Wednesday, February 22, 2017

何为贤妻 (Being a Virtuous Wife)

What does it mean to be a virtuous wife? Does being virtues mean tolerating his cousin, enduring his concubines, and get along with his over bearing mother?

If you refuse to let me live freely, why should I make your life easy for you?

Did fate let her time travel just for the sake of learning how to be a virtuous wife in ancient times being bound by the three morals and four virtues? Forget it, instead of leaving like a coward bound by pointless rules, it would be better to live to in satisfaction!

Translated Chapters

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 | Chapter 15 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20 | Chapter 21 | Chapter 22 | Chapter 23 | Chapter 24 | Chapter 25 | Chapter 25 | Chapter 27 | Chapter 28 | Chapter 29 | Chapter 30 | Chapter 31 | Chapter 32 | Chapter 33 | Chapter 34 | Chapter 35 | Chapter 36 | Chapter 37 | Chapter 38 | Chapter 39 | Chapter 40 | Chapter 41 | Chapter 42 | Chapter 43 | Chapter 44 | Chapter 45 | Chapter 46 | Chapter 47 | Chapter 48 | Chapter 49 | Chapter 50 | Chapter 51 | Chapter 52 | Chapter 53 | Chapter 54 | Chapter 55 | Chapter 56  | Chapter 57 | Chapter 58  | Chapter 59 | Chapter 60  | Chapter 61 | Chapter 62 | Chapter 63 | Chapter 64 | Chapter 65 | Chapter 66 | Chapter 67 | Chapter 68 | Chapter 69 | Chapter 70 | Chapter 71 | Chapter 72 | Chapter 73 | Chapter 74 | Chapter 75 | Chapter 76 | Chapter 77 | Chapter 78 | Chapter 79 | Chapter 80 | Chapter 81 | Chapter 82 | Chapter 83 | Chapter 84 | Chapter 86 | Chapter 86 | Chapter 87 | Chapter 88 | Chapter 89 | Chapter 90 | Chapter 91 | Chapter 92 | Chapter 93 | Chapter 94 | Chapter 95 | Chapter 96 | Chapter 97  | Chapter 98 | Chapter 99  | Chapter 100 | Chapter 101 | Chapter 102 | Chapter 103  | Chapter 104 | Chapter 105  | Chapter 106 | Chapter 107 | Chapter 108 | Chapter 109  | Chapter 110 | Chapter 111  | Chapter 112 | Chapter 113  | Chapter 114 | Chapter 115  | Chapter 116 | Chapter 117 | Chapter 118 | Chapter 119  | Chapter 120 | Chapter 121 | Chapter 122 | Chapter 123  

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

何为贤妻 (Being a Virtuous Wife) : Chapter 1 – Being a Reasonable Person

Within the residence of the Prince of Duan, it was an ordinary day in the kitchen: servants were busily moving to and fro in an orderly manner. Granny Ma had just returned from delivering pastries to the inner court with a group of servant girls, and her face was not looking well.

Seeing her expression, another old granny servant asked, “What is the matter? Why does your expression look so terrible?” Handing over a cup of tea to Granny Ma to calm her nerves, the latter further inquired, “Didn’t you just deliver the pastries to the inner court? How come…”

“Don’t even mention it! Her highness, the Prince Consort, just woke up this morning. You know rough labor servants like us cannot enter the palace. We only saw one of her highness’s attendants, Miss Yin Liu,” Granny Ma rambled. Taking a big gulp of tea and looking around, Granny Ma lowered her voice and whispered, “The moment I saw that their expression were not right, I quickly hurried back.”

Upon hearing this, the other granny servant sighed, and in a half-pity half-gossipy tone said, “It hasn’t been that long since Her Highness married into the Prince’s Residence, even the wedding decorations have not yet been taken down yet.”

Granny Ma added, “It has been less than 2 months since the Prince’s Consort married and moved into the Prince’s residence. However, since the wedding night, His Highness has not stepped foot into the main palace. Furthermore, in the recent days that the Prince Consort had gotten sick, His Highness had only briefly come and gone. No wonder the Prince Consort’s attendants were not happy.”

