Hiatus - Vacation

Some of you may know already, since I've mentioned on twitter, but I will be going on vacation starting June something!  So in a 5 days, I will completely disappear.  Yah..... I'll be gone for awhile, which I estimate to be around a month (but I am hoping to convince my parents to extend it till the end of August).  So if you need to email me about anything, pls do so by this weekend!

While I'd like to ask for your continuous support,  nothing will be going on during this upcoming month.  So it would be more than enough if you guys remember to come back in a month haha.  At that time I'll probably have a lot of pictures of Vietnamese food for you guys to stare and drool at, so don't miss them!

I'll try to update what I'm up to here and there but no guarantee there since it all depends on whether I'll have wifi or not haha

For those of you who will also go on vaca, have fun and safe trip!  As for those who aren't, start a blog!

Adios amigos,

Nicole's Stickers and Posters

Nicole kindly emailed me about her merchandises and here I am, sharing it with you guys :)

She produces a variety of stickers, which I find are quite cute. Haha where do you find tvb stickers nowadays? :P As for posters, she got tvb drama posters, mosaic posters, drama posters and customizable quote posters. The coolest I find is definitely the mosaic poster, which is made up of a BUNCH of tiny pictures to make up the whole portrait. Lols I didn't notice until zooming in on the poster :P This is quite a business she have right? haha and fans in Singapore are quite lucky since Nicole lives there, no need to pay for mail :P

Here is her site if you want to check out more of her merchandises: http://tvblovers.blogspot.sg/

Weekend with Linda, Kenneth, Ruco and Sonija in Vancouver! - DAY 2

Knowing myself, of course I didn't write this post until a week or two later...and I am too lazy to edit anymore pics...most of them were taken by my phone anyway, so no matter how much I edit...so nothing's going to change :P 

Okies! So here's a basic breakdown of Sunday, where my friend and I were lucky enough to get some tickets to the extravaganza!!!

- Meeting my friend and her parents at the skytrain station, they drove us to The Centre (where the thing was held). Things were pretty exciting and there were already a ton of people waiting outside!!
- So when my friend and I were greeted by this giant billboard (the one the artistes signed the day before at the autograph event)!! WE started taking pics like crazy :P When I got home though, I realized all of mine were just with Linda's and Kenneth's cardboard. Go figure..haha
- While we were taking pictures though, we were constantly disrupted by a security guard who pushed us out whenever the VIPs (ie. Virgina Lok and friends) wanted a picture :P Still a nice guy though. haha
- Waiting for our turn, I suddenly saw THIS GUY! Have no idea what is name is but was definitely sure he is a retired actor. Remember liking him a series....but can't remember which....I wanted a pic with him, but it's awkward to take a pic with someone when you don't even know his name. So yah...
- More pics, more pics....and on the look out for more random actors appearing..

Entering the theatre!
- Before entering, they gave us these loud clappy thingys that also light up :D AND best of all, a folder of the artistes. I swear I'd keep it all my life lols
- OH one more thing happened, my friend and I got asked by fairchild's photographer to take a picture (will tell you guys why later).

Officially Entering the Theatre
- Our seats were in the second row to the back =.= Not a pleasant seat BUT no problem, cause at least I was there :) haha Honestly, the only thing that I didn't really like is that we were right beside the camera man...aka stuck. It was quite inconvenient to get in and out...
- ANYWAYS more pics and more pics...not much going...

