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LIST OF ACTIVE OPINION ON SERIES

Series : Black Heart White Soul [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Active as at 16.07.2014


Series : Ghost Dragon Of Cold Mountain [TVB]
Where : Here
Status : Active as at 30.06.2014


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 : World Up 2014 : Samba feverrrrrrrrr
Where : Here
Status : Active as of 12.06.2014.

LIST OF ACTIVE OPINION ON SERIES

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[O] BLACK HEART WHITE SOUL / 忠奸人 [TVB][2014]

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About the titles
I love the English title which kinda explain it all. You might as well call this series "Ngo Boon Sin Leung" aka Deric Wan's classic which means "I was born good". The Chinese title is a great pun. "Chung Kan Yan" but not Middle Person, but rather the Chung is good person, Kan is bad person, Yan is person so you have a pun of a good/evil person which is in effect black/white person who is in the end a shade of grey. I think this will explain Roger's character and I can't see any more awesome title than this title. Awesome! But will the series live up to the awesomeness of the title?

No. of Episodes
30

Cast-Character
Roger Kwok as Matt Ko Chit Hang
Ron Ng as Funny Cheung Lap Fun
Kristal Tin as May Tam Mei Ching
Kiki Sheung as Sin Wai Ying 
Waise Lee as To Yi Hang
Louis Cheung as Ma Kai Yuen
Leanne Li as Sze Ka Lei
Jason Chan Chi-san as Alvis Yung Chi Chung
Lisa Lau as To Cheuk Chi
Vivien Yeo as Icy Yeung Man Bing
May Chan as Lau Miu
Matt Yeung as Lau Yim
Claire Yiu as Yip Ying Sum
Becky Lee as Chiu Man Fai
Parkman Wong
Derek Wong as Benjamin Ko Zit Ming
Jennifer Shum
Koo Koon Chung
Joe Tay
Lau Kong
Gregory Lee
Momo Wu as
Man Yeung Ching Wah

Synopsis
Tam Mei Ching (Kristal Tin) who has low moral consciousness takes the rap for her boyfriend who has committed a crime. After serving her sentence, Ko Zit Hang (Roger Kwok), a lawyer helps her start afresh by giving her a job at his law firm. Ko initially had a bright future ahead but was crashed when rookie police Cheung Lap Guen (Ron Ng) accidentadly hurt him when he was on a mission, causing Ko to be wheelchair bounded for the rest of his life. At the same time, this creates an opportunity for the two to break the law. As Ko's hidden conspiracies is exposed, Cheung harbors him out of guilt. Eventually, will Tam be able to make the right choice between love and moral?

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23.07.2014
UNTIL EPISODE 8

Wow! A shocking revelation, took me totally by surprise! Brilliant and it explains everything!

Coming soon.

Absolutely brilliant ending scene in episode 8. The last few scenes were May falling and confessing her love for Matt and they kissed, sweetly and then last scene was Denise walking in to see Matt, and said cryptically "You did very well the last time with Tam Mei Ching. Same terms? Here, cash in USD" and then Matt's looks changed. I always knew he was evil inside because several times he looked he was near bursting. So that made me question was he truly friendly with Funny? I don't doubt he liked May but.. ahh brilliant! Confused? Episode 9 may explain more but here is my take on the events. Let's start from the very beginning.

