Sunday, January 30, 2011

Last day of January 2011

Regarding the weather of these few days:

& yea, I posted this on Facebook as my status.
True, all I wanted was just to enjoy a basketball game or 2..
Finally had my OFF day on a Honey Monday & it ended up getting diluted.
Ah well well, so I could spend time with my blog~
(Being very optimistic here)

& don't think that I've stopped watching NBA just because I gave up on blogging about it!
I spent an hour a day to look through all the box scores & highlights!
Well, not all.. I just picked those matches with my teams* involved.
My teams*: Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder & Miami Heat.
Yeah....I don't like San Antonio Spurs & Dallas Mavericks and I have no idea why.

Back to entertainment-wise (dramas & films),
For dramas, I'm currently watching 7 Days In Life / 隔離七日情~
For movies, I've watched 鬼也笑, 大笑江湖, Shaolin & Green Hornet!
I'm moving on to 赵氏孤儿 & 非诚勿扰 soon.
As for 超级星光大道7, it's reaching The Finals soon!
Woo yeah.......

Back to my life~
For the not-so-updated,
I'm currently working as a Kitchen Helper (p/t) in Ajisan Ramen @ Plaza Singapura.
& honest speaking, I love this job a lot... except for the traveling part which is killing me -.-
I learnt a lot of things there...& I'm really proud of my adaptation.
Thanks a lot to Boys' Brigade for teaching me Life Skills.. laughs.
Ah ya, Pa & Ma gave my house a whole-grand-makeup.
Like wow... my corridor is awesome.
I would like to post pictures of it to share but unfortunately can't.
Well, with what? Wooden pen can't complete that task.
Oh ya, for those who are really outdated about me,
I'm posted to Ngee Ann Polytechnic, taking up IT Diploma.
Ask me why, & I would answer:
'IT Dip is definitely better in NYP but it doesn't offer me what I truly wants. Ngee Ann's School of Infocomm Technology offers me Information Technology(N54) - Information Security & Forensics.'
Simple enough? ^^
& I'm still in a dilemma on whether to apply for HOME Award or not.
Hopefully nothing goes wrong about it.

Yeah, that's all about it.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm now an Aries?!

What's the most IN and HOTTEST thing around the World now?
It's none other than the new horoscope signs!
Google flooded with these searches:
new astrology
new astrological signs
the new horoscope
new zodiac dates
& more related searches.
Some astronomers believe there is a 13th Zodiac sign called Ophiuchus, which falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius.
So you must be as curious as I am to find out about your new horoscope sign!

Here's the new zodiac sign:
Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 - May 13
Taurus: May 13 - June 21
Gemini: June 21 - July 20
Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20

True or not?!
There are still many questions and mixed reports about the zodiac change.
Other astrologers said the zodiac signs remain unchanged.
They point out two different versions of the zodiac: Tropical and Sidereal.

The tropical zodiac is mostly followed by those in the western hemisphere, and experts said those signs don't change.
However, easterners typically follow the sidereal zodiac, and experts said it's been known for years that those signs change from time to time.

Some add ons to inform you peeps!
A Gallup Poll said 25% of Americans believe the stars can affect their lives.
Here are extracts of 3 students' opinions:

"Now I don't know what I am anymore, so I'm a little lost right now," said freshman Joshua Cooper, who has always believed himself to be a Capricorn.

Some said they don't care. "I have no idea what I am and it doesn't bother me to be perfectly honest," said senior Alex Wiederspiel. "I don't think the sky can determine who I am, though I do enjoy reading my daily horoscope."

And others were said they're shocked about the new calendar. "I think it's absolutely preposterous. People have lived their lives by this, people have it tattooed on their skin," said junior Tanner Moore. "They read every day and decide how they're going to plan and carry out their conversations with their roommates and lovers and all the relationships in their lives."

Friday, January 7, 2011

囧探查過界 / Twilight Investigation (2010 Drama)

Chinese title: 囧探查過界
English title: Twilight Investigation
Producer: Marco Law Wing Yin
Genre: Mystery, Modern, Comedy
Number of episodes: 20
Wong He
Linda Chung
Raymond Wong
Johnson Lee
Power Chan
Bill Chan

Former police officer Yip Kwok Cheung葉國昌 (Bill Chan) has set up a private detective agency. Members of the team have their own strengths. Gei On Gui紀安居 (Wong He) (known best as Encore) is the most important member who specializes in careful thought and sharp deconstruction of dialysis. The team has solved many cases of crime.
Because of investigating an adultery case, Encore is acquainted with the pseudo model, Chung Yee Tuk鍾意得 (Linda Chung) (also known as Duk Chai得仔). Yee Tuk was born in an incomplete family, and is withdrawn. This makes her frustrated in both love and work. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she becomes drunk and is a victim of a car accident she causes, and dies. Unknown to herself that she is dead, she tries to find her separated mother so she finds Encore to help her. Encore sympathizes with Yee Tuk and tries his best to find Yee Tuk's mother, but during the investigation, he discovers a secret about Yee Tuk's mother that even Yee tuk doesn't know.

