A Year in Review: 2008

2008 brought us many great series. Many comeback starts, many rising stars and many new stars. Many sequels, many new series and even some outstanding ones.

Top 10:
10. Catch Me Now

This was a great series but it failed to make it high on my list. It had a very nice storyline and it was a police/crime story ahead of its time. It was awesome seeing the gadgets and the way Damian gets out of his crime. It also brought me to love Johnson Lee a little more and founded an actress that I like now Koni Liu. Fala Chen is also very pretty and outstanding in this series as Joe’s wife. The chemisty between Joe and Damian was pretty nice in working together even though they have 2 different standings. The ending was pretty great too, with 2 endings.

9. Your Class or Mine

I got to say that I quite enjoyed this series. I like the chemistry between everyone in the cast. I especially love Sharon and Bobby together. They are pretty cute when they had scenes together. The “kiddos” in this series weren’t that bad either. They are actually pretty good actors, considering that they are pretty much new. The storyline was great and can be relate-able to a lot of kids (like myself) struggling with sports and school at the same time.  I think I would like to re-watch this series again one day, since in the beginning I didn’t really pay attention in the beginning of the series.

8. A Journey Called Life

I think this was one of the best inspirational series out there. It was kind of ironic how it talks about life and making it through life when they have a business to crave tombstones. Linda’s performance was amazing as a rebel/bad girl, it got me ready for her other series Gem of Life. Of course her relationship with Steven was just too cute too. Other then Linda, Fala Chen had a nice performance too, it was a pity that she had to die off.

7. D.I.E

For the longest time, I thought that D.I.E would be a very high rated series for me,also thinking that only Moonlight Resonance could beat this out of first place. I was wrong, better series came on through the next couple of months after the airing of D.I.Ethat totally beat it down into 7thplace. With a creative storyline and concept, this was very much a new kind of series that was opened up in 2008. This series also brought me to be a fan of Margie Tsang and a stable fan of Derek Kwok. I can’t wait to watch D.I.E II but is sad because Margie won’t be in this one.

6. Moonlight Resonance

A lot of people might have Moonlight as number one this year or even at their top 3 if not even their top 5. I placed it near the bottom of my top ten for many reasons. Even though I was hooked onto this series, I didn’t felt as if it was good as Heart of Greed. I felt the surprise left me because I know this series will have a good ending. Along with that, their love stories were draggy and not expand enough. For example, the Bosco-Linda-Raymond issue was really draggy, it got me to a point where I didn’t care who she ended up with and Tavia and Moses was a couple that didn’t have much focus on especially on how they even got together. Even though I like the concept of moon-cake and family, this series wasn’t good enough for me. This might even be a series that I might not watch again since it is pretty long.

5. Best Selling Secret

I was glad that I did picked up this series late 2007. It wasn’t that bad after all and it made a very high ranking in my 2008 list. It was maybe Esther’s only series for a while but it was one of the best. Her love story with Geoffrey was a memorable one. It was cute and love-able and it just wanted viewers and me to get them together already. This was satisfied by the time Esther left BSS. This series also brought out the Elvina-Tsui Wing match and Florence -Stephen match, which left the viewer satisfied after Esther’s leave. Even though this series wasn’t exactly funny or dramatic, it was pretty much of a good series to lay back to watch. I will definitely re-watch this series one day.

4. Forensic Heros II

I remember rushing back to the hotel/house just to watch this series when I was in HK/China. I remember during its finale, I was staying at Disneyland and I was suppose to go get something to eat but I didn’t until very late, cause I wanted to finish watching this special hour for this series. In the beginning it was pretty boring and my expectations for Linda’s death wasn’t reached so I was disappointed. Near the end the series was much more interesting, with the dramatic cases and the storyline between Charmaine and Kevin, it kept me wanting more.

3. Silver Chamber of Sorrow

I wasn’t expecting this series to be so good. I picked it up after watching their 6th episode, cause after that I didn’t know how I was going to let this series go. It was like a different version of War and Beauty(something magnificent as well). I loved the fighting, the bickering the hatred with everyone. I especially loved Christine’s character. She was so innocent at first, but after finding out how she was tricked into this marriage of someone she doesn’t love, made her a bit evil. It was great watching her and Ng Wai Kwok scenes together, ‘an almost lover’ love story. The ending was great and unexpected to see how Christine lived through the fire. With the majestic theme song, captivating storyline and a period where woman has no standing, this series should have been promoted just a little more.

