Denny Tang Feng, Novia Lin, Rookies' Diary, Taiwanese Entertainment, Zhang Xin Yu, Zhao Jun Ya

Rookies’ Diary: Couples

As the title indicated, I want to focus on the couples in the drama for this post. I think what made this drama good for me was having romance BUT did not focus only on one or two couples yet extended to include stories involving all couples–whether major or minor, making it even more realistic. Not to mention how it didn’t just focus on the ‘love’ part and astray from the whole military theme. The romance was only a part of it, and that was enough for me.

The following will include all possible couples from parts 1 and 2–though I won’t include the really far-fetched ones:

Sun An Bang (Yao Yuan Hao) and  Qiu Jing Wen (Novia Lin). Are they cute or what? Well, in their own way. I liked how it appeared that he was the strong one and she was the weakling YET they (the scriptwriters) extended that whole thing with making her being the only one that could tease him and how he would go clueless when he was around her. Well, somewhat at first. That was interesting since he seemed so tough the majority of the drama. It was different to show that he reacted differently around her. Then there was the whole thing with her not being able to tell directions at times, which restored their balance since she had a mix of this and that within her. Not too one dimensional or cliche either. They seriously complimented each other quite well with their own talents/abilities and/or personalities.

Sun An Bang (Yao Yuan Hao) and Jin Bi Ying (Debbie Huang). The reason why this pairing wouldn’t work was too obvious. Not because I support the other pairing since Jing Wen appeared later on, etc. But it was more like he couldn’t really relax around Bi Ying, and even though she did show her support toward him but he was just too serious around her. Treating her like a friend was already a push for him because he would often refer to her–or at least seemed to act that way around her–with her ranks and much respect in regard to that. Not to mention how they couldn’t communicate too well at times, like her jokes were lost on him, lol.

Yang Hai Sheng (Fu Zi Chun) and Zheng Yu Ting (Ye Jia Yu). A mixture of cuteness and cleverness, lol. Their banter was quite addicting to watch. They seriously were somewhat of a cliche couple with her liking him since little and him being somewhat of a player and all. But it wasn’t unrealistic or too dramatic so it was a nice touch. Their constant challenge–whether known or unknown by both parties–were too hilarious. What made the whole thing even more addicting to watch was not making one or the other too weak. She was seriously too cute but wasn’t clueless about things. Though at times she faked innocence to lure him into her traps but it was quite graceful how she did it. She did go overboard that one time but it somewhat made him realize about his past behaviors and the funniest thing was using his morbid mode to deceive her (with Da Tong’s help). YET when she found out, it was all over again with the competition, LOL! Anyway, they were on the same level but their story differed from the other couples’ hence making it unique for the overall drama.

Lin Bo Wen (Derek Chen) and Tian Xin (Kelly Pai). A somewhat lost cause for them already but maybe they could start anew in the future? Considering how Bo Wen had seriously thought things over, wanting to do more with his life than just focusing on love? Maybe after some time apart and pursuing their own path, they could one day reunite?

Yu Shan Ren (Ah Pang) and Wang Sheng Nan (Liu Xiang Ci). Okay, from past posts, it’s obvious that I’m shipping for this pairing more than the other. And again, it was mostly due to the fact that the scriptwriters had teased us so much at the beginning with their possible pairing. AND oh hey, they did have chemistry. There were hilarious scenes as well as scenes where he was quite considerate toward her. I honestly thought they complemented each other better since they were on opposite sides. He was more relaxed at times and was quite supportive of her when she wanted to conquer her fear or other times where he cheered her up. She could get quite worked up with his perverted behaviors at times or when he was goofing off too much, but it was still funny and enjoyable. And maybe I’m just too stubborn. But maybe it was better they didn’t end up together because of the lapse between their ranks. Well, like he would care so much, but who knows what happens in the future? Off-screen though, I thought they had a lot of chemistry as well. Maybe because they worked together hosting on that one show so they understood many of the subtle signals at times. (I’m talking about their signals during one of the concerts.)

Luo Gang (Tang Feng) and Wang Sheng Nan (Liu Xiang Ci). They matched wit-per-wit already, not backing down regardless of how much they cared for one another. I have mixed feelings for them at times. It’s not only because of the reasons mentioned above (aka shipping for Shan Ren and Sheng Nan) more but it had to do with the clashes in their personalities. But was glad that they ended up together anyway, considering how they really cared for one another. (AND it would be a shame if she had to settle.)

Cai Hao Zhi (Hao Zi) and Liu Su Qing (Becky Chang). Not really my favorite couple. Though I no longer blame her for her schemes at the beginning. Maybe because the show already ended so I don’t really care anymore. But their story wasn’t as appealing to me. Okay, so they had their fair share of moments too with him being jealous and finally realizing he did care for her. Yet I guess I wasn’t into the formula for their story. I admit their story indeed was quite different from the others too since she was quite daring, fighting for her love. Yet I wasn’t as into it.

Cai Hao Zhi (Hao Zi) and Ye Xiao Yan (Achel Chang). It was only a little scheme with Hao Zhi trying to get Su Qing jealous but I thought they were quite cute together too, acting so close and all. LOL! It sparked some jealousy from Wu Yong as well. And it was really a riot. One of those classic moments.

Qiu Yu Shun (Ah Xiang) and Ye Xiao Yan (Achel Chang). At first, I thought they were really cute together and would make it to the end–with the possibility that Da Tong would approve more. Like those typical formula with earning the older brother’s trust. Yet it wasn’t so since You Shun’s one wrong decision tore them apart. The others understood his situation and Xiao Yan understood too later on. Yet the trust was already gone and perhaps call it that they didn’t pass the test. NOT that I don’t like them because I was really into them at first too hence I was really torn between him and Wu Yong later on–as to who she should end up with. I guess the plot development did make sense so I can’t complain about that.

