait. Awesome cop-show, Vic really stepped up his acting, and newbie Mark Zhao is pretty good as well, and the 2nd female lead Zhang xx is really pretty.  Action-packed, funny lines, good plot build-up, but because I had spent too much time analyzing and waiting for the upcoming episodes, I pretty much guessed the ending after watching ep 22. But definitely re-watchable material. Definitely not your typical Taiwanese drama.

My Queen: Funny comedy, it serves as a reminder that a single woman in her thirties should not give up on love, and at the same time, live happily as a single lady, focusing on her career, friends, yoga, hair, skin-care, and all the fancy girly stuff. (Okay, the show didn’t really mention anything about Beauty101, but I think it’s implied) Lucas (the male character) is love. I didn’t really like his looks (Ethan Ruan is good-looking, but not my cup of tea…because he reminds me of  the pic below) , but his personality, the stubborn righteous, yet mature way of thinking is really applaudable. He’s learned to not be overly protective of the WuShuan (female lead), not only because WuShuan herself is very independent, but because he recognizes that relationships have to be equal.  This has come a long way from the sexist male-dominant romantic comedy market both in Taiwan, Korea, and Hollywood (yes, I’m talking about you, Twilight).
Recommended for its Modern setting and thoughts. oh yeah, soundtrack, and clothes =D She pulls of elegant office-lady cloth and hair very nicely.=D

La Bi Xiao Xin, a Chinese cartoon character

La Bi Xiao Xin, a Chinese cartoon character

Wang’s Class Reunion / 老王同學會: This is a weeknight drama targeted towards family, not teenagers, I only watched it for 陈汉典, because he’s just really funny in other variety shows. Overall it was a heart-warming drama, with funny scenes, but nothing to get your hormones going. Recommended for family time =D P.S. 陈汉典 is really talented, no matter how many people bash him as a boring, annoying person. i’ll rant/rave on that on another day.

all the other Taiwanese dramas that came out in 2009 are a waste of time, so far.

The new Easy Fortune Happy Life / 福氣又安康 is predictable,  even though Blue Lan is one of my favourite actors. I’ll wait for the whole thing to come out, since I don’t have the time to catch it on a weekly basis at the moment.

Korean Dramas

Boys over Flowers: Everyone raved/ranted about it. Watch it for the eye-candies, although I don’t understand how anyone can find SS501’s leader hot =(. Lee Minho and KiBum are the only eye-catchers, and I found myself watching only Lee minho’s internal struggle and KiBum’s smiley chuckles, and Yi Jeong and Ga Eul-plot line was the only one I was rooting for and diligently following. I knew the ending to the main plotline 8 years ago, lol.Enjoyed it, but I’m over the hype now.

Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance:

With almost 50% viewership, I was only hooked onto 10 episodes into it. Han Hyo Joo is pretty, (I loved her look in Spring Waltz, although I never finished that series). Lee Seung Ki came as a big surprise, and brought me back into the Korean Variety show phase. Because of him, I re-watched some of the x-man clips, and am now hooked on 1Night2Days. Lots of blogs and news articles have already mentioned that his is the only person in the Brilliant Legacy (SBS) AND in 1Night2Days (KBS) [note different broacasting stations], and both shows garnered around 30%-40% ratings. Although he’s not the only reason, he’s definitely one of the top reasons for this phenomenon.

Plot-wise: didn’t like Seung-mi’s Mom and Junse’s dad. Heck, I didn’t even like Junse that much. (Others raved about his looks, but I just felt sorry for him, and thought he was still very 1-dmensional ( I know, I saw his internal struggles, too).  But I guess all the filler side-plots served a greater purpose to convey the overall theme of the drama, and made everything in the plot intertwined. The plot was centered around Grandmother’s inheritance, and also of Hwan (Lee Seung Gi)’s coming-of-age process. Romance was delightfully slow, cute, but it was mainly about overcoming hardship and growup, and understand the true meaning of inheritance (we should inherit values, not money.)