Thinking to herself, Granny Ma thought back to her encounter with the Prince Consort – such a dignified and beautiful woman. She could not understand why His Highness did not like his consort.

Suddenly someone cautioned, “Enough of this chatter nonsense. I just saw one of the servant girls’ of the Side Consort (a concubine beneath the Main/Primary Consort, yet higher than the other concubines) come over to the kitchen”. At a drop of a hat, both grannies stopped their chatter and went back to their duties.

Within the main palace, a group of servant girls was preparing the Prince Consort for her morning ablutions. Slender fingertips brushed across a piece of first-rate silk brushed before setting it at the side. Unlike the previous days, there was no hint of anger on her highness, Qu Qing Ju’s face. Lazily, she took off a grade jade bracelet from her wrist and casually threw it into an intricately carved wooden mahogany box and commented, “The color is too old-fashioned.”

Upon hearing this, a servant girl named Jin Zhan paused briefly before signaling to the other attendants behind her. Soon, several boxes containing various designs of bracelets - gold, adorned with pearls, jade etc… - were presented before Qu Qing Ju. Briefly glancing at the bracelets, she finally decided on a blood-red jade bracelet which accentuated against her pale fair wrist. 

Seeing Qu Qng Ju wear that blood-red bracelet made Jin Zhan’s expression falter. Her highness had always thought that that particular bracelet was too gaudy and never worn it. However today she had picked the same piece she disliked without hesitation and even wore it!

Recalling the days of her highness before marriage, where she was such a warm and gentle soul, carefree of the scheming and pettiness of the inner courts of a household with concubines. Having such a personality would be considered a virtue, but in a household where there were concubines and especially when marrying into royalty, this virtue was but a weakness.

Noticing the change in Jin Zhan’s expression, Qu Qing Ju gave a faint smile as she stood up and spread her arms to allow the female attendants to dress her in a wide-sleeved silk dress she had picked out. The dress was made from the highest quality of white brocade and had red plum blossoms embroidered onto it. When the silk dress moved, the embroidered plum blossoms looked as if they were really swaying in the wind.

Hanging from her waist was a spice bag that was embroidered with two blossoming lotus flowers on a single stem, along with a jade beaded knotted ornament. With her long supple hair tied up in a flying fairy braid, perfectly drawn eyebrows and vibrant red lips… the overall scene was one of a bewitching beauty.

Finally inserting a hair ornament into her hair on her own, Qu Jing Ju slowly stood up and cryptically smiled as she looked out the window, “It should be about time for them to pay their respects.”

Jin Zhan, who was a few steps away, forced a smile and resignedly said, “Your highness, as you were sick for the past few days, his highness had told the concubines not to disturb your rest.”

“Oh?” Qu Qing Ju leisurely sat down while caressing the pair of jade earring adorning her earlobes and adjusted their position into one that was more comfortable. After she was done with her action, Yin Liu handed over a cup of warm water for rinsing. As she put the lid back on the cup, Qu Qing Ju said, “In that case, send someone to each of their palaces and tell them that this consort has just recovered from her illness and has missed her ‘sisters’.”

Upon hearing her words, the 4 first ranking maidservants exchanged quizzical glances amongst themselves. Even if they did not understand for her highness’s change in personality upon waking up, they still followed out her instructions.

As she came out of the main palace, a worried Jin Zhan said. “Her highness does not seem to be normal ever since she woke up today. I don’t know why, but she seems different.”

Yin Liu concurred, “In this Prince's residence, although everyone seems to be showing her highness respect, it is only on the surface. Behind her highness’s back, they actually try to curry favor with the Side Consort in the West Palace. Her highness has been married for just 2 months, but other than the first 3 days of marriage where His highness stayed in the main palace, he has spent all his time with the other concubines. Where does that leave our mistress? It is humiliating.” She added, “That Feng Side Consort has a lofty attitude thinking she is a master, but she is still a concubine and beneath our mistress no less.”

