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When We Were Young 2018 (Chinese Drama & Summary)

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When We Were Young 2018 (Chinese Drama & Summary)

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  • Genre: School, Youth, Friendship, Romance, Nostalgia
  • Release Date: 22 November 2018
  • Origin: China, Based on a novel by ???
  • CDrama: 24 Episodes
  • Drama Source: Youtube, subbed in English
  • Ost: Click here

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Quick Precis:

Back in 1996, genius boy meets annoyed feisty girl, who was an accidental victim of one of his experiments that blew up a lab.

Episode 1

Yan Xi and Li Yu are like twins, they are neighbours born on the same day.

Li Yu looks after and supports Yan Xi in everything she does including her dream of winning a gold medal in track and field at the Olympics.

She is actually a pretty good runner.

They are still in high school at the same school and the same class.

For her birthday, Yan Xi was so pleased to receive money from her parents to get herself her own Giant bike just like her friends.

With the help of friends, Li Yu, He Mei, and Er Tiao, she went to pick her bike.  It was a lovely pink one, which she was very excited about and won’t let her friends touch it.

Er Tiao had a camera (old type before SD cards). with him and told Yan Xi to pose by her bike in front of the bike shop.

They started arguing about her pose and got distracted.  Her new bike had been ridden by a thief before they can stop him.

Yan Xi and her friends run after the thief.  Her friends remembered that they have their own bikes and so they went back for them to catch up with Yan Xi asap.

Yan Xi was really a fast runner and was keeping up with the thief who went to a school ground.  Yan Xi caught up with the thief and she jumped in behind him on the back and doing everything to get him off the bike.

Unbeknown to them a budding genius scientist student was doing an experiment in the school building but got distracted by the ruckus Yan Xi and the thief was making.

He poured a flammable chemical into a combustible one and blew up the window and the broken glass panes spewed towards Yan Xi and the thief.

A shard embedded itself on Yan Xi’s leg.

Poor Yan Xi, it looks like it was the end of her running career before it even started.

Back to school where Yan Xi is the class president, a new boy has transferred.  The new boy was radiantly gorgeous and Yan Xi thought so too until she found out that he was the genius boy who blew up the lab and hurt her leg.

So cute.  very, very entertaining start.

Episode 2

I feel so sorry for Li Yu.  He was so close to Yan Xi before Hua Biao happened.  Now Hua Biao is the main boy in class as well as in Yan Xi’s attention.

It did not start so well though.  Yan Xi arranged for the 13 Naughty boys gang to beat Hua Biao up and then felt guilty when she learned that Hua Biao ended up in the hospital.

She was so apologetic, she was crying and almost hysterical when she can’t find him in the hospital.  But then he suddenly appeared and they were so cute, even the 13 naughty boys gang thought so too. 🙂

She has forgiven him from taking her position as a class monitor as well as for her injury.

She borrowed Li Yu’s bike and went to Hua Biao’s house to formally apologise to him with some snacks.

And it was where Li Yu found her after following her.  Sad for him but Yan Xu and Hua Biao have such good cute chemistry.

Episode 3

Hua Biao surprised Yan Xi with a pink bike that he recovered from the thief, who was a professional stealer of bikes.

Li Yu immediately noticed that the bike was not Yan Xi’s Giant bike but she told him just not to say anything about it.

Hua Biao is a very caring monitor, sometimes too responsible as he personally accepts the punishments on behalf of his classmates.

A few boys in his class were addicted to gaming and would cut classes.  As this was their last year in high school, it is of course pretty important time in school.  Hua Biao covered for the boys so they don’t get punished or suspended but they were rumbled by the school principal who makes it a point to visit gaming establishments.

Hua Biao asked that the principal be lenient towards his erring classmates.  Instead, he said that he would be running the 100 laps on their behalf. In the end, most of his classmates and schoolmates joined him in doing the laps in their playground.

It was their math exam and their homeroom teacher who is also their math’s teacher announced that if their average score does not improve then he will be forced to cancel the class mid-autumn party.  Everyone was in an uproar and it was too late to study because the test was within a few days’ time.

Hua Biao suggested applying the idea of Feng Shui through cheating.  He and Li Yu, being the two brainy ones would sit in the middle of the classroom and they would pass out their papers with answers everytime their teacher’s distracted.  The teacher was often distracted and the result of the exam was so favourable he congratulated them.

But the teacher was rather wily.  He noticed that almost everyone made the same mistakes.  He then called Cheng Cheng who was unhappy because she was the only that did not really had a chance to join in the class cheating programme.  The teacher was easily able to make Cheng Cheng confessed.

The students said that they cheated because they did not have much choice.  The mid-autumn party is the last one they will be all together in a celebration before they leave for college.  The teacher, in the end, said that he would ask them to keep the cheating to themselves, a secret, and then they would have a reexamination in three days time.

Hua Biao became their personal tutor and quite good at it too.

Epidose 4

Hua Biao was explaining the physics of action, opposite reaction, and torque to Yan Xi.  He even showed to her by hitting her head but she just could not get it.  So Hua Biao engages the 13 Naughty Boys gang to demonstrate it clearly to her.  They hit one of the group members to show the trajectory of action and opposite reaction and balance.

The one hit said he hopes she understood the experiment because he did.  Yan Xi happily said that she finally got it.  This was so funny.

Yan Xi and Hua Biao are getting closer and it was upsetting Li Yu so much. To prove to everyone and especially to Yan Xi that he was as good as Hua Biao, he asks his teacher to allow him to take the Physics contest with Hua Biao.

During the exam, Hua Biao was very relaxed and finished first.  It was then announced that Hua Biao had become a scholar from their school having aced the Physics exam.  He will also be going to Hong Kong for expense-paid one-week study leave.

There was a very moving scene between Hua Biao and Li Yu.  Li Yu approached Hua Biao to congratulate him and he said he admires him and finally know how clever Hua Biao was.

(Li Yu has a voice over while he was shaking hands with Hua Biao.  He said, he lost the first place in his class but he gained something  precious – friendship)

Yan Xi decided to play a prank at Hua Biao by asking one of their schoolmates to call Hua Biao, who was busy packing for the Hong Kong trip, and say that Yan Xi had been kidnapped.

Hua Biao came to the rescue but in leaving his house, his old grandmother turned on the pressure cooker and blew up their kitchen straight up.

Episode 5

Ohmigod!  I have to say that this drama has overtaken A Love So Beautiful in the utter CUTENESS category.

The leads are just adorable especially Hou Ming Hao.  There is a bonus scene in the middle of this episode.  He is just gorgeous, he had that Hu Yitian scene after the shower where his hair is all wet.  Gorgeous!

Anyway, Hua Biao is almost single-handedly repairing their house, doing the roof and decorating the rooms/kitchen.

It was not cheap, so he had to borrow money from his schoolmates from his old school which Li Yu found out.

He felt sorry for Hua Biao so he went looking for him and found him doing a job moving tiles.  He helped him with the job and he then helped Hua Biao with repairing the roof but the tiles they used were just too old so they both fell down into the room below.

Li Yu then secretly called his father if he knew anyone in the tile business.

Meanwhile, Yan Xi was raging that Cheng Cheng has told the other sections in their school that their class will be doing a dance.

Yan Xi wanted to do magic based on a Japanese show.  Cheng Cheng was into dance in a big way.  She does ballet so it was all self-promotion wanting the class to do a dance.  YanXi was not having that so she pulled Cheng Cheng by the hair and they had a good fight witnessed by everyone including Hua Biao and Li Yu who tried to pull them apart.  Their teacher came to stop them but he got in the middle and got hurt in the process.

Anyway, it turned out that they can also do magic if they wanted to.

But the teacher said that they can’t participate with their magic if their grades do not improve.

Yan Xi went to Hua Biao for some tutoring whether he likes it or not.  They were so cute because he was so impatient and Yan Xi just doesn’t get it despite repeated tutoring and change of locations.

They were coming back from more scenic tutoring when they saw Li Yi waiting for them at Hua Biao’s house.

Secretly from Yan Xi, Li Yu gave Hua Biao the tiles he was carrying from his bike and also an envelope of money to pay his old school friend.  When Hua Biao refused both offers, Li Yu said that the tiles were going spare at the factory and the money was a loan.  He has to pay him back when he can.

Ahhhh

The class earned a good mark in Math so they can participate in the magic show.

Their show was brilliant, well thought out but in the end, a screw got loose in the bike, which is a part of the show, as Li Yu did not finish tightening it because he had to carry Cheng Cheng to the hospital after she hurt herself standing on a stool which collapsed because of a missing screw bolt.

Anyway, Hua Biao and Yan Xi were riding the bike towards the end of the show when it broke and Yan Xi fell on the ground with Hua Biao on top of her and their lips touched together.  Awww

They stared at each other for a good minute or two.  Awww

Hua Biao nervously called her on the phone and asked if she has any problem with math homework, and Yan Xi said equally nervous and excited said yes but quickly realised that they don’t have any homework as it was mid-autumn festival.  They then quickly talked about the kiss.  They agreed that it was all an accident and there was nothing to it and they were friends.

They were so cute.

Episode 6

ohmigod!  It is so cute.

Yan Xi went to Hua Biao first thing in the morning while Hua Biao was cleaning and still in his shorts and vest, he looks so cute but he doesn’t think so.

He went to change while Yan Xi was invited by his grandma to have breakfast with them.  They were chatting when Hua Biao casually sauntered in trying to look cool in his father’s suit and tie.  His grandma asked him where he was going in his father’s suit.

He said, nowhere he was just going to watch tv. Yan Xi smirked and his grandma smiled.

They were watching a drama when they got talking about beautiful actresses.  Hua Biao named a few and said he likes girls who are feminine.  He then said that Yan Xi is not feminine at all because she hangs out too much with boys.

Yan Xi went home annoyed and then changed into a dress complete with a huge red bow headband, which her mother said looks ridiculous but her father said so cute.

It was Yan Xi and Li Yu’s birthday and they agreed to watch the last showing of A Chinese Odyssey in the cinema.

Unfortunately, something went wrong.  Cheng Cheng did put her own ticket in Li Yu’s book. She then ended up watching the movie with Li Yu while Yan Xi stayed at the lobby waiting for Li Yu to turn up.

But it was Hua Biao who ultimately turned up after realising that Cheng Cheng was up to no good.

Yan Xi finally found Li Yu with Cheng Cheng.  She was so annoyed with him but Li Yu was wondering why Yan Xi was with Hau Biao.

Episode 7

Yan Xi was not talking to Li Yu.  Everyone noticed it including her parents.

But Li Yu forced a conversation with Yan Zi and being such a sunny girl, she forgave him immediately.

He told her to clear her calendar for Saturday as he was taking her out.

Hua Biao confessed to Li Yu that he likes YanZi.

There was a very A Love So Beautiful scene where Hua Biao used a pen to move the hair out of the face of sleeping Yan Zi.  It was so cute but Hua Biao found his fingers got wet from the drool of the sleeping Yan Zi.  LOL

Yan Xi wanted to go to newly opened Pizza Hut.  She was promised by her parents that if she gets 70 per cent mark in Math, they’ll take her to Pizza Hut.

She got the mark but her parents were too busy arguing that Pizza Hut became a thing of the past.

Thank goodness for Hua Biao.  He took her to the Pizza Hut as a belated birthday present treat for her.

Episode 8

Hua Biao tries to be too responsible that he worries about every cent spent he and his grandmother don’t have.

With the stress of worrying, he had become malnourished and often poorly, which caused him to have anaemia.

One time he needed an injection, which he was rather scared off.

To take his mind off the injection, YanXi stood before him.  The shock of the injection triggered Hua Biao reflex action and grabbed Yan Xi by her chest/boobs with both of his hands.  It was hard to say who eventually was more shocked, Yan Xi or Hua Biao. 🙂

Despite being not well,m Hua Biao continues to find ways to earn money.  He had just become the tutor of Xiao He Mei.

Episode 9

This episode is darker than the previous episode.