Wang Wei (Zhao Jun Ya) and Yan Xiao Rou (Tang Zhen). Okay, did I say the others were cute? I think I overused it already. But I don’t know. It’s hard not to use it on these two. I think out of all the pairings, they had the least screen time together yet the point wasn’t miss. They were mad cute all right. She was somewhat a klutz and perhaps a tad on the naive side? YET it wasn’t too fake either. It was enough. He was sort of protective of her at times and was really patient with her, especially trying to help her gain confidence during the haircut incident. Then there was also the whole thing with shielding her from Shan Ren’s teasing words, lol. Their other scenes were equally addicting to watch, especially the scene where he was tending to her hand–because she cut herself. (DARN, clumsy girl all right.) But he was really attentive and dropped his books right away to go and take care of her. Aww… What was kind of funny was how he asked her out later but didn’t know the difference between a typical dinner and a date? OR was that it? I had somewhat forgot already. Need to watch again later. But it was really cute seeing the role reversal with her being the one ‘knowing it’ while he was somewhat clueless. He was so boyish at that point and she somewhat became the experienced one.

Wu Yong (Xia Zheng Feng) and Ye Xiao Yan (Achel Chang). OMG, I didn’t see it coming since though it seemed like they were the odd bickering couple but I thought it was just him liking to tease her. Like sometimes it happens with the older bro’s friend. YET it showed some possibilities when the guys saw her at the pool swimming and they had the challenge. They were honestly too cute later on though. Not that they weren’t at first. Their story was really well developed–with how it wasn’t really trying to convince. Maybe because it was the lapse in the story at times so it wasn’t forcing us into acknowledging them but more like it fitted in perfectly with other events of the story. (Just like most of the relationships in here.) The transition with their story and how their feelings changed toward one another–mostly for the better–was really nice. Like I said already, not forced at all. It was just how it happened with her and You Shun, and she needed time to cool down before she would realize of Wu Yong’s existence. Okay, she knew he was around BUT he was still her brother’s annoying friend. But her views changed toward him later. It was slowly as well. They (the scriptwriters) had him liking her and realizing her considerate side first, and then moving on to develop her side of the story. The result? Tying it together at last. Quite suitable.

So, what about favorite couples? Well, I’ll be lying if I say I don’t have a particular favorite and all couples contributed to the story. True that they all did. But my favorites were actually a toss between Hai Sheng and Yu Ting, Wang Wei and Xiao Rou, and finally Wu Yong and Xiao Yan. What about the others? Um…it either didn’t happen or I felt kind of robbed, LOL! I did get over it already, especially An Bang and Jing Wen AND Shan Ren and Sheng Nan, but that did not mean I would let it go completely. What about least favorite? Hao Zhi and Su Qing, and then Bo Wen and Tian Xin. It would be too unrealistic if I say I liked those two couples as well. Hao Zhi and Su Qing were too silly for me at times. Then there was the whole poor timing toward the end with putting in their get together. (Yeah, the part where Luo Gang was still moping in the hospital and all. Though I’m being somewhat unfair because they did have the get together with the other guys at Wu Yong’s place too BUT that seemed less random? I don’t know.) Regarding Bo Wen and Tian Xin, again, NOT about blaming her but I found them kind of too boring, lol. NOT their characters, just their story together, etc. Kind of cliche and somewhat too dramatic.

Okay, so I’m not going to include part 2 anymore because honestly, it focused on the operations most of the time. Though there were obvious signs of some people pursuing others YET they had no wrap-up? OR had no time? So I’ll skip that for now. Maybe I’ll come back later. We’ll see. Possibly I need a second watch to discuss more.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, but what made me love the whole formula of this drama was seeing how they didn’t force a new pairing into the picture when they entered part 2–even though some of the characters’ significant others weren’t around anymore. Like how they did mention Hai Sheng and Yu Ting and also Wu Yong and Xiao Yan. It was an ongoing story and it made sense that those characters didn’t appear in part 2. But it did not mean they needed to break Wu Yong and Xiao Yan up and made him pair up with one of the new characters. The consistency made it even more realistic and lovable. Like one person not being around did mean he/she had to be replaced. Xiao Yan wasn’t around but it did not mean she ceased to exist just because the focus was no longer on the base (and other characters there). I will admit I was scared they would pair Wu Yong up with one of the new characters as well. Though I have no problems with the additional female characters in part 2, but I was against the idea of establishing a new relationship just like that. I meant it wouldn’t make sense that it took Wu Yong and Xiao Yan so much to get together and then break up just because? YEAH, so I was glad no one pulled that trick in part 2. (BEAT THAT TVB! YES, childish, but I had to put that in.)

And that wraps up the discussion for this time. What’s the topic for the next time? Favorite characters?

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Denny Tang Feng, Jacky Chu, Rookies' Diary, Taiwanese Entertainment, Zhang Xin Yu, Zhao Jun Ya

Rookies’ Diary: Episode 32

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

So after some more talk between An Bang and Bi Ying, we were brought back to F4 and Hai Sheng carrying out their punishments.

Tian Bin was right. Why in the world would Shan Ren punish them when everyone already knew that he liked Sheng Nan? I guess he has to find a way to maintain the laws around there? (Or getting back at them would be so satisfying–even if temporarily?) Agreed with Hai Sheng though, what did that get to do with him? They were the ones who were laughing, NOT Hai Sheng. NOT really. I meant he was signaling for them to stop even – yet Shan Ren took it out on him as well.

