Wednesday, July 30, 2008

[Drama]篮球火 Hot Shot

Show Luo Zhi Xiang acting as 元大鹰 (Yuan Da Ying)

Yuan Da Ying seems to be a simple minded guy who truly love basketball and thinks that he's really good in basketball even though he has never played a single match of basketball before. And not to mention, he don't even know the rules of basketballs.
Quite a comical character in the story.

Jerry Yan acting as 东方翔 (Dong Fang Xiang)

His role reminds me abit of Dao Ming Si of Meteor Garden but Dong Feng Xiang is less childish and much cooler than Dao Ming Si. Dong Feng Xiang is a rich kid who is really good in basketball. He's very confident of his abilities and skills too.

Wu Zun acting as 无极尊 (Wu Di Zun)

Wu Zun's character seems to be rather mysterious. There's no mention of who he is and what's his name in the first episode, but I think he's supposed to be a pro in basketball too.

The first episode was just shown in Taiwan last Sunday.
Ep 1 part 1 (uploaded by yongyan728 )

Its a basketball drama with a very strong cast (eyecandies!). Any of the 3 male lead can be a leading role in any other dramas and send loads of fans gushing over them. So with such a strong cast backing the drama, what can possibly go wrong with it?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

[Book] The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Just as I've mentioned, before, The book "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne is an interesting book. Its also quite a short book which you can probably finish in a day. Its a non-fiction book which is mainly about spiritual well-being.

To put it simple, the book mainly talks about positive feelings, feeling good about yourself, awareness of self, and believing in yourself. That's the general idea I got after finishing the book.... Even though it seems quite a boring concept when I put it this way, the book is actually not so straightforward and simple as it sounds. There are very interesting concepts which are found in the book that will set the readers thinking " is this possible??"

Even though some stuffs mentioned in the book really intrigues me and got me thinking, I think most of the stuffs mentioned in the book are really quite true. You are what you think.

All that we are is a result of what we have

thought." Buddha(563BCE-483BCE)

Just to give a rough preview of what was mentioned in the book.
The starting portion of the book actually talks about imagination. It says to imagine what we want, and through sheer imagination, we'll be able to get what we want in the end. There's 3 simple steps mentioned:
1) Ask
2) Believe
3) Receive
The author liken it to the simple steps of ordering from a menu. Whatever you want (for example you wanna get rich/strike 4D), just ask for it like what you'll do in a restaurant when you order a dish. Then you'll have to truly believe that it'll happen, just like how you'll know that the dish that you have order in a restaurant will definitely be served before you. After that, you'll have to feel good to receive the thing which you've asked for.

How it will happen, how the Universe will bring it to you, is not

your concern or job. Allow the Universe to do it for you. When

you are trying to work out how it will happen, you are emitting a

frequency that contains a lack of faith—that you don't believe you

have it already. You think you have to do it and you do not believe

the Universe will do it for you. The how is not your part in the

Creative Process.

Ask once, believe you have received, and all you have to do to

receive is feel good. When you are feeling good, you are on the

frequency of receiving. You are on the frequency of all good things

coming to you, and you will receive what you have asked for.

Interesting and refreshing concept huh? The book also mentioned about imagining and believing and behaving that you've gotten the thing which you've asked for. I think there was a case study/example which was being brought up but can't remember exactly what was it, but generally, it mentioned that fore example if you wanna be rich, you gotta have the mentality of a rich guy. You gotta change your lifestyle, habits etc.

But after reading that portion, I was thinking: if you're really poor and you spend and behave like you're rich, won't you go bankrupt soon?That part didn't really make sense....

Here's something for girls out there who want to lose weight.

Food is not responsible for putting on weight. It is your thought that

food is responsible for putting on weight that actually has food put

on weight. Remember, thoughts are primary cause of everything,

and the rest is effects from those thoughts.

Let go of all those limiting thoughts. Food cannot cause you to put

on weight unless you
think it can.

Some of the ideas are quite confusing as it challenges our common sense- things which we believe to be true and which we usually don't question.
Time is just an illusion.

What quantum physicists and Einstein tell us is that everything

is happening simultaneously. If you can understand that

there is no time, and accept that concept, then you will see that

whatever you want in the future already exists. If everything is

happening at the one time, then the parallel version of you with

what you want
already exists!

