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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



The Last Goodbye

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I dont care what everyone says, i enjoyed The Battle Of The Five Armies even if I wish it did end with some scene from the funeral and that visit at the end of book. So  this movie won't win awards but one should, the song sung by billy boyd called the last goodbye. The lyrics is so beautiful and beautifully sung. If this is not nominated for oscar or even won, people are deaf. This song can be sung at funerals or even graduation ceremonies. Just beautiful.


Watch it here.

[O] TVB Awards 2014 : Let the transformation begin!

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Wow. Shocking, seriously shocking.

The results at a glance;

Best Actor : Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)
Best Actress ; Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)
Best Supporting Actress ; Josie Ho (Tomorrow Is Another Day)
Best Supporting Actor : Ram Chiang (Come On, Cousin)
Best Themesong : Line Walker
Best Series : Line Walker
Most Favourite Character (Actor) : Bezn Hui (Line Walker)
Most Favourite Character (Actress) : Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)
Most Improved (Actor) : Louis Cheung
Most Improved (Actress) : Priscilla Wong
Lifetime Achievement Award : Tam Bing Man (60 years in the business!!)
5 Special Recognition Awards : 1 newscaster, 4 actors, amongst them Law Lok Lam

I hope I got the list right.

You know what? I am just so happy Sharon Chan didn't win as rumoured. I am not sure what is the voting system for supporting but thank god Josie Ho won. She may dressed so weird, like she was in some bad comedy and rushed to the set but that girl can act and she did very well in what is a mediocre and uninspiring series called Tomorrow Is Another Day.

I thought Benz was winning supporting but Ram won. Frankly between the 2, for acting, I feel Benz deserved it. Ram didn't had much to do in Come On, Cousin and he probably won for his body of work and not singular work. I hope Power Chan gets that recognition one day because he was sublime in Overachievers.

I am also surprised Priscilla who reportedly is frozen won Most Improved. Well then, she's not frozen I suppose.

The Best Series is Line Walker, which to me is one of the worst of the year. If you see, and if I heard correctly, public voted less than 25% out of 20%. Staggering number but not overwhelming majority. Maybe if public vote alone it would have won or maybe another series might have more than half the votes. Peers voting was overwhelming more than 40%. Truth it, it is a sucky movie wrapped in some nice packaging with mediocre acting at most for most. Overachievers had better acting, better storyline but unfortunately wrong timing. Or maybe not much rigging.

Yes I believe some rigging is still involved.

But Roger deserved his win and I love his fashion statement. Very meaningful and he spoke more with his fashion than with his mouth. He is not an eloquent man like Wayne but he is up there with Wayne as TVB's pillars in acting.

Biggest winner that night is Ram Chiang who to me was never dead but just now on the forefront and deservingly so and the candidate for Laughing Gor Award has to be Benz Hui, still very hot from his success as Foon Hei gor. Sammy would have gotten Most Improved if Louis was in Best Supporting but Louis wouldn't have won in Best Supporting. Again as you can see the pattern, some rigging, some manipulation and some dividing the pork, but less obvious this year. Just like how Come On Cousin depicted it, only less funny and more dead serious. Another big winner is Wong Cho Lam who is on  his way to be the next Eric Tsang, the stalwart of TVB.

Ok let;s more away from awards., Fashion!

Not sure what's up but why most girls either dress like they're the bride, or the bridesmaid or the grumpy aunt. White, off white, black. Why? Is that the dress code? Charmaine looked like she is suffering on her high heels and the dress whilst daring is very restrictive. Linda looks like she walked out from a Disney cartoon. More boobs this year but luckily more reserved. Some however were oddballs, like Josie Ho, Maggie Siu and Myolie Wu and her bubble dress and also her awkward banter with Jonathan Li. 

As for men, some clearly did not get the memo that this is a serious respectable award show.

Bosco is expected to fail in his choices and this year, yes fail but not epic fail.



(if you're thinking why is Ruco paired with Tavia, remember, Eye In The Sky?)


For me the fail goes to Ruco Chan. I love than man but my god, why is he wearing like he is attending some hipster party? Come on man, this is the time to look good, time to sell yourself and show your worth. Look at Kenneth Ma, silly prints aside, he always look impeccable, look at Wayne Lai, always impeccable, Louis Cheung looking delicious and even Roger dresses like a winner. Tony Hung may have his pornstarch because of acting but still, Ruco has ZERO excuse. Another bad one is Oscar Leung, forever in competition with Bosco for Worst Dressed. BUT Sammy Shum, why is he killing his own hotness? He looks like a hobo! Even Benz Hui and Ram Chiang were making effort to look good. You know who looked good? The veterans. Nancy Sit looks great, just glamorous enough. Ruco was a disappointment and he doesn't look like a winner anyway.

Now before Ruco fans go he was robbed, puh-lease! Even I will admit, in the lineup, he is way down the line. But I am just happy he got recognition for Ruse Of Engagement who is the richer version of the shambolic Line Walker but lesser cast and delayed broadcast. Life's unfair.

