Tuesday, October 31, 2006

First Impression: Face to Fate

At last, the day has come!! You have no idea how long I've waited for this. I heard Face to Fate is really good and of course it is, Raymond's in it.




Cast: Raymond Lam, Frankie Lam, Tavia Yeung, and Selena Li

Story:
n the WuXia World, everyone knows Kung Fu, and usually, there are three types of peple: The Good, The Bad and anyone else in Between. The Good people are usually call themselve as 正道, in F2F, they call themselves 白道 (The White Force), they are the ones who suppose to fight the evil and bring the justice to the people. The Bad people are usually the demons who call themselves as 邪道, in F2F, they call themselves as 黑道 (The Black Force), these are the people who wants to bring the darkness to the world. The two forces are always in a war, in F2F, they are having a battle called the Golden Seal Battle.

The evil ones will always try to destroy the world, and the good ones will always try to stop the evil ones. There are also someone in between, they are the ones retire from the WuXia World, or they just don't want to be involved. In F2F, Frankie Lam and Raymond Lam are these types of people, who do not want to be involved, but ending up helping the White Force.

In the White Force, there are always a lot groups of people, who knows different styles of Kung Fu. Each group is very proud of itself, that's why the White Force do not like to work together a lot, unless the world is ending soon. In the Black Force, there are usually just one group of demons who listen to one boss and try to destroy the world together.

Raymond Lam - Omg, omg!! He is so hot!! I can't help, but fall in love with the laid back, charming, temperamental Lai Yeuk-yee. I just love how he stands back and watches the chaos, until the very last minute he starts saving the day. That's like Junior Chai in the begining of LFD. He has this enjoy-life-while-you-can attitude.

Frankie Lam - How many times has Frankie portrayed the scholar, gentlemen type in TVB series? Too much to count, I guess, but its what he does best and I guess it just comes natural to him. I wish he'd step out of his comfort zone once in awhile and play a daring role or even an evil. Nah, I take that back. Frankie can never be evil.

Tavia Yeung - I have to say, I like the Tavia in A Pillowcase of Mysteries more. I don't know, there's just something about her. Perhaps she's too uptight and narrow-minded.

Selena Li - Haven't seen her yet, but I'm predicting she's going to be a polite nice girl. Hope she'll have good chemistry with Raymond.

Oh, wait here she comes(I'm watching FTF right now). She seems kind of cold and more uptight than Tavia. And here comes Raymond, flirting with her, but she of course, won't put up with it. Gosh, I'm so used to Selena being nice, this cold Selena scares me alittle.

What's Next?

Is Raymond evil? Why's he making a deal with an evil person? He can't be evil, he can't!!
Absolutely can't wait to see Ray with white hair and how his love story with Selena develops.
Tons of credits to TVFansquare for the picture and the story translation.

Monday, October 23, 2006

How I feel about TVB Anniversary

Around this time of year, the media is buzzing about the TVB Anniversary Awards and using this opportunity to create rivalries between the stars competing for an award. All the bloggers are posting their predictions and analyzing