Taiwanese Entertainment, Vic Chou

Let Me Love You by Vic Chou and Barbie Hsu

(Uploaded by: 金曲年代GOLDEN ERA)

Song Title: Let Me Love You (讓我愛你)

Lyricist: Tian Tian (天天)

Composer: Kawae Minako

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Gray = Pin Yin
Royal Blue = Vic
Pink = Barbie
Green = Together

沒有 起伏的情緒
mei you   qi fu de qing xu
An undulated state of mind
Một tâm tư không bị gợn sóng
因為你 出現後劃破平靜
yin wei ni   chu xian hou hua po ping jing
Because your appearance has ripped apart the peacefulness
Bởi vì sự xuất hiện của anh đã phá tan đi sự yên tịnh
震撼我己經 封閉的心
zhen han wo ji jing   feng bi de xin
It has stunned my confined heart
Nó đã làm dao động con tim khép kín của em
冰山和雪 在溶解
bing shan he xue   zai rong jie
The iceberg and snow are melting
Những núi băng và tuyết đang hoà tan

回到初次的 相遇
hui dao chu ci de   xiang yu
Returning to our first meeting
Quay lại cuộc gặp gỡ ban đầu
風在吹 一個人獨自美麗
feng zai chui   yi ge ren du zi mei li
The wind was blowing past a lonely person so beautifully
Gió đã thổi qua một người cô độc một cách thiệt đẹp
灰的天空 為何沒有表情
hui de tian kong   wei he mei you biao qing
Why was the gray sky so expressionless?
Tại sao bầu trời xám kia lại không có biểu cảm gì?
妳的心 下雨
ni de xin   xia yu
Your heart was raining
Trái tim em đã đổ mưa

就讓我愛你
jiu rang wo ai ni
Just let me love you
Hãy để em yêu anh
沒有了自己
mei you le zi ji
Let me lose myself
Để cho em đánh mất chính mình
殘破的 光影
can po de   guang ying
The broken light
Ánh sáng lu mờ
黑暗中深深吸引 絕對地
hei an zhong shen shen xi yin   jue dui di
Is deeply attracted to the darkness
Đã bị bóng tối thu hút một cách sâu sắc
就算生命 所剩無幾
ji suan sheng ming   suo sheng wu ji
It doesn’t matter if there’s not much left in life
Dù cho cuộc sống chẳng còn lại gì
只要擁抱 瞬間的默契
zhi yao yong bao   shun jian de mo qi
As long as we have a tacit embrace
Chúng ta chỉ cần một vòng tay

就讓我愛你
jiu rang wo ai ni
Just let me love you
Hãy để em yêu anh
證明有奇跡
zheng ming you qi ji
Prove that miracles exist
Chứng minh rằng có kỳ tích
再狂野 的心
zai kuang ye   de xin
My heart is still as wild
Trái tim anh vẫn còn cuồng dã
靈魂的深處有妳 我願意
ling hun de shen chu you ni   wo yuan yi
You’re still within the depths of my soul, so I’m willing
Tận trong lòng anh vẫn còn có em nên anh bằng lòng
放棄世界  微笑而去
fang qi shi jie   wei xiao er qu
To let go of this world and leave with a smile
Vứt bỏ thế giới này và ra đi với một nụ cười
幸福很遠 心卻在一起
xing fu hen yuan   xin que zai yi qi
Happiness is far yet our hearts are together
Hạnh phúc vẫn còn xa, nhưng lòng ta lại gần nhau

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過去總是 揮不去
guo qu zong shi   hui bu qu
The past could not be dispersed
Quá khứ không thể nào xóa nhòa đi được
再堅強記憶仍像惡夢不醒
zai jian qiang ji yi reng xiang e meng bu xing
The more you remember, the more it’s like a nightmare you can’t wake up from
Nhớ càng nhiều thì càng giống như một cơn ác mộng không thể nào tỉnh lại được
我的淚水 淌過你的天空
wo de lei shui   tang guo ni de tian kong
My tears flowed past your sky
Nước mắt em chảy ngang qua bầu trời của anh
雨下不停 心好痛
yu xia bu ting   xin hao tong
The rain is falling endlessly, my heart hurts
Mưa cứ rơi mãi không ngừng, tim anh rất đau

