Wednesday, August 30, 2006

2006's Children Song Award Ceremony: Messy!

TVB's annual Children Song Award presentation was this past Sunday. Just finished watching it, and one word sums it up: messy. Seriously! Everything was so uncoordinated! First off, let's talking about...the MC's. This year's theme was using the whole Journey to the West storyline, with Steven Ma, Lydia Shum, Guk Duk Chiu, Aimee Chan, and Jacky Wong doing much of the talking throughout the show.

According to what Magnolia_Sara said, this year was Lydia's 9th year taking the place as MC. On a personally opinion, Lydia have a very dominant and powerful voice. Doesn't this scare away little children? lol...I would be! (hides) Guk Duk Chiu as MC, I have no problems with. He's pretty good; able to think fast, respond lively, and just plain experienced. Too bad I can't say the same for the others! (sigh) As much as I like Steven Ma, which I still do, what was he doing? Did he even go to rehearsal before the show? lol...half the time, he's either laughing during his dialogues or interrupting the other MCs during their part. (shakes head)

I haven't gotten the chance to watch this year's MHK yet, so it was a nice first impression I got in seeing the winner, Miss Aimee Chan, in a TVB variety show. Btw, if you've seen the show, was it just me or does she seem like she's on crack? I'm dead serious! That's my first impressions of her! Especially during the part where Lydia was introducing Charmaine Sheh out for her performance. lol...Aimee was just very funny to me. (shrugs)

I love Jacky Wong. He's so adorable! Loved him ever since Angels of Mission. Cute is cute, but overacting can be a bit annoying at times. Calm down, Jacky! Geez...I guess entering the entertainment industry at such a young age can be bad at times. =/

Kevin's win of the Golden Children Song of the Year came quite a surprise for me. Why? ehh...I guess I"m just not a very big fan of his song. Bosco got bronze at last year's ceremony and won the Most Improved Male at TVB's Anniversary, too. I'm assuming Kevin's footsteps will be very similar to Bosco's, but that's only my lil predictions. =) Some of my favorite songs of the night was Steven's "After School ICU"and Nancy Sit, Jacky Wong's "Mommy...why oh why." I liked them. They were cute. tell you the truth, I'm actually a little kid at heart, but don't tell anyone! ;-)

Despite all the lip-syncing throughout the night, my favorite part has to be Charmaine's performance. She was indeed very pretty, and the song matches Charmaine's genre perfectly! Go Charmaine! Lip-syncing Charmaine? ehh..everyone was doing it, plus the song was too perfectly sung. Hardly noticed it. =D

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Maiden's Vow: A Breakthrough for Charmaine?

Maiden's Vow. 鳳凰四重奏. To be honest, this series was never on my must watch list. It just doesn't look or sound attractive enough to captivate my attention. Maybe it's because of the news I read during MV's filming that confused me, but after a quick scan of the synopsis, my perspective of it has a bit.

As many knows, Charmaine will be starring opposite Joe Ma...again. hmm...this would be...interesting to see them onscreen again. Not a real fan them as a couple, but oh well...can't really do anything about it. =/ Separating Joemaine apart is a little bit better. If my memory serves me right, I don't think we've seen Joe in any TVB series this year. lol...just in time to slip one in before the anniversary show in a couple of months. For the past 2 years, Joe had snagged himself a spot in the top 5 Best Actor category; 2004: A Handful of Love and 2005: Revolving Doors of Vengeance. But this year?...his only hope as far as I know is MV's, but I'm real skeptical about his chances; not very high.

Maiden's Vow should be Charmaine's 3rd series to be aired this year. Again, I'm really skeptical about how well she's going to do. On her past 2 series aired this year, both were a major disappointment towards TVB in rating wise, but a huge popularity amongst the fans. LWOLAP was a big flopped, despite how hyped up everyone was about it. Even I was disappointed! The good thing that came out from it: Charray. lol..a new era begins! Same goes with TVB's Dance of Passion. Although the ratings wasn't as bad as LWOLAP's, but it was still pretty low compared to it's strong castings. But again, the nickname Charmoses was born. hehe...pretty creative in the names! =D (sigh) Poor Charmaine. From the looks of it, Charmaine's role in MV should be quite challenging for her to portray. 4 different time periods. 4 different ways a girl would have to go through to seek out their love. Sounds pretty tragic, yet (hopefully) captivating, too. lol...maybe Maiden's Vow would give Charmaine the breakthrough performance she needs. As the saying goes, " 3rd times the "Charm." ;-)