Eh…I thought they were phasing out on the shooting of the film Tian Xin was participating in to focus on other parts and they would be done already but they’re still filming? Okay…

What in the world were they doing now? Not scared that they’ll be punished with more cleaning tasks? Oh, spying on the filming crew. LOL! Hai Sheng’s pose. Will he actually do it though? Ooohhh…they used the uniforms in the storage room. No wonder I was puzzled when they show the previews in the earlier episode. Anyway, Hai Sheng and Wu Yong do look convincing all right. Why not with Da Tong? After seeing Da Tong messed up so many times during the practice and training, it was very hard to take him seriously, LOL! So funny! LOL! Can’t stop laughing. This was getting to be too much fun that Wu Yong almost laughed. Well, he tried to resist. Wu Tian Liang almost ruined it for them. Lucky Wu Yong shooed him away in time. They did a high five, LOL! Shan Ren saw them but he was still watching? LOL!

BUSTED! Hai Sheng wanted to run first and Da Tong followed BUT too bad wasn’t successful. Da Tong wanted to sneak away again while Hai Sheng and Wu Yong were being scolded? YEAH RIGHT! FAILED AGAIN! So funny that Shan Ren was saluting to Hai Sheng and Da Tong since their ranks were higher than him (according to the outfits). Da Tong dared to say that Tian Bin tattle-tell on them? Nope. Shan Ren witnessed it with his own eyes, LOL! Who does Da Tong think Tian Bin is? Would he betray them?

And they were forced to participate in this one fun game. NOT really, but hard to say no. But it was better than encountering other officials and being punished by them, right? It would be ten times worse so they should consider themselves lucky that they were found out by Shan Ren. And Hai Sheng said ‘Tian Bin’, not ‘tian bin’, BUT I guess Shan Ren could say whatever he wants. LOL! OMG! They totally played Shan Ren on that one! It got Shan Ren going for a while too. NICE! And he was at it again even the second time around! It was hard not to catch on! LOL! Okay, since they had so much fun, Shan Ren switched the game. Hope they enjoy this one more. NOT!

Oooh…he dared to make Bo Wen feel guilty about the whole thing. Lucky Bo Wen wasn’t like his past self anymore. I meant wouldn’t want him to turn all mean, but at least not be in the morbid mode and let others stomp on him. He sure told the other guy, even upon learning that his friends were in trouble. Hai Sheng almost lost it again, lucky the others hold him back. Yet I think it would be better to let Bo Wen stand up for himself. He needs to learn to take care of himself, not getting pushed around by others as easily or kept having Hai Sheng baby him. NOT saying that he isn’t man enough, but Hai Sheng should let him handle the situation this time. Though there’s no doubt Hai Sheng could stand up for his buddy any time. Oh, Tian Xin even wanted to protect Bo Wen? NOT that it would mean anything, but luckily she doesn’t side with others or believe in the other guys to get all pissed off at Bo Wen. I guess we’ve been seeing things from Bo Wen’s point of view in the past (like I said before) so it was hard to see what kind of person she was. Now, it seems she’s pretty cool. Regardless of what would or wouldn’t be with her and Bo Wen, she still stands up for him because she, of course, understands him more than some other guy who just came into the picture. Great that Bo Wen sort of clarified the matters though, not just letting Tian Xin get mad at the other dude. It wasn’t like he was taking advantage of the situation to his benefit (sort of but not in that way). He finally realized what kind of things she and the other crew members go through – and more. And Hai Sheng spying on them by the window, LOL!

Luo Gang finally got a hold of one of his gang and learned of his father’s disappearance. DARN! Shan Ren was hurting for him since Luo Gang hit his hand on the phone? LOL!

And Neng Zhi was asking about Shan Ren. So funny how Shan Ren was suspicious of him and his reply was just hilarious. It got Shan Ren speechless…for a while. That was funny that everyone knew about the dramas between the three of them (aka the Shan Ren-Sheng Nan-Luo Gang triangle). So much for a secret, eh? And what? Luo Gang was spying on them instead of going to sleep like he was supposed to? And Luo Gang had to reconsider lots of things that night. Hmm….what to do now?

Another secret meeting at the peak of the night. That means he made his decision in letting go? Hmm… Yup, definitely letting go. Talking about your past catching up to you no matter how far you go – or trying to go. And Bi Ying is seriously too nosy. (Yes, I know, she’s worried and/or concerned but yeah…) Bi Ying’s suggestion, NICE….YEAH RIGHT…

WOW! Someone getting ready already though the date is supposed to be at night AND it was only morning. YET Shan Ren soon told Wang Wei off, telling him (Wang Wei) that he didn’t know any better. LOL! (AND OMG, I miss Wang Wei sooo much!) Hai Sheng sure was fast in spying on Shan Ren! Can’t blame him. It was almost like those once in a lifetime thing. Man, he sure was forgiving today. Wonder how he would react if he learned Sheng Nan would turn him down? Or like cancel the meeting in the end? Hmm… Wang Wei and the other dude! LOL!

Eh…the guys were chipping in all they could to help make this date a perfect one for Shan Ren? Aww…they were all heart! Even Bo Wen was giving him the ‘thumbs-up’ sign. AND oh yeah, what did Sheng Nan say about ‘not letting others know’, huh? I guess it was hard to not let words get around. He turned down the face-mask idea? LOL! Wu Yong and Da Tong trying to convince him otherwise, LOL! OY! This was getting harder to resist! Come on now! They were too much with their suggestions. Lucky Hai Sheng shot down the glasses idea or Shan Ren would end up blind during the date, LOL! And they thought they would score points with him? He still remembered about the time limit, LOL! Too bad! So funny that Shan Ren stopped Bo Wen to ask about the face mask thing though he claimed that it was unmanly earlier? LOL! Aww…Luo Gang’s expression…but Shan Ren had no idea. He didn’t realize it was that extreme. But of course, they would soon find out. (Not to mention he thought Luo Gang was taunting him again.)

