This drama is also called Moonshine and Valentine.
Genre: Romance, ET, Historical
Date Released: 2018
CDrama: 24 Episodes
Victoria Song as Huanan/Guan Pi Pi
Huang Jing Yu as Helan Jingting
Xu Kai Cheng as Tao Jialin (PiPi’s boyfriend)
Liu Yongxi as Xin Xiaoju (Cafe Owner)
Xu Fangyi as Tian Xin (PiPi’ friend in love with Jialin)
Lin Shen as Xiu Xian (plastic surgeon )
Li Yongming as Zhao Kwanyong (plastic surgeon)
The Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love (Chinese Drama) Review
The drama is a love story that lasts several lifetimes. He Lan comes from the fox clan, which originated from a planet from another galaxy which was much like Earth. Through evolution the aliens, fox clan, started to acquire human form, until they are perfect specimen of eye candy. 🙂
During the Tang Dynasty (not sure which dynasty really) a girl who was still a minor was ‘bought’ from her parents to marry a blind boy from a rich family.
I think much of the story started from this initial meeting of the lovers.
I read somewhere that the girl had to sacrifice herself in order for the boy to have perfect sight at night.
At the present day, PiPi has a boyfriend who is gorgeous and extremely able with his education. While PiPi is interning, her boyfriend in going to America for further studies.
PiPi is currently having some self-esteem issues. She feels that she is not good enough for her perfect boyfriend.
HeLan on the other hand had just found her in this lifetime and he would never let her go.
Their first meeting was eventful but not in the usual way where they fall in love at first sight. In fact PiPi handed some change to the blind Helan thinking he was a beggar. 🙂
It was Jialin’s birthday and PiPi was trying to buy him a shirt. She did not really know his size but then realised that she can’t afford the shirt anyway.
PI PI was helped out in getting the right size by a man who turned out to be He Lan.
When she told him that she was buying it for her boyfriend, He Lan bought all the shirts. PiPI run after him and accidentally dislodged his sun glasses. She stared at his opaque irises, which was dangerous for her.
He Lan sent his minions to give an apple, which is lightly drenched with his blood, to PiPI, who he said would be feeling unwell due to having looked at his eyes.
Right on cue, PiPi was vomiting in the office. Despite feeling unwell she continued on with her task as an intern journalist. She turned down the apple as she hates the fruit.
PiPi went to her boyfriend’s house for his birthday celebration with only a red bean preserve as a present, which he was rather dismissive about.
Also attending was their good friend, Tian Xin.
You can see that Tian Xin and Jia Lin are becoming more than friends.
Pi Pi was tasked to take photos of the mysterious Jade expert, He Lan. She was waiting for him surreptitiously, when he found her hanging on his fence.
She started having a nose bleed and he carried her in and fed her a small slice of an apple. Within minutes she was like a new woman.
He Lan gave PiPi a VIP invitation for the following night’s auction. He said if she attends, she can interview him.
No brainer really, so she attended and ended up bidding so much money for an orb necklace, on behalf of He Lan, which was then given to her by him as a memento, which has something to do with what happened a long time ago.
PiPi’s boyfriend is stalking her friend, Tian Xin. He wanted to cheat on PiPi with her friend. To start with Tian Xin did try to resist Jia Lin. But Jia Lin is not taking no for an answer.
He told Tian Xin that he will book a table in a restaurant and will wait for her at whatever time.
PiPi met up with He Lan in a posh restaurant to interview him. He ordered a lot of food for PiPi alone as he said he was a fox and doesn’t eat human food.
PiPi was going along with his ‘nonsense’ at first but got tired of it. He Lan further said that he only eat flowers, from the unfertilised plants (organic flowers) He also mentioned that others from his fox clan eat liver, human liver.
PiPi said she was ending the nonsense, weird interview. She got up and He Lan followed her. He said that he can prove that he’s not human. He put her head next to his heart. His heart is beating so slowly at 1 beat per 10 seconds.
Unbeknown to PiPi, Tian Xin was also at the restaurant and saw her with He Lan in which looked like and embrace.
Jia Lin was still waiting at the restaurant for Tian Xin. He was told by the waiting staff that he had to leave at it was closing time. He then saw Tian Xin in front of him and this will be the start of their affair.
The next day, Jia Lin went to look for Pipi at her work.
Thinking that he was He Lan, she run off from him.
They all ended up at a club. Jia Lin was just about to speak with PiPi when Tian Xin took him away, presumably to tell him that it was not the right time to tell Pipi about them.
We find out the the 900 years old He Lan is in fact a hybrid. His mother was human and father was an alien fox.
His weirdness has spooked Pipi. So she researched what repel a fox.
She found out it was realgar. She got some and invited He Lan to lunch.
Of course He Lan new all bout the realgar that PiPi had gotten. And to make a point he dipped his finger into the pocket of realgar, which as a corrosive effect on his skin.
PiPi was shocked saying that she doesn’t really understand what is his motive and she wanted the orb necklace removed from her neck.
Without much ado, He Lan removed the necklace and left her in the restaurant.
PiPi resigned from her job so that she could concentrate in learning English. She wanted to go to America with Jia Lin. Jia Lin, however, has other plan. He wanted Tian Xin to go with him.