So sometimes it'll leave me wondering "Huh?? But that's not what we know!

The book also mentioned the law of attraction. When you are feeling good, you'll attract all the good stuffs around you. Eg If you're feeling terrible, you'll also attract all the terrible stuffs all around you! So in the end, you're be thrown with more and more terrible events throughout the day. But if you change your mindset and feel good, you'll start attracting all the good stuffs around you.

Everything we think and feel is creating our future. If you're

worried or in fear, then you're bringing more of that into your

life throughout the day.

In my opinion, it may not be the "Law of Attraction" that created this. Cause if someone is feeling terrible or irritated, every small little thing that happened will easily irritate or anger the person. But if the person is feeling happy, then the person obviously won't be pissed off over small matters. The happiness will easily override the anger.

Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you

deserve it and believe it's possible for you. And then close

your eyes every day for several minutes, and visualize having

what you already want, feeling the feelings of already having

it. Come out of that and focus on what you're grateful for

already, and really enjoy it. Then go into your day and release

it to the Universe and trust that the Universe will figure out

how to manifest it.

Really?? If I can really get what I want just simply by imagining it everyday, why not? I guess it doesn't hurt to give it a try and do some day-dreaming imagination everyday. It may also keep me happy for a few minutes everyday.

The front part of the book mostly focus on imagination, believing etc. After that it also talks about the importance of gratitude, love etc.

To sum it up, just enjoy your life and feel good about yourself! Do what you want to do.
Yup, just keep an open mind when you read the book.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sun Yan Zi 孙燕姿

News about Yan Zi appearing in Royston Tan's Movie
Woah. She's gonna appear in a movie after all!
News source
It says that she'll be guest starring in Royston Tan's movie, 12莲花 (12 Lotus)。She'll be speaking 福建话 (Hokkien?),念福建诗 reciting Hokkien poems,哼唱《12莲花》主题曲!and humming the theme song in the movie.

Can't wait for the movie to be out!

Today's a special day. 23rd July.... Happy Birthday Yan Zi!
Time passes by so fast. Its already 8years since she first debuted as a singer and throughout these 8 years, she's still the same old Yan Zi that we've known. But throughout the years, she has really matured as a singer....

Sun Yan Zi debute album 孙燕姿同名专辑

天黑黑(Tian Hei Hei) Cloudy Day

超快感 (Chao Kuai Gan) Turbo

Yan Zi's 2nd Album - My Desired Happiness 我要的幸福
The album that got her really popular.

我要的幸福(Wo Yao De Xing Fu) My Desired Happiness

I still remembered it was after song that got me really hooked onto Sun Yan Zi...

开始懂了 (Kai Shi Dong Le) Realise

相信(Xiang Xin) Believe

Yan Zi's 3rd Album- 風箏 Kite

風箏(Feng Zheng) Kite 

绿光( Lv Guang) Green Light

逃亡(Tao Wang)- Fugitive / Escape

when listening to this song, I can just picture the whole scene of a person driving a car up to a mountain and looking at the scene on the top of the mountain, thinking of escaping from this world. Nice lyrics, melody and of course Yan Zi's singing.

Yan Zi's 4th Album- Start
The album which she did some cover songs including quite a number of English songs. She should just record an English album some time....

Silent All These Years

Cover version of Tori Amos' Silent All These Years.

Hey Jude

Original version was by The Beatles

That I Would Be Good

Originally by Alanis Morissette

Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough

Original version by Patty Smyth / Don Henley

Originally by Shocking Blue

Self composed song (lyrics+melody) by Yan Zi.

Yan Zi's 5th album- Leave

我不愛 (Wo Bu Ai) I Won't Love

直來直往 (Zhi Lai Zhi Wang) Straight Forward

一樣的夏天 (Yi Yang De Xia Tian) Summer As Usual

Really like the relaxed feeling of this song. A very comfortable song to listen to on a Sunday morning...

懂事 (Dong Shi) Sensible

Yan Zi's 6th album- 未完成 (Wei Wan Cheng) To Be Continued

神奇(Shen Qi) Magic

An Indian inspired song.