2. Last One Standing

An outstanding series of its time. It almost felt like as it this series was our modern day Secret of the Heart or like Cold Blood Warm Heart. Both Roger and Kevin did amazing in this series, but still unable to grab any awards due to the hype on Moonlight Resonance. This series had a different ending unlike a lot of normal typical series, this ending didn’t have a conclusion to Roger. I think that this series can be the most unrated series of all time. Honestly, I felt as if this series could have taken away a lot of things from Moonlight Resonance, but due to the fact that Moonlight really had to take most of the awards, Last One Standing was swept away in a little corner without any attention to it. If only this series had aired later, maybe in 2009, this series would have been a blockbuster at the awards.

1. When Easterly Shadows Fall on the Sunny West

Surprise Surprise. As I was thinking about writing the end of the year review a month ago, I never expected WESFOTSW would take the title as #1. I wouldn’t have even touch this series, if it wasn’t for bad engknowlegdement of Joe being within 20 miles of me each day. I needed to watch this series, on how I could have met him while he was filming…sigh. Other than that pity story, this series was pretty good in that I felt as if it was something different. It was different in the case that even though Joe did turn astray, he didn’t fall completely, he still had a son and the woman he loved in the end, which was a nice ending. I also didn’t expect so many people to die, which was a plus for the dramatic factor. It was nice to see how Joe falls every time someone dies. Which this also lead me to think, did everything that Joe did, was it because he wanted power or was it to please his family name and the title of being the head of the house. Sadly this series wasn’t a high rated one due to our economic times, but I believed that this series is pretty good, something definitely worth re-watching again.

Series that didn’t quite make it:

A series that I didn’t really care too much about. There was hype but I didn’t think it was all that great. Bosco hairstyle was very ugly in this series and it didn’t match him at all. All in all though this series was pretty cute and it was nice how they focused on magizine and the world of fashion. I think this might be a series that I would rewatch again.

I am still wondering why Gallen would do this series. It was cute and fun series but it is still somewhat pointless in its storyline. I guess it was still pretty much fun to watch this series with most of my favorite actors and actresses in it, and with my newly love actress Margie. 🙂

I was hooked onto this series from episode one. I guess it was the mystery of the deaths that got me hooked and that it was Michael Miu here 😀 As this series progress, it was exciting but in the end after looking back at this series I didn’t find it that great. It was not too extreme dramatic storyline but it was good enough to keep viewers watching and guessing.

It was sad, it was cute, it was funny and it was heartbreaking. Seventh day was a very nice modern love story about 2 couples. I liked how it had a storybook design and I liked the concept of the whole series.  Even though I felt like this was a fresh series, I felt that  it was pretty boring. In a way it kinda got repetitive. Getting back together, breaking up, getting back together. In the middle of the series I actually skipped many episode, due to its boring storyline. Overall I liked the pairing of Niki and Kevin, they are just too cute. For me re-watching this series, I am still iffy on it, since it was pretty boring but it was pretty cute.

Series that I didn’t watched:

I don’t know how many people that I told, saying I would watch this series by the time my summer vacationends. It never exactly happen. I have watched clips and bits of it and even got to watch the second half of the ending. I heard many praises and many non praises of this series, which left me wondering if I should watch it or not. After about debating for a month and leaving it alone. I think this series would be left alone forever. I don’t think I would have the energy to actually watch a series about a topic, I honestly don’t care about.

This series was airing a week before finals and with my trip to New York, and airing at the mid spot of the night when I was in HK /China. I just didn’t have time to watch it. I think I have only watched about 5 minutes in HK, when I was at dinner, just before we left the resturant. I don’t really plan on watching this series …anytime soon at least since it doesn’t look too interesting to me. Who knows maybe I will pick it up soon, but I highly doubt it.

Another series that was air when I was in HK/China, during the timeslot when I was going back to the house/hotel so I wasn’t able to watch this series. I only watched about 10 minute one time and that was it. I told myself that I will watch this series this winter break, but for my busy scheduele, I wasn’t able to pick it up. I do hope I get to watch this series soon because even looking at Kate and Ken’s pictures together I find this a very cute series already.

I have watch many bits and pieces of it when it was playing in my living room cause my dad was watching it. I quite like it but I never just picked it up since I didn’t have time and that kung-fu/police ancient series aren’t my type of thing to watch. I am pretty sure that I would pick up this series again since I do like the plot and from what I seen, it was pretty good.

