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Singapore Drama Review 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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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 Web Drama Review 勾魂使者

soulreaper

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?).

soulreaper2

 

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 1

Hi! I am trying to stick to my at least 1 filled with words post per week but not sure if I can do it this week so here are some random sharing.

For Korean Dramas, I thought I would finish Blood (starring Koo Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun) by this week but looks like it is not going to happen due to the morbid impending deaths of many people which is stopping me from advancing. Although more violent than I had expected, it is a good 2015 Korean Drama to consider. At least it kept me captivated and I waited for it each week tirelessly. You can also consider watching Girl who can see Smell (starring Shin Se Kyung and Park Yoo Chun) which is also a 2015 Korean Drama but I suggest that you keep it until it finish producing as it is a thriller and makes one addicted. Girl who can see Smell is about Oh Cho Rim who can see scents around her after a car accident and Choi Mu-gak who cannot feel or taste anything after his sister’s death. As Cho Rim helps Mu-gak solve crime and Mu-gak becomes her comedian stage partner, they start having feeling for each other. What they don’t know are who is the bar code serial killer who killed Cho Rim’s family and Mu-gak’s sister and Cho Rim is the only person who has seen the murderer.

For Singapore Dramas, I may be considering dropping Life is Beautiful as what attracted me to this drama is only Ya Hui’s character’s dieting process with a boyfriend who does not mind her being obese but wants her to slim down for her health. Ya Hui’s acting is quite good in this drama. Perhaps if there are more twists I would have continued watching. Or maybe it is just because there are not enough actors that I like in it. Haha. The drama is medical related which Chuyi (Rui En) makes a difference by promoting healthy lifestyle and influencing the people around her. Currently I am also watching Tiger Mum which seems interesting and is family-related. It is about a woman who is a tough prison warden trying to win the hearts of the 4 children of a widower whom she is dating. Each child has a very distinct trait and they may even seem problematic. The woman who is very good at handling people finds it a challenge worth taking while the man is happy that she is willing to accept his children, being not only his wife but their mother.

Looking forward to this week’s Singapore Star Awards Ceremony Part 2.

Gdnight!

Lucky JM

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.

Click here to watch.

Mystic whispers original theme song  Mystic whispers spooky opening

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Good websites

Good websites to watch dramas with eng sub: gooddrama.net/ dramago/ dramaload (in parts) or dramacool (whole episode)/kissasian/myasiantv

Good websites to watch dramas with chinese sub: 风行网/土豆/奇艺/maplestage

Good websites to watch Singapore dramas: xinmsn for latest catch-up tv/ toggle/ youtube/irisxi

Good websites to watch Running Man: kshowonline/dramacool

Good fan websites: http://www.koreandrama.org/

Good MVs in Youtube are those made by: Yozohhh (eng +korean sub)