我不難過 ( Wo Bu Nan Guo) I'm Not Upset

Simply love this song. The lyrics + melody + the way Yan Zi sang it with such emotions. The MV is quite nicely done too. Sad song that touches the heart.

Translation of the lyrics
Finally you told me how gentle she is.
I really know that you're not a fickle person (ditch the old and like the new).
Its because I wasn't there to accompany you when you were lonely.
Don't look at me and tell me that you've loved me (before), so I don't have to be so upset
I'm not upset. This is nothing. But I dunno why my tears are flowing....
Let me go. Let me enjoy the freedom.
Lots of memories. My life will be filled with memories of you.

Hug me tighly. Hug me tightly again. Just let me remember this feeling.
Don't tell me it's your fault.
At this point of time, it doesn't matter who's right and who's wrong, just let them be gone with the wind.
Forget everything.
Lead a better life than you.

My Story Your Song

A English duet with Mai Kuraki. Lyrics written by Yan Zi.

Yan Zi's 7th Album- The Moment Compilation CD
Not really a full album, its mainly a compilation of some of her past songs. But there's still 5 new songs in the album.

遇見(Yu Jian) Encounter

Another hit song. This song was really popular when it was released. It's also the theme song for the movie "Turn Left, Turn Right".

Tonight, I Feel Close To You

Another song with Mai Kuraki.

Yan Zi's 8th Album- Stefanie

我的愛(Wo De Ai) My Love

奔 (Ben) Run

慢慢來 (Man Man Lai) Take It Easy


Yan Zi's 9th Album- 完美的一天(Wan Mei De Yi Tian) A Perfect Day

完美的一天(Wan Mei De Yi Tian) A Perfect Day

眼淚成詩 (Yan Lei Cheng Shi) Tears Become Poetry

第一天(Di Yi Tian) First Day

A very lively song.

夢不落 (Meng Bu Luo) Dreams Never Fail

Can't find a good version of the original MV.
Like the song coz it sounds like a marching song!

Yan Zi's 10th Album- My Story, Your Song

Another compilation album. And this time, there's only 1 new song in the album.

雨天 (Yu Tian) - Rainy Day

Yan Zi's 11th Album- 逆光(Ni Guang) Against the Light

逆光 (Ni Guang)- Against the Light

The song give me a feeling of hope.

我懷念的 (Wo Huai Nian De) Unforgettable

Another of Yan Zi's specialized ballads. Touching song.

咕嘰咕嘰 Gu Ji Gu Ji

Cute song + we get to see her dance in the MV! Lollipop is in the MV as well.

夢游(Meng You) Sleep-walk

Refreshing Song.

Her vocals has definitely changed throughout these years. Her voice was clearer last time. Now, it has more volume and emotions. Her Chinese prounciation is also abit different now. Haha. But her vocals are still as powerful and touching as ever.

Friday, July 18, 2008

National Day Parade 2008 Theme Song

NDP 2008 Theme Song - Shine for Singapore
English version sung by Hady Mirza

Chinese version
晴空万里 Qing Kong Wan Li sung by Joi Chua 蔡淳佳

Where's Stefanie Sun?? I thought she'll be singing the NDP song this year.... Sigh.
The song was quite alright. I prefer the Chinese version more than the English version coz the Chinese one sounded more "grand". The English one is too soothing and calming....
One good thing is that Nat Ho is in the MV!
Notice the plot about the girl drawing furiously and it seems like she was drawing rubbish in the beginning, but it turned out to be a big picture of a star?
There's talk about it being a complete ripoff from a Japanese Ad.

"The Whale" -- Japanese Ad Council

Nice ad!

The MV in the NDP song seems to be exactly the same as the Japanese Ad ( well, maybe its not exactly the same coz it was a girl doing a drawing of a star instead of the boy drawing a whale in the Japanese Ad). Hmmm....

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

超級星光大道 (星光四少)

I didn't understand what's the hype about xing guang si shao 星光四少, but after watching some 超級星光大道 clips, I realized how good a singer they really are.

Yoga Ling You Jia got an extremely nice voice and he really can sing!


His voice is really 迷幻(dreamy?) and very comfortable to listen to. It's a real pleasure hearing him sing.