It's definitely nice since '阿牛' & Linda is part of the starring casts!
^^ So shocking about finding out that Duk Chai has already passed away...
Cos I didn't read anything about the synopsis yet then.
Overall, not a bad one ah..... (:

刑警 / Gun Metal Grey (2010 Drama)

Chinese title: 刑警
English title: Gun Metal Grey
Producer: Terry Tong
Genre: Modern, Police procedural
Number of episodes: 30
Felix Wong
Michael Miu
Jessica Hsuan
Nancy Wu
Vincent Wong

Fifteen years ago, Shek Tung Sing石東昇/Stone Sir (Felix Wong), a just and upright police officer, was imprisoned for murder which he did not commit. Now, fifteen years later, he is released from prison and vowed to find out the truth. Unfortunately, after finding out who the real culprit was, Stone is unable to bring him to justice due to the lack of evidence.
Stone was furious and angry at the failed system of justice and supresses his anger within him. Due to this, each time he comes across a case which the law fails to carry out justice, Stone takes matters into his own hands.
Stone's sudden change in character and behaviour worries his best friend, Mai On Ding/米安定/Mad Sir (Michael Miu). It also puts their friendship to test. Stone tries to prevent Mad from further investigating into a case and in the process hurts Mad's girlfriend, Hui Man Him/許文謙.
As a result, Mad and Stone's relationship took a turn for the worse, and Mad was determined to bring Stone to face the law.

Police officer's road to self-destruction. :(
A sadistic show.. :P
Okay.. no la, actually not bad!
It's been some time since I watch Felix Wong's dramas!
The only impression of him in a drama is 天龙八部/Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils(1997) where he casted as Qiao Feng.

巾帼枭雄之义海豪情 / No Regrets (2010 Drama)

Chinese title: 巾帼枭雄之义海豪情
English title: No Regrets
Producer: Lee Tim-shing
Genre: Period
Number of episode: 31
Sheren Tang
Wayne Lai
Raymond Wong
Fala Chen
Pierre Ngo
Nancy Wu
Elliot Ngok
Susan Tse
Kara Hui
Evergreen Mak
Kwok Fung
Elena Kong

Guangzhou is in a state of political turmoil in the 1930s. Gangsters are on a rampage and opium trading becomes rampant. As they watch the illicit profits from opium trading escalate, the government forms the Anti-Smoking Bureau under the guise of suppressing opium, but the bureau is under the influence of Cheng Long-kwan/鄭朗軍 (Elliot Ngok), the gang’s kingpin. His eldest daughter Cheng Kau-mui/鄭九妹 (Sheren Tang) who is an unscrupulous person soon returns from Shanghai to reap the rewards. Mui meticulously plans her every move.
On the other hand, Lau Sing/劉醒 (Wayne Lai) is the leader of the Criminal Investigation Team. He has worked hard all his life to ensure an easy trail for his family, especially for his bed-ridden younger sister Lau Ching/劉晴 (Fala Chen). Despite his hot temper, he values friendship and brotherhood more than anything else. Once, he almost sacrificed his life to help his timid teammate, Pai Kuat/排骨/唐吉 (Pierre Ngo).
Meanwhile, the Japanese army invades China and Canton falls into the hands of the Japanese. Mui enters the darkest time in her life when her aunt Cheng Long-hei/鄭朗喜 (Susan Tse) frames her.

This can be said to be the best drama produced in the year of 2010, as according to its ratings.
No Regrets fared an average ratings of 44 and peak point of 47 beating 2nd placing, Can't Buy Me Love & 3rd placing, Gun Metal Grey.

No Regrets is one of two grand TVB productions used to celebrate the channel's 43rd anniversary, the other being Gun Metal Grey, which will be reviewed on after this.

How to tell if a drama is successful or not?
Just by looking at the awards won by it.
In the 'MY AOD My Favourite TVB Drama awards ceremony 2010'
4 Awards as following were won;
Top 10 Favourite Character - Lau Sing (Wayne Lai)
Top 10 Favourite Character - Cheng Kau-mui (Sheren Tang)
My Favourite Supporting Actor - Pierre Ngo
My Favourite Supporting Actress - Fala Chen

& in the annual grand award-giving ceremony, 2010 TVB Anniversary Awards,
several nominations as well as winnings as following:
Nominated: Best Drama
Won: Best Actor (Wayne Lai)
Won: Best Actress (Sheren Tang)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Raymond Wong)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Pierre Ngo)
Won: Best Supporting Actor (Evergreen Mak)
Won: Best Supporting Actress (Fala Chen)
Nominated: My Favourite Male Character (Wayne Lai)
Nominated: My Favourite Female Character (Sheren Tang)
Nominated: Most Improved Actor (King Kong)
Won: Most Improved Actor (Raymond Wong)

