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Singapore Drama Review Tiger Mum 虎妈来了

Tiger Mum (2015) 虎妈来了

Genre: Romance, Family, Comedy

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10

starring Huang Biren as He Xuemei/Tiger mum, Yao Wenlong as Chen Kai, Julie Tan as Chen Huixin, Ian Fang as Chen Haowei, Aloysius Pang as Chen Haolian, Bonnie Loo as Chen Huiyan and Jeffrey Xu as Zhang Guoqiang.

Why must Singapore Dramas make the character’s name have double meaning? Is it for comical effect? In this drama, Haolian’s name sounds like another Chinese word which means boastful. This does serve a bit of purpose in this drama since it matches his personality. Haha. It is hilarious to see many people being afraid of Xuemei. Even rebellious Haolian did her biding on their first meeting. It is funny how Huixin turns out to be ghost-like after locking herself in the room for many years. Liked her angry looks a lot in this drama. She even lost her way back home and went into other people’s house. I enjoyed the scene where the family goes out to find Haolian after he left the house in anger. Haowei even musters his courage to demand the gangsters to let go of Haolian and stands his ground until Xuemei arrives. Liked the process of how Haowei becomes more confident of himself and securing his job. It was unexpected that the girl Haowei liked did not marry him…

Liked how Xuemei understands people so well that she can predict the children’s actions and help them out. I am impressed with her ability to provide maternal guidance even though she is not a mother yet. It is funny when she is asked to look after her sister’s 2 children. She confiscates their electronic gadgets, makes them play board games and do homework, much to the children’s unhappiness. Even the domestic helper secretly wishes that she is the children’s mother. Haha. It is fun to watch Guoqiang, an ex-prisoner, chasing after Xuemei, trying to win her heart. Especially when he calls her Xiaomei as if he is older than her, chocking Xuemei as a result whenever she hears it. The 4 children’s aunt is kind of annoying to me… She can neither solve the children’s problems nor can she settle her own personal affairs. The only good thing about her is that she accepts her husband’s children as her own. Liked how Margaret, the aunt’s daughter, adds humour to the drama.

Looks like children really need a person to guide them after all. It is difficult for them to grow well without the attention and moral support of an adult. While the children feel that Tiger Mum has interfered with their lives, making their lives more complicated by including them in other family members’ affairs, they are actually thankful to feel that they are a part of the family. My last takeaway: Family members should care for one another and not only bother about their personal affairs. A real family is one that members can share their woes and happiness and not live in their own worlds.

Tiger mum opening theme song

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*As I accidentally deleted most of my Singapore Drama posts, I will 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).

Singapore Drama Review 3 wishes 三个愿望

3 wishes (2014) 三个愿望

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Family, Comedy

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 8/10

starring Thomas Ong 王沺裁 as Zhao Yaozong, Huang Biren 黄碧仁 as Yaozong’s wife (Shanmei) , Shane Pow 包勋评as Zhao Youting, Julie Tan 陈欣淇 as Zhao Xiaomin, Tan Junsheng 陈俊生 as Zhao Chenglong/ Xiaolong, Zhu Houren 朱厚任 as Yaozong’s father, Jin Yinji 金银姬as Yaozong’s mother, Yao Wenlong 姚玟隆 as Zhao Yaozu, Apple Hong 洪乙心 as Yaozu’s wife, Hayley Woo as Winnie.

It makes me wonder if the old woman comes for the better or worse of the family. If she did not come and give them wishes, Shanmei would have died of cancer and Xiaomin would have suffocated to death. However, with the temptation of making more wishes, Xiaomin bears the consequence which makes her lose her legs, hindering her from achieving her dream to become a singer. Besides that, Yaozong may die as the old woman is waiting eagerly to take his life after he makes the 3 wishes (after 1st 3 wishes). Yaozong’s father sustains serious injuries while getting into a fight with his unfilial son, Yaozu, who plans with his wife and seeks every opportunity to steal the wishing coin to become rich.

It is funny whenever Shanmei forces the children to say the phrase “我能,我行,我可以。”( Yes, I can do it!) with her at the starting part of the drama. She just had a thorough medical check-up which shows that she has cancer. Because of that, she starts to be more strict on her children and wants them to do housework or be independent. It is ironic that she believes in real actions with planning and not wishes yet she makes Yaozong make the first wish (a chance to go back to the stable to work). The gesture Yaozong uses to throw the coin out when making a wish is cool! Shanmei is a respectable parent to me. When her daughter loses her legs, Shanmei even travels around in a wheelchair to understand her pain and helps her pull herself together to start life anew. In addition, she helps Xiaomin get an autograph from her favourite celebrity and helps Xiaolong with his homework all the time.

I find Yaozu’s wife very evil. She uses all means to get the wishing coin even kidnapping Xiaolong when she is pregnant and faking pregnancy. She also makes Youting the scapegoat when selling illegal goods for her benefit. When Yaozu’s parents go to their house, she does not give them a comfortable environment in order to make them leave fast. It is ridiculous that Xiaolong gets 270 for Primary School Leaving Examinations and still says that many people get the same marks as him. Haha. Probably it is not out of 300… Wishes may seem like a taboo in this drama but as long as we work hard and have a clear conscience, we can still celebrate sweet success.

When Xiaomin loses her legs, she blames her father and wants to make another wish. I guess when there is an easy way out, people tend to choose it rather than overcome the challenge directly. If it is me, I would rather make a wish to prevent losing my family members than facing reality. I feel sorry for her at first but am glad that she manages to overcome it and can walk normally with the prosthetic legs. Her first boyfriend’s ending turns out to be quite unexpected…It is funny when Yaozong’s mother acts like she wants to run away from home and waits for her grandchildren to hold her back yet Xiaolong will choose that moment to give her her ezlink card for transportation.

3 wishes opening theme song

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*As I accidentally deleted most of my Singapore Drama posts, I will 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).

Singapore Drama Review My friends from afar 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

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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