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LIST OF ACTIVE OPINION

Series : Eye In The Sky [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Filming so commentaries only.

Topic : Surprisingly "wow!" beautiful pictures of celebrities Where : Here
Status : Sporadically updated, only when actually "wow!".

Topic : All things Barcelona FC aka I am a Cule (to be)!
Where : Here
Status : Somewhat active.

Series : Line Walker [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Active.

Series : All That Is Bitter Is Sweet [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Continuation from episode 12 onwards. Episodic thoughts stopped at episode 11.


Series : Young Sherlock [China]
Where : Here
Status : Active


LIST OF ACTIVE EPISODIC THOUGHTS

None at this moment



[O] ALL THAT IS BITTER IS SWEET / 大藥坊 [2014][TVB]

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Chinese title
大藥坊

This is
formerly known as Big Apothecary!

Produced by
TVB [HK]

Year released
2014

First Date of 1st broadcast
08.09.2014

End Date of 1st broadcast
17.10.2014

No. of Episode
30

Synopsis
All I know is it is about a female TCM doctor portrayed by Linda Chung stuck between 2 men (Raymond and Ruco) at the turn of the century.

Cast-Character


All names in Mandarin. I will change them to Cantonese as I go along.

Du Yan Ge as Du Shen / Dou Sam
Linda Chung as Du Jia Qi/Dou Kai Kei
Pierre Ngo as Du Rong/Dou Yung
Shirley Yeung as Feng Yu Qin/Yuk Kam
Raymond Wong as Zhuang Ji Zu (Chong Kai Cho) and Zhuang Ji Zong (Chong Kai Chung)
Natalie Tong as Xu Jun Yue/Hui Kwan Yuek
Pat Poon as Zhuang Dun Ru/Chong Duen Yu
Susan Tse as Wei Qiu Qing
Ruco Chan as Ding Yi Yuan/Ting Yat Yuen
Sammy Sum as Wei Jun/Wai Chun
Samantha Ko as Pian Pian
Elliot Yue as The General Hui Shung Ming
Alex/Jazz Lam
Ching Hor Wai
Choi Kwok Hing
Bak Yan
Choi Kwok Hing as Dr Sheung
Wai Ka Hung as unknown


Episodic Thoughts

Full recaps until Episode 11 here.

Related Posts
- At Jaynestars
- At Wikipedia

18.10.2014
EPISODE 29 & 30 - LAST EPISODE
Rubbish ending. What a rubbish ending that is!! Not Ruco's fault, not quite Linda's fault, it is just a stupid rubbish ending and Ruco wasn't even there for  the last scene. At least Pierre had a better ending and the best has got to be Ngai Chun. Love how everyone took turns to beat him, even Minister Wong and in the end it was Kwan Yeuk who decidedly shot him dead with a bullet to his forehead. Kai Kei? Her weakness caused the death of one innocent cop! I don't get the whole Yat Yuen "Close your eyes and count to 3" sequence. I don't get why the ambiguity; I don't get that at all. Absolutely rubbish ending when for a while, Ngai Chun made this series worthwhile.


[O] Ruco Chan / 陳展鵬 [Actor] : What I discover about Ruco Chan ...[PART 2]

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VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE
This is part 2 of my post listing my (sometimes very obvious) discovery about anything Ruco Chan. Part 1 was getting too long but is still an interesting read for new or old fans. That post is still very active in terms of comments. 


Not to be confused with Ruco Chan, in pictures and Ruco Chan, in his own words.

INTRODUCTION
Part 2 of what I discover about Ruco Chan. Since 08.11.2013, I have been updating my other post about facts about Ruco, ok sometimes gossips too and until now, still so much to write about him. I must repeat the following from my first part; ever since finding myself liking him, I came across things about him that I find peculiar, interesting, fascinating, vulgar, cute or weird or all of those at the same time. So I decided to write about what I discover about Ruco Chan. I am gonna post even rumours, gossips, whatever, good or bad. If you know something interesting about him (rumoured or otherwise), do use Post A Comment and let me know. By the way, this is a post heavy with pictures and embedded videos so it will load slower than usual. To view original sized picture, click on any image and a pop up window will show the pictures in full size in slide mode.

FIRST, A BIT ABOUT RUCO CHAN
BIOGRAPHY 
Biography please read here.

MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT RUCO CHAN
What I discover about Ruco Chan ... [Part 1] (comments still active)
Ruco Chan, in pictures
Ruco Chan, in his own words

DOES RUCO HAVE WEIBO, FACEBOOK, OFFICIAL FAN CLUB?
Answer to the question "I'm a Ruco Chan fan, is he on Weibo?"


GOSSIPS, RUMOURS, PICTURES, GENERAL FAN GUSHING
Please take note if you are negative about him or has issues with fan gushing, don't go to the following links Don't spoil the parade.


Jaynestars (Eng) (see also In Depth Articles links, all in English)


IN DEPTH ARTICLES (CONSTANTLY UPDATED)
Herehereherehere (must read!!), here ... errr.. basically all here.

MY COMMENTS ABOUT HIS WORK
Check out Reviews Database and this blog by searching using his name Ruco Chan for various reviews and comments about his performances (as an actor) and his public appearances (as a celebrity). Also check here (commentary on his fashion sense), here (on ASTRO AOD and his chances) and look at the labels for Ruco Chan, Chan Chin Pang, 陈展鹏 and/or 陳展鵬.

DATING AND  RELATIONSHIPS
Last updated - 26.03.2014 (for any new updates, check out Part 2)
I read in MingPao weekly magazine's interview about his 7 dates in the past, but never mentioned whom they were. He said some were not from entertainment business. But in recent interviews, he did not mention about how many relationships he had again. Due to the many dating rumours I was googling for more information when I came across this very funny headline;

I had a good laugh, notwithstanding the contents of the article which is what everyone knows. So I thought it would be cool to keep tab of the rumoured other half and whether true or not. Feel free to share more names.

Eunis Yiu [Confirmed][Broken up]
Ankie Belkie [Rumoured][Denied] - I suspect a short fling
Linda Chung [Rumoured][Denied][Really denied - Around 18 min 45 sec]
Natalie Tong [Rumoured][Denied]
Some woman having lunch with mom & best friend [Rubbish][Wife of best friend]
Teresa Lou [Rumoured][Denied]
Ma Su [Rumoured][Denied]
- Selena Li [Rumoured][Denied]
- Aimee Chan [Never rumoured][No need to deny][My guess]



14.10.2014
He won Singapore 2014 Starhub's Best Actor and Most Favourite Character awards! Thanks to Qiufang for the news.



 Was it on 11.10.2014? Well he has always been popular in Singapore but like Messi not winning the World Cup to be considered the best or at least with the most wanted prize, I am sure naysayers will say yeah he is unloved in HK because he is like 3rd or 4th or 5th down the peg for TVB's own TV King award. I can't say I disagree. HK doesn't love him as much as Singapore and Malaysia do.  I am sure to Ruco he is ok with that because if HK doesn't appreciate him, elsewhere will. Unfortunately naysayers do have a point. He won't be TV King anytime soon because he is always trumped by actors with fancier roles (like probably Raymond Lam in Line Walker when Ruco did it better in Ruse of Engagement) or better actors than himself (Roger Kwok and the likes) or likable actors who can't act well but is very popular with viewers (Kenneth Ma). Ruco has a long way to go to be TV King.




Anyway Ruco won Best Actor for Ruse Of Engagement (good choice!) and most favourite character for Brother's Keeper (ok lar).

Anyway the video here.

And some pictures from the event with Linda Chung. Errr why did he show up as Charlie Chaplin's cleaner version of the Tramp with Linda as the flower girl? Stop wearing hats Ruco! You don't look good in hats!!

 


Ahhhh better!!






And this is one pairing I hope to see soon.






[O] LINE WALKER/ 使徒行者[TVB][2014]

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SOME INFO
RELEASED IN
2014

CAST

THE STORY
One cop sent out 5 cops as undercover at various section of society and one day he supposedly jumped to his death. Before he died he confided in his good friend, a fellow cop about the 5 undercover cops but before he could reveal their identities, he died. So now this friend of his has to find these 5 undercover cops to work with them to bring down the biggest triad in HK whilst protecting their identities and evading investigations and allegations that he is a corrupt cop by ICAC as well as threading the line with another sworn enemy, the O-kei.

GREAT TIDBIT
Michael's character was supposed to have been played by Tony Leung (Ka Fai) but he injured himself. Pity.