Partner:

Lee dongwok was good in My Girl, but he’s AMAZING in Partner. His facial expressions convey so much childish play, internal struggle against his broken family, and his guilt. It’s amazing. The cases are okay to watch, but I love both the female and male character’s professionalism when working together. They’re just so compatible.

Critique so far: side-story of other collegues in the law firm are a bit boring. Honey Lee is hot, and acts pretty well. but I’m not interested in these side stories.

2008 dramas worth watching:

I Do? / 幸福的抉擇: I already gave my review.

Fated to Love You / 命中註定我愛你: okay for hormones, this one garnered high ratings, but I think it is rather plain.

Police et vous / 波麗士大人: Blue Lan is in it. Another cop show, like Black and White. but less -action packed, but more of a character-development drama. Loved the first 6 episodes, and I continued to watch the previews. Good drama that has more sentimental values of “good and bad” packed in it, rather than just pure romance.

Miss No Good / 不良笑花: silly, but I watched it for Wilber Pan. Rainie’s accents bugged me. a lot. but Wilber saved the show. I enjoyed watching his character grow into a more likable, approachable person. Side characters are boring, and too silly. This is recommended for little kids, lol.

Love or Bread / 我的億萬麵包: waste of time. a rather shallow drama, didn’t cover anything important, barely passable if you like ariel lin. Considering that it only took them 35 days to film 13 or 14 episodes, this deserves a  C-.Passed, but a C-.

Hot Shot / 籃球火: watch it for basketball, or Show Luo goofing around. nothing substantial. Jerry, the guy in Fahrenheit (Wuzun, I forgot his name for a whole min), and even the female leads were not that outstanding. The Coach, Jiang Yi, is a tall tanned beautiful model. Gah. Her debut acting is passable, only because she was pretty, lol.

Sweet Relationship / 美味關係: slow character-development type of drama. good if you like Patty Hou or Vic Zhou. This drama is very realistic, and there are a lot of unspoken feelings left in the air. Good work, Director!

Corner with Love / 轉角*遇到愛: Show Luo and Da S. Both can act really well. I enjoyed almost everything about it. Funny, sometimes slap-stick humor. Very cute. Highly recommended.

They Kiss Again / 惡作劇2吻: Better than It started with a kiss. Ariel got smarter, and you can feel the husband-wife connection. A solid B.

Past Korean Dramas:

see Dramabeans for recaps/year-end reviews.

I enjoyed:

2007:

Que Sera Sera (A-)

Coffee Prince (A-)

Mixed-up Investigative Agency (really recommended) (A)

Witch Amusement (C+)

Hello Miss (F)

Dal Ja’s Spring (A)

2008:

Who Are You?  (A-)

Hong Gil Dong (A)

Love and Marraige (A)

STRONGEST CHIL WOO (B) this is so weird, so you’ll definitely get a laugh out of its quirkiness.

to watch list:

story of a man

partner (airing right now)

dream (kibum) – possibly.

style (korean’s version of devil wears prada) – we’ll See.

Easy Fortune Happy Life / 福氣又安康

February 22, 2009

My Queen – 敗犬女王

Filed under: 敗犬女王 Queen — chipsandtofu @ 1:53 pm

7 episodes aired so far.

My Queen: I was a bit hesitant about Ethan taking on “older-girl-younger-guy” coupling role. SETTV tried so many times to make the male characters act younger than their age. (Ying Ye 3+1, Bull Fightting, need I say more?) But Ethan was completely convincing in his role of “25-year-old who smiles on the outside, but bleeds on the inside because of his dead girlfriend”. A lot of storylines are recycled, but it depends on how you spin it that differentiates your story from other dramas, and the way the actors portray their character. The chemistry between Ethan and Cheryl was astounding. Cheryl exudes the right mix of tenacity and vulnerability as WS, so it plays off perfectly against Ethan’s warm-heartedness and naivty/masculine maturity(?). He radiates a manly charisma and confidence you feel like he can take on WS. She needs a strong man otherwise she’d crush him, because she’s already a strong character (on the outside) herself. I like this balance of comedy, genuine emotional struggle, smooth plot and character development, and yet it is paced well. So far so good. one more thing: ep 8’s preview made me teary =( this isn’t suppose to happen when you watch previews!

