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The curse of never ending cough

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I have been sick for the past 10 days  and it was because of a cough. It started with fever, cold and sore throat, the 3 combo. Seen the doctor, got rid of 2, but the cough remains. Seen doctor twice more and all I got was more antibiotics and cough syrup. By this time whenever I lay my head on the pillow the coughing was so bad I could only sleep when sitting upright. At work my coughs were like rumbling thunder culminating in volcanic eruptions. I lost my voice for 3 days, my voice is still very strained and I had to take days off work for what people will think "Just cough what!". Try my cough! I never had it this bad and in the end western medicine could help me no more. I had to go to chinese TCM doctor and right now after herbal concoction of medicine, I am sweating like hell. I can speak after some good drink recommended by a friend which you must try if you lost your voice but the cough, whilst not violent anymore, remains and my voice still strained. I have 2 more dosage to go and I  believe I will be able to sing my soprano again. I just want the coughing to end. 

Anyway if you're like me, when after all the antibiotics and cough syrup and all that remains is the pesky thunderous cough with or without phlegm, it is time to visit the old man in the TCM shop selling sundry goods AND TCM medicine. Let him "listen" to your heartbeats and what nots. It will help. But if you still feel your throat is tight because it is infected, finish the antibiotics first. TCM is only when all that remains is the heatiness in your body, that pesky continuous coughing that if you cough it hurts, if you don't you feel like that will be the last thing you will ever do. I suddenly understand what it means to "cough till you cough out your lungs".

It is no joke. I don't recommend this way of getting sick. 

Anyway if you lost your voice, the following might help. It helped me a little.

Manuka honey in ginger water
Boil water with some sliced ginger (not too many slices or it will be too hot). Once boiled and the ginger's essence is extracted into the water, take out the ginger,  and let the ginger water cool. Once cooled, as in not boiling but not too not hot, I mean a bit hot but not too much, add manuka honey. Maybe 2 or 3 tablespoons, to lessen the ginger hotness and also for taste. Whilst a bit warm, sip on it throughout the day or night or whatever. You will find your voice again.

Oh lord, I am sweating so much right now thanks to the TCM medicine. My body is fighting the heatiness but at least cough is getting better.

Remember, when all that remains is a strained throat caused by excessive coughing and nothing else, visit that TCM shop. That's your only remedy and it ain't too expensive. Mine is RM16-00 per packet which can boil 2 bowls. It is always 2 packets for 4 dosages. With weird instructions like boil 4 bowls of water into 1 bowl. Thankfully my mom understands the cryptic instruction.

To those who thinks "It is just cough, can still work ma..." certainly never had a coughing fit like the one I described. I'd rather my employee take a day off or 2 and show up 100% fit than a half fit employee who cough cough cough for the sake of just full attendance. Life is more than about work and when evaluating your employee, think about that. Oh, air condition made my condition worse and which is why sometimes even if you take sick leave for a few days in a month, sometimes it is for good reason. But what do bosses know eh? They just want perfect attendance on the sheet when all they got is an employee who was so busy coughing no work was done and spreading germs to the office.

I spent so much on doctors in 2 weeks. This coughing is really expensive and health shattering. I hate losing my voice which is why I am ok with the sweating right now. Because my body is doing its job to combat the bad virus inside my body.

Body!! FIGHTING!!! ADD OIL!! KAMBATE!!!

[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 [Confirmed][Broken up] 
Linda Chung [Rumoured][Denied][Really denied - Around 18 min 45 sec][Still persistent][On again]
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]
- Grace Chan [Rumoured][Mo need to deny. Ruco isn't into all bones & no flesh]
- Kelly Fu [Rumoured][No need to deny, utter rubbish. He never even looked at her, look at his body langage]

15.04.2015
He may be in a serious relationship with someone! Fans are speculating Linda Chung because Linda supposedly broke up with her long term boyfriend. They were spotted going to supermarket together, yeah so romantic huh? And some cryptic message in a picture of a man's hand intertwined with a woman's hand posted by Ruco in his Instagram. Interesting because I saw the picture but now I can't find it. I will try to find it and repost. He is most active in Weibo so why Instagram? He knows whatever he writes will get blown up and so why such a cryptic post? Is this his way of announcing he is in a relationship with someone? But he is dragging Linda into the mud so could that girl be Linda? From what I can observe let me just speculate. The girl is Linda and the guy is Ruco but the Jacket looks like from Brother's Keeper sort of era and so the cryptic message is between Sam and Rachel promoting Brother Keeper's 2? Because I think Ruco is smart enough not to announce he is in a relationship that way, especially not with someone who is supposedly still in a long term relationship with someone she won't admit to being with.

