Thursday, 28 June 2012

[Dramas] No Good Either Way~ Natalie & Matt

I watched Episode 12 today and I'm actually finding Natalie and Matt cute together; in this episode Jason's character seemed to be.. a bit weird? It feels like he's gonna end up cheating her money or something >< And in the last scene, when he went up to the flat to help her decorate he got scared and lied to her really easily about his mum being ill... instead it was Matt's character who helped her in the end :)

This bit was kinda sweet because Matt's character is still as 'robotic' as he usually is XD Curious to see how Jason's character progresses because he's been quite mysterious the past 2 episodes, and how their relationships will change...

[Dramas] No Good Either Way~ Natalie & Jason

I've been watching 'No Good Either Way' recently and (at the moment) it's higher up on my list than some of the other 2012 TVB dramas I've attempted to watch ^^ And I'm finding I'm really liking the Natalie and Jason pairing :D

The awkward moment when the person you're spying on sees you XD Only this worked to Kin's advantage in the end because her awkwardness meant she randomly sneaked a hug and a kiss claiming 'It's world hug and kiss day' ^_^

Then he returned them when she asked (they were both trying to get rid of Kin's classmate who was being annoyingly clingy lol)~

The motorbike scene was cute >< Hehe :D

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

[Dramas] Giving 'Alice' a chance

I've been watching Alice in Wonder City 給愛麗絲的奇蹟 (Previously known in English as Give Alice a Miracle) which I'd classify as another 'deep' drama, unlike the more common Taiwanese rom-coms. In a way, I'm glad Aaron's picking more of these types of dramas to act in, E.g. Death Girl, which I much preferred over Love Buffet, but it also means lower ratings as people don't like this style as much D:

Below are screen-caps for the opening theme of the drama ^^ I've also included some quotes from different episodes which I liked (note, I've only watched up to episode 4 at this point in time) I really really love the filming technique they used because all the scenes look so artistic and pretty :) Especially the scenes filmed in Japan! (Further below are more thoughts..)

陳海傑 (第3集)

藍蝶菲 (第3集)

賀霆宇 (第3集)

賀霆宇 (第4集)

I've been watching this on Sugoideas (which has lots of Taiwanese dramas and variety shows!) and a common opinion in the discussions is that, and I quote this: 'Considering not watching the drama because Lara is ugly and cannot act at all and her voice is annoying.', which I find really rude of everyone. I get that people can all have their own opinions, but I really dislike how people are judging her ability to act on her appearance and her voice >< Personally, I think her looks suit the character and her singing voice is amazing! And plus, it's her first drama.. so let's not expect her to be perfect!

I agree that the drama is moving slowly, but that adds to the mysterious atmosphere of this drama.. however I'm finding I'm watching it becuase of Xiu and Aaron's bromance ;P Oh, and of course the awesome music! Looking forward to seeing how this progresses ^^

Saturday, 23 June 2012

[Dramas] Re-watching old dramas!

So I've been re-watching Dayo's drama's again recently which have always been my favourites :D I seem to re-watch them a lot ;P 棟篤神探 (To Catch The Uncatchable) is probably my favourite, closely followed by 男親女愛 (War of Genders) which I'm watching at the moment. 

Here's a scene I from episode 39 ^^ 

Frances tells Lok to 'Stand behind the yellow line' because he's just been accused of peeking at an old women in the public loos so everyone is scared of him. Then the camera pans out, and the line is shown to be right next to the wall, and Lok protests 'If I stand behind the line I'll be in the next room!' XD But he gives in and stands awkwardly against the wall :P

[Challenge] Day 25 & 26 of 26

I know some of these have been a little bit late, but here's the last two ^^

Favourite cpop MV?

This is 乾杯 (Cheers) by Mayday. I think out of all the cpop MV's I've watched, I really like the filming style for most Taiwan MV's.. especially Fish's older music videos! This one's my recent favourite :)

Favourite cpop duet?

I was originally going to put 小酒窩 by Charlene and JJ here, but then I decided on putting 'Dream' a duet cover from Alien and Rainie instead XD 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 24 of 26

A recent artist you discovered?
I have two; Nick Chou 周湯豪 and Alfred Hui 許廷鏗; I've heard of both of them before but didn't take much notice of them until very recently. 