Friday, August 25, 2006

Under the Umbrella of Love #12

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Siu Chai (少齊) & 高 Ling (高志玲)

Series: Le Femme Desperado (女人唔易做)
Cast: Raymond Lam (林峰) & Melissa Ng (吳美珩)
Year: 2006

Le Femme Desperado was aired earlier this year. The ratings was fairly high out of most of the series, and could possibly be a big recipient at this year's TVB anniversary. Personally, I'm having high hopes on this series, since it's so new, so refreshing, and pretty much daring. In a traditional stand point, a couple's age should always be the man being older than their significant half. But LFD widely challenges that pov, pairing Melissa Ng up with Raymond Lam, and it worked!

Just last year when Jessica Hsuan and Bosco Wong were paired as an item in their series "Life Made Simple;" comments were made that they looked...odd together. Which I somewhat agree. They don't fit! Was it because of their age was never ever being compared or was it that their relationship not being announced beforehand that's it's an older woman-younger man relationship? (shrugs) Don't really know the answer to that. =/

Nonetheless, Raymond's Siu Chai does have significant effect on its audience, particularly the females, I assume. How can we or anyone who've watched this series not be moved at all on his actions and his love for Melissa's Gao Ling character?! One of my favorite scene was the holding the boat-rain scene. That's so sweet! No umbrella? Compromise! lol..but how can they truly make it as one of my UTUOL features w/out a true scene under an umbrella. Don't worry...they do share one. Siu Chai...Gao #12 UTUOL. =)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Joey vs. Fiona

I've finally gotten the chance to listen to Fiona Sit's (薛凱琪) newest cd, "Electric Angel." To be honest, the CD's really not that bad, but could always be better. But for some odd reason, when I first saw the cover of the album, I thought "This is the album? looks so much like Joey Yung's (容祖兒) "Ten Most Wanted" album, too!" Take a look!

Fiona's "Electric Angel"

Joey's "Ten Most Wanted" much for originality, huh? Come to think of it, Joey and Fiona does have quite a lot in common with each other the past...same same. =) Aside from the album covers mentioned, Fiona and Joey both won the Best Female Newcomer award respectively, placing gold @ JSG's Top 10 Award presentation (Joey in 1999, and Fiona in 2004).

As of lately, the newest series currently filming is The Academy 2 (學警雄心 II), starring Ron Ng, Sammul Chan, Joey Yung, Kate Tsui, Sonija Kwok, Michael Tao, etc. and of course we can't forget one of the original cast herself, Fiona, who'll just be having a cameo role in this sequel. See! Again, the resemblance as Joey takes the plate, replacing Fiona and Tavia as the main lead. Even their hair cuts are quite similar, too!

Personally, I'm very excited with this sequel. The Academy was great! Except for the ending though...a bit draggy. Anyways, Fiona was originally paired up with Sammul Chan, but if you read the news lately, you'll know what happen to her character. As for Joey, she's going to be paired up with Ron or so I heard, so a difference there! Nonetheless, I'm happy and can't wait for it when airs. Although I'm not a big fan of Ron's, but his character as Chung Lap Man (鍾立文) was quite enjoyable. Shocking to me, too, but still can't wait! =D

Monday, August 21, 2006

Beautiful Cooking Episodes 9, 10, 11, & 12

I think it was you, fuzzy, that asked me to upload Beautiful Cooking's Episode 9 & 10 for you. lol...not too sure exactly... but whomever it was, here's the links:

Beautiful Cooking: Episode 9
MC: Ronald Cheng, Edmond Leung, and Alex Fong
Guest Judges:Grasshoppers
Guest Chefs: Yoyo Mung, Jade Kwan, and Jolin Choi

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Beautiful Cooking: Episode 10
MC: Ronald Cheng, Edmond Leung, and Alex Fong
Guest Judges: Jordan Chan & Ekin Cheung
Guest Chefs: Niki Chow, Fennie Yuen, and Amanda S.

