Star Awards 2009 (红星大奖 2009): THE RESULTS

 

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The hot topic for the week is the winners for Star Awards 2009…. This is a little bit late I know but since I’m not physically in Singapore, I don’t have the chance to watch until today. You know, there is one thing that I have to mention, on Sunday, my post on “Star Awards 2009” hit a record breaking 504! To say that I was in for surprise would be the biggest understatement…My sincere “Thank you” for all who had stop by.

So enough about my blabbering, here are the results for this year Star Award and my brief comments.

* 2009 Best Drama

The Little Nyonya (小娘惹)

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I was expecting this blockbuster would win the award. So, there isn’t a surprise for this winner.

* 2009 Best Actor

Chen Hanwei (陈汉伟)

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As I said before, there is absolutely no room for doubt in his acting skills. He was wonderful in “By My Side”. However, to be completely honest, I was still hoping for Tay Ping Hui at the very last minute. He was equally good as “Huang Kaijie”.

* 2009 Best Actress

Joanne Peh (白薇秀)

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Wow! This is surprising. I really thought Jeannette Aw would win the award. Alas, it was the “Dark Horse” that emerged as the winner. She WAS very good in the 2nd half of the series as “HuangYuzhu”.  Way to go, Joanne!

* 2009 Best Supporting Actor

Chow Chuming (周初明)

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Yeah! He is the winner. My mind was split in this category early on. But I truly believe this is a very well deserving win for him. I can’t think of any other actor for “Huang Kaida”. On more personal note, it was sad to see how his illness started to catch up with him. I had goose bumps when he delivered his speech. I wish all the best for Chuming. Keep up the fight and when you get tired, looks behind you for you will always have your supporters right there with you.

* 2009 Best Supporting Actresses

Xiang Yun (向云) & Ng Hui (黄慧)

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There were many surprises associated with Star Awards 2009, but this category had to be the most surprising category for the night. Never in 15 years of Star Awards’ history double awards were given at the same time in the acting category.  I guess even the judges can’t make up their mind between Xiang Yun and Ng Hui.

* 2009 Best Newcomer

Dai Yangtian (戴阳天)

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Given his popularity, I am not a bit surprise. He was the hot prediction for this category.

 

* 2009 Top 10 Most Popular Actors (alphabetically)

1.  Bryan Wong (王禄江)

2.  Chen Han Wei (陈 汉玮)

3.  Christopher Lee (铭顺) – 10th win

4.  Elvin Ng (黄俊 )

5.  Henry Thia (程旭) – boy! I was in for so many surprises this year.

6.  Mark Lee (李国煌) – 10th win

7.  Pornsak

8.  Qi Yuwu (戚玉武)

9.  Tay Ping Hui (郑斌辉)

10. Zheng Ge Ping (郑各评) – 1st nomination in 21 years and 1st win! Wow!

This category always gave people some dose of heart attack. There wasn’t prediction whatsoever. All 20 actors had equal chance until the very last minute. Talk about heart attack! The “war” between Christopher Lee and Mark Lee is finally over! Both secured their 10th awards and will be sharing the stage next year for “All Time Favorite Awards”. Trailing close behind them is Tay Ping Hui with 8th win this year. Alright! Chen Hanwei is once again back on the list (6th win this year).

 

* 2009 Top 10 Most Popular Actresses (again, alphabetically)

1.  Felicia Chin (陈靓瑄)

2.  Ivy Lee (锦梅)

3.  Jeanette Aw (欧萱)

4.  Jessica Liu (刘芷)

5.  Joanne Peh (白薇秀)

6.  Quan Yi Fong (权怡凤)

7.  Rui En (瑞恩)

8.  Vivian Lai (赖怡 )

9.  Xiang Yun (向 )

10. Yvonne Lim (林湘萍) – surprise! Her last win was almost a decade ago.

The same applies for female category. It is also giving the same dose of heart attack as the male category. Huang Biren won her 10th in 2007 so she is this year “All Time Favorite”. However, none of the female will make it to next year “All Time Favorite”. Xiang Yun comes close with 9th win this year. With a smooth journey, she will join the elite league in 2011. The second one that comes close is Ivy Lee with her 7th win. The rest of them still have an average 5 years to catch up.

