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Singapore Drama Review 知星人

Finally have a sg drama that attracts me haha! In 2017, maybe I missed out certain good dramas? I peaked into Home Truly, The Lead, Dream Coder but they didnt attract me.

My friends from afar (2017) 知星人

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

 

starring Shaun Chen as Yang Tiansheng, Carrie Wong as Chen Fengjiao, Paige Chua as Yang Tianning, Aloysius Pang as Chen Xianglin, Brandon Wong as Chen Xiaolong, Toh Xin Hui as Chen Qingxia, Yao Wenlong as Zhou Zhiqiang, Eelyn Kok as Xu Xinmei, Wang Yuqing as Yang Zhongyong, Sheila Sim as Queen

Plot: 4 aliens from Amikus arrive on Earth on a mission to find out whether they can migrate to Earth due to the pollution affecting their planet, as well as to find the traitor who did not return to Amikus and is now living among humans.

This drama is very funny at the start when the four of them first come to Earth and I laughed a lot. They find it fascinating walking on Earth and keep walking up and down the steps. It is also funny when Fengjiao forces Tiansheng to eat oranges as punishment for cheating them of their money and Tiansheng happily eats it until she forces him to eat the orange peels too… Besides that, they are shocked that there is a drink called Dinosaur and readily order it when asked by the person selling drink. It is hilarious when Tiansheng tries to frighten them by wearing a ghost wear and roller-skate into their house, and they just look closely and blankly at him. Tiansheng’s father pretends to be some China (?) zombie and scares a few neighbors but ends up being scared by his own reflection when Tiansheng shows him a mirror made me laugh my head off haha.

Enjoyed watching how the aliens have special abilities such as great strength, the ability to read mind, freeze people, fly, move things without touching, go into people’s dreams, heal, erase people’s memories. It is cool how they can fly, and sit in the air and play chess (?), and move the cups of water from the kitchen to bedroom with their power. It was romantic when Xianglin goes into Tianning’s dream and brings her to outerspace, and when Fengjiao makes snow fall for Tiansheng. Some of the scenes felt unreal to me though, not sure if it is because of the portrayal of the aliens or because of the background of the scenes. I was expecting that one of the people who had their memories erased will suffer negative consequences, especially Guanjun since he is young and his brain is still growing. If nothing happens after they erase a memory, it would seem like it is fine to erase people’s memory which is not morally right. If something happens to him, his mother will care about his health more than being concerned if he obtains excellent academic results which is a more meaningful plot twist to me.

Liked how each episode starts with a theme/topic of discussion as the aliens explore human behaviour, and I liked the cool and unique dance/workout only the aliens do though I missed some since I didnt watch from catch-up tv but straight from the television when it is being screened, and I was late to turn on the TV haha…Also liked the hand sign they show when answering leader Fengjiao. Liked the development of relationships between the Yang family and the aliens. It is funny that the Yang family’s 2 children who have very different personalities fall in love with the 2 aliens. Xianglin’s pregnancy scenes are interesting haha and it was fun watching a guy doing most of the things a typical pregnant woman would have done.

It is interesting how the aliens have to purposely take lessons from Leopard King (Tiansheng) to learn to lie haha. This makes me wonder if learning to lie is an essential life skill to survive on Earth and it is sad that this is the case. However, lying may be a good way to prevent unhappy happenings such as when using white lies? It is funny when the aliens criticise humans harshly at the start of the drama such as humans’ efficiency. Liked how Fengjiao is always actively trying to change people for the better which I secretly want to do too haha… People are indeed wasting too much food and it would be good if I can force people to eat their food up like Fengjiao… At the end of the drama, the aliens praise the goodness of humans which I think is not totally true. If the humans find out who they are, would they still treat them in the same way?

Enjoyed watching the interaction between the 4 aliens as they start to become a family and take care of one another, look out for one another, especially liked the interaction between Qingxia and Xiaolong. It was sad when Xiaolong is seriously injured and saying his final goodbyes. I could feel tears in my eyes when watching that scene. It was heartwarming when Qingxia calls Xiaolong “Dad” at his final moments even though she previously hates how “her father” is treating her more and more like a human child. About 1/2 of the times Singapore Dramas’ crying scenes cannot bring me in completely but that scene is well-executed with good acting and I can feel the emotions in that scene.

Managed to guess who the alien who betrayed them to live among humans is and felt a bit annoyed that they go one whole round suspecting and end up back where they started. Maybe I am nitpicking haha. Although I felt sorry for Zhiqiang’s predicament, it is too bad he has chosen to go on the wrong path. Felt that his mother could have trusted him more throughout the drama and not only at the good times. Feel that Yao Wenlong is acting more significant roles which is good haha…

Felt that the ending could have been better if there are more and longer scenes to portray Tiansheng’s longing as he waits for Fengjiao’s return instead of just flashing his flashback scenes so quickly. How can so many years of waiting be so bearable? Overall, it is a good watch, a meaningful drama with nice fantasy and humour, and great acting from the cast.

