Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Police Career of Ron Ng

Ron's career starts in the Police Training School. After weeks of gruelling training, he emerges as the top cadet (The Academy)




Ron and the rest of the newly minted officers are dispatched to various police stations. Ron is assigned to the Patrol Sub Unit and later selected to join the Police Tactical Unit. His heroism inspires Madam Kate to join the police force (On the First Beat)




During his early days on foot patrol, Ron has a clash with Laughing Gor (movie Turning Point)




After his term with PTU expires, Ron is assigned to the regional Special Duty Squad. He gets handpicked for an undercover mission into the triads, where he encounters Laughing Gor again. With his mission accomplished, he officially joins the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau (E.U.)




Ron is promoted to Sergeant and reunited with Madam Kate in the Criminal Investigation Department, although Madam Kate has already reached a higher rank than him (Forensic Heroes III)




Ron receives another promotion to Inspector and gets to lead his own CID team. He is rotated to be a School Liaison Officer in the Police Public Relations Bureau. Afterwards, he is transferred to the Crime Prevention Bureau (Yes Sir, Sorry Sir)




Next, Ron takes on the challenges and rigours of the Special Duties Unit. His experience there makes him a perfect fit for the Anti-Terrorist Force (Ruse of Engagement)




Ron rejoins the CID and goes on his second undercover mission, except this time, he can continue his daily routine as a police officer while on his mission. He receives a promotion to Senior Inspector. (Black Heart White Soul)




Ron has stint at the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Bureau, where he diffuses a bomb that threatened to destroy Hong Kong's cross-harbour tunnels. (movie Shock Wave)




Ron will soon be returning to the Special Duties Unit, along with Chief Inspector Michael Miu. (Flying Tigers)


Updated September 17, 2017

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

FILMART 2014

Swipe Tap Love


Ghost Dragon of Hidden Mountain


The Ultimate Addiction


Madam Cutie on Duty


Under the Veil (Double Fantasies remake)


Line Walker


Rear Mirror



Other featured series: Inbound Troubles IIRuse of EngagementStorm in a Cocoon


See trailers from Day 2


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ill-Fated Couples


Steven Ma and Tavia Yeung


2006 - Land of Wealth - SPLIT UP
2009 - Sweetness in the Salt - SPLIT UP
2010 - Cupid Stupid - SPLIT UP
2014 - Storm in a Cocoon - ???


Vincent Wong & Nancy Wu


2010 - Gun Metal Grey - DEATH
2013 - Season of Love - SPLIT UP
2014 - Coffee Cat Mama - HAPPY ENDING


Wayne Lai & Nancy Wu
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2009 - Rosy Business - DEATH
2011 - Forensic Heroes III - SPLIT UPDEATH
2012 - The Confidant - DEATH (HAPPY ENDING in alternate)


Bosco Wong & Linda Chung


2008 - Moonlight Resonance - SPLIT UP
2008 - Gem of Life - SPLIT UP
2012 - Witness Insecurity - DEATH


Raymond Lam & Kate Tsui


2008 - The Four - SPLIT UP
2012 - Highs and Lows - DEATH


Moses Chan & Sonija Kwok


2002 - Love and Again - SPLIT UP
2002 - Where Legend Begins - DEATH
2004 - Family Man - SPLIT UP
2006 - Land of Wealth - SPLIT UP

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Liebster Award

Thank you to misscupcakees, love_of_tvb and Ginny for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

What is the Liebster Award?
There isn't actually an "award" presented to someone like the TVB Anniversary Awards. The Liebster Award can best be described as a sort of "shout-out" from the nominator to help promote blogs that they like. It also allows readers of the nominee blog to find out a bit more about the blog writer.

The Rules:
1. Link back to the person that nominated you
2. Answer your nominator's set of questions
3. Devise your own set of 10 questions
4. Nominate 10 other blogs
5. Notify your nominees that they have been nominated


Now let's get to answering the questions!

misscupcakees from A Fairytale World

1. How did you get into blogging about drama?
I wanted to try my hand at blogging, so I decided to choose a topic that I could talk a lot about – TVB.

2. What is your all-time favourite drama troupe that you can watch over and over again?
Actually I'd rather see some fresh combinations out of TVB, but I suppose the Jonathan Chik crew (Moses, Kenny, Bowie, Charmaine, Maggie, etc) is okay to watch in various combinations. If only his dramas weren't so confusing though...

3. Who is your favourite OTP and why?
I can only think of Mandy Wong and Benjamin Yuen from The Hippocratic Crush II right now. They had a lot of playful gestures in the background that made them seem like a real couple.


4. Who do you have the most severe SLS (second lead syndrome) towards?
Chilam Cheung in Triumph in the Skies II. I think Chilam-Fala was a better match than Francis-Fala.