I first heard of Alfred when I was in HK, and he was on TV but never really thought much about him? Then I received requests for his songs :) And Cream has recommended I listen to his album '出走三部曲' of which I really like the songs: 螞蟻、出走 and 定格.. I think his voice has lots of potential in the future, I really like his high notes :D My ultimate favourite would be 螞蟻 despite hating them in real life D: Thanks Cream ^^

I only noticed Nick recently while watching a drama called 粉愛粉愛你 where a lot of the songs in his new album were used as insert songs. I looked him up and found out that all the songs in his new album were written (both musically and lyrically) and sung by him! In his album 'S.N.G' (which stands for Super Nice Girl) my favourite songs would be: 黑洞、億萬分之一的機率 :) Oh yeah, I also really like his song 'Wake Up' from his old album ^^ That's probably my favourite song of his atm :D

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 23 of 26

A song that makes you happy?

小手拉大手 by Fish Leong

This is one of the songs I really like singing along to or just listening to when I'm in a good mood. It just makes me happy :) The atmosphere of the song, with the ukulele plucking in the background and the gentle guitar sounds as well just make this such a vibrant song. When the percussion comes in after 1min 30, and you see Fish jumping up and down in the MV, I always end up wanting to jump along XD

Monday, 18 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 22 of 26

A song that makes you cry (sad)?

A song which I genuinely cry and feel sad when hearing is 不存在的情人.. I can't really describe why, maybe it's the piano and the strings in the music adding to the effect. Every time I listen to it I feel cold.

Another song which makes me cry every time would be 媽媽 by Vanness Wu, which is a song for his mum. It's less crying because I'm sad, and more because it makes me think about all the things my mum has done for me.

Other songs would be 乾杯 by Mayday.. it's the ending of the MV that does it.. and that's life for you ><

Sunday, 17 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 21 of 26

A song you never get tired of?

曖昧 (Ai Mei) Ambiguity by Rainie Yang 楊丞琳

The lyrics talk about the ambiguity when it comes to love, how it can lead to misunderstandings if you put too much into a relationship, or too little.

I first heard this song on a chinese radio in the car, and I really liked the melody of the song, but never thought to search it online (I was about 10 XD).. a year or two later I listened to the song a lot, but never really understood the meaning to the lyrics... I think one reason I really like this song is listening to it really shows how much I've grown in the past years ><

But back to 'never getting tired of' the song.. I think it's the melody.. it's really light, and doesn't require much to get into the music :) I think it'll be a song I'll still be listening to (albeit less) in another 5-10 years time.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 20 of 26

An album you never get tired of?

Erm.. I probably should've put 'Love Hero' here? But another album I can still listen to is 'Loving You More and More 越來越愛' by Fahrenheit :) Released in January 2009.

Track List:

01) 動脈 (偶像劇[霹靂MIT]片頭曲)
02) 越來越愛
03) 寂寞暴走
04) 恆星 (偶像劇[翻滾吧!蛋炒飯]片頭曲)
05) 默默
06) 最佳聽眾
07) 留下來
08) 孤單摩天輪
09) 雨是眼淚
10) 你應該被珍惜

I think I still know every song off by heart, all the lyrics and everything :) I can probably tell you who sings each line as well XD That's how much I like this album ^^ My favourite song would be.. 默默, but closely followed by 動脈 because I'm an MIT fan ;D Asdfghj.. I don't know what else to say about this album, but erm.. if you haven't listened to it before, give it a try? (Not everyone like 'boybands' but.. yeah, just a warning!)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Pinyin Lyrics: Fala Chen 陳法拉 - 一半


Lyrics to: Half
By: Fala Chen

作曲: 宇珩
填詞: 張美賢
監製: Johnny Yim
(Original: Half by Della Ding 丁當)