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*Here you go, anonymous. Re-uploaded Episode 11 and now Episode 12 is up for download, too. lol...Enjoy! =)*

Beautiful Cooking: Episode 11
MC: Ronald Cheung, Edmond Leung, and Alex Fong
Guest Judges: Justin Lo, Leo Ku, and Roger Kwok
Guest Chefs: Ada Choi, Kary Ng, and Rain Lee

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Beautiful Cooking: Episode 12
MC: Ronald Cheung, Edmond Leung, and Alex Fong
Guest Judges:Vincent Kok & Cheung Tat Ming
Guest Chefs:Kenix Kwok, Isabella Leung, and Balia Chan

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Cute YouTube clips

I'm pretty sure by now that almost everyone knows I'm a huge Jessica Hsuan fan. hehe... ;-) But did you guys know that I'm also a fan of Sammi Cheng's as well? lol...pretty obvious that I'm a fan to almost everyone, huh? My dislikes are normally shown through the "cough cough" that I don't like to name. ;-) Anyways, my little brother (blood-related one) was surfing on YouTube and found some Sammi clips on JSG for me. Other stars mentioned and appeared are: Jessica Hsuan, Louis Koo, Jerry Lamb, etc.

LJ!! Seeing them together is quite nice nowadays. Hope you guys enjoy the clips! Credits to colby1986 for uploading it and my little brother for finding out about it for me. I knew we kept him when he was a baby for a reason! lol...j/k!!! I'm not that mean! =P Enjoy!

*Warning: Don't have too high of an expectations from these clips. It focuses more on Sammi than anyone else.*

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Friday, August 18, 2006

August: Time to Celebrate

August surely is a very busy month for everyone. For many (myself included), school is starting up again. Yay…?! lol...not really exciting, huh? =D And for some, August is the time to celebrate. Why? It’s birthday time! Lots of TVB artists have their birthdays in August, such as Yoyo Mung’s, Kevin Cheng’s, etc. etc.

Besides the celebrities that I mentioned, local celebs that we see in forums, blogs, networks, etc. who contributed a lot in the our TVB lives should have their birthday celebrated and mentioned, too. So…

Happy "early" Birthday to VOH Network and TVB Musing’s webmaster, MetalAZNWarrior. =)

Although I’m a couple days late, but still have to say Happy Birthday to TVB Café’s webmistress, Magnolia_Sara, too! =)

Today is August 18th and also another favorite celebrity of mine’s birthday. hehe…and that person is none other than Jessica Hsuan. Although Jessica’s currently filming for her new series “Parental Guidance,” in Singapore, I hope she gets some time to rest and celebrate her birthday.

Happy Birthday, Jessica and to all those that have an August birthday! =D

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Under the Umbrella of Love #11

*Special credits to Jayne for reminding me about WOIL's umbrella scene. Thanks Jayne! Hope that everything is going well for you and your family! =) *

Ling Mau Chun (甯茂春) & Tin Lik (田力)

Series: War of In-Laws (我的野蠻奶奶)
Cast: Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) & Myolie Wu (胡杏兒)
Year: 2005

War of In-Laws. 我的野蠻奶奶 This series was the reason why and how the whole Boscolie era started. lol…after watching back some of the episodes and taking pictures for the screen caps, I guess I get the drift now on why they’re such a big hit with fans on either side! Bosco and Myolie are quite cute together…onscreen.

When I first started my UTUOL feature, WOIL was never on my list to begin with, as I didn’t pay much attention to it when I last saw it. Second time around really does a make a difference. Basically like my UTUOL #11 screen cap here, where Sup Yut (Myolie) was begging forgiveness from her mother-in-law (Liza), in giving her another chance, by kneeling in the rain. Mau Chun (Bosco) the caring husband he is; came out to see how his wife was doing, and there you have it. An umbrella scene and the most talked about rumor couple currently, Bosco and Myolie; making it my #11th UTUOL couple.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Under the Umbrella of Love #11 : Coming Soon!