Hearing what Yin Liu said, Yu Zhan looked around cautiously and after seeing that there was no one else, cautioned Yin Liu, “Don’t go around saying such things. Even though his highness favors the Side Consorts over the Primary Consort, he still gives her highness the respect she is due. Don’t add fire the the fuel and create troubles for her highness.” 
“You call that respect?” Yin Liu snorted in displeasure, thinking about her mistress’s warm and soft personality, she helpless sighed, “Jin Zhan and I will go over to invite Feng and Jiang Side Consorts. The second ranked girls can go over to invite the other concubines.”

Mu Jin nodded, “Ok. Bai Lu and Pu Er are sufficient to invite the concubines Madam Luo and Madam Han.”

The Prince Consort’s first ranking maidservants were named after flowers, while the second ranked maidservants were named after teas. As for the third ranking maidservants and those doing heavy-labor, there were no such naming conventions.

Mu Jin, Yin Liu, Mu Jin, Jin Zhan and Yu Zan, had followed Qu Qing Ju when she married the Prince. They were from the Chang De Duke’s residence, so they were naturally closer to the Prince Consort and thought of her well-being. Before being married, her highness was neglected by her stepmother and was not taught how to manage a household. It is even worse when she had married into royalty as the environment was more complex. As a result, her highness quickly became ill just 2 months after entering the Prince residence.

Mu Jin has always been concerned for Qu Qing Ju, so when she saw Qu Qing Ju having the desire to establish her foothold in the Prince residence today, she heaved a sigh of relief. As long as her highness was able to protect herself and establish her presence in the Prince residence, that was all she asked for.

When all the maidservants had left, Qu Qing Ju stood up and walked towards a large copper mirror. The craftsmanship of the mirror was exquisite, and even though it was not as clear as a glass mirror, it was enough to identify a person’s features. In the reflection stood a beautiful girl of around sixteen or seventeen year of age. If this girl was in the era she lived in, she would just be a beautiful high school student.

Trying to piece together the memories in her head, Qu Qing Ju sighed as the memories fleeted across her mind: this girl was not loved by her father and her stepmother was no less horrible, even her husband did not love her and there was even a group of irritating scheming concubines. The original character was a soft personality and somehow she had gotten sick while she was in this complicated Prince residence. During the illness, the original character had mysteriously been replaced with her, a woman from the future. She did not know what warmth or love was, and even in her death there was no justice. 
Qu Qing Ju’s thoughts were soon disrupted by a unfeminine voice, “Your highness, the kitchen servants have delivered breakfast.”

It was probably the voice of one of the eunuchs’ who served within the Prince’s residence. But unlike the eunuchs in the palace, these eunuchs were appointed to serve the Prince when he was given the title, during the time he was in charge of the Department of Household affairs.

“You may proceed”, Qu Qing Ju voiced out as she made her way out while playing with the strands dangling from the gold hair ornament in her hair. Rui Xiang and Shu Kui were already waiting in an adjoining room. Upon hearing the Prince Consort orders, they quickly parted the curtains, and welcomed Qu Qing Ju out, one of them supporting her.

Both Rui Xiang and Shu Kui were maidservants from the Prince residence; hence there was not as much respect for Qu Qing Ju as she was too nice of a person and a pushover. Had the previous Qu Qing Ju not been such a soft person, they would have already been thrown out of the Prince residence. After all, who in their right state of mind would allow potential rivals to serve them and be a temptation to their husbands?

As Qu Qing Ju sat down at the table, her eyes looked over the food that was presented on the table. Stewed pork shoulder, and a bowl of bird’s nest porridge with strands of chicken accompanied by a variety of side dishes that were greasy and fatty. The only dish that looked healthy and palatable was a small side of sautéed lettuce stems.

Just as Shu Kui was about to move forward to serve her, Qu Qing Ju waved her hand and looked at the servants bowing at the entrance with a smile, “The food was delivered by you?”

“Yes, your esteem highness this lowly one has duties in the kitchen”, came the reply from the puzzled kitchen servants.

Leaning back into her seat, Qu Qing Ju nonchalantly commented, “Really such a good kitchen in the Prince’s residence.” Her face slowly darkened as puzzlement washed over the servants present. Swiping over the dish of stewed pig shoulder onto the floor, the room was soon overflowing with the smell of meat. “Men, take them away and give them a good beating.”