風像畫筆 看著我
feng xiang hua bi   kan zhe wo
The wind is like a brush, watching me
Gió giống như là cái cọ, cứ nhìn anh
妳的容顏竟在 風的前頭
ni de rong yan jing zai   feng de qian tou
Your complexion suddenly appeared in front of the wind
Dung nhan của em đột nhiên lại xuất hiện trước gió
我的心畫出 第一次的彩虹
wo de xin hua chu   di yi ci de cai hong
My heart paints its first rainbow
Trái tim em đã họa ra cầu vồng đầu tiên
因為你 我相信
yin wei ni   wo xiang xin
Because of you, I believe
Bởi vì anh (em), em (anh) tin tưởng

就讓我愛你
jiu rang wo ai ni
Just let me love you
Hãy để em yêu anh
沒有了自己
mei you le zi ji
Let me lose myself
Để cho em đánh mất chính mình
殘破的 光影
can po de   guang ying
The broken light
Ánh sáng lu mờ
黑暗中深深吸引 絕對地
hei an zhong shen shen xi yin   jue dui di
Is deeply attracted to the darkness
Đã bị bóng tối thu hút một cách sâu sắc
就算生命 所剩無幾
ji suan sheng ming   suo sheng wu ji
It doesn’t matter if there’s not much left in life
Dù cho cuộc sống chẳng còn lại gì
只要擁抱 瞬間的默契
zhi yao yong bao   shun jian de mo qi
As long as we have a tacit embrace
Chúng ta chỉ cần một vòng tay

就讓我愛你
jiu rang wo ai ni
Just let me love you
Hãy để em yêu anh
證明有奇跡
zheng ming you qi ji
Prove that miracles exist
Chứng minh rằng có kỳ tích
再狂野 的心
zai kuang ye   de xin
My heart is still as wild
Trái tim anh vẫn còn cuồng dã
靈魂的深處有妳 我願意
ling hun de shen chu you ni   wo yuan yi
You’re still within the depths of my soul, so I’m willing
Tận trong lòng anh vẫn còn có em nên anh bằng lòng
放棄世界  微笑而去
fang qi shi jie   wei xiao er qu
To let go of this world and leave with a smile
Vứt bỏ thế giới này và ra đi với một nụ cười
幸福很遠 心卻在一起
xing fu hen yuan   xin que zai yi qi
Happiness is far yet our hearts are together
Hạnh phúc vẫn còn xa, nhưng lòng ta lại gần nhau

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就讓我愛你
jiu rang wo ai ni
Just let me love you
Hãy để em yêu anh
沒有了自己
mei you le zi ji
Let me lose myself
Để cho em đánh mất chính mình
殘破的 光影
can po de   guang ying
The broken light
Ánh sáng lu mờ
黑暗中深深吸引 絕對地
hei an zhong shen shen xi yin   jue dui di
Is deeply attracted to the darkness
Đã bị bóng tối thu hút một cách sâu sắc
就算生命 所剩無幾
ji suan sheng ming   suo sheng wu ji
It doesn’t matter if there’s not much left in life
Dù cho cuộc sống chẳng còn lại gì
只要擁抱 瞬間的默契
zhi yao yong bao   shun jian de mo qi
As long as we have a tacit embrace
Chúng ta chỉ cần một vòng tay

就讓我愛你
jiu rang wo ai ni
Just let me love you
Hãy để em (anh) yêu anh (em)
證明有奇跡
zheng ming you qi ji
Prove that miracles exist
Chứng minh rằng có kỳ tích
再狂野 的心
zai kuang ye   de xin
My heart is still as wild
Trái tim anh vẫn còn cuồng dã
靈魂的深處有妳 我願意
ling hun de shen chu you ni   wo yuan yi
You’re still within the depths of my soul, so I’m willing
Tận trong lòng anh vẫn còn có em nên anh bằng lòng
放棄世界  微笑而去
fang qi shi jie   wei xiao er qu
To let go of this world and leave with a smile
Vứt bỏ thế giới này và ra đi với một nụ cười
下一個世紀 讓我愛你
xia yi ge shi ji   rang wo ai ni
In the next century, let me love you
Ở thế kỷ tới, hãy để em (anh) yêu anh (em)

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

General

Fan Fiction: The Number Revelation 2

It has been seven years now and I’m bringing this back out to discuss, nice or what? Once again, only listing fanfics that have been posted on the blog, NOT anything still in the background.

So, who’s the winner this time?

Wallace Huo – 19 (The Neurotic Collection, The Slanted Thoughts Collection, Stranded, The Business, The Dating Game Collection, and 4 one-shots) – The reigning champion. Because of The Dating Game, mostly, lol. I told you guys Wallace will leave the rest of the people in the dust with the next update. Proof, right? He would have left them in a wider gap if I hadn’t been so stuck on some of the stories.