He Mei lacks confidence in herself especially with the pressure her mother was putting her through.

Hua Biao, the ever-resourceful boy, got hold of sample test paper that would be the basis of their major exam.  He shared the answer sheet to everyone and it was just a matter of memorising and revising to get good grades.

But He Mei was falling apart.  She kept imagining the disappointment and annoyance her mother would her through and therefore, during the exam, she lost it completely.  She cannot remember anything.  Hua Biao, Yan Xi, and Li Yu tried to help but she was going out of control and snatch Li Yu paper which was clearly seen my the exam invigilator.

He Mei was told that her test was invalidated and parents of the group were called for a conference.

He Mei’s termagant mother told her that she was an embarrassment and should drop out of school that day.

Li Yu can see that he and Yan Xi are growing further apart.  They once shared everything but now Yan Xi returned a present he gave her and told him never give her anything again.  Part of their problem was that Yan Xi sees Li Yu in the company of Li Yu all the time.

Episode 10

Everything about the cheating came out and Hua Biao’s classmates were implicated.  Hua Biao made a decision to withdraw from class but they would not accept it.

Nanna went walkabout and as expected Hua Biao was concerned and went to look for her.

Yan Xi’s mum and dad were upset with her for cheating which she denied vehemently.  And to prove her innocence she did the test again in front of her parents and they called Li Yu to check the paper afterward and Yan Xi was vindicated when she even increased her score to 90 per cent.

Her mum and dad took Yan Xi and Li Yu to Pizza Hut.

To cheer He Mei up, they took her swimming, where Yan Xi and Hua Baio had a brief romantic moment but she ran off to join the rest of her friends by the swimming pool.

Poor Li Yu became poorly and found out that he has chicken pox.

Also, the singing superstar Li Min had to cancel his tour because he got chicken pox from Si Tu Er Tao, his number one fan, who managed to get up close and personal with the superstar as his father is a mafioso.

Episode 11

Hua Biao helped Yan xi’s brother carry a box into to their house.  He got invited for dinner and was entranced at the closeness of Yan Xi’s family especially that of Yan Xi to her brother.

YanXi’s brother had been chatting to a girl online and it was He Mei who pretended she was 21.

Because of the chicken pox outbreak, the school closed for a week.  Si Tu Er, Hua Biao, Yan Xi and Li Yu took advantage of the unexpected school  break by spending it on chat rooms and playing games in a computer centre.  The owner got wise up on the overuse of his facilities that he called the school principal, who came out immediately to see his erring students.  With the docking and diving, they dislodge a gas tank next to a lit cigarette on an astray.

The only computer centre in their town blew up.

Hua Bioa, LI Yu and YanXi got away from the principal but poor Si Tu Er got caught but because of what happened with the computer centre, he was pardoned by the principal.

Poor Yan Xi though got separated by the two boys.  She met a man, who she thought was harmless but actually a pervert flasher.

After all these excitements, they were back at school again.

Huo Biao was entered into a Citywide Teenage Knowledge Quiz show, which he won because of a last-minute memory of Yan Xi telling him who the teacher of Cheng Yao Jia in Condor Heroes.

Episode 12

The news of the flasher pervert has been frightening their community.  Yan Xi was especially spooked and she had reasons to.

The pervert followed her in her house.  She was alone as her parents and brother were at a funeral.

Thank goodness Hua Biao and Li Yu arrived just in time to save her and catch the culprit.

Episode 13

Poor Hua Biao doesn’t get much break.  I supposed he shoulders everything including problems of his friend and now his teacher’s.

Cheng Cheng and Li Yu are beginning to have some sort of relationship but Li Yu is resisting it.

It was a basketball match between their school and Hui Lings.  It did not go well for them as Hui Ling sent their gorgeous school teacher as the rep for the students.

Unfortunately for Hua Biao and Li Yu’s team, Mr Kong was just too busy ogling the beautiful teacher and not giving sound decisions on points.  He made Hui Ling win.

Hua Biao was jealous when one of his friends from his old school Hui Ling wanted to know Yan Xi.  He told him that she was not good, a bit dumb, etc.

Hua Biao has also got the attention of the big boss of their local triad because he helped Mr Kong, his teacher.  The big boss has a crush on the beautiful teacher as well as was quite annoyed that Hua Biao was helping Mr Kong.  To get back at Hua Biao, the big boss is victimising Hua Biao’s adored grandmother, who was selling dumplings in his turf.  He was asking very high protection money for the grandma to continue to sell her dumplings.

Hua Biao was trying to convince his grandma to just stop selling dumplings at night without alarming her about the extra protection money.

Episode 14 

I am loving this drama more.  It surprised me in a big way.

I was getting worried that this drama would become really dark, with poor Hua Biao getting more stressed and trouble with the introduction of the big boss.

Surprisingly, the big boss is actually just all talk as discovered by the trio of Hua Biao, Li Yu and Si Tu Er.  Li Yu was actually a big revelation as well.  I thought he would always the one to pull back and calm down the group but he was really into helping Hua Biao.  He was really to box the big boss as discovered by their teacher Mr Kong, who got suspicious that the trhee boys were in trouble with the big boss.

When he got there what he saw was his boys beating up the big boss.

Mr Kong saved the day by telling the big boss to give the money back to Si Tu Er and the owed rent money to Hua Biao if he loses in their quiz.  He lost so all money was returned but unfortunately, during the start of the scene Hua Biao had an accident where he had a bloodied bruise in his forehead.

In order not to worry his grandma, he decided not to go home and just sleep at school so she does not see his bruise.

Yan Xi had been looking after him and even Li Yu had left him food.

Si Tu Er’s mother found out that some of her money were missing and blamed her husband and son.

Si Tu Er was so upset that his parents seemed more concerned with money and had completely ignored him.

He had not been going home but stays in a computer centre playing games all night.

Sleepless and listless, he came to his chemistry class and blew up a solution injuring him in the neck, which could be fatal, especially that the hospital does not have his blood type in store.

He does not share the same blood type as his father, his mother, however, was away.

Just before the hospital operated on him, his mother turned up.

So the subject of this episode is about mutual affinity.  Despite not saying all the things that matter to each other, there is a bond that stronger than says it all.

Hua Biao’s grandma was not worried about him because she knew where and who was making the call to tell her how Hua Biao was.

Si Tu Er’s mother was busy making money but uses the money to be with her son as soon as she could possibly.

And as to Yanxi, her long-suffering mother has started staying even harder than Yan Xi herself so she could tutor her daughter, who she knew is not the sharpest tool in the box.

She also decided to buy her her own computer.

Yanxi was so happy that she completely ignored Hua Biao, who was trying to give her a pink ribbon just like that of Mariko (?) from her favourite Japanese drama.

Episode 15

Due to Si Tu Er’s accident during the chemistry lesson, the chemistry teacher was punished but she said that Class 3 was unruly and never listened to her.

Mr Kong took responsibility for his class and doing so being stressed and started questioning his ability to be a teacher.  Then he started taking out his frustrations with his students and they became frosty towards him.

He was advised that to control his students, especially stopping them from reading comics rather than paying attention in class, he should confiscate the comic books, humiliate the girls, etc.  He took the books off Li Yu, who aggressively stopped Mr Kong.

Mr Kong told them that as soon as he gets out of class he was going to burn all the books.

Cheng Cheng went to see Mr Kong in the faculty room and explained why Li Yu was protective of his comics.  It was being sent to him by his mother who lives in Japan.  She was divorced from Li Yu’s husband.

Mr Kong understood and asked Cheng Cheng to return the comics back to Li Yu.

Cheng Cheng called Li Yu and gave him the book.  She saw Hua Biao spying on them and shouted at him for being such a crappy class monitor, who totally can’t control his classmates.

Finally, Li Yu is looking at Cheng Cheng with new eyes.

The principal asked Mr Kong to resign.

Thinking that it was because of them that he left,  Yanxi, Hua Biao and Li Yu went to see Mr Kong.  They asked him to be their tutor for open class.

Hua Biao and LI Yu worked really hard tutoring their classmates for the coming open day class where parents and visitors will sit in their class.

It was very successful and Mr Kong was asked back to teach.

Episode 16

This episode is bittersweet.

Hua Biao and Yanxi challenged each other with better ranking in their school. They then had to give each other gifts if they do succeed.

Hua Biao, of course, was number one and Yanxi who really studied seriously, which was noticed by her ecstatic mother was too busy to look at Li Yu’s new computer, climbed up 10 ranks above.

She gave Hua Biao a pair of skates, which he loved.  But every time Yan Xi asked him for her gift, he always says he has forgotten it at home, despite carrying it in his pocket like a talisman.  He feels that the little pink ribbon is too cheap to give to her.

Poor Hua Biao’ self-esteem was at its lowest.

He then realised that YanXi is practically engaged to Li Yu since they were children.  They have so many photos together as children and Hua Biao was jealous.  Especiallt when Li Yu’s absent mother had finally turned up.  She was very motherly to YunXi and YunXi was familiar with her.

When Yan Xi went to see Hua Biao at his house to do homework together, he pretended to be too sleepy and tired.  YanXi is an uncomplicated girl.  She left him to it and cheerfully put a copy of their group photo, with their friends when they went to dinner with Li YU’s mother, on his desk.

He was curious what she left and saw the photo, it clearly shows YanXi looking rather fondly at him.

He ran after Yanxi who was seated by the lake.  He then finally gave her the pink ribbon, which delighted her so much.  She told him she loved it, and it’s pink, her favourite colour.

He then realised that he angsts for nothing.

Episode 17

Li Yu was so happy to have his mother come back for a visit to their house.

His mother asked to talk outside.  They were sitting in front of their apartment building when his mother said that there was nothing familiar about the house anymore, she then said that she was getting married to a Chinese man who was also divorced and living with a son.

Li Yu was absolutely gutted.  He took it very hard that his mother will start a new life with a ready-made family

Li Yu left his mother where she sat.  He then went back to their house and locked himself in.  He was refusing to go out, to talk to anyone and more concerning was that he was not eating.

Yan Xi organised a code red emergency meeting with her friends.  Hua Biao the last one to turn up but took it upon himself to be the most proactive.

He climbed into Li Yu apartment clutching on window ledges and balconies until he reached Li Yu’s window and threw his pack back towards it to break the class so he can get in.

Inside he saw a very sad Li Yu staring at a photo of his mother and himself.

Hua Biao was a very good friend.  He tried to cheer Li Yu up but he was just too sad. He refuses to eat or even go to school.

Li Yu was on the internet a lot probably trying to reach his mother.  HE Mei logged in as well and was typing what Yan Xi was dictating over the phone to engage Li Yu.

Li Yu was too sad to really care.

Hua Biao stayed with Li Yu the whole time, thus YanXi went to Nana to help out Hua Biao.  Nana told Yan Xi that Hua Biao wears a jade necklace which was the only remembrance he’s got from his parents who both died in an accident when he was just three months old.

Now YanXi tried to reach out to Li Yu again through He Mei about how lucky he was compared to Hua Biao whose parents are both dead.  Li Yu’s parents may be divorced but at least they were not dead and he still has the chance to contact them anytime he wanted.

This woke Li Yu from his misery.  He went to a sleeping Hua Biao and told him that he was ready to go back to school.

Episode 18

Li Yu was really affected by Hua Biao orphan history that he forgave his mother and now support her remarriage.

It was a mock exam in preparation for their final examination for college/university.

Everyone was revising and reviewing.

Sadly for YanXi, despite seriously revising, it looks like she did badly during the mock exam.  Her father during parent/teacher conference was a tad disappointed that his daughter can probably hope for a junior college.

Hua Biao has no problem in school but his home life is getting from bad to worst.  His only relative, his grandmother, had become more forgetful lately.  Hua Biao was very concerned and took her to the hospital for a check-up.  She had been diagnosed with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s Disease.

He Mei was depressed that she can’t compare to her other siblings in the eyes of her disappointed mother.

Deng Deng was accepted with a high score at Hong Kong Ballet School, but she had to turn it down as she wanted to spend the rest of junior school with her classmates, especially with Li Yu.  Her mother, though disappointed, understood her.