It's been a couple weeks since I did an UTUOL feature. hehe...whoops! No..I didn't forget about it. Just busy! =D Well...currently, I'm cutting the screen caps for it and will be posting #11 up by tomorrow. Can you guys guess which couple and which umbrella moment I'll be featuring? hehe...if not, you'll just have to wait and see... ;-)

Monday, August 14, 2006

hmm...What to update?

hmm...blogging is hard now. I can't think of anything to update recently. In fact, I didn't really want to type this post up, but go straight back and continue my TVB series marathon! hehe...yeah...that's me! Ditching all else for TVB series. =/

Let see...what has happen over the past weekend. First off, there was the annual Miss Hong Kong pageant. (yay?!) Normally, I don't like watching pageants, but this's just a bit different. I've watched so many! And I have to give credits to Asia; she's so good in making the pageants of Mr. HK and MHK sound so interesting! lol...thanks, Asia! ;-) Normally when I watch pageants, I pay the most attention to were the special guest performers. Watched the Mr. HK pageant this year; no guest performers, but still enjoyable. MHK, is practically the same for me, too. Like I said, I enjoy watching the special guest performers' performance more than the pageant itself, and after so many years, I'm still pretty much satisfied. E.g. year: 2004's MHK pageant, where there's Olympic 6 stars (Ron, Raymond, Bosco, Sammul, Kenneth, and Chris) performance, and along with Moses and Bernice's encore performance near the end. I like it! =D This year had Myolie Wu and Se7en performing together? separately? (shrugs) Don't know, but heard that's it's really interesting. I'll just have to watch it when it becomes available to me. =)

Speaking of MHK, my favorite was #15 Janet Chow Ka Wai who placed 2nd overall in the competition, so I was happy. She's pretty, young, and heard that she did an okay job in the pageant. I guess my choice for a favorite wasn't that bad! =)

Miss Hong Kong 2006 winner (#13) Aimee Chan Yun Mei is quite pretty, so overall, I'm pretty satified with this year's choice for MHK. Looking at Aimee's profile, she's 25 years old! That's pretty old for a MHK winner when comparing to the past winners. hmm...but in bright way of thinking it, Aimee is following the footsteps of soon-to-be Mom of 3, and former 1995 MHK winner herself, Winnie Yeung, who too won the title when she was 25 and became the oldest MHK winner in history. That's good...right? hehe...Just as long as Aimee doesn't end up portraying roles such as Winnie's Yeung Pui Kwan (楊佩君) character than she should be fine with us. ;-)

Besides the pageant airing this past weekend, Sunday was also the day for Beautiful Cooking. Yay!! I addicted to this show! It's great! But personally, I think the has lost some of it's attractiveness in the last couples of episodes. 1.) It wasn't as funny. 2.) Obviously they were picking favorites (cough cough...Amanda S.) and 3.) I guess I was tired of it, since the show was starting to repeat some of the activities. BUT.....

No show can go on for some time w/out some ups and downs in the process. Those were the down points I've mentioned, but the latest's a must see. Been quite some time since I had such a good laugh at their funny antics. If you haven't seen it, I'll be providing the link for d/l today. Hope you guys have a great laugh, too! Enjoy!

Beautiful Cooking: Episode 11
MC: Ronald Cheung, Edmond Leung, and Alex Fong
Guest Judges: Justin Lo, Leo Ku, and Roger Kwok
Guest Chefs: Ada Choi, Kary Ng, and Rain Lee

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Jessica’s working-holiday in Singapore

This was a very informative interview of Jessica Hsuan recently in Singapore; justed wanted to pass the news along to you guys, too. Enjoy!

*Special thanks to Jes from Jessica Hsuan's Bravenet Forum. She founded the interview, so credits to her! =) *

Jessica’s working-holiday in Singapore

August 10, 2006, 4:34pm
By: Low Lai Chow
Photos: Twang Kuanyi

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Hong Kong television actress Jessica Hsuan reckons that away from her homeland’s persistent paparazzi and camera phone-toting public, coming to Singapore to film upcoming Channel 5 drama Parental Guidance is more like taking a holiday. Someone, pass her a Piña Colada.

Here in town to film upcoming Channel 5 drama Parental Guidance with a trio of rambunctious kids, Hong Kong television actress Jessica Hsuan is in ‘yippee yay!’ mode.

“I’ve told my friends and my colleagues that I’m having a holiday here for a month and a half! The schedule is more relaxing, you only work for half the time, the environment is nice, the air is clean, the food is good... I’m putting on weight, so I’m happy!”