What? They were getting too overboard here. Too comfortable. What if the other officials found out? Yup, someone came in. They were soooo dead! Better hope it’s either Shan Ren or Wang Wei. Or heads are going to be rolled. Yup, it’s Shan Ren, lol. Found a hiding place BUT they will soon be exposed if they don’t stop laughing. Oh…that was a good one! Darn! That sucks! Shan Ren found out he just ate the whole bag of the spilled contents! OY! YUP, they were dead for real since he couldn’t spit it out anymore.

Rare scene since usually would gather around to discuss crucial matters. So funny that Ding Hao wasn’t convinced of Shan Ren’s words. Of course, the open secret, LOL! I sort of agreed with Shan Ren’s words regarding how it sounded like Ding Hao was saying goodbye to them all, etc. Exaggerating or not, it sounded like it. And I think it’s once of those classic moments for this drama when Ding Hao announced that it was time for him and An Bang to go – and then he picked up his hat and straightened it. The song ‘Cai Hong’ was playing in the background. In a way, it’s full circle since Shi Jun’s father went through the same thing for Ding Hao in the past and now it was Ding Hao’s turn to help An Bang. Though unsure of the outcome yet they wouldn’t back down.

Another powerful song. And Hai Sheng and Wu Yong chatted while Luo Gang followed Sheng Nan out? LOL! Well, Shan Ren scolded them yet still answered to their concerns, LOL! Shan Ren whispering to Neng Zhi about something. Was that the plan that Bi Ying mentioned earlier? Possible.

More confrontation. Was it even time? But I guess she couldn’t resist. It was killing her inside. Sort of, kind of. Though it was supposedly a serious and somewhat sad moment YET I couldn’t help laughing when she used her rank on him and he answered with an equally clever answer regarding the ‘confidential’ matter.

Previews…they’re putting the show on! So funny with Shan Ren’s pretense! Yet I think it’s his best act so far since the past ones were so exaggerated. But of course, since he was super serious this time in helping Ding Hao and An Bang. And why was Jia Cheng lurking in the back? Was he going to sabotage them? HOPE NOT OR ELSE!
So this was the new year episode. Nice.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Denny Tang Feng, Novia Lin, Rookies' Diary, Taiwanese Entertainment, Zhang Xin Yu, Zhao Jun Ya

Rookies’ Diary: Episode 27

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

Kind of cheating on repeating some scenes. But I guess it was trying to build up to the climax once again.

So while the others were searching desperately for him, he was going through flashbacks and thinking how he couldn’t go on anymore.

And the incidental scene we saw in the previews. For a person who wants to die, he sure is strong. YES, he was persistent with wanting to die but honestly. Lucky An Bang was persistent and quite strong as well to maintain his grip that long. Since Bo Wen was wiggling like crazy before, wanting An Bang to let go. Um…instead of yelling for An Bang not to let go, why don’t the rest of the population go find some other alternatives? Not standing around and yell. Oy, hectic all right. Darn, Luo Gang and Hai Sheng came on time BUT not really since it was kind of too late. The drop! I swear, I thought they were just trying to make it hectic and then somehow the other two or someone would eventually come and help everyone up. Yet the fall occurred. And before things revealed, I had a feeling An Bang was the one who had his head bang. Darn! And I guess his sacrifice wasn’t all vain since Bo Wen finally realized how many people were worried for him. Oh yeah, now even Jing Wen know that An Bang and Luo Gang are related. (And the information was passed onto Bi Ying. This secret was starting to get out of hand…though it wasn’t exactly a secret.)

PHEW, he’s all right. Of course he can’t die ’cause he’s the main guy. BUT I thought they would intensify the whole situation and make it like the other soaps where everyone would cry ever so dramatically, etc. And was he right-handed or left-handed? I guess it doesn’t matter anymore since he has no choice but to use his left hand in this situation.

Bo Wen looked like he was serious about it–and won’t repeat such a foolish thing again. Hope so. He looked like he thought it through. Well, who could repeat it after knowing everyone was so worried? And not to mention how An Bang was almost gone trying to save him. It was strange hearing An Bang confessed that he has been through lost love in the past before. Just strange. ‘Cause we’ve been seeing him as the tough, serious pai zhang the whole time.

So Hao Zhi managed to get a hold of You Shun and convinced him that they were worried for his father’s well being, etc. I guess after Bo Wen’s attempted suicide, it didn’t matter anymore regarding the other event. Or was it just Hao Zhi’s nature to worry for You Shun? Either way, I knew it would get resolved. They were friends after all.

So Hao Zhi’s on a mission to beg Xiao Yan to make a trip to You Shun’s house to check on matters. Oy, she’s still mad. She has every reason to since she was lied to in the past. Hao Zhi was all heart, coming up with every reason possible to cover for You Shun. (And I guess it’s true to some extent or Hao Zhi has too much faith in You Shun. YET I got deceived again, thinking there might be something to look forward to with her and Wu Yong…oy…) Xiao Yan was considering things over…we’ll see.

Oy, more dramas. I said in the past already, won’t comment on the political parts anymore. So just hope it will pass soon ’cause I want it to focus on the soldiers more. But will say one thing: Poor Ding Hao.

What in the world are they doing? Ohhh…they were actually playing out the scene according to directions (sort of). But they were way too over to be convincing. They argued in front of Ding Hao? Brave all right. Ding Hao’s always so forgiving though. Oh…Shan Ren and Wang Wei get to play the scene instead? LOL! GREAT! But before we get to see Shan Ren and Wang Wei’s performance, others were carrying on side conversations. Lai Hu was trying to reassure Luo Gang about An Bang’s well being while Shi Jun was explaining to Hai Sheng about Ding Hao’s intention in letting others played out the scene.