After winning the Best Actor and Best Actress award for Rosy Business巾帼枭雄, Wayne Lai黎耀祥 and Sheren Tang邓萃雯 successfully defended their titles based on their brilliant performance in this drama respectively. Lai became the second actor to win the Best Actor award consecutively after Gallen Lo罗嘉良 in 1997 and 1998, while Tang became the first actress in TVB to win the Best Actress award consecutively. Both of them became the first ever couple in TVB's history to win the awards consecutively based on the same drama franchise.
After sweeping the main acting awards in the 2010 TVB Anniversary Awards ceremony, No Regrets was expected to take home the Best Drama award. However, the award went to Can't Buy Me Love公主嫁到 unexpectedly, shocking everybody who was present. Complaints were lodged immediately after the ceremony ended, with many people saying that No Regrets should have won because of its high ratings as well as critical acclaim it had garnered during its broadcast. 

Ah well anyway, it has already won my '2010 Best Drama award'

巾帼枭雄 / Rosy Business (2009 Drama)

Chinese title: 巾帼枭雄
English title: Rosy Business
Producer: Li Tim Shing
Genre: Costume
Number of episodes: 25
Sheren Tang
Wayne Lai
Susan Tse
Elliot Ngok
Ron Ng
Kiki Sheung
Kara Hui
Pierre Ngo
Nancy Wu
Henry Lee

In the mid 1820s, a natural disaster strikes the city of Nantong, tarnishing most of the city's rice fields. Running out of food supply for the citizens, city mayor Hong Chi-wing康梓榮 (Wong Wai Leung) uses the city's military food supply to feed the people. A few days after the disaster, an official from Beijing arrives to the city to check the military supply. Upon seeing an empty trailer, he sentences the Hong family to death. His daughter Hong Po-yin康寶琦 (Sheren Tang) escapes from punishment and becomes a maid in the Prince's mansion, living under the name Hong Po-kei.
Twenty years later, Po-kei reunites with the rich rice merchant Chiang Kiu蔣喬 (Elliot Ngok) at his manor in Wuxi, whom she was betrothed to before the disaster, while the Prince is there for a visit. Chiang Kiu's wife, Yan Fung-yee殷鳳儀 (Susan Tse) recognizes Po-kei and reveals her identity to the Prince. Chiang Kiu manages to convince the Prince to free her, and marries Po-kei as his fourth wife. He appreciates Po-kei's wisdom and persistence, and decides to entrust his business to her, telling her to find a suitable successor for him before he dies.
Hungry for power and eager to keep tradition, Fung-yee finds every opportunity for her son, the eldest child Bit-man蔣必文 (Pierre Ngo) to be the only heir of the family business. She tries to strip Po-kei from power even when Chiang Kiu's final will reads that Po-kei should be the full owner of the business.
Despite attacks from the family, Po-kei manages to keep the business in good shape. She is impressed with second son Bit-ching's蔣必正 (Ron Ng) intelligence and guides him to become the successor, but her efforts are met with Chai Kau's柴九 (Wayne Lai) challenges. Chai Kau seeks vengeance for being mistreated and wants a pay back from Bit-man and the Chiang's family uncle, Pang Hang彭鏗 (Henry Lee). After rounds of battle wits and fights, Po-kei and Chai Kau develop a deep friendship.
Chai Kau appreciates Po-kei's work ethics and pledges his loyalty to her. With their excellent cooperation and quick thinking, the business manages to survive through the locusts disasters and the Taiping Rebellion. Meanwhile third wife, Lau Fong劉芳 (Kara Hui) and Po-kei become good friends and sisters, to the point that Lau Fong even sacrifices her life to protect Po-kei.

Wayne Lai's cast as Chai Kau(柴九) can be said to be his career-saving role.
Chai Kau's popularity prompted Wayne Lai's rise to fame and he won several awards for this role.
Before his role as Chai Kau, the only impression I have of Wayne Lai was his cast as the Pigsy in 'The Journey to the West'.
Like wow.....he's now the 2009 & 2010 Best Actor award-winner.
& there's this line made famous by Chai kau in the show;
How many 10 years does one have in a lifetime?
This drama earned the 2009 Best Drama award. (:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oh my... it's 2011!

I must be crazy when I was determined to blog about the whole of 2010-2011 NBA Regular Season matches.
I'm currently @ 30odds games per team.
Each teams are to play 82 games & there's 30 teams.
So wow?!

That's why.............I'M GIVING UP now! ^^
I'll just stick to my NBA Playoffs Conference & Finals blog post, as well as Drama & Film reviews.
Well... I need some time seriously, to clear my reviews.
I currently have about 3 film reviews & about 8 drama reviews in the queue.

Oh ya... 2010 has passed!
It's year 2011 now!
Like wow... so fast.
& ya, Happy Belated New Year to viewers & passers-by.
May 2011 allows my homeland to prosper, family to unite, friends to harmonise, EVEN MORE.