In other words, he is just teasing.

His true love?


Beware Him Law! Be very BEWARE!!

If you can find the picture, do tell.

K stars and ballerinas

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Korea must have a lot of ballerinas. Been reading a few stars dating ballerinas in Korea. I was thinking never heard in HK male actors dating
 ballerinas. Not even opera stars.

[O] Ruco Chan / 陳展鵬 [Actor] : Ruco Chan, in pictures

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INTRODUCTION
The truth is I have yet to find a picture of Ruco Chan that makes me go WOW. All the photoshoots, etc did not bring out the best in him as opposed to ordinary fan taken picture. So this is the purpose of this post. I have always wanted to post his pictures, good or bad and made some comments about them but since what I am discovering about Ruco Chan is getting a bit too long, and pictures will make it even longer, I've decided for a separate post about Ruco Chan, in pictures. If you know of any of his good, bad, silly or OMG pictures, whether fashion or activities, please do use Post A Comment. Until now I have yet to find a wallpaper that truly wows me which is why I am using that picture on the left that caught my eye when I was googling some forum. That picture truly is one of those few that I went, wow. Everything is just right ... until I found the same picture with the bottom half. As you shall discover in this post, sometimes he doesn't get everything right. This post is ultimately about his public persona via his fashion choices and interesting magazine pictures. In other words, a lot of eye candy.

RECOMMENDED POSTS

VARIOUS REVIEWS
Check out Reviews Database, type his name Ruco Chan in the search box and voila, reviews of his series I have seen.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
The pictures may be small but click on your desired one and the original size will pop up like a slides of pictures. Awesome feature of Blogger. So don't miss out on the HD details. Remember, any recommended pictures do post the links or where to find them using Post A Comment.

Let's begin!

09.03.2015
SO.HOT 4
What's going on man? Suddenly such nice photoshoot?

Can someone end my torture and just scan the pictures so that we have super HD or chest exposing Ruco? Ok, the print pattern is cheesy but any less of a man will look effeminate. Not Ruco! His hairstyle gives him a rough edge and the fact that he gained weight made him look back to his healthiest best.

Oh come on! Scan! Scan!









But my dream come true will be a GQ shoot; aka chaebol, gelled hair, glasses, socks, perfectly tailored suits...please!!!


[O] EYE IN THE SKY / 天眼 [TVB][2015][COMPLETED]

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This is a collection of various commentaries and opinions about this series under one post. If you see this at the top, this means it is updated. For more under this post, do click Read More link. All images and most info are taken from Ruco Chan FC, his Weibo and various sources. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment and do indicate which episode you're talking about. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to. And this is my very first series where I will be posting and commenting from the very very beginning. Let's see how it goes!

NOTE
All pictures are thumbnails. Please click on chosen picture and the original size picture will pop up and you can scroll and see all pictures in this post this way.


CHINESE TITLE
Currently is 天眼 which in English is Eye In The Sky.

NO. OF EPISODES
20 episodes

SYNOPSIS
Separated twin brothers and 1 woman.

RELEASED IN
2015

CAST-CHARACTERS
Kevin Cheng
Ruco Chan
Tavia Yeung
Tony Hung
Samantha Ko
Lin Xia Wei (Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

COMPLETE CAST LIST

Kevin Cheng, Ruco Chan, Tavia Yeung, Tony Hung, Lau Kong, Lin Xia Wei, Jade Leung, Samantha Ko, Vivien Yeo, Susan Tse, Law Lok Lam, Wai Ka Hung, Becky Lee, Cheung Wing Hong, David Lo, Angelina Lo, Tyson Chak, Celine Ma, Fanny Ip, Gogo Cheung, Janice Shum, Moses Cheng, Kelvin Chan, Barry Cox, Calvin Chan, Hero Yuen, Judy Tsang, Ip Ting Chi, Matthew Chu, Terrence Huang, Alex Lam, Tony Yee, and Mikako Leung.