幸福的抉擇 I Do? Wallpaper goodies

Filed under: Uncategorized — chipsandtofu @ 12:43 am

pics


Enjoy. credit to tvb and other “I Do” official sites.

February 21, 2009

幸福的抉擇 I Do? – TW Drama Review

Filed under: 幸福的抉擇 I Do? — Tags: , — chipsandtofu @ 1:45 am

TW Drama I Do

Title: I Do
Chinese Title: 幸福的抉擇
Official websites:
TVBS – http://www.tvbs.com.tw/ido/
Astro on Demand – http://www.astro.com.my/premiumchann…gram.asp?id=51
TTV – http://www.ttv.com.tw/drama08/Ido/
TVB.com = http://drama.tvb.com/ido/
Wikipedia: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/幸福的抉擇

Main Cast:

Blue Lan (李浩哲)
Annie Liu (劉心悠)

My preliminary review: I haven’t watched all the episodes yet, (I watched until ep 8, but I took a peak at the last two episodes =D)

It’s seriously an awesome drama, it’s not those addictive, prince-charming, romantic comedy, or anything near the fairy-tale “tone”. I’ve grown to really like the male actor’s acting ability over the last couple of years, and I really like his portrayal here in “I Do?”. I admit that at times I was frustrated at him for acting childish, stubborn, but that’s what makes this drama so realistic.  His situation is pretty typical in an Asian drama: estranged rich family, stubborn hot rich guy, cold on the outside, sensitive on the inside. The main female character’s story was also a bit typical: poor background but motivated in life, soft and considerate, nice in every way, strong-willed and tough when facing adversity, breaks down once in a while. But the two main actor and actress were able to convey so much more depth to their character that I could feel their pain and emotion throughout the drama. I guess their basis for love was founded at a time when both of them were undergoing difficult times in their life, so having each other beside you was not only love, but an encouragement to embrace and live life meaningfully.

This drama explored a lot of mature themes and different outlooks on marriages. The side-story that revolves around Hao Zhe’s two mothers and his father juxtaposed the love story of the modern generation really well. You get to see love manifested so many ways. The older generation’s love story is basically: marrying some else to make someone jealous, leaving someone to pursue a career but still love him for all her life, loving someone unconditionally and knowing that he loves some else more, and unconditionally take cares of his business and raise his son. Man, all the sacrifices one makes for love =(

Back to the main plot: I like Summer and Hao Zhe’s moments together. They really look like newly-weds from the episodes that I’ve watched. I swear 99% of the drama was stirred up by the jealous MeiLi (2nd female character). Summer and Hao Zhe went through so much torture because of her sabotage. But then again, relationships will grow when you get past the confusions, misunderstandings, and when you learn to trust, and learn to forgive each other.

I quite like the ending, though I had hoped that I would get to see their baby born, and maybe see a bit of Summer and Hao Zhe living together once again. But I guess this is a drama, and when both the female and male character have learned their lesson, and when the jealous third-parties have given up sabotaging the relationship, they deserve a happy ending together.

Random Moments that I loved so far:
– bed scene in ep 4: Summer fell asleep in Hao Zhe’s bed, and Hao Zhe took pictures with her sleeping peacefully, and finally they slept side-by-side.
– when they play with hello kitty dolls, when they hugged, touched noses, everything happy thing they did together =D
– when summer and Hao Zhe got divorced, summer played with the Hello Kitty dolls again, and imitated Hao Zhe’s voice.
– Spoiler: After summer lost her memory, (this is near the end), Hao Zhe walked Summer home in the rain, and covered Summer with his jacket. Hao Zhe answered summer’s questions about her ex-husband, and Hao Zhe’s ex-wife, without revealing the true identities. I could see how much Hao Zhe was struggling while holding back so much information. (Summer’s parents did not want her to remember her painful past relationships).

Note on soundtrack:

I’m loving: 梁靜茹《屬於》 and 丁噹《猜不透》

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August 2, 2007

My Lucky Star ep 1

Filed under: My Lucky Star, Taiwanese Drama — chipsandtofu @ 11:27 pm

Li Ya Wei – “Love In Haste” (My Lucky Star OST, 2007).