Her right palm gives a firm pat on her abdomen, where a bulging tummy from three weeks of damage (read: stay in Singapore) is supposed to quiver disturbingly in return. But no matter how much we looked, we saw no sign of a spare tyre.


Screen siren, minus the airs
Throughout our short 25-minute chat with the actress on Monday, we are impressed by Jessica’s down-to-earth personality as she leisurely walks about the photo studio in homely, comfy slippers.

Her winsome self-deprecating humour also gets us: “If there were more Hongkong actors and actresses coming here, the paparazzi would probably come over! But there’s only one —me — so I guess it’s just not worth it!”

She confesses to relish the freedom of not being plagued by pesky press hiding behind potted plants for that precious scandalous tabloid-worthy shot. To prove her point, she tells us about going shopping alone at Takashimaya and Great World City (“I walked in there for one minute and I bought two pairs of shoes!”) without the aid of a security guard.

“I feel very safe here. People always say hello, like, ‘Are you Jessica from Hong Kong? Hi!’ and then they don’t disturb you anymore. They leave you alone.”

So enthusiastic about Singaporeans is Jessica, that she even lavishes us seemingly- incomprehensible praise— that Singaporeans are a polite lot. Could it be that she hasn’t had her queue cut at a noisy hawker centre or seen how aunties ‘cheong’ into MRT trains for seats?

Or maybe it’s just different in Hong Kong, where Jessica recounts how people routinely sneak snapshots of her in restaurants when she’s trying to have a meal in peace.

Jessica attempts to to be young again

Working with children
These days, Jessica has been experiencing life of a very different kind in Singapore: filming for the new Channel 5 drama series, Parental Guidance, mostly acting opposite her co-star Adrian Pang.

The series is set to premiere in the first quarter of 2007, and boasts a light-hearted coming-of-age plot about two lawyers who, instead of going ‘Me! Me! Me!”, take on the guardianship of three children and discover the significance of life in the meantime. Or something like that.

Working with Adrian has been a blast so far for Jessica, whom she says she feels a strong affinity to because both of them like having fun at work. And then, of course, there are the kids.

“There’re kids running around, screaming! With kids, you have to try to control them, but they’re very fun to be with and they’re good kids. I love them. They’re very different from kids in Hong Kong — in Hong Kong, they focus on academic work.”

Still, Jessica admits she once used to absolutely detested kids for the ruckus they’d carry with them wherever they went. “Every time I saw them, I’d be like, ‘Take them away from me!’”

It was only recently that she started to appreciate kids more for their straightforward attitude and innocence.

“In the adult world, it’s a lot more complicated… When you talk to people, there’s a technique. You have to be very careful of what you say and things like this make life stressed… The kids, whenever they’re not happy, they just cry immediately. When they’re happy, they start running around with a big grin on their face.”

In real life though, Jessica owns five big dogs, Ding Ding, Boom Boom, Fatty, Junior and Lulu (her sixth, Beep Beep, recently passed away) whom she took in as strays and lovingly dote on like a mother.

“They’re always happy whenever they see you, no matter how naughty they’ve been. Even if you hit them, the next minute they’ll be wagging their tail.”


Career woman
In Parental Guidance, Jessica stars as a “30-something ambitious, high-powered partner in a very prominent law firm” who finds her life changed when she’s appointed to take care of her deceased cousin’s children.

With a track record of highly-strung tough cookie roles that includes lawyers, psychiatrists and judges, surely there must be something about being a headstrong career woman that draws Jessica to these roles!

Jessica, however jokingly credits her fierce eyebrows for bestowing that mandatory ‘don’t-mess-with-me look’ on her before telling us that she doesn’t like to play “weak, girly characters” anyway.

“When I see people like that I’m like, ‘Be strong!! Stand up for yourself!’

Not that she has never taken on such a role before. Circa TVB Drama’s 1995 drama Cold Heart Warm Blood (Tian Di Nan Er) opposite Gallen Lo Ka Leung where her character jumped off a building to kill herself, to which Jessica hoots in laughter. “At that time, I was actually quite annoyed with the character! I remember complaining, ‘Duh! What a stupid girl!’”

But she says taking on the odd softie role was fun. “We should try different things… though I enjoy playing professionals more than other kinds (of roles).”