And I thought Da Tong was WAY over. Look at Shan Ren. Exaggerating much? Anyway, they were bringing up possible problems the soldiers could be going through with Shan Ren’s words while Wang Wei was informing them about all the help they could get–without having to go through the problems alone or even think of ending their lives. Despite the bizarre way of presenting the problems and resolving them, Shan Ren and Wang Wei were so funny at the end, especially with how Shan Ren was saying he didn’t want to commit suicide anymore and Wang Wei hugged him and patted his head, muttering, “Good, good.” (Sort of like soothing a child! LOL!)

So news traveled back that both parties were all right. (Actually, Sheng Nan reported it to Ding Hao and Ding Hao told the others.) That was funny that Wu Yong was making the comment about Mo Gui Pai Zhang and the others were chiming in. YET not funny that Xiao De Ji and his gang were saying those stuff. That was cruel. Lucky Ding Hao directed the conversation back to the relevant topic. After some more instructions, they were left to ponder matters for themselves. (Eh…they kept teasing us with the tune–like I said before. When in the world are they going to play the song? Don’t mind me, I’m just impatient.)

So one of the fastest ways to get noticed or get some attention was to commit suicide–and then failed. JUST KIDDING! I know it wasn’t funny but now everyone know him. Well, they were following the directions and wanted to show their care for Bo Wen so he would realize how many people worry for him to not repeat such. Hope some parties wouldn’t ruin it for them. Well, even if they would, he wouldn’t consider suicide anymore since after what An Bang went through for him. And I thought Xiao De Ji would sabotage them first but Tian Bin had to get all curious about it! Darn! Serves him right for getting hit by both Hai Sheng and Wu Yong. What in the world was he thinking? Though he didn’t mean it.

And it was just the two of them again, talking over matters. Bo Wen definitely scared the world out of Hai Sheng all right. (That song about friendship was playing in the background. It was also in the soundtrack. Suitable for such a situation.) Good thing that they got it all sort out now.

No wonder they wanted to see the show. Xiao De Ji had to carry out his sentence so the guys got a chance for revenge. And they missed? Tian Bin’s suggestion, great idea! LOL! Too bad it hit Shan Ren! They were so dead! That was messed up though! The other three pointed to Lai Hu? LOL! Poor him BUT it wasn’t all wrong. Can’t believe it. So much for good brothers. Yup, Shan Ren’s not dumb. Of course, he could figure out that it wasn’t just Lai Hu. The result?

Yup, they were punished for not admitting their wrongs. Too bad that Xiao De Ji get to laugh at them. Oy…the price they pay for taking on a little revenge. Be more careful next time? Maybe…

Moving on after a round of dramas. They were learning new things again, of course. Lai Hu was the first to get scolded this time. Must admit he’s a genius though. Thinking he could jump down with fewer risks, LOL! OMG! It got better since Lai Hu asked Shan Ren for help but he doesn’t want to. Then Shan Ren couldn’t get out because his hat couldn’t squeeze through. When he asked Lai Hu for help, Lai Hu gave the same reply! LOL! But then he had to help anyway. That was the difference between being a soldier and a superior. Okay, Shan Ren wasn’t so heartless since he tried to help Lai Hu BUT it was really hard. He was really stuck. Uh…what possessed Lai Hu to take the short cut in the first place? So it’s high but he should’ve done better estimates. Poor Shan Ren, almost died trying to help Lai Hu. Next in line? Da Tong! Oh yeah, Da Tong had the fear of heights! Xiao De Ji was just a chicken. Da Tong ran like mad! But he bumped into Sheng Nan instead. I guess that was worse. But she told him a way to conquer his fear. (Sort of…not too bad…) Seriously, now we see why Xiao De Ji loves picking on others. That way, they couldn’t see his weaknesses. Will Xiao De Ji seriously learn after that lecture? Have to wait and see. Unlikely since it’s just awhile. And Ah Hou’s just so funny. He was freaking Shan Ren out, LOL!

Perhaps a lot of things we’d been seeing were from Bo Wen’s point of view so it seemed like it was hopeless and how she was hiding stuff from him. Yet it wasn’t like she was heartless or anything. It was just Bo Wen’s interpretation. It was good to see how they finally came to terms and how Bo Wen realized there were still many things in this world that he hadn’t seen or done. And how there were many people caring for him. Like he said, his world didn’t only have her, but a lot of others too. A peaceful closure at last.

A celebration should be called for since Bo Wen’s a new person now. At least he finally saw through everything. And Hai Sheng’s once again reassured. Nothing like Hai Sheng’s encouragement, right?

Da Tong wanted to use the whole suicidal incident to their advantage by saying that Hai Sheng was the one who jumped? BUT luckily Hai Sheng turned Da Tong’s idea down. He did not want to use Bo Wen’s situation as a joke. Great for him. Giving him even more points. He could prank someone, but not go to the extreme of using his friend’s situation to benefit himself. He abandoned Da Tong? He had to find out that Da Tong already lied about the person who jumped. Eek! Da Tong deserves that hit. So what if Bo Wen’s okay now? Didn’t have to play that joke on Yu Ting. It’s not funny.

Okay, one of the scenes in the preview. So that was the reason why Hai Sheng trusted her so much to drink it. He thought it was Da Tong making Yu Ting worry hence not wanting her effort to go to waste. Yu Ting, of course, knew Da Tong was lying so she had prepared a little of her own specialty for Hai Sheng. Just to teach him a lesson. Too bad he drank it for real…eek! She did look so pitiful and honest. So of course he fell for it. Aww…that was a nice and slick confession! No one could pull that one off except for Hai Sheng. (And the song played in the background helped. They were so into promoting the soundtrack! LOL!)

