Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Unveiling Mysteries and Unspoken Bonds: A Review of "Maiden Holmes"

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"Maiden Holmes" is a Chinese historical drama that was released in 2020. The drama is also known as "Detective Maiden" or "The Detective Holmes."

The storyline revolves around a young woman named Su Ci, who disguises herself as a man to become a detective and solve crimes. She encounters Prince Qi, and 2 other characters - a swordsman, Xie Beiming, and a doctor, Dong RuShuan. Together they stumble upon a conspiricy and solve mysteries along the way.

Released in 2020, this series takes its audience on a captivating journey through the imperial court, where a brilliant young woman, Su Ci, disguises herself as a man to become a detective.

The storyline of "Maiden Holmes" is a refreshing departure from the conventional historical dramas. Instead of focusing solely on political intrigue and power struggles, the narrative centers around Su Ci's journey as a detective sand her hidden identity nicely unfolds within the 32 episodes. 

Each episode unfolds a new mystery, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the world of crime-solving with a little bit of romance and humor peppered in-between. The pacing is fairly well-executed, but there were gaps in some areas and characters were killed off too conveniently for the sake of the plot.

There was a bit of inconsistency when Su Ci was introduced as this super detective who was good at martial arts and skills of deduction, only for her to end up more often than not as a damsel in distress when her romance with Prince Qi develops. Prince Qi 's expression was also mostly if not often "wooden" in most episodes. Other than that, the plot and storyline was acceptable and quite entertaining (to me at least).  The supporting cast contributes significantly to the overall appeal, with humorous interactions.

The drama subtly challenges traditional gender roles as Su Ci navigates the imperial court disguised as a man. It adds a layer of complexity to the storyline, exploring themes of identity, societal expectations, and the pursuit of one's passions. This nuanced approach to gender dynamics sets "Maiden Holmes" apart from other dramas in the same genre. 

In conclusion, "Maiden Holmes" is a captivating blend of mystery, romance, and historical intrigue that stands out in the vast landscape of Chinese dramas. The engaging plot, well-rounded characters, and visual splendor make it a must-watch for fans of historical and detective genres alike. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer to Chinese dramas, "Maiden Holmes" promises an enjoyable and immersive experience that will leave you eagerly anticipating each new revelation.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Quantium Solutions Postal Problems

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As technology continues to advance, so does the realm of online shopping and shipping. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that everything has accelerated, from the swift delivery of food to the seamless online shopping experience and the rapid distribution of goods. Everything except for Quantium Solutions, they should change their name to Quantium Problems instead. 

Considering the potential of blockchain technology, it's disconcerting that Quantium Solutions, seemingly a part of the SingPost Group, appears to be falling behind in technological advancements. The order from PlayAsia (my very first!) was dispatched on October 4, 2023, and it took 17 days to finally reach its destination in Singapore. However, it took 2 days to reach SingPost and it has been stuck in that status since.... and they are telling me that cannot tell where it is!

Upon emailing the Singapore branch of Quantium Solutions, they replied saying to "Based on the record, the item was shipped out via Quantium Solutions Hong Kong to Singapore. However, we do not have any record in our system. Please reach out to your merchant/sender or the origin shipper,  Quantium Solutions Hong Kong for more details and further assistance."

Really Quantium Solutions? You could tell me where it was shipped out from, but cannot tell me where it is now that it has arrived in it's destination which should be under your purview? 

I've ordered from Bokksu and they deliver from Japan. When the parcel arrives in Singapore, dispatch is done by SingPost, and I usually received it within 2-3 weeks from dispatch. So that works out to be an average of 15 working days, not more than 21 days and counting. Even Amazon Prime shipping from the US to Singapore has arrived faster than this, with frequent status updates. And let's not even take about anything bought from China on Lazada or Shopee, where you are updated on the status constantly.

It's just Hong Kong to Singapore, not Hong Kong to the Netherlands. Plus, the status was updated to have already arrived in destination N days ago with no new updates and when it will be delivered.

But what's worse is that Quantium Solutions Singapore is telling me that they cannot find it in their system as it was sent out by the Hong Kong Branch. Since they are basically the same company just in different locations, where is the blockchain technology or visibility  to check for such deliveries?

I would say it's a red flag when the same entity does not seem to use the same system for something as simple as shipping. The reviews on Google and on the internet for this company also reflects the experience.

How is this company still in existence is a mystery - tracking is bad, customer service is hopeless and their system is not even integrated! Oh and did I mention that Quantium Solutions is a subsidiary of SingPost and yet their tracking system is hopeless.