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Singapore Drama Quick Review 真探

Just finished watching this sg drama. Finally come across a sg drama worth watching! Nowadays, the plots of sg dramas just dont captivate me. After this drama, I may dig out some old ones to watch.

Wanted to watch a crime drama but then I dont want those that are too solemn or serious, and just nice this drama is portrayed in a less dark manner and make murder cases less haunting for me haha. This may be a disadvantage for sg dramas if compared to crime dramas from other countries haha. For my case, I just had fun relaxingly seeing how cases are analysed.

Will let you know again when I finish the full review!

Singapore Web Drama Review 勾魂使者

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This is a pretty short drama consisting of just 8 episodes. Attracted to this drama because of Romeo Tan’s mysterious acting as a soul reaper in the trailer but end up liking Ian Fang’s character, Soul. His name totally matches this drama haha… How I wish Ian Fang (or maybe all the actors) has this hairstyle more often in dramas (am I being influenced by kdramas haha?).

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命运不是掌握在你手里,是掌握在我手里。
这世上除了医生和法官,可以很理所当然地说
“你快死了”,还有多少人可以?
还不快开工!

~Chief (Romeo Tan)

七天后,你将会死亡,
你有两个选择。第一,去完成你还没完成的心愿然后坦然接受死亡。第二,你可以找个你爱或爱你的人用他们的生命和你交换。

~Soul reapers

你真的认为我们勾魂使者配得到幸福吗?
再说,每个人对幸福的定义都不同。
如果 Yuna幸福,我也幸福。

~Soul (Soul should not have become a grim reaper 😦 )

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Random thoughts: Should I watch Singapore Drama Super Senior?

Since it’s been some time since I reviewed on a recent Singapore Drama, I shall just write on some random thoughts on Singapore Dramas.

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I have been asking myself,
“Is it worth watching Singapore Drama Super Senior for Aloysius Pang and Jayley Woo?”

Super Senior starring many veteran actors and actresses is the currently airing Singapore Drama about how ageing does not affect people negatively. Instead, it can be a positive advantage. Aloysius Pang acting as a doctor has been “stalking” Jayley Woo’s character who later becomes a nurse and finally gets to date her (if I am not wrong). Due to his father’s death later on, Aloysius Pang’s character decides to quit being a doctor and become a hawker (food vendor) to succeed his father’s business much to his mother’s disapproval.

Did catch a few scenes of their chemistry which is a lot more sweet than them in Tiger Mum. When they finally got together in Tiger Mum, it feels a bit awkward to me and not as natural. Well, my sister did comment that Aloysius Pang looks too young for his role in Super Senior but he still looks good in the role (to me). Haha.

It is highly likely that I may skip this drama as a whole though unless convinced otherwise… Looking forward to the upcoming The Journey: Our Homeland. Can’t wait to see Romeo Tan acting as both the evil villain and Zhang Min’s son. Zhang Yan is really horrible, the cause of misfortune. Feel so sad for Zhang Jia that in the trailer Minhui passes away.

Random news/thoughts 3

Singapore Star Awards 2015 Show 2:

I am happy for Aloysius Pang for attaining the Best Newcomer. Shall not use this opportunity to spread too much fan’s feeling… However, I feel that the characters he acted are too fixed into the naughty guy roles. Maybe because of his appearance? Especially liked his acting in Against the Tide, his best breakthrough so far.

Best Variety Show Host: Pornsak. I like his ability to spread joy and laughter in the variety shows. Started thinking of learning Thai language because of him. Not that I think I will ever talk to him again in real life though. Haha. Despite that, it is not easy to learn a new language. I am not really exceptionally proficient in English and Chinese for now and I remember struggling in my third year learning Japanese, especially in understanding after listening.

Thought that Julie Tan who acted in 3 wishes will win Best Supporting Actress and Aloysius Pang will win Best Supporting Actor. This Star Awards is a year for The Journey: Tumultuous Times indeed.

All Time Favourite Award: Jeanette Aw and Vivian Lai. Quite satisfied with that.

When Rebecca Lim (Yes We Can) wins the Best Actress Award, I was quite shocked by it. Haha. It makes me think if I missed out on a good drama. As of now, I do not think I will U-turn to watch it. I thought that Rui En will win it. She acted well as the psychiatrist who turned evil eventually.

Best Actor: Shaun Chen (The Journey: Tumultuous Times) Yay!

See you again next year, Star Awards! Hopefully, I would get to enjoy more innovative dramas and touching moments before that!

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I was hesitating if I should write about my thoughts on Singapore Star Awards 2015. Anyway, I have decided to write about it subjectively.

