Monday, February 8, 2016

I AM A SINGER SEASON 4


I have been watching I am a Singer since it was first shown on television. Every season, the program will feature different artists from Asia. Not surprising, I am anticipating this season too. Unlike many singing competition among newbies, this program gathered professional singers that we are pretty familar with all these years. In season four, we have 8 competitors to compete for the King/Queen of songs title. I am particularly interested in this season lineup. Although, there were some buzz beforehand about the lack of "big name" singer, I am still interested to watch this season because of one person - Jeff Chang.


1) 90's Queen of pop - Coco Lee


Coco has been maintaining her tone shape all these years. Her vocal range and singing style reminds me of the 90's. Despite that, i am still anticipating her performance in the later episodes. I hope to see a versatile Coco Lee. I think her best performance so far is Price Tag.

2) Canto Pop King - Hacken Lee


Just like Leo Ku in Season 3, Hacken Lee was invited to host the show. He is humorous and charming like Leo Ku despite his lack of fluency in mandarin. In my opinion, Hacken is the best when he sing Cantonese ballads. 

3) Taiwanese singing sensation - LaLa Hsu


LaLa Hsu is a talented singer-songwriter. In my opinion, she is always choosing songs that is on the safe side rather than being adventurous. I hope to see a different side of LaLa that makes me go "wow" other than her impressive vocal. I think she is a good singer that can hold her own ground despite the intense pressure. 

4) Korean uprising star - Hwang Chi-Yeol


He is a uprising star in Korea and his style resembles the other veteran singer The One. As usual, he is able to sing very well especially in Korean. However, one thing is different and that is his idol good look and humorous personality. He is jokingly paired up as a golden couple with the very shy LaLa Hsu.

5) Veteran singer - Zhao Chuan 


He is a good singer and his skills is still at top level when he join this competition. Zhao Chuan has his own distinct style whenever he sings. 
  
6) New Age - Haya Band


Their music is special but it may not meet the taste of the mass audiences. I think their early elimination is expected.  

7) One hit Wonder - Guan Zhe


Honestly, I know nothing about him except that he debuted after a singing competition and his hit song - The night thinking of you. It is expected that the media doubt his capabilities when he joined the conpetition. 

8) King of Rock - Shin


I like Shin since he was the vocalist in his band. In my opinion, his voice is powerful and strong. Perhaps due to his distinctive style, it may be difficult for him to progress in this competition because everything gets old for the audiences after some time. 

Replacement participant: Prince of Ballad - Jeff Chang 


I am his fan for many years and he proved to be one singer that we can anticipate in this season. I was touched when he first step on the stage, even when he fall sick he still tried his best to perform. His voice is a little affected by his sickness but he still pulled it through. A big round of applause to this professional singer! He definitely deserve it.  There is a high possibility that in this season, the winner may not be China singer again.

Season 1-3 highlights


Season 1 have many outstanding Singers such as Terry Lin and Chiyi Chin. Unfortunately, the latter suddenly withdrew from the competition and we are left with Terry Lin,Paul Wong, Julia Peng and Aska Yang against the other China Singers. Terry Lin is a perfectionist and he proved that onstage. 


I like both vocal powerhouse Shila and Gem in Season 2. They were so impressive that I became interested to watch their performance which is definitely worth the hype. 



Although China powerhouse Han Hong won the competition in Season 3, I still prefer my bias A-Lin. This is all about personal taste. A-lin is always good in ballads but had chosen a wrong song for the final. Anyway, I like Hsiao Huang-Chi, Anson Hu and Jane Zhang too. 


Sunday, February 7, 2016

就是喜欢你 JUST SO LOVING YOU - 第六页 Chapter 6


骏胜童年的回忆

骏胜回想起过童年的回忆,小时候因为父亲早逝而受尽煎熬的母亲。原来之前看见的妇女就是骏胜的母亲。因为母亲未婚先孕,因此受尽委屈。如今母亲以改嫁给一个充满暴力倾向的丈夫。骏胜日夜思念自己的母亲,难过的骏胜向依静透露心事。依静感到格外高兴,因为至少骏胜把自己当朋友看待了。

原来骏胜十岁就被送进孤儿院了。一个人孤单生活多年,心里十分难过。母亲希望儿子能有更好的生活而忍痛把孩子送进孤儿院。骏胜爷爷思恋母亲,盼望能与母亲相认并且重逢。但是回想起之前与母亲见面却认不出自己,心里感到十分难过。骏胜知道母亲这些年过得不好,却不知能为母亲做些什么。

