TVB’s Latest Drama: The Mysteries Of Love

After finishing Fly With Me (where Ada Choi is a ridiculous superhero who is conceited and obnoxious but with a conscience), I finally had the chance to start watching TVB’s latest drama, The Mysteries Of Love. I would say this series is very refreshing as I normally enjoy watching modern series more than period dramas. I find the cantonese used in the modern series far easier to understand than the ‘tau lei tau hui’ cantonese of the past. I get to learn cool new canto phrases too. Like do you know that the flab under your arm when you wave is called Bye Bye Yuk (Bye Bye Meat)?? Hahahaha. I learned that from Moses’s mother in Fly With Me.

The Mysteries Of Love has been criticized for copying a certain Japanese drama about a professor working with a detective to use science to solve cases. For someone who does not watch Japanese dramas, I am totally okay with the fact that they got Raymond Lam to portray the calm, almost sedated but brilliant Professor Kingsley and Kenneth Ma as the womanizing high flying detective. Tavia Yeung is thrown into the mix as Raymond’s love interest and she is a young police woman in this show.

I have watched three episodes so far and I CAN’T STOP OBSESSING OVER KENNETH MA!!! AHHH!!!! While we’re talking about hot actors with the surname Ma, it is with great regret and a heavy heart that I bring to you the news about Steven Ma’s upcoming wedding plans. ๐Ÿ™ My mother will be very sad as well. Stay strong, mummy. We are in this together. T_T

Kenneth Ma usually gets roles as a bumbling love struck idiot (in other words, a sor chai) and has this baby talk voice going on for his other series. But in this one, he plays a cool and suave detective who womanizes like mad!

All the girls they use to portray his girlfriends are like super hot and not a single one is pure chinese except for Bernice Liu who plays his long time fuck buddy. It is a lovely new role for Bernice too as she usually gets pure, decent and angelic roles.

There have been various interviews on the gossip blogs asking Kenneth Ma if he feels awkward while making out with his costars (too many to count) and he says that if the girls start to be a little more reserved, he will hold back. I know Hollywood have hot sex scenes as well but this is TVB we are talking about!! Where sex is mostly taboo!

He has a tendency to start stripping all his chicks from the door and then kiss them passionately until they bend over backwards and then on to the bed. Then he gets shirtless. *bites knuckles* MORE MORE MORE!!!

Given his slutty ways, Kenneth actually harbors actual feelings for Bernice, who is a globetrotting career minded journalist and has no qualms about sleeping with Kenneth on a regular basis. In the third episode, Kenneth tells Raymond that he is okay with the status of their relationship though you can hear a tinge of sadness and desperation in his voice.

Then we have Raymond Lam who portrays a physics professor with a gaggle of research students flocking around him at the university. He has a brilliant mind which he uses to help Kenneth solve his crimical cases.

Now, Raymond is one of the hottest TVB stars around but this show will either knock him down a few notches on the hot TVB stars scale or propel him a few levels higher for those who dig geeks.

In this time and age, girls in general DO dig geeks but maybe unknown or less famous stars would have made much better geeks. We have practically seen Raymond Lam grow up on TVB as a typical hot and spoilt rich man’s son, a playboy, a cheeky guy, a casanova and so much more, but never a geek. Oooh, ooh trivia. He is in actual fact a rich man’s son in real life too and his classmates at the TVB academy used to call him Siu Yeh (Little Master). He has this weird side parted hair and the way he talks..omg don’t even get me started on it. I have to tap furiously on my volume key when he gets screen time. He is definitely a fantastic actor lah, I’ll give him that since he can transform into a quiet and shy professor who clamps up when he is around girls (Tavia and his research students). He talks with this vacant look on his face and is overly genuine with everything he does. Not Raymond Lam at all. Boo.

Tavia Yeung is still Tavia Yeung. So cheery as usual. I do enjoy the scenes she shares with her nephew, Hei Chai who is played by the 11 year old Lawrence Ng. I can’t believe this little fella is still 11 as I have seen him acting in TVB series for years and years! He is one of the most utilized child actor on TVB. Tavia’s scenes with her nephew is very real and that’s what acting should be about. If you have the episodes, check out the first episode of Fly With Me. Lawrence Ng portrays one of Ada Choi’s ex-boyfriend’s son. Ada Choi talks to him like a small kid, trying to win his heart. The boy’s coffee then arrives and he starts telling Ada off in a voice with a sense of maturity and cynicism that is at least 30 years older. “Tai ha lei la, dou chau lei sei cheong lah, hok mai sai yan tei tau lou kong, lei chi mat yeh yong la…~~”(Look at yourself lah, already in your mid thirties, learn from others to steal other people’s husband, what do you look like..). Sorry for the lousy translation but I loved that scene so much. Hahaha.

Oh and another memorable scene from the series is the one where Tavia meets one of her second brother’s old friends who seems to be interested in her and insisted on taking her out to dinner. He brings her to a buffet where there are kids running about and then when she says “Okay I’m going to go get food.” He stops her claiming that it is only 8pm and the buy one free one buffet starts at 9pm. What a terrible impression on a first date!! Nevermind, then he goes on to pile his plates with food from the buffet spread and even takes off the sashimi from the sushi, leaving the rice for the other patrons to take. Which is quite pointless lah, a sushi with just the rice. UGHH. Then nevermind, Tavia tries to let him down slowly by saying that she doesn’t like buffet so there won’t be a next time. He then whips out all his restaurant coupons.