He Lan is very upset. He was looking at the orb necklace and then put it away. Does it mean he has given up on PiPI?
PiPi almost became a victim of ‘date rape’.
She was so upset because she finally found out that her best friend and boyfriend are doing the dirty on her. She found them having a cozy lunch together. Jia Lin said to PiPi that it was not Tian Xin the reason why they needed to break up. He just not into PiPI anymore.
Heartbroken, PiPi ended up in a bar drinking herself silly, until an evil opportunities drug a drink which he then gave to her. She willingly drank it. He took advantage of her ‘drunkenness’ and took her away from the bar.
He was just about to assault her when Helan appeared and beat up the man.
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Police Enforcement, Drug trafficking, Money Laundering
Date Released 2018
CDrama: 44 episodes
Luo Jin as Jin Yuan
Pan Zhi Lin as Tan Dou Dou
Cao Zheng as Qiao Liang
Morning Chang as Cai Bing Kun
Omg! Luo Jin is hot. He is absolutely gorgeous in tailored suit or just plain shirt, highlighting his pecs and abs.
I thought I just say that. Lol
Love’s Lies (Chinese Drama)
It started with Tan Dou Dou being late at work again.
The receptionist handed her a small package, which upon quick inspection came from an ex-boyfriend.
She opened the package and found a small blue teddy bear. Before she can puzzle it out why she was receiving a teddy from an ex, a posse of plain clothes policemen including Qiao Liang, put her under arrest when they found a small packet of methamphetamine sawn in the teddy’s tummy.
On the way to the station, she was able to get away when the police car crashed into another car.
Dou Dou quickly went to find the ex-boyfriend.
Her ex is Jin Yuan, who is now a prosperous president of an auction house. Jin Yuan was to marry her seven years but he did not show up during the ceremony.
They did not have any contacts as he seemed to have vanished into thin air.
When they finally met, they still have that frisson that lovers do. But Dou Dou was so upset for being implicated with drug dealings, she was not very friendly towards the gorgeous Jin Yuan.
Jin Yuan kidnapped her and kept her in the mountain, guarded by his right hand man and good friend.
But Dou Dou thinking that Jin Yuan is going to be doing more drug dealings, contacted the police using her guard’s notebook while he was sleeping.
Dou Dou was rescued and begged the police to arrest Jin Yuan immediately before the 27th, when a major drug trafficking was to occur. She does not want Jin Yuan to be arrested with more than 50grams of drugs (which would mean death penalty for sure).
I have to admit that I really enjoyed this drama. The four episodes just went by too quickly. They were well executed and the script is thrilling.
CDrama: 32 episodes, each lasting around 45 minutes
An Yue Xi as Lu You Yan
Chen Ruo Xuan as Gu Ye Bai
Wei Miles as Wei Zi Jian
Luo Yu Tong as Zhou Huai An
Wang Jing Yan as Gong Ze Jing
Wang Ling Yu as Su San
Apparently this story will revolved around Gu Ye Bai, a young talented artist, who had an accident which made him lose his ability to see the world in colour.
This happened during a rather difficult and complicated time, when he was about to compete in an International painting contest.
The presence of an innocent and cheerful girl will help him overcome his condition which is inherently psychological.
Looking forward to this drama as it stars An Ye Xi of Tornado Girl 2. Hope all the episodes are now subbed! 🙂 One can only hope!
Ge Ye Bai is recuperating from stress and psychological trauma. He had an accident 11 years ago, which caused him to have psychogenic colour blindness, which is of course fatal to an art student future career
Luzi Zhao as Luo Fei Fei (the young intern doctor time traveler)
Wu Jia Cheng as Bei Tang Tang
Xiao Zhan as Bei Tang Mo Ran
Guo Zhi Fan as Bei Tang Jing
Peng Chu Yue as Bai Wu Chen
Chen Emn as Su Xun Xian
A young intern medical doctor time traveled to ancient China and met various young male royals, who could form a boy band with their utter gorgeousness.
Luzi Zhao is everywhere at the moment. I have just finished watching Untouchable Lovers, where she played Rong Zhi’s doomed royal concubine. I am also watching her now in Cinderella Chef.
It was 4:25 early morning when Fei Fei, who had been on duty for 20 hours as an intern medical doctor, was asked to look at another patient.
It turned out the patient was Jiacheng, who was the current popular pop star. Fei Fei, from the lethargy of being half-asleep, turned into a young pop idol worshiper.
Jiacheng, to his credit, was all niceness and gave her a couple of VIP tickets to his current concert.
Fei Fei, on her way to the concert, met an accident which coincided with falling meteors. A tiny spark hit her and before you know it, her spirit was sucked into the vortex of the past and right into the swimming pool where the young emperor was playing water polo.
The first episode is so funny.
Bai Tang Yi, is the current emperor of Huang Do kingdom. He is also a doppelgänger for the pop idol Jiacheng.
In the kingdom, there are also several drop-dead gorgeous young would be emperors. Apparently the leader or emperor of the Huang Do is a rotation of these men, who have superpowers.
For some reasons their superpower doesn’t really work on FeiFei, whose own superpower in her taser.