 

So, that will be all my comments. I am not too into other categories as some of them I am not even familiar with. I am not to go open that can of worm just yet…: D One worth mention though is the fact that Guo Liang wins “The Best Host”. It was long overdue. If you watched ‘Celebritea Break’, you’ll know why I said that. He is one of the best!

For complete list of the results, click here.

For all the winners, once again, CONGRATULATIONS! For all the rest, no worries. We will have next year! 

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Star Awards 2009 (红星大奖 2009)

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The much anticipated event of the year for Singapore entertainment will be telecast on April 26th, 2009 at 7pm (Singapore Time). Each year since 1996, I never failed to get my hand on the ceremony’s tape for I bugged Alice every year to record the ceremony (LOL, thanks girl!). I suppose she is happy that this year I don’t have to bug her again since MobTV will have it anyway 😀

Speaking of Star Awards, there wasn’t Star Awards (SA) last year. Instead, Mediacorp held 45th anniversary celebration as the replacement. It was wonderful to see all the familiar-but-has-been-dissapeared actors/actresses once again. I do think that the choice to postpone Star Awards to following year is reasonable and fair (much like Golden Globe and Academy Awards). In the past Star Awards, the nominations were cut off to those drama aired before November of that year and included November of previous year (i.e. Star Awards 2007 covered drama aired from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007). Considering the short span of audiences’ memories, they tend to have less memories of the earlier production. Take a simple example, “The Golden Path (黄金路)” was the year-end blockbuster of 2007, but it wasn’t included in SA2007 and instead it was scheduled for SA2008. Since there was one in 2008, it will be include in SA2009. It is now seemingly largely overshadow by “The Little Nyonya (小娘惹)”.

Below is my opinions/thoughts on the nomination in 5 catagories.  Readers can find the complete nomination list by clicking the link (Complete Nominations List).

* 2009 Best Drama

Of all 6 dramas, there was one that I failed to watch: “Love Blossoms I”. I gave up after 5-6 episodes in, so I’m not going to have any comments whatsoever with that piece.

By My Side (不凡的爱)

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The sensitive AIDS topic was the main focus of this heart-wrenching drama. It was however a little bit dry and dark for my liking, even with strong casts of Chen Hanwei and Zoe Tay. Don’t get me wrong; I liked the serial as a whole but it just that the theme was a bit depressing.

Just in Singapore (一房半厅一水缸)

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This was a light hearted drama that brought much laughter and emotions all at the same time. Each family in that HDB block had their own set of problem and life situation. I think this drama is the closest to audience’s heart just because it’s might be as well reflecting our own daily realities.

Perfect Cut (一切完美)

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The only production of Channel U in the pool caused much a stir in 2008. In all honestly, unfortunately, I have to say that the chance for the award is slim and it is not because the poor storyline – in fact it was a refreshing and wonderful storyline. It is because the opponents are too tough! This serial covered the topic of plastic surgery – a growing trend in today’s society and a concept of “there isn’t really a taboo to seek self-perfection for as long as you know what you are doing.”

The Golden Path (黄金路)

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This drama was a hot topic in 2007 for it included every possible Mediacorp’s actors and actresses that you can think of. “The Golden Path” covered a strong storyline of family and how each of the family member got tangle up in love, greed and revenge. I personally think the storyline is stronger than hot favorite “The Little Nyonya”. Some said the casts might hurt the chance of winning, i.e. Chen Liping as Li Nanxing and Tay Ping Hui’s mother. The way I see it, this category isn’t about castings but it is more about the quality of the drama itself.

The Little Nyonya (小娘惹)

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The hottest drama serial in 2008 broke several records in the last 15 years. Strong casts and theme made “The Little Nyonya” a hot candidate for the Best Drama award. The storyline was great – well minus the ending – as it covered a historical value of Peranakan culture and also very entertaining at the same time.

My thoughts: I think the winner will be either “The Golden Path” or “The Little Nyonya” for these two are stronger than the others in the category. I personally hope that the former will stand out as the winner. However, I do have a strong feeling that the latter will merge as the winner.

 

* 2009 Best Actor

I will not have comment on Adrian Pang because I didn’t watch “Nanny Daddy”.