Next in the pipeline: an as-yet-untitled cross-collaborative drama production between television stations TVB (Hong Kong) and CCTV (China), as soon as filming for Parental Guidance wraps up in late August or early September.

Her role? That of a rich girl who handles the family business. Somehow, we are not surprised.

With her contract with TVB ending in September this year, Jessica’s fervent Hong Kong drama serial fans can at least heave a sigh as she promises to renew her contract.

However, she will no longer be managed by TVB. “I’ll handle myself, or find somebody else to handle me.”

Watch out for Parental Guidance in the first quarter of 2007.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

TVB Open: 1 of 3 clips

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Like I said a couple of days ago, TVB Open is my newest feature that commemorates some of my favorite TVB moments that's tennis related. First clip will be one of my absolute favorites of all time: Files of Justice V 《壹號皇庭 V》.

FOJ V is a 45 episode modern series that starred some of the most prestigious cast members mentioned in TVB history. (okay...fine! more like the 1990s history!) We have Bobby Au Yeung, Jessica Hsuan, Michael Tao, Ada Choi, Lawrence Ng, Bowie Lam, Flora Chan, William So, Wayne Lai, Patrick Tam, Astrid Chan, and much much more! If you haven't seen it already, please go rent it or buy it. It's well worth your money, I assure you! It maybe kinda old though since it's 95? 96? when aired, but still... =)

The series focused alot on the criminal investigations and its court battles. Aside from the serious perspective needed because of their occupation; the cast's humorous antics are also very relevant to the audience as well. Such as this one, and my TVB Open feature's 1st of 3 clips. Enjoy!!

*If you're an Ada Choi fan, you guys are going to love this one! =) *

Series: Files of Justice V
Cast in clip:Bobby Au Yeung, Ada Choi, Michael Tao, and William So

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Warning: the clip is in Dual language; left speaker= Cantonese; right speaker= Mandarin; please adjust to your preference =)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Breaking News!!!

Breaking News!! lol...technically it's not breaking news as majority found about it already. But...I needed a eye-catching header. hehe... =D Anyways, if you haven't found about it, earlier this year, TVB had plans in making some major productions thats about 40+ episodes long. And it's true! One of them will be a 40 episodes series, that's currently filming, starring Moses Chan, Linda Chung, Raymond Lam, Fala Chan, Bosco Wong, Tavia Yeung, Yoyo Mung, etc. etc. called 糖心風暴.

And of course there's the other 60 episode series, "Fung Wan Shui Yuet" 《風雲歲月》 that's confirmed and is now the most talked about buzz everywhere! Why? Mainly because it's confirmed cast, starring Jessica Hsuan (yes!!), Charmaine Sheh, Myolie Wu, Raymond Lam, Ron Ng, Damian Lau, and mainland actors, Chen Kun & Chen Bao Guo. Personally, that cast there is more than enough reasons for me to watch this series when air, despite having (cough...cough) R_n in it! hehe... ;-) Yet...there's still one more person I haven't mentioned that came as a shocker to many of us. That is...

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Him!! Yup! Gallen Lo's back!!! Yay!! Ecstatic I am! Woohoo!! Gallen and Jessica chemistry one more time! Basically it seems like the whole cast of Golden Faith is returning! We have Gallen, Jessica, Ron, Raymond, and Myolie already. Just need Deric Wan and Michelle Ye and that's basically it! my dreams! But there's one more person that we still lacked and was never mentioned in the news of participation. That is...

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Him!! Yup! Joe Ma's in it, too. Surprised or no? hmm...I'm already thinking who could Joe possibly pair up with. Joe had already paired up with Myolie before in "The Gateau Affair" but there's Ron and Ray, so no chance there. Charmaine? Jessica? (shrugs) I guess we'll have to wait & see. =)

Btw, news source of Joe Ma's participation in "Fung Wan Shui Yuet" goes to Apple; posted by Stephanie @ Jessica Hsuan's Bravenet Forum. Translations here:

TVB and CCTV collaborating to celebrate HK’s homecoming

Source: Apple
Translated by: Sidney

This October, TVB and CCTV will collaborate together to film a 60 episode series to commemorate HK’s homecoming. In order to keep the series at its grandest, Leung Ka Su (梁家樹) will take the place as producer and renown “siu sungs” and “fa daans” will also be taking part in its cast. So far, confirmed artists are: Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼), Raymond Lam (林峰), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), Joe Ma (馬德鐘), and Damian Lau (劉松仁). Besides taking place in HK and other mainland locations, crews will also be heading to Canada to do some location shootings as well!