从小就被取笑没父没母的骏胜,带着悲痛的心情成长。失去人生方向的骏胜只知道以打架斗殴生活。曾天象一只野兽,认为这就是生存之道。为了生存不得不与现实搏斗的骏胜,心里已是伤痕累累。然而,骏胜任然希望与母亲好好过日子。依静安静地听着骏胜透露出心事,心里感到万分沮丧。骏胜望着窗外的星星,眼里充满着思念。看着骏胜寂寞的背影,依静伸出手小心翼翼地触碰。骏胜回头望着依静的笑脸,莫名其妙的问,“你怎么了?” 依静笑着说,“我感觉到我们的距离更接近了。” 骏胜完全不知道依静究竟在想些什么。” 对骏胜来说依静就像一个不定时的炸弹,无可预料她。即使不想与她来往,但是心里就是无法讨厌这个女生。

Friday, January 29, 2016

就是喜欢你 JUST SO LOVING YOU - 第五页 Chapter 5

背叛与谎言

有一天,拍完广告的依静回到经纪公司里。 无意间,她听见许多同事在背后对她的指指点点。依静对这突如其来的情况感到错愕,迷惘。原来报章媒体都在争相报道依静平时喜欢欺负团队成员。这个晴天霹雳的消息使依静感到格外的愤怒。她怒气冲冲的问经理人,“为何会出现这些不实的报道?” 经理人透露这些谣言并非无中生有,这次依静是跳进黄河也洗不清了。他接着透露一者惊天动地的消息,原来造谣者就是自己的好姐妹 - 谢丽颖。

依静听见这件事情之后感到晴天霹雳,无法理解为何成员们联合一起设计陷害她。她誓言一定要问个明白。她回到孤独的房间里,翻看报章的报道,内心十分难过。这时丽颖走进房门,得意地说,“你也有今天,真是痛快啊!” 依静感到莫名其妙,不知道为何丽颖胡说八道,编造故事。丽颖说,“背叛的滋味很难受吧!你知道我活在你的影子里有多痛苦吗?” 依静这才觉醒自己是被姐妹们当成敌人似的憎恨。丽颖摇摇摆摆的离开房子,只留下不知所措的依静呆呆的看着前方。原来姐妹们因妒忌心产生的敌意是如此的不可思议。

寒冷的天气,骏胜把车停在一个中年妇女的家门口。他在远处默默观察一位妇女提着一袋很重的米走向屋子里,骏胜立刻下车帮忙。妇女感谢骏胜的帮忙,随后骏胜带着依依不舍的心情离开了。回家的路上,骏胜看见报纸刊登的文章指责依静的种种恶行。到达家门口,骏胜看见颓废的依静低头哭泣。骏胜二话不说就把依静带进屋里细心照顾。依静述说自己被朋友背叛,接着开始哽咽,躺在骏胜怀里闭上眼睛流着稀里哗啦的眼泪。


Sunday, January 24, 2016

就是喜欢你 JUST SO LOVING YOU - 第四页 Chapter 4

骏胜的恩人张永和。

深夜,骏胜在拳击场锻炼身体。他回想起四年前,在纽约的街头被一群黑帮老大殴打。他被追打而躲在垃圾堆里,满身伤痕。张永和路过把他带走并且帮助他疗伤。   骏胜不但不感激永和,他甚至大声吼永和,“为何救我!不要用同情的眼光看着我!” 无料永和却说,“你可以继续打架,但是用不同的方式。” 接着永和拿出皮夹里的名片给骏胜。名片上印着拳击教练-张永和。骏胜惊讶地问,“这是什么意思?” 永和深思熟虑的思考后对骏胜说,“要打就站在擂台对决。”

这件事如同昨日发生一般。骏胜躺在地上神情凝重,感叹万千。另一边,依静不由自主的来到拳击场,却不知如何是好。她忧心重重,不知骏胜见到她有什么反应。最终,她按耐不住内心想见到骏胜的渴望。于是她勇敢的踏上第一步,无论结果如何她都要面对自己的心。依静把门打开,竟然看见骏胜躺在地上。原来永和说的没错,骏胜多数的时间都在练拳。

依静用轻快的步伐来到骏胜的身边,只想静静的陪在他身边。骏胜惊讶依静突然出现在身旁。他无奈的叹气,接着开口说,“你为什么在这里?” 依静温柔的回答,”我只会静静的在你身边,让我陪在你身边吧?” 骏胜说,“你不知道我的悲伤。” 依静望着骏胜说,“我不需要知道什么,我只希望能安慰你。” 骏胜默默无声地地转过身,眼神还是一样的悲伤。依静望着骏胜寂的背影,想用指尖触摸那长长又忧郁的背影。依静心想,“好想再靠近一点啊!”

Saturday, January 23, 2016

就是喜欢你 JUST SO LOVING YOU - 第三页 Chapter 3

就是要接近你!