Si Tu Er is true to form.  He did not bother much with the mock exam as he just can’t be bothered to attain higher education.

Episode 19

Yan Xi’s brother topped his engineering course and was recommended to attend MIT in America.  His parents were beyond ecstatic and proud.  However, he told them that he would rather start his own business.

His parents were raging after they found out that his company will be selling craps like his invention of a selfie stick.  Ha ha ha.

Poor Yan Xi was upset with herself.  She can’t understand why after revising so hard, she still bungling the mock exam.

Her mother did everything she could to get her and her mojo back into reviewing for the real exam, including revising with them.  Yan Xi was not paying attention to Hua Biao and LI Yu though.

She even runs off to Si Tu Er and banking off school.

Si Tu Er was having a problem with his parents again.  He was playing off because he feels neglected by both his mother and father.

Yan Xi’s parents were rather stressed at that moment because her mother had been laid off from work.

Episode 20

Li Yu’s father was also laid off from his job because the company manager charged him of thieving when the father took a piece of glass pane to replace the window that Hua Biao broke to get to Li Yu.

YanXi only found out that her mother had lost her old job as the finance manager when she went to her office to get a spare key for their house.  Instead, of her mother working in an office, she was now employed as a toilet cleaner.  The mother was made redundant because she tried to clear Li Yi’s dad’s name.

Yan Xi, Li Yu, Hua Biao, HeMei and Si Tu Er concocted a plan for revenge against the Fat Head office manager, which got him sacked for being unreasonable and a lecher.

Episode 21

Yan Xi is trying to make up with her mum, but it seems her mum is way too embarrassed.  Her mother though was very pleased that she is learning a little bit of music though not the violin, which was supposed to improve her math.

Poor Hua Biao’s grandmother’s illness is getting worse.  She reported him missing to the police, though he was actually gone for a few minutes.  The police advised him to seek medical help for his grandmother.

Li Yu’s father sends him money but he knew that his father might actually be struggling with money.  So with Si Tu Er, Hua Biao and Yan Xi’s brother, they went to someone who can give them a crash course in business.

What they found out was that the man was actually the boys’ headmaster.

They ran off with Yan Xi and Hu Mei, who have been spying on them.

They went in different directions.

It so happened that Hua Biao and Yan Xi wen in the same way.  Hua Biao pulled a surprised Yan Xi in his cardboard hideaway.  He was just about to confess when Li Yu interrupted and extended his hand, at the same time as Hua Biao, to her to get up from her crouching position.

Not wanting to offend anyone, Yan Xi got up all by herself.

She hurried home and found that Hu Mei was in front of her house with her brother.  Hu Mei looks smitten.  When she asked Hu Mei if she likes her brother, Hu Mei cycled off, too shy to admit it to her best-friend.  ahhhh

Episode 22

Cheng Deng Deng is getting closer to Li Yu but he is still resisting.  I supposed it is hard to break from his bond with Yun Xi, who was his childhood sweetheart.

Now there are 18, they are getting more responsible and more mature but quickly realised that life is hard.

Si Tu Er blamed himself for the divorce of his parents.  He did call his mother to report that his dad has a harem of girls.

Hua Biao very maturely said that even if he told his mother about the other women, that would have not resulted in a divorce.  Divorce is a hard choice.  Li Yu also mentioned that though his parents divorced, he still don’t know why to this day.

Yan Xi finally made up with her mother.  The mother had resigned from her cleaning job and she was now cooking and selling beef balls.

Yan Xi was upset to see that no one was buying her mother’s beef balls, a pity because she makes the best ones.

Her friends said that the location is not a good one, why not try relocating near the school gate.  Yan Xi’s mother understood this business sense, but she does not want to embarrass Yun Xi at her school.

He Mei’s crush of Yun Xi’s brother might perish from natural death because he had decided that he was going to leave for America after all much to the joy of the family.

Hua Biao’s situation is very very sad.  His grandmother thought that he was her son rather than grandson.

She was blaming him (as his father) for leaving her to go to his wife.

Hua Biao was supposed to tutor YanXi but told her that he has a prior engagement.  She then saw him talking to a pretty girl and then they cycled off together.

Yan Xi followed them.  Hua Biao noticed this and waited to Yan Xi.  He asked her why she was stalking him.

She immediately went on the attack saying that he had a girlfriend already.  She did not give him time to explain.

She went home to study alone but at almost midnight, Hua Biao was shouting for her to come down.  He said that he has no girlfriend and the woman he was with as a daughter of someone who was giving him work. He also told Yan Xi that he does not have a girlfriend and was about to kiss her but she went shy at the last minute.  He kissed her anyway, in the forehead.

Hua Biao’s friends found out that he was working in the old factory where Yan Xi’s mother works.  Hua Biao was cleaning pools full of chemicals in his bare feet.  The friends removed their shoes and helped him out.  Lovely friends, he’s got.

Ending tomorrow with the last two episodes!!!

Episode 23

This penultimate episode is a mix of both happy ones and sad scenes.  I reckon the ending will be a rather sad one, but here is hoping that I am wrong.

Anyway, the group continues to support each other, especially with Hua Biao’s situation which is worsening from day by day.

His grandmother has sane moments and then becomes rather pugnacious when she can’t remember or recognise anything.  Hua Biao is making himself optimistic that with some luck or miracle his grandmother will get better and live for a long time.

Li Yu was being kept in the dark as far as his father’s situation is concerned.  He made up his mind to visit his father in Guangzhou.  He bought two train tickets hoping that Yan Xi would go with him but in the end, it was Huang Deng Deng who showed up at the train station.

He found his father living a rather pathetic life.  He was obviously unwell with stomach ulcers and had been dosing most days.

Li Yu tidied up the place, sorted his father’s medication and cooked him dinner. Li Yu and his father then had a heart to heart talk.  His father encouraged him to go live with his mother in Japan.

Li Yu was very sure that he is not going to do it. He is 18 and able to look after himself.  He will stay in a dormitory when he goes to university in a few months time, besides he finds it unthinkable to leave Yan Xi behind.

Li Yu met Deng Deng at the beach where she went to give privacy to Li Yu and his father.

Li Yu showed Deng Deng a pre-completed form for another try-out for the Hong Kong Ballet contest.  Deng Deng at first was bitterly disappointed that LI Yu wanted her to go away to Hong Kong but out of his rucksack, he pulled a pair of red ballerina shoes he bought for her in Japan.  She was mollified and went to Hong Kong to pursue her dream.

What puzzled me was that he was expecting Yan Xi to go with him to Guangzhou but why was he carrying the red shoes in his rucksack?!!!

HU Mei continues to angst about the exam and her strick, rather unfeeling mother.  These were stressing her so much.

And Yan Xi… well she has better luck compared to the rest.

Yan Xi got good grades during her exam.  She was borderline for qualification to enter China’s top-notch university.  This was all due to Hua Biao for tutoring and encouraging her.

To add to this there was also news in the papers that guarantee entry of high school students who are good in track and field into the best universities in the country.

Yan Xi did not waste any time she went running for her 10,000km so she can go to Bei Qing where Hua Biao was also planning to enroll.

Can’t wait for the Final episode.

Episode 24

It is a very sad final episode.  You wanted to know more how they are in the present time.

Deng Deng became a ballet dancer in Hong Kong. which in 1997 has officially returned back to China after years under the British rule.

The romance between Hu Mei and Yan Xi’s brother was over before it even began.  He felt that she was too serious for someone like him who wanted to sow his oats first before even thinking of having a permanent girlfriend.

Then it was the big exam.

Everyone was excited.  Even Si Tu Er was happy for his friends who were taking the exam.  He himself is being sent abroad by his parents.

Hu Mei felt that she did not do well during the exam.  But a very pretty girl handed her a brochure for a flying school/flight attendant course.  The girl who handed her the brochure said that she did not do well during the exam either.

Yan Xi called the exam result hotline and found that she got a total of 500 points.  Her parents and brother were so happy for her.  Because of 20 points for her track and field, she is eligible to apply for her number choice of a university which is the Bei Qing Uni, who happened to have a drop in applicants and enrollees.  Yan Xi’s family were in ecstasy.

She was so happy she went to find her best friend, Li Yu.

Li Yu said he had not checked his score yet.  He then told Yan Xi he liked her.  Yan Xi gave him a hug telling him she knows.

Li Yu then clarified the “I Like You” as a boy likes a girl. This stopped Yan Xi;  she started to realise that there have been signs that he liked her more than just friends.

Li Yu said that he had been thinking about going to Japan to look for his mother.  He will be waiting for Yan Xi in Japan.

Yan Xi felt very sad that everything is changing and with Si Tu Er as well who was leaving for abroad shortly.

Hua Biao called her told her to wear her Mokoto dress and come over to his place.

Hua Biao was wearing his father’s military uniform and in front of his grandmother, Biao and Xi looked like they were getting engaged or married, which made the grandma happy.

Then Biao was walking Yan Xi towards the bus stop when she told him to go back to his grandma.  It turned out that they had an earlier conversation where Biao had told Yan Xi that he is not attending college as he was going to take his grandmother traveling before she completely forgets everything. They might even go around the world financed from the sale of their house, which was bought by the Mafia master as instructed by his son, Si Tu Er, who made his father promised not to touch anything.

Anyway, Hua Biao made good of his promise to his grandmother, he was travelling with her taking a very scenic route.

It turned out later that Hua Biao fell in love with Yan Xi at first sight, even before the time he caused her broken leg.  He first saw her buying dumplings from his grandmother who told her that she looked like Mokoto.

It is an open ending.

Who knows?  Yan Xi might end up with Li Yu after all.

16 January 2019 update

Director Deng Ke of When We Were Young 2018 had this to say in Weibo.

“For Youth, For the Dream, For Your Second Season, Let’s Go.

 

The Eternal Love Seasons 1 & 2 (Chinese Drama Review)

The Eternal Love poster

 

The Eternal Love (Chinese Drama Review)

  • Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Historical
  • Date Released:  Season 1 – 2017
  • Origin: China
  • CDrama: 24 Episodes

Cast:

  • Xing Zhao Lin as Mo Liang Cheng (4th Prince)
  • Liang Jie as Qu Tan Er / Qu Xiao Tan / Qu Xiang
  • Chen You Wei as Liu Shang
  • Sun Yi Ning as Jing Xin
  • Richards Wang as Mo Yi Huai / Mo Yi Feng
  • Wang Hao Ge as Mo Jing Xuan [14th Prince]
  • Xin Rui Qi as Zhao Qing Yun
  • Zhong Qi as Qu Pan Er
  • Hu Chun Yong as Yu Hao

 

I am watching this drama this weekend.

I have just finished episode 1 and I must say, I enjoyed it.

It is a time travelling drama.

A girl from the present time travels to the past and possessing the body of the Second Daughter, Qu Tan Er of the Qu Family.

Qu Tan Er, poor girl has developed a rather schizophrenic personality.  One minute she is the demure, introverted and shy Qu Tan Er and then she is possessed by the girl from the 21st century who is feisty, modern and self-confident, Xiao Tan.

The back story was that Qu Tan Er tried committing suicide as she was being forced to marry the 8th Prince when she was already in love with the King’s oldest son.

When she recovered enough from her suicide attempt, she became a different person.

I must say this drama is so entertaining that I have just finished watching episode 2.  I was surprised at how quick it went.

Episode 2, Qu Tan Er has now become the consort of the 8th Prince.

Episode 24:  Yup it is 12:58 am and finally finished the last episode of this interesting and enjoyable drama.  It is full of action, and beautiful sceneries.  There are also yards upon yards of beautiful free-flowing Hanfu costume.

And the actors are so flawlessly gorgeous.

Most importantly, if you wanted romance, this sure is big, I mean huge in romance.  The kissing scenes are so sweetly erotic.

Love this drama. It is not flawless because some of the dialogues (or probably the English translation) would leave you feeling mehhhh!  Like when ‘Old Weirdo” said that the Demon King has grown really powerful and became an expert in Martial arts.  That was funny.