Chen Hanwei (陈汉伟)

The two times “Best Actor” winner certainly lives up to his standard and title. Chen Hanwei’s performance in “By My Side” was so good that I think he overshadowed most of his co-stars. He totally brought out the physical and emotional pains of a terminally-ill patient. There is absolutely no room for doubt in Chen Hanwei’s acting skills.

Huang Wenyong (黄文永)

This veteran has long proven to the audiences that you can throw any character at him and he will not disappoint you! “Lin Bang” wasn’t an exception. Huang Wenyong slipped into the role so easy that you’ll think if he was just act as himself.

Pierre Png (方展发)

I totally loved him as Chen Sheng! I see a great improvement from him since “The Shining Stars” and not to mention his Mandarin also has improved. He is up against tough opponents for this category, especially in Chen Hanwei and Tay Pinghui. I’m really not sure about him and the award. Well, at the very least his hard works is being recognized with the nomination.

Qi Yuwu (戚玉武)

He lost his last “Best Actor” nomination to veteran Li Nanxing. This year he also has several tough opponents. “Chen Xi” is someone who has to balance love and family obligations in all his decision. It is not easy to be “Chen Xi”. While it isn’t physically tiring, it is emotionally draining. I think Qi Yuwu captured the character very well.

Tay Ping Hui (郑斌辉)

He is another strong candidate for the award. His role as “Huang Kaijie” is so good that I felt like punching him every time he moved from one evil plan to another. Cunning, sly, and manipulative, Huang Kaijie fitted “wolf under sheep” portrayal to a “T”. The character put Tay Ping Hui’s acting skill to a new challenge and the man delivered it very well!

My thoughts: I like Tay Ping Hui to win the award just because he was good in “Golden Path”. I do think that “Huang Kaijie” was his breakthrough role.

 

* 2009 Best Actress

Wow! There are double nominations for Chen Liping. She never failed to amaze her audiences.

Chen Liping (陈莉萍) as Nancy

I really didn’t think that “Nancy” gave enough room for Chen Liping’s acting skills. (Again folks, this is MY opinion and mine alone. So, please don’t start sending me hate mails :P). I do think that “Nancy” was somewhat a similar character to “Mo Wanwan” in Holland V.

Chen Liping (陈莉萍) as Xiao Gu

I like her as “Xiao Gu” instead. Although the idea of her playing Zhou Chuming and Li Nanxing’s mom was a little bit odd, she actually was able to portray such role with limited flaws. There were excellent emotions played throughout the 30 episodes for “Xiao Gu”. She was supposed to be the “smiling lady” as her name implied. It was unfortunately that behind the laughing and smiling face, she led a sorrowful life of seeing his bright son turned crazy while her other two sons turned enemies with each other.

Felicia Chin (陈靓萱)

Felicia Chin surprised me with “Lin Fei”! Gone was the typical innocent character for Felicia and in place was a very complex character of “Lin Fei”. She was very like “Xiao Gu” in some sense. Behind her happy appearance was a mask for her lonely heart.

Jeannette Aw (欧萱)

Her double roles in “The Little Nyonya” surely challenge Jeannette Aw’s acting skills and I think she done it successfully. You know, I think she might as well clinch the award given the popularity of “The Little Nyonya”.

Fann Wong (范文芳)

There is no doubt that she is still one of the best. I’m wondering if she will be able to clinch her 2nd Best Actress since 1995. Unfortunately, I think “The Defining Moments” had a weak plot to help her win the award.

Joanne Peh (白薇秀)

For the 1st half of “The Little Nyonya”, there wasn’t really a challenge in her role as “Yuzhu”. It was the 2nd half of series that really a challenge to her skills and true impressed the audience. I think she done a very wonderful job in the 2nd half of the series.

My thoughts: I think Jeannette might clinch the award but I really hope that Chen Liping will win for her role in “Golden Path”.

 

2009 Best Supporting Actors

“The Little Nyonya” dominated 4 out 6 spots for this category. The odd is already at 39.99 % in their favor.

