2020 Recap

Okay, it’s over but, of course, we would be deceiving ourselves if we think that would mean all the troubles of the previous year were gone by some magic barrier of time or something. So, I’m just going to recap all of the positivity that happened this past year. Because there was enough of the bad news already, right?

First off, Qiaoru announced their happy news at the beginning of the year. Many friends and fans sent them well-wishing. It was indeed a shocker to some, but all in all, it was a piece of hopeful news for the beginning of the year. (Click here for specific translations of the news.) Oh yeah, for all Qiaoru fans who stuck it through, we got bragging rights, eh? LOL! (Kidding!)

Then right on April Fool’s Day, Ehlo chose that eventful day to tell us that he got married like in 2018 already. Congrats to him for dodging the paparazzi for so long. Leave it up to him to announce it on his birthday, right? Ehlo’s wife is Cai Yi Zhi (蔡ㄧ支). According to her profiles, she’s from Hawaii, but I can’t confirm other information, lol. They’re sooo cute, by the way. I saw some of the interactions he posted and I laughed so hard. They’re a match made in heaven all right. Also, they’re one of those people who created an Instagram account for their dog. Not judging, lol. I enjoyed the posts, lol. They adopted the dog in 2019—according to the profile information and named her Bao Zhu (寶珠). The funniest thing was that Jacky had called Ehlo “Yu Rong Ge” in his congratulation clip to the blissful couple. I know we all know Jacky’s younger than Ehlo. But for Jacky to not try and gain an upper hand with Ehlo? Was it the effects of 2020? Or because I missed something?

By June, news broke that Ming Dao had become a father. He, of course, got married already. He also hid it well from the paparazzi. Team 183 Club 2, Paparazzi 0. To be honest, I didn’t know about the news either. But Leon posted a congratulations message on his page, so I went hunting for news, lol. I went to stalk the other 183 Club members too and they also congratulated Ming Dao, of course. Jacky even bragged about how his prediction came true that Ming Dao was the first one to have a kid. Anyway, Ming Dao got married in 2019. His wife is Wang Ting Xuan (王婷萱). She was a member of a band called KISS. I went and searched around a bit and saw that the group disbanded already. Oh yeah, to be fair, the paparazzi did catch them before and asked if they were dating and they replied that they were just friends, lol. I’m all for people who deceive the paparazzi. So, my previous declaration about the scores stands. Regardless, congrats to them once again!

Aside from those, Jun Ya launched his YouTube channel to share his various adventure trips called Sergeant Will Take You There, which was a reference to his role in Rookies’ Diary. (It was a while back but I just didn’t have time to go check it out yet.) They’re both informative and fun to watch. For example, there was a segment where he filmed with some of his close friends, which included Ehlo, Derek Chen, Kurt Chou, Kai Hsu, and Liang Zhe. (Click here, here, and here to check out the clips.) What was really funny about the first clip was them performing the intro to “Enticing Trick.” The final reveal was Ehlo because he had his back to the camera initially. It was a funny one because they messed up on the band’s name when they tried to introduce themselves. Derek scolded them for getting it wrong. It was hilarious and brought back a lot of fond memories of 183 Club in general. Also, it was really funny that when they introduced themselves, they were disclosing their heights. Kurt even disclosed his weight. Derek made a comment about how he should just disclose all his measurements as well, lol. (Probably hinting at how they would disclose their measurements during beauty contests, lol.) What got everyone hysterical was how Ehlo said he was an actual member of the 183 Club band, but he was only 178 cm. (Again, I love him! But that was hilarious!) Everyone picking on Kai because he was the youngest, lol. Not really, but Jun Ya was making a comment about him being young and being able to beat the challenge, lol. Hey, it wasn’t Kai was going to take it from them, because he called them “elders” at various points of the segment. (Click here if you want to watch the whole challenge at one go from Kai’s channel. Since it’s his channel, he would be the main narrator of the clip. Also, he misplaced his GoPro during the third waterfall jump and had to go back and retrieve it later. If you watch Jun Ya’s version, you couldn’t tell the difference except there was a pause and they were yelling about it and weren’t able to find it. He went back later with another diver and they managed to locate it at last but, of course, since the GoPro sank already, he wasn’t able to record some of the later events after his own jump.) The weather was cold the time they were there hence their jackets. Jun Ya disclosed Ehlo’s marital status in the second clip, but I guess if anyone who watched wasn’t paying attention, they didn’t realize it or thought the guys were joking. This clip was loaded in December 2019, so it was before Ehlo announced it in April. (Someone has a bigger mouth than Jacky, lol.) Anyway, those were really fun episodes to watch and I won’t spoil it anymore. So enjoy!