- They're the reason why we were there so it was pretty exciting to see them cross the stage ;D haha
- After them, 4 singers (from the Voice or something? I dunno...cause I don't know Chinese :P). Pretty good and I like the song choices. I'm actually kind of curious about them, so may look into more details (ie their names) later.
- After the singers, the artistes reappear again and each had a little speech of their own (they had speeches throughout the whole thing so I can't remember the order, so will talk about all the stuff I remember:

- When KEnneth talked one time, the host started to make fun of his incident with the grandma from the day before. (Lols thank goodness I had my friend to translate to me what's going on here.) So after talking about the grandma, the host asked Kenneth who's allowed to kiss him (something along those lines lol...I think he was also referring to the age aspect). Kenneth's reply? Something along the lines of; there is no rule to who can kiss me. lols I just remember the audience bursting out with laughter. Argh! Seriously wish I knew canto at that moment :P Either way, KEnneth is so respectful (towards the grandma incident) and super sweet :P

- Linda's speech was the other memorable one because her mom came onstage and both were just tearing up! I had no idea what they were saying but at the end of their speech, my immediate response to my friend was, "that's sweet." lols

- Have no idea what was going on with the other two haha

THE FLYING GIFTS: Aka the artistes standing on stage and throwing gifts into the crowd (they had two rounds of this, one in the beginning of the show and one near the end of the night)

- The ladies tried their best but their gifts didn't make it too far haha xD There was actually one time when Sonija attempted to throw a bit further but it landed right near the stage :P That was pretty funny haha.

- While the other three were just throwing the gifts...they all did it in a very casual manner compared to Kenneth :P Since all the other artistes threw the gifts to the audience in the ground level, Kenneth tried to throw some gifts to the audiences in the balcony. Unfortunately to his dismay, the firs tone didn't make it :P The second one did though! (or was that Ruco's throw near the end of the show? I'm mixing them up...)

- During the round near the end of the night, Kenneth once again attempted to throw as far as he could (but to the back of the theatre (ground floor)). LOLS HE TRIED TO HARD!!!!! But 3 TIMES IN A ROW...all the gifts landed in the EXACT SAME group of fans. haha I was just laughing looking at him throw because he was obviously aiming for the people on his right but the gifts always flew to the centre :P too bad...he tried his best though haha. I think that this is one of the best moments of the night!

- Each of the artistes had a 'segment' of their own, with games and other performances from diff. groups in between the artistes' performances.

1. First artiste up was Sonija Kwok.
- First thought; gorgeous dress!
- Second thought; she sings?
She sang two songs: 至少還有你 and Close to You.
- I was surprised when she sang an English song but later found out at AX3 BAttery that she is actually a graduate of SFU, so of course her English was fine! Haha proud that she's from SFU xD
- As for her singing, I can't help but feel it was recorded before hand...same goes for Kenneth Ma. Maybe I'm not used to these kind of live shows? Meh I dunno...either way, I enjoyed all of their performances :D
- During her singing segments, she also went down to the audience to hand out some gifts.

- After Sonija, Kenneth and Ruco went back on stage along with the hosts and two other people who were carrying flags.
- Kenneth and Ruco had to copy (waving flags) what the two other people were doing with their flags.
- When they were looking at the people waving the flags, trying to remember the moves (since they have to copy it later), they looked so LOST!!!
- So when it was their turn, Ruco tried to imitate the moves while Kenneth was just standing their looking clueless. (lols or maybe it was vice versa.)
- Either way, Kenneth soon tried out the moves...instead of looking at the person waving the flag, he kept on looking over at Ruco :P
- Soon enough, Ruco gave up and started making his own moves while KEnneth struggled to continue :P
- haha I thought it was quite funny how KEnneth followed Ruco's last move :P

After the waving flags, it was game time!!
- Remember how I told you guys about Fairchild's photographer taking pics of everyone (when we got in the theatre)? Well, they used those photos to select the participants for all the games throughout the show! Slides of pictures were shown onscreen and anybody in the picture, who had a diamond marked around their head were the ones chosen.