Zhou Chuming (周初明)

It is rare to see him as a supporting role. Honestly, to have him as Chen Liping’s son was a little bit odd. That aside though, his skill as “Huang Kaida” was very convincing and I really think he did a wonderful job. It really wasn’t easy to act as an honest bright doctor turned mentally ill guy. I sure hope that he will win the award.

Dai Yangtian (戴阳天)

He was the Prince Charming in “The Little Nyonya”! He might only appeared in short 8 episodes but one can’t doubt his popularity right after the series ended. Popularity aside, I do believe that he still has rooms for acting skills’ improvement. In certain scenes, he was obviously stiff compared to his co-stars. But hey! I can’t really blame the guy. He is in technical term a newbie and every newbie go through stages. As the veterans always like to say, “acting skills are not something you gain overnight.” His nominations should be very encouraging things for him.

Darren  Lim (林明伦)

You really can’t doubt this guy acting skills. From the downright evil to the good-for-nothing character, Darren Lim has it in him to make the characters alive. His role as weak and timid “Huang Jincheng” really got to your nerves in some scenes. Then again, without such character, “The Little Nyonya” would not be perfect.

Yao Wenlong (姚文龙)

Yao Wenlong was hilarious in “The Little Nyonya”. Liu Yidao was supposed to be slightly scary with those big eyeballs. Instead, I actually found the character quite cute.

Zzen Chang (张镇 )

He was the downright evil of “The Little Nyonya’. A wonderful job done by Zzen! I believe that during the airing of the serials, there must be audiences that really gave him hard time if  he passed them, say, at hawker center or shopping mall =D. From the news, he is actually a quite likeable guy in real life. There is one thing I can tell you now; you can not find a single trace of that nice guy in “The Little Nyonya”.  It was a job well done!

Zhu Houren (朱厚仁)

If  Zzen was the evil in “The Little Nyonya”, Zhu Houren had to be the devil in “Defining Moments”! He was downright scary for the last few episodes. This veteran actor never ceases to amaze me from time to time.

My thought: I really can’t make up my mind for this category. There are too many well deserving roles. My mind is really spilt between Chou Chuming, Zhu Houren and Zzen Chang.

 

2009 Best Supporting Actress

My…my…this category is well dominated by the ladies of “The Little Nyonya”. Amazing!

Eelyn Kok (郭惠雯)

If  I ever have to punch someone, would somebody please bail me out! That’s exactly the feeling that I had every time “Zhenzhu” graced the screen (not Eelyn personally, mind you!). Sheesh! “Zhenzhu” was downright annoyed the heck out of me, esp. when she started throwing her out-of-nowhere-with-no-reason tantrums. Character aside, it is definitely not an easy job to play such character and let the audiences truly annoyed with you. I really do think a job well done by Eelyn Kok.

Lin Yinzhu (李茵珠)

To be honest, I much rather see her nominated for “Automatic Auntie” in “Just in Singapore”, rather than “The Little Nyonya”. Why? She was brilliant in portraying calculative-annoyed auntie in “Just in Singapore”. In “The Little Nyonya”, however, there wasn’t much room for her acting skills. She got the least dialogues compare to her co-stars. She might have an authorative character but there were not many scenes for her to display her brilliant acting skills compare to those in “Just in Singapore”.

Lin Meijiao (林梅娇)

“Guihua” is the female version of “Robert Zhang” if you will. She was downright evil as well. For such a sweet looking lady, Lin Meijiao’s single stare and evil smile readily sent my spine tingling with scare. It was an outstanding job from someone who is a gentle person in real life.

Ng Hui (黄慧)

The loyal servant to Yueniang was quite a complex lovable character to portray. Ng Hui surprised me with  her portrayal of “Ah-Tao” because I really never see this side of her before “The Little Nyonya” (as compare with her other characters before). She certainly held her own even when surrounded by the veterans.

Xiang Yun (向云)

I hardly saw Xiang Yun played such a weak character before. “The Little Nyonya” has proven that this veteran actress is not limited to certain roles. From Xiang Yun, I can really feel for “Tianlan”  who lived the life in constant fear and misery as the mistress.

Cai Peixuan (蔡佩璇)

Her “Rougu Mei” was very impressive to me. She done quite well with that character and best yet her acting skill wasn’t truly over cast by Ah-Ge Li Nanxing (she shared most of her screen time with him). Unfortunately, I think she will have to content with a nomination. The odds are truly against her with 5 nominations from “The Little Nyonya”.