Regarding YouTube channels, Derek Chen had launched his awhile back (Xiao Lie’s Cook Show) but I didn’t bother updating so this is a back update for several of them. It’s a cooking channel, mostly, and the first video was loaded six years ago, but I think he either forgot about it or the circumstances of last year hence him getting back into it more actively. (Go here if you want to check it out.) He and Jun Ya are actually closer than some of the others so there was another outing that they did together. (Go here for Derek’s version, here for Jun Ya’s version, and here for Xiao Fei’s version. The other guy talking during the challenge is Xiao Fei, he has his own channel also. They were doing another cross show. It was another fun watch.) Anyway, I remember a clip that Jun Ya shared like awhile back and how passionate Derek was about cooking and his pro tips. So both guys not only shared their adventurous side but also their cooking skills. Jun Ya referred to Derek as “Chef” on many occasions, so it was his own acknowledgment of Derek’s talent. (Of course, it was so obvious that Derek did most of the cooking during their waterfall challenges, and how on one occasion, the guys were all agreeing on how Derek had to survive or they would starve, lol.)

Jun Ya’s cousin, Henry, also launched his YouTube channel to teach English with his daughters called Learning With Henry. There was an episode where they did a crossover with Jun Ya and it was really funny. (Go here for Henry’s version and here for Jun Ya’s version.) What’s the difference between the versions? Henry’s focused on the English part while Jun Ya focused on the journey outside. Jun Ya’s nieces were so cute though, lol. Their sass was also to-notch, especially the questions, lol. Then I wondered if they got influenced by their father or Jun Ya’s attitude at times, lol. Anyway, not to troll but it was supposed to be teaching English after all, they spelled “sergeant” wrong. They were several other mistakes also, but I think overall, the humorous take of various local cultures was worth it. You learn more about Taiwan if you didn’t know before. Oh yeah, Henry apologized for his terrible singing at one point and then proceeded to end the episode with more terrible singing, lol.

I think the rest of the year sort of deteriorated to the point that I didn’t bother to keep up anymore although I did follow some projects that some people were working on. Yet once again, I want to keep this post on the positive side, so I will stop at that. I would also want to save the drama-related news for future updates.

Side-Note: I will not be doing tags update for this year since my lack of updates for last year sort of said a lot that they barely moved.

*Images Credit: from the Facebook pages of Calvin Chen, Joanne Tseng, Ehlo Huang, Leon Jay Wiliams

In Time for the Lunar New Year: QiaoRu Got Married!

(image credit: Joanne Tseng’s Facebook page)

Oh, happy day! No jokes! This is not a drill! QiaoRu got married! This came out as a surprise for me too since I was just scrolling down my Facebook page out of boredom. Then I saw Qiao Qiao’s post.

Translation:

We got married! ❤️

We’ve known each other for so long. Mr. Chen has witnessed me from a little girl turning into a woman, and continues to accompany me with much tolerance.

From this day on, I am Ms. Tseng and also Mrs. Chen. 🙂

People who love us are numerous, thank you for everyone’s caring and blessing. We will work together in the upcoming days, and will help each other to continue to grow.

A new page has opened up in our lives, please give us lots of advice. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

Joanne Tseng

I thought she was putting us on. Seriously, even after I read the message. I just thought they finally worked on a drama together. Yet a quick stalking of Weibo confirmed the news and also because Aaron posted his congratulations to both parties.

Translation:

Yu Tang, congrats!

Wishing you a lifetime full of happiness.

Chen Yi Ru, congrats!

Wishing you a lifetime of success.

We’ve been together in each other’s lives and grew up together. Having encountered such fate isn’t easy.

Thank you both.

Aaron Yan

I ended up checking Calvin’s page also and indeed, he had posted up a message of his own as well–with the same picture shared.

Translation:

Life has entered a new phase. Unplanned, but every one of us has our own pace, right? We’re married! In the new year of 2020, our responsibilities will be heavier. Thank you to our families and friends who have accompanied us. This road has been full of laughter and tears. Thank you for everyone’s concerns. Thank you for everyone’s blessings. For the new year, wishing everyone a progressive growth of goodness. Happy New Year! Most importantly, a year full of health!