Fo romances May. Perhaps true romance, perhaps he knew she was working with the fiance/wife of the loved MP. That MP was the one who opposed many projects, some related to Louise' Ma who also works for super rich To. Ma believes in using any method to get what he wants. Ruthless, cunning and calculative, someone Matt has been trying to get close to. Denise so happens to be Ma's assistant/henchman.  Anyway shop got robbed which was strange. Is Fo so desperate? Isn't he a drug dealer or something? Why get a few bags? And he chose the day May supposedly was on leave but she wasn't. So I believe Fo never intended to get May into trouble in that way. He dragged May and the other dragged the MP to the backlane. Same time Funny arrived and so was his "brother" who was there to get back his lost gun from his best friend, the veteran cop. But why was the veteran cop there? Ahhhh it was all a setup. He so called accidentally shot the robber AND the MP and then fired a third shot. The "brother" finally figured he was used in episode 8, for once smartened up. MP died supposedly in cross fire but no one knew veteran was there since "brother" admitted to shooting eventhough he did not fired the gun, it was HIS gun. Fo disappeared. May was arrested and I do believe Matt at first genuinely wanted to help her. Mid way we see Denise meeting Matt like so friendly and we never see the significance of it. May's defence was going great until Matt received an evidence, the one where she touched the stolen goods and he lost the case based on that. Later we found out Fo had his picture taken next to Ma and suddenly it became clear. Final scene confirmed it. Denise went to see Matt to set up a deal; get May to be convicted, close the case for a sum of money which he obviously agreed. He knew May touched the stolen goods but did not reveal that, pretended to be shocked and all eventhough he probably knew the prosecution will get hold on that point anyway. From thereon he stopped defending her rigorously eventhough I did pointed out that evidence can be fought. He was so good at the camoflauge that he even managed to convince May it was 100% her own fault. Maybe it was guilt that made him hire her, maybe he did fell for her but obviously he was the one who set her up for prison. He did not set her up in the robbery, that was Fo. He did not set her up for what happened after, in a way it was her own fault. But he did not vigorously defend her and kept evidence and was paid to slack off.

Poor May. Always getting on with men who just set her up for something or the other. 

Matt is really scary and this is why I love this series, this far. How far will he go to lose his soul? Will May lead him back? Will she forgive him or will she avenge her injustice? What will Funny do?

Questions! Questions! Questions! No answer, yet.

Anyway Roger has stopped moving his legs. Yeah. But I disagree on the scene where he thinks he can't perform sexually. Seriously, that part isn't governed by his spine. The muscle is there. I suppose he hasn't tried, so he thought he can't do it. If Stephen Hawking can, why can't he?

On Kristal, I do feel she is a miscast in terms of age and look. I got the impression May is someone not that old, someone impressionable who acts tough and someone very pretty. Kristal hit 1 out of 3 only. Not to say she was terrible, on the contrary she was good but I feel she is too old and not pretty enough. Roger technically is also too old for his role but he looks youthful. Kristal looks too mature for her own age which is .... 36 and she looks far older than 36. That's the unfairness between male and female actresses. If her character is same age as her, then I will say her character is stupid and naive. But I think her character must be younger. Sorry to say, as good as Kristal is, she is not on point. And she confuses me because her looks is the same as in No Good Either Way, I thought she just walked from that show to this show, except older. Very confused. That being said, hey! Ruco can take on the role of Matt too!


Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

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18.07.2014
I think Malaysia is becoming rather good at how to handle the aftermath of a plane crash. This is just sick. Everyone agrees the plane was shot down by missiles or a missile, the route used is considered safe. This is just sick.

18.07.2014
Dear lord, not another one! This just came in! Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 just crashed somewhere in Ukraine. It is believed an enemy or some military missile brought it down. What is for sure is 295 people are dead. Everything else is speculative. This flight was from Amsterdam to KL. This is not anyone's year. This is not MH370 but it is just as tragic. What on earth is going on? I don't know anything. 

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[O] World Up 2014 : Samba feverrrrrrrrr

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup, an international men's football tournament that is taking place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall [Source





> What is World Cup

> Who is playing 


> What is football or as some weird countries know it as soccer

> What is offside rule 
Frankly speaking can't understand at all! But someone explained that off side rule is the opponent team can't move before the last defender of the other team. True? Can explain?
 
> My most favourite player, Diego "Hand of God" Maradona 
 
16.07.2014
Still hurts but I come to recognise the beauty of the German team. They work as a team. No one was a particular standout as in superstar or super brilliant player but all were mostly on equal footing and any sub can come in and takeover. That's the beauty of the German football powerhouse.