Silence filled the air as no one managed to respond as they were in a state of shock. They could not comprehend how a soft personality like her highness would suddenly act so fiercely.

Qui Qing Ju eyes narrowed as she spitted out the words, “What is this? This esteemed princess does not have any authority to command you people now?” Glancing across the servants in the room, she angrily added, “Or do you think it is naturally proper for the kitchen in the Prince’s residence to disrespect me?”

As her gaze went over the servants, they shook in fear and some managed to respond to her commands: a few eunuchs and some strong grannies rush rushed to the front and started to drag the kitchen servants away.

The kitchen servants who were being dragged away did not dare protest or struggle, they only begged for mercy. One kitchen servant even yelled that they were being framed, that they had served her highness with the best foods.

Looking at the kitchen servant who was shouting about being framed and wronged, Qu Qing Ju commanded, “What you people still standing around for? Bring them down and punish them in front of me now.”

Hearing her command, a quick-witted eunuch took out a handkerchief and stuffed it into the mouth of the rambling kitchen servant. When his mouth was stuffed, the eunuch then proceeded to drag him towards to outer yard to carry out the punishment.

Soon the other servants who were holding down the kitchen servants always dragged them out. The remaining servants, cleared a table outside and spread out refreshments for her highness to enjoy while watching the punishment.

“What is that eunuch’s name? He seems quite strong.” Qu Qing Ju asked Shu Kui as she was supporting her outside.

“That eunuch’s name is Xiao Gao Zi (Little Tall) and he is in charge of sweeping the yard”, Shu Kui replied in reverence unaware that her movements and actions were more subservient. 
“He doesn’t seem like he is very tall. Why don’t we change his name to Huang Yang, and make him serve in the inner courtyards?”, Qu Qing Ju mused.

When she was at the outside yard, the kitchen servants were already tied to long benches and being punished as the heavy wooden paddles came into contact with their behinds mercilessly. Qu Qing Ju mentally counted to twenty as she sat down in a chair prepared for her. She calmly said, “Other than the servant who talked back just now, the punishment for the other servants can stop.”

Casting her gaze upon the 3 kitchen servants who were enduring the aftermath of the punishment whilst kneeling down and thanking her, Qu Qing Ju leisurely took a sip from her cup and said, “You must be wondering why you are punished.”

“I am a reasonable person; however, you people who are part of the kitchen staff have crossed the boundary. So much so, I am left with no other choice but to punish you.”, Qu Qing Ju helplessly lamented as she put her cup down.

Even if the Prince Consort did not have the favor of the Prince, she was still the consort that the Emperor had personally decreed to enter the Prince’s residence with the title of primary wife. How would the servants from the kitchen date to disrespect her? Despite finding something amiss, no one dared to say anything, as a good example of someone who voiced out his complaints was being punished in front of them. So who would dare say a word?

Qu Qing Ju continued, “Everyone in the Prince’s residence should know that I have been ill. Even the imperial doctors’ have advised what I should and should not be eating. But what have you been serving every day?” Sighing, Qu Qing Ju with her face filled with anguish went on, “I know you people could not be bothered to treat a sick Prince Consort properly and with respect, so I was resigned to fate and was only waiting for death. But since I have recovered, I will have a good life. Yet you heartless creature have purposefully only brought oily and greasy foods! Is it in the hope that I will die faster?!”

The 3 kitchen servants who were spared the prolong agony of punished wanted to explain but did not dare to, in case they incurred the wrath of her highness and continued their punishment,

Having deemed that the effect was just about right, Qu Qing Ju waved her hand weakly as though she were emotionally drained and wounded, “That’s enough. You all can leave now.”

Turning over to Rui Xiang, Qu Qing Ju instructed, “Give them ointment for their injuries, they are after all servants who are essential to the running of the Prince residence, we can’t have them incapacitated from the punishment.”

Upon hearing her words, the 4 kitchen servants were in despair. Her highness's words meant that even if they were to crawl they still had to continue their work at the Prince’s residence as they were indispensable. Otherwise, they might be thrown out and left begging in the streets.

