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Music Compilation: 80s Favourites

The Music Lesson Frederic, Lord Leighton Oil on canvas 1877

Music Compilation: 80s Favourites

The 80s is Madonna’s era of domination.  And she really dominated.  But Michael Jackson lorded it.  The release of his Thriller album put him into an stratospheric level which was well above the rest.

Madonna – Material Girl 

Madonna – Like A Virgin

Michael Jackson – Thriller 1982

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Madonna – La Isla Bonita

Laura Branigan – Self Control

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun 

Kenny Rogers Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream

Flashdance • What a Feeling • Irene Cara

Hello by Lionel Richie

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

The Bangles – Eternal Flame

George Michael – Careless Whisper 

Chris de Burgh ~ Lady in Red (Kelly Lebrock) Marilyn Monroe style

Billy Ocean – Suddenly

Rockwell – Cuts like knife

Music Compilation: 50s Favourites

Two Women by Pablo Picasso

Music Compilation: 50s Favourites

50s music, though before I was born, holds a special place in my heart and memories.  Certain songs from the 50s remind me of how my father and mother loved each other.

Music Compilation: 70s Favourites

Mandolin & fruit bowl by Pablo Picasso

Music Compilation: 70s Favourites

Personally I think the 70s is the golden age of music.

Music Compilation: 60s Favourites

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

Music Compilation: 60s Favourites

Music is not just about the lyrics and the tune.  It is about the memory or memories that it evokes when you listen to it.  It is a sensorial memory! 🙂

Music Compilation: 2011 -2017 Favourites

Book of Job by William Blake

Music Compilation: 2011 -2017 Favourites

Music Compilation: 2000 -2010 Favourites

Primavera, Sandro Borticelli

Music Compilation: 2000 -2010 Favourites

 

Music Compilation: 90s Favourites

The Duet by Cornelis Saftleven

Music Compilation: 90s Favourites

Below is a music compilation of my favourite 90s sound.

 

 

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

True, Spandau Ballet were gods to me during the 80s.

I loved them so much. To Cut a Long Story Short I lost my mind!

I have to thank God that Duran Duran existed at the same time for my sister, Marilou.  To be honest,  I Don’t Need This Pressure On competing with my sister’s adoration of the same band.  Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, John Keeble and Steve Norman of SB were mine.  🙂  My sister and I had a very good Communication.  She told me news about Duran Duran and I told her about Spandau.

There are also times when she saw merchandise of SB, she would generously buy them for me.  My sister was a Lifeline.

The 80s was Gold.    The New Romantics were in.  A lot of great bands were breeding in the UK and the US was producing the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.

Though Spandau Ballet did not make it really big in America, they were so popular in the Philippines.  Highly Strung girls, like me, would scream our head off when one of their songs were played.

Sadly seeing Spandau Ballet nowadays would be Through The Barricade, this is from my point of view as a purist.  Tony Hadley, the band’s vocalist has left the group, again.  It’s going Round and Round. Who knows, Tony might rejoin again in the near future. This is my Instinction.

A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)


A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)

This is such a cute drama.  I have seen about 16 episodes, in which only 11 so far are subtitled in English.  Despite the language barrier (can’t understand Chinese), I still found the drama quite engaging.  Probably because of the script is well developed plus the fact that the cast is beautiful and handsome.  Most of them are newbies, new to the business, which is amazing in itself as they do deliver fine acting.  When you have a good line-up of actors, it is usually hard to go wrong.

Cast:

  • Hu Yi Tian as Jiang Chen
  • Chen Yue as Chen Xiao Xi
  • Wang Zi Wei as Lin Jing Xiao
  • Gao Zhi Ting as Wu Bai Song
  • Zhang He Hao Zhen as Li Shu
  • Sun Ning as Lu Yang
  • Lv Yan as Li Wei

I love the main girl, Chen Xiao Xi.  She’s so lovely, full of vim.  She knows what she wants and goes for it.  At the age of 16 she wanted Jiang Chen, the genius boy of her class.

This drama spans 19 years of their turbulent romantic life.  Based from the trailers of forthcoming episodes, it will not be all roses all the way through; there are a lot of angsts and buckets of tears!

There are apparently 24 episodes.  It is probably divided into 2 series, that is why their is hiatus after episode 12.

By the way, it can be hard to wait for Chinese dramas to be subbed in English, which is rather frustrating sometimes especially when the drama is deemed to be good. I would like, therefore, to thank some hard-working youtube subbers (most of them hold full time jobs and study), who do subtitling in their spare time.  I would therefore would like to encourage you to subscribe to their channels to show appreciation.

Cheers!

 

Episode 1 

Chen Xiao Xi was without any qualms in pursuing Jiang Chen.  She told him she liked him in which he replied “I don’t like you.”  This hardly made Chen Xiao Xi stopped on her track.  In fact she researched on the internet how to make someone like you back.  So funny.  love it.

I love the characters.  Chen Xiao Xi is a least a foot shorter than Jiang Chen but somehow they looks so cute together.

Episode 2

This is story about children and parents.  Appreciate your parents while you still can.

Episode 3

This episode is about Chen Xiao Xi wanting to be the class monitor.

Episode 9

This episode is cuteness overload.  Jiang Chen and Xiao Xi riding the same bike together is just the cutest!  It is a bit sad though for the second male lead.  He is rather adorable in his own way because he always put Xiao Xi first before himself.. all the time!  The main topic of this episode is joining the class debating team.

Episode 10

This one is about Avian flu.  Of course Xiao Xi would be at least of those suspected of contracting bird flu.

Episode 11

This is rather sweet.  Finally Jiang Chen is showing a romantic interest in Xiao Xi.

It was nearing Christmas and about gift giving.  The girls were frantically knitting scarves, hats and gloves for their crushes.  Of course Xiao Xi can’t knit.  Instead Jiang Chen gave her his scarf when it was snowing.  So sweet.

Episode 12,

Their class was going on a field trip.  During the trip Xiao Xi and her friends prepared for her confession again to Jiang Chen.  They brought fireworks with them which they would lit up as she was confessing.  Unfortunately, it did not go the way it was planned.  Another girl was confessing to Jiang Chen when the fireworks burst into a myriad of colours. Xiao Xi witnessed Jiang Chen hugging the girl. Thank goodness Wo Bu Song(second male lead) was there to take the crying Xiao Xi away from the scene.

Episode 13

This episode is the aftermath of the aborted confession by Xiao Xi to Jiang Chen.

Episode 14

Episode 15

Episode 16

 

 

 

Chinese & Taiwanese Dramas OST

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Chinese & Taiwanese Dramas OST

What makes a drama memorable?  There are a lot to consider but I think one big factor is the soundtrack that goes with it.  With just a few notes, you know what drama the soundtrack is from.

I can’t understand Chinese Mandarin or Cantonese but somehow the tune of the music gets to me.

Here is a list of my favourite.

  • Guess, by Joanne Tseng for Attention, Love (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Ending Cut, by Eleanor Lee for The Big Boss (Chinese Drama)
  • I’ll be There, by Silence Wang for Dear Prince (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Promise by A.N. Jell for Fabulous Boys (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Is This a Dream by Hu Ti Yian for A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama)

 

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