However I do not dispute the Golden Ball award decision for the reasons some fans and sports journalists have written eventhough Maradona and many others have criticised the decision. Let it be known Messi himself said he didn't want it, it was thrust into him rather than him campaigning for it. Whilst the other nominees were more or less good, I suppose let's examine what Golden Ball means. It doesn't mean most goal, it doesn't mean winning the cup but rather the most impact, most influential. Let's not take away some great moments thanks to James Rodriguez who I believe will be the next Cristiano Ronaldo (they even look alike and will be as flashy if his World Cup celebration is of any indication) or Arjen Robben who worked his heart out (including diving and such for his team), however they were not the most influential in their team or tournament. Every team who played Argentina adjusted their system to contain Messi and some more or less successfully. How can they not when they have usually 2 or 3 permanently marking him? Most obvious was Iran who had basically 10 people marking him? That being said I concur he did badly in 2 points;

1. he was much muted in the last 2 games, those that really needed him and due to medical advise as I read, he did not run much (or as much as he wanted to or should)

3. he is a terrible captain. His name inspires but not his leadership which is non existent.

Apart from these two points, I don't get the vitriol against him for his win of the Golden Boot. The other candidates were hard working, effective, good but none had his influence. For good, he carried him team to final. And I don't mean just by scoring goals. He forced the other teams to adjust to him, to be wary of him. If he had a better team (defence not included but defending alone does not win game as highlighted in the final game) things will be very different. They fought Holland very hard and was exhausted. Come the final, when expected none delivered, sadly. He himself acknowledged the fact they had 3 chances, his amongst the 3. One was mere inches; one was an impossible free kick anyway. He was statistically the best. The problem with Messi is statistics alone is not enough. People wanna see him in action, not numbers and percentages and that is why the controversy. I am sorry to say I disagree with the naysayers. Was he the absolute best in this tournament? Against himself if he were 100% fit, a resounding no. Many fans acknowledged that. Was he the absolute best in the list? Debatable. But his winning doesn't translate to him not deserving it. He did. Without him, Argentina is toast. Statistics speak for themselves, whether you like it or not. There was no bribery and I dislike how even the officials were spineless in that regard.

To put it into perspective, it is simply this; even at his muted self, he is one of the best in this tournament. To those who say he didn't show up for the final and so that doesn't count, if he didn't do what he did for the qualifying rounds, Argentina would not be in the final anyway. And for us footballing fans, we will be more the poorer. And no, this isn't his last chance although most win it around his age now. And like most fans say, who cares. He may not be greatest (if winning the World Cup carries that meaning), he is still great. But guess what? Messi doesn't care about that accolade. I think he just wants to shut Argentina up about him not being Argentinian enough.

Anyway, some well made quotes by fans to put things in perspective;

Some justification for his bad form so to speak in light of our ridiculously high standard for him. After reading many articles about him, I understand many have 2 standards to just a footballer. One is the usual standard that even Cristiano Ronaldo falls into. The other is the Messi standard applied solely to Messi. If he did not convert a goal for every single free kick every single time he gets the ball, he is not good enough. That sort.


A comparison with previous winners. Zidane reminded me of Messi by the way; serious, quiet, no drama except for the justified head butt during the last day of his international career. His award was given to him even before the last game by the way. The only reason Messi was criticised is because he did not lift the cup. If he had lift the cup, even if he fainted half way through the game and did not play and still win the Golden Ball award, I don't think we will be hearing the BS we are hearing now.


Argentina back home greeted by well.. thousands of fans. Mobbed in fact. For a moment I thought they will throw water bottles at them. Anyway the team looked like they were attending a funeral, with grim faces and all.


Finally the man who caused him so much misery; Mario Goetze. I disagree about the whole "greater than Messi" comment by his coach but he is greater than most Argentinian players for his ability to shoot right. He took this picture after the game, not before. Reports said that Messi went to the Germans to congratulate them one by one with tears in his eyes. In fact he went back inside, saw his son and then cried hard. Even the german journalists were impressed by his classiness. Now, I read this in Facebook. Unless I can read German, I don't think the English news will report that.  Anyway even the Germans were class act; the way they clapped the Argentinians. Basically, pure classiness from everyone. I just have this impression all younger players idolise Messi. Whilst none outrightly criticise him, but many outrightly praise him. Even by losing the mark of respect for him never diminish. And he is only 27. Does World Cup maketh a player the greatest ever? Perhaps. Lack of it doesn't mean he is a flop. Again we are judging him by Messi standard which is wholly unachievable. Even Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to reach that level.  Again I must add; if it was Ronaldo named as Golden Ball winner, he would have smiled his toothy grin. That man is if anything, supremely confident of himself, and in the context of Messi, I will say that is a virtue. I read Messi has no intention of leaving Barcelona FC, ever. His name is synonymous with the club who not only gave him his career but also his life in terms of his genetic hormonal condition thingy. Loyalty unsurpassed. But if he were to leave, I believe he will retire and play for an Argentinian club. If he were to transfer to another club, meaning Barcelona sells him, I do think it will be for a record transfer fee and record busting salary. But looks like he won't and Barcelona won't either.