After finishing her orders, Qu Qing Ju slowly stood up from the chair and turned over to look at the Side Consorts and other concubines who had arrived just in time. Seeing them, Qu Qing Ju showed a look of surprise and exclaimed, “When did you arrive? Since you are all here, come in.”

With that said, without caring about the looks o their faces, Qu Qing Ju took Shu Kui’s hand and walked back to the inner hall. 
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

DramaQueen Favourite Mandarin Pop Singer-Songwriters

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These were the singers that contributed to the mandarin pop scene with their incredible talent. Singer-songwriters were the trend in the early 20's. Although they debuted around the same time, some of them were more successful than the others. No matter how their life journey leads them, i still admire their talent in music. 

1) Tank Lu Jian Zhong 
Career line: Pearl

Tank Lu Jian Zhong is a well known singer-song writer in Taiwan. He had a few hit singles under his belt. Some of his songs were used for OST (Original Soundtrack) for idol drama. Despite his early success in the music industry, he spent a few years away from the limelight to recuperate from his genetic heart disease. According to him, his aunt and sister passed away due to heart attack. He has since moved on to behind the scene to focus in song writing. Subsequently, he went through the lowest point of life after his divorce with his ex-wife Mer Mer, whom he had a child with. During an interview, Tank mentioned that he was a bad role model in the past and he tend to escape from problems by indulging in bad habits, such as smoking and drinking. However, he refused to reveal the reason behind their separation.

Nowadays, Tank is actively involved in church activities to spread the gospel around the world. He had released his self penned christian songs and he has been giving vocal training to the kids. Tank had mentioned that he did not have the desire to return to the music industry as time passes by and he would rather sing to the Lord than to please people. It may be good for his health as he tend to be nervous or excited when performing on stage, which may trigger his abnormal heart beat. In his heyday, his signature songs include personal angel, give me your love and if i become a memory. We could hardly see him now, like a pearl that was hidden. 

At the age of 34, Tank is still young but he had already been through many hardships. Tank had matured through the years and was no longer the boyish looking boy that i remembered many years ago. He may look haggard and skinny due to his medical condition, however he still has a good vocal which touches my heart. His career in the music industry can be described as fire works which was spectacular but for a short time. Tank is good in composing music and i love his voice. He is now dedicating his life to spread the gospel. 

If i become a memory

Personal angel

Give me your love

The song he composed for his church - amazing love

2) JJ Lin Jun Jie
Career line: Diamond

JJ Lin is a successful singer-songwriter that is currently based in Taiwan. He have numerous hit singles from his albums such as Jiang Nan. According to him, there was once he had damaged his vocal cord and risked losing his voice. He turned to Christianity for strength and comfort. Eventually he recovered and continued to sing until now. JJ Lin won the best male singer in Taiwan Golden Melody Awards and became an established artiste.

Jiang Nan

JJ Lin and Tank debuted around the same time and managed to stay active in the music industry until now. He is more fortunate than Tank as he has a healthy body. I wonder if Tank has a healthy body, he may achieve as much as JJ Lin does in the music industry. 

If only

3) David Tao
Career line: Gemstone

Many people called David Tao the godfather of R&B mandarin pop songs. He had also established himself as a musician in the music industry. Some of his popular hits includes Find myself. He is a devoted christian too.

In my opinion, David Tao can compose music very well. However, his career was affected by his infidelity. Due to the scandal, he had damaged his own image in the public. Despite everything, i still give credit to his ability to compose beautiful songs. 

4) Jay Chou
Career line: Gold

Jay Chou is the king of Mandarin pop and nobody has yet to surpass his success in the music industry. He has his own distinct style in music which cater to the mainstream. Despite his spine injury, nothing can stop him from achieving wonders. Throughout these years, he had won numerous music awards. He was married and recently became a father to his daughter. He recently joins in the group of Christian celebrities too.

Jay Chou classic songs

5) Lee Hom
Career line:  Jade

I did not like Lee Hom when he first debuted,but i gradually admire him over the years. I love his hit singles such as Heartbeat and All the time you never knew.  He has always maintained a low profile until he confessed that he was already married.