If you are feeling nostalgic in living in the past, wearing all those beautiful flowy hanfu, think again, apparently, your family can be your own worst enemy.

So much so that I shall be watching Princess Agents or is it, Agent Princess. 🙂

And last but not the least to mention is that it has  beautifully haunting original soundtrack (OST)


The Eternal Love Season 2

The Eternal Love Season 2 poster

    • Release Date 22 October 2018
    • CDrama: 30 Episodes
    • Cast:
      • Xing Zhao Lin as Mo Liang Cheng (4th Prince)/Cheng Cheng
      • Liang Jie as Qu Tan Er / Qu Xiao Tan / Qu Xiang
      • Chen You Wei as Liu Shang
      • Sun Yi Ning as Jing Xin
      • Richards Wang as Mo Yi Huai / Mo Yi Feng
      • Wang Hao Ge as Mo Jing Xuan [14th Prince]
      • Zhong Qi as Qu Pan Er
      • Hu Chun Yong as Yu Hao
      • Liao Hui Jia as Princess Lan Ye Xi

       

Note: There might be some confusion with regards to the characterization of the 4th Prince.  In this series, he is not two but comes in three personas.

He is Cheng Cheng (Mo Liang Cheng) in the present/modern times.  He is Prince Mo Liang Chen of the Dongyue Kingdom and he is also Liu Shang, wearing a latex mask to conceal his identity as Cheng Cheng and Prince Mo Liang Chen.

Episode 1

I love this drama so much I am watching it without subtitle so cannot understand what was going on fully.  But having said I have enjoyed it.fd

At the end of season one, the lovers were parted when Qu Xiao Tan was sucked in by a vortex, created by the explosion by the Demon King, that spewed strong gravitational force that skewed space as well as time.

Well, they were not parted for long because miraculously Mo Lian Cheng complete with his princely outfit materialised in the modern-day dimension surrounded by tall buildings with cars whizzing in a cacophony of sound heralding the fast-paced of the 21st century.

Mo Lian Cheng got used to the times pretty quickly; out with the long hair, in with the boy band hairstyle, out with the beautiful hanfu replaced by well-fitted trousers and shirt.

For a year we learn to adapt to a new way of life in another dimension.  He became a prosperous antique dealer.

But all this time he had only one goal and that was to find Qu Tan Er.  He knew that she would not have any memory of him as the timeline in this dimension was different.

Mo Lian Cheng did not waste time, he has a superhuman stamina of body and mind.  He can read books after books a la Superman.

He looked for her every single day until he finally found her working as a realtor.

He did not waste any time in contacting her.

When they first met again Mo Lian Cheng was excited to see her.  She was intrigued by him as well.

Especially when out of nowhere he asked her to marry him.  Huh?!!!

Exactly!  He then qualifies that he needed to be married to a native of that area to be able to purchase a house.

So cute, when his female assistant suddenly arrived and was rather proprietorial towards him, Mo Liang Cheng made sure that there was no misunderstanding.  He told off the assistant of coming to his house for not calling first and also his house is private and she should never come again.

He was going to drive Qu Tan Er to her house when he has a powerful intuition that something is going to fall on his car.  He opens the door and pushed her out and then a huge fridge falls from the sky straight to his car trapping him inside.

Qu Tan Er was inconsolable, neighbours came out to help free Mo Lian Cheng from the car.

Qu Tan Er ended up sleeping his bed with him.  It was the sweetest scene ever.  Their old chemistry is still delightfully present.

Episode 2

Qu Tan Er cannot understand what was going on and she thinks he was a bit of a perv.  So she tried avoiding answering his calls.

She went for a blind date in a restaurant.  But what she does not know, Mo Lian Cheng was not the only that cross-over to her dimension.  There were baddies, called the soul reapers, who were intent on doing her harm or returning her to the past.

Her date was taken over by the soul reapers.   He drugged her drink causing her to fall asleep.  Thank goodness Mo Lian Cheng cannot bear to let her out of his sight so he was able to save her in the end and once again ended up in his bed.

She was annoyed that she seemed to always end up in his bed.  She quickly tried to get away but not fast enough because Mo Lian Cheng gave her a deep passionate kiss with annoyed her even more.

She was just walking to catch a ride when a black car stopped next to her.  A woman hypnotised her into entering the car and drove her near a cliff by the sea.

Mo Lian Cheng was just in time to see her diving into the water under mind control by a black-suited woman.

He jumped after her and after some beautiful slow-motion underwater,  we see him seeing the prince Mo Lian Cheng.

Qu Tan Er also woke up in the body of Qu Xiao Tan without remembering the past.

It seems this dimension is not the one their original one where Mo Lian Cheng and Qu Tan Er first met.

And curiously it seems that there is going to be two Mo Lian Cheng in this dimension!

Episode 3

Yes, there are two Mo Lian Cheng.

Qu Tan Er’s father had been banished to the front line by royal decree.  His position as minister of finance has been taken away because of his corruption and insubordination.  As a punishment, the House of Qu has been broken down with his first daughter serving as a made at the mansion of the Noble Dugu while Qu Tan Er will become a made of Mo Lian Cheng, the Eight Prince.

Qu Tan Er was confused because Mo Lian Cheng, who she considers as her boyfriend from 21st-century dimension was aloof and remote and doesn’t seem to know her.

While she was sweeping the yard, her version of Mo Lian Cheng came to her now dressed as a prince as well and gave her a tender hug.

Poor girl, she will be so confused.

Episode 4

Qu Tan Er finally confirmed that Prince Mo Lian Cheng that she has been trying to seduce was not her Mo Lian Cheng’s boyfriend.  He does not have a rose tattoo in his chest.

Everyone is after the Soul Suppressing orb.

The Noble concubine Dugu has become the King’s favourite and she has been generating controversies to implicate Prince Mo Lian so the King does not favour him anymore.

Noble Dugu was doing it to avenge her Yu Family who was massacred.

SERIES UPDATE

As of 7th November 2018, it has been announced that there will be a Series 3 to this drama and hurrah, the original cast will all be in it.  Yey

Episode 5

Liu Shang (doppelganger) has become Prince Mo Lian Cheng adviser.  The prince does not trust him fully because he finds Liu Shang strange, who avoids physical contacts and can seem to echo and reads his mind.

Episode 6

Tan’er thought that the Mo Yi Feng, the first prince, was from the future as well because she saw him with an old pocket watch. When he asked her to go back with him, she thought he meant to the future so she willingly went with him but they were stopped by Future Mo Lian Cheng, who told Yi Feng not to interfere with Tan’er as she was going to be his future princess.

Tan’er got so confused because as soon she parted from Future Mo Lian Cheng, she met Prince Mo Lian Cheng who was on a carriage with different clothing as well as being so aloof.

She thought he was schizoid.

This episode is so cute because Prince Mo Lian Cheng is starting to fall in love with Tan’er all over again.  He even becomes partial to steam dumpling which he did not like to eat before.

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

Episode 13

Episode 14

Epidose 15

Episode 16

Episode 17

Tan’Er, Princes Mo Liang Chen and Mo Yi Feng were summoned to the palace by the Emperor, who wanted to know who Tan’Er would like to marry.  Would it be Yi Feng or Liang Chen?

Tan’Er surprised everyone by saying that doesn’t want to marry either.  The Emperor guesses that she was already in love with someone else.

She previously won the prize to determine her own life-partner, hence, the Emperor did not push her to name her lover.

But as soon as they were out of the palace, Prince Mo Liang Chen asked her whether the person she was in love with was Liu Shang.

Mo Liang Chen then told her that he was going to change her mind.

Directly from the palace, Tan’Er went to Liu Shang’s manor, where they had a hug and a kiss.  He then told her that he knew already what happened at the palace.  He then cheekily told her that she had fallen in love with him. So cute.

But their romance might not be all sweetness and light as Liu Shang is beginning to lose his sight.

The pretty and feisty princess of Yoyheng had come to the palace

Episode 18

For alliance purposes, the Princess Yoyheng was being treated with extreme indulgence.  The King of Tang had told her to choose from any one of his sons.

Princess Yoyheng ultimately chose Liu Shang because he answered her question with a very modern sense.

Tan’er was so jealous that she did something about it.  After having an almost energetic bed scene with Liu Shang/Cheng Cheng, she borrowed his latex mask and then use it to approach the Princess of Yoyheng to tell her that Liu Shang has terrible habits.  Not good at all and that he was in love with someone else.

The Princess though can’t be convinced to give up on Liu Shang.

Meanwhile, the Mystical Old Man has finally found a brake to space and time and there is one chance that ChengCheng and Tan’er can go back to their own timeline.

Unfortunately, Tan’er did not show up at the allotted time and though Cheng Cheng is slowly dying in this dimension, he refuses to leave without Tan’er, who had been taken a prisoner of her own father.

They want to use her for the soul-destroying orb.

Episode 19

Tan’er and Cheng Cheng missed their chance to leave this dimension to back to theirs.

Unfortunately Cheng Cheng is now on his last leg.  He was going downhill fast.  Before he gets really bad, he asked the Princess of Yoyheng to help him convinced Tan’er to give up on him.

They pretended to be an engaged couple.

Tan’er was obviously very sad, she told Cheng Cheng that she hated him, that he was a liar, who went back on his words about being always with her and protecting her.

Tan’er went back to her father’s mansion to nurse her bleeding heart.

Prince Mo liang Cheng confronted Liu Shang to ask him who he really was because he just found out that the real Lui Shang had already died.

Cheng Cheng has no recourse but to tell the truth,  He removed his mask and told the prince that he was him.

Episode 20

The Princess of Yoyheng felt so sorry for Cheng Cheng and guilty about Tan’er.  She doesn’t want to be the derail the course of true love so she went to the Yu Manor and clear the situation with Tan’er.  She told Tan’er that Cheng Cheng has only her in his heart.  It was because he was very sick so he pushed Tan’er away.

Tan’er went looking for Cheng Cheng and found him already blind.  Still, he tried to push her away but she gave him a good resounding slap that seemed to have woken him up.  They made up seemed loved up but not for long because Tan’er’s father who looked like he was possessed with something malevolent turned up looking for the soul suppressing orb.

With his magic/cultivation, he hurt the already weaken and blind Cheng Cheng.

Then Prince Mo Liang Chen turned up with his bodyguard and the Old Man.

Tan’er’s father had her taken by his soldiers with swords around her neck.  He asked for the return of the soul suppressing orb or Tan’er will get ‘it’.

The orb was given back to the father who took off with Tan’er with them.

Cheng Cheng was dying.

Episode 21

Prince Mo Liang Chen allowed the Old Man to transfer some of his energy to Cheng Cheng and in doing so, he learned a bit about Tan’er and Cheng Cheng’s love story and they were not from his dimension.

Tan’er had been manacled in a secret dungeon by her father to force her to open the soul suppressing orb.

But when she tried to open it, it would not budge.

Her sister came to visit her to give her food but she managed to convince her to bring Prince Mo Hi Yuhai.

Episode 22

Pan’Er told YuHai where Tan’er was being kept by her father. They went to rescue Tan’Er but the father appeared while Yu Hai was trying to free Tan’Er.

They had a fight and the father used his dark energy to stimulate the poison which Yu Hai already ingested during his wedding night with Pan’Er.

The poison is eating him from within and he has not much time to live.

Pan’Er went to her father’s study to get the antidote.  She swallowed the pill and then kissed Yuhai on the lips to suck in the poison into herself.  She lovingly sacrificed herself.

Yuhai got better but she was dying.

She asked YuHai if he ever loved her, even for a brief moment.

YuHai was very honest.  He said to her that in his heart there will always be Tan’Er.

To compensate for her devotion towards him, Yu Hai promised Pan’Er that in his next life that all the love he has will all be solely hers.  (Hmmm clue for the third season)

Cheng Cheng came to the rescue of Tan’er.  He had a sword fight with Tan’Er’s father who was possessed by the Soul Suppressing Orb.