But sometimes he looked abit qian bian or drunk and drugged when he's too absorbed into the song.... Still he sounds really good....


林宥嘉-Can't take my eyes off you

He looked abit awkward here. Haha.


林宥嘉--Last Order

Other performance by Yoga Lin You Jia. (Not in 超級星光大道)

林宥嘉 :一公尺

He made the song so nice! I think it's nicer then the original singer's Jerry Yan's version.

Judy Zhou Ding Wei 周定緯


Its not easy to sing and dance at the same time.


周定緯 張棟樑 duet



His singing improved alot during the competition! That's his performance in the finals.
Just compare it with the 2 clips below.


周定緯- Tell me

I like his rapping+ dancing part.

Peter Pan (Pan Yu Wen) 潘裕文


Another nice voice. Very soothing and clear voice.


潘裕文 林志炫--離人

許仁杰 Stanly Hsu Ren Jie

Clean but more 厚(more volume?)voice as compared to the other 3 guys. He's quite cute too.




Monday, July 14, 2008


Chanced upon some performance from 超级新光大道3 while I was watching Sun Yan Zi's video.
I was really surprised that I saw quite a few familiar faces in the show/competition.

Leon PK 黃靖倫 Huang Jing Wen

黃靖倫 Huang Jing Wen PK Singaporean again

Isn't that the guy from Soul in SuperBand? Lolz. He's better off dancing.

A Singaporean in the contest. I think he got quite far in the contest. But I don't really fancy his voice though. I find his voice too thin and weak and he's not that great a singer either. There just seems to be something lacking...

潘嗣敬(Sugi)- 大眼睛

Cute! I think his singing improved as compared to the times when he was in Project Super Star.


蔡嘉航 -戀愛頻率 duet

I couldn't recognised her at all! I thought her name sounded familiar, but I only realized she's the Yvonne from Campus Super Star after reading the comments on Youtube. Nice voice. I think her singing improved. She became much more matured and prettier too.

蔡嘉航--True love



Not a Singaporean, but I really liked her self-composed song after listening to it.

Nice self composed song! She has a nice voice too.

2008/03/21超級星光大道第三季 Part.01 海外選手資格決定賽

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Yoon Eun Hye and Won Bin's Maxim Coffee Ad

This is quite interesting...
Saw this in

Noticed the picture on the table?? It should be non other than our dearest Yoon Eun Hye.
That's the Behind the scene photo from Won Bin's Maxim Espresso CF.

This is a picture of taken from the CF.

Sadly, YEH's photo on the table is partially covered.

YEH's Maxim Latte CF

Won Bin Maxim Espresso CF

I believe this 2 CFs are supposed to be connected. Its like a kind of love story.... Interesting...
I'd love to see Won Bin and Yoon Eun Hye in a drama together some days.....

Friday, July 4, 2008

We Got Married Ep16

Andy and Solbi 1/2 (uploaded by coolsmurf)

Andy: That's why I'm telling you to wear your glasses!!!
Solbi: I have been wearing my glasses! I have been listening to you!!
Andy: But the frames doesn't have lenses in them!!!
Solbi: Its up to me whether I want to wear them with lenses or not!!!

Can see that Andy was really quite irritated with Solbi for insisting going to the same salon as her. We don't usually get to see Andy being mad since he's usually very nice and accommodating.
Andy and Solbi Ep 16 2/2(uploaded by coolsmurf)

You know there really is no point being good to him right? Being like In Young really is the best...
Alex and Shin Ae Ep16 (uploaded by coolsmurf)

Interesting comment by Shin Ae
In the past 100 days, We have only been seeing the good side of us previously. But I felt that we should be showing our faults to each other. I feel like trying out how it feels like to quarrel at times!Because if we quarrel, I'm very curious about how Alex would react to the situation.

Shin Ae really looked gorgeous in the gowns. You can tell by Alex's reaction, how he stared at Shin Ae and how his eyes glimmers when he saw Shin Ae in the gown that he sincerely thinks that Shin Ae looked very pretty in the gown. But who won't think so??