All the things you never knew. 

Bridge of fate

Friday, October 21, 2016

Jolin Tsai Play Concert

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I had the honor to attend Jolin Tsai's  "Play" concert in Singapore, thanks to my sister. Although it was a restricted view area, i was actually quite close to the stage. I was excited about this concert because i used to listen to her songs. She was the Mando dancing queen of my generation. 

These were the freebies found at our seats and it was nice of the organizer to placed them on our seats. I was anticipating Jolin Tsai concert since i have never been to her concert before.

The stage design looks like some sort of a mini playground, placed in the middle of a stage. It follows the theme of the concert - Play. Jolin Tsai costumes ranges from average to good. Some of the dancers that they hired were quite good and Jolin used English to introduced the dancers. Her English is pretty good for a Taiwanese. Anyway, she major in English and she at least can form sentences.

That night, Jolin sang all her classic songs and hype up the atmosphere with her dance steps. Perhaps due to Jolin getting older in age, she seem to get tired easily. Compared to the past when Jolin impressed us with her rhythmic gymnastic, Jolin did not perform any of that in her concert.  I was a little disappointed that she fall short of my expectation.

Jolin look gorgeous and tiny on stage. Her voice did improved a lot throughout the years and her hard work had lead to success. She was sharing her story on stage with a video of how she attained success despite the negative reviews. I admired Jolin for being such a hardworking artiste and she do deserved all the fame. I love the way she sang live for her ballads such as the smell of lemongrass, i know you are not happy and rewind. She performed steadily without any major mistake during the concert. She even invited two loyal fans from her fan club on stage to sing with her. Jolin is not really good in talking, i am glad that she choose to sing more than she talks to the audiences.  In conclusion, i do enjoy jolin concert and it seem like i took a time machine to the past when i used to listen to her songs during school days. How time flies!

Jolin debut song - I know you are sad
Cute song - Sun will never set
Jolin coming near to the stage
Jolin looking at our direction

Special thanks to my sister and her crew 

Friday, October 14, 2016

BTS Album Wings Music Review

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Bangtan Boys also known as BTS, recently made a comeback to the Kpop scene with a brand new album - Wings. I was amazed by BTS maturity in music, since we knew that BTS was famous for their youthful Hip-hop style. In my opinion, BTS has been experimenting different genre of music style after their last album - The most beautiful moment (Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa). Their brand new album features a variety of music style and solo for each member. This album showcased the member’s talent and what they can do as individuals. I heard that BTS participated in the production of this album which was truly great. Wings touched on a few sensitive social problems and some personal subject about the member’s thoughts and their inner struggles. The circles they were talking about in Wings were self, family, friends and the world as they were interlinked with each other. I am pleased with the overall concept of this album, keeping the mystery towards the end and practically leaving us craving for more of BTS. I look forward to this promising boy band future venture as they did prove to us how versatile and precious they were in pursuing performing Arts. This album definitely showed us a different side of BTS and they were prepared to step-up on their game in this ever changing music scene, while creating their own identity. 

J-Hope open the curtain of this album with his stunning display of dance skills and he totally owned it! I love the mysterious feeling to this music and the way J-hope expressed himself with his body movements. The lyrics - too bad, but it’s too sweet was well written and it rhymes with the whole album concept. The tempo and rhythm of this song was enchanting, drawing us into the world of BTS.

We knew that this album was inspired by the popular novel - Demain. The whole album focused on the member’s life and how they keep falling into temptations. Everyone have their own struggles and worries and there were times when we simply gave in to sins. The rap lyrics is both beautiful and meaningful. Basically, BTS carried a strong message about - life is not a bed of roses.

This official music video from Big hit Entertainment was filmed in high quality resolution and it simply showed that BTS was worth every single penny. The story begins with the boys at the Art Museum. Jin stared at a picture on the wall intently with a zoomed in close shoot of our beautiful Jin. All of a sudden, the boys became seven sophisticated princes dancing seductively to the music. I love the maracas that was used as part of the background music and i can't help but move along with the music. The Spanish inspired tune in between the song created a rather Artistic feel to the whole concept. BTS used the trendy music genre called moonbaton trap and added a bit of mysterious elements. These boys are a bunch of masterpiece amidst the Art work around the museum. 