For Show 1:

I am glad that Shaun Chen won the Rocket Award. I just love his acting in many dramas such as Beyond…, especially in the recent Blessings and The Journey: Tumultuous Times. Looking forward to seeing him on screen. Haha.

Damien Teo acting in The Journey: Tumultuous Times deserves the Young Talent Award. Despite that, I was quite touched by the acting of another boy in World at your Feet who did a good job in portraying the feeling of a child facing the separation of his family.

It was funny that for the Best Cameraman Award, they made the cameramen hold the live cameras in front of them to show their faces. When the recipient is announced, the nominees turn all their cameras to face the winner.

The best theme song in the nominated ones is of course The Journey: Tumultuous Times. However, if theme songs of 3 wishes and the caregivers (can’t remember if it is included) are included, I may not think so.

Surprised by the number of awards Jeanette Aw attained in Show 1. I like her quite a lot and am happy for her. She has a very elegant demeanor and is very good at acting.

Although I am kind of supportive of Zhang Zhen Huan, I am quite surprised by his sudden increase in popularity. His character in World at your Feet isn’t really a good one. If I did not remember wrongly, he even betrayed Wei Xiong (acted by Elvin Ng, one of my idols haha). Hence, I am not really that happy that he wins Favourite Male Character with that character.

I will continue with my thoughts on Show 2 on another day. Gdnight!

你也可以是天使 (Singapore Drama) memorable quotes from last episode

没有必要因为世俗的眼光而把自己逼到死角。

一个人的时候善待自己,两个人的时候善待对方。

 

我们经常都会错过机会因为它总是穿着外套,看起来不像。

 

人生再难也要坚持,再好也要谦虚,再差也要自信,再多也要节省,再冷也要热情。

我们努力不是为了改变世界,而是不让世界改变我们。

 

真正的关怀不是棉上添花或把酒言欢,而是握着真正有需要的手,查看每个等待慰籍的病容,给处于困境的人看到一丝闪光,带来一线希望。

 

人应该带着热情面对生活,带着激情面对工作,带着真情面对所有人。无论顺水或逆风,都用最甜美的笑容面对人生。

 

人生只有一条路不能选择,那就是放弃的路;只有一条路不能拒绝,那就是成长的路。

 

先从微不足道的小事做起,做对的事情比把事情做对重要。

Singapore Drama Review Mystic Whispers

Mystic Whispers (2014) 听

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Horror, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

starring Romeo Tan as Zhang Jien 张吉恩and Sheila Sim as Mo Xiaoyun莫晓芸.

Plot: This drama shows the journey of Jien and Xiaoyun as their relationship develop with every ghost they help to leave without regret. Each ghost who remains on Earth is filled with grievance and wants to finish what they did not manage to do when they are alive. Jien and Xiaoyun often go to the same cafe and argue over the bread that Xiaoyun always manage to snatch when there is only 1 left, marking the start of their relationship. Xiaoyun only starts to see ghosts when she is with Jien and Jien can see ghosts only when he is holding on to Xiaoyun’s hand.

Zoom into characters: Mo Xiaoyun lost her sense of hearing in her left ear after an accident one year ago and started hearing strange sounds. She has a hunch that she is hearing strange sounds from another world, but chooses to feign ignorance, hoping that she will be fine if she ignores it. Zhang Ji’en is an exorcist cum mortician who have many equipment to deal with ghosts but they may not be effective. He also do the make-up for the dead. Actually, Zhang Jien caused the car accident of Xiaoyun. He was in a rush to be by his girlfriend’s deathbed so he beats the red light and caused Xiaoyun’s accident indirectly. He feels regretful that he cannot see the last sight of his girlfriend and remorseful towards Xiaoyun.

The most funny scene is when Xiaoyun 1st discovered that she can see ghosts. Jien cannot even see the ghost, Ken, yet still say he caught the ghost and get paid for it. Jien is always enthusiastic about seeing ghosts but when he really sees them when Xiaoyun holds on to him, he is always so frightened and escapes whenever possible. Ken (Yuan Shuai)  is such a hardworking ghost and even thinks about handing in his completed work after his death. Too bad he cannot stay alive for a while more or he would have been promoted to creative director. Although he may be competent, he still needs rest. At least his boss takes notice of him or it would have been a waste. We should take care of our health, resting when needed and not be too eager to meet tight deadlines.

Other ghosts are a fat woman who wants to slim down, a boy addicted to smartphones who does not want his parents to divorce because of his death, a maid who wants to protect her young master, a man who does not want to leave the house as he thinks his children are murderers of his wife, another man that wants to prevent the car accident of his wife and daughter and Jien’s ex-girlfriend. I guess all of the ghosts appear in a threatening way as they are filled with unhappiness and hope they can “force” people into helping them. Isn’t gaining sympathy good enough?

