{music} Raymond Wong

So, I don't know if you guys have noticed, but I am a big fan of Raymond Wong. (: As I was going through this Chinese music website, I found a song that he sang! It was for ATV's series Son from the Past, which aired in 2004. Since blogger can't host music files, I uploaded it on tumblr, haha. Listen here! I've been listening to this on repeat ever since I downloaded the song, haha. I didn't think that his voice would be suitable for singing, but he proved me wrong. I wish he would sing more~

{random} MWNS gif

I found this in my pictures folder, apparently I never posted it. haha I really liked this scene, it was so funny. I actually never finished this series, maybe I should start it again. :)

{tvb} King Maker Final Thoughts

I finally finished King Maker just now. Although it was interesting from episodes 5-20, to me, it sort of lost its magic after that. Spoilers are rampant in this post, so be careful reading. haha

I already wrote some of my thoughts on the characters in my previous post, but here are some more thoughts. Basically after Sam Leung (Kristal Tin) and Yu Tsing/Sheung Hei (Patrick Tang) died, I did not care if any of the other characters died afterwards. I don't know what happened, but I got really tired of all the characters. I think the only character that I liked for the whole time they were were Yeung Kuk (Sammy Shun) and Sam Leung. 
The characters that I were supposed to support and pity did not warrant any of those feelings. This is especially true with Prince Shing. After he became 'sane' again, it seemed as if his character changed a lot. And, really, wanting to kill an innocent child and Yu Ching (Wayne Lai)? I understand that he was afraid Yu Ching would go against him and have Prince Yin be made Emperor, but Yu Ching had done a lot for him. Without Yu Ching, I really doubt that he would still be alive. Also, I used to like Yu Ching, but his stubbornness annoyed me. He's written well, at least historically, because he is a good example of officials who were loyal to the country. Still, the only time I felt sorry for him was when Sheung Hei died. The only time that I liked his character was when he helped Consort Wai (Florence Kwok) and Prince Wo (Lai Lok Yi) not get killed by Prince Shing. Also, Prince Wo isn't such a bad character. It's just that he was led off the right path by his mom and Yeung Chi Shan. I feel sorry for him and his wife. 
I actually liked Yuk Kiu (Elaine Yiu) as well. I understood why she did all the things that she did. She thought she was being filial by sacrificing herself, but in fact she was just being used by her father. It's too bad that she died trying to save Yu Chiing, even though it was not necessary.
And can I just say that I really really dislike Yu Jing/Hung Ying/Consort Lai (Natalie Tong)? 

Honestly, if it were not for the fact that I was so close to finishing the series, I would have stopped watching and just read the spoilers. In my opinion, Episodes 19/20 would have been a good place to stop. The story just became stretched out with Tung Chiu (Kent Cheng) scheming against Yu Ching. The storyline with Consort Wai, Prince Wo, and Yeung Chi San (Joseph Lee) were more entertaining. 
I'm surprised that Yu Ching let Tung Chiu live, but I guess it just strengthens the message of King Maker and  the life of court officials. 

{tvb} King Maker Thoughts Ep 1-20

So I almost gave up on this when I was watching Episode 1 when the English subs first came out. The part where Yu Ching (Wayne Lai), his siblings, and his dad were being separated was too boring for me to continue, so I stopped watching. However, I was bored and decided to give it a try again, and I'm glad that I kept on watching.

Basically, Sam Leung (Kristal Tin) and her badassery plus episode 19 makes it worth watching. Her scenes, especially the ones when she's fighting are the ones that make KM less boring, especially with all the scheming political stuff that the series is supposed to be all about. Sure, all the things that Tung Chiu (Kent Cheng) plans up are interesting, but I prefer action a little more. But anyways, episode 19 was when basically, shit went down. [spoiler] The big bad three get their comeuppance. [/endspoiler]

Overall, I enjoy the cast's performances and characters, but Fan Hung Ying (Natalie Tong) really annoys me. Okay, so she's supposed to be 18 and the daughter of the chief and all, but did she really have to be that spoiled? When she was keeping Prince Shing (Pierre Ngo, who did a great job with the crazy scenes) in the wine cellar, I didn't really buy her character feeling sorry for him. I honestly don't like her character at all, and it seems weird that the prince would fall in love with her when his wife (Vivien Yeo) is so nice and caring.

{music} Song Time!

I've been hanging around Youtube lately listening to random songs, and I stumbled across a Japanese song called 'Yuki no Hana' (Snow Flower). Originally by Mika Nakashima, this song has been covered multiple times. I actually heard a Korean cover before by Seungri of Big Bang (my favorite group hehe), but I never knew that it was covered by so many people. I just wanted to share with you guys some of the many versions I found. :) 

Original Version by Mika Nakashima:

Korean Version by Park Hyo Shin (for the Korean drama OST of Sorry, I Love You): 
English Version by Hayley Westenra: 
Cantonese Version by Vincy Chan: 
Korean Cover by Seungri: 
Which version did you guys like best? Because of my huge bias for the maknae, Seungri's live version is definitely my favorite. hehe 

{tvb} New Series w/Bobby and Esther?

For information about the series, read Hyn5's post here
So, here was my first thought: Bobby and Esther pairing up again? Yay! haha Please TVB, make this happen! Now, I haven't been looking forward to any series this much since Three Kingdoms RPG (and we all know how that turned out - Lau Ka Ho lying about my 2R reunion), but hopefully the talks work out. To be honest, this kind of reminds me of Maiden's Vow because it spans from the ancient time to present, but it sounds like there will be less comedy. However, this is the Bobby and Esther pairing we're talking about, so I expect some comedic bits throughout the series. :) 

{other} Kindaichi Case Files

Okay, this isn't really related to TVB, but it's good news anyways. :) There's going to be a Japanese drama special called 'The Files of Young Kindaichi: Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case' that will air this winter. And, there's going to be Seungri from Big Bang in it! haha Of course, there will be Yamada Ryosuke of Hey! Say! Jump as the lead, in addition to Wu Chun, Vivian Hsu, and Eric Tsang. hehe I can't wait for this special to air~ 

{other} rambling

So guys. I'm afraid I lost my TVB mood. As I'm typing this, I'm trying to watch King Maker, and it's not that interesting. But I'll try to continue until it gets good? haha 
It's just that I'm having so many Kpop feels recently, especially since GD's new song 'That XX' was just released. *sigh* All the TVB feels I had because of Taro's birthday party is now gone. haha But here, have a cute picture of Raymond.