I appreciate how evenly they distributed their lines in all BTS songs. The producer simply looked at who is suitable for which lines and each individual sang their parts very well. The music arrangement was well done and the boys did their best to seduce us with their new style. The music of Blood, Sweat and Tears went from soft and gentle to loud and aggressive and back to seductive again. It was a roller coaster ride to me! I love their transition from youth to adults. Nothing can stop BTS from moving on towards a new level in the music industry. We know that BTS are moving in a new musical direction and they are having fun in their journey towards exploring artistic expressions. 

Jeon Jungkook shared about his life ever since the age of fifteen. He talked about his brother (hyung) pain and how he felt worse when he see them upset. This song is very personal to Jungkook as he sang about how precious his brothers meant to him. In my opinion, this song was a cross between Zion-T and Justin Bieber music style. Jungkook must have been musically influenced by these two artistes. I can feel the sincerity and heartwarming lyrics in begin and Jungkook smoothing voice matches this song very well. Jungkook sang about his gratitude towards the people in his life that inspired him and make him who he is today. 

I have been waiting for Jimin to sing solo and he finally did in this album. He should have more confidence in himself and he does have a sweet voice. This song really make me proud of being his fan. In the song Lie, Jimin presented a person with a huge inner struggle and pain. He was probably betrayed by someone he trusted and fall into depression. I love the lyrics - Don't be like a prey, be smooth like a snake. This song sang about Jimin been caught in a lie which was actually the devil poisoning his mind. He was tempted to give himself to the devil repeatedly. Although he knows it is wrong, he cannot stop because he actually love that feeling. Jimin sang this song with such passion and emotion which totally blown me away. I melted at Jimin high notes and the beautiful chorus. Jimin had improved a lot in his vocal control and his English pronunciation. 

V has always been an impressive vocalist in my opinion and this song stigma totally drawn me to his voice. He has such a soulful voice and it is a shame if he does not utilize it in a song. Therefore, i am glad he managed to sing solo in this album. In Stigma, V was sorry for his reckless and irresponsible behavior. V felt being punished for the things he had done. He wants to redeem himself from the sin and tried all ways to rectify his mistakes. I love the way V sang his high note and it does proved that V has the widest vocal range in BTS. The music accompaniment for this song is simple with a saxophone, drum and piano as the background music. There is this jazz feeling to this song and it felt like V is confessing his feeling from the moment it drop the beat.

Suga always have an anguish overtone in his rap and this song is no exception. I love the way the song was written with such poetic expression. Suga reminiscence about his childhood and his loved ones. He rapped about the brown piano that stood by his side. He clearly stated that he will never leave (give up on) music. This is his faith and he strongly believed that music heal all pains in his heart. He hide behind the music to relieve his pain and anxiety. 

Rap monster lyrics reflected on life been sometimes good and bad. There were dark night and bright morning. I love the way Rap monster rap in English at the beginning. He sound so attractive and sexy. Reflection speaks of Rap monster philosophy about life and his insecurity. He wished to love himself more and not to be too hard on himself. 

J-Hope did a great job in this album and people need to stop underestimate his abilities. He is a talented piece of Art with his own style and he totally throws himself in his craft. I love the way he rap about his mother being there for him in his life. He simply love his mother and he wanted his mother to be proud of him too. 

I always heard that Jin is only a visual representative in BTS and he was one of the underrated member in Bangtan. Some people commented that he does not have much talent compared to other members. This song Awake really proved the haters wrong as Jin demonstrated his potential musically. I was touched by his gentle, sweet voice and the lyrics of this song was so well written that it brought tears to my eyes. Jin faced disappointment along the way and he still choose to hold on to the six flowers (the members) and continue to walk forward despite the obstacles and setbacks. Jin is really good in ballads and he does have a good voice!

Lost was sang by the four vocalists of BTS and it was a nice cover from them. It talks about being lost and how they tried to find a direction in life. This is very common for youngsters these days being lost and does not know what to do with life. This song connects to the youth that are still looking for their own place in this world.