I don’t think I will ever watch this series due to my lack of interest in fantasy,even though I like Sunny, Linda, and Benny.

As much as I liked the first gentle crackdown. Sunny and Wayne can’t pull me in  to watch this series. I just didn’t want to watch it cause my lack of interest in the storyline.

Another series that was airing when I was in HK on saturdays. I have watched snippets of it and I did enjoy those couple of mintues of it. I think I will picked up this series once I get the time. I like all these schooling mini-series, like their previous Heart of Fencing and Sunshine Heartbeat.

Dislike series:

This is one of the series that I didn’t like this year. It was also the first series that I wrote in this blog. One factor that lead to that was Louisa character bugged me a lot. The way she used people and everything disgusted me and the series in whole. I didn’t like how the series portray out the storyline withJapanese food as the center of attention with a character like Louisa. I felt like it didn’t match and the storyline was very boring to me. The things I did like about it was that character pairing.

Series that wasn’t finish airing in 2008😦 since it wasn’t finish in 2008 I won’t be judging them or talking about them until 2009 review)
Off Pedder,Pages of Treasures, The Gem of Life


Wasabi Mon Amour Final Thoughts

I wrote a nice long ending, and somehow it got deleted and i don’t know why, and i am too pissed to rewrite everything so its going to be short, just mostly my thoughts instead of a summary of the ending.

I finally finished Wasabi Mon Amour. I don’t think i would ever rewatched this series. This is just not a very entertaining series. I guess its okay if you just watch it to kill time.

Michael and Lousia. I don’t like them together. I don’t know why, they just don’t have the look on being together. In the end they , well i guess they end up together.  I guess it does look better for them to be together now since she is matured now. it is better than when all she wanted was fame and used people to help her get what she needed. She i guess grew up a lot in this series by the end. She didn’t want fame anymore and she took a TV job to prove that what she did was wrong and she fixed that and now she is really a cook.

I like them together more. Joyce and Michael i guess has the look of being together. Too bad they didn’t actually ended up together in the end, it figures since Joyce isn’t the main lead actress here. I wish she was and she could have been more convincing as a greedy girl that wanted fame more than anything. But i guess she is getting smaller roles since she just came back to TVB. Well at least they were together for a while.

This is a cute couple. The bickering at the beginning to the love at the end. This is what TVB always does to get people together in half their series. It was cute how Felix pretended to be sick so he can see Kara more. He even went to the trash bus to get her lottery ticket that she won 4000$ i think. Felix is so tanned in this series, and Kara looks prettier in this series than when she was on the First Beat.

This is a cute couple too but too bad we didn’t see them after they smiled at each other at the wedding of bernice’s “boyfriend”. I am guessing they got together, i don’t know it looks like it. This is the first time i have seen Dexter and he is pretty cute, like the nerdy cute. =] bernice did a good job as always in this series.

in the end, i don’t know if i want to recommend anyone watching this show. I guess if you are BIG Lousia fans or BIG Michael fan you would want to watch it, but other than that. I suggested you don’t waste too much time on this series. I only watched it cause of Michael, Felix, Kara,Bernice and Paul in this series. I didn’t like Lousia much in this series because of her character so i didn’t really watch this series because of her. on the other note, i like her in Best Selling Secret though. =]

Rating. 2.3/5

Wasabi Mon Amour Middle Thoughts

So I watched about 12 espoides of WMA, i can’t believe i made it this far. Recently i haven’t really watch every esp. of the series,i only watch the beginning and the end. The thing that kept me holding onto this series is i think Michael Tao, Bernice, Felix and Kara. Not so much Lousia because i don’t like her character here. Without them I think I would have given up. Recent TVB series haven’t done a good job in holding me onto watching all the eps from 1-20, the last one that i watch was i think Ultimate Crime Fighter.

 I don’t want to do that each epsoide summary cause well i am lazy, and i don’t find WMA that interesting to do so. I will do a 3 part summary/thought ( beginning, middleish, ending) some future series, and if i really really like that series or i am not lazy i will do more parts to it. Mostly its due to just laziness =]

Bernice thought that Dexter was gay and has a relatinship with their boss. The truth is that he is the boss younger brother. he is hiding his identity so that girls who like him for him, not his money. It seemed like Dexter has a crush on Bernice, and well she doesn’t like him back. She told him that she had a boyfriend who is in the hospitial because of an accident, to somehow give Dexter a rejection.