And this ends my World Cup post. This was an exciting World Cup even if the timing was all wrong. There were plenty of great moments, or even terrible moments. To the Brazilians who goaded the Argentinians for losing, let's again put things in perspective. The Brazilians was 4th, and they lost 2 games back to back and in between 2 games conceeded TEN goals. They have no right to brag or do anything. Brazil's dominance of the game is over. In fact the South American dominance of football is over. Now is the rise of the European football; less flair, less Samba and with surgical precision and all about team work and not about individualism. This is the new standard for international football.

And thank you for introducing me to these wonderful players, Lionel Messi especially. He was wonderful to watch; handsome to stare at and awe inspiring in his NEVER DIVE attitude. Oh by the way I vote for Argentinian's 2nd football jersey as the best. It is beautiful to look at. However they might consider burning it since twice they lost to Germans in that colour scheme. Maybe a different blue next time.

What a wonderful tournament; great players and what a wonderful game.

Thanks for reading!



[O] Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain / 寒山潛龍 [TVB][2014]

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NO. OF EPISODES
30

SYNOPSIS
The Tin Kei Agency of the Northern Song, an investigation agency specializing in solving strange cases in the kingdom, is headed by the wise Fung Nam Tin (Lau Kong), who leads a group of extremely well-trained constables. His favorite apprentice, Chu Cheung Sing (Kenneth Ma), is wisdom and courage embodied in one, but Nam Tin and Cheung Sing end their partnership when they fail to come to a consensus on how to solve a particular case. Cheung Sing ends up leaving the agency to live a simple and peaceful life with his wife, To Fa (Selena Li).

Ten years later, the aging Nam Tin orders three of his most-skilled apprentices – Ma Chuen Kung (Power Chan), Ngau Tai Lik (Ngo Ka Nin), and Yeung Mau (Lin Xiawei) – to reach out to Cheung Sing and convince him to return. Cheung Sing agrees to work with the agency again, but his personality often clashes with his three partners, causing the four to frequently fight. Meanwhile, Cheung Sing is separated from his wife, but his feelings become conflicted when he ends up meeting a prostitute who looks exactly like her.

Cheung Sing learns that the opposing Jurchen kingdom has placed a mole within the Tin Kei Agency and his good friend, Hung Sap Kau (Raymond Cho) is exploited by the enemy. Cheung Sing does not know whom to trust. The line between friend and foe continues to be blurry. [Jaynestars]

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2014

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CAST-CHARACTERS
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Kenneth Ma - Chu Cheung Sing
Pierre Ngo - Ngau Tai Lik
Power Chan - Ma Chuen Kung
Selena Li -
To Fa / Courtesan
Lin Xia Wei - Yeung Mau
Raymond Cho - Hung Sap Kau
Lau Kong -
Fung Nam Tin 
Ram Tseung
Law Lok Lam
Cheung Kwok Keung
Mary Hon
Candy Chang
Eric Li
Kelvin Leung
Hoffman Cheng
 


08.07.2014
UNTIL EPISODE 6 

So far despite all my reservations about this series, I am enjoying it very much. If you think this is Wuxia, think again.