The rappers in BTS continued their venture into Cypher part 4. They wrote the lyrics themselves and trap-rap along with the music. The lyrics - I love myself, i love myself keeps ringing in my head after listening to this song. The rap line tried to convey the message - Do not let the society define us of who we are and we need to find our own identify in this world. Yes, we need to love ourselves and not fall into depression due to other people opinion of us. They are referring to haters who sit behind the computer, sending hatred and resentment towards other people life. They wanted to destroy people life using words that hurts and they were simply saying things casually without sparing a thought for others.

We often question ourselves - Am i wrong? BTS shared about the social problem of these days where people became selfish and self-centered. They talked about the world we are living is going crazy with all the wrong moral values. This is a reflection about the society and we need to look into what went wrong with the young generation. Jimin pronunciation of crazy sound really crazy to me. Other than that minor problem, this song is really interesting.

BTS always talk about empowerment in their music. They did make it a point to be an inspiration to the youth of this generation. They always speak up against bullying, oppression and discrimination. In this particular song, BTS encouraged the 21st century girls to be strong and confident about themselves. Yes, we need not follow blindly on what the world says and define ourselves based on people opinion.

BTS pull the curtain down with an upbeat song that brings hope and a smile on our face. They sang about holding hands together as one to walk through the storm in our life. In my opinion, BTS tried to reach out to the youth with their music. Darkness will end, hope will arise. As long as we stay together, we will conquer the storm. You are not alone because we are in this together. Do not give up hope and let's move on. This song was well arranged and it served as an encouragement for people who are depressed. 

BTS really spread their wings and fly! Yes, this album was a huge success and it will be marked as one of the most beautiful moment in BTS musical journey. I love that the circles they referred to in this album are wings that enabled them to fly higher. Everyone have their own route in life and we can still spread our wings and fly at our own pace. We can if we simply try to spread our wings and fly!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

G-dragon Girlfriend Nana Komatsu

Leaked photos from G-Dragon's private Instagram account have revealed his relationship with Nana Komatsu.

Rumors began to emerge earlier this year, when G-dragon (27 years old) and Nana (20 years old) were spotted at a restaurant together in Tokyo. The two had also worked together on an intimate photoshoot for Nylon Magazine, earlier in March of this year.

However, fans and reporters began to assume that the two were much closer than they had let on. The two were again caught in rumors when they were spotted wearing the same styled white bracelet, reminiscent of couple jewelry.

Now, fans have uncovered leaked photos from G-Dragon’s Instagram that come to near definite proof that he’s in a relationship. - taken from Koreaboo

My thoughts 

When will celebrites ever learn their lesson not to post private picture or open a private account in the social media and still expect to maintain their "privacy"? These Korean artistes live under the public eyes. How can they expect to hide their private life when they actually volunteer to put their personal stuffs in the social media at the first place? 

It is only a matter of time before any hacker goes into the social media system and retrieve their personal informations. This unfortunate incident happened to the Big Bang leader G-dragon. He does not like to talk about his private life to the media. We knew that his previous relationship with Kiko waswidely publicise. However, G-dragon has never comment about this matter. 

Actions speaks louder than words. We do see some intimate photograph of G-dragon and Nana. Even if YG entertainment did not issue any statement, we are certain that G-dragon is dating Nana now. Taeyang even suggested in his private Instagram to produce a song titled Lovers. It was obvious that these two lovebirds are currently into each other. 

Later on, G-dragon posted this picture in his official Instagram. He must be feeling terrible that this unfortunate incident happened to him. G-dragon is a famous musician that has been in K-pop industry for many years, I am surprised that he is so careless in handling his personal matters. 

Looking back at the girls that caught the eyes of our handsome leader, I noticed that G-dragon seem to adore Japanese models. Indeed, he has a unique taste in women that are docile and exotic.  I can hear the heart of his fan girls breaking into pieces. Don't forget that G-Dragon is going into military soon. Will this relationship last long? 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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




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。曾天像一只野兽生活着,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,无法预料。即使不想与她来往,但是心里就是无法讨厌这个女生。