一半晚餐 再分我一半被窩 
yut boon maan chaan joi fun ngoh yut boon pei woh
nei ting ngoh seung sum dik hook gwoh
明早撲進地鐵廂座 愁眉別深鎖
ming jo pok joon dei teet seung joh sau mei beet sum soh
一半汽水 再分你一半飲歌 
yut boon hei shui joi fun nei yut boon yum goh
cheung neen pooi ho jee mooi siu moh
最後誰可 去替代某一位 吻我
jooi hau sooi hoh hooi tai doi mooi yut wai mun ngoh

*每個聖誕像負荷 熱鬧到好想閃躲
mooi goh sing dan jeung foo hoh yeet naau do ho seung seem doh
好友說過 誰人最襯得起我 
ho yau shoot gwoh sooi yun jooi chun dut hei ngoh
繼續做夢 難道太傻 才妄想找到好結果
gaai jook jo moong naan do taai soh choi mong seung jaau do ho geet gwoh
對號入座 像熱播每一首歌
dooi ho yup joh jeung yeet boh mooi yut sau goh

jaau nung jeuk ji gei dik hip noh
難受嗎 如果你是我
naan sau mah yoo gwoh nei si ngoh

一次拍拖 帶給我一半笑渦 
yut chi pak toh dai kup ngoh yut boon siu woh
yoo yut boon seung gum dik gaau choh
從婚宴送贈了祝賀 仍然沒不可
choong fun yeen soong jung liu jook hoh ying yeen moot but hoh
一半探戈 跳出了一半痛楚 
yut boon taam gwoh tiu choot liu yut boon toong choh
cheung neen mo ji ging dik choh toh
以後誰可 到了白髮一般 疼我
yi hau sooi hoh do liu baak faat yut boon toong ngoh

Repeat *

do goh joong ching yun dik fai lok
其實我都 曾感動過
kei sut ngoh do chung gum dong gwoh

Repeat *

do fook sut ching yun jum yeh woh 
流淚太多 誰敢犯錯
lau looi tai doh sooi gum faan choh

Note: This is the title song for Fala's first albumm, which I (and a lot of other people!) have been waiting for ^^ Chinese lyrics credit to Lily, and pinyin lyrics are mine as always :)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 18 & 19 of 26

Favourite singer/songwriter?
Favourite song from favourite singer/songwriter?

JJ Lin 林俊傑
I don't really know what to say about him because I don't follow him much.. I just really love his music <3! Asdfgh.. His voice... is just amazing! Don't know how else to describe it, but every time I listen to it I feel like I've melted .__. He also composes a lot of songs for other singers~ A lot of them are known for their complicated, but meaningful lyrics.

I think his most notable song is '記得' (Remember), written for A Mei :) He has 2 duets with Ah Sa (Charlene 蔡卓妍)which he composed, one in cantonese and one in mandarin :) But my favourite song (more recently anyway) would be Nonexistent 不存在的情人.. I first heard it on 我愛男子漢, where a contestant performed it.. I cry every time I hear it and I don't even know why.. but yeah.. just.. a lot of emotions in the song.

Songs in his most recent album you should listen to: Romantic Mystery, Streets of Old Shanghai, Never Learn and Nonexistent.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 17 of 26

Favourite album this year?
I included December 2011 since they promote in 2012 anyway :)

Second Round 第二人生 by Mayday 五月天 ^^ released in December 2011, it's themed around 2012 being the end of the world. Another wonderful album by Mayday! I really wanted to go to their UK concert earlier this year in March, but it was during my mock period D:

I love the song 乾杯 ('Cheers') where the lyrics describe the life of a person (and the MV too!) and.. I just really like the lyrics :) One of the songs, 洗衣機 (Washing Machine), surprised me when I read the tracklist because I wouldn't have imagined someone writing a song about a washing machine.. However, the melody is really sweet and catchy.