Because the theme of the series is to commemorate Hong Hong’s homecoming back to the mainland, TVB wants to finish the production and air it on July of next year; in time for the 10th anniversary celebration. Yet it all depends on how smoothly things run during production. Earlier, Charmaine Sheh was out at promotional events in mainland China and she has confirmed that she will indeed take part in the grand production. “I’d already received TVB’s notifications that I’ll be taking part in this series. So in October, I’ll be heading to Beijing to start filming some location scenes. In the series, I’ll be portraying a very strong-will girl.”

Sunday, August 06, 2006

I FIXED IT!!!...I think?

I FIXED IT!!...I think? I brought the sidebar back up! Yay!! lol...kinda funny as I spent so much time trying to find the problem, when it was just my carelessness for not closing up one small little bracket: "< >". hehe...whoops! I think it should be okay right now. From my comp, it's fine. From RIta's comp, it's fine. (thank you, RIta!) But how about your's? Care to confirm for me please? =)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

TVB Open: Coming Soon...

Since the World Cup is over, and most of the golf tournaments are wrapping up quickly, what better sport to broadcast next than one of my favorite: tennis. The annual U.S. Open [tennis] tournament is about to go underway: Aug. 28th, and I'm estatic! Just a little fyi, this will be Andre Agassi's last U.S. Open before he retires, so yes, I'm going to be cheering for him like crazy. Yay!!! =D hehe... ;-) And yes, I know I'm a bit early as there's still a couple more weeks before the actual tennis tournament begins, but the fall semester is about to start for me, too; I won't have as much time as before to write more features, translate, etc. etc. Time for clips!! Woohoo! =)

TVB Open is my newest feature in which I'll be sharing some of my favorite TVB moments and of course, it's going to be tennis related. Tennis have pros like Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, etc. etc. TVB of couse will have some "pros" of their own and their unique technical style. Just at the top of my head, I have 3 clips I'll be sharing. Can you guess which one? If not, it's okay as this new feature will be launching real soon!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Men in Pain: Continue or No?

Just finished watching Central Affairs 2 《情陷夜中環 2》 a couple days ago. It's actually not that bad of a series, if you've seen both 1 and 2. Copying exactly what TVB did with Burning Flame, ATV kept the name but drastically altered the the storyline. So if you were disappointed with Central Affair《情陷夜中環》 itself, #2 is way different; a bit slow at some moments, but still acceptable.

The cast for CA 2 was considered a grand ensemble; which was true when I first heard about it. Acting wise...pretty much everyone was real experienced, but truly truly truly lacked some life in their characters. They were a bit bland onscreen; hardly any chemistry at all! Everyone just said their dialogues and goes on from there. One of some faults that just gets me. =/ The storyline was pretty interesting. I liked it. Although I thought the first one was better, #2 was still acceptable. Why do I like it? Huh...I don't know. Maybe because it's so different from TVB's, that I find it intriguing enough to captivate my attention long enough to finish. (shrugs) Yeah...I'm weird. You might feel differently.

Recommendations? Based from my pov, you have to be open-minded when watching any ATV productions. Try not to compare it with TVB's, and you should fairly enjoy the series. I admit; I hard time with that myself. =) Warning: if you don't like watching intense, dramatic series, Central Affair 1 or 2 wouldn't be fit for you. Trust me. Some scenes are not suitable for those under 18. =I

Men in Pain 《男人之苦》. This series never crossed my mind that I would ever start watching. 1.) It doesn't look interesting. 2.) It doesn't seem interesting. And 3.) It doesn't even have an interesting cast! But I'm starting to watch it anyways. (sigh) Thanks to all those who I've asked for opinions on what to watch and suggested this. =)

First impressions: I AM watching a series with RON NG in it. lol...kinda ironic as I tend to avoid talking about him at all cost on my blog, and now...he's on my TV screen. 2nd impression: What did I get myself into watching! I am totally lost after watching just the first episode. I'm hardly even paying any attention! So...should I give up on it or continue? What do you suggest I do? =/