Crown J and Seo In Young Ep16 1/2 (credit: coolsmurf)

This couple is still as funny as ever. Really enjoyed watching them now. It was funny when Crown J imitated what In Young said last time when being mad that Crown J didn't buy anything for her when he was abroad.
All the photos are yours. This, that, and that. (volume increases when he said that) Everything's yours. What are you doing? Everything's yours, this and that

In Young: Stop copying my lines!!!
Crown J: If I don't, who will? Shin Ae?

Crown J is also starting to be able to tease Seo In Young now. If he did that last time( in the beginning episodes) , I think most probably they'll end up quarreling. I think Seo In Young is definitely not as petty and hot-headed as she used to be.

Crown J and Seo In Young Ep16 2/2 (credit: coolsmurf)

So In Youg: calm down, don't come near...
Crown J: I can't touch...

Crown J looked so adorable in the tuxedos ! The pink tuxedo really suited him. It totally goes with his style.

Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo Ep 16 1/2 (credit: quainte501)

Hwang Bo: I have a cold, my throat is hoarse
Hyun Joong:Your voice with a cold is actually better, you're like a woman now.

Hwang Bo: Start moving[the furnitures]. I purposely didn't call the moving people.
Hyun Joong: (calm) It's okay, I can just call them right now.

Hwang Bo: This is very important. [referring to her big poster] . It's to drive out evil things. My face.
Hyun Joong: (Chimes in) Isn't this an Indian Buddha?

Hyun Joong: [putting the contract under the glass of the table] It's so valuable. Like a museum!

But I also have something to give you. I bought it in Thailand. In Thailand, it's super cheap!
[Hwang Bo unwrapping it] This.... is for reducing wrinkles.

Hwang Bo: You didn't practice the piano at all?
Hyun Joong: No, of course I practiced. I play with more feel than before.

Hyun Joong is simply hilarious!!I'm like quoting everything he said in the video. lolz. He was so cute too during the interview when there was a bug.

Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo Ep 16 2/2 (credit: quainte501)

Hyun Joong
Wait a minute, why do the lyrics always disappear....
The lights keeps turning off, I'm about to go crazy.
Then before it turns off, I'll hurry and sing you the chorus.

Hahah.Hyun Joong keeps spoiling the mood of the song.

The honest and straight forward Hyun Joong

Hyun Joong: I'm going to Japan soon.
Hwang Bo: I'm going to be lonely.
Hwang Bo: You're going to Japan, are you happy?
Hyun Joong: Of course

Have you ever given your own picture to someone else before?

Hwang Bo:You finished taking the photo?
Hyun Joong: En.
Hwang Bo: You only took a picture of my back?
Hyun Joong: Shoulder.
If you can see everything, then its meaningless.

Hwang Bo
Turn around, turn around. Groom, although I'm really sorry...
The view from the back....looks like a beggar.

I think Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo couple is becoming my favourite couple now because both of them are really funny! Really enjoyed watching their episodes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Secret

Saw on baidu and Kim Jong Kook's Chinese site that KJK recommended the book called "Secret" during his recent fanmeeting. I think he's referring to Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret". This book looked kind of familar.....


From Oprah Winfrey show (read the full intro by clicking on this link)
People around the world have been talking about a movie so powerful that it can change the course of your life. This movie, The Secret, was created by Australian Rhonda Byrne, and she says that if you follow its philosophy, you can create the life you want—whether that means getting out of debt, finding a more fulfilling job or even falling in love.

Rhonda says she stumbled on what she calls The Secret at the end of 2004. At the time, everything in Rhonda's life had fallen apart—physically, emotionally and financially—and she was in "total despair." Then her father died suddenly, and she was worried about her grief-stricken mother. "I wept and wept and wept, and I didn't want my daughter to see me sobbing," Rhonda says.

That's when Rhonda's daughter gave her a copy of The Science of Getting Rich, a book written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles. "Something inside of me had me turn the pages one by one, and I can still remember my tears hitting the pages as I was reading it," Rhonda says. "It gave me a glimpse of The Secret. It was like a flame inside of my heart. And with every day since, it's just become a raging fire of wanting to share all of this with the world."

From PGY's CY

It's more of a non-fiction, self-help type of book. I'm already half way through. Quite interesting book. Hopefully will post up a review after I'm done with the book.

Here's the online ebook I found.
Read this document on Scribd: Rhonda Byrne The Secret

Here's the PDF version