There are two main versions of this album where the songs are slightly different I think. The song OAOA has different lyrics depending on whether it is the 'No Where 末日' version of the album or the 'Now Here 明日' version... Just have a compare of the tracklist if you're interested -lazy- XD

Track List for 'No Where' version:
01) 2012
02) 倉頡
03) 洗衣機
04) 歪腰
05) 乾杯
06) 我不願讓你一個人
07) 星空
08) 三個傻瓜
09) 末日
10) OAOA (丟掉名字性別)
11) 第二人生
12) 諾亞方舟
13) 有些事現在不做一輩子都不會做了

Other notable albums this year include: JJ Lin's Lost N' Found 學不會, Alien Huang's Break Heart Black Heart 黑心傷品, Kimberley Chen's Debut Album, Show Luo's 9ood Show, Nick Chou's S.N.G.. among others, but yeah.. all my biases are above XD

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 16 of 26

Favourite album of all time?

Without doubt, my favourite album is 'Love Hero 愛&英雄' by Alien Huang 黃鴻升 ^-^ Released in December 2009, I still listen to it frequently over two years later in 2012 and I can't say that about any other album I've listened to.. :)

The songs all have a distinctive rock feel to them (different to his more recent ballad style music) and just seem really.. 小鬼-like ^^ (bias seeping out XD). I used to like '搞砸了' and ‘我不想長生不老’ most, but I think I like ‘為自己’ more now ^^ The only song I tend to skip is '懶得理你'.. :/

Track List:
1) 玩具槍與玫瑰 Toy Guns N' Roses
2) 搞砸了 Ruined
3) 我不要長生不老 I Don't Want to Live Forever
4) 沒人愛俱樂部 Loveless Club
5) 為自己 For Myself
6) 懶得理你 Not Bothered With You
7) 地球上最浪漫的一首歌 The Most Romantic Song on Earth
8) 總冠軍 Final Champion
9) 不要就拉倒 Don't Want it, Leave it.
11) 不屑 Disdain

I think I said most of the stuff I need to say about Xiao Gui in this [link] post :)

Monday, 11 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 13 - 15 of 26

Least favourite male artist?
Least favourite female artist?
Your favourite genre of music?
I didn't have much to write about these, so they may as well go into one post ^^

I don't think I have any 'least favourite artists'.. Either I've forgotten who they are, or most of the time, there are songs that I dislike >< I could go on about all my least favourite kpop groups but I love cpop too much :P

As a singer, I think Bosco is awful.. his songs sound nice, but his singing O___o At least he knows it and openly admits he hates singing anyway, so yeah he's gone back to acting :)

Hmm.. for the females.. There's this new girl group in Taiwan called 'Roomie' and they're pretty decent? They're being presented as a multi-talented group and you can see their talents, I just don't like their attitude when on 娛百 >< (It's probably 節目效果 but they're really mean to others =_=)

Favourite genre of music would probably be rock/pop ballads XD I like having a mixture of styles, so all music is good as long as the music has: a nice melody, a nice voice, and meaningful lyrics ^^ A lot of songs I listen to come from drama OSTs though :)

Friday, 8 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 12 of 26

Favourite song from drama or movie?
Just a few of my favourites :) 

保護色 by Su Yi Cheng from the drama 'KO One 終極一班'!
I love all the versions of this song, especially the piano instrumentals~~ The lyrics are so .. lyrical! I love playing this as a piano piece :D

我不會喜歡你 by Bolin Chen 陳柏霖 from the drama 'In Time With You 我可能不會愛你'
It really matches the storyline of the drama and although I didn't like it to begin with, it's grown to be one of my favourites and it's quite relatable ><

I also love the 'Black and White 痞子英雄' OST! Listen to it if you have the time, and I highly recommend that you watch the drama too!! :)

As for TVB theme songs, I love listening to all of them when the drama broadcasts, but very few stay in my mind, however over the past years there are a few that have stayed such as 請講 by Niki Chow and Kevin Cheng from 'Under the Canopy of Love' :) I really like singing that song!! And OMG, something I just remembered; 心花無限 and 心裡話 from Love Bond were my ABOSOLUTE FAVOURITES before I watched Taiwanese dramas lol XD

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 10 & 11 of 26

Favourite newcomer?
Favourite song from favourite newcomer?

Kimberley Chen
She has such an amazing voice! Originally from Australia and at only 17 this year, she release her first full album recently! I think she has such great potential (like G.E.M.) as she has so many talents; being trained at a young age in musical instruments by her grandma and learning dance as well. I've watched her performances in 娛百 and .. no-one compares ><  (I mean.. within the newbie area of course, 'cos surely you can't compare her to someone with years of experience in the industry?)

