Li Yifeng – A Tribute by an Insane

I’m finally insane enough to write a full tribute post here about one of my biggest bias, Li Yifeng, as promised =D  (though, I should really be using my time today as last prep for an exam tomorrow @___@).

Like Eason Chan (I know he’s pretty much “god-status” and thus no one should be compared to him, but…), Li Yifeng’s witty personality makes him one of the few artistes out there who is entertaining to watch regardless whether he’s in a drama series, performance, or interview.

This guy did not just make it to my bias list simply because he's an eye-candy. He's one of the few artistes out there who knows how to make interviews interesting to watch with quick-witted and intelligent responses.

This guy did not just make it to my bias list simply because he’s an eye-candy. He’s one of the few artistes out there who knows how to make interviews interesting to watch with quick-witted and intelligent responses.

Out of my deprivation for his on-screen presence these days, since I have just finished his recent drama series & movie (The Lost Tomb and Forever Young) and currently waiting for his new work, I decided to muse myself with his past work for the time being.  That’s when I realized that his fame and popularity today did not come easy. Continue reading

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The Lost Tomb — Drama Cast Vs. Movie Cast

*Updated August 22, 2016:  Some “fans” should read this.

*September 11, 2015 UPDATE:  So, it’s confirmed that Luhan & Jing Boran will participate in the movie version of The Lost Tomb.  Despite my disappointment, at least I should be glad that it is Jing Boran who will take on Kylin Zhang’s role and Luhan as Wu Xie.  If it had been the other way (like the initial rumours below), I would have flipped chairs…at least because of the height difference (which wouldn’t look too good on screen) lmao.  XD

**September 12, 2015 UPDATE:  Oh yea, in case anyone is wondering, the author of The Lost Tomb did hand-pick Yang Yang and Li Yifeng for the drama version (so they’re pretty much as close as it could get to the original characters from the books, at least appearance wise).  Just putting it here because I should have mentioned this fact, at least for those who are interested in the story, especially the drama version.


I’ve just recently found out that there would be a movie version of The Lost Tomb, and honestly, I’m a bit iffy about the cast for the movie version especially when the drama version has already done such a fabulous job with the casting (in my humble opinion anyways).  For the movie version, rumour has it that the popular ex-member of EXO, Luhan, will take on the role of the mysterious Kylin Zhang while Jing Boran will take on the role of the naive Wu Xie.

Rumours are flying all over the internet (at least in the Chinese community) that Luhan (left) will act as Kylin Zhang and Jing Boran (right) will act as Wu Xie for the movie version of The Lost Tomb.

Rumours are flying all over the internet (at least in the Chinese community) that Luhan (left) will act as Kylin Zhang and Jing Boran (right) will act as Wu Xie for the movie version of The Lost Tomb.

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New Haircut from Sakura Salon

I’m officially tired of my long curly hair and decided to call off the “girly disguise” after three years.  So, after almost a week of researching, I finally got my hair chopped off by the beautiful Fumi at Sakura Salon.  ^^  She was really patient as she looked over my thick, messy mop of hair and discussed with me over some potential short hair options after I was somewhat adamant about getting a short hair style even though I know deep down that I’m not suited for short hairstyles (I just don’t have the face shape for it).  =___=”  But hey, I haven’t used a comb properly during the past three years because of my beautiful, long, luscious perm (instead, I combed it with my fingers).  With short hair, I thought that I can finally use a comb to gently brush my hair back to a healthy state again.  Okay, weird reason, I know.  XD Continue reading

The Significance of 2015.08.17 in a Special Fandom

Due to my recent obsession over Li Yifeng, I started watching The Lost Tomb (盜墓筆記), a mega seasonal web drama series that’s based on a crazy-good novel of the same name written by Xu Lei (other translations of the name, 盜墓筆記, include:  Daomu Biji, Grave Robbers’ Chronicles, and Grave Robbery Note).  Then, because of this drama series, I started reading the novel recently.  And finally, because I read the novel, I’ve come to understand the significance of today, August 17, 2015  — the reunion of the main character, Wu Xie (吳邪), and another character of great significance in the story, Kylin Zhang (張起靈).

The live drama series of the popular novel, The Lost Tomb, starring Li Yifeng, Yang Yang, et al.

The live drama series of the popular novel, The Lost Tomb, starring Li Yifeng (as Wu Xie), Yang Yang (as Kylin Zhang), Liu Tianzuo (as Wang Pangzi/Fatty), Chang Tzuyao (as Wu Sanxing/Third Uncle), Wei Wei (as Panzi), and Tang Yan (as A’ning — this actress here drives me nuts!  She’s in virtually every drama series that I want to watch! @___@)

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TFBOYS – 2 Years Anniversary Fan Meet & Surprised Mini Concert! ^^

*Updated August 22, 2016:  Some “fans” should read this.

This big sister here is extremely thankful for all the other cute clovers out there for uploading video clips (& even full segments) of TFBOYS fan meet plus mini concert so fast!  ^^  Otherwise, this big sister here might not even get to see it.  

Oh yea, most of the following videos here are uploaded by TFBoys VietNamFanPage.  All over the internet, I’ve found that the Vietnamese clovers are probably one of the most passionate groups of TFBOYS fans out there.  A big shout of thanks for being so awesome!!  ^^  Hahaha…sometimes, I wish I know Vietnamese so that I’m not as lonely here.  ^^”

1) First up~ TFBOYS’ latest song, Big Dreamer (大梦想家)  – like most of their songs, this one is full of engery and positive vibes.  ^^

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The Age Factor in Variety Shows

Chinese companies have been acquiring a lot of remake rights of South Korean variety shows in the recent years.  What I’ve found interesting is how the age factor does play a role in setting the dynamic and interaction amongst the variety show hosts.  In general, age matters a lot in the South Korean culture (this country is, after all, the most “Confucian” country in the world — source from classroom lecture), and inevitably this factor is often translated onto the screen.  Even a year difference between two individuals would incur the expectation that the older has the obligation of taking care of the younger, while the younger should listen and respect the older.  Meanwhile for the Chinese culture these days, assuming the group of people is within the same generation (maybe within 5-7 years difference), then age doesn’t seem to play too much of a role.  Sometimes, this is a positive thing.  However, not so much for other times.

When the age plays a positive role in the dynamic of a variety team:

The original, South Korean version of Running Man.

The original, South Korean version of Running Man.

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Just Another Guy Who Made His Dream Come True – Xianjian

Just randomly search up songs to fuel my writing inspiration and motivation when I suddenly come across Xianjian’s songs.  Xianjian (believe this is a stage name that started out as an online alias), formally known as Tan Haibo, is one of those singers who has finally gotten his lucky break by posting one of his original songs online in this new era of social media (where everyone and anyone can be a star if he just puts his mind to it).  Most of his songs are soothing ballads that talks about….”love” *rolls eyes* (sorry, just have to).  Well, it’s kinda expected given that he is only 23 years old (turning 24 very soon, on August 17th).  Another observation worth stating is that like most of the “artsy” young Chinese singers these days (especially those who compose their own music), he tends to fuzz out his pronunciation quite a bit when he sings.  It’s an “interesting” trend, and I especially notice this occurring a lot amongst the young Cantonese singers of today.  *rolls eyes again*   Anyways, despite all the eye rolling, Xianjian’s music is definitely worth a listen. Continue reading