Calvin Chen

Different articles could be found on the UDN site. (Go here for more.) One of the articles mentioned that Jiro had also sent his blessings for Calvin and Qiao Qiao. Esther from Qiao Qiao’s band Sweety had also congratulated her. Other friends and those within the industry had also sent their good blessings as well.

Anyway, how do I feel? So excited! I couldn’t be happier! Life has been tough lately SO this is one of the sunshine moments that I could use. Having followed them since their failed collaboration and then finally a successful collaboration, I’m beyond happy to learn of the news. Congrats to them and wish them all the happiness in the world!

Rainbow Tears by Sweety

(Credit: ForwardMusic 豐華唱片)

Song Title: Rainbow Tears (彩虹眼淚)

Music by: Chen Xi (陳熙)

Lyrics by: Chen Xi and Chen Tian You (陳熙, 陳天祐)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Navy Blue = Pin Yin
Orange-ish = English
Red-Violet = Vietnamese

他總是不了解
ta zong shi bu liao jie
He never seemed to understand
Anh ta giống như chưa từng hiểu qua
我那些假裝的無所謂
wo na xie jia zhuang de wu suo wei
That I feigned indifference
Rằng tôi đã giả vờ như mình không sao cả
關於那些是是非非
guan yu na xie shi shi fei fei
Regarding those rights and wrongs
Về những chuyện thị phi đó
愛的疲憊 又有誰能陪
ai de pi bei   you you shui neng pei
The exhaustion of love, who could once again accompany me?
Sự mệt mỏi của tình yêu, còn ai có thể đi cùng tôi?

我總不夠堅決
wo zong bu gou jian jue
I never possessed enough determination
Tôi chưa bao giờ đủ sự kiên quyết
才會在愛裡面繞圈圈
cai hui zai ai li mian rao quan quan
Hence being trapped when in a relationship
Nên mới bị trói buộc trên đường tình
我學得會 口是心非不要流淚
wo xue de hui   kou shi xin fei bu yao liu lei
I learned to not to say what was in the my heart, and not to cry
Tôi đã học được cách miệng nói không như lòng nghĩ, và không nên khóc lóc

天上的眼淚 他好像懂我的心碎
tian shang de yan lei   ta hao xiang dong wo de xin sui
Heaven’s tears, it seemed like it understood my broken heart
Giột lệ của trời cao giống như đang hiểu được nỗi đau của tôi
懂得輕輕給我一些安慰
dong de qing qing gei wo yi xie an wei
Understanding and gently giving me a little bit of comfort
Hiểu được và nhẹ nhàng cho tôi một chút an ủi
我們應該要了解
wo men ying gai yao liao jie
We should have understood
Đáng lẽ chúng ta nên hiểu rõ
傷了心有種愛的美
shang le xin you zhong ai de mei
The heart that has been injured contains a beautiful kind of love
Trái tim từng đau khổ cũng có chút vẻ đẹp của tình yêu

天上的彩虹 總出現在天晴雨過
tian shang de cai hong   zong chu xian zai qing yu guo
Heaven’s rainbow has finally appeared on the clear sky after the rain
Cầu vòng rốt cuộc cũng xuất hiện trên bầu trời trong sáng sau cơn mưa
我己經懂得輕輕的放手
wo ji jing dong de qing qing de fang shou
I finally understood and gently let go
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng hiểu được để mà từ từ buông tay
就算我覺得難過
jiu suan wo jue de nan guo
Regardless if I was sad
Cho dù tôi có đau khổ cỡ nào
你會在我身邊守候
ni hui zai wo shen bian shou hou
You would be by my side, watching over me
Anh sẽ ở bên cạnh tôi để mà trông coi
陪我一起去看彩虹
pei wo yi qi qu kan cai hong
Accompanying me to go see the rainbow
Cùng nhau đi coi cầu vồng

(music)

你總是不自覺
ni zong shi bu zi jue
You never seemed to be conscientious
Anh giống chưa từng biết qua việc tỉ mỉ
才會在愛裡面繞圈圈
cai hui zai ai li mian rao quan quan
Hence being trapped when in a relationship
Nên mới bị trói buộc trên đường tình
讓他去飛 留過淚水才能學會
rang ta qu fei   liu guo lei shui cai neng xue hui
Just let him go, having to cry would allow myself to learn
Cứ để cho anh ta đi, có khóc qua mới biết tự học khôn