The rest?

Cyndi Wang – 15 (Neurotic, Slanted Thoughts, The Dating Game 1-4 + 7-8, Scheming Nature, The Other Extreme, HIDE & SEEK, Slicing Boundary, and 3 one-shots) – She actually appeared some more in The Dating Game so that was why her number went up. It was only briefly and to resolve some past conflicts. Aside from that, I don’t have other new stories of hers in the background.

Joanne Tseng – 14 (The Dating Game Collection, Scheming Nature, The Other Extreme, Heaven’s Gift, True Friendship, and 2 one-shots)

Angela Chang – 13 (Neurotic: Tainted World, The Slanted Thoughts Collection, The Dating Game Collection, The Other Extreme, When Wishes Come True, and 1 one-shot)

Nicholas Teo – 13 (The Neurotic Collection, The Slanted Thoughts Collection, The Dating Game 3-8, Payback, Slicing Boundary, and 1 one-shot)

Jacky Chu – 13 (The Dating Game Collection, Scheming Nature, The Other Extreme, +Destiny+, True Friendship, and 1 one-shot)

Tony Sun – 12 (The Neurotic Collection, The Dating Game Collection, and 1 one-shot)

Johnny Yan – 10 (The Dating Game Collection, +Destiny+, and 1 one-shot)

Ehlo Huang – 9 (The Dating Game Collection, +Destiny+)

Bianca Bai – 9 (The Dating Game Collection and 1 one-shot)

Achel Chang – 8 (The Dating Game Collection)

Andy Chen Yi – 8 (The Dating Game Collection)

Yvonne Yao – 6 (The Slanted Thoughts Collection, The Dating Game 4-8)

Janine Chang – 6 (Honey In Tea, The Dating Game 5-8, Tri-Visual, and 1 one-shot)

Cynthia/Chloe Wang – 6 (The Dating Game 4-8, Payback, and Slicing Boundary)

Joyce Zhao – 6 (Neurotic: Relentless Cycle, Neurotic: Tainted World, The Dating Game 1-4 + 6, True Friendship)

Doris Lai Wei Ru – 6 (The Dating Game 1-4 +6, +Destiny+)

Vic Chou – 5 (Scheming Nature, HIDE & SEEK, Tri-Visual, and 2 one-shots)

Calvin Chen – 5 (Neurotic: Tainted World, The Other Extreme, Heaven’s Gift, and 2 one-shots)

Jiro Wang – 5 (Slanted Thoughts, The Other Extreme, Heaven’s Gift, Slicing Boundary, and 1 one-shot)

Wu Zun – 4 (The Other Extreme, Heaven’s Gift, and 2 one-shots)

Sophia Chou – 4 (The Dating Game 4-7 and The Other Extreme)

Tammy Chen – 4 (The Business, The Slanted Thoughts Collection, and 1 one-shot)

Amber Kuo – 2 (Slanted Thoughts 2 and 1 one-shot)

Xiu Jie Kai – 2 (Payback and Tri-Visual)

What now?

I was actually waiting for The Dating Game to be finished posting before I update on this one. However, I think that’s it for now. Yes, I will say that it’s a good stopping point. Because somehow, I’d gone off the rails with the plot in parts 9 and 10. In fact, I tried to fix it several times but it wasn’t happening. It got worse. At least, it became so serious that it became an 8 P.M. soaps plot that I didn’t want to post. I loved it in my twisted way, that I will admit. However, I don’t think it’s considered appropriate for the current context that I tried to build. Sure, there was intensity at times, but it always came back. It did come back this time, but it no longer felt the same. In fact, I had merged part 9 in with part 8 to complete in its current state. Yes, it’s finished. However, you could see halfway through it was already heading toward a very dark place. Even darker than before. So I will stop now regarding posting it on here. I will say that I’m still working on part 9 to see if I could tweak it back to its original course. Considering how I still enjoyed it and felt like I enjoyed it more than before, I won’t post it. Unless in the future I change my mind. As of now, that’s it.

What will happen now that The Dating Game is coming to an end? I’ll probably have more time to work on the others. However, I can’t say it’s going to be soon. 2020 has in its twisted way allowed me more time to work on finishing on some fanfics. But it still brought out a very dark side to stories. I think that was what happened to The Dating Game, even if I did enjoy working on it.

I wanted to save the update regarding The Dating Game with the usual fanfic updates posts, but I thought I say something here first. Since I would be caught up in some of the real-life stuff and might not update on that one for a while.

