When facing hardships…

From Our Daily Bread

 

“we can turn to the Father who ministers deeply to our hearts and in our lives. He has a love that never fails. And in our world filled with trials, that kind of love is deeply needed here.”

By the sunshine of His love,

God paints on our clouds the rainbow of his grace.

To everyone out there who are going through pain and suffering.

As an encouragement to myself.

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Autumn’s Concerto

Well, after having K-drama overload, I thought it’d be great to watch something in mandarin so that I don’t have to keep my eyes trained on subtitles and, for once, get to enjoy the beautiful people, the nice cinematography etc.

After ockoala mentioned Autumn’s Concerto, I went to dig up some background on it. It has got the second highest drama ratings in Taiwan, the synopsis sounds interesting, and it has Xiao Xiao Bin! Of course I’m a sucker for the ever-so-flawed hero getting his girl. I was sold.

I seldom touch T-drama, in fact, I avoid them like the plague. From what I have seen, most of them their target audience seems to be the teenagers, the story over simplistic (or full of cliches), over-the-top acting (ALWAYS have ridiculously annoying relatives!! who we know are there for comic relief but I find them SUPER annoying and does not make me laugh in the slightest but cringe).

So, er… well… Let’s start with the good points first and why I thought in the beginning I enjoyed the show.ย The pacing and story line was very good from ep 1-12. Best I have seen from a T-drama (but keep in mind I avoid them like the plague – as far as I can remember the only T-drama I completed is Fated to Love You).ย I especially enjoyed it because I can understand it in its entirety. Really, being able to understand the dialogue and get its’ nuances is more than half the joy. I thought Vanness Wu’s acting improved tremendously from his F4 days, convincing in most scenes but there’s still a lot of work to be done boy but who can not be tempted by his abs?!?! The show is littered with half naked Vanness. Ady An is a new find but er.. more on that later. So from ep 1-12 I thought, lucky me! What a rare find! It was my rainbow for 12 hours ๐Ÿ™‚ I felt good.

If I had tried to write this immediately after I finished the show, man this would not have been a nice post at all. Suffice to say, my hubby thought I was really mad watching the last, maybe 5-10? episodes. He commented that he’s never seen me so agitated watching a show! I was yelling at my monitor and making snide remarks, talking to myself (and maybe the SHOW? hoping that I can get through to it and save it from itself) basically. In short, he’s never seen me this crazy before.

I have had 3 weeks to calm down now, so no show-bashing (I hope). My problem with AC is mainly the second half of the show. It has nothing to do with Ady An but I really cannot stand the character of Liang Mu Cheng. I get it that there are nice, REALLY nice people around. But come on, she’s a doormat. She lies, has no fragment of a backbone for herself, she short-changes her son’s happiness, all in the name of happiness (or is it self-sacrifice?). She abhor being at the mercy of others but it’s what exactly she did to Ren Guang Xi. Her character has no credibility at all, Guang Xi’s love for her in the end is just, that, his love for her. She seems to love everyone else BUT herself. This type of heroine, I have no love for. I am not convinced at all that she loves him. What has she done? Faked the kidnapping of her son? There is no believable conflict (lame conflict? in abundance) in the second half, and it feels like the drama is 25 episode just cos, there is actually no story to tell (maybe except lies? hee).

Guang Xi has grown. I feel his struggles, to be free from his controlling mother. That was what was great in the first half, and this plot continues to the end (although the resolution was well within my guess). However, Mu Cheng lacks any sort of character development. I did not feel she that she grown at all, no character development. Therefore, I do not buy into their story at all.

Seriously, I think the scriptwriter is the one at fault here. If this was a short and sweet 16 episodes, maybe it would have been a different story. The writers scammed me into watching ep 18, with the promise of a reconciliation at the romantic poolside date but we all know how that ended up (more lies? haha). Least you wonder why only ep 18 has the highest viewer ratings. Everyone fell for it!! Well at least there is no detestable second female lead.

I cannot really say how I feel about Ady An’s acting – maybe another show might seal my love for her. That said, good luck trying to get me watch another T-drama.

The end was really, the end.

Erm… maybe the beginning? I knew the ending at the beginning. We all know! They peppered the show with happy family moments throughout the series.

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Brain-short-circuited-moment

So while I was at work, I was looking for a student’s record. A Korean student’s record at that, and his name was Lee Hyunjung.

But after 10 mins of searching in various databases, I could find nothing?!?! And why do you think is that??

BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING FOR THE NAME KIM HYUN JOONG!!