- So the first game; relay. It involved: blowing down all the foam cups with a balloon, stacking these boxes and lastly hula hooping (can't remember how many..).
- The participants were divided into 4 teams (with the 4 artistes). So each team basically had 3 people. There were two seperate rounds:
Ruco's vs KEnneth's: KEnneth lost badly haha
Ruco's team: they won quite easily haha. Too bad Ruco wasn't the one who did the hula hooping :P
Kenneth's team: it was so funny seeing KEnneth's team.
- The lady that was suppose to blow down the foam cups with a balloon had a bit of trouble, which sucks because it's actually the first part of the relay. During this time, Linda actually went up to her to rub her back and told her to not rush. I thought that was the highlight of Linda for me...so attentive towards the elders :) Thought that is was quite sweet of her.
- Kenneth Ma was the one who hula hooped. First of all, I was surprised that he could. Secondly, he was ALSO surprised that he could :P lols Definitely one of the best moments of the night :D

Sonija's vs Linda's: I can't remember who won..I think Linda's?
- Not too much happened here...Linda hula hooped though! haha :D

2. Ruco Chan's turn to rock up the stage!
- he seriously rocked that stage! HE was SOOOO INTO the song! Also so powerful...have I mention that I LOVE HIS VOICE!!! damn it was nice!!
- btw he sang, "我甚麼都沒有" and "小草” (themesong of Reality Check)
- Returning home, I realized that he's the only one that I didn't record. Why in the world?!?!! The reason I came up with...I was lost in his singing. Seriously!!! His voice was so nice!! You just kind of get lost in his performance...
- While I get overwhelmed with Kenneth's dorkiness, I got stunned by Ruco...this is the second time :P
- Ruco also went off stage too give out some gifts :)

- A game soon followed after Ruco's singing; questionnaire.
- Each artiste was paired up with a participant and they had to answer some questions (course tvb related). There were some laughs here and there but I had absolutely no idea what was going on :P
- One thing I remember about this game is Kenneth and his partner. haha during the game, I noticed that Kenneth is constantly answering into the microphone :P (the other artistes only answered once or twice while their partners answered more) Thought that was kind of funny haha
- Oh! also one of the questions, my friend translated for me: "In which series did Ruco not wear glasses." Lols at that moment I realized that he wears glasses alot doesn't he?!!? Hmm...Three Kingdoms RPG, Only You and Every Move You Make are the ones I thought of at that time haha

- Afterwards, there was the martial arts performance. Personally, I loved the performance very much. I love how soothing the music was and the martial arts moves incorporated into the 'dance'. Very nice flow ;)

- Sonija then did a magic show (with a guy who I do not know the name of). Very interesting how the magician turned everything into cash :P I wonder if those cash were real cause during his lat trick, he had a cape made out of cash!!! That's one expensive cape :P

3. Linda's time to shine! She sang one of our favourites, "A Blissful Song" from Witness Insecurity and "傻女". Personally I enjoyed the second one more cause I've heard the other one on a daily basis already :P lols. Really love the song and the background that was chosen for it :D
- The crowd really pumped up during her second song
- Of course, Linda also went off stage to give out more gifts. Something that surprised me though was the way she handed out her gifts. Both Ruco and Sonija kind of tossed the gifts to the people around them but Linda on the other hand, gave the gifts directly to the people (ie hand to hand). I noticed that Kenneth did the same as she did too :) Thought it's sweet of them to directly hand over the gifts. haha

- After Linda's performance, there was this AMAZING acrobatic show with some people from the circus!
- They were hanging from these fabrics, swinging around and doing all these cool things! So amazing!
- Their moves were so graceful and beautiful to watch
- I especially like the part where they had this fire ball in the background.

- Now for the last game!!!! Guess who was picked? :P
- My friend was picked!!!!!!
- She went up there and I noticed up on stage, there was also one of the fans that I talked to the day before (Linda fan too) haha.
- With around 12 people onstage though, they all picked out a card and only the 4 who had an ace were able to go onto the next round. My friend AND the fan I met made the cut ;D haha
- So with only 4 participants left, the all got to pick a key to unlock this box. Whoever can unlock it gets the big prize.
- So once again, the artistes paired up with one of the participants. My friend was with....
- I find it funny that Kenneth was paired up with an elder lady (joke from the day before)...haha
- Anyways, in the end it was Linda's partner who one with the lucky number 7 (Key Number).
- BUT my friend got the GIANT tvbuddy (wah!!!!!!) and a set of tv dramas!!