Since Cheng Cheng was not really 100 per cent healthy as he was living on borrowed energy from Mo Liang Chen, he was not up to the strength of Tan’er father.

Thank goodness, the fully recovered YuHai appeared and took over from Cheng Cheng.  He managed to kill his father-in-law but not before Pan’Er had to sacrifice herself all over again.

YuHai told her off for being a fool.  Pan’Er confessed that she was dying anyway because she has now the effect of the poison he originally ingested.

Before she died, she whispered to him where her father kept the book and the soul suppressing orb.

As YuHai was leaving with the body of Pan’Er in his arms, he told Cheng Cheng that he might have save him but that does not mean they are friends.

They are just beginning, meaning as foes.

Cheng Cheng was very upset because one of his mission was to ensure that YuHai does not turn bad and die.

As Cheng Cheng and Tan’er were leaving the secret dungeon themselves, Tan’er asked Cheng Cheng about the inscription on the heavy wooden door.

Cheng Cheng said that it tells the story of his grandfather, Mo Yi Feng who died in a battle but his soul was absorbed into an orb which was kept by his friend, Yu???.  The dungeon was secretly built to house the soul suppressing orb.  But unbeknown to them another person followed them to Dongyue Kingdom and it was Yu Qiaotan who was the cause of the death of Mo Yi Feng.

This was the reason why Tan’Er, who is really Yu Qiotan, was being hunted by assassins even in the 21st century.

Episode 23

Prince Mo Liang Chen still has doubt about being one and the same person as Cheng Cheng.  He had been testing him continuously.

And add to the confusion, Yi Huai has guessed correctly that there are two Liang Cheng.  One is nearly blinded and one his brother.

But Tan’er is having the time of her life.  She wondered what she did so good in the universe that she is rewarded with two gorgeous men at the same time.

Episode 24

Prince Mo Liang Chen has been competing with Cheng Cheng over Tan’er’s affection.

Tan’er now complains that she was getting fat from the cakes made for her by Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng.  She told them that she was on a diet but still they feed her.

Being one and the same, they always think alike.  They each bought her a house. She had to choose which one she wanted.  She asked if she can have both.

Yi Huai is really determined to confirm his suspicion about the two Mo Liang Chen.  He instigated a scenario where he will surely find out the answer.

While Prince Mo Liang Chen, Cheng Cheng and Tan’er were house-viewing,  Yi Huai arranged that they are ambushed by a masked assassin.

The fight ended with Cheng Cheng being stabbed in the chest and his real face revealed for Yi Huai to see.

30 November 2018 Update

I heard that Xing Zhao Lin and Liang Jie won’t be back for Season 3.  Xing Zhao Lin needs a bit of rest & relaxation from making back to back dramas for 2018 while Liang Jie, who is an engaged lady has had too much kissing in this season 2 drama that she wanted a bit of rest as well.

Oh no.  what would season three be like?!!!

Episode 25

Yi Huai had Tan’er kidnapped.  Then conveniently with the King and Liu Shang, someone dropped the unconscious Tan’er into a deep pond.  Liu Shang jumped down and swam towards Tan’er but dislodging his masked in the process.

The king called both the Prince Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng for a serious talk.

Yi Haui said that it was obviously Prince Mo Liang Chen who tried to assassinate the King and had Liu Shang disguised as Cheng Cheng to cover up to the injured Prince Mo Liang Chen.

There is a lot of logic to this statement so Prince Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng were thrown to prison.

One thing that was good being locked up together was that they had a chance to have a proper heart to heart discussion and resigned with the thought that they are really one and the same

The Empress Dowager, who had a soft spot for Prince Mo Liang Chen visited them in prison.  Though she can’t comprehend that there were two versions of the prince before her, she put a key to the bread she brought the prince.

Episode 26

Cheng Cheng got out of prison but Prince Mo Liang Chen remained as the guards came sooner than expected.

This is a very sad episode.

Prince YiHua staged a rebellion to take over the throne, he forced his father the king to issue an edict that he was stepping down and allow Prince Yihuai as the new emperor.

But the king drank a cup of poisoned tea.  He would rather die than be coerced into giving up his throne.

Prince Yihua was desperately sad that his father was dying.  He told him that he did not want him to die.  Prince Yuhai said that he just wanted the throne so he can make Tan’er his empress.

He then told the king that this rebellion would have not happened if he and TanEr were allowed to live a happy and peaceful life together.

The king said that he did not personally prevent the marriage.  It was willed by his father.  Taner was always meant for Mo Liang Chen.

As he was dying, the king hugged his son and said that all along he was the closest one to his heart and he will always be the one to succeed him.

I cried so much.

Episode 27

Prince Yuhai is the new emperor and first of this edict was the arrest of Mo Liang chen, Cheng Cheng, Taner,  Jingxin and the 14th Prince.

They got away except for Jingxin and the 14th prince.

Despite tortures, Jingxin refused to divulge the whereabouts of Taner, Cheng Cheng and Mo Liang Chen.

Cheng Cheng is getting weaker and he asked Mo Liang Cheng to look after Taner when he’s gone.

The 14th prince got away but had to leave Jingxin, who he promised to rescue.  They confessed to one another.  The prince said that he loves her despite her being only a maid.

Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng did not trust how easy it was for the 14th prince to get away from his jailors.  They were right, it was part of a plan.

Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng went into the palace with their men.

Epiode 28

Mo Liang, Cheng Cheng and their band fell into the trap of Prince Yuhai.

He said though he will give him a chance.  If Mo Liang Chen can defeat him, he will relinquish his claim to the palace as well as Tan’Er.

They had a duel and it looked like Mo Liang Chen was winning.  Prince Yuhai suddenly dropped his sword and used his soul suppressing orb power to defeat Mo Liang Chen.

He succeeded as well as Cheng Cheng had to stand in front of the cutivation power of Prince Yuhai to take the full force of the orb.

Old Weirdo appeared and took the weakened Cheng Cheng and Mo Liang Cheng was taken out by his bodyguard.

Prince Yuhai told Tan’er that they can now be together.  Taner told him that she was not his Taner.  She was from the future, the same as Cheng Cheng.

Poor Cheng Cheng died and Mo Liang Cheng was not very healthy either.

Episode 29

Mo Liang Cheng opted for the spirit of Cheng Cheng to be transferred into him as well.  He now has the memories of Cheng Cheng as well.

Episode 30

I do feel really sorry for Prince Yi Hua.  He really loved his Tan’Er to the very end.  The effect of the soul suppressing orb on him was messing his mind up.  He has gone crazy and yet continues to love only Tan’Er.

Taner and Mo Liang Cheng got married in a partly modern way of to have and to hold,.. in sickness and in health, forsaking all other…

Nine months later, they had a baby boy.

A year later, the baby ….

Season 3 coming soon

13 April 2019 Update.

The leads corraboration will not end with season 2 of this drama.  They have been signed to star in the remake of the iconic Fated To Love You..

Just Want To See You Smile (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Chinese Drama 2018

Just Want To See You Smile (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Just want to see you smile poster

  • Aka: Smile, Sm:)e
  • Genre: Romance, Youth
  • Date Released: 2018
  • CDrama: 24 Episodes
  • Based on a novel

Cast:

  • Li Wenhan as Shu Shan
  • Du Bella as Xiao Xing
  • Hou Jung Chen as Xin Yuanling (Mr Xin)

Other Characters:

  • Zhao Duona as Shen Xun – Superstar Product Endorser
  • Zhang ShaSha as Jiang Ye, Shen Xun & Shu Shan’s manager
  • Lin Xiao as An Ge, young new actor
  • Huang Xin Yao as Du Nian, ambitious actress and Xiao Xing’s flatmate
  • Lin Shi Jie as Ye Ling (Director Ye)
  • Liu Daphne as Du Ruo, XiaoXing’s bestfriend and flatmate
  • Yan Li, Director
  • Fang Li, Mr Qin Assistant

Synopsis:

Two damaged individuals, fated by a long time ago accident , overcome their difficulties by being together.

Episode 1

First few minutes of this drama and I love it already.

Xiao Xing is an actress but with a difference.  She suffers from lens aphasia, which is the inability to talk when faced with a camera/lens.

Due to this condition, Xiao Xing plays mainly roles of a dead person.  When not acting dead, she is an all-around girl, doing props, make-up and in charge of the clapper.

Omigod, this drama is so cute and Li Wenhan is just too adorable.  Du Bella is feisty and appealing.  Really loving this drama.

Shu Shan is a superstar.  He’s a singer but for some reason, he developed haphephobia, the fear of touching and being touched.  This was due to an accident in the past that has yet to be revealed.

He went to the studio with his manager and a budding actress called Shen Xun, who is a superstar product endorser.  In the chaos of the over-excited fans, Xiao Xing was tasked to bring in Shen Xun into the studio.  But Xiao Xing dragged the wrong person.  She took Shu Shan instead, who was absolutely surprised that her touch did not repel him.

Now he had to convince her to be his assistant!

Episode 2

Shu Shan has been courting Xiao Xing to become his assistant but she had turned down his offer repeated.

Xiao Xing is really desperate to become an actress but she just can’t do it .

Her role as an extra in a historical drama was made bigger by the director because she has a great screen presence.  He gave her a dialogue but when the camera started rolling she froze..

It seems she has no choice but to accept Shu Shan’s offer until she can get over her fear with the camera.

Episode 3

Shu Shan found Xiao Xing in a corner looking very upset. Shu Shan told her to go with him and they had a lovely talk.  In addition, Xiao Xing was pleased to receive the designer dress she wanted but can’t afford and nowhere really to wear to.

There was a funny scene where Xiao Xing was storytelling a horror story.  She was standing in a chair with a noose on her neck for maximum effect.  Unfortunately, her best friend accidentally kicked down the chair and she was left hanging hysterically for a few seconds.

Xiao Xing finally accepted that with how things are, she cannot be an actress.  She made a decision to be Shu Shan’s assistant instead.

This episode is a visual treat.  There are lots of half-naked scenes with Shu Shan.  hehehe When he was in bed, after a shower.  yey

Episode 4

Shu Shan is being cast in a drama called Life Target.  Du Nian, a young ambitious actress is trying to get closer to Shu Shan.

Episode 5

Shu Shan finally confessed to Xiao Xing his fear of touching and being touched.

To help Shu Shan get used to his leading lady, Xiao Xing bought online a sex doll, she then pasted Du Nian’s facial photo on the doll.  This scene was hilarious.

Shu Shan was watching the news report about a man who has been assaulting women near where he dropped off Xiao Xing.

He rushed the place and when he heard scream he run to Xiao Xing and lovingly assured himself that she was not hurt.

The thing is that Xiao Xing’s sideline was vlogging horrific scenarios and she was rather popular at it.

Episode 6

Xiao Xing’s tender moment with Shu Shan was trending, which was a headache for the producer and Shushan’s manager, who were busily thinking of damage limitation control.

An idol, ideally, should be footloose and fancy-free to cater to the fans’ adoration. 🙂

Shu Shan was advised to lie-low for a few days but the incident just got worse when the producer, Mr Qin, trying to control the situation was photographed in a rather compromising position with Xiao Xing.  Now it was trending that it was a love triangle. LOL

Episode 7

Poor Xiao Xing was being harassed by ShuZhan’s fans.  He had to do a live stream to pacify his fans and in the background, Mr Qin had to use money to make the issue go away.

An Ge ,a promising young actor is rather interested with XiaoXing.  Shu Zhan was very jealous of this.  The scene where An Ge gave Xiao Xing flowers was hilarious.

There was a gathering dark cloud in the form of Du Nian, Xiao Xing’s flatmate and sister of her best friend.

Du Nian wanted to get closer to Shu Zhan but Xiao Xing was always there preventing her to be near the idol.

Shu Shan was absolutely adorable in this episode, he kissed the surprised Xiao Xing, which was witnessed by Mr Qin, who called Xiao Xing to explain how many men she’s got! 🙂

Episode 8

This episode is the most stupidly funny one so far.