Imagine this is Criminal Minds which is a special branch of FBI that investigate cases that they're invited to since original jurisdiction is the local police or detectives. So now imagine FBI is the imperial palace aka the emperor, local police is the local police of that time and our heroes from the Special Investigative Team is like our Criminal Minds. I really don't know how to translate the original name of the dept and I wouldn't call it an agency. They're not for hire and they report directly to the emperor although we are told emperor is under the thumb of his mother and uncle who both wants to shut down this special team. This team is headed by the main boss of the department played by Lau Kong. In turn there are 2 teams, Day and Night. Kenneth heads the Day team (or Night team, frankly didn't pay attention but one of those - you can also say it is Sun for Day and Moon for Night but I just simplify it to Day and Night) and Eric heads the Night team (or Day team, if Kenneth is Night team). In each team they have a scientist/researcher, a female guard and a few other members, all male. In Kenneth's team, Power is the scientific guy, the know it all, the doctor and super able and very accomplished renaissance man which makes on wonder why on earth is he not the leader of Day or Night team? What did his father do to make him like stagnant in promotion? More so when he is the "companion" to the emperor when the emperor was growing up! The emperor is fond of him! So strange! He is actually same rank as the rest but often given heavy responsibilities or special tasks as he himself said "I may be same rank as all of you but I am more able" which is an understatement. That man is a genius except he has been wrong although he pointedly said "Trust me, I am never wrong". Well he was in one case where his deduction was all wrong but his reasonings were accurate. The female guard is useful in arresting female criminals.

The basic structure is there and it is well explained even if it takes a while to understand what this agency/special team actually does. Anyway this post is summarise everything up until the latest episode so that I can go on for each episode from now on.

What I don't get is how come the emperor, not particularly smart (he himself moaned "I am given an empire that I know not how to govern well") is like older than  his own mother (played by Mary Hon) or uncle (KK Cheung in  atypical villanous role). Seriously, Ram Cheung doesn't even look like an emperor which I suppose is the reason why he is in this role but to have him the son of Mary is an insult to Mary. And Power is supposed to be almost the same age as Ram but in looks, Power looks so so much younger. Ram is a total and absolute miscast which threw the series out of balance everytime he appears. He is a wonderful actor but he is not every role sort of actor.

Strangely also Law Lok Lam is not in Lau Kong's role. But I am not complaining. Lau Kong is funny and astute in his role as the stern but kindly old leader of the team and I like his chemistry and bantering with his almost son, Kenneth. However I find it strange they all call him old man to his face; rather rude. Law Lok Lam is the leader of the local mafia, sort of like the godfather with moral virtue. He does crime but not killing or drugs. He mostly open prostitution dens and gambling dens and restaurants. His son is Raymond Cho, not so smart but is in his own way righteous and brave. I really enjoy they banter and dare I say, Law Lok Lam even manage to be cool AND cute at the same time.

For the team, we know a bit of their past bit by bit.

Ngo Ka Nin was a former famous thief. He reformed and joined the team under the advice and guidance of Lau Kong. No one knew of his past and he kept it that way until everyone is curious how come he never bath with them. For a moment I thought he was an eunuch but it turned out he didn't want anyone to see his tatoo/criminal branding on his body. There is one scene I really like; everyone was sorta prejudiced against him, none more than his sparring partner Lin Xiawei. Lau Kong basically scolded all of them as he said everyone has a past, who are they to judge him, how hypocritical. Even Power wasn't pleased with all those prejudice. That was a good scene. Problem is the next scene was so disjointed, they were in a meeting and no one seemed to be bothered with how they treated Ngo and the scene after Ngo was ignoring Kenneth and Lin Xiawei. The editing was jarring and the continuity affected. Anyway Ngo may be rough and tough and lusty but he has a good heart.

I worry most for Power Chan. Will he go bad? Tellingly Xiawei spoke with him about his ability and that he could go Anakin on all of them so to speak but he assured her he has no intention to do so. We know he is super smart. He is also the emperor's companion when growing up which means his father must have been a powerful man or even related to the emperor. We also know his family has gone into disrepute for reasons we shall find out. He was rather emotional when he saw a birthmark on a poisoner played by Candy so maybe his family was torn apart by an event where he was spared due to his closeness to the emperor but not enough to save his family or his family's good name. Hence he never got the promotion he clearly deserves but maybe not suited for since he is a lone ranger, works alone and does not explain his actions. He is ultimately Spock. Great as the advisor but such as the leader which Kenneth is good at as he is the more charismatic and gung ho Kirk. Power is self assured and he told Xiawei why he won't turn bad; "Because I am too arrogant" which in a way means his arrogance keeps him and his motives in check. He has no ulterior motives, he has no anger or much emotions in any of that that will sway him from his determination to find the cause in every case he investigates. He is so focused on that, he really doesn't have any need to turn evil. Moreover earlier he said he is ok with the non promotion. He is a scientist anyway and his position now enables him to do just that. What I love about this guy is he is so certain, he is so self assured, he is arrogant BUT he is not egoistical. One fantastic scene was when he faced Candy who out of jealousy randomly poisoned the locals so as to put him in a difficult position. When he marched to see her, she thought he came to beg her for help since each local is poisoned with different poison. But Power has already cured them all and she tested him and he was able to answer all her questions. She was angry he was her equal but Power said angrily "I am better than you! I can assure you if I wanted to poison people, I can be the best at it! But that is not me!" which is true. He would have been the no. 1 poison maker if he wanted to but he wanted to dedicate his life to good.  By the way that was a good scene and Power was masterful in his delivery and his facial acting.