I typed the wrong name into the search, and I browse the lists looking for the wrong surname! *face-palm*

Geez! The names weren’t even that similar. Ok fine, my brain can’t handle anything that even remotely hints at Kim Hyun Hoong. What to do?! He’s so pretty ๐Ÿ˜€

When I got the name right, it didn’t take me more than 30 seconds.

What has Korean-drama industry done to me?! *sobs*

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New Year!

I am such a procrastinator… Seriously. It’s 26 days into the new year!

Anyway, I am really grateful that I got to spend Christmas and New Year holidays in the company of friends and children! Children are very hard work, but it’s fun when you can “give them back” to their parents when you’ve had enough. I love babies! So nice to cuddle and play with.

It was a time of fun, rest and catch up with friends and on drama-watching and book-reading! Everything was taken care of. I just relax and do my thing.

*wistfully yearning for more relax holidays*

Ok this is not really a new year’s resolution of any sort, but I kind of discovered some kind of motto while I was doing massive drama marathorn — Life is too short for bad dramas ๐Ÿ˜›

Its so much fun and enjoyment even watching half decent dramas it makes me wonder why I would ever want to sit through dramas that my brain doesn’t comprehend, or dramas that makes you sit there screaming and almost fisting my computer screen/TV, or dramas that just gives me headache?!

I used to finish watching every drama I start because I justify that I’m REALLY curious, “I really want to know the ending!” That meant hours of cursing the screen, thinking why?! Why?! WHY?! But enough is enough.

The dramas I’ve watched recently on the trip includes Prosecutor Princess, The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry and My Girl (I know! I know!! Any kdrama veteran would be ashamed of me for taking so long to watch that one). It was all so much fun! And no doubt it was the credit of the community over on dramabeans that helped me picked out these shows to watch.

There is simply no need to spend time on dramas that just makes you upset because of bad writing, editing, flawed logic, characters inconsistencies etc. Consequently, when back at home, I deleted 10 episodes of Mary Stayed Out All Night (up til before my trip) and I just finished the series with javabeans & girlfriday’s recap. That, no matter how much cuteness and love I have for Jang Guen-seok and Moon Guen-young, could not get me to finish it. *sigh* But I stuck to my guns, and deleted the 10 episodes I watched and that’s the end of it.

New Year hope (I refuse to be held to it even though I try!!)

1) Love my God and my family more

2) Watch more fun dramas! (like Dream High, My Princess)

3) Try to exercise more

4) Er…

Ok ok let’s just keep it to three. Three is more than enough.

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Jack makes me smile :)

I don’t suppose one watches Criminal Minds for heartwarming moments. Hoodie-wearing psycho killers, Penelope and Derek’s sexy banters, Reed’s ‘boy-band’ hairstyle, yes. But it’s the unexpected that gets me. Jack always makes me a softie.

Criminal Minds, S06, Ep6

Jack: Dad, don’t look at me.

Aaron: I’m not looking. Are you almost ready?

Jack: Yes.

Aaron: Do you need any help?

Jack: No.

Aaron: Ok.

*Jack appears with his costume*

Aaron: Woah… That is definitely not Spiderman.

Jack: He’s not a real superhero.

Aaron: He’s not?

*Jack shakes his head*

Aaron: Ok I give up. Who are you suppose to be?

*Jack looks disappointed that his Dad doesn’t recognise which super hero he is!*

Jack: I’m you Daddy! *big smile on his face*

Awww what would you do if your kiddo says that to you?! Why I’d go up to my kid like Aaron did and give him a big hug ๐Ÿ™‚ *thoughts of having a kid or not flashes across my mind but I pushed it out – it’s been a long day, no need to get into that again*

This brought a smile to my face before I go to bed after a trying day.ย Halloween wasn’t so scary after all!

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It had me laughing so hard!

Yoonhee & Sun-joon in Ep 18

I saw this onย http://yogurutu.blogspot.com/

This cracked me up! It made my day ๐Ÿ™‚ I can now go do what I was suppose to do, err wait… I forgot >.<

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A beginning in autumn

Autumn is here. It is when I decided to embark on a new journey – a blog.

It’s funny to think that I had to search the internet to help me begin the process of name selection, what I want to keep a blog for, etc. In the end, I settled on the phenomenon which enthralls me the most – sun shower. Partly because of my love for rainbow, partly inspired by the Korean drama – My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.

It led me to think of “Life’s simple pleasures”. Life is hard enough, keeping an account of what makes me happy, I think this is what I want to write about. Count your blessings, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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