Because Xiaoxing thinks  Mr Qin is going overboard in telling her off about romantic involvement with Shu Shan, she tried to get her revenge.

She arranged the sex doll into his office couch and threw feather downs like confetti all over the doll and office.  He went to clean himself up because he was allergic to the feathers, but he found her hiding in his bathroom.   She managed to run off.

Poor Mr Qin was not having a good time.  He was tidying his office and picked up the sex doll but it was misconstrued by Shen xun when she barged into the office.

Director Ye was being driven by his inexperience assistance.  When he got down from the car, he fell straight to an open manhole.  You have to watch it to believe it.

Episode 9

Shu Zhan was about to confess to Xiaoxing but Xiaoxing interrupted him, telling him that what he feels for her was all due to his illness.  The attraction he feels is because she is the only one he can touch.  What if he recovers will his feelings not change?!!!

Episode 10

Xiaoxing almost drowned because she can’t swim when she accidentally fell on the pool with Mr Qin.  It looks like Xiaoxing has so many admirers, including Mr Qin.

Episode 11

Oh no, the love triangle between Shu Zhan, Xiaoxing and Mr Qin is heating up.  I love Shu Zhan and Xiaoxing together but Mr Qin with Xiaoxing is also romantically adorable and it seems Shu Zhan has began to notice it too.

Xiaoxing had her midnight live stream again, which was gatecrashed unintentionally by Mr Qin.  With the disturbance, Xiaoxing just naturally spoke while being filmed.  This was noticed immediately by Du Ruo.

Xiaoxing immediately decided that she needed Mr Qin to put her in an irate mode so she will overcome her phobia with cameras.

She was watching Shu Zhan and An Ge rehearsed when she up and left to go to Mr Qin.  They ended up in a storeroom.  She told him a garbled explanation about her camera shyness and then she hugged him.  He then pushed her towards some boxes which were going to topple over her but he tried to protect her.  They were then trapped by the boxes and can’t get out.

Episode 12

The boxes started to explode and created a fire, much to the freight and worry of Shu Zhan who received a brief call from Xioaxing.

Thank goodness she was fine.  Their reunion was heartwarming but rather heartbreaking for Mr Qin as he watched them hugging as if their lives depend on it.

Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan are now officially together and Shu Zhan is proving to be a very caring boyfriend.

There was a news exclusive that he was dating Du Nian.  He tried to delay the shooting with Du Nian so as not to upset Xiaoxing, who told him off that he was being unfair to the staff and crew.

Episode 13

This episode is almost the opposite of No 12.  There is more angst.

Shen Xun is upset because it looks like Xiaoxing had managed to seduce Mr Qin, whom she had had a one-sided love for ages.  Because she was upset, she left the filming, which causes delay.

What Shen Xun doesn’t know is that Mr Qin is in a conference with his management to sort out the finances.

Episode 14

Du Nian, having sprained her ankles, is throwing tantrum because Xiaoxing is going to replace her in her role.  Du Nian was going mental calling Xiaoxing a psychopath when she is the one who was so spoilt.

Xiaosing spoke to Mr Qin about her Lens Aphasia.  She also mentioned that she has found a cure and it was him.

Episode 15

This is a rather poignant episode.

Shen Xun took Mr Qin aside and confessed to him, unknowingly allowing all the staff, crews and actors and actresses in their set to hear.  She forgot to turn off her mic.

Everyone heard Mr Qin telling her that she was only ever a friend to him and nothing could ever happen between them.

Shen Xun asked him if he was in love with Xiaoxing.

He readily said yes, much to Shen Xun’s distress.

Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan heard this too.

This incident was rather embarrassing for Xiaoxing as she became a topic of gossip.

Mr Qin came to find her and confessed to her personally 🙂  He is so cute.  (When is he going to get the girl in a drama? He lost the girl in Ugly Girl, Hua Rua Ha)  He said too that if she was to be with him, she can get better roles.  Xiaoxing told him off and left.

Mr Qin will not go down without a fight.  He called Shu Zhan and told him that as far as he is concerned, it was an open field and he will fight Shu Zhan for Xiaoxing.

Episode 16

Finally, Shu Zhan can now touch anyone and he has been touching everyone with impunity. 🙂   Xiaoxing substituted a placebo to his medication and found out that he has no trouble holding on to his leading lady.

Episode 17

Du Nian created such a big fuss with her microblogging that she lost her job because of the man-eater Xiaoxing having seduced both the producer, Mr Qin and the lead star, Shu Zhan.

Du Nian was being manipulated by a vengeful powerful woman, Mrs He.  She’s the one who told that immature Du Nian to share her feelings against Xiaoxing.

It seems there is a mystery here as Mrs He has a daughter, who looks like in a coma.

Episode 18

Xiaoxing reconciled with her father but then she found out a long buried secret of her past.  It is intriguing because it is explained completely yet.  But it seems she was always been connected with ShuZhan.  As kids they were involved in an accident where another little girl was left bleeding on the road.

Xiaoxing remembered this and then said that it was her fault that ShuZhan suffered from his condition.  Her father said that she must not let ShuZhan find out after he had just overcome his illness.  He must not be traumatized and revert back.

Her father told her that she must leave the film, Life Tide,  and go abroad to study acting.

Episode 19

Xiaoxing has left the film and Du NIan has been re-reinstated to her old role.  Yan Li, the cinematographic director has been spying for Mrs He.

Episode 20

The film had finally wrapped up.

At last Du Nian developed a bit of a conscience.  She refused the order of Mrs He to publish some document in her Du Nian’s blog.

Episode 21

Du Nian and Du Ruo reconciled.  Du Nian told her about how she misjudged Xiaoxing.

Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan had a heartbreaking breakup.

Episode 22

Shu Zhan had gone back to being mentally disturbed after finding out that Xiaoxing was the girl her little step-sister saved, which led her to be in a coma for the last 14 years.

Mrs He was being very vindictive. She wanted both Shu Zhan and XiaoXing to suffer as her daughter is nothing but a vegetable at the present time.

Episode 23

Mrs He forgave them.

Episode 24

Everyone lived happily ever after! 🙂

I don’t know about Mr Qin though because he went to America for at least 2 years to find himself, as one does 🙂 🙂  But beforehand he had a heart-rending goodbye meeting with Xiaoxing, who was really upset to see him go.

And then fast forward two years later…

Du Nian is now a reformed character, not so bitter anymore, who is an awarded actress.  She is in a budding relationship with An Ge, who was about to embark on the extreme sport, in collaboration with Mr Qin.

Director Ye had become a devoted husband to Du Rou, who is now six months pregnant.

Mrs Ye and Shu Zhan’s father might get it on again.

As to Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan, they are still going strong.

 

 

 

Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama) Review

Meteor Garden poster

Drama

  • Genre: ROMANCE, Youth, School
  • Date Released: 9 July 2018
  • CDrama: 48 Episodes
  • Remake of Taiwanese drama (2001) of the same title, based on Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango
  • OST: For You by F4

Cast: 

Many are already familiar with this drama as it has been remade by several countries over and over.  It is based on a Japanese manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

Meteor Garden 2018 is a remake/reboot of the Taiwanese version of the Hana Yori Dango

It is about a girl, who came from an ordinary family and now enrolled in a posh and prestigious school for the children of the  rich and famous.

The school is ruled by four uber gorgeous boys, known as the F4.  They reign in terror amongst the children of the rich.  Anyone found lacking is given a red card, which means his/her life and happiness within the school are in jeopardy.  The victim would then rather transfer to another school or bear with all the punishments until the F4 get bored and cease the tortures.

Shan Cai is a brave girl who went against the F4.  Despite the red card, she stood her ground and gave Dao Ming Si a good kicking.  Instead of giving her an even harsher time, he fell in love with her. 🙂  She was the first one who ever tried to put up a fight.

Hua Ze Lei actually was helping her in the background and she knew it.  She had a bit of a crush on him.

Thus the drama developed into a love triangle.

I can’t wait for this new Shen Yue drama! Roll on 9 July 2018!

Four episodes are now on show but with no English sub/ huhuhu


Netflix got rights for this drama.  They will start showing them on 13 July!  Yey, can’t wait.

Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama)

The first six episodes subtitled in English are now available in Netflix.  It is about 24-35 minutes each episode.

This is the second major drama for Shen Yue, who catapulted to stardom playing Shao Xi in A Love So Beautiful, which is also available to watch in Netflix.

I have to be honest, I am still bias towards ALSB.  It is still the sweeter and cuter drama.

Shen Yu’s Shan Cai is really super annoying and excruciatingly embarrassing most of the time, I am yet to warm towards her.

I came to this drama, unsure of Dylan Wang, having seen a behind the scene’s video of him being too boisterous to Shen Yue with her hoodie.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised! Dylan Wang is the best actor of them all.  He was able to project a spectrum of emotion.  He is vulnerable, snarky, immature, kind, jealous and proud.  He is certainly an actor to watch.

As to Shen Yue, I am not sure what happened but she’s only produced half of the charm she had in ALSB.

This version is more true to life.  The F4 are gorgeous, tall, rich young men, who excel in their field.  They are more spoiled rather than out and out evil.  They are more ‘ordinary’ that the other versions. Probably I was spoiled by the Korean and Japanese version.

Episode 1-6

Shan Cai’s mother is a very good cook.  She makes a living from her homecooking and delivery.

Shai Cai wanted to help her mother build her business up.  So she enrolled in the Nutrition Department of the best and most exclusive university in ‘China’ called Ming De University.

There she had a reunion with her former schoolmates.  Chen Qinghe is her childhood best friend. while Li Zhen was a high school acquaintance.  They decided there and then that they will be best friends in college.

During orientation, a famous man called Mr Bobbit came to speak to the students.  Shan Cai and the rest of the attendees were in ecstasy in the presence of this famous American man.

After the talk, just outside the auditorium, still excited with their good fortune of listening to Mr Bobbit, another ecstasy inducing event happened, the F4 came sauntering into the school, much to the delirium of the girls.  In the chaos, Shan Cai’s phone was nudged out of her hand into the ground.  Crawling into the floor in between commotion of legs running towards the F4, Shan Cai tried to reach for her phone.  She was inches away towards it when a green crocodile shoe stepped on it causing it to break.

Shan Cai was so annoyed, she runs after the owner of the shoe.  She saw him in a  huddled crowd.  Without much thought, she grabbed the man in the middle, which happened to be Mr Bobbit.  She was quickly restrained by the bodyguards.

Shan Cai was persona non grata for assaulting such an important man. She was being gossiped about for her misdemeanour.

To get rid of her stress, she went on top of the building and vent her frustration by shouting her lungs out.  She was told off by a man seating nearby of the racket she was making.  He happened to be one of the F4.  He was Ze Lei.

During many instances, she kept meeting Ze Lei, who was rather kind to her unlike the leader of F4, Daoming Si.

Si seemed to delight in torturing her.  Shan Cai can’t take it anymore so she gave him a flying kick straight on his handsome face.

Si was not annoyed, he actually developed a grain of respect towards her, which quickly developed into tenderness.  So much so that he told her that he wanted her to be his girlfriend.  He listed all the pros of becoming his girlfriend, but Shan Cai was not interested as she was already half in love with the gorgeous and musical Ze Lei, despite him having a girlfriend already.

Yuan Zi, the girlfriend, was very friendly towards Shan Cai.  She includes Shan Cai’s to all her parties.

But hormones have taken over Shan Cai’s brain.  The friendship with the girlfriend was immaterial. Out with sisterhood!!!  Shan Cai was determined to pursue Ze Lei, which was noticed by Si.  This created a gulf between Ze Lei and Si’s friendship.

Si tried many things, which he does not usually do, to entice Shan Cai away from Ze Lei but it is becoming a losing battle.

Ze Lei had gone to Paris to be with Yuan Zi, who had decided to become a lawyer with a charitable institution, Without Borders.  She also willingly cut herself off from inheriting her family fortune.  Really nice girl, hear that Shan Cai!!!