The ghost of the fat woman even possessed Xiaoyun to eat a lot of food while the ghost of the boy addicted to smartphone (Aloysius Pang) possessed Jien to surf the net all he wants and at the same time catch Xiaoyun’s attention. It is such a coincidence that the boy addicted to smartphone is killed by an I pad that is thrown out from a building. Haha. We should not care about our appearance so much as what matters may not be our appearance but our attitude and mindset. The fat woman could have led a happy life and not choke to death as there is someone who likes her positive attitude towards life despite her appearance. As part of phubber generation (低頭族), we should take more notice of our surrounding and care for the people around us while we can.

Why you should watch: I am not a fan of horror movies but since Romeo Tan is acting in it with lots of humour, I decided to try it with the sounds off. I did not expect it to be heartwarming as the drama unfolds. It is comical at times when they try to escape from the ghosts but to no avail with the horrified expression on their faces. There are many learning points and one learns to live life without regrets.

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Mystic whispers original theme song  Mystic whispers spooky opening

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Singapore Drama Review 祖先保佑

Blessings (2014) 祖先保佑

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Time-travel, Comedy, Family

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace:10/10

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starring Shaun Chen 陈泓宇as Lian Wen Ding, Jessica Liu as Mei Ren/ Xiao Mei, Chen Hanwei 陈汉玮 as Daxi, Yao Wenlong 姚玟隆 as Shuang Xi, Chen Shucheng 陈澍城 as Wen Ding’s son, Sora Ma as Wen Ding’s fiancee in the past and Yvonne Lim as Shuang Xi’s wife.

Plot: “ Xiji” was a traditional Teochew pastry shop in the 40s. Business was brisk, thanks to founder Lian Xue Geng’s good business acumen and son Lian Wen Ding’s talented baking skills. In 2014, “Xiji”is being run by Daxi and ShuangXi, the fourth generation Lian brothers but business is bleak. As Daxi’s prayers of  “祖先保佑” is answered, Wen Ding travels through time into the present and helps them with the business. At the same time, he meets someone who resembles his lover which he hoped to marry in the past and his son, the mentally unwell father of Daxi and Shuangxi, who did not receive much father love due to his early demise. He manages to solve the mystery on what is about to happen and changes the past after he returns.

Zoom into characters: Wen Ding is about to marry someone he does not like. Due to tradition, he has to obey his parents’ wishes and give up on his love for Xiao Mei or take her in as mistress. Before the day of marriage, Xiao Mei committed suicide after she lost her mother. Wen Ding tries to save her and ends up time-travelling to 2014. He has nowhere to go so he looks for Xiji which is run by Daxi and Shuangxi but no one believes he is their grandfather. Hence, he uses other identities to continue living in their house and helping them with business. At the same time, he meets Mei Ren who looks like Xiao Mei who he will fall in love with despite their contrasting views. Mei Ren opens a cake shop and is a straightforward and sincere person who thinks well for the customers and serve the customers up to their satisfaction. Daxi is a good writer but cannot fulfill his dream as he is the eldest son and naturally has to run the family business. Shuangxi, on the other hand, has the talent in baking but is lazy and only comes up with “good” ideas to increase the number of customers in the shop.

It is quite interesting especially the way Lian Wen Ding talks like the people in the past. It is funny when he tries to preach people on the traditional values of the past such as ”养儿防老“(have more children so as to have them to depend on at old age) or women should listen to their husbands and stay at home to take care of their children which obviously no one listens to him. It is funny that when Daxi did a DNA test on Wen Ding and realises he matches his own father’s, they straightaway thought he is his father’s illegitimate son rather than believing he is their grandfather. I am touched by Wen Ding’s relationship with his son. Wen Ding often blames himself for his son’s misfortune and only his son recognises him. Wonder why Wen Ding only has one son even though he always preaches people on the importance of continuing the family line. Haha.

I learnt that in order to preserve traditions, innovation is needed. As the mindset of the people changes with time, one should not stick to the traditions when promoting the same product. If not, no one would be interested in them even if it has a long history. Customer’s satisfaction is the most important when selling a product. When doing business, trust is important. Paying actors to buy goods from the shop may gain more customers but will lose the trust of long-term customers after they find out. Only Shuangxi’s daughter believes that Wen Ding time-travels. Is it because children are naive or is it while people grow into adult, their imagination is gone and they become practical and realistic?

Why you should watch: At first, I did not want to watch this as I thought it was a typical long series Singapore Drama. Then, I read the newspapers and suddenly came across its plot which is time-travelling. Haha. That caught my attention and I decided to try it after all. One of the few Singapore dramas that makes me feel a strong tinge of sadness after I finished watching it. Not sure if it is because the drama has come to an end or because Mei Ren and Wen Ding did not end up together. I am very satisfied with the ending and plot of this drama. Shaun Chen acted very well as Wen Ding.

Blessings opening theme song

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