FOR MORE INFO
Jaynestars for all English news related to this series

PRE SALE PRESENTATION CLIP
Dated 30.11.2013
Looks like Ruse Of Engagement, except cooler. You can see 2 main casts are retained except Ruco has to share leading duties with Kevin and this is Kevin's comeback series to TVB after a short hiatus.


27.03.2015
EPISODE : 20 (Final)
Most Favourite Eyecandy Pic 
Of all I have posted, I have 2;



and



My choice is the 1st one for the memories.

As for Ruco's best fashion moment, the one that took my breath away was his very first appearance;




Absolute perfection from top to bottom.

Anyway ...

Last episode and frankly, what a stupid fan love sort of ending and not worth remembering.

I am angry, as angry Ruco was in the series and shall elaborate more when I have words to describe the insipid last episode which started out so bloody promising and ended as stunted as Kevin's emotional output. And as suspicious too!

** Much later **

I had 2 days to think about the last episode and after some thinking, lots and lots of thinking I have come to the conclusion that I agree with my comment about. Insipid end. However let's recap.

You all know Eye In The Sky is supposed to surveillance cameras in HK then it morphed sort of into Tavia's photographic memory and finally with the ending, it took on a spiritual meaning; the man upstairs. Karma kills, as this series explains. Now the whole changing of identity for the title and the series I believe is not deliberate. I believe it was purely accidental. There is nothing poetic, nothing elegant, nothing beautiful, just an ending meant to facilitate the ultimate end and therein lies the greatest injustice done to what would have been a promising journey towards an explosive end. A great idea pulled down by the need for a perfect ending for the fans. And yet inside the so cop out ending there is a little bit of genius except you gotta dig it out. Shall explain more.

Now a bit of recap.

In short, Ruco went insane. He injected himself with whatever and that magnified whatever paranoia or insecurity or whatever he has that he went on to kidnap a bus load of people, quite simply to kill Jonathan. Kevin is there to stop him after having fake kidnap Lin Xiawei. Oh and Tavia still in coma, needs a miracle to wake up and guess what? Yeap....yeap,,,, no need to even mention it. A great scene though was when Ruco visited Tavia and squeezed her errr breathing tube? Liquid tube? Some tube as if to kill her and Tony and Samantha arrived and Tony punched Ruco who scared the hell out of Tony when he threatened he would have no trouble killing Tony who betrayed him.

Here I gotta pause a bit.

Notice a pattern here? We have a psycho who is not a psycho. His descend to insanity or evilness is

a. poison a cat, the only murder he committed
b. stood by and watch a despicable woman die whose death wasn't his fault
c. stabbed Tavia ONCE but hey, she didn't die
d. threatened everyone multiple times but NEVER ONCE carried out the threats
e. shot Jonathan twice, for once a direct action but Jonathan survived, so no murder there
f. wanted to kill Kevin and then kill himself but before he could do it, bunch of logs fell on him thus ending the poor life of Cheng Lik Hang.

No murder of a human being. Where's the evilness? If it started with him watching Hor Yee Ku die thus chipping away his humanity away, it should have culminated with the murder of Kong Wui Hoi (who died of a heart attack) and the end of his humanity when he violently murdered Jan. Unfortunately none of these was done so you have essentially a cartoon villain because in real life a man as angry and as insane as Lik would have committed a heinous crime and to some poisoning a cat is one but for me that should have been a start. Or shoot some in the bus but even that a stray bullet hit a boy, not sure if it is his anyway. The descend is not rough and it is not realistic.

Earlier when Kevin was arrested, the first thing his parents did was to confront Ruco and begged him to let his brother go. Ruco was in a way right to be pissed because he said;

"Why would you automatically assumed it was me? Why couldn't it be actually him? I can tell you why. Because he is your favourite son, he is your family, I have never ever been a part of this family".

Later, when mommy and daddy and best friend arrived to persuade Ruco to let the passengers of the bus go (they were in a secluded closed up structure so outside didn't know what was happening inside), mommy said;

"You were right when you said we were choosing sides, playing favouritism. But it wasn't your brother, it was you! We chose you! We prioritise you!"