依静想尽办法接近骏城,即使被认为是在死缠烂打,厚脸皮的女生。文妍表示不如就从他身边的人开始吧!张永和是骏胜的恩人也是他的训练导师。依静计划到拳击场寻找永和并且介绍自己。原来永和已经知道依静是明星,也知道她与骏胜的事情了。永和表示愿意支持依静,可是条件是他想要一张明星的亲笔签名。依静毫无犹豫的答应并且立刻拿出一张纸条,可是永和却说他要的是丽颖的亲笔签名。依静尴尬地答应了他。

丽颖知道这件事后就得意地说,“我的签名原来如此昂贵,那我可要好好利用啦!”依静恳请丽颖帮助她。丽颖最终回应,“好!但是我可要你记得这份恩情喔!” 依静感到自己十分幸福拥有这份友谊。丽颖笑着把签名照交给依静,但是那灿烂的笑容逐渐变得十分阴险可怕。

几天后的莫一天,骏胜和永和到游泳池训练身体。原本玩得愉快的时候,依静突然出现在眼前。骏胜回头看着永和,而他却对骏胜说要好好把握机会就先行离开了。骏胜知情后也愤怒地转身就走。依静为了向骏城解释,一个不小心掉进水里。她企图求救并且呐喊自己不会游泳,骏胜却以为她在假装不会游泳,而不加以理会。

然而,正直善良的骏胜却无法袖手旁观,毕竟人命比较重要。他回头发现情况不妙了。骏胜慌张地跳进水里救出了差点溺水的依静后,毫无犹豫地进行人工急救。昏迷的依静突然苏醒过来了,惊讶的骏胜也顿时间松了一口气。苏醒后的依静却俏皮的问,“这算接吻吗?” 骏胜看着眼前的依静,哭笑不得。可爱单纯的依静接着问骏胜,“我们的距离更加接近了吗?” 骏胜感到不可思议。



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BIRTH OF A BEAUTY VS OH MY VENUS


With many Korean drama talking about beauty and slimming down, this two drama does talk about these factors in an entertaining manner. Between these two drama, which one do you like best? In my opinion, both of them are pretty different yet talking about the importance of beauty at the same time. Perhaps, it is in our culture to look good in order to feel good and be optimistic about our future.


Synopsis 

Sa Geum Ran is a kind-hearted and unattractive woman with the character of an ahjuma (auntie). She was married to a well to do family but was badly treated by the whole family. After a fatal accident which  involved her husband, she escaped death and met Han Tae Hee, She sought to transform her looks to take revenge on her husband, Han Tae Hee agrees to help her in the transformation with an ulterior motives. Through plastic surgeries Sa Geum Ran became a beautiful woman and changed her name to Sa Ra. Gradually, Han Tae Hee begins to fall in love with Sa Ra as he assisted her in the plan for revenge.

Drama Queen review

This is a romance comedy about revenge, success and love. Basically, i love the story line  and the interesting characters. I had seen Han Ye-Seul acted in a few drama and this character is somehow similar to the other drama - Couple or Trouble.  The only difference is that this character is more down-to-earth. Likewise, she was betrayed by her husband and suffered accidents. In her most unfortunate and desperate moments, she met a kind soul and a hero for her to live her life again. 

Joo Sang-Wook and Han Ye-Seul have good chemistry and is convincing as a couple. It is hilarious to see Joo Sang-Wook  acting as Han Tae Hee, who is a comical genius. Sometimes, he appears to be in a confused state whenever he see Sa-Ra. He always acts in serious role and i seldom see him acting so relaxed and cute in any drama. Despite the fact that the main characters are matured in age, they can act cute and funny at the same time. There were some touching scenes such as the main characters supporting each other along the way and is always there for one another. The doctor and ahjuma interaction is pretty cute and funny too. 

Like any drama, the drama do have flaws which is hard to explain. For instance, the total transformation of Sa Geum Ran is too unbelievable. The whole revenge plan is rather silly and i don't like the way she executed the "plan" as it sounds so harmless and i am not anticipating anything from the  script writers after the first few episodes.  There are some parts which are draggy too. 

Jang Gyu-Woon is really good as a villian  and i really hate his character in this drama. Every time i wished to see him and his family gets punished severely.  It is gratifying to see all the villains down-fall and received their tribulations. I love that the drama have clear and define villains to hate and the good characters to support. At least there is a plot to follow and to look forward in every episode. I think the drama is moderately good if we can overlook some of its flaws. Generally, i like this drama and hope they have more sweet moments every time the couple appears onscreen.



Synopsis 

Young-Ho (So Ji-Sub) comes from a wealthy family background. He has been suffering from a devastating leg injury since his childhood days. He overcame his problems through stubbornness and determination. His other identity is a personal trainer for celebrities and he has two friends who always supports him. Kang Joo-Eun (Shin Min-A) is a 33 years old lawyer. She used to be very beautiful in her school days. However, she suffered from thyroid problems and became overweight over the years. She is struggling to support her family.