With Fei Fei’s 21st century mental attitude and characteristic, she was a hit with everyone, who most of the time do not understand what she was talking about or the language she was talking in.
The young emperor wanted control of the military as well. Bei Tang Mo Ran agreed after two conditions are met.
The first is to gather 10,000 signatures in their kingdom and within three days only. Fei Fei was there of course to help. She worked night and day gathering the signatures encountering every upheaval.
Of course she did it in the end. She got so tired she fell asleep inside the emperor’s manor. The emperor kindly tucked her in bed. The half asleep Fei Fei grabbed the emperor by the next and gave him a kiss. The emperor was both shocked and excited.
The emperor promised her a reward for all her hard work.
She said she only wanted a tiny weenie request and that is to meet up in the place where they first saw each other.
That was in the pool, where the emperor was playing water polo.
They met up and Fei Fei encouraged the emperor to go home with her. She they saw that his hand does not bear the scar she sewed. Finally it click with her that the emperor is not the pop star Jiacheng.
Fei Fei was too familiar with the young emperor, prodding him and calling him a pervert in front of the people that he asked his guard to arrest her.
It so happened that Mo Ran was just coming and Fei Fei sought protection from him.
The 12 constellations are to have a martial art contains and one of the prizes will be Fei Fei. The first duel was won by Mo Ran’s team. He then took Fei Fei to his manor while the contest was to continue thereafter.
At the manor Fei Fei was treated like a princess and presented with an array of jewels and ornaments.
FeiFei found out the meaning of the birthmark on her left shoulder. It is the symbol of the 13th sign of the zodiac called Ophiuchus. She is, therefore, a member of the persecuted Ophiuchus tribe.
Fei Fei chased after a thief who took her bangles. She overheard their gang planning to assassinate the young emperor, who was at that time on an away day for bonding with his brother and uncle, Mo ran.
Fei Fei rode a donkey to get to the three eye candy.
During the chaos of fighting with the ninja assassins, Fei Fei got injured and then kidnap. Jiacheng and Mo Ran run after her.
Mo Ran was so concerned about FeiFei but Jiacheng was quicker than him. He had her in his arms before Mo Ran can do anything.
Fei Fei had been ordered to move in to the palace so she can be properly protected. Though Mo Ran was disappointed, he can’t do anything as it was the edict of the emperor.
Fei Fei further found out that she is the owner of the Ophiuchus constellation.
A half naked MoRan is a sight to behold! It seems there is a ghost girl, who was spying on MoRan while he was bathing.
Anyway from being treated like a princess at MoRan manor, Fei Fei was transferred to the labour/servant quarters at the palace.
There was bullied by the pharmacist Beiling and the other maids followed her example.
Fei Fei had to clean and brush the chamber pots and sweep the ground.
Fei Fei was feeling lonely.
An girl from the Ophiuchus who was an expert in bow and arrow attack the emperor while he was with Fei Fei. There is a lot of cute rolling around in the bed to escape the arrows.
When the girl had been apprehended, Fei Fei had to treat the bleeding arm of the emperor. They got too close and were about to kiss when Fei Fei’s tazer got in the way, resulting for the emperor to end up in a dead faint.
The ghost girl was actually the princess of the Cancer sign, whose superpower is invisibility. She was engaged to be married to the emperor but she is secretly in love with King Chen/ Mo Ran. Fei Fei and the princess agreed to help each other.
She found out from the princess that the emperor is quite innocent when it comes to women.
Princess Yanran, the invisible girl, invited Fei Fei to go for with a walk with her. She then pushed Fei Fei in a trap hole. And soon after the young emperor was falling into the hole as well.
They were helped by an old lady from the Ophiuchus clan and taken to their village.
They had so much fun in the village, the people were very warm hearted.
When they got back to the palace Fei Fei was promoted to be the personal cleaner/servant of the emperor.
The emperor ended up cleaning his manor himself to show how it should be done. Fei Fei was quite contentedly eating grapes and reading the emperor’s book.
As a punishment to her inactivity, the emperor tasked her to grind the ink.
Episode 15 – 18
Fei Fei and the emperor are getting along fine until the empress dowager gifted the emperor with the conniving pharmacist, Beiling, as his concubine.
Fei Fei saw them hugging, which upset her. She wanted it to be her.
Not knowing what was upsetting her, the emperor asked Fei Fei what was the deal.
What I love about this drama was that it is very simple, straightforward and there is no long running misunderstanding.
Fei Fei immediately told the emperor that he was a rascal fooling with the pharmacist.
The emperor immediately said that he declined the offer of the concubine from the empress dowager. He then elaborated that even if she was not as pretty, as lady-like, and intelligent as Yanran, because she is ordinary, he fell for FeiFei the moment he saw her.
Again this clumsy declaration of love from the emperor was taken more of a slight than anything else by Fei Fei and rightly so! And she left him in a huff! 🙂
Love this drama.
Plenty of skinship between FeiFei and the Emperor in this episode. He told her that he likes her. 🙂
It is also the start of the final battle between the astrological signs.
Crafty Princess Yanran persuaded FeiFei to take her place.