[odeo=http://studio.odeo.com/audio/15876873/view]

I give up trying to summarize everything, because 20 episodes of summary are too much for me. And you probably know all the characters by heart now, and if you don’t, well, do some digging in the asian fanatics forum. =D But here’s a quick recap of the exciting parts in ep1:

1. Ah Xing dressed in fake haute-couture and tries to sell fake jewelry to a middle-aged lady.

mls ep1 cap

I wish i can capture how cheerful she is, so cheerful that her act is ridiculously see-through yet very cute. This scene wasn’t particular notable, but i thought i should cap it for future reference (life of a con-artist, lol) (See how she dresses in ridiculously fashionable clothing, and how she wears those white gloves =D)

2. Ah Xing gets chased by cops when she tries to sell fake jewelry, and runs into Tian Qi, who refuses to let her go because he believes that she has stolen his earrings.

The cops catch up to Ah Xing, and capture Ah Xing.

Tian Qi is left dumbfounded, and feeling kind of sorry that she is going to jail because of her love (love this expression, and many other to come =d). Ah Xing walks off with the cops bitterly.

I love how he looks like he’s sharing her pain of losing her love, since he just got rejected moments ago by his girlfriend. Of course, you can’t really ignore the sappy music and narration that plays in the background….“This day, on the same street, two people were abandoned by love at the same time. One was me, who possess the riches of the jewelry empire. The other was the thief who went to jail for love. But neither of us thought that this chance meeting was actually the start of a new relationship.” Yes, 2 stars for the cheesey narration at the beginning of this drama, but o well, i love his facial expression. Script writers, you’re forgiven…for now.

3. Ah Xing in prison.

Her parole speech: she seriously can put out a “convincing” act in front of others. Once again, the director has Ah Xing going for the exaggerated speech — for comical relief? or maybe it is placed here to characterize Ah Xing as a typical (maybe professional) lair. I rolled my eyes a couple of times (in a good way) when I watched this scene.

^”Tomorrow is another day!” this was definitely too dramatic, but the woman smiled, which made me roll my eyes a couple of times more.

5. washroom scene. self-explanatory. =D

boom, the washroom stall’s door falls down after a violent struggle….

Tian Qi looks at Ah Xing disbelievingly. (She walks off after saying, “we’re even”. )

6. Post-washroom encounter

^splash!!!! as Ah Xing and Tian Qi both leave the airport after the awkward bathroom moment, Tian Qi sees Ah Xing trying to catch a ride. Smirking, he deliberately drives closer to the curb and splashes water all over her. Ah Xing, of course, curses the pig and scrunches up her face to form those typical Korean actresses’ angry faces. (cute)

I guess what drew me to My Lucky Star was probably the facial expressions of both leads. The leading male undeniably
exudes a youthful charisma of a Taiwan idol, while the leading female acts out the role with a typical Korean cutesy cheerful attitude (who curses with scrunched facial expressions when the male lead treat them badly). This unique combination is definitely worth noting in the drama.

7. the engagement party of Tian Yu and Ya Rou, Tian Qi’s ex-girlfriend.

“can your love be divided?”

“yes, desire and love can be divided.”

^he stole the necklace when he forced a kiss upon her. oh, how far will you go to get your revenge. (or get your love?)

8. Tian Qi is on the run after stealing Queen Mary. He bumps into Ah Xing, and ends up in the typical awkward fall where he lands on top of her, as if he is about to kiss her. Luckily the story quickly moved past this and did not probe into this accident any further, because Tian Qi must run away from his bodyguards. (I hate it when the characters come up from the fall looking extremely awkward.)

the following moment is self-explanatory….

Fate plays a pivitol in both Greek Tradegies and Idol Dramas. In this case, the boy and the girl were HANDCUFFED BY FATE. Here the theme of handcuff reinforces the girl’s status as a con-artist, and serves to foreshadows the couple’s future. Junior High school english essays, anyone? lol

9. Tian Qi is dragged around by Ah Xing while she tries to find her fiance. Wait, Tian Qi would have followed her willing, I think, regardless of whether he is still handcuffed to her or not. I am convinced that he starts to feel that he can trust this stranger already.