And that was it for this episode after the talk between An Bang and Bi Ying.

Guess what? They changed the ending theme for the show, which turned into the first song of the soundtrack! Yay! Cool! Or is it only for this episode to present the MV? I guess we’ll find out in the next episode. Never mind, the ending song is still ‘I Believe’ since the previous was just presenting the MV. They just didn’t show the previews. But we could see some upcoming scenes when they play the ending theme anyway.

BTS. Always love those. And this time, we’re rewarded with seeing how they set up and shoot the attempted suicide scene. Eek! A lot of precautions but still nerve-racking. No stunt doubles? Beat that! And poor Ah Pang, had to endure the pain with the water balloon part. Eek! How many take was that?

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Denny Tang Feng, Novia Lin, Rookies' Diary, Taiwanese Entertainment, Zhang Xin Yu, Zhao Jun Ya

Rookies’ Diary: Episode 26

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

So they were trying their hardest to master the latest routines that they learned. More high blood pressure time for their trainers. Oy…poor those superiors.

So the story unfolded. Shan Ren was telling them about how there was going to be some filming around there. They got all excited but Hai Sheng turned his smile off upon hearing about Tian Xin. Of course, he would since his buddy has been depressed about it for a while now. Yup, he pulled Bo Wen aside to ask about his well being and if he could handle if Tian Xin was coming. Nice response, but we all know he’s just trying to reassure Hai Sheng–and Hai Sheng knew it as well. Oy, hope it’s only this one episode. YET they were playing that tune in the background. Anyone caught it? It’s the song that Zhao Jun Ya sang for this drama. It’s in the OST. Don’t know when they’re going to play the actual song and not just the tune. Maybe waiting to use it for Zhao Jun Ya?

Back to trials. Lai Hu’s so careless. No surprise. Eek, poor Shi Jun. And I knew Xiao De Ji wasn’t going to change anytime soon. He was just looking pitiful so the others wouldn’t kick him out YET. Da Tong dared to use Hai Sheng’s phrases to get back at him? Oy! They were going to be defeated because of him? NOT that it was that big of a deal since it was a matter of performance and practice. But seeing Xiao De Ji’s arrogant face just makes it ten times worse.

Shi Jun’s condition. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious. He’s so hard-working.

Now I know why Shi Jun’s freaked out. His old man sure is tough. YES, some of the things he said made sense and I do understand why he believes things should be more strict. But there are other things to consider as well.

Oohh…the confrontation…and tension building. Oy, the typical drama. The father always worries about the son yet usually scold when he sees the son and not utter some words of caring. Afraid that the son might be too spoiled or rely on the father too much to grow up? Yes, I was right. He was just worried for Shi Jun but it sucks also that he doesn’t have confidence in Shi Jun to pass.

So the monkey show is on. I meant the filming is finally commenced. No Bo Wen. Might be better since it would be even more awkward. Kind of weird though. I meant shooting a drama inside a drama. LOL! What? Those people were asking for signatures? Oh well, they’re guys so whatever. No one could stop them. Not even Shan Ren since he wasn’t around anymore. Well, at least Hai Sheng and Wu Yong weren’t going up to her for signature, right? (To sum it up, their group didn’t go up there or Hai Sheng would kill them.) Well, Xiao De Ji got it good. They sure got a kick out of that. But Shan Ren was lurking around and waiting for the moment to yell at them again. (That was sort of creepy since I thought he was gone.) Man, Chen De Lie sure has eyes that could melt people. ‘Cause the way he was portraying those scenes with Bo Wen looking so sad was just too pitiful. Makes one sympathize for his character. Even the director acknowledges those eyes. (LOL) Hai Sheng’s so funny! (And gotta love him for being so supportive and wanting to help Bo Wen get out of the sticky–AND super awkward–situation.) The director thinks he’s kind of unusual? (Try crazy.) What? Bo Wen accepts? OKAY!

Oh yeah, Luo Gang wasn’t in the group either. It’s hard to believe that An Bang’s a maniac (sort of) with the others yet he’s so patient and gentle toward his brother. And seeing how Luo Gang has the upper-hand at times. (Sort of.)

Nightfall and there were several things going on, some more worrisome than others. You Shun got permission to leave and tend to his father – who has been hospitalized. Then there’s Hai Sheng and Bo Wen’s conversation and how Bo Wen’s trying to reassure Hai Sheng that he would be fine with the shooting the next day.

Hai Sheng and Shi Jun’s late-night talk. Shi Jun sure got Hai Sheng this time. Well, it was an accident. Poor Hai Sheng’s leg. But it wasn’t anything serious–this time. (And Hai Sheng thought it was Shan Ren at first. It would be funnier if he thought it was some ghost, LOL!) A change to see these two talk–aside from the usual only confiding to people within their own groups (the ones they came with, not the recently formed group).

Yay, they were moving on to new things. Two guesses who would add more headaches for the superiors. Poor Bo Wen! I hope Lai Hu doesn’t end up wiping out the rest of his comrades before he succeeds in learning the techniques. Made sense to give Shi Jun a break. Poor Shi Jun, being so hard on himself. (Hey, they were using another song from the soundtrack. Cool!) Da Tong was actually awesome? That was funny! I thought he dropped something or made a mistake. But they were putting him on, LOL! Eh…Tian Bin’s actually not tian bin anymore? (JUST KIDDING…) Well, guess everyone has their weakness. Shan Ren wouldn’t mind giving him a break on that one. (Kind of.) Oh, it wasn’t so hopeless if they couldn’t succeed with the first method since there was another one – with the help of their comrades. Lai Hu’s happy again. And there was also a third method. YAY! Looking hopeful. (Another song from the soundtrack in the background.) Yay! Teamwork and everyone were clapping Lai Hu on…or more like relief before they were all wiped out because of his recklessness? And they were teasing us again with that song by Zhao Jun Ya, only playing the tune. Maybe not time yet? But definitely using the songs at the right time–and great timing for promotion too, LOL!