My thought: The ladies were great! If I really have to choose, I really hope that Lin Meijiao will walk away with the award. It’s a hateful character but to make it “THAT” hateful isn’t an easy task. She was brilliant!

 

2009  Top 10 Actors and Actress

 

The owner of this year’s “All Time Favorite Award” will be Huang Biren. She will join others owners such as Li Nanxing, Zhou Chuming, Zoe Tay, Xie Shaoguang, and Fann Wong in the elite group of being in the “Top 10” list for 10 years. As for this year “Top 10 Actors and Actress”, I am not going to start and predict the outcome because it is simply… unpredictable!  All I can say is stay tune to 26th April 2009 for Star Awards 2009 and you’ll find the answer. =D

 

 

Singapore: The Unbroken Cycle (解连环)

This 5-episodes serials was produced back in 1996 by TCS (present day Mediacorp). Is it 12 years already? Shesh! I was like yesterday! Anyhow, it is one of my favorite serial! I love Thomas Ong and Fann Wong pairing. I remember I was totally smitten by Thomas Ong’s boyish charms =D.

While it was a short drama, I found the storyline very interesting. I get the chance to re-watch it recently and I am still find the storyline interesting.  I hope readers find it interesting too…  The review can be find on right panel under “Mediacorp review”. Click away then! and enjoy…

Singapore: The Little Nyonya (小娘惹)

The reviews for Little Nyonya is finally done.

Please refer to the right panel under “Singapore Reviews”

CCTV: Lang Yan [狼烟]/Smoke Signal

Lang Yan 狼烟 Photo source: Sina

Finally after waiting almost 2 years, I am able to watch this CCTV production. While I generally like military theme drama serial, I have to admit that the other big reason for me to watch the production is Gallen Lo :D. The storyline itself is actually quite interesting and make you understand more how PLA (People Liberation Army) operates.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD (Please highlight below for the text. Otherwise, skip to the bottom of the page for video of the theme song.)

The entire series focused on City of Ninghai and how to build a defense system for the city. The reason to build thr defense unit has something to do with Ninghai’s history of falling to the enemy twice in the past wars. The current Mayor of Ninghai, Zhu Beiyang requested Central government to build a reserve army unit for Ninghai to prevent history from repeating itself. The one person that Mayor Zhu saw fit to lead such a unit is Senior Colonel Gao Da (Gallen’s character). Demotic Reservist Unit (DR Unit) is a reservist unit with the main function as – just the name implied – a reserved unit in the time of war. Apparently Zhu Beiyang isn’t the only person who eyes Gao Da as the chosen commander for DR Unit. General Chong Yuan Nian – their superior and a two stars  – also has the same person in his mind for the position.

Gao Da is the Acting-Commander of an army unit named “DA unit”. D.A is an active army unit where its soldiers are combat ready for war. The unit can be argue to be the best unit in the army and be able to lead DA unit is the dream of all career military officers. Gao Da is not an exception. His dream is one day to be able to get rid of the word “Acting” in front of his title, become the true Commander of DA unit, and eventually promoted to the rank of General. The assignment to lead a reserve unit nearly crushed him.

The task to lead DR Unit is anything but easy since the unit need to build from scratch. The commander for the unit need to be someone that is stubborn, strong-headed, and yet determined and confident. The qualities that both General Chong and Mayor Zhu see in Gao Da. For Gao Da, however, he sees DR Unit as career dead-end. While he finally able to get rid of “Acting” word and become a true Commander, he is now dealing with a unit in which its soldiers are never combat trained. To make it worse, most of the DR’s soldiers have the stamina worse than new army recruits. Gao Da is suddenly being throw into mid-life career crisis and even at one point, he considers to resign his commission. Fortunately, he quickly got passed his initial resentment toward DR Unit and determine to build  a DR Unit that will be as strong as his former DA Unit. Being the strong headed person as he is, Gao Da often hit head to head with General Chong and Mayor Zhu to get his way – very much to their dismay. However, at the same time, they also admire his determination and strong will to properly build the DR Unit. Started with a wrong foot with Zhu Beiyang, Gao Da gradually warms up  to Zhu’s dream of DR Unit and works hand in hand with the latter to build DR Unit. Through all their ups and downs, Zhu Beiyang firmly believe that he didn’t choose the wrong man to lead DR Unit.