Thankfully the seller, PlayAsia, has replied me saying that they would proceed with the full refund or reshipment so let's see how that goes. I would have to say that the customer support for PlayAsia has really been good and supportive, unlike Quantium Solutions.

Have you encountered Quantum Solutions with you shipping and deliveries? If so what are your thoughts on it?

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Spy x Family: An Anime Masterpiece That Sneaks Its Way Into Your Heart

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In the world of anime, there are plenty of genres to choose from: action, romance, fantasy, and more. But every once in a while, a series comes along that defies easy classification and captures the hearts of viewers with its unique blend of humor, action, and heartwarming moments. "Spy x Family" is one such anime that has taken the anime community by storm. Based on Tatsuya Endo's manga of the same name, this espionage-themed anime has proven to be an absolute delight. In this review, we'll dive into what makes "Spy x Family" a must-watch and why it's quickly become a fan favorite.

"Spy x Family" takes place in a fictional world where espionage and political intrigue are the norm. In the midst of this turmoil, we follow the life of Twilight, a top-secret spy known for his incredible skills and cool demeanor. His latest mission? To infiltrate an elite school and get close to a target, who just so happens to be the daughter of a prominent politician.

The way the characters are introduced in each episode, namely "Twilight" and how he gets to meet Anya (a telepathic girl with a troubled yet mysterious past) and Yor (a skilled assassin) who will moonlight as his wife. What ensues is a brilliant mix of espionage, family dynamics, and comedic mishaps as this unconventional family navigates their way through dangerous missions and personal relationships.

One of the strongest aspects of "Spy x Family" is its character development. Each of the main characters: from the enigmatic Twilight to the quirky Anya and the aloof Yor, undergoes significant growth over the course of the series. As they come to understand each other and their own vulnerabilities, viewers are treated to both heartwarming and hilarious moments. 

Anya, in particular, steals the show with her innocence, telepathic abilities, and her desire to be a part of a real family. Watching her bond with Twilight and Yor is both heartening and incredibly endearing. Her comical reactions are adorable as she reads the thoughts of both Twilight and Yor, sometimes misinterpreting the situation and results in hilarious results.

"Spy x Family" strikes a perfect balance between comedy and emotion. The witty banter and comedic situations provide much-needed levity in a story that could otherwise become overly serious due to its spy-themed plot. The humor is genuinely funny and doesn't rely on tired anime tropes, making it accessible to a wide audience.

At the same time, the anime doesn't shy away from exploring deeper themes of family, trust, and the sacrifices people make for their loved ones. The emotional moments in the series are beautifully executed and resonated with me on a personal level.

Over all, "Spy x Family" is a delightful surprise and totally enjoyable anime! It seamlessly blends espionage with heartwarming family dynamics, humor, and emotional depth. The well-developed characters, engaging plot, and stunning animation make it a must-watch. I cannot wait for Season Two which starts its  premiere on October 7th 2023,  which is just around the corner!  

In addition to Spy x Family season 2, the series is also getting a new movie called Spy x Family Code: White and it will be released on December 22, 2023. Are you excited yet? 

If you're looking for an anime that will keep you entertained and tug at your heartstrings, "Spy x Family" should be at the top of your watchlist. Don't miss out on this modern masterpiece that sneaks its way into your heart.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Love You Seven Times Drama

 一时冲动,七世不祥 (A Moment of Impulse Leads to Seven Lifetimes of Misfortune) has been made into a drama! That was probably why the links to the novel and radio drama online were removed. But you still read the translated chapters on Volarenovels.

"Love You Seven Times" is adapted from Jiu Lu Fei Xiang's original novel "一时冲动,七世不祥". It tells the story of Xiangyun (played by Yang Chaoyue), a fairy from Tianjie Marriage Pavilion who accidentally becomes entangled with Chukong (played by Ding Yuxi), an ancient war god immortal. 

In order to break free from danger in six realms, they must descend together into various instances of life-threatening trials and thus embark on a series of hilarious yet deeply intertwined romantic stories.

I have it on my to watch list and cannot wait to start! 

The Lady in Butcher’s House 玉面桃花总相逢 Episode 1 Recap

The Lady in Butcher’s House

The story starts in Yunlai Town, a prosperous water town in the south of the Yangtze River, has been weathered for a long time, and it is prosperous and not declining. A man by the name of Xu Qingjia is wondering around asking for the directions to the Hu's family butcher shop. 