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Status of Fan Fiction XXII

It has been two years since I updated on this. However, I don’t think anyone cares, lol. Because I wasn’t making progress with the fanfics anyway, why bother taunting anyone, right? Because I actually made some progress of recent, so I thought it would make sense to get back into this.

The total number is still 69.

Past Fan Fic(s):

Hide & Seek – 25 Votes – It has been ten years. Can you believe it? Yes, that’s right. Ten years! It didn’t feel that way because I started it ten years ago but updated it slowly at first. Then the drag came five years ago when I was so stuck that it wasn’t even funny. At long last, I finished it. Thank you so much for those even supporting it, lol. It was a sloppy ending, sort of. But I felt because I did a good job with some of Vic and Cyndi’s other stories, I felt it was all right to end it like that. I meant, I wrote the ending ten years ago but didn’t tie it up until now. So I debated whether to change it or not. Or extending it to fifteen chapters even. But in the end, I didn’t. I felt that was enough. Not everything had to be showy. Like I said already, I felt I did a really good job for their other stories so I felt like going subtle with this one.

The Dating Game 6-7 – Yes, I left it in the background on purpose and finished it already. This was because I wrestled back and forth and kept deleting. I didn’t know what I wanted for Jacky. But finally, at long last, it’s done. No more edits regarding it. At least regarding storyline in general. If there are mistakes, I would go back and fix, of course. That’s about it. Also, it will continue posting until it’s done. To clarify, I was stuck for so long that I finally made some move late June and going into July, so managed to write some of them back to back just like that. I’m thinking of publishing two chapters per day to make up for the lack of updates for the past six years. YES, it has been six years. I was shocked when I read the time stamp on the last update too. But I guess life happened, huh?

Current Fan Fics:

Payback – 3 Votes – I have something going on for a while until I got stuck again and wanted to change my mind about the nature of the story. So yes, a little setback again.

The Business – 7 Votes – I had something going but I backspaced again so some more delay. But this was actually my first time pushing past some barriers and going all the way so I thought I reconsider about a reckless ending SO yes, that was why.

ON-HOLD:

Honey In Tea – 9 Votes – The only one not moving at all so I thought I put it here. I’m not going to give up on it. But I just thought I put it on hold until after I finish with some of the other ones.

Stranded – 3 Votes – I had some notes going but I put it aside again, wondering if I should go in a certain direction with some of the plots so yes, it’s back on hold.

Upcoming Fan Fics:

The Dating Game 8 – YES, there is part 8 since I left it on a cliff hanger again. SORRY, but I just felt like ending it there. Hopefully, it won’t take another six years before I’m done with it, lol. But to give a little heads-up, I’m thinking this is heading toward a ten-part story. YES, ten. I might end it at 8 or 9 though. I don’t want to push it too much.

One-shots is now at 22. I initially wanted to post one of the stories I had in the background but I ended up scrapping it. YES, not a good thing when I’ve been lacking with updates. However, I felt it made sense since I no longer liked it. Perhaps, I’ll try to come up with something later.

So, what now? I can’t promise anything because this year has kicked up to a new level of craziness with the unpredictable. However, it’s safe to say that I’m focusing on finishing The Dating Game as soon as I can. Also, I have to get creative and stop before 2020 in the story’s timeline. Because seriously, who wants to deal with this year anyway? Even if in the fictional world. So yes, the story is going to stop at 2019–depending how much stuff I want to happen during that time. Unless, I can get away and skip the whole year with just a bunch of random vague summaries. However, I don’t think it’s plausible, because seriously, the pandemic is unknown right now for the obvious reason, so I don’t want to skip ahead, especially since this isn’t a sci-fi.

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Fan Fiction: Critiquing Your Own Stories

Years ago when I was still active on Winglin and other online communities, there was an explosion of different authors and readers alike coming out with websites or their own page to critique different fan fiction authors. Whether it was to help the authors improve their writing techniques or just something fun to do, it was quite an experience. I never submitted my stories to any of those websites but found them intriguing because I learned of how an author’s perspective could be versus how readers see it. It’s so obvious for everyday, published authors to go through this process. But at that time when I started posting my stories online, it was a new experience for me and it opened my eyes to some levels.

So, what’s the point of this post, right? Especially when I’ve been lagging soooo much on stories. This is an attempt to get back into it. Because the following will be an activity like the title said. I’m going to have fun and critique all the fanfictions I’ve ever written. Yes, I won’t leave anything untouched. But before I do, here’s a disclaimer for those who haven’t read the stories yet (so don’t say I didn’t warn you):

NOTE: The following contains spoilers (obviously from the title), SO if you haven’t read my stories yet, DO NOT proceed.