Wu Yong was sure showing his loyalty toward Bo Wen, still ranting away about the other dude. Yup, day two of filming and even Luo Gang joined in. Well, thanks a lot, Hai Sheng. He said they didn’t have to call Wang Wei out to PK the other dude, but even Shan Ren could beat him (in looks and talents)? LOL! I wonder if that’s a compliment toward Shan Ren or an insult. Geez whiz. Okay, why was Bo Wen going upstairs when the shooting was like right there? And they were setting up their equipment and stuff so it looked more like they were filming since the previous day with one guy carrying the camera was a bit fake. Was Bo Wen going to commit suicide for real? He seriously is looking like it since the part where he was looking at their room and was thinking. And then there was the whole lurking in the distance and spying on Tian Xin and the other dude. AND going upstairs sure looks super suspicious.

YUP! He’s up there. The suspense is killing me! Gah!

And they’re sending a search party out for him, which also marked the end of the episode.

Previews…oh shoot, they shot the water balloon at Shan Ren? Accident but still. They dodged but wonder if Shan Ren saw them. Two guesses. Eh…more troubles for An Bang… Yu Ting’s payback time? Hai Sheng actually drank it. Well, almost. Yup, Bo Wen jumped but lucky An Bang went with his instinct and got there on time. Or it seems like it since he managed to catch Bo Wen’s hand. Hope the others come on time to help. Or An Bang could pull him up.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Denny Tang Feng, Novia Lin, Rookies' Diary, Taiwanese Entertainment, Zhang Xin Yu, Zhao Jun Ya

Rookies’ Diary: Episode 25

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

They were finally learning the techniques to pass the wires. Eek! Looks dangerous and tricky. Look at those sharp things.

And Shan Ren get to show off for everyone! NOT really, demonstrate, lol. We already seen Sheng Nan and Luo Gang going through the trials because Sheng Nan was trying to make a point. Now we get to see how the others would deal with it, LOL! Wu Yong got yelled at! LOL! He thought he could receive special privileges? LOL! And Xiao De Ji’s method: STUPID. Yes, he could see while he slides but so what? It’s not going to be useful if we think about it realistically with encountering those wires somewhere else, not safely behind their base. Hahahaha…Shan Ren creamed him! Da Tong’s turn, LOL! His neck’s crooked so he can’t do it? OKAY! Lai Hu’s turn though. OMG! That was uncalled for! But could happen. Hai Sheng and Luo Gang were competing again. Funny! LOL! An Bang’s a proud brother! On the other hand, why was Shan Ren studying An Bang so intently? And Sheng Nan was experiencing flashbacks. Tian Bin and Bo Han were having tea? LOL! Shan Ren was back to attacking Mo Gui Pai Zhang? LOL!

Hai Sheng and Da Tong did not know what they were getting themselves into. They thought they were still pulling the schemes on Yu Ting but they had no idea she already found out. OMG! Yu Ting seriously match Hai Sheng wit per wit. They were in for good this time. Da Tong’s pushing it! He’s going to be sooo dead! LOL! Ohhhh…Da Tong was speaking Cantonese at one point. Got too excited! And Hai Sheng’s so arrogant! He’ll know if he’s awesome tomorrow!

Ooohh…yup! Time to kill You Shun. Not really but he’s history since Da Tong’s on his case now. Dared to use his sister for profit. Well, nothing happened but still… Calling Da Tong ‘Ge’ helps? LOL! NOPE!

And they were at war! LOL! Jia you!

And the beauties were there to support them! LOL!

They managed to take revenge by attacking Xiao De Ji with the ball instead of caring if they win or lose. LOL! Well, it matters if they win since they would get free drinks. Yet revenge is so sweet. Xiao Yan even cheered for Wu Yong! Yay! Cute! Wonder if that would become his inspiration! Too bad…OY! They lost! Sucks! Now the other side could laugh at them. The only reason why they lost so badly was Luo Gang’s change in attitude. Couldn’t blame him…

You Shun trying to patch things up? Too late! She agreed…but…we’ll see.

Lai Hu sure said it. Though they had no idea and didn’t know better, but Lai Hu still has the right to defend his buddy.

What’s the effective way to apologize to Luo Gang? Tian Bin’s dancing and singing! NOPE, Da Tong shushed him. Next? Umm…Da Tong’s ineffective communication techniques, LOL! Hai Sheng was more straight-forward and to the point. And then Da Tong finally got to the point. I guess they just needed someone to start first to break the awkward atmosphere. That was nice, Da Tong dragging Shi Jun out to take the blame. Geez…

And they dared to talk about her Hai Sheng? Someone needs to be taught a lesson. And the exchange between Hai Sheng and Yu Ting…awww…

They were still reading other people’s notes? GREAT! OMG! Hai Sheng was so arrogant. He thought it was Yu Ting’s note? LOL! He had no idea! And when Da Tong discovered the person’s name on the back, it got even more interesting! LOL! They get to laugh at Hai Sheng! What? Wu Xiang Lin? LOL! Hai Sheng’s so slick. His theory is so funny. Probably trying to save face? LOL! Yu Ting didn’t want people to know it’s her so she used some other person’s name? OKAY! But Wu Yong sabotaged him by saying that Wu Xiang Lin usually sneak looks at him SO…it must be true. Da Tong congratulate him? LOL! Da Tong had to go take care of matters regarding his sister so the others followed to interfere, leaving Hai Sheng behind. BUT Wu Yong doubled-back and told Hai Sheng Wu Xiang Lin was watching him from behind? LOL! Priceless! That was freaky all right – with him being stalked.