天上的眼淚 他好像懂我的心碎
tian shang de yan lei   ta hao xiang dong wo de xin sui
Heaven’s tears, it seemed like it understood my broken heart
Giột lệ của trời cao giống như đang hiểu được nỗi đau của tôi
懂得輕輕給我一些安慰
dong de qing qing gei wo yi xie an wei
Understanding and gently giving me a little bit of comfort
Hiểu được và nhẹ nhàng cho tôi một chút an ủi
我們應該要了解
wo men ying gai yao liao jie
We should have understood
Đáng lẽ chúng ta nên hiểu rõ
傷了心有種愛的美
shang le xin you zhong ai de mei
The heart that has been injured contains a beautiful kind of love
Trái tim từng đau khổ cũng có chút vẻ đẹp của tình yêu

天上的彩虹 總出現在天晴雨過
tian shang de cai hong   zong chu xian zai qing yu guo
Heaven’s rainbow has finally appeared on the clear sky after the rain
Cầu vòng rốt cuộc cũng xuất hiện trên bầu trời trong sáng sau cơn mưa
我己經懂得輕輕的放手
wo ji jing dong de qing qing de fang shou
I finally understood and gently let go
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng hiểu được để mà từ từ buông tay
就算我覺得難過
jiu suan wo jue de nan guo
Regardless if I was sad
Cho dù tôi có đau khổ cỡ nào
你會在我身邊守候
ni hui zai wo shen bian shou hou
You would be by my side, watching over me
Anh sẽ ở bên cạnh tôi để mà trông coi
陪我一起去看彩虹
pei wo yi qi qu kan cai hong
Accompanying me to go see the rainbow
Cùng nhau đi coi cầu vồng

擦乾了成長的淚水
ca gan le cheng zhang de lei shui
Wiping away that thread of tears
Gạt đi dòng lệ tuôn trào
搭上了幸福的地鐵
da shang le xing fu de di tie
Stepping on to the train of happiness
Bước lên chuyến tàu hạnh phúc
遠方有個聲音
yuan fang you ge sheng yin
Faraway, there’s a voice
Nơi xa xôi có một thanh âm
那一定會是你
na yi ding hui shi ni
That must be you
Đó nhứt định là anh

(music)

天上的眼淚 他好像懂我的心碎
tian shang de yan lei   ta hao xiang dong wo de xin sui
Heaven’s tears, it seemed like it understood my broken heart
Giột lệ của trời cao giống như đang hiểu được nỗi đau của tôi
懂得輕輕給我一些安慰
dong de qing qing gei wo yi xie an wei
Understanding and gently giving me a little bit of comfort
Hiểu được và nhẹ nhàng cho tôi một chút an ủi
我們應該要了解
wo men ying gai yao liao jie
We should have understood
Đáng lẽ chúng ta nên hiểu rõ
傷了心有種愛的美
shang le xin you zhong ai de mei
The heart that has been injured contains a beautiful kind of love
Trái tim từng đau khổ cũng có chút vẻ đẹp của tình yêu

天上的彩虹 總出現在天晴雨過
tian shang de cai hong   zong chu xian zai qing yu guo
Heaven’s rainbow has finally appeared on the clear sky after the rain
Cầu vòng rốt cuộc cũng xuất hiện trên bầu trời trong sáng sau cơn mưa
我己經懂得輕輕的放手
wo ji jing dong de qing qing de fang shou
I finally understood and gently let go
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng hiểu được để mà từ từ buông tay
就算我覺得難過
jiu suan wo jue de nan guo
Regardless if I was sad
Cho dù tôi có đau khổ cỡ nào
你會在我身邊守候
ni hui zai wo shen bian shou hou
You would be by my side, watching over me
Anh sẽ ở bên cạnh tôi để mà trông coi
陪我一起去看彩虹
pei wo yi qi qu kan cai hong
Accompanying me to go see the rainbow
Cùng nhau đi coi cầu vồng

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Nylon and Lene's Wedding

This was the end of last year, but once again, I’m a slowpoke for updating and all.

The beautiful bride and her bridesmaids.

The groom and his best men.

Of course there were other friends whom attended the wedding and even performed for the couple.

Of course, Nylon didn’t pass up the chance of serenading his wife.

Chen Yi caused quite a stir on his page because he posted a picture of him and Mandy as well as another picture with Qiao Qiao. (Fans were fighting, lol.)

Anyway, congrats to Nylon and Lene!

*All images were from Nylon, Lene, and Chen Yi’s Facebook pages.