The beginning of the story had great potential and felt refreshing. It paved a nice and peaceful picture and a hopeful feeling because it described the two major characters’ feelings and goals in life. The humorous exchanges between several characters led readers to believe it would be a fun story. Although it had some typical formula of a small-town family with the scenic backdrop to pave the way, there was some mystery with various characters that readers could look forward to exploring. All in all, it paved a promising picture.

The problem with this story was that it was too wordy. It was one of my first attempts at writing fanfiction so it got so messy with descriptions. It didn’t take into account “show instead of telling” so it felt flaky and corny. In addition, because there was a setback with the last few chapters so it dived into the morbid side without intending to in the first place. It completely took away from the main plot and its lighthearted feeling that was established in the first place. A bad call. Like the feeling when the writers totally gave up and just wanted to end it already like how I often criticize them, lol. Also, the feeling of the celebs chosen was so random and unorganized, like lumping a bunch of people together just because. It felt like a test run.

Heaven’s Gift

The setting at the beach at the beginning of the story was promising and lighthearted. It presented a typical picture yet also let readers see a glimpse into each major character’s personality with a dash of humor. It seemed like they didn’t change much over the years, except for the circumstances around them. Light humor continued to occupy the scene, paving the story and pushing the major characters together–or apart–as time went by. There were some surprising details to the plot but it lacked some details here and there, not allowing the full potential of the plot to be explored.

HIDE & SEEK

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Honey In Tea

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Neurotic

Like some other stories, it started out describing the scenery and then introducing the characters. The weather, once again, like some other stories, gave hints to what the plot was going to be like. There was some side humor but just subtle, not too much. It was saying like the story meant business and it was no time to joke around, not really.

It was an interesting concept although it didn’t take in a lot of rules of sci-fi and went off the rails regarding technicalities. However, what made up for it was the layout of the major characters. It kept consistent and featured three female leads. What broke the rule for the third one was leading into a happier, hopeful ending than was predicted. It also gave more character and depth to one of the so-called villains and even allowed for that person to redeem himself and had a start over.

Payback

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Scheming Nature

This was a typical setup of two pairings that were living on the opposite side of society. They met and interacted and somehow became entangled in a complex scheme. It provided a sense of mystery to the overall story and made the readers want to know what was to come and where the story was heading toward. The ending was a bit of an unknown, especially after the intense confrontations between two of the major characters and how it went down. However, it proved to be going on a typical route with allowing all problems to be resolved in a more favorable manner.

This story attempted to mock the life of gangsters and how it was supposed to be yet failed because, in the end, it was equally cliche and was corny in a sense of allowing some bizarre details to come into play. Although having the theme of gang-related activities as the backdrop for the plot, it failed to achieve its intended effect because of the halfway compromise of the mood as an overall. Sometimes, it edged toward the side of intensity or darkness that could push past the barriers of safety but it was shy of making it into something much more.

Slanted Thoughts

The story started out really random, bordering childishness because of the constant fights between two of the major characters. However, it evolved into a sadder story because of what happened at the end. Although it attempted to resurrect the atmosphere with some side humor, the plot never recovered with the happiness felt at the beginning of the story. It was later explained in the second part why it was so and eventually leading the plot into a darker path than was originally intended to–or so it seemed when compared to the beginning of the first part. What the plot lacked severely was the explanation and more details into a certain mysterious organization that impacted some characters’ lives so many years and ongoing. Some of the undertones provided a hint about how they were a big deal and were not to be messed with. Yet it failed to back up the claim as the story went along and eventually wrapped up. It also never explained why Tammy’s character had so much impact on what Wallace’s life was going to be and yet left him alone after he had apparently restored his memories. Or was it because it was to emphasize how scary he was if he returned to his past self? Or because the organization didn’t care how things turned out and that it was only important they kept everything a secret? Some things were never answered.

Slicing Boundary

This was a fun read, at least at the beginning. Sure, there were childish humor and constant competition between the two siblings–or so readers thought as it was with typical siblings rivalry. However, it took a dark turn, killing a major character unnecessarily. Was that an attempt to be overdramatic? Or was it because the writer just decided to give up and end it that way?

The Business

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The Dating Game

The story seemed really random but that wasn’t a bad thing. It hinted potential with so many major characters involved and how each was at a different point in their lives. It was fascinating to see how they all met and would become important–one way or another–in each other’s lives. The story shifted between humor and intensity and back again. Yet always managed to push the plot forward, introducing new characters or circumstances into their lives and how they would react to those situations.