4. It all comes down to Kenneth....I think his segment was the most pumped up..or maybe it was Linda's? hmm..
- Kenneth first sang "仍能情深愛上" and you know what happened? He suddenly grabbed Gloria Tang's hand and they walked on the stage together....that caused a very loud uproar in the theatre :P Well, I was kinda jealous of Gloria there :P haha
- The second song he sang was A fistful of Stances' themesong :D
- Ok...during the part where Kenneth got off stage to give out presents, he was SWARMED with people!! BUT in the audience's defense, KEnneth was trying REALLY HARD to make it as far back as he could (to the back of the theatre). While doing that, he was shaking everybody's hand and giving out the gifts (directly like Linda did). Looking that the crowd of people, I then understood why Linda tried to stay close to the stage (when she was giving out the gifts)...especially since she's a girl too haha.
- Anyways, Kenneth ACTUALLY made it half way across the theatre!!!! I was...surprise. Lols compare to all the other artistes, he made it the furthest. Ruco made it 1/3 of the way? I think Sonija was the same as Ruco's while Linda stayed the closest to the stage.
- Looking at Kenneth being swarmed, I also wanted to go up there...but didn't cause I was 'stuck' :P haha
- Seeing how he was shaking all the hands and literally trying to get to the fans in the back, it made my heart skip a beat xD So adorable haha.

And so, we soon came to the end of the show. Honestly, I didn't realize how fast time was going by until my phone was like, "low battery". lols I wish it was longer :P but no big deal....still a fantastic and UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT (the experience...not details :P)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, I will just have to wait until Fairchild's 30th Anniversary to go again :D Will wait...no matter how long ;) haha

Thanks for reading the post everybody :D

PS behind the scene story? One the way out, my friend and I bumped into the fan (that I met the day before...who's also my friend's friend and the one that did the game segment with my friend...if that makes any sense) again. Yesterday she said that she didn't have any tickets (or was that a diff. fan...ugh I dunno anymore). ANYWAYS, in my previous post I mentioned that during the autograph event, one of the fans got hurt right? Well, she's the one I was talking about. So after I left the autograph event, she was actually in the security office (area-ish) and of course complained to the securities for pushing her (she has crutches). She then told us (my friend and I) when we were talking after the performance, that Ruco Chan was actually the one who gave her the tickets as an apology (from the day before)!!!! Thought that was very kind of Ruco...and even during the game segment (where I mentioned that she and my friend were chosen), he also chose her as his partner :D haha how sweet right? :)

So that's the end of my behind the scene story...

After this event, I've found myself loving all these 4 artistes even more than before :) hehe

A Change of Heart Episode 1

"Though the heart is one of most important organ in our body, most people fail care to for it. And there are some that have lost theirs (i.e. heartless)." - This is not word for word...but close enough. haha

To be clear, if you have not read the synopsis, Bosco Wong plays two characters in "A Change of Heart". One is a cardiac surgeon and the other one...well I don't know yet. All in all, they're twin brothers. The cardiac surgeon Bosco will die soon (so don't get too attached to him :P) and that is when his younger brother will return. The younger brother is Bosco's main role.

Now going back to what happened in episode one, there wasn't too much.

Though it has not been specified yet, Michael Mui seems like a triad boss. Well....a rich business man that acts like a triad boss. First of all, he’s a very prideful man. Second of all, there are no boundaries to his business tactics. He only seems to be kind to those who've helped him and his wife, Joey Meng. Speaking of Joey Meng, she was previously a nurse prior to marrying Michael. That is why she's the one to constantly nag him about his heart problems. She even bought Michael a watch that'll beep if his heart rate goes up.  Best part about that beeper was during Michael's business meeting.  He tried hard to calm down when Joey called :P  Quite a sweet pair if you ask me.

BTW some of Michael's facial expressions during that meeting are priceless!  Haha I love how he holds onto his 'heart' whenever he's yelling at people.  Also really liked how Benjamin is Joey's 'spy' in the situation.  Wonder what his relationship with them is, since Michael yelled at everybody except him :P  Though from the theme video...his relationship with Joey will get kinda fishy...