The inevitable confrontation. So funny with Da Tong’s sound effects! And Lai Hu had to try and stop him from jumping out. While You Shun was trying to make up excuses for himself. And before it got too out of hand, Da Tong had to jump out to interfere. Well, Lai Hu couldn’t stand it and jump out first. Anyway, Wu Yong and Lai Hu had to stand aside (more like sit aside) because it didn’t concern them. But okay, they were fine sitting there, being entertained. So the interrogation continued and You Shun was tongue-tied while Da Tong threatened to beat You Shun up–since You Shun sold his sister out. AND then he had to say, “Don’t try to stop me” BUT Lai Hu and Wu Yong were just sitting there playing with the leaves. GREAT! Before Da Tong could pull through, they were being stopped and had to go back…so much for a show…But Da Tong promised to help his sister seek revenge. YEAH RIGHT! She cursed the male population and ran off. Nice exit!

And it was Wu Yong’s turn to comfort her. And nice, Wu Yong. Just when things were going well (NOT REALLY), you had to blow it (even more). He was actually happy that they argued? LOL! She couldn’t believe it either though she was prepared that he’ll laugh at her. Well, the explanation made sense but then it got into a danger zone. Someone was honestly describing himself when he mentioned about there are so many guys there that she could like, LOL! And why was he calling You Shun a monkey? That was going to help? (Still funny…) And aww…he had to watch her leave. Can’t blame her since she was really mad at You Shun and was now taking it out on him. Not to mention it was like she said, she thought he was persuading her otherwise because her brother told him to. (They need to stop playing that song for every couple. I meant I like that song BUT I want it to be a different song for this two–like how Shan Ren and Sheng Nan has a different song and Wang Wei and Xiao Rou has a song as well.) Aww…that was so sad. The first time we get to see it from Wu Yong’s point of view. At least the serious Wu Yong.

Another confrontation. What Hao Zhi said was very powerful. Xiao Yan was Da Tong’s sister hence she was also their sister, they had to look out for her. (Thank you. For once I see the guys standing on the girls’ side in an argument. I meant okay, it was mostly for Da Tong’s sake but usually, they would try to patch things up and say how he has his reasons, etc, etc. But now they actually made You Shun suffer regardless of how he had a good reason to try and get some cash flow.) YES, You Shun needed money for his father to see the doctor, BUT he could’ve asked the guys to pool their money and then he would eventually return it later. Considering how they were good brothers, they would help him AND wouldn’t laugh at him or anything for his not so well off status. Maybe this will teach him?

OMG! More trouble! Shi Jun’s diary got exposed? They were able to laugh it off? At least that was not too extreme? YET! Yup, getting intense. Two guesses it was Xiao De Ji and his gang’s doing. AND poor Shi Jun! Lucky the others weren’t taking it out on Shi Jun with his criticism. They really learned to laugh it off. Though they were turning on themselves, it wasn’t too extreme–YET.

And as they say, never force someone to the wall. That person will fight back! So he was fighting a losing battle. But it was a matter of principle. Hai Sheng to the rescue! Lucky for Shi Jun! YET those guys were playing dirty and they were outnumbered. Lucky Luo Gang arrived in time to save the day. He’s more capable than that, having been in numerous fights in the past. Bring it on! Wang Wei just had to come by at that time. Eek!

They looked so innocent doing push-ups. Yeah right! They had a mutual agreement to not rat one another out? ‘Cause Hai Sheng was reminding Xiao De Ji not to spill the beans–or else. Like Wang Wei would believe them. Doing push-ups this time of the night? When they could be relaxing before bedtime? Okay, at least they only had to clean up. AND then Xiao De Ji got it with exposing Shi Jun’s diary. BUT he had to say that he wants everyone to read and learn from Shi Jun’s composition skills? GREAT! YEAH RIGHT! Man, now I know why I love Wang Wei so much! He smiles one minute and turns fierce again! LOL! Serves them right! Couldn’t sleep tonight! SORRY! Luo Gang and Hai Sheng admiring one another’s abilities? LOL! NICE!

So what’s the verdict? One more chance. But I want to know what the punishment would be…(DARN, I’m evil, right?) But then it was him who brought it onto himself. They’d given him too many chances to repent. I know Sheng Nan and An Bang got a point. BUT…still…

Finally, a chance for them to reconcile. Funny how  Sheng Nan was giving him a hard time. Nice scene still…like the song in the background. (See what I mean with every couple has their song?) Lai Hu’s talking in his sleep, so funny. And Shan Ren misunderstood Sheng Nan! LOL! But of course, he found out later that it wasn’t his that Sheng Nan was drinking. But he still misunderstood when he overheard Bi Ying’s words. OY! Aww…that sucks! Bi Ying shot him down with the info. She was just teasing but that was just too sad. So funny how he was mumbling when Bi Ying was gone. And that was the end of the episode after that genuine speech.

Previews…Shi Jun’s father appearance. More tension but we get more info regarding their father and son conflict. Hai Sheng and Shi Jun’s talk. A change. What? Tian Xin coming to their place? What in the world is she doing there? Ooohhh…shooting some scenes there. Hai Sheng to the rescue when they wanted to cast Bo Wen as the main guy. What? Bo Wen’s going to commit suicide? AGAIN?

BTS…Tang Feng and Fu Zi Chun were still fighting over who was best? LOL! OMG! The ball hit Xia Zheng Feng instead, LOL! Painful. It was too easy getting hurt there. Honestly, they were just too strong. Tang Feng wants to PK everyone? LOL! Fu Zi Chun’s just too funny. Where in the world was he planning to toss that ball to? Wang Wei’s NG, LOL!

*All images were captured by DTLCT