^will you just look at his amused look when Ah Xing tries to threaten him by saying that her fiance is a gang leader.

v I think he is genuinely amused by her personality.

hero comes to rescue….

When Ah Xing’s fiance pushes her out of his way in order to carry his pregant wife to the car, Ah Xing is deeply hurt inside. Seeing this, Tian Qi took her hand…


Why must Ah Xing be so nice???? Then again, a baby’s life is on the line. Since Ah Xing has grown up without her parents, it is natural for her to put family first. But because she puts family before love, someone (a third party, namely Tian Qi) subconsciously is touched by her actions, and perhaps, subconsciously is already falling for her.


^ Evidence of how Tian Qi is touched by her actions as he tries to comfort her.




The second last two caps were taken from asian fanatics, and they are pretty self explanatory.

but boy, Tian Qi, you’ve just met Ah Xing today, and you’ve just got rejected by your ex-girlfriend, so I guess you must be super lonely. So holding onto some crying stranger’s hand is completely understandable. Yup. Completely.

I love the leading characters’ expressions and their constant bickering, I can’t help but feel that SETTV dramas are just a tad bit too corny. I mean, the son of a CEO of a jewelry empir? Why must it always be a rich guy?

I remember reading a survey a fanfic writer put out to her(assumed) readers, what profession would you want “xxxx”(leading male) to have? Her options were hotel manager/CEO, stock broker, CEO of a record/entertainment company, CEO of a computer software company. Why must we always fall for rich-asses? *deep sigh*, lol

I’ll update ep 2 soon. Meanwhile, please enjoy some signatures made by MLS fans, (credit to asian fanatics)

(click to enlarge)

August 1, 2007

My Lucky Star

Filed under: My Lucky Star, Taiwanese Drama — chipsandtofu @ 5:57 am

I know my blog inspiration started with reading blogs about Coffee Prince, but I do feel the need to blog about a recent Taiwanese Drama that I have stumbled upon this month. It started airing in March and ended last week.

When it comes to Dramas, I am very picky. Most of the time I’d get bored of the story line about six episode into the drama, if I’m watching it as it airs. I got bored of Goong, Goong S, and Hello Miss this way. However, if I pull a drama marathon, I’d tend to have the urge to stick with it finish watching the drama. Perhaps this habit of mine may have influenced me when I watched My Lucky Star, but for some strange reason I can’t help but praise the drama every time I bring it up.

Wiki’s summary:

Like the boy who cried wolf, Xia Zhi Xing had lied one too many times. So when she did tell the truth, nobody believed her except for the most unlikely person, Zhong Tian Qi, a runaway young master of a jewelry empire. His belief in her inspired her to become a real jewelry designer instead of a lying, scheming jewelry con artist. In the process, she taught him the real value of jewels that he is destined to inherit.

My thoughts:

This is going to be more than an essay. But I have to catch some sleep first. I’m thinking of doing an episode by episode analysis, but that may take a while. Please wait.

Wait, there are episode by episode, on the spot translations available on asian fanatics’ my lucky star thread.   The fans there translate and spazz on everything. It’s a good place for MLS fans to go to.

I’ll just write about my first impressions, then.

First Cup

Filed under: KDrama — chipsandtofu @ 5:03 am

Coffee Prince

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of blogs, and they range from inspiring, impressive, humorous, to down-right-sarcastic. Reading these blogs made me want to start my own blogs. I have yet to determine what exactly to post here. My internet obsessions? or my academic plight? or my emo breakdowns? nahhh, that’s too personal, it feels nice to talk about about someone else and make it as though it remotely concerns you.

Originally I got the blog name from the Korean drama I recently started to watch, Coffee Prince. It is actually one of the two dramas I’m watching on a weekly basis, regularly, although I do admit I tend to skim over dialogs between secondary characters, but that happens with practically everything that I watch.

Since this is my virgin blog post, I’ll upload a song that got me addicted to Coffee Prince and inspired me to set up a blog account.

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