Fei Fei did the masterplan for the battle for their team, but she was reminded that as she was not a master of an astrological sign, she will forfeit even if she wins. They said that she should not participate at all. Seeing that she will be disappointed, the Emperor said she can but she had to stay at the base camp.
Will she reveal that she was the master of Ophiuchus?
The fight scene between the Emperor and King Chen/ MoRan was stunning. In the end the emperor won the test and MoRan gallantly bestowed the military seal to the the emperor.
But the emperor was shot with a bow and arrow by the ninjas from Ophiuchus, who hijacked the contest.
It was up to Fei Fei to save the emperor with her medical background or I bet she will use her curing power.
Traditional medicine can’t save the emperor so she used her power. The emperor was so surprised that he quickly looked into Fei Fei left shoulder and found the mark of ownership of the Ophiuchus constellation.
The emperor was very upset and told FeiFei to leave his sight and never come near him again.
FeiFei was also upset and did what she was told. As she was in the forest, she was muttering about not knowing at all that she was the owner of Ophiuchus. She was heard by the leader of the renegade Ophiuchus and smacked her in the head senseless. They then forced her drink a controlling potions.
She was flying high senseless but she was giving off a lot of energy to the zombie-like Ophiuchus fighting the emperor’s men. FeiFei’s energy was unstoppable.
It was only when the emperor noticed her floating body that her energy giving power halted. She came down under the influence of the controlling drug.
Before she could do harm to that gathering of the the leaders of constellation, she was stabbed with a sword by the emperor.
Everyone was very upset.
I thought FeiFei was dead but the trailer for the next episodes showed that she was tied up., .
Episode 1 (22)
The Emperor kept Fei Fei in prison because he knew that the Empress Dowager would have had her executed in a heartbeat.
But the Empress dowager was sneaky. She had Fei Fei secretly taken from prison in order to execute her.
Thank goodness, MoRan appeared suddenly and beg his mother, the Empress, to let Fei Fei go. He said that FeiFei is his wife, his consort.
All at once the emperor was there too with his brother to plead for Fei Fei. So the Dowager gave FeiFei to Moran.
Fei Fei was very ill because of her stab wound and the torture of being tied up almost spread eagle.
The Emperor sneaked in to see the sleeping FeiFei. He was interrupted with his contemplation of FeiFei by a little girl from the Ophiuchus clan who also has healing power.
The emperor left while the girl started her healing of FeiFei.
Episode 2 (24)
MoRan hired the best medicine doctor to find a cure of Fei Fei, who did recover because of the young girl, Chong Chong’s healing power.
As much as he wants to not see Fei Fei again. The emperor can’t help himself. He had been stalking FeiFei, day and night.
Episode 3 – 8 (25 -29)
There were a lot of progress for Fei Fei in these episodes. And lots of dining in lobsters. Yummy!
She has now been fully accepted as the master of Ophiuchus constellation.
The story behind the rift of the Ophiuchus from the rest of the constellation masters was a all due to the machination of the orion side of the constellations.
They infected the former emperor with a mind controlling bug.
This was noticed by the then master of Ophiuchus so he had no other choice but to kill the old emperor.
The master of Ophiuchus was then killed immediately and his clan were banished from the land or treated as third rate citizens, the lowest of the low for their master having committed regicide. This also meant that there will be more representation of the Ophiuchus to the meetings and summits between all the constellations masters.
The elder of the Ophiuchus died trying to cure his people from the zombie-like state due to the mind control bug. A healer loses a bit of himself/herself when curing death-defying illness, hence the elder died. But before he passed on, he made the young emperor promised to investigate the matter about the old emperor and the 13th master from Ophiuchus.
And he investigated all right.
And FeiFei had a grand and happy investiture as the new master of the 13th constellation. And as a treat to her audience, FeiFei sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Chinese version, of course. 🙂
Episode 9 (30)
The emperor commented to FeiFei that she has so many secrets, which he knew not much about , including her admiration of Jiacheng. He wanted to know if they really looked alike.
There are a lot of kissing between them in this episode but Fei Fei is not satisfied being a modern woman. 🙂 She complained to Yanran that all they did all night was lie together in bed. He did not make a move.
This episode is really about pairing up of the various characters. But poor MoRan. He had a bit of a cry while watching the emperor tenderly kissing FeiFei!
Episode 10-11 (31-32)
The pharmacist Billian was so jealous of Fei Fei and the emperor’s relationship that she put a poison from the black pearl bug that can turn anyone into maniac/vampire/zombie into Feifei’s porridge.
FeiFei did not eat the porridge but the emperor had a mouthful. He immediately turned into a blood sucking zombie.
Pharmacist Beillin took advantage of the the situation by insisting that she’s the only one that can heal the emperor.
The emperor woke just in time to prevent Baillin touching him up! He beat her up for her trouble! 🙂
Fei Fei used her power to help him but she is unable to fully cure him.
Episode 12 (33)
The emperor, possessed by the zombie bug, bit into FeiFei. It turned out that FeiFei’s blood was his antidote. Seeing that her blood made him better but not completely healed, Fei Fei insisted that she exchanged blood with the emperor through the help from the power of Bei Ting Jing.