5. What is your favourite MV? Link me please!
Joey Yung's "Skylight" (天窗)

6. What is one drama that you regret ever having started regardless of whether you finished it or not?
Bullet Brain. Can't believe I finished that. If you want to know why, read my review.

7. Poor girl, rich guy. Write up a drama plot revolving around them.
The poor girl is controlled by an unknown master, whose identity is unknown to her. She is ordered to get close to the rich guy to obtain trade secrets. She uses a combination of seduction and treachery to get close to the guy. Unlike most dramas, she does not fall for him or feel guilty about her actions. In the end, it is revealed that the unknown master is _________

8. Who are some guys that you can just stare at for days and nights without having them to even do anything?
Guys (or girls, for that matter) holding guns.

9. What are you currently studying/have studied etc. or what is your current job (if you are currently working)?
I am completing my Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Toronto.

10. What are some places you want to visit (it can be fictional or not) and where in the world do you currently reside?
I live in Toronto. Being a Chinese history buff, I want to see the Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors one day. I would also love to tour TVB City.


love_of_tvb from TVB and Thai Lakorns

1. Who is your favourite actor/actress?
Favourite actor is Ruco Chan and favourite actress is Kate Tsui.

2. What is your all-time favourite series?
I listed several of my all-time favourite series in this post. If I had to choose only one, I would say War and Beauty because it was classic palace scheming. Nothing has been comparable in terms of intensity and level of scheming.

3. Who are your favourite on-screen and off-screen pairing?
The cutest on and off-screen pair ever.
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4. Who is your favourite singer (can be an individual, band, or group)?
Right now, Joey Yung. Used to love Miriam Yeung, but she hasn't had many new releases lately.

5. How long have you been watching TVB or dramas in general? And do you watch other dramas from other countries, besides TVB?
The first drama I remember watching was Detective Investigative Files. That was in 1995, so almost 20 years. But I don't remember what many of the old dramas were about. I don't tend to watch dramas other than TVB, but I recently finished the Mainland drama The Legend of Kublai Khan.

6. How long have you been in the blogging world?
Since July 8, 2012, so about a year and a half now.

7. What part of the world do you live in? (You can be specific or not.)
Toronto, Canada

8. How old are you? (You can give an age group.)
Early 20s

9. What are you studying, and what major? If you’re working, then what field?
I'm completing my Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Toronto.

10. List five facts about yourself.
I am a Leo. I am a night owl. I have no musical skills whatsoever. I am very indecisive, even over small things. My pet peeve is people who don't stop talking.


Ginny from TVB Perspective

1. What is the last TVB series you watched?
Last completed series was Gilded Chopsticks. Currently watching Storm in a Cocoon and Ruse of Engagement.

2. When did you start blogging?
July 8, 2012. Here was my first post: Welcome!

3. What languages do you speak/write?
I can speak and write fluently in English and Chinese (Cantonese). Really glad I can understand Chinese because I can watch dramas without subtitles.

4. Have you met any celebrities in the past, and if so who and where?
I bumped into several stars when I was in Hong Kong - Ruco Chan, Louise Lee, Benz Hui, Jack Wu, Divas in Distress cast. I've also seen some stars who have come to Toronto for performances. I have a tag for all my Star Sightings.

5. What is your favourite food?
Sushi

6. What types of series do you usually prefer? (crime, historical, romantic, legal, etc)
My favourite are investigative-type series, so police or legal dramas fit the bill. I like historical dramas that deal with palace or politics. Not the biggest fan of cheesy romantic series.

7. Where are you from?
I live in Toronto.

8. Do you have any siblings? 
I have a younger sister.

9. What are your hobbies?
Aside from watching dramas and blogging, I love watching hockey.

10. What do you like about blogging?
I love being able to freely share my thoughts, news or information with fellow TVB fans. It is a great motivation for me when other people say that they find my posts to be interesting or informative. I also take a lot of pride in watching my blog grow.



Here are my questions for other bloggers:
1. Most recent drama that you finished
2. A drama that you have re-watched more than once
3. If you could travel back in time to meet someone, who would you want to meet?
4. Least favourite character from a drama
5. See my answer above to #7 from misscupcakees' questions ("Poor girl, rich guy..."). Fill in the blank.
6. If you could be in any drama, which drama and what role would you be in?
7. Most inspiring quote from a drama
8. Biggest pet peeve
9. If you could be invisible, what is one thing you would do?
10. Name a weird piece of random trivia that you know (can be TVB-related or not)

I nominate:
AC from My Favourite TVB
Dramalover at TVB Drama Reviews - [Dramalover's answers!]
Foreverlovetvb from Forever Love TVB
Kaptain A from A Virtual Voyage
Lynne from TVB Horizon - [Lynne's answers!]
Mashiro from Random City
Nicole from TVB Lovers
Sandalls and Teddie from TVB: A Way of Thinking
Summer from Just TVB Artist - [Summer's answers!]
Tvbfans from Totally Very Best

