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Singapore Drama Review Mind Matters 心。情

Finished most of this drama before it was screened and finished the rest recently. It is the first time that all the episodes are on toggle before it is screened on TV so good chance to finish it without waiting haha. Remember having an argument with my sister as she was keen on watching this drama while I wanted to do my own things so she watched 1/2 episodes without me haha… Doing this by memory.

Mind matters (2018) 心。情

Genre: Mental illness, Romance, Family, Comedy

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10

starring Qi Yuwu as Zhuo Jinshu, Jesseca Liu as Qin Xiuxiu, Denise Camillia Tan as Zhang Siya, Shane Pow as Hu Ruiming, Teresa Tseng as Lu Haining, Florence Tan as Zhou Riqing, Chen Tianwen as Lu Liangsheng, Ivan Lo as Fang Zhixing

As this drama is related to psychology and Qi Yuwu is in it, I was attracted to it and decided to try it with my sister. First time seeing Qi Yuwu acting comedy scenes haha. This drama has a solid plot and the pace was good though it slows down a bit towards the end. The graphic in this drama, the plot and pace somehow make me feel that I am not watching a Singapore Drama but more of a Korean Drama. Maybe it is because the male lead has a traumatic or sad past that he wants to hide which is very common in Korean Dramas but not that common in Singapore Dramas?

  

Liked Qi Yuwu’s character, Jinshu, a lot in this drama. He is comical whenever he talks (with a soft voice my sister finds irritating) but maybe the words are meant to reach the subconscious? Haha. It is funny how the drama starts with him singing the toilet song. It is funny when he promotes his current occupation, the plumber, to others and gives them his flyers. While he hides his identity as a former psychiatrist, it seems like it is still second nature for him to discover people’s mental illnesses and help them since he always somehow ends up being the source of help and someone dependable for those with mental illnesses in the neighborhood haha. Liked how he is sociable and good at forming relationships with anyone, a quality that is hard for me to develop haha. Liked the soft toy that Jinshu hugs at night haha. Liked Qi Yuwu’s acting throughout the drama and liked how he portrayed the emotional struggle his character faces as he is disturbed by a traumatic event he cannot escape. As his character is confident, carefree and seems to have everything under control, there is a greater contrast seen compared to other characters when his helplessness is shown. It is sad that for mental illnesses, although you may be well-aware of how to treat others, it is hard to treat yourself and you have to be brave enough to confront your own fears, guilt or any strong negative emotion first.

It is funny when we are introduced to Xiuxiu. When a person who wants to rent a room in the house visits it, the person sneezing and all the germs and dirt the person brought was magnified. Xiuxiu’s reactions were funny. Although I know that a person with OCD is suffering inside when they are obsessed with doing something, I cant help but had fun watching Xiuxiu clean the house multiple times, especially at one scene where Jinshu plays chess with Liangsheng in the house to show him Xiuxiu’s true self and let Liangsheng consider if he can accept that part of her. Jinshu even has to raise his legs while playing chess and she seems to clean the house the whole day. Liked the development of relationship between Jinshu and Xiuxiu. It is fun to watch Jinshu and Xiuxiu bickering a lot at the start and I liked how Jinshu has his own way to deal with Xiuxiu’s rebellious son, Zhixing, as they live under one roof. As the drama goes, Jinshu and Xiuxiu start to accept each other and gradually become each other’s great support.

Liked Ivan Lo’s acting in some dramas but somehow he just doesnt get awards for his good acting. I guess it is due to the roles he acts in. Anyway, the awards usually dont end up where I wanted them to haha. For this drama though, I feel that he didnt totally become the character. The anger his character often portrays feels a little forced. However, I liked how his character adds some evilness to the plot. As his character suffers from anti-social personality disorder, he does not have much feelings towards other people and would not feel anything if he harms others.

Although Zhixing and his mother, Xiuxiu, cannot communicate well, I liked how they look out for each other and protect each other with or without the other party knowing about it. Enjoyed watching the growth of Zhixing as he learns to better communicate with others towards the end and finally being able to reciprocrate the love his mother gives directly. Liked the friendship between Ruiming and Zhixing. When Zhixing is unhappy, he can seek refuge at Ruiming’s house and play video games with him. Ruiming who doesnt go out of the house often can take care of him like an elder brother. They dont have to talk much to communicate with each other. Liked Zhixing’s way of talking in the drama and my sister and I laughed at his last scene of appearance when he makes a short and frank comment on Ruiming and Siya’s interaction.


 

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Ruiming and Siya. Enjoyed watching their interaction as their relationship grows. It was awkward at the start as Siya’s clothes drop to Ruiming’s apartment’s clothes hanging area (?) and Ruiming was seen dancing with it by Siya haha…After that, Ruiming becomes a great help to Siya as he is good with websites and coding. As they become closer, they also help each other overcome the psychological illness they each have. Felt that Ruiming’s gesture whenever he tries to say no is cute haha. Liked how Siya likes to tease him after they become friends. The confession scene was sweet and funny. Found the scene where Ruiming chases after the bus to stop Siya from leaving hilarious. The scene is quite common in dramas but I think it is the first time I see the male lead manages to get up the bus because the bus broke down. It seemed like he wont be able to get up the bus as he was having a hard time chasing it haha. Liked their acting in this drama! They managed to portray not only the characters well, but also the psychological illness each of them has. Liked how they each portrayed the character’s emotional struggle when they are affected by their psychological illnesses. Admired how they are resourceful and are able to make good use of their area of expertise or strengths to earn money. May become a fan of each of them after this drama haha. Liked this couple a little more than the Jinshu+Xiuxiu couple. Maybe because they have more chemistry than the Jinshu+Xiuxiu couple? Or is it because they are younger and more relatable to me haha?

Special mentions to Teresa Tseng (character suffering from Bulimia Nervosa), Florence Tan (character suffering from Bipolar disorder), Chen Tianwen (character suffering from Paraphilia) who acted well. It is funny that so many types of mental illnesses are gathered at the neighborhood haha. Although Haining, Jinshu’s former patient and now a psychiatrist, has good intentions in pushing Jinshu to seek help and move on from the past, I didnt really like her most of the time as she forces him to change and also wants him to like her back. Liked how they dedicated a drama to mental illnesses to spread awareness about them. Mental illnesses are actually quite common but people somehow treat them like a taboo and feel fearful about people with such illnesses. I guess this is the only sg drama I enjoyed this year. Dont know if I missed out any other good ones?

Feel that this drama is lucky as I usually dont put so many pictures haha.

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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).