Although the cast was so extended that it provided an outlet for many story arches yet because it was so crowded that it didn’t allow for a focus on some characters. Also, some of the characters had suffered from the inconsistency of personality, except for the main characters. It also created an unrealistic atmosphere with so many of their gatherings and their strong bonds over the years. It could be both good and bad but mostly it was unrealistic. Not to mention how ridiculously meddlesome most of them were of one another’s lives. The occasional stalking of various parties was equally bizarre.

The Other Extreme

The first scene already gave a snapshot of what the story was going to be about and how the dark mood predicted the inevitable ending for some characters. The weather foreshadowed a lot of the scenes that were to come for the story. The layout wasn’t bad yet the constant side randomness and humor involving the characters downplayed the overall theme for the majority of the story. It was actually character-based and not plot-based like it should have been. The lack of information on both gang’s background made it hard to relate and didn’t allow for more interest toward that side of the story. It became a wannabe gangster story because it didn’t say how or why they were fighting or fleeing for their lives. It was only covered briefly at the beginning of how both sides had been fighting since forever yet never revealed the real reason why.

Tri-Visual

The storytelling style was strange yet intriguing. It made readers want to read more and find out what was going on and what was the deal with these characters. Or if they could get out from the current prison they were in. However, there were only glimpses here and there and some side details of the characters. They could have been extended to a much more complex story.

True Friendship

This story started out introducing the main characters right away and hinted at their established relationship and how it would come into play later on. The story began lighthearted with some side humor and then took a more serious turn as the characters acknowledge much more complex issues surrounding their lives. In some sense, the story allowed the characters to face reality with a hard punch. But in other sense, it felt a little dramatic and forced. Yet the story was still written a dialed down sort of way, like some subtlety of daily life happenings that could edge toward blandness but jumped back with a kick to tell us that reality will strike again. It was a mixture of complexity and simplicity. It had this balance and one tip of the scale would lead the story spiraling away.

When Wishes Come True

The story introduced some promising aspects, such as the story being told from the main character’s point of view. There were also inspirational quotes involved. So that sort of gave a feeling of a legit book. However, it took a shaky turn and ended up being a typical high school, mean girl type of war. There were some interesting ideas but the execution was terrible and the plot dull. If at all, that was.

Winds & Rain

Extremely disappointing because it seemed like an attempt to crank out something that involved the two main characters. It seemed like an unfinished story and didn’t involve a lot of details. It would have been better to wait for some sort of idea to come forth before continuing with the story. It should have been a one-shot, then it would make more sense.

Conclusion

So, aside from being random for this post, what’s the point here? Of all the stories I’ve written, I only liked True Friendship. Yes, that sad. I took it slow and made it through without feeling like I needed to rush anything or wanted to write to please readers. It wasn’t like I didn’t add in random conversations or some bizarre humor. The story had both. But what was different was how the two main characters didn’t end up together but also didn’t downplay their relationship throughout. It acknowledged some of the more realistic aspects of life, even if it didn’t allow for the story to cover all. I did get stuck on it at one time but the time spent thinking about the plot as an overall and side brainstorming, it had allowed me to change the ending for the better, at least to me.

I also realized some things about my writing styles. Well, I already realized it for a while now but here’s an outright confession, lol. Some characters, especially the main ones, tend to fall into one formula. So I think that’s something to take into account to try to make it different in the future. Or least mix it up a bit.

If anyone noticed, I think I got influenced by Gu Long and Jin Yong at times, lol. No jokes. Sad, but I read those two a lot so I got influenced, especially with describing sceneries and stuff. But of course, I couldn’t go to their level. Not yet. The reason I said “not yet” is because I at least want to reserve some hope that one day I could reach another level. Or like find my own styles. For now, just recognizing the flaws is enough.

So that’s the fun post. More to come in the future, hopefully.

NOTE: This post will be updated from time to write as I add more stories to my blog or finish the current ones.

Hong Kong Entertainment, Vic Chou

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

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I couldn’t help myself since once again, courtesy of Netflix that I dived into this one.