Eric Li is the enigmatic leader of the other group and whilst we see him often, we don't know much about him. He has a female assistant as well who seems rather driven by emotion.

Lin Xiawei is the tomboy and is driven by her unemotional being. She seems rather cold and critical of her colleagues especially the lecherous but ultimately kind hearted Ngo. So far we only know her father was killed by the Jin whom this series clearly told us the Song is all out to be friends with the dreaded and more powerful Jin. The rest we do not know.

Kenneth was the up and rising leader of the group prior to going Infernal Affairs by joining the bandit and investigating the cases. After a disagreement on how to distribute the bandits' ill gotten money with Lau Kong (he gave them away to the families of the bandits), he quit and went into retirement. He married a local village girl (Selena) and stayed in a village to take care of the family of the bandit friend he betrayed. Ultimately this bandit friend escaped, killed many people, reached Kenneth, found out the truth and surrendered and I assume was beheaded since he did kill many people. Kenneth was coaxed out of retirement by his wife who thought he was some small time thief (in fact everyone thought Kenneth was the partner who betrayed the bandit until Lau Kong told Power of the truth) and by the fact that he thought Lau Kong was sick (yes he was sick with indigestion, nothing that will kill him though). His mentor bought a restaurant for his wife to run, sorta like a gift to a son. Quite obviously he is the favourite son. But thus far no jealousy from anyone, yet.

Selena is the silly and not so smart wife of Kenneth but she is kind hearted and well liked.

Raymond Cho is the silly and not so smart best friend of Kenneth but yes, he is kind hearted and is righteous in his own way. It is funny that presently, Kenneth is the one with the lusty man moustache (as noted by Raymond) when in flashback scenes, Raymond was the one with the moustache!!  They grew up together and fell for the same girls. Except Raymond was so in love with this one girl whom he thought was in love with Kenneth, she eventually married another guy, had a child and was widowed at a young age. Raymond bought her a house, helped her out but has never seen her for a decade. When he saw her (out of shape and not so young anymore) he basically ran away and decided he can finally let go of the past. Quite funny. Raymond also has the distinction of having filmed the slowest chase scene between him and Kenneth in the earlier episodes. I didn't know whether to laugh or get impatient but I gotta admit, it was something quite new.

No other major characters expanded or introduced, yet.

As for the cases, here are the summaries;

Case 1
Kidnapped bride
A daughter of a local government official was kidnapped on the day of her wedding to some Jin as dictated by the emperor. Severed fingers were found, ransom notes were given. In the end the amputated fingers belong to some dead girl. The real girl is alive and well and eloped with the son of a local jeweler. This all were done in cooperation between the local jeweler and the girl's father who had no intention of marrying her off to the much hated Jin people or dynasty. The final report was the girl fell into the river as she tried to escape, drowned and her body could not be found, thus absolving any wrong doings of the father. Kenneth, Power, Ngo and Xiawei knew of this and made up the report because they agreed with the father's actions. Lau Kong agreed to this as well because this is the first case where he saw unity in his team and approved.