The guy is such a horrible joke. If there is ONE thing a guy cannot be towards a girl that he wants to impress, it is BEING STINGY. I mean if you can’t afford it, don’t overdo the frugality lah. Just spend within your means and within the norms of society. Being kiamsiap within your own family members is fine. But towards a girl that you like?! I really felt so embarrassed for the guy’s character… which means kudos to him for an acting job well done as a stingy guy who can never land a girl. Remember guys, don’t be stingy. I’m not asking you boys to bow to your girl’s every whim and fancy, just be generous once in a while lah. A stingy guy is one of the most disgusting things in the world. Don’t worry about the girl taking advantage of you, a keeper will be considerate but will totally judge you lor if you dare to be kiam!!

As for Raymond and Kenneth Ma’s acting as buddies, the laughs were so forced. I don’t actually feel the friendship and their acting together is dangerously bordering on corny. Hope this will improve over the next few episodes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I need to get back to my books and then maybe take in another episode.

Glee S1E17 Bad Reputation – Somewhat A Rave, Somewhat A Review

A tv show has never made me anticipate a month this badly before but Glee actually had me tapping my feet impatiently till April. After three so so episodes, episode 17, imho, is quite up to standard!

They threw in a few storylines to break away from the mundane love stories that has been going on for too long. In this episode we get confused if Jesse is using Rachel or if he is really into her.

I personally thought that Sue’s embarrassing video on youtube was pretty random and even more so with Olivia Newton John’s appearance. It doesn’t even go with the show! We did however got to see a good portrayal of Sue’s voice. That woman can sing!

The first song was Ice Ice Baby. I have always loved that song ever since I first heard my juniors in kindergarten performed it for our concert. It was a bunch of 5 year olds decked out in colourful shirts with plastic sunglasses bopping their heads left and right to the Vanilla Ice song. I remember my dad singing it with my brother (who has yet to enter kindergarten at that time) after the concert. I was also pleasantly surprised when my batch 4 juniors had that song for their cheerleading routine for the recent ADSALympics event and even more elated when Glee announced that they were going to cover that song too!

It would have been nicer if they mixed it up a little, put a little twist in it. A tad bit noisy but did you see the killa leg moves? Other Asian totally nailed them!

I thought it was really cute when Artie made an “Oh.. oh well” face when everyone got up to dance.

Don’t you want to hug him? ๐Ÿ™‚ The choreographer Zach Woodlee says that Kevin is actually their best dancer and yet he is confined to a wheelchair!

I think I’m going to practice that leg kick and turnร‚ย around thing to the Ice Ice Baby song. Love the move!! We also get to see Will’s sexy body quite a bit. He throws his hands up a lot and his shirt gets taut resulting in a defined chest …yumss.

When it comes to glee, I’ve never really been into the storyline. I just love it when they break out into song! So anyway, the drama for this episode is about them not being bad ass enough at McKinley High. Kurt wants to get all of them to be known as bad asses and they hatched a plan to cause chaos in the library.

He knows that geeks are sexy. Love it that he takes the look all the way. See that face? GRWAR!!!

I’m SO happy that Kevin got a solo!! Kevin’s my favourite on Glee. Kevin has a fantastic voice that sounds so different from any other guy singer. I fell in love with his voice when he sang the Usher part on It’s My Life/Confessions Pt. II back in the Vitamin D episode. I wish they would give him more parts! But because of this episode, I find Finn, Puck and Jesse very hot too. You’ll see why at the end of the episode.

Kevin does MC Hammer’s You Can’t Touch This. He is damn cute lahh!! In his little wheelchair, doing those dances with the body twists and supposedly sexy facial expressions. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just too adorable!! I share the same sentiments as the old lady librarian who finds them ‘cute’ and wants to get them to perform for her Sunday service, totally ruining their plans to get expelled from school to be seen as bad asses.

For the dance moves in this song, I like the sudden head movements. Kurt does it really well!

I’m skipping the Physical part. So uncalled for. What was going on. I don’t understand a damn thing.
The song is catchy though, I’ll give you that.

For the Glee’s Club assignment entitled Bad Reputation, Rachel came up with a music video of her own, covering the song Run, Joey, Run. She made use of the three guys – Finn, Puck and Jesse to co-star with her in the video. Each thought that they were the only male lead and felt betrayed after Rachel presented the video.

The song Run Joey Run is about a guy who wants to elope with a girl and the girl is sort of singing the song to her very angry father. I don’t understand the story line..maybe pregnant?

It starts off with Puck lying on his bed being the first to sing the male lead. More parts to Puck to please!! Sweet Caroline was nice and he proved himself once more with this song! I love it that all the hot guys had a part in this song.

Lovely combination! Great voice plus his sexiness spread out on a bed is just too much. *fans self* Those armpit hair! <3

Mark Salling goes on to show his vocal prowess which we hear so little of.

It cuts away to a scene where the male lead supposedly arrives at the female lead’s house and is played by Jesse. More sexiness!

After Rachel gets shot by her father, Finn comes to hold her.

During the school corridor part where the three guys walked out one by one, again sexiness and hotness ooze effortlessly. Must be the great hair and the black leather jacket.

Can bring home to mother.

Perfect for boy on the side.

He is the one who rocks the bad ass look the best!! <3 Give a guy a leather jacket and he oozes sex appeal.

The final song is Total Eclipse of The Heart. The three guys start it off with the “Turn around~” part.

I love listening to Jesse’s part. He hits the right note with so much melody and Finn carries the note after him with just as much gusto. Another well harmonized product from the Glee series.

Finn is so hot!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t wait for the coming rendition of The Boy Is Mine in the next episode by Mercedes and Santana!! Among the girls I like Santana the most.