I think that Dexter is cute, like a nerdy geeky cute. He doesn’t look compatiable with Bernice though, i don’t know why. Maybe cause I am use to her being with taller, older looking, better looking men. I don’t know. but it would be interesting to see how they get together or what not.

Michael and Lousia relationship. Lousia told him that she wanted to married him but Michael didn’t hear it cause he fell asleep. i thought it was pretty funny that he fell alseep when she said that. I honestly don’t like this pairing, I just don’t like how Michael is so sweet and everything and Lousia is just ugh. I wanted Michael to be with a nice girl, that doesn’t care about fame.

Joyce and Michael. She is the owner of her late husband resturant, and she wanted to be the cook of the resturant because they head cook is always bullying her. She couldn’t take it anymore and she just broke down. Michael was there to tell her she can do it and do it for her son. She clam down and went back to the resturant. Lousia got pissed and she burned her hand along with Joyce. Michael yelled at her and Lousia left.

This looks like a third party. I don’t mind Michael and Lousia having a third partybecause i don’t like them together. I know that they won’t end up together but its still nice to see that Michael cares for her. I wish these 2 were a couple instead.

OMG, i love this scene. Felix can be the funniest person and the worst person ever. Kara used Lousia cellphone to help repair the relationship of Lousia and Michael. But Felix was at the other end of the cellphone instead of Michael and he read the text message. He reply saying some mean stuff and Kara started to fight back, and it was a little kung-fu ninjia game going on or something with texting. Eventually the battery die.

These two are a cute “couple” You can have a feeling they might fall for each other. It always happen, hate become love cause they finally see the good of each other. Typical TVB magic. haha but if they don’t its funny to watch them together and everything.

In the end of esp. 11. Lousia was driving along the street when there is traffic, she got out of the car to see what was going on. She saw that it was one of the staff at her restuarnt was under the car and she got all worried then she found it was Michael. She started crying and said that she needed to married him before he can die. Then Michael appears to the scene and told her what happen, and the person under the car is the theif. Michael heard what she said and ask her if she meant it and she said she did.

I don’t have anything to say.

Felix doesn’t want them to get married, because he doesn’t like Lousia. All Lousia done was used Michael, which is true. She used Michael to get her fame now. Michael always helped her and protect her. Paul had to give part share of the resturant to Michael for Felix to let them get married.

So one lady[lan] wanted helped from Lousia to help her make a cake so she can give it to the guy she had a crush on for about 4 years and express her love for him. Lousia didn’t want to help her, but Michael conviced her to do it. Later on they found out the guy was Felix and Michael told Lousia didn’t want her to do it cause his brother would never fall for a girl like Lan and would embrassed her in front of everyone. Lousia didn’t to let this case go and she told Felix to accepted her because she had cancer and be nice to her before she dies. Which was a lie.She also tricked Michael.

Lousia can do anything to get what she wants.

After Felix and Lan get together, Felix founded out that Lousia tricked him into being with Lan. Lan didn’t have cancer she is just fainting from her weight loss for him. Felix got piss and smack Lan on the head and left. He was drunk and told Kara and Paul on accident and Paul got pissed.

Paul had enough of her lying and he went up to the studio to tell everyone that she is a liar. Michael knew everything and stopped Paul from going in because he didn’t want Paul and Lousia relationship to go bad.  Michael went into the studio and refuse to help her prepare the crab. He started to tell everyone that she can’t do anything and her title was a lie. To prove that she was Mei Nu Chu Sun, she was to prepare the crab on her own. She couldn’t.

Lousia is so greedy for fame. I don’t like it. She hurted so many people around her, she hurted the people that cared about her the most. I don’t know why Michael would be with her. It seemed like she is when him because no matter what he is going to back her up when she does all these wrong stuff and he is the only one to forgive her.

 Note: Don’t get me wrong i feel  like all i am saying is i hate Lousia, I don’t hate her i hate her character. So technically i hate Me, not Lousia. I actually love Lousia. I feel like i am saying i hate her cause i keep putting her real name, instead of her character name, which made me feel bad. but yeah just so you know.


By the way i got another new banner. =] oh and do you guys like the bigger screencaps or the smaller ones from the previous entry. i did bigger one cause i didn’t have that much picture to make it a small 500×88 image