Ha! Ha! BS. No way. Parents definitely took Kevin's side and frankly, yes they were right but do for a second look away from Lik's wrongdoing, the parents certainly favoured Kevin. Of course the fact Lik is such a bastard really made the justification so much easier.

Anyway exciting part was Kevin opened the gates to the structure and there it was to everyone's shock, Ruco was dead under a pile of logs. We didn't know what happened so when Kevin biting his lips said Ruco was turning a new leaf when the logs fell and he died pushing Kevin out of harm's way. Ruco died a hero's death, a decent man. But Kevin felt insincere.

At the funeral, surprisingly no Tony anywhere, that ungrateful git, the parents saw Ruco as the Lik they first knew; happy, helpful, kind. We all know he was never really kind, he was human. Kevin alone then showed us what actually happened;

Ruco cried hard when he heard parents calling out to him and he crumbled and Kevin held him crying when Ruco saw his gun, took it, aimed it and cried;

"Why? Why must I always lose to you? I don't want to lose to you! It's not fair! NOT FAIR!!! You were born 1 minute earlier and yet you had a good life. I could have your life! Why? WHY? No... I will kill you... yes when I kill you and then kill myself, then... only then we are equal! Yes yes that's what I will do!!"

I believe Kevin at that time felt his heavy burden and guilt lifted when he saw all he had done was to nothing; Ruco will never ever be happy, he will never stop  being angry. Sighing, Kevin stood there and said;

"You can kill me but you don't need to kill yourself"

Closing his eyes, he awaited his fate when Ruco was ready to shoot when karma tookover and the rest is pancake as they say.

Kevin spoke to Ruco at his grave;

"You once asked me is a person shaped by their nature or by their environment? I believe people always have a choice on the path they take. I do not know how I will turn out if I was the one taken instead of you but I believe at the end of the day, we make our own choices"

Touche. A bit of lecture even in death and I bet Lik is like "F U!!"

Still angry.

But by this one lie Kevin gave Ruco a perfect end. His parents, best friend and the world thought the best of him, having redeemed himself and only Kevin will know the truth and keep it to his grave. In that way he gave Ruco the ending perhaps Ruco didn't know he wanted but in some ways, for the suffering, for the pain, that in the end he may deserve. In that moment Kevin's guilt and burden is lifted. He owed Ruco nothing more. And it is this rationalisation that makes that revelation in the end when we know the truth, that Ruco never changed that is the genius but it has got to be implied. Imagine if the series concentrate on that, how beautiful this series would have been.

Anyway Kevin left HK to study criminal psychology, quit as cop because he felt he did all he did to save one person who in the end he could not save. Miracle happened, Tavia didn't die and she didn't think of having a makeover. Kevin returned to lecture and heard the scariest sound for me; hiccups but didn't see Tavia. Felt like a horror film for that moment. Later Tavia was in a cinema alone when Kevin sat next to her and it was his turn to hiccup, she held his pinky finger or whatever and he held his and it was a start of a relationship which loved up shallow Jan wanted and one Kevin felt no longer any restriction to getting since well... it is episode 20 and it has to end that way.

And for me the ending was such a cop out but if you look at my rationalisation, that is the only ending. What stopped him was Ruco and feelings of guilt and since both was lifted, therefore so did the barrier to love Tavia freely.

I just didn't like this ending. Not because of Tavia, not because of Kevin but of Ruco AND Tavia; For one Tavia had no business of being alive. She should have been dead. By her living Ruco maintained his humanity. Of course it was supposed to have gone when he wanted to kill Kevin but I feel when the climax reached that point, Ruco should have done the unforgivable and it does not stop at stabbing Tavia, who is not the complete innocent party since her indecisiveness in a way pushed Ruco over the edge a little (remember how happy he was when he was dating Tavia?) but should have been manifested with her violent death. Then I can see perfectly why Ruco deserved his death the way he died and why Kevin lying was an extraordinary act of compassion for Ruco who didn't deserve it.

It could have been much more complex, much more intriguing and much more different. I do not always advocate violence in a TV series show but sometimes to show one extreme the other extreme must be shown. So for me Eye In The Sky was a promise that was never fulfilled and at times I felt cheated. What would have and should have been a great series with such capable actors turned into such an insipid series with a story was was more hiccups than smooth sailing. The writing is 100% at fault and miscasting some actors in roles that really did nothing to test them but made them worse certainly did not help.