MoRan was ocmpletely against the idea feeling for FeiFei’s wellbeing. But she made up her mind.
Thank goodness it worked.
They were both healed.
Episode 13 (34)
This episode started really funny. Drama queen FeiFei pretended she was in some sort of comatose state.
The Emperor was really worried. He was advised of several ways to make FeiFei awake again. These included shaking her hard, slapping her hard, drenching her with water and tickling her. It was only when the emperor kissed her that she woke up.
Prince Tang Tang promised to marry the princess of Orion, the same princess who saved him in the desert.
It was rather poignant the goodbyes between Yanran and MoRan. They would both travel but separately.
Episode 14 (35)
Dali and Wuchen decided to consummate their relationship and this was so hilarious. Wu Chen was a virgin whilst Dali is a ninja warrior. So funny.
The emperor declared FeiFei as the first woman in his harem. This did not impressed Fei Fei as she wanted to be the empress so she can eat all day whatever she wanted.
Episode 15 (36)
Bailin the pharmacist tried to assassinate Fei Fei with a poisoned dart but luckily the emperor was so quick he caught the dart and threw it back to Bailin who died from the poison.
Dali is pregnant.
Episode 16 (37)
They were planning the wedding for the three couples: the emperor and FeiFei, Dali and Wuchen, Master Tang and the princess of Orion. But Master Su foresaw something dark that was about to happen. This darkness might have to do with the Empress Dowager who had been possessed by the evil spirit from Orion clan.
This looks good. I like the girl, she’s sassy and the male lead is of course has that tall sculpted gorgeousness.
Cinderella Chef (Chinese Drama)
Jia Yao is a chef in the modern day. She is fed up as her skill and talent as a chef are being taken advantage of.
She had a mobile diner and one day a nerdy guy showed up asking her to cook him his last meal before he commits suicide.
She agreed and they got talking. He said that he was aggrieved that his professor had stolen his computer that showed evidence of his work. He had built a time machine.
He took her to his lab to show her his time machine. It so happened that they can see from the window that it was going to eclipse. Apparently Plaeides will cover the red moon.
With a magic triangular garnet/ruby ring pointed to the eclipse and a few manipulations of the dials to the time machine, the brilliant adorable chef is catapulted into a vortex towards the Chinese ancient time in the body of Lady Ye, who was just about to fall into a cliff.
I love this drama so much. Finally a girl bringing everything she knows in the present to the past. She is very unrestrained. She is feisty, and in no way innocent. I really love her antics so much so that I have started watching unsubbed episodes and enjoying them.
There are so many time-travel dramas that once the person from the present get acclimatised to the past, they completely forget all their knowledge and know-how of the present.
Xia Chu Yu is an undercover agent for the king/emperor. He had to infiltrate a band of bandits of Black Wind Fortress, headed by the powerful fan loving Bae Chong Ye, the legendary FuYi Master, in order to find out the truth about the rumoured plan to overthrow the king.
It so happens that the bandit had just kidnapped Lady Ye to become a wife to one of their many eligible bachelors. 🙂
Jia Yao in the body of Lady Yu, is absolutely loving it. She is treating this experience as a holiday to Ancient China and she is a girl who believes in carpe diem! 🙂
This episode is hilarious. I particularly like the scene where she was about to use a wood/stake to hurt Chu Yu but with just a quick flick on the wood, the sassy Jia Yao ended up on a tree. 🙂
I also love that she is using her chef skills. She tried to recreate KFC and Coca Cola using ancient ingredients.
It was also fun watching her dropping English words once in a while, confusing the people with her language.
To assimilate more with the Black Wind Fortress, Chu Yu and Jia Yao had to enter into a fake marriage.
It was funny during their wedding night. Jia Yao was all for it but Chu Yu was playing it really cool (cold).
It is really fun watching Jia Yao get up to many mischiefs. I like her fashion sense. Knee high boots with short dresses. Chu Yu kept telling her to dress better. LOL
The drama is slapstick comedy but the realism behind it is well observed.
Of course if you can go back in time, you would want to covet all those precious antiques to hopefully bring back to the present time.
Jia Yao is shown missing wifi and Netflix. She was bored. When she was told about a market. She was incandescent with excitement. Yeah shopping, shopping, shopping.
Awww Chu Yu is beginning to really like Jia Yao. Love these two.
Chun Yu and Boss Shen were both badly wounded by men of Lady Ye’s father, who is a magistrate.
They recovered well.
Jia Yao was having fun looking after Chun Yu and the scene was the cutest. She said he has tall nose, bushy eyebrows and long lashes. He doesn’t look like an ancient man. In fact he looks like a Thai actor called Bie. 🙂 Chun Yu, who was pretending to be in a dead faint, was smiling. Awwww
Chun Yu saved Bai Chong Ye from death. Chong Ye was about to be bitten by a den of snakes when Chun Yu materliased to save the day.
It is hilarious the way JIa Yao calls Chun Yu as Donkey or Dumb Ass, a vegetarian with OCD. LOL
They do have a great chemistry. Chun Yu says that he will look after her but he can never love her.
Jia Yao is upset that he has a concubine. She thought that the elegant Liu Yiyi was Donkey’s concubine.