My favourite song is '愛你' as you've probably noticed from the recent change in banner :D I also like her song 'Never Change' which she wrote herself ^0^. Also.. you should try listening to 星際旅行 where she duets with famous singer Dai AiLing!

Monday, 4 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 8 & 9 of 26

Favourite boyband?
Favouriite song from favourite boyband?

I have two favourite cpop boybands ^_^ Fahrenheit and JPM; not that I don't like Lollipop F, because they're awesome, but my bias is Maodi XD

Fahrenheit (Aaron, Calvin, Chun, Jiro)
I like their earlier music a lot when I was younger, and I would recommend their album 'Loving You More and More 越來越愛' :) I don't like 'Super Hot' and 'Mr. Perfect' that much.. but I still support them :D Most of them have their own solo careers now and Aaron released his first solo EP last year! Erm.. I could talk about them for ages XD

Favourite song would be 心疼你的心疼 ^-^

JPM (Jay, Prince, Maodi)
Jay and Prince were previously part of Lollipop, but due to contracts they formed JPM with Maodi at the start of 2010 (I think?) They're pretty new, but I really like all of their songs! And they're talented in singing and dancing ^__^ Looking forward to their new album release in the summer.

Favourite song would be 那不是雪中紅, and I included their dance video :D

That's all for now.. I don't really like HK boybands much.. or maybe there aren't many/any at the moment? There's 'Blue Bird Flying Fish' from Mainland if anyone else is interested and they're quite good :D (I feel my music taste is quite biased towards Taiwan ><)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 6 & 7 of 26

Favourite girl group?
Favourite song from favourite girl group?

S.H.E and there is no question about that! (I'm kinda neutral on Twins.. I like Ah Sa a lot but...?) There aren't really that many boybands or girl groups in cpop.. there were a lot more in the early 2000's, but most have disbanded D: Since Selina's accident, S.H.E has been doing solo activities. Hebe was the first to release her own album with huge success! And Selina released an EP after she recovered! (If you have heard it yet, listen to 愛我的每個人; it's so touching!! Ella has recently released her own EP :) Looking forward to their next album as S.H.E!

Favourite song is 謝謝你的溫柔 which is their duet with Fahrenheit :)

Friday, 1 June 2012

[Challenge] Day 4 & 5 of 26

Your favourite female artist?
Favourite song from favourite female artist?
I thought these two might as well go together too.. ^^ And I'm going to put down two artistes in this category because they're both my favourites!

Rainie Yang 楊丞琳
I liked listening to her first songs (such as 曖昧 and 理想情人) but I felt most of them were too.. 'bubble pop' for me? So I stopped listening to her music for a while, or well.. what I mean to say I didn't really follow her much for a while. Then I watched 'Hi, My Sweetheart' with 寶珠姐 and 達浪; and loved all the background songs! Most of the background songs used were from her Rainie & Love...? album, one of my favourites from that album would be '匿名的好友'.

My favourite song from Rainie would probably be '仰望'

Her most recent album has a more mature feel to it, even listening to her voice you can hear the change from her earlier singing style. Looking forward to her next album :)

G.E.M 鄧紫棋
When most people have moved away from Cantonese music because the music just doesn't meet up to 'standards' set by other Asian countries such as Korea. But G.E.M is spectacular~ I just think she brings so much energy back to Hong Kong music ^^ (Not that there aren't other good singers, but many can't do live well enough yet and need a bit more practise..) She released her first album at 17! I really like how it feels really easy to get along with G.E.M because of her personality, and her constant video blogging (especially in her earlier days).

My favourite song from G.E.M would be 'Where Did You Go'

I think no matter how many time I listen to this song, it'll still be just as good as it ever was. G.E.M is releasing a new album next month which includes 'Someday I'll Fly' one of my favourite of her new songs :)

Who are your favourite singers? If you have any that is... ^^

[It's weird how this site has transformed from a TVB appreciation site, to a site about dramas, to a lyrics site.. XD]