Shan Cai misses Ze Lei so much that when out clubbing one evening with a secretly vengeful friend, Li Zhen, she became inordinately inebriated.  With drunken hazy sight, she sat down next to a foreigner, who was playing the piano. She was imagining that he was Ze Lei.

She woke up the next morning in a strange bed, with a note from Thomas, the foreigner, saying that he enjoyed himself.

Episode 7 – 12

Daoming found Shancai having a rather intimate conversation with a foreigner at the school.  Thomas came to see Shaicai after their misadventure the night before, where she ended up being tucked into bed by Thomas.

Shan Cai became the topic of gossips at school after her photos seemingly in bed with Thomas were posted on Weibo.

She was ostracised for being cheap and doing the dirty on Thomas especially when her boyfriend is Si.

Shan Cai said to Si that she doesn’t care about the gossips and the bullying as long as Si believes her.

It was found out later by Ximen and Feng Mei who posted the photos on Weibo.  Shan Cai was shocked to know that Li Zhen stabbed her in the back.

Episode 13

Awwww I am absolutely won over by this drama version of Hana Yori Dango.  And yes, the Shen Yue I love and adore is back big time in all her cuteness and brightness.

She is now my favourite Shan Cai (Makino Tsukushi) ever.

Dylan Wang and Shen Yue have a sizzling chemistry.  So good that I felt sad for Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen of ALSB.

Anyway…

In order to pay off the 1M Yuan Shancai loaned to her by Daoming Si, she hesitantly enters the C4.

Being a novice, she had to do a lot of preparation, practice and developing a positive mental attitude.

She had a perfect tutor from the ‘violent’ 🙂 Dao Ming Zhuang and Dao Ming Si himself.  Shancai moved in into the Dao Ming mansion.

Dao Ming Zhuang gave her a book to read called Book of Songs, which is actually a really old Chinese classic book of poetry.

Shancai found out what appetisers are for.  They are there to build the appetite and complement the main course.

A meal that is unforgettable engraves the cook and the food to the heart of the diner.

This is now really the beginning of a beautiful friendship and relationship between Shan Cai and Dao ming Si.

It was utterly cute the way Si made Shancai more confident in herself and in her abilities.

Standout scene: I love their flirty face painting during their card game.

Episode 14

Aww it is the day of the Chinese Cuisine Culinary Competition (C4).

Young ladies, mostly with previous culinary experience entered the contest.  One of these young ladies was Zhou Caina.

Zhou Caina was a girl who has being touted as the future bride for Tian Ye, the sous chef at the restaurant Shancai works at.

During the contest, Daoming Si was on tenterhooks.  He was supporting Shaicai 120%

Zhou Caina won the 1M Yuan as deservedly so but there was a surprise prize for Shai Cai.  She won a Special award and 500K Yuan as well.

Standout: Shancai choosing pineapple to add to her recipe as she looked at  Daoming Si.

Episode 15

Shancai and DaoMing Si’s romantic whole day date was scuppered by the appearance of a random child, who needed babysitting.  What was this about?!!!

Episode 16

Shancai literally almost froze to death but saved by DaoMing Si.  Though Shan Cai almost met her maker due to hypothermia,  her skin to skin contact with DaoMing Si for some heat was hot! 🙂 Unlucky lucky Shancai indeed!

Despite the skinship, Shancai continues to play it cool with Dao Ming Si, which infuriates him to the limit.

Episode 17

Shancai is proving popular with the boys, another one is vying for her attention much to the jealousy of Dao Ming Si.

Despite Dao Ming Si telling her that he likes her, she walked away with the new boy.

Episode 18

It was a bad decision because Shan cai got kidnapped.  It turned out that the new boy was in collude with the kidnappers.

Standout scene 🙂 The F4 pranked Shancai; pretending that DaoMing passed away.  Shan Cai was upset and telling DaoMing that she won’t allow him to die on her as she had not apologised to him yet and that despite his so many transgression in the past…  The ‘corpse’ of DaoMing can’t take it anymore that he had to say something.  Shancai ended up in bed astride Daoming trying to strangle him.  He told her that it hurts to have her sitting on top of him as he broke three ribs.  Awwww

Episode 19

It was DaoMing Si birthday and after a quick makeover on Shancai by Lei, Ximen and Feng Mei Zuo, Shancai was ready to meet DaoMing’s mother.  But it turned embarrassing as Shancai ended up prostate on the floor when Daoming’s mother entered the ballroom.

She forbade them to see one another again as Shancai comes from another ‘world’.

DaoMing Si left his own party with Shancai. She then gave him her baked cookies as his birthday present.  DaoMing was in high heavens, he said that it was the best present he had ever received.

DaoMing Si’s mother can’t be thwarted though because the next day she went to meet Shancai parents’.  She tried to bribe them with 5M Yuan to make Shancai stay away from Daoming.

Shancai’s parents humiliated DaoMing Si’s mother by pouring flour over her head.

Episode 20

DaoMing Si’s mother really can’t be stopped.  She is now bringing in the big guns in the form of an arranged fiancee for Dao Ming Si.

During a lunch with the girl’s family and Dao Ming’s, Shancai was invited too to witness the marriage arrangement.

The girl was actually just Daoming’s type, as feisty and lippy as Shancai.  And rebellious as well.  The girl got up and left followed closely by Dao Ming Si leaving a confused and sad Shancai inside the private dining room.

Daoming realised that he run off with the wrong girl when he noticed that he was holding on not with Shancai.

Shancai had a confrontation with Daoming Si telling him that the fiancee is just perfect for him and that he should marry her.

This really broke Daoming.

In the end, the girl, who became rather weirdly friendly with Shancai reported that DaoMing had agreed to date her.

huhuhu

Episode 21

Episode 22

Episode 23

Shancai was homeless and Dao Ming Si brought her home.  She ended up as a maid in Dao Ming Si’s mansion much to his displeasure but Shancai insisted that she wanted to earn her keeps.

This episode is where they watch a meteor shower.  The romantic Dao Ming Si surprised Shancai with a diamond encrusted necklace in the shape of a meteor (I think, no subtitles available yet)

Apparently, Dylan Wang personally designed the necklace to give it to Shen Yue for her birthday.  Awww

I have to say Dao Ming Si is gorgeous but he is becoming even more good looking as the drama progresses.  How is that possible?

(I adore Hu YI Tian but I am now totally seduced by Dylan Wang! LOL)

Episode 24

Episode25

Episode 26 – 27

In this episode, it was the first time that Shancai initiated a kiss with Dao Ming Si by pulling his necktie and gave him a sweet kiss on the lips.  Awww

It was a reward for trying to convince her to move out of the mansion with him.  It was the sweetest scene.

Can you imagine Dao Ming Si afterwards… So cute.

Unfortunately, it did not last long as Dao Ming Si’s evil mother interfered.

The mother targetted Shancai’s friends’ family.  Therefore, Shancai doesn’t really have much choice but to surrender to Dao Ming Si’s mother.

Shancai had a traumatic break up with Dao Ming Si in the pouring rain.

Shancai left the mansion, Dao Ming Si and Ming De university and gone to live with her parents in the countryside.

These episodes also are about the love triangle between Mei Zu, Caina and Terence.  Actually, it is more about Caina and Terence.  It was rather romantic.  Caina got caught in the rain in the middle of nowhere and ended up spending the night on a tent with Terence.  It was a one night stand but was rather meaningful, however, Caina refuses to acknowledge this fact.  It turned out that Terence is an internationally renowned designer.

Episode 28

Terence is gorgeous.  There can be said about maturity.

I think Caina think so too.  She can’t help herself but be attracted to Terence despite the devotion from the equally gorgeous and young Meizou.

Episode 29

Again this episode is about the burgeoning attraction between Caina and Terence.

Terence told Caina that he wanted her to go traveling with him.  She was about to tell him that she was willing to go with him but found him in the embrace of his pretty PA.

The poor Meizou was heartbroken but loved Caina enough that he wanted her to be happy even if not with him.

He told her that Terence really loves her but he was leaving at that moment.

Episode 30

ShanCai is back but it seemed Dao Ming Si has finally given up on her.

Episode 31

It is the graduation day for the F4.  The F4 were really sweet allowing photo opportunity with their juniors.

Huace Lei asked Dao Ming Si blessings to pursue Shancai himself.

There was a scene where he serenaded Shancai with his violin playing, which enraged Dao Ming Si

Episode 32

Dao Ming Si changed his mind again.  He went to Huace Lei’s house and found him still in bed. Dao Ming Si told him that ShanCai is his and that Huace Lei should not butt in.

Dao Ming Si looked for Shan cai everywhere but the crafty Huace Lei told her to turn off her mobile phone for 48 hours.

Dao Ming Si finally found her with Huace Lei at a bus stop.  He told her that he loves her and wanted to be with her but Shan Cai chose to board the bus an leave him absolutely devastated, running after her bus.

He was tired and upset crouched on the road when Shan Cai appeared.  They were happy about to reconcile when it was aborted by the sudden presence of the police who was about to arrest Shan Cai for thievery.  To find her Dao Ming Si reported her for stealing the diamond-encrusted meteor necklace.  Hilarious ending.

Episode 33

After Dao Ming Si cleared the misunderstanding with the necklace with the police, Shan cai and Dao Ming Si reconciled.

She finally realised that Dao Ming Si did really work to keep their relationship going almost single-handedly.

She finally had the courage to blurt out that they should start dating officially.  Dao Ming Si almost choked on the mushroom and ham roll he was eating.

They did agree that they should keep their relationship just between the two of them.

Because their friends are unaware of this new closer relationship, they tried to create a situation for Dao Ming Si and Shancai to be together including locking them in a room.

Episode 34

Finally, Dao Ming Si was in seventh heaven.  ShanCai told him “Yoshi ai ni”.

Epidose 35

Shancai’s friend, Xiaoyou has sex on her brain.  No matter how much Ximen try to tell her that she is not really his type, she clung to him.  They ended up in a hotel room.  They were about to go to bed but Ximen halted their awkward situation, saying that he knew that she’s not ready and not the kind of girl to sleep around.

But Xiaoyou said that she was hesitant because it would be the first time but she would get better.  She would do anything to please him.

In the end, Ximen left her in the hotel room as he can’t reason with her.  I just want to slap her!  Really.  I supposed XiMen looks really delicious.  But where is her pride?

Dao Ming Si moved in next door to ShanCai’s.  They were both thinking of going to each other room but just too shy to really do it.  So cute.

Episode 40

Shan Cai went to London to see Dao Ming Si.

Episode 41

It was the end of the road for Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si.  They spent a loving fund day in London but both knew that they had to part.  Dao Ming Si had to sacrifice his happiness in order to not lose control of the Dao Ming Corp’s hotels worldwide.

Towards the end of the episode, someone used a taser on Dao MIng Si.  With the shcok of it, Shancai fainted.

Episode 42

When they both woke up, they found themselves on a seashore, a la Blue Lagoon.  They were having a whale of a time, no not really.  They were puzzled who kidnapped them and dumped them on a deserted island.

It ended up that they were not kidnaped at all but pranked by Xiaoyou in connivance with the other F3.

Now they had a whale of a time but shortened by the arrival of authorities as their supposed kidnapping had gone viral internationally.

When they returned to Shanghai, it was total mayhem.  In the chaos, DaoMing Si was left bleeding from a stab wound.

Episode 43

Dao Ming Si pretended that he had amnesia.  Shan Cai was really upset but finally realised how much he means to her.

Episode 44

This episode for lack of a better word is boring.  I have to admit I have lost my appetite and excitement for this drama from a few episodes back.  The story with Ximen and Xiaoyou is so tedious.  If you think the romance between Shan Cai and Dao Mng Si is not really believable.  Ximen and Xiaoyou are just wrong.  How could a womaniser, gorgeous, rich young man fall for a conniving little madam, who doesn’t have anything to show for?  She is the most annoying character.  She is so lazy at work and always on a depressing day-dream.  Why give her so much screen time?