To attract customers to her husband’s restaurant, Jia Yao became a rapper diva.
Jia Yao is throwing herself into making the restaurant pay for itself as she gets 30 per cent of the profits. She started introducing set menus of chicken nuggets and coke. Also as a side attraction, there was also the horror/haunted house.
Jia Yao was ‘kidnap’ by Ding Qi, a rival pirate of another clan. The kidnapping really is not what it looks to be. Jia Yao was more than happy to stay with Ding Qi to make Chun Yu jealous. Unfortunately Chun Yu won’t play. He told Ding Qi to keep her for all he cares.
Actually, Chun Yu is missing Yao Yao. He is not been eating.
There is actually a history between Ding Qi and Yao Yao back when she was Lady Ye. Lady Ye was so in love with Ding Qi but did not return her feelings.
There was a lovely dance of the nunchaku by Yao Yao and Ding Qi.
Ding Qi was enthralled but the lively Yao Yao that he started to really fall for her.
Ding Qi and Chun Yu had a duel over Yao Yao. they were equal in skill so Yao Yao intervened and got hurt accidentally in the process. She was made to choose and of course chose Chun Yu.
Ding Qi was really upset.
Bai Chong Ye heard that Chun Yu had been seen with Ding Qi and put Chun Yu under surveillance.
Chun Yu knew immediately that he was being followed and Yao Yao came at the right time to the rescue .
Bai Chong witnessed that Chun Yu and YaoYao were lovey dovey so he left, slightly reassured.
By the river side Yao Yao taught Chun Yu some secret codes. 🙂
She said that if she says:
I love you, he had to say I love you too.
For ich liebe dich he had to say ich liebe dich to her.
For Oppa, Saranghaeyo, he had to say saranghaeyo back.
He asked her what is a pandora.
She told him it is pandora bracelet that contains many charms that a man had to give a girl he loves but she would much prefer a starship! 🙂
It is full moon and Yao Yao prepared a goodbye meal for Chun Yu. Chun Yu however found her bag of antiques.
She tried to grab the bag back from Chun Yu. Seeing that the moon is at fullest, she push Chun Yu into the water. He pretended not to be able to swim, so Yao Yao delayed her return back hom to help Chun Yu out off the water.
Unfortunately Yao Yao fell and broke her ring.
She was so upset that she cannot return home.
Yao Yao found out that Chun Yu is a spy. She went to Big Brother to turn him in but she changed her mind.
Big Brother caught a spy and forced Chun Yu to kill the spy. The spy helped Chun Yu to do the deed.
Chun Yu and Boss Chen left Black Winds, Yao Yao stowed away on the cart. There they met all sorts of baddies. In the end Big Brother was there to save them.
Chun Yu was warned by his master he was spying for that it would be dangerous for Yaoyao that now Cun Yu has feelings for her. Big Brother could use her against Chun Yu if he gets caught spying.
Chun Yu gave a divorce document to Yao Yao.
He then told her that he doesn’t need her anymore. And he was in love with Liu Yiyi.
Yao Yao was so annoyed, she slapped him and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him anymore.
Yao Yao left Black Wind Fortress with Boss/Junior Chen and started her own restaurant called Yummy Yummy Cupid.
Yao Yao’s stepmother and stepsister were making her life and business miserable. And then it suddenly stopped.
Yao Yao thought that Chun Yu was helping behind the scene. She found out later that it was Ding Xi who was her kind benefactor.
Deputy Minister had become Yao Yao’s Godfather and betrothed her to Ding Xi. I must admit Ding Xi is quite gorgeous with a pure heart.
As we are leaning more into the idea that our universe is not really alone, well this fantasy drama, it hypothesises that there is another universe which has a backdoor connected to our own universe.
This backdoor is the Rakshasa Street (or Requiem Street), which is guarded by Cao Yan Bing, who is the fire guardian as well as the Suppressing Spirit General of Rakshasa Street. He has a very demanding job because Rakshasa Street also leads directly to hell. And it seemed all hell broke loose as the street is also home to ghost, spirits, evil spirits, phantoms and guardian spirits.
Xia Ling is a newly university graduate and works as an intern in a large company. On her way home one day, the bus she was in entered into a mysterious tunnel and plummeted into an abyss of darkness. A gorgeous guardian spirit plucked her out of the falling bus and delivered her to safety.
The next thing was that some ghoulish creatures, like from Power Rangers 🙂 came to collect the bodies of the dead people from the bus.
Xia Ling was helping a little girl escape when the ghouls noticed her. She was cornered and awaiting her death when Cao Yan Bing with his silver bat (a la Lucille of Walking Dead) came to her rescue.
The next thing Xia Ling knew was waking up in the hospital.
Love is in the Air is apparently also known as Happiness, At Hand is starring one of my favourite Chinese actresses, Ivy Chen. Ivy has apparently widen her horizon as entertainer. She had directed this drama as well.