Case 2
Murdered Minister of Defence
The powerful Minister of Defence turned up dead with indications he was murdered by the hated Jins. At the same time there were many bombs and strange sights going on. Final investigation proves this Minister however lecherous and despicable as a human being (he likes to go 50 Shades Of Grey on the prostitutes), he refused to bow down to the kidnapper who was a local and adopted son of Law Lok Lam. This guy is a terrorist. 15 years ago the Songs opened a factory to create gun powder and cannon to fight the Jins but the factor was destroyed and apparently everyone killed except for one young apprentice. The team quickly deduced the terrorist now is that young apprentice, now 30 and is in need of huge amount of some powder that is required to make gun powder or something like that and so must be very sickly since these powders are poisonous when inhaled for a long period of time. But he killed himself in one huge explosion. His mentor actually didn't die and wanted to blast the emperor into pieces because he felt the emperor who wanted to sign a peace treaty with Jin and handing over I think 16 states/provinces to Jin as offering as something like treachery to the people. But the thing is everyone isn't unhappy over the peace; none minded the provinces given away and so the old man was finally persuaded whatever he was trying to do was suicidal and selfish and he gave up. I assume he also was beheaded.

Case 3
Female gambler takes all
Unofficial case. Basically some unknown gambler (Candy) arrived and played at every gambling den and won and challenged Law Lok Lam who was too old and going blind. The price was Law Lok Lam's reputation and in the end Raymond had the help of the team (Kenneth, Ngo and Power) who bet her at her own game and discovered she used mild sedative to con people. She ran away.

Much later she turns up again and angry with Power she randomly poisoned people. She got caught and threw out of state instead of imprisoned because no one died and Power pitied her and hoped by giving her a second chance she will use her medical knowledge for good. She turned up again this time bruised and bloodied and begged Power to save her but he didn't believe her and handed her over to those who was looking for her. When he found out he was wrong, he went to rescue her but she was beaten very badly. He was very affected when he saw her birthmark on her shoulder and questioned her two assistants about her past. That we will find out in later but I think she must be related to him. Pity. I was hoping she will be his lover or something. Surely not all the guys falls for Lin Xiawei alone. I hope not!

Case 4
Traitor amongst their own
One member of the team turned up with serious concussion and is in a coma due to blood clot in his brain. He was a spy with I think within Jin Dynasty and everyone suspects there is a traitor amongst the team but not sure who. No one knows what happened or why their member was outed and why he was beaten, etc. That will be next episode and thus a continuing case. I bet the traitor is Eric.

Case 5
Suicide due to haunting by a ghost
Another continuing case is a dead worker from the prostitution den. A newly opened prostitution den in a famously haunted building where another famous prostitute died many years ago. Kenneth saw his first love (Yoyo Chen - totally unrecognisable to me but am happy to see her) who is now a prostitute. Raymond theorised she must have become a prostitute after being jilted by Kenneth. Truth is they were in love when her father disapproved of Kenneth. She was supposed to be some rich man's daughter. So they decided to elope but Kenneth never turned up (presumably that was when he became a spy with the bandits 10 years ago) and she felt abandoned. Raymond thought she married well but somehow she didn't and became a prostitute. I am sure we will know more later. As they were talking suddenly her maid or someone became crazy, tried to strangle her, saw a ghost and jumped to her death. Autopsy revealed she was high on some sex drugs and was hallucinating. But since this is an ancient series, the uneducated mind accepted the possible explanation that she actually saw ghosts and was haunted to her death. I am sure the answer will be in the next episode and may tie up with the case of the betrayed member of the team.

Ok, up to speed.

So far interesting series although I can nitpick on some performances, like Kenneth's. But he looks good in this series. Power Chan is the one with the acting chops. Watch this for him.



[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]

07.07.2014
He has his own official Music Video with the sub song, So Close (my translation) aka  差半步 from Outbound Love. And whilst I am excited, I am also pissed off why it stars NOT Aimee Chan but whoever that is which is the typical long haired slim woman rather than short hair short voluptous Aimee Chan. Ok I hated her in that series but in all fairness, that underused song was Sik Sik and Luk Kung Tzi's themesong and I would have wished more money was pumped in so that it was shot on location in Penang and also Sekinchan in line with the series. Instead, it is some god forsaken hillside. The MV doesn't look agreeable to me, so I have decided to ignore it. Ruco deserves better.

Anyway you be the judge.


I am sure you will say I am being critical. But I feel the MV does nothing for me. Heck, you can even superimpose scenes from Outbound Love AND Ruse Of Engagement and it will be more on point and emotionally engaging.


So... NO!

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