While Xu Qingjia is searching for the butcher shop, a bunch of bullies are at the shop scaring away the customers. The bullies want protection money and are scaring away all the customers. Unable to tolerate them for scaring her customers away, Hu Jiao nonchalantly shaves off the heads of the bullies when she is mincing the pork in front of her. Her antics successfully scare the bullies away and business resumes... until Xu Qingjia arrives. 

Upon arriving at the butcher shop, Xu Qingjia bows to Hu Jiao, states his name and announces he is there to fulfil the marriage contract by their parents. Hu Jiao does not like Xu Qingjia and intends to chase him away, but her brother, Hu Houfu, recognized Xu Qingjia and welcomed him instead.

As his name suggests, Xu Qingjia is gentle and elegant. He was born in a scholar family, and his father was an official. Both Xu Qingjia and Hu Jiao's fathers were classmates and close friends, and decided to get their children engaged to each other. Xu Qingjia has come to fulfil his father's promise as he just passed the examinations and was declared an official.

Unlike Xu Qingjia's father who become an offical, Hu Jiao's father repeatedly failed the exams and felt that he was not official material, so he left and married his wife. Together they set up a chain of successful butcher shops. 

The real reason why Hu Jiao does not like Xu Qingjia is due to her father: scholars are weak and incompetent. Hu Jiao's father could not sustain the business but it was her mother who managed to make it a success it is today with many branches. However, her mother died as she was overworked.  

And so the story begins of the two persons who would be husband and wife in the upcoming episodes. 

Xu Qingjia had actually left for 7 years and finally came back after making it as the top scholar. During his absence, the Hu family was ridiculed and made a laughing stock of the town. Now that Xu Qingjia has achieved fame and has come back, it leaves a bad impression on Hu Jiao. She intends to break of the marriage agreement. 

Upon his return, Xu Qingjia took the initiative to apologize to Hu Jiao’s father, and at the same time stated that when he left  to take the exam, he had a hard life. He mentioned that he had written a letter and sent it to Hu’s family, but for some reason it was not delivered and they lost contact.

Hu Jiao's brother and sister-in-law were moved by  Xu Qingjia persistence and story, but Hu Jiao has made up her mind to end the marriage contract between the two families. Originally, Hu Jiao's father felt that his daughter was not worthy of Xu Qingjia, but Xu Qingjia leaned over and whispered something in his ear which caused him to change his attitude immediately.

In a fit of anger, Hu Jiao runs away from home as her plan was foiled. She went to her best friend, Lin Cui, to complain and said that the man she wanted to marry was her best friend's brother, Brother A-Niu - a man who is as strong as a bull with lots of muscles. 

Upon hearing that Hu Jiao likes her brother, Lin Cui is shocked by her sense of aesthetics. She tries to change Hui Jiao's mind and convince her that Xu Qingjia was a hundred thousand times better than her brother. 

In her attempt to break off the marriage, Hu Jiao kidnapped  Xu Qingjia to the forest the next day and threatened him to break off the marriage. During the process, she accidentally lost Xu Qingjia’s silver hairpin.

During the reception banquet, the Hu family entertained the neighbors and tried their best to show their hospitality, but Xu Qingjia had a poor appetite due to the loss of the hairpin. Hu Jiao suddenly appeared next to him, and before she sat, she asked the guests to be her witnesses to see if Xu Qingjia was fit to be the part of the Hu family.

Saturday, September 03, 2022


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看完剧集后我也觉得入戏太深了。肖战和一博就是魏婴和蓝湛。“不愧是真情演出!” 仔细看他们对彼此的眉目传情,心动的瞬间,慌张害怕心意被对方发现,吃醋生闷气的时候,后悔失去的感觉。这些细微的动作和表情表演的淋漓尽致。这处在友情之上恋人未满的阶段,事过境迁,才发现身边有你真好。这只有陈情令剧组才能拍出来。陈情令是部经典剧集,前无古人 后无来者啊!但是千万别把演员们戏中的角色带入他们现实生活里。他们是演员,是同事而已。幕后花絮有剧组演员的可爱互动。演员们都有各自的发展,祝福每一位演员能够继续发光发热。😀👍❤️

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Explore the best of Amazon Japan on Amazon.sg

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Explore the best of Amazon Japan on Amazon.sg! If you are interested in  Japan action figures & collectibles then look no further and start exploring what Amazon has to office with up to 20% off Japan action figures & collectibles.

Looking for something for your kitchen or home? Check out the Home & Kitchen section

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Want to look for deals under $25, $50 or $100? They have got that covered as well. 

I've got my eye on the HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 Gaming Headset! 😍 Which items caught your eye and you are planning to get?