Love Is In The Air (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)
Genre: Supernatural, Romance, Drama
Chen Ivy as Jiang Yi Yi
Wang Zi Qi as Fang Mu Ye
Hsieh Ying Shiuan as Wei Jie
Zhang Bai Jia as An Ji
Xia Nita as Chen Miao Miao
Kao Archie as Chu Tian Qi
Kao Vince as Shi Liang
Lin Mei Xiu as Valentine
Sit Fiona as Zhi Zhi
Luo Lucas as Child Fang Mu Ye
Summary & Review
This is supernatural romance story which has a historical background dating back from the late Ming Dynasty. 🙂
Apparently during that time according to some historical records 🙂 a little village, nestled in a thick forested mountain, was spared from the chaos of war. This may be because a strange crop circle,which appeared when there was a millennial rare lunar eclipse.
From the crop circle, the villagers obtained superpowers, including the Midas Touch, touching everything which turns to gold.
The village elder commanded his people to spread out around the world and help out those in need. Unfortunately some of the villagers chose to use their powers for harmful and destructive things. As a consequences their power withered away.
Only those who use their powers for righteousness lived on through generations and become the guardians of the world.
Here is where Fang Mu Ye (Wang Zi Qi) comes in. He is a trainee guardian. He is homeless so he needed a new abode.
Surprisingly 😉 not, Jiang Yi Yi, has a spare room to let. Jiang Yi Yi is 29 years old, a budding yet a frustrated inventor.
She had broken up with her fiance two years ago, but she is not over him. She still sees him in everything she does, grocery shopping, singing at karaoke bars, going to the cinema, etc.
I have to admit that I was not really into historical action dramas but after watching Yang yang’s Once Upon A time, I thought I should give it a go.
Here are my first choices and both dramas featured Zanilia Zhao, also sometimes called Zhao Liying.
Princess Agents & Legend of Lu Zhen
This is a historical drama which currently hold the top rating as the most watched Chinese drama of all time.
As I previously mentioned, the leading lady is played by Zanilia Zhao (Chu Qiao / Jin Xiaoliu / Xing’er) and the two male leads vying for her affection were Lin Gengxin as Yuwan Yue and Shawn Dou as Yan Xun.
Zanilia was cute and slightly chubby in her previous dramas like in Boss & Me but she lost a lot of weight for this drama. Probably from intentional dieting or the rigorous training for the kungfu scenes.
I have to admit (I am admitting a lot of things here 🙂 lol) that I am not one for prolong fights like boxing, punching & kicking but in this drama it was done in another level. It was so beautiful. I could actually watch just the fighting scenes all day if I have to. The fight scenes between Ying’er and Yuwan Yue were rather erotic. Lots of flying into the air, lots of swishing of beautiful and colourful garments and both of them looking bloody gorgeous and not a hair unpinned.
The story was quite memorable (or just probably the leads gave such good performance) that it was so disappointing when it finally ended after 58 episodes.
The earlier episodes grabbed you so tightly that you can’t help yourself but be hooked.
Princess Agents was during the time when Northern Wei was in chaos. Factions were sprouting against the emperor all the time, due to the his despotic governing. The elite have their own rules and the masses have to live with it.
Ordinary citizens where captured and turned into slaves. And this what exactly happened to Jin Xiao liu. She was kidnapped to be one of the running maidens to be hunted by ferocious wolves as well as the kingdom’s royalty. This scene was gloriously well composed and the cinematography was a sensory delight.
Jin Xiaoliu survived the perilous hunt and ended up as a slave in Yuwan Yue’s manor. He renamed her as Xing’er and started training her in Kungfu.
She found out later (she has amnesia 🙂 ) that she is the daughter of Luo He, the master of Feng Yun order and that she could find all the answers to her question at Yibai, which coincidentally is the principality of Yan Xun’s family. At this time his family were all slaughtered by the Wei emperor.
The ending was so sad and a tad annoying as it was left hanging. The gorgeous Yuwan Yue dies while Xing’er who has now reverted back to her original name of Chu Qiao dove into the freezing water to save Yuwan Yue. But with his last remaining strength, he pushed her away to survive.
There are so many beautiful scene and a full use of CGI was used. Some hated it but I just love it.
Highly recommended for good viewing even for just the fight scenes! Enjoy!
Legend of Lu Zhen aka Female Prime Minister
Legend of Lu Zhen
This is an earlier Zanilia Zhao drama, where she constantly reminded me of Jang Na ra.
Anyway Zanilia played Lu Zhen, a young girl who was very capable, patient and methodical and with a good heart.
She saved a young man from a near death occurrence, not knowing that he was the Prince of Northern Qi dynasty.
Anyway the story is more straight forward that the Princess Agents. It tells the rise to power from a mere palace maid to the first female Prime Minister of the kingdom.
She also got her man in the end, however she did not get the title of his Empress because of circumstances that foist upon her.
The drama is very watchable and the gorgeous actor Chen Xiao played Gao Zhan so affectingly.
Again, lovely drama of 59 episodes.
I know I have not had a good or enough night sleep for ages.
The first 4 episodes of this Chinese drama have just been subbed (subtitled in English).
I have watched the first episode and I am hooked. Love the characters, who are of course, shiny and bright, well they are still pure and innocent, afterall it is only the first episode. 🙂
The drama started on how the main characters met in high school and from then on will forge a life-long friendship, according to the blurb anyway. Apparently this drama is based on a spectacularly popular novel by Guo Jingming, Rush to the Dead Summer. The novel chapters ten years in the lives of the friends from high school to when they spread their wings into the world and make and put mark into their own destiny. (From 1995 – 2005.)