Drama Queen review

So Ji Sub and Shin Min-Ah shares an amazing chemistry. If you had seen the drama, you would be amazed  by the two leads. Their every actions and eye contract feels so loving, making me jelly every time they were together. Asides from the cute and interesting romance, i love the interaction between the brothers, Ji Woong and Joon Sung. They were played by the charming duo - Henry and Sung Hoon. In my opinion, Henry does a good job playing himself in this role. I like the enthusiastic and friendly Ji Woong who always light up the scene with his energy. On the other hand, Sung Hoon is so cool and handsome. 

Despite the cute chemistry from the cast, the plot is a let-down since i do anticipate a lot from this drama after its impressive premise. Sadly, the scriptwriter does not have enough materials to work on and it results in a hasty and inadequate ending. The constant flashbacks implies that there is really nothing else to talk about in the finale. It is so unsatisfying that i rather they fill those emptiness with some other story. For instance, Yi-Jin and Joon Sung love-line can be further explained in this case. I think this couple is cute but there is not enough scene time from the two of them. The viewers felt that Joon Sung sudden interest in Yi-Jin is out of place as he did not show much interest in her all these while. However, i do see the hint that Joon Sung has interest in her. Some people commented that they don't like Yi-Jin character and labelled her as a stalker. I think Yi-Jin did improved herself later on, it is just too bad that those changes were not prominent.

The lack of a true villain is another major disappointment. The conflict that was built up from the early episodes came to a halt when the whole revenge plot is not carried out properly by the uncle. The adulterous pair in the drama live a comfortable life after all but let's be forgiving. There are many flaws in this drama such as the inconsistency in the main characters personalities, all the talks about healthy which does not follow through towards the end and Young Ho fast recovery from the car accident which is so sudden makes it unbelievable.

In conclusion, I am disappointed that the scriptwriter did not explore more with this incredible casts. I would only recommend this drama for fans who only looks forward to a fluffy romance comedy drama even when the drama falls short in certain aspects.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

就是喜欢你 JUST SO LOVING YOU - Prelude & Chapter 1


故事大纲:
 
故事内容描述一位单纯可爱的女明星爱上一位英俊冷酷的拳击手展开一段浪漫甜蜜的爱情故事。梁依静是23岁的偶像组合- Pretty girls 的成员。她是一位勇敢追求幸福的女生。即使途中遇到许多困难,都不会轻易放弃并且勇敢前进! 她不惜放下明星光环也要追求自己的爱情。
 
江骏胜是一位29岁的拳击手。父亲早逝,母亲改嫁给一位充满暴力倾向的丈夫。为了儿子的安全,她把骏胜送进孤儿院照顾。骏胜带着抱怨的情绪成长,并且经常打架,过着落魄自残的生活。四年前的一次机缘巧合下,他邂逅了一名专业拳击训练导师 - 张永和。他即是骏胜的导师也是恩人。他帮助受伤的骏胜,并且把他训练成专业拳击比赛冠军。
 
第一页 (Chapter 1)

我是梁依靜!
 
骏胜正在努力锻炼体力,为了接下来的拳击比赛。另一边,依静正在台上准备Pretty girls 的演唱会。台下的粉丝们尖叫偶像团体的成员名字- 梁依静,赖丽颖,谢文妍。在休息室里,丽颖兴奋的爆料依静即将完成心愿,与自己的偶像江骏胜拍广告了。在一旁化妆的依静微笑着拿出包包里的手机给成员们看储存在手机里的骏胜照片。成员们都取笑依静是花痴,而依静却傻傻的看着照片里的骏胜。
 
演出结束后,经理人在车里报告一个坏消息- 江骏胜拒绝与依静拍广告。传媒接获消息后,大致宣扬表示依静被骏胜拒绝了。成员们用同情的眼光看着失落的依静。夜里,依静翻来覆去,无法入眠。她无法了解为何骏胜要拒绝与自己合作拍广告。她告诉自己明天一定要找骏胜问个清楚!
 
骏胜一如往常的在健身房锻炼身体。从更衣室走出来的骏胜光着上身,突然戴着墨镜的依静打开门仔细地观察眼前的骏胜。他惊讶的看着依静,并且羞涩地用手遮住自己的上身。依静愤怒的问骏胜,“你为什么拒绝我?” 骏胜感到莫名其妙的问道,"你是谁?” 依静惊讶对方不知道自己就是人气偶像团体的成员。她对着骏胜骄傲地说,“我是梁依静!样貌甜美,身材完美的人气偶像 梁依静!” 骏胜淡淡地回复,“我不认识你。” 愤怒的依静追问骏胜为何拒绝合拍广告。骏胜表示自己正在准备比赛,并且他还没有决定是否要接拍广告。这时,经理人出现把依静带走,并且向对方道歉。骏胜默默地望着被经理人架走的依静。

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