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Demise of Xiao Gui, Alien Huang Hong Sheng
16 September is a depressing day. Once again, I am in disbelief. Alien Huang Hong Sheng, more affectionately known as Xiao Gui (Little Ghost), has passed on. The news have been confirmed by his agency.
Xiao Gui was found dead at his home located at Section 1 of Sanhe Street in the Beitou District of Taipei City.Continue reading
I'm writing a web-novel!
Would really appreciate it if you could give it a read and leave a vote/review for me! I’m taking part in a Writing Prompt Contest (#105) organised by WebNovel.
The prompt is: Love Without Borders. Upon seeing that, I instantly thought about two Taiwanese dramas I watched recently…
Meet Me at 1006 and Someday or One Day
Year-End Special: 2019 Drama Round-Up
2019 is one interesting year in dramas. Many dramas came out to be successful and loved by everyone. Interestingly, it was a 2019 drama that brought me to a slump for the very first time in my dramaland years. Although you will see how it was the 2019 dramas that saved me from it too! Similar to my previous yearly round-ups, this contains my mini-reviews for each drama that I have completed this year. Luckily, I managed to watch some really good ones still! Don’t hesitate to read more if you want to!
Rest in Peace, Godfrey Gao
I am in shock. And this is not good shock. I haven’t been paying attention to entertainment news for the longest time ever and I definitely didn’t thought that the next time I came back to write a post here would be because of such an incident.
Godfrey Gao, 35, passed away after suffering from a cardiac arrest during the filming of a sports reality show, Catch Me.
(In case anyone is wondering why there are two similar posts, I do realise that Marian had already shared her tribute post earlier but I only saw that after deciding I would like to share my thoughts about this whole incident and also document my journey with Godfrey. I guess writing everything out does help with rationalising and accepting the fact.)
Drama Review: Before We Get Married (2019)
How long has it been since we have been hooked by a Taiwanese drama? Let me highlight that it’s not just a Taiwanese drama, but a non-idol Taiwanese drama. It was presented as a drama about cheating, betrayal, and sexual desires but this drama is more than what meets the eye.
First Impressions + Drama Discussion: Before We Get Married
As an avid drama-watcher and blogger for five years, I was just in complete denial that I was experiencing this so-called “drama slump” for months. Then came “Before We Get Married” and to say that I have become alive again in drama land is just an understatement.
I wrote this article for it to be a venue for my thoughts on the drama but most especially, for everyone watching it to share their sentiments here! I have been reading many people who wanted to talk about the drama but have not really found people to have that kind of discussion with.
So I hope this post can help!
Fangirl Diaries: Jerry Yan at the Golden Melody Awards 2019 + Barbie Hsu’s Hotel
Yes, I came to see him again! I swear I’m not obsessed 😉 Read more about my whirlwind weekend in Taipei here!
*All photos were taken by the author
Review: Secrets In The Hot Spring (切小金家的旅館)
I really enjoyed this film a lot as well. I had zero expectations going into the film and it brought me so much laughter. In fact, I watched this in a cinema on a weekend and there were less than ten people in the theatre. I was pretty convinced it would be bad… but I ended up loving it. The key to enjoying this movie is to not take it too seriously and you will find that it does bring you a lot of joy 🙂
Xiao Jin is a 20 year old delinquent high schooler who gets a call from his grandparents and returns to the old family spa hotel with his friends, Lu Qun and Little Princess, only to find out that the hotel is haunted.
Taiwan seems to be on a roll for “youth films” with films like Boyfriend, Girlfriend, You’re The Apple of My Eye and Our Times that every time I see a “youth movie” from Taiwan I’m almost tempted to lap it up. Of course, I’ve experienced many, MANY disappointments where I cringed at another dumb slapstick classroom humour and shallow characters dangling their legs as while looking out into the far off horizon.
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Year-End Special: 2018 Drama Round-Up
Better late than never? This is a long overdue post since the holidays never gave me a chance to lie down and write my drama thoughts. 2018 was a combination of bad and good things that happened in my life — and so, the dramas that I have watched this year were no different.
This year was definitely more productive than my last (click here for my 2017 round-up) but it was not necessarily a good thing as this year has proven that less is more when it comes to watching dramas.
I will have a lot more to say here so come with me in looking back at the dramas that I have watched this year!