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My answer to my own questions:
1. Gilded Chopsticks
2. The Conqueror's Story. I watched it when I was young and watched it again recently to learn about the history.
3. Kublai Khan, because I just finished watching a drama about him.
4. Sire Ma in Bullet Brain. Actually, Sire Ma in just about anything.
5. The unknown master is the rich guy. He set her up to get close to himself because he liked her and wanted to create an opportunity to be close to her.
6. I’d like to be a highly-intelligent criminal in a police drama (like Tavia’s role in the Sky Eye sales presentation clip). I would be a criminal that can outwit the police and doesn't get caught in the end.
7. “Life is like a bus ride. Some people get on, some people get off.” said by Ben Wong in A Great Way to Care II. This quote helped me understand to let go of the old and welcome new people in my life.
8. People who don't know when to stop talking
9. I'd probably follow celebrities around and see what they do away from cameras.
10. The City of London is a city in a city in a country in a country. Watch this video to find out why.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Manchu Han Imperial Feast



The Manchu Han Imperial Feast (滿漢全席) is a grand banquet in Chinese cuisine. It is featured in episode 25 of Gilded Chopsticks.

The Feast originated during the Qing Dynasty. At that time, there was a lot of societal tension between the Manchu and Han. For his 66th birthday, the Kangxi Emperor decided to hold a grand banquet and invited Manchu and Han officials to dine together, in hopes of creating peace between the two ethnic groups. The full details of the Feast were first recorded during the Qianlong era.

The Feast had over 300 dishes, featuring both Manchu and Han dishes. Typically the Manchu dishes were sampled before the Han dishes. Among the dishes were four sets of “Eight Delicacies” from the mountain, sea, sky and forest. The ingredients used included monkey brain, shark fin, bear’s claw and camel’s hump.

There is a specified procedure for the Feast. When the guests arrive, they would first wash their hands and face. They are served with a cup of tea and appetizers, and are free to mingle. Once the tables are set, the guests take their seats and the Feast officially begins. They would eat the fruits first, followed by four cold dishes with wine, and then four hot plates. They will drink three rounds of wine before a main course is brought out. After the main course, the guests take a break to wash their face while the tables are cleared for the next round of food. There are several more rounds of food. Rice and porridge is served in the final round to bring the Feast to an end. The guests are offered toothpicks and water to wash their faces before leaving the banquet.

The Feast was served over six meals, spanning three days. It was separated into the inner-palace and outer-palace banquets. The inner-palace banquet was reserved for only the Emperor, imperial family and top officials. Other officials attended the outer-palace banquet. All attendees had to wear full court dress and entered the dining room by order of their rank.

Nowadays, it is rare to have an authentic Manchu Han Imperial Feast since many dishes used meat from endangered species. Moreover, the recipes and cooking methods are no longer known. A typical replication of the Feast today consists of 108 dishes.




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Friday, March 07, 2014

Overview - Swipe Tap Love




The year 2009 might have been an ordinary year for most people, but it was the turning point for two disheartened souls.

A news story about a fire causes TV reporter Priscilla Wong to think back to her father’s sudden death from a car crash. She regrets missing the opportunity to see him for the last time. That day, she encounters a glass artist (Raymond Wong) who had lost his sister in the fire. They stroll along the streets and silently accompany each other through the night. Afraid to miss another opportunity, Priscilla borrows Raymond’s cellphone to record a heartfelt message to her pursuer, Tony Hung.

Four years later, Priscilla is now a marketing manager at a chocolate company. She and Tony have grown distant and eventually break up. Priscilla and Raymond meet again when her mother (Rebecca Chan) agrees to babysit his daughter. They start to communicate through text messaging. Through their texts, they send each other support for work, family and love. It appears that, in their hearts, an app for love has already been installed…


Swipe Tap Love Promo Clips
Swipe Tap Love Theme Song


Monday, March 03, 2014

Birthdays of the Month - March

March 1 - Luisa Maria Leitão


March 2 - Sheren Tang; Meini Cheung
 

March 9 - Ronald Cheng


March 13 - Kay Tse


March 15 - Angelina Lo


March 16 - Du Yange


March 17 - Alex Fong; Pal Sinn
 

March 20 - Maggie Cheung


March 23 - Edwin Siu; Brian Burrell
 

March 24 - Kelvin Kwan


March 25- Idy Chan; Gigi Leung
 

March 26 - Oscar Leung


March 27 - Hubert Wu


March 28 - Chung King Fai


March 29 - Rosanne Lui; William Chak
 

March 30 - Nancy Sit