The friends were Li Xia, Xiao Si, Lu Zhi Ang, Cheng Qi Qi & Yu Jian
Apparently even if life is being rather shitty 🙂 all hardships are surmountable if love is present in your life! I would like to see more of that! 🙂
So far so good.
Li Xia, the leading female is supposed to be ultra sweet, pure and innocent. But sometimes I find her rather annoying. Her innocence goes beyond being sweet. She is either a consummate flirt or stupid. Fancy over-pouring chemicals into a beaker! She just wanted Xiao Si to hold her hands. There are times also that she is lifeless, spaced out!!! You just want to shake her from her stupor.
Li Xia has pouted her way to episode 38. Why can’t she be more animated?!!!
Updates: Do not read if you do not want to know what is going on!
Just watched episode 38. It is much darker than the sweet high school life of Li Xia, Xiao Si and Lu Zhi Ang.
Cheng Qi Qi is now a famous singer in a very cutthroat business and she was behaving like a tigress protecting her domain even from her friends.
Cheng Qi Qi saw Yu Jian as a potential rival that she personally ensured Yu Jian does not progress into her climb in the ladder of musical success.
The cute Lu Zhi Ang is still hung up on Li Xia but has found a cute girl, Yan Mo, who was a bit of a stalker. She was too full on but she does grow on you. She is feisty and spunky.
Xiao Si has been diagnosed with colour blindness, which is rather fatal to his career as a painter. In fact he was being sued for fakery because his previous works were different from his current ones.
We all know that when the main characters have promised to be together forever no matter what during the course of the drama, it can only mean one thing, a nail in the coffin of their relationship.
And it comes in episodes 41-42.
Qi Qi called Li Xia to ‘confess’ who the supposed father of her unborn baby. It turned out it was Xiao Si from a drunken one night stand about 2 months ago.
Li Xia sought a break from her relationship with Xiao Si, she up and left.
Xiao Si then went to see Qi Qi, who was only too happy to meet up. She said she wants to start over and raise a family together. Xiao Si said that he will take responsibility for the baby( he does not remember if he did sleep with Qi Qi) but nothing else. He then left immediately.
Behind the scene, Zhi Ang still played the protector to Xiao Si, who was having trouble with a vengeful hard-done-by painter. Unfortunately Zhi Ang half killed the painter resulting in Zhi Ang to run and be fugitive from the law.
This is a sad one. I thought Yu Jian was going to get her forever happiness with the lovely Duan Qiao. But on their way to their registry office wedding, Duan Qiao said he had to leave Yu Jian for a brief moment to get a surprise for her. The camera pans out to a busy road with cars coming and going. You can’t help shouting on the screen, “no, don’t do that.” You can see a mile off what was going to happen! He was going to get run over! And he did. Yu Jian was ‘widowed’ before even married.
There are those who say that there are 48 episodes altogether but there are those who say that there are only 46 episodes.
Anyway 45 & 46 have nicely concluded the drama, though some might say it is an open-ended one especially on the relationship between Xiao Si and Li Xia.
Earlier on, it showed Li Xia with a new man and looked like they were engaged and shopping for their new house.
Qi Qi is shown looking rather forlorn and all alone, no sign of a baby (I am not sure whether she made up the whole pregnancy thing as I can’t watch episode 44, it was a broken link).
Thank goodness, there is some sort of a happy ending with one of the couples. Lu Zhi Ang, after his release from 3 years incarceration, and Yan Mo got married.
There was a rather poignant scene between Yan Mo and her father on the eve of her wedding, which is a very nice touch.
The last bit of episode 46 showed Xiao Si catching the wedding bouquet and the next scene was seeing Li Xia in front of him. Awww Does it mean they are going to get it together again?!!!
This drama is actually the first one for the rising star Hu Yi Tian. He plays one of the classmates who wears glasses and has a crush on the teacher.
This drama is very underrated. Destined to Love You has the potential to be popular internationally, if not globally, if only all the episodes are given an English subtitles, allowing wider audience to enjoy it fully.
It has the charm comparable to those massively loved British Carry On films, sophisticated intelligence of the Monty Python and satirical comedy of Mel Brooks, The Producers.
The drama is a corroboration of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
I fell in love with Destined to Love You the moment I saw the first episode. It was so engaging. I wanted to see more.
There were great chemistry between the love triangle played beautifully by Chen Qiao En (aka Joe chen), Jia Nia Liang and Bosco Wong. The chemistry was such that you would be happy that any one of the two leading men will get the girl (Joe Chen).
Apparently Jia Nia Liang really wanted to make the drama that he willingly had his pay cut. He was so good in the drama. You just fall in love with his antics which are sometimes excruciatingly funny. I have never laughed so much watching a tv program.
Below is a synopsis I cut and pasted. I just could not put into words what the story is all about from my own point of me; there just too many ‘choice’ scenes that I would like to include and therefore would probably curtail your enjoyment if I give too much away.