By the way telepathy doesn't mean Kevin can actually be in Ruco's head and see from his perspective!

FINAL THOUGHTS
If the story fails, at least the acting shines.

Kevin for the better part was at his best and let me clarify that; his best is for a better actor a mediocre effort. Kevin shines in a character that builds around his strength. Serious and thoughtful in real life, pensive at times and mature at other times, Szeto Shun is Kevin's signature role. It is like Kevin Cheng as Kevin Cheng. Unfortunately as the drama went on along, as heavier things is expected of him, Kevin began to falter. Actions became more laboured and deliberate, lip biting, lip sucking, hand movements. Maybe they were to show how much effort it was for him to be patient but it felt insincere rather than natural. When he was lying for a moment I thought he killed Ruco. It never felt natural and for me first half was great but second act, Kevin showed why maybe he should steer clear of heavy drama that requires heavy duty acting. He is best as a serious mature gentle soul.

Ruco on the other hand definitely handles well the easygoing part as the flirtatious Lik and in his 2nd act, the cunning Lik and his 3rd act, the angry Lik. His problem is his descend in the 3rd act was at best 2 episodes and it felt incomplete. Should have been given more time. And his final scene as he cried for the injustice as he wanted to shoot Kevin, it felt desperate but somehow, not enough, I saw in Lik a petulant child who since couldn't get what he wanted will not let anyone have it. The fact he wanted to kill Kevin and then himself showed an extremely  unstable man-child. For a moment Ruco had that but somehow, still not enough. If given another 10 minutes of confrontation, perhaps. But overall the question on who is the better actor need  not even be asked. Ruco is by far a better actor. And he has my vote as having the best wardrobe in this series and in his career on TV.

Tony Hung did well. He's a capable actor but he is not leading material. He lacks that oomph factor that makes me sit up and just stare at him. At least Kevin has that. But his   best moments were supporting Ruco and they shared this amazing chemistry that not even Samantha can replace.

Tavia is a good competent actress who supports her male costars well. She doesn't and hasn't the capability to grab the limelight and for that she is wonderful in ensemble cast, like this series even if one actor stood out for me. However her character seems like a caricature amongst the realism that this series tries to portray. Her best moments were the beginning and her photographic memory was used well even if depicted annoyingly. However her role soon diminished to that as purely supporting and somewhere she disappeared and became the obligatory love sick shallow girl. She is too old for that. She is too good for that. Her Jan was annoying so I suppose if this was by another less likable actress, Jan would be more than a hatred sore point for me. I didn't like how she is depicted and I have explained enough. I didn't feel for her plight and I dislike how Lik is said to be evil when she helped pushed him. I never like an indecisive character stuck between 2 brothers. I don't see why they both want to kill one another for her but thankfully she is not the main reason for the antagonism between the brothers even if she is a part of it. The main reason was really Szeto Shun throwing Lik to Vietnam. I think that sealed his hatred for his brother. Sorry but Tavia was the worst factor in here; character wise, Jan is annoying, the hiccups were not cute and the constant touching of her glasses just stopped being cute after 2 episodes. Tavia the actress just isn't cute. I like her but I don't think she is cute.

Vivien Yeo got the best role as the despicable Hon Sun, a character I wished Tavia took. Vivien can be Jan so I can hate her at peace. Vivien gave a good performance and has the best moment when her face was cut.

The rest are ok.The series has always been about 3 main characters. For me whether Jan is in this series would not have changed the ending for Lik. I wished maybe for once it isn't a woman  between 2 brothers. There are other women in this series. Take love out of the equation, take the woman out and cut 5 episodes, edit out any reference to the detective agency and frankly this series would have been TVB's new direction on things that should have been.

Unfortunately, that isn't the case and this is one forgettable series despite Ruco Chan and Kevin Cheng's top billing.

VERDICT
Watch it on repeat only. Otherwise, give it a miss. No, it isn't that bad, but because I felt such deep disappointment, like you do of a score that started out as A+ and ended up decent C that you will feel there is no hurry to return to this or begin at all. Not even for either male lead.


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