This was one of the few times that I watched Gao Yuan Yaun since I wasn’t a major fan of her back in the days. It wasn’t her fault–as I later realized–because she was often cast in similar roles so I thought her acting was lacking. However, I felt that she did better in modern series and/or movies than in ancient settings. She was so lively and lovable that lit up the whole movie and set the stage for what was to come. So, we soon found out that her life was much more complicated than the early morning wakeup scene led on. However, her sorrowful days were short-lived–thanks to her encounter with Kevin and how they ended up changing each other’s life perspectives for the best. That also unleashed a chain of events as she became more confident with herself and took notice of her surroundings thus leading to her finally meeting Sean. Her world became quite chaotic and unpredictable as her fate was tied with Sean for the upcoming years. However, in some ways, she still retained her innocence and kindness. Sure, she could get so mad and became so scary at times, but overall, she was a gentle person. I felt Yuan Yuan brought out all those sides of Chi Yan really well. It was like walking into her world and going on a journey with her–whether through the good or bad. It was somewhat addicting to watch in a sense. Sometimes the plot was ridiculous–to say the least, but her character was never dull.

Despite reading a bit of spoiler–mostly how the second movie was perceived, I felt like I enjoyed the second movie more. Yes, I said it. The first movie was somewhat innocent and genuine–mostly because of Chi Yan’s personality and how she saw the world along with Kevin’s character. Yet I felt the second movie had its own charm. Although there was a lot of repetition of the first movie playing itself into the second movie, I felt it worked well with tying in with the first one because it reminded us of how such details in life could repeat or could also happen to someone else. For instance, Paul and Yeung Yeung having a pet octopus, Genie, like how Chi Yan and Kevin had Froggie. Interestingly, both pairings also failed in the end. The similarity with how Sean also filmed Yeung Yeung and tried to guess her song–but failed. Hilariously, his ring ended up being used by Paul to propose to Yeung Yeung later when he told her he had figured out the song she was singing already.

Daniel’s lack of appearance in the second movie angered many people–as I read various reviews. I totally understand that for loyal fans of the first movie–and also for his own fans as well. However, I felt the addition of Mariam and Vic–although sending the plot off the rails–made the movie tenfold more hilarious and also cranked up the hype. Daniel fans will probably kill me for it, but I felt the first movie was really bland at times with Daniel’s story. I guessed his character was supposed to be a counterbalance to Louis’ craziness, considering how they were from the opposite spectrum. However, I think I lost interest in his character around the time he became perfect when he met up with Chi Yan again. I didn’t want him to continue moping in sadness and drowning in his wine. Yet I felt his perfection was a turn off for me, feeling like his character just stepped out of an idol drama, too good to be true. Although it completely made sense with Chi Yan’s decision at the end of the first movie with her choosing Kevin, I felt they could have developed her story with Kevin a little more. It was like Johnnie To was already planning the second movie hence leaving it open or something. Because seriously, I saw it coming a mile that it wasn’t going to end well, especially how she looked back when she saw Sean on the way to the restaurant right before the proposal happened. There was still too much baggage and too many unresolved feelings. Not to mention how I was never completely sold on their pairing because of their lack of chemistry. They radiated off the “friends” vibe major time. Yes, they had some intense scenes and even shared a passionate kiss near the end of the first movie, but I didn’t feel anything at all. Hell, I felt Yuan Yuan had way better chemistry with Vic–who was supposed to be portraying her brother. Perhaps, that was why Vic was chosen and how it ended up being a misunderstanding for the majority of the parties thus leading to the big fight near the end of the second movie.

Once again, although having Mariam and Vic in the second movie sent the plot off the rails, it had somehow in its twisted way helped majorly with the main plot. It ripped right through the so-called normal lives of the others–or how Chi Yan had wanted to move on and was ready for the wedding ahead. What brought the second movie to a whole new level of craziness was the confrontation between Sean and Chi Yan and eventually leading to the big fight in Suzhou. I couldn’t even imagine what in the world the plot was going toward even. Everything was so chaotic, so random yet had to happen for things to finally resolve. In fact, the big fight wasn’t the highest level of craziness either. Because at least that fight was somewhat relating back to the fight between Sean and Kevin like the first movie. In actuality, the plot reached peak craziness around the time the wedding rolled around. Who could have guessed Sean would pull such a move? He scared half of the population present to death–while the other half just wanted to film it on their cameras to share it online (probably). What made it crazier yet hilarious was the part where Paul decided to spring a proposal and added to the already chaotic atmosphere after Kevin and Paul had succeeded in rescuing Sean from his crazy climb. I literally laughed out loud because I couldn’t believe it. We got to hear Vic sing “It’s Not That Simple” (沒那麼簡單) but that was seriously random. Also, Paul acted like it wasn’t a big deal after he got rejected and then even jumped into the pool to retrieve Yeung Yeung’s other shoe before heading to the elevator to send her off and even helped her put ’em back on again.

