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My 10 most favourite Singapore Dramas till today

As I accidentally deleted most of my Singapore Drama posts, I may be posting some of them again but it will be exactly the same as the past posts (unless I have the free time to add more stuff haha).

I started watching Singapore Dramas since around 2010. My first drama (if I didnt remember wrongly) was Breakout and because of that, I became a fan of Elvin Ng after seeing him act as an autistic person. It was quite a “crazy” action-packed drama and most of the people got killed or died in that drama except Elvin Ng’s character and his girlfriend. That drama left a deep impression on me as it was quite a dark drama except Elvin Ng’s character and his girlfriend who seem to be separated by a layer of naivety and fortunately wasnt killed in all the “mess” haha…

If you have been to this blog before, you would have known that I watch not only Singapore Dramas, but also Korean Dramas, China Dramas (not as many as my sister), and Taiwanese Dramas (sometimes). Some people may say that Korean or China Dramas are a lot better than Singapore Dramas due to the acting (sometimes I think so too) and plot (nowadays hmm…) but I think that there are things that are uniquely good about Singapore Dramas. It is good that Singapore dramas dont use corruption or unfairness (if I didnt remember wrongly) as a base for most storylines which makes them more pleasant and comfortable to watch. I like Singapore’s school related dramas, maybe because it is more relatable and also more sincere and touching to me. There is usually little exaggeration for Sg dramas and romance is not totally the focus or not emphasised (can be both strength and weakness). Like the concept of family portrayed in Sg dramas. However, probably due to lack of actors and actresses, there is a high chance that the couple will be paired together again in another drama which leads to me not watching certain dramas as I already liked the couple in another drama/context.

These are highly recommended Singapore Dramas that I love. (Arranged according to year)

Doing this purely by memory.

1. Courage, Loyalty, Integrity, Fairness (2011) 警徽天职

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the Qi Yu Wu and Joanne Peh couple, and Elvin Ng and Romeo Tan’s friendship.

Liked Qi Yu Wu’s character as he is quiet, anti-social and different from the norm. And enjoyed how Joanne Peh’s character slowly breaks the ice.

Liked how Elvin Ng’s character is portrayed as carefree, lazy and does not care about anything. But there was a nice turning point when he starts to show that he does care about some things after all. When his best friend, Romeo Tan’s character, died in a stabbing attack, his emotional struggle was heartfelt. Romeo Tan’s character, on the other hand, works very hard to make it to the special force if I am not wrong.

2. Poetic Justice (2012) 微笑正义

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Dai Yang Tian haha, and the interesting plot of how news is made and the direct impact of news on people. Until now, I still remember Desmond Tan’s character’s funny love realisations and embarrassing pursuit of love in this drama. Liked how Rui En’s character is righteous. A similar kdrama, Pinocchio, is more emotion-provoking but this drama is still not replaceble to me.

3. Don’t Stop Believing (2012) 我们等你

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Elvin Ng’s character as a counsellor, his relationship with Felicia Chin, his interaction with the students, and the interaction between the students.

The relationship between the students are well-developed and I liked the background story of each student in the drama and their growth to become better people. Liked how Felicia Chin’s character is an overly enthusiastic teacher. Felicia Chin’s character had to slowly adjust her approach to better influence the students. Enjoyed how her relationship with Elvin Ng’s character develops. Enjoyed watching Elvin Ng’s character’s firm approach with the students.

4. Beyond (2013) X 元素

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the fantasy. Lots of unexpected types of nice fantasy that I didnt see in kdramas which is/was my best source for fantasy dramas. Liked Jeanette Aw’s acting in this drama.

5. The caregivers (2014) Missy 先生

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Thomas Ong’s portrayal of the job of a dedicated nurse. To me, this drama is better than You can be an angel too. It was nice to watch the development of relationship between a male nurse and a female doctor which is not commonly seen in dramas haha.

6. Blessings (2014) 祖先保佑

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Shaun Chen’s acting, the interesting plot of the ancestor accidentally time-travelling to the future and attempts to save the deteriorating family business after it lands in the hands of the descendents who have no interest in the business or are too lazy to hone their skills.

7. 3 wishes (2014) 三个愿望

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the dark portrayal of greed. After the first 3 wishes, there are negative and cruel side effects accompanying the realisation of a wish. Liked the concept of family in this drama.

8. Tiger Mum (2015) 虎妈来了

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the portrayal of family in this drama. Liked how the four children (acted by Julie Tan, Ian Fang, Aloysius Pang, Bonnie Loo) have distinct characteristics and how Huang Bi Ren’s character, Tiger Mum, deals with all of them separately, and eventually gains their acceptance and becomes their mum.

9. The Dream Job (2016) 绝世好工

What left the deepest impression on me until today was how cunning Shaun Chen’s character is in getting what he wants, Shaun Chen’s character’s emotional struggle, and how the rich man reunites his children by offering them the dream job of “acting as his children” (haha).

10.  Mind Matters (2018) 心。情 (Havent written the review, probably a few months later haha)

What I liked about it is its solid plot, its dedication to mental illnesses, and the good acting by Qi Yu Wu, Jessica Liu, Shane Pow, and Denise Camillia Tan, especially liked the Shane Pow and Denise Camillia Tan couple. First time seeing Qi Yu Wu acting comedy scenes haha.

 

Some of the full reviews can be found here.

 

Haha, feel like watching them again…

~Lucky JM

Singapore Drama Review Blessings 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, Jesseca 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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