Sammy Leung was supposed to play the character of Kobe, now occupied by Sammy Shum who was supposed to play the annoying O-Kei cop now occupied by Patrick Tang! But is Sammy Leung suitable for the role of Kobe if Kobe is as he is as played by Sammy Shum? I doubt it. I think the casting now is just right. Sammy Leung would have been a better fit as Raymond's character or Oscar's but Jazz Lam was born for Oscar's character. Talk about a huge miscast!

I suppose this series marks the return of Charmaine Sheh to TVB, but not permanently of course.

WHAT SOME TERMS MEAN
UC - Undercover Cop planted by the cops in the police force
Mole - spy by the triads (in this case) planted into the police force
Informer -  Not a UC nor a mole but under the payroll of the police to provide information for a fee
OTT - over the top acting (think Gigi Lai and Cecilia Yip in their worst moment)

04.10.2014
Until Episode 31 (END)
Apparently dry humping in TVB's dictionary is sex.

Hated the last 2 very predictable episodes. What a rubbish series. The series died when Chum Foon Hei died. If there is anything positive, Benz Hui for TV King. He deserves it. Raymond Lam? He has much to learn. His performance in the last few episodes were quite simply atrocious. Charmaine didn't fare better mainly because the series just went absolutely insane. Line Walker should be UC Mole, ICU.

Just stupid. And guess what? Most hated woman, Yan is quite simply useless. I hated how it was "I can't save my sister, Iiiiiiiii can't save Deng, Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii can't save the 1000 UCs". I, Iiiii, Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. What a vain woman.

But by that time it just didn't matter. The series refuses to end in the end so it went on after the credits. That last, LASSSSST scene was not weird, it was vulgar. Vulgar not for the suggestion of what they were doing, but it simply slap the entire series in the face with that stupid cute music and the whole condom-sex thing. After so many deaths, so many serious moments, so many conspiracy, in the end it had to end so tastelessly. Cheuk Sir and Hong Sir's sacrifice meant little to the entire story. In the end these two just had to have sex in an ambulance. How they actually did it with the condition they were in is up to your imagination because seriously even if they could show it, by this time the series has lost all imagination, it won't be anything remotely interesting or sexy or coherent.

By the way I had to laugh when the ultimate bad guy was revealed. Drug dealers, whatever invest in land business the way they're doing? Puh-lease! Be brave! Show some Chinese politicians and rich estate magnates and what nots. More realistic. And the way it goes, give it 2 more episodes and we will have an ultimate-ULTIMATE bad guy from the big bad brother, China. Another 5 more episodes, I am sure Obama is the ultimate of all ULTIMATE's ULTIMATE bad guy. Seriously, just stupid.

Kobe died, sadly and predictably but still unpredictably from assisted suicide/euthanasia I bet. No one cared about Miss Lam and Mr Pong. In fact who murdered them? Impliedly it was Cheuk Sir. The real deal? I think the series forgot about them. Oops! Flea died you all know but how did Deng manage to get Flea to a morgue without alerting the police? I mean gunshot wound ya know?

Good things are Michael and Elena. I love this couple. I still want Benz as TV King and if anyone from this series deserves to win TV Queen, make it Elena Kong who gave probably her best performance in here first as an abused wife and then as a very confused wife and finally a loving happy wife. Great chemistry with Michael but it was those tense moments that really made her stand out. Charmaine? Not even on the same breath. Give it to Elena for her A plus performance and A Plus Plus for at least having messy hair when she is confused or angry unlike the 2 younger counterparts where their hair is FOREVER perfectly in place. That in itself is just bad acting.

Sharon Chan should retire, once and for all. She has been poor in several series but this one she is simply atrocious. I really hated her Yan.I could write on and on and on how insanely useless and pointless this character is. I fast forwarded her scenes because they're just not relevant to the core story.

Raymond Lam started well but come emotional dramatic moment, the camera being so close to his face, I can see everything and everything was absolutely terrible. I felt like he was acting.

Sammy Shum's winning performance is not in here. Here he is wimpy. It is All That Is Bitter Is Sweet as Ngai Chun where he impresses and improved.

Luckily for Patrick Tang he died early in this series where things were still coherent.

Will add more as I collect my thoughts.