Episode 45

Episode 46

Episode 47

Episode 48

Episode 49

I have to admit that I have gone off with this drama because of Xiaoyou and Ximen storyline.  But I am still curious how the ending went.

I am sure I am going to watch the missed episodes at some point.

Anyway, as can be expected it is a happy ending with Shan Cai having a wedding with the gorgeous Dao Ming Si.

It looks like there was also a reconciliation between the ogre mother.

This mother-in-law even attempted to cook breakfast for the newlyweds as her way of a farewell treat before she goes away to find herself as she travels the world.

Ximen is now happily in a relationship with Xiaoyou (in real life it would have never happened or at least it would not last 🙂  bitter much) LOL

Mei Zuo would continue his search for his ideal, the perfect older woman.  🙂

As to Hua Ze Lei, he is still rather lackadaisical about his ideal woman.  He will wait for her to come to him rather than searching for her ….


Though this version is visually pleasing with gorgeous young actors, but compared to the previous ones, this, I am afraid, is lacking in depths.

It is only mediocre as it has undergone drastic political correctness, which sadly took its heart and soul.

The F4 are supposed to be the all-powerful band of flower boys, not only within their locale but inclusive of surrounding schools as well as they are well known for their unbelievable good looks, fame, and fortune.  They were treated like gods and behaving like one, often egotistical, despotic and utterly self-centered.  They would often issue punishment for even the littlest of things when it took their fancy.

The new F4, though extraordinarily gorgeous, lack the power and pizzazz of the previous F4s.   What we’ve got in this version are four handsome young men, who can be just anybody with good looks in any school.  They are not mega-rich vengeful boys.  They don’t punish/bully anyone but instead, they challenged anyone who gets their attention to a game of bridge!  They don’t make you quake in your boots.

Part of the F4 charms is their being clothes horses.  This time around, their wardrobe is very moderate and can be copied by just anyone who has a sister or a mother, who has a penchant for long woolen cardigans and dress shirts. 🙂

Having said that the F4 did a good job especially Dylan Wang and Cesar Wu.  They have both the right amount of swagger and arrogance.

As to Shen Yue, she is charming and cute but I think she needs to take more acting lessons and acting workshop.  She also needs to correct her posture.

Overall it is enjoyable but something that will not last in your psyche as the previous version.

 

 

Sweet Dreams (Chinese Drama)

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Drama

  • Genre: Romance, Flowers, Fantasy
  • Date Released: June 2018
  • CDrama: 45 Episode

Cast:

  • Dilraba Dilmurat as Lin Ling Qi
  • Deng Lun as Bai Hai
  • Rang Rui Zi as Lu Bao Ni
  • Zhu Xu Dan as Zhou Zin Yan
  • Chen Yi Long as Mo Nan

Lin Ling Qi is a kind girl who has a degree in zoology but wanted a career in flower arranging because of a celebrity florist, Bai Hai.

It looks like they will have a deeper relationship because of a bracelet. 🙂


Sweet Dreams (Chinese Drama)

Episode 1

Lin Ling Qi or fondly called by her friend Bao Ni as Qi Qi is an ordinary girl, who was so in love with love.  Her brain is completely focused on love.

She was a very romantic girl, but got dumped unceremoniously by a boy.  Her tears was as heavy as the pouring rain.  A beautiful bouquet of flowers was handed to her by a mysterious trendy man in black.

Since then she dreams of working for Flowerplus, not because she particularly likes flowers but she like the company president of Hua Jia.  The man of her dreams is Bai Hai.  He is very personable, very handsome but rather lack empathy.  His emotional quotient is inversely proportional to his very high IQ.

Anyway, despite majoring in zoology, QiQi dragged her reluctant best friend Bao Ni to apply for a part-time job at Flowerplus with her.  Qi Qi was so heartbroken when Bao Ni got accepted but she wasn’t.  Her parents and Bao Ni encouraged her to reapply in a year’s time.  Again she did not get selected.

On the third time, Bao Ni gave her a comprehensive booklet about Flowerplus to study.

Concurrently to all these, Qi Qi applied and got accepted as a tester for a sleep aid in the form of a bracelet called Sweet Dreams.

It so happened Bai Hai also wears the Sweet Dreams bracelet.  He suffers from nightmares about dragons.

One night he dreamt of the dragons again but this time it did not end as horrific as before.  There was a girl in his dream who helped him vanquished the dragons.  A single drop of the dragon’s blood fell into a white rose which made it changed into reddish/pinkish hue.

This dream inspired him to solve a problematic issue with a client who hysterically insisted that the hundreds of white roses be changed into pink ones for her wedding to a Hollywood celebrity.

This part, I have to admit was so cringeworthy!

But the leads though have a great chemistry even from the beginning of this drama.  I just hope that the script is tightened up and be more comedic and dramatic at the same time.

Episode 2

After a few years Qi Qi finally get into Flowerplus but as a sales assistant.  Again her plan and fervent wish to meet her crush Bai Hai has been thwarted because he doesn’t go to small branch of flower shops of Flowerplus.

Episode 3

Bai Hai is consumed with worry at a proposed takeover of his company, Flowerplus, he established when he was 22 years old.

He was able to find a more suitable investor, which pacified his shareholders.

The episode ended with the almost meeting of Bai Hai and QiQi when Bai Hai tried to do one of his impromptu site visitsof his smaller stores.  At the last minute, he was a foot away from QiQi,  he got a call and had to return to the office immediately.

They still continue to invade each other’s dream.  Apparently this was due to the faulty Sweet Dream bracelets.

QiQi was asked if she was dreaming any unusual things, she denied any weird dreams, she said she was sleeping like a baby.  She declined to exchange the bracelet.

She wanted to remain as Queen Mary to BoHai’s Prince Jack 🙂

Episode 4

Bo Hai and QiQi finally met but he doesn’t remember her from the dream.

Episode 5-7

Qi Qi ended up as PA to Bo Hai because her flower decorating style echoes his instructions.

But their relationship is not an easy one.,  Bo Hai is a hard task-maker.

Also the flow of work is further subjected to a sabotage.  There was a fire in their main exhibition.  Fire seems to have a catastrophic effect of Bo Hai psyche as it left him almost catatonic in shock.  His manager secretly hired someone to continue with the flower designs while Bo Hai was indisposed.

This was misunderstood by Qi Qi but not helped by Bo Hai who let her carry on with her misconception that his works were not really wholy his own.

Qi Qi resigned on the spot and threatened to divulge to everyone how fake Bo Hai was.

Bo Hai threated her parents with a lawsuit of plagiarising Flowerplus design because they are selling plastic version in their shop.

Qi Qi then unresigned herself and continued working for Bo Hai.

Episode 8-10

Qi Qi started working as a Special Assistant to Bo Hai.  They seemed to make each other’s life harder than it should.

There was a funny scene where Bo Hai got drunk and he turned into a mischievous child, whom Qi Qi had to control.  They almost had a kiss but ended at the minute.

Poor Bo Hai had to keep it secret that he is suffering from a serious colour blindness.

He was guesting in a live telecast when out of the blue he was asked to have a contest with another guest in flower arranging.  Somehow he can see colour through a glass reflection so he was saved from humiliation.

Episode 11

Zhou Zin Yan, business manager of Flowerplus, got drunk and confessed to Bo Hai of her long standing feelings for him.

This episode reveals the sweet and caring Mo Nan is actually cold and ambitious, who works for a merger & acquisition company, which is after the Bo Hai’s Flowerplus.

Episode 12

Qi Qi was suspected of spying and as a punishment, she had to copy out by hand several times over the employee’s manual as the photocopier was out of order.

Miraculously the photocopier was fixed and of course it was the doing or order of Bo Hai.

But her troubles did not stop there as Zhou Zin Yan locked her inside the plant nursery and turned off the lights.

It was lucky for her that Bo Hai was passing and Mo Nan found out Zhou Zin Yan dastardly deeds.

Episode 13

Qi Qi is being bullied by Zhou Zin Yan into helping the company to spy for Wen, otherwise she had to pay 100M for giving away company secrets.

A cctv footage was finally unearth to prove that QiQi was not the culprit.  She should sue Zhou Zin Yan and the company for how they treated her and actually bullied and molested her.  But this is drama and just part of some boring episodes. 🙂

Episode 14

Bo Hai told QiQi that she would never be a florist.  But towards the end of the episode he enjoyed helping her doing flower arrangement for a old lady flower seller.

Episode 15

It seems QiQi  took after her father; they are both as thick as two planks.

QiQi said that she can’t take it anymore and confessed that she was only staying at her job because she was scared that Bo Hai will take her father to court for selling counterfeit Flowerplus flowers.

The father had a reduced sale at his shop immediately.

 

Keep The Marriage As Jade (Chinese Drama)

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  • Genre: Marriage, Infidelity, Drama, Romance, Bunny Boiler :), Mental Illness, Melodrama
  • Date Released: April 2016
  • CDrama: 44 Episodes
  • Netflix: Available

Cast:

  • Jiang Wenli as Su Ran
  • Yajun Xu as Zhao Mingqi
  • Jiang Xin as Hua Sha
  • Wang David as He Jian

This drama is about infidelity within a marriage.  Can they get pass it?!!


Keep The Marriage As Jade (Chinese Drama)

Episode 1-2

Su Ran is an eye surgeon who had been away from her husband and son for six months for further study.

When she came back everything seemed to be the same in the surface.  Mingqi, her husband of 15 years seemed happy to see her.  But there were little changes that surprised her.  For a starter, he had acquired a new car and the music on the care was not the usual classical she preferred.

When they got from from the airport, they found their apartment ransacked.  She then found out from the police that the burglary occurred during the previous night and therefore her husband had not been home.

She trusted her husband implicitly so when he told her that he was wining and dining a client and had drunk too much he stayed in a hotel, blah blah blah.  She believed this.

She decided to surprise her husband at his work one lunch time.  Noticing that there was another woman in Mingqi’s office, her husband’s associate did his best to distract her and keep her away until the ‘other woman’ left.

Their son has been staying with his grandmother, Mingqi convinced Su Ran to let their son stay another night as they will be going out that night to celebrate their fifteen wedding anniversary.

They were having a lovely time,  he gave her a pearl necklace to go with her jade one.  They were dancing cheek to cheek when his mobile phone rang incessantly.  Su Ran encouraged him to answer it.  It was the ‘other woman’.  She lied to Mingqi that she had been robbed and attack and she wanted him to rescue her.  Mingqi had no choice, because the other woman has been acting strangely.  She was the type to make a scene if she doesn’t get what she wanted.

He left Su Ran in the restaurant telling her to wait for him there as he was not going to be long, he was just going to sort our a problem with a client.

But of course the other woman, Hua Sha, did everything to delay Mingqi.  She scratched herself badly to look pathetically pitiful.  Mingqi stayed with her and stood up his wife.

Episode 3

Su Ran was beginning to suspect that there was something going between Mingqi and the woman called Hua Sha when she checked the call history of his mobile phone.

As a damage limitation, Mingqi confessed that she became rather friendly with Hua Sha but there is nothing untoward that is happening.

Su Ran was just beginning to forgive Mingqi but she found a new mobile phone hidden in the car.  It was ringing and there was a wallpaper of Mingqi and Hua Sha looking very intimate.

SuRan was so shocked that she crushed the car and got mild concussion.

SuRan told Mingqi to get out and she will be divorcing him.

Suran suffers from OCD, where is constantly washes her hands.

Episode 4

Mingqi really can’t get over the fact that her husband slept with someone else.  It wa really a one-night stand.  It seems Mingqi is more attracted to Hua Sha more thanhe is admitting.

Despite his wife having found out his affair, he continued to go to Su Ran whenever she was in trouble.

I supposed he finds that they have plenty more in common

Episode 5

Su Ran had had the last straw.  She found Mingqi’s jumper with a lipstick on, when he said he was going to see his mother.

She was like a woman possessed, which is natural for someone grieving from adultery, she disinfected the whole house.

She asked him to sign the divorce paper but he refused. So she packed her bags and left.