I did notice the tone of the award this year is different. See how Emmy Awards it has become which is good because more seriousness, more effort to look less rigging and also more deserving winners. More respectable. Even the presentation is different and I was particularly impressed with the edited presentation of all the series at the end and also the fact the voiceless nameless producers, directors, etc are now permitted to stand on stage and accept awards and say their thanks. Believe me, come  next year or year after, they too will dress in suits and tuxedo and thus the transformation and legitimisation of TVB awards to Emmy Awards become complete. However some things will never ever change and I hope it will change; do away with the stupid banter, do away with the stupid self promo, do away with the stupid putting stars on the spot  by asking who they voted and then saying they know who they voted. Do away with the silly off stage banter and write better on stage banter for the presenters. Get the nominees off the stage, go to a bigger studio and let them seat at the audiences' seats instead of on the stage. Give warning for all to come dressed formally, especially the production crew, surely with such a big wardrobe dept they can get them some suits? Add some other awards like script writing, best costume, etc and believe me, come the next time or after a few years, it will be a relevant and at least with some respectability of I hope a real award show. And get someone else to host for god sake. At least there's no jostling for attention and shouting but seriously the hosts should behave as if this IS a serious award show and not behave as if this is some variety show. There is a difference.

Until they correct the bad habits which inhabit TVB since forever, the award show will always be a a variety show where no one will ever take it seriously and remain just a debated wasteful exercise.

And like some winners say (and they're Christians like Ram and Roger), thank god Sharon Chan didn't win! If not, believe me, this award will be a laughing stock. It still is in some part but can't you see? Josie Ho winning give it a surprise edge AND some respectability so that will shut you up about fixed results when we know better.

A good effort,  a good show but not yet the award show that is a show by itself, like Oscars or Golden Globes. But believe me, one day, it will be. 

Back into the abyss of wilderness

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05.12.2014 
Out of abyss and back to civilisation but barely. I am now on telco data service, which is amongst the expensive is considered affordable that is UMobile. At least here got coverage and connection is ok. I am never quite those Unifi person. This will have to do until hopefully someday I got fibre thing. The plan is this; 8am to 2am is 7GB (per month!! Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!) which I will use for blogging and writing and surfing and watching youtube clips sparingly. 2am to 8am is 14GB (per month!! WHAT?!) which I will use to download stuff, like 3 or 4 movies per month plus some updates to software and go to my Second Life. I don't even think I can last past 2.15am which means mostly weekends. I thought what a silly soul crushing data plan until I checked out the others and all are like that. I think I can survive, no data wastage. I have decided not to pay my Streamyx anymore since I am not using it until my relocation is successful which I doubt it. At least I am back with my BFF. Seriously, why is data plan with telco so darn expensive?!

I got a choice between Mifi and the USB. Unfortunately Mifi is sold out so I chose USB. Sounds silly that I chose USB but I thought I won't simply access except through my BFF. Control data usage you see.

Sigh. Barely out of the abyss but I am surviving. I am on lower dosage of my "drug" for now.


[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]



23.11.2014
He did not win Malaysia TV King (well Roger deserved it more) but according to one eyewitness and die hard Charmaine Sheh fan, he deserves a cookie! What, cookie? Yes, a cookie. A cookie for being the perfect gentleman for escorting Charmaine Sheh to the loo. I kid you not! Eyewitness said so. In exact words;

"They seem close off screen as in very friendly... he actually escorted Charmaine when she went to go to washroom".

No, no rumour mill, no dating whatever, just Ruco being the perfect gentleman. As to how he escorted her and such, I do not know but this is evidence that Ruco is indeed a gentleman. And thank god he ditched that banana suit from the gala and somehow he restores his good sense in fashion for Malaysia, all the time. He went with the Prince Charming white suit albeit shaven head. And since Charmaine also wore white, I wonder did they colour coordinated? Like some couple thing?



I really hope for a series with them as a pair some day, very soon, like next year, like that Empress Lu series or whatever. They look good together.

Malaysia's new TV(B) King & Queen

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Congrats to Charmaine Sheh who is the new TV(B) Queen and surprise surprise, Roger Kwok, the most deserving TV(B) King in Malaysia! 

Yes I was hoping Ruco will win but when I saw it was for Outbound Love, frankly, only one man deserved it and that is Roger Kwok and his sensational EVIL performance in Black Heart White Soul

Whilst I would like to say Malaysia has great taste, unfortunately Sharon Chan won Best Supporting and that of course proves sometimes we just don't get it all 100% right. 

However did I hear the fan votes count for 70%??? Who decides the 30%?? Seriously? 

 Overall a better and more varied but proper award ceremony than last year but still plenty of hiccups. I do like May Chan and Bob and the funny gang going all out to showcase their dance moves and more, I swear May Chan is TVB's new sexy vixen. Sammy Shum looks scrumptious on screen and almost everyone dressed so much better than in the TVB B-day Gala show but one standout was of course Tavia Yeung who probably invested in a better fashion consultant. However I wished she hired also a speech consultant because that girl doesn't know how to give a speech, not when 90% of your thank you speech is how tight your dress was. Best moment had to be gracious Andy Lau (yes, THE Andy Lau) actually turning up to honour 2 veterans, Law Lan and Lau Kong. Surprise guest and everyone was shocked. He also gave a huge indication he is willing to return to TVB for some series, and hopefully true. 

This is the night where veterans stand tall and proud and are honoured. I am however curious why Linda Chung has that perpetual pained look? Why? And Kate Tsui looks different, again. Sharon Chan looks old and Samantha Ko looks cute. It is a night of not much surprise award wise except for perhaps the biggest award of the night. The best drama of course goes to you know which series which to me is the worst series. 

 For the proper TVB awards, I do believe it will be a fight between Roger Kwok and Wayne Lai if and only if Overachievers end well. Unfortunately Overachievers just killed its own momentum by switching gears to other characters rather than the main characters. Like I said, either Roger wins it or give it to Benz Hui. Elliot Yue deserves TV King too because to me TV King is less about lead actors and more about most impact of a performance in a specific character. You know, Roger's gonna win it. Roger, get ready with that tux and speech!

P/S Sammy Shum must look sinfully handsome in person.

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