Many are probably thinking that I side with Louis’ character, Sean, hence downplaying Daniel’s character, Kevin. But honestly, I didn’t even like Sean at all throughout. Partially, it had to do with the plot. But overall, he was a let down throughout. Okay, saying “at all” might be a stretch. I actually quite liked his character as the movie started–as it was with Daniel’s character as well. I initially thought his character had more depth than that. Seeing how he saw her and wanted to cheer her up. I knew he had a crush on her at the beginning and was trying to get her attention. It was cute and all. But it went completely downhill as in he was dead to me right after he fell to temptation and slept with Angelina. He didn’t have to explain anything to her, seriously. She misunderstood. If he didn’t show up, it was obvious that she got the wrong idea. So if he wanted to be a gentleman and explain, fine, do it and leave. Yet it turned out, he was just using his weakness as an excuse. Whether his high testosterone issues were a real medical condition or not, it was never addressed throughout. So that led me to assume that it was just there to add to the humor, which wasn’t funny to me. It just degraded women or put the blame on them just because he couldn’t control himself. With Angelina, it could be said that she tried to seduce him but it was his choice to react or not. But the other women appearing throughout in there? It was hard to swallow with making it like it was partially their fault or something for dressing sexily. Then there was also the whole saying about there were two types of men, etc. Sean wasn’t the only one who said it but Joyce also said it later to Sean. I felt it was a slap in the face that it was a principle in general that they just accepted. (Not to mention how it wasn’t just sending a message to women to just accept it or live alone in misery–or something to that extent, but also send out a message that men are all alike–aka generalizing them.) So yeah, those two things combined made me despise Sean even more. Sure, it was his life, he could live it however he wanted. But I found it super hypocritical that he would get overly jealous–whether it was Chi Yan or Yeung Yeung–when they were spending time with another man. Then what bugged me more was seeing how his turnaround after his failed proposal to Chi Yan had led to his out of control womanizing schemes. It reminded me of the whole disaster with How I Met Your Mother steering Barney right back to his old habits just like that and dismissing his past growth completely. Anyway, contrary to the character, I felt Louis’ portrayal was very convincing.

In a way, to sum up Sean, Chi Yan, and Kevin’s relationships all around, Kevin was actually the one who brought Sean and Chi Yan together. If it wasn’t for Kevin, Chi Yan wouldn’t be able to change her outlook on life and gain her confidence again thus finally seeing Sean–who was trying to get her attention for so long. Their links were different on many levels but it wasn’t possible without one or the other being because their course of actions had affected all one way or another. Again, I seriously felt Chi Yan was better off with Kevin like the first movie had ended, considering how it was ironic that she ended up with such a womanizer–and how she had detested what her ex-boyfriend did to her. But I guess the second movie wanted to take back Chi Yan’s safe choice and chose to let her end up with the one she actually loved–for better or for worse. It was just how Yeung Yeung said, telling her not to hide anymore.

Aside from that, I felt that it was such a shame that Paul and Yeung Yeung couldn’t end up together. It would be seriously chaotic if they did since Yeung Yeung and Sean would end up in the same family. Well, even more chaotic than before. But I felt it was just a shame that Vic and Mariam didn’t end up together. Their chemistry wasn’t bad at all. I enjoyed watching the scenes where they went out to eat and talked and just be random at times. Their interactions were so natural and so addicting to watch. The fact that both of their portrayals were so on par that saved the movie a little more.

After all that was said, my favorite character was surprisingly John. Yes, John was such a minor character or so it seemed yet I found him hilarious throughout. Regardless of how intense the main plot got, he was always there to contribute with much humor. Of course, he had no clue how comical he was yet his silly actions seemed to dissolve somewhat of the hectic atmosphere. I initially thought he would be Chi Yan’s asshole boss who would eventually fire her. The reason why I thought that was because during the meeting at the beginning of the first movie, he was trying super hard to deescalate the situation during the meeting and he was sweating so bad, I thought he would use Chi Yan as a scapegoat to get past that obstacle. But it turned out, he was really supportive of her and actually acknowledged that she was really hardworking and talented. He even risked his job to defend her when she saw Sean and called Sean “asshole” but he diverted it to himself. He also tried to convince Chi Yan not to quit and later became her ally with spying on different parties for her and reporting the events to her. It was refreshing, especially how it was known within those industries that there was major backstabbing going on. In the second movie, he was seen chiding Chi Yan and telling her that he shouldn’t be seen with her because he might get fired yet he still managed to give her information at times regarding Sean–or others. Yes, he seemed nosy overall but he truly cared for Chi Yan as a friend.

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