But save to say, I HATE Line Walker, one of this year's most ridiculous series.

[O] Young Sherlock / 少年神探狄仁杰 [2014][Mainland China][TV]

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Released In
2014

Chinese title
少年神探狄仁杰

Translated title
The Great Young Detective Di Ren Jie

Other titles
As with any China series, they are often undecided on what titles they want to use. So we have officially Young Sherlock, unofficially Young Detective Dee. I think thanks to Andy Lau, they can just use Young Detective Dee since we know who is Di Renjie but internationally it is Young Sherlock for god knows what reason. 

No. of Episodes
40

Cast-Character
Bosco Wong as Di Ren Jie
Ma Tian Yu as Wang Yuan Fang
Stephy Qi Wei as Li Wan Qing
Cindy Sun Xiao Xiao as Tong Meng Yao
Qiu Shuang as Er Bao
Ruby Lin as Wu Mei Niang
Yuan Hong ‎as Li Zhi


And a whole lotta people which you can find here at Wiki D-Addicts.

Related Posts
Jaynestars

Where to Watch
- Now on ASTRO Ch (KIV) everyday at (KIV)
- In Youtube (no subtitles)
- In Youtube (English subtitles)


30.09.2014
UNTIL EPISODE ... NEED TO CHECK AT SOME POINT!
All I know is I am at the episode where the Mystery at Ganye Temple is solved and seriously, I don't get the whole story and point. You know China productions, they can spend half an episode in one room talking. But all I know is Bosco should give his voice actor a huge bonus because the voice suits him perfectly.

Bosco, it took me China to finally "get" you. You rock!

Except for Ruby, the women in this series are either sulky or noisy. Noisy is worse. Can't stand Cindy Sun.



[O] All things Barcelona FC aka I am a Cule (to be)!

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I am following Barcelona FC in the La Liga thingy because of one man that is Lionel Andres Messi aka Messi aka Leo aka da man. Been reading some news about him and I really hope perhaps Messi might feel brave enough to tell Barca FC to loan him out to every league in the world for 6 months or 1 campaign just to prove he can score anywhere and everywhere for the sake of statistics and shutting everyone who said "blahhh he only plays in la liga, hasn't proven himself". And to those who thinks CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo or the peacock as I call him) is the best, well, he is flamboyant, confident and entertaining to watch but him punching people, etc gets tiring after a while. I like Messi. He is the work horse, the best there is, even his hairstyle says so. Most of the players in Barca seems to be of the same vein. Anyway are you following La Liga? Do post your thoughts using Post A Comment. 

RECOMMENDED READING LIST/LINKS

WHO IS LIONEL ANDRES MESSI

Unless you know zero about football/soccer, here is his Wikipedia with his bio where he was a kid with Hormone Deficiency Syndrome and a whole lotta drama for such an unassuming man with such a great talent, a recommended book in English which I thought is well written (Messi by Guillem Balague) and check out the links above to see the man who is seriously getting hotter looking each day. Frankly and seriously I am a little too late on the bandwagon. Messi has already reached his greatest height at about I suppose 24? Well good for us all now, he is reaching the sequel of his height like a 2.0 and he is only 27. Yes, no World Cup but that doesn't define him. I will post a nice picture of him when I find one.

Messi by Guillem Balague (buy at any local bookstore in Malaysia, such as Borders, etc)
> Most favourite video of Messi in play (seriously very well edited- PENDING)
Wikipedia
> Lionel Messi Official InstagramFacebook
All things Messi by Cules at Twitter
Team Messi twitter (by Adidas)

WHERE TO WATCH LIVE STREAMING OF BARCA MATCHES
The timing can't be any worse but if you have the stamina and TV (ASTRO) doesn't have it (I really am not sure, need to check), you can watch a good quality live streaming with English commentary HERE. Go to the page about 10 minutes before start of the game and then choose any of the available channel, search for the English one and just sit back and watch the ads, commentaries, etc before the game starts. Timing is like this; if 7pm GMT it is about 3am Malaysian time. Yeah, great huh?

18.09.2014
The following video was actually uploaded in 2010 but it is still relevant today. And very funny as well as very addictive. Have a look;



Good luck to Barca in the first Championship League game and hopefully Messi scores a few goals to break whatever record he has yet to break!


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