My thought:

I really think that “Lang Yan” makes an interesting series to watch. At least, it is for me as I like military theme in general. My apologize in advance as I am totally not familiar with the entire cast assembly (well, except Gallen Lo and Flora Chan), I won’t give an elaborate comments on their performances.

I’m very sure I said it before 🙂 , I was looking forward to this series mainly because one of the lead is Gallen Lo Ka Leung. It had been mentioned several times in media that he is the first Hongkong actor to potray such a high ranking PLA officer (or any PLA officers). That is certainly add the sense of expectation of “Lang Yan”. When Flora Chan was also confirmed to be in the series,  I pretty much hoping to see at the very least some shadows of Tim/Helen relationship in ATE ( At the Threshold of an Era) – blame me for being a huge fans for ATE. 😛 Alas, there wasn’t the case. Flora Chan’s character, Han Ye, was paired with Zhu Beiyang and Gao Da was one of her acquintance and later, one of her friends. Meanwhile, quite the charming officer, Gao Da was surrounded by 3 women: his ex-wife, his colleague/subordinate, and Zhu Beiyang’s niece. For a career-minded Gao Da, he might be a successful and well-respected senior colonel but when it comes to the affair of heart, he is quite a clueless man. In this aspect, “Gao Da” is quiet similar with Gallen’s characters in ATE or Golden Faith.

Stir away from the casts, the main purpose of this serial titled “Lang Yan” is to celebrate People Liberation Army’s 80th Anniversary and to introduce PLA to general public, who more or less unaware of its function in the time of peace. Through “Lang Yan”, I assume that the military tries to emphasis the concept of “国防不是军防” – the responsibility of national defense is not solely a military defense, but rather is also the responsibility of every citizen of that nation.

Last but not least:

If you like military theme in general, you’ll enjoy watching “Lang Yan”. If you one of many fans of Gallen Lo, you don’t want to miss “Lang Yan” 🙂 Meanwhile, do enjoy “Lang Yan” ending theme, “Hero”, sung by Gallen Lo and Qian Lian. The video is courtesy of fellow Gallen’s fans, Mimosa at Gallen Harbor.

The feeling of betrayal…

One’s feeling is something so mysterious and yet so real. One’s relationship with one another carried the same theory. While I am sitting in front of computer and think back  about what had happened these past weeks, nothing really come up but the feeling of betrayal…

Finally at this point of my life, I truly understand the saying of “You’ll only find your true friends in time of hardship. Those who stick with you when you still have usable value and/or at the peak of your life may not be your true friends.”  I learn it now and I learn it the hard way. That feeling of betrayal is much more than angers and disappointments. I really thought that I would kick and scream but for all the honest reasons, none of that came to me. I felt no angers or disappointments or resentments. But the one feeling that I dread most did surface at full force: betrayal.

It was at that point of you really don’t want anything else to do with the person now or for the rest of your life. Is that the true meaning of “forgiven but not forgotten”? Perhaps. Can relationship that has been build twenty some odd years be comparable with that of one and half years? Perhaps. That’s probably be one answer that it will take me years to figure out why.

Feeling is fragile but then so is relationship. You might have the ability to try to hold on to it for that long but at one point along the road it will break and that’s probably the worst, especially if you are that person who has invert personality. I like to compare one’s relationship with others to a rubber band. No one is perfect, thus I can try to hold and pull the rubber band for so long. But at point of life, too much disappointments and betrayals, and my rubber band will snap. Unfortunately, that’s will also mean the end of that relationship – regardless of the nature of that relationship…  Is it a bad thing? Maybe yes, maybe not at all…

新年快乐! Happy Chinese ‘Niu’ Year

新年快乐

For those who celebrate the Lunar New Year: Happy New Year!

May the Ox year bring lots of luck, and prosperity with the best of health for all of us!

祝大家 心想事成, 步步高升, 万事如意,年年有余,富星高照, 恭喜发财! 新年快 乐!