Did I mention how beautiful Joey Meng looks in here? I'm sure I have but I'll do it again anyways because she's absolutely gorgeous!!! She's just glowing! Anyways, putting her physical attributes aside, Joey's character seems like it's going to be quite interesting. Especially during the part where a truck hit her car from behind, she sounded nice at first but then suddenly swiped out her husband's business card (he's a well known business man) and demanded a repair fee of 50 thousand hkd. I liked how direct she was towards that guy, without much emotion during the whole process. A twisted personality. Haha

Driving off afterwards, the truck owner was still in shock over the repair fee and suddenly had a heart attack while driving. This is obviously not a good sign for his fellow buddies on the road. Luckily Niki Chow, who was cycling on the street, saw the odd behaviours of the truck (swerving left and right) and chased it down. Reaching the truck, she then jumped onto it and climbed through the window. And so when the truck was about to hit a bystander (coincidentally it was Joey Meng, who just bought a fish in the market); Niki turned the wheel fast enough and prevented the accident from happening. Later we find out that Niki is actually a police officer...

Bosco and Niki are dating. They met each other back when Dr.Bosco was searching for his younger twin brother out somewhere along the coast lines. He was talking to him when his phone suddenly went out of battery; therefore Dr.Bosco borrowed a random girl's phone, aka Niki's. They then started a conversation and Niki offered to give Dr.Bosco a tour around the place (since he didn't know the place...he was only there to look for his younger brother). Walking around into the night time, Niki then led him to a swamp-ish area. There, she told him to wait and that's when fireflies started to fly out of the swamp bushes....

Their flash back was quite romantic despite my bad narration from above. I especially love the special effects that was used here (the colouring: blue, red, green, purple etc) as it created a very endearing atmosphere between the two. To add onto that, the places where they did the shots were very beautiful! Like walking down the coastline with those giant rocks designs in the background! Where is that?! I want to go there! And then the swamp area with all those fireflies. If it was shot during the morning, maybe the effect would've been different? But all in all, it's such a romantic place to be at when the fireflies came around! What a perfect first meeting for Dr.Bosco and Niki huh?

Oh! Forgot to mention that Dr.Bosco actually asked Niki to marry him (no, not when they first met....). Answer? REJECTION! Why? I have no idea since he seems perfect…so far :P Now in all seriousness, it seems like Niki's got something going on in her own life. Back at home after their date (and his proposal), Niki was on her computer and looking at some old news about a prostitute who was robbed and killed. More importantly, that prostitute has a young daughter. Is Niki that young girl? Well, I'm waiting to find out...In a less climatic situation, maybe it's just one of her cases.

Moving on, Dr.Bosco and Michael got to connect somehow right? Well, it turns out that Dr.Bosco's mentor is actually Michael's saviour. And as I've stated before, Michael is the kind of man who'd always remember who helped him. Therefore with his heart problems, Michael only trusts Dr.Ko (i.e. mentor) and every year during Dr. Ko's birthday, Michael would get him a gift. This year, Joey and Michael planned to give him a portrait of himself, painted by a famous (along that word is a big sum of money) French painter. So to give him the gift, the couple pretended that Michael was having a heart attack in order to ask Dr.Ko to come over right away (with the gift awaiting for him)...

When Michael was pushing Dr.Ko to come faster with his exaggerated, yet funny, excuses, I knew something was going to happen to poor Dr.Ko. Joey sent their driver to go and pick up Dr.Ko but then BAM!! The couple's car driver, who was supposed to pick Dr. Ko up, actually drove into Dr.Ko on the streets. When the driver got off the car, he picked up Dr.Ko's phone (Michael was on the other line). Michael said something along the lines of, "Hey why are you there? Have you picked up Dr.Ko yet?" I thought the driver's reply was kind of amusing, "I don't think you can talk to him anymore...I just ran him over." (At least that's what I remembered...) After this, I am actually wondering what Michael will do to the driver...

So Dr.Ko is dead and the portrait, that was initially suppose to be his birthday present, became is funeral picture. Even during the funeral, Michael was acting kind of cocky...To be honest, I found Bosco's expressions kind of weird during the whole funeral. Too calm. To unaffected...too odd.

Now that Dr.Ko is dead, Michael's heart treatment is transferred to Bosco. Since he is still green in the field though, Michael cares little for him and refuses to be treated by him. So when Bosco told him that he should not join the cycling marathon thingy, he refused to listen. That's problematic.

Understanding her husband's heart conditions, Joey invited Bosco to the race as a pre-caution just in case Michael's heart starts acting up again. Beside that, she also hired a group of cyclists to block off the other participants from surpassing her husband (therefore will give him the leisure to bike as slowly as he wants AND win the race). Quite a clever idea right?

Haha at the marathon event, Michael had a giant poster of him! On the paper bags that they were giving out, there are even pictures of him stapled to them! lol that funniest have to be the fans that the old people were using. All the fans got his face imprinted on them :P Michael sure love himself....I like that ;)

So the race starts!! Surprise comes when Niki, a regular cyclist, happen to pass onto the same road as the marathon. Seeing her surpass him, Michael quickly speeds up and so as he bikes faster, his heart rate also began to rise. CRASH! Luckily not into a car, but he did fall off his bike. Heart attack! Thank goodness Joey kept watch of his heart rate (with some fancy machine) and got there with Bosco in time to save him. So in the end, Michael admits that Bosco won (how he was right about Michael not being able to finish the race) and decides from there on to let Bosco treat him.

This concludes the episodic summary for episode 1!! I apologize that it's kind of...chunky.  Haha my writing does not flow well, nor is it that good =.=

PS may I add that the ending mv is really weird!!  Mainly because of the girl though...why did they even put her in there? o.O

"A Change of Heart" - Synopsis and Official Screencaptures

Thoughts: Joey Meng looks stunning in the pictures!!  How prettier can she get?!  Seriously, tvb aren't you lacking fadans?  Joey Meng, Alice Chan, Elena Kong, Kristal Tin were all originally from ATV but they can help you big time.  Pairing some one from the older generation like Wayne Lai with the young ladies such as Natalie Tong and Sire Ma didn't work out so well, SO please consider them =.=

Anyways, the story for "A Change of Heart" definitely sounds interesting :) Maybe I will watch it....maybe...probably...but I will be in Vietnam.  That's problematic.

Cast: Michael Miu, Bosco Wong, Joey Meng, Niki Chow, Mandy Wong, Vincent Wong, Benjamin Yuen, Benz Hui, Eliane Yiu, JJ Jia, Sammy Shum

The ruthless businessman FONG CHI LIK (Michael Miu) head is loaded with gold digging plans, unfortunately he suffers from coronary heart disease. His condition is life-threatening unless he gets a change of heart surgery. His primary care doctor YIU YAT SAN (Bosco Wong) suddenly dies from an accident and his heart was donated to LIK. After the heart surgery, LIK's personality changed drastically, he turned into a kind-hearted man, just like how YAT SAN used to be. The drastic change surprised YAT's fiancee YUEN SIU KAT (Niki Chow) and LIK's wife TONG SIN HANG (Joey Meng). The relationship among the three started changing from then on.

YAT SAN's twin brother YIU YUET SAN (Bosco Wong) returns to Hong Kong for his brother's funeral. He fell in love with SIU KAT at first sight. To thank YAT, LIK treated YUET very well, giving him a job at his company. YUET quickly got promoted and became LIK's right-hand man. He even had an affair with the PR employee HA SZE KA (Mandy Wong), while developing a complicated relationship with his brother's girlfriend SIU KAT. SIU KAT also develops a controversial relationship with LIK. When YUET started respecting LIK more and more, regarding him as family, he discovers his brother's death was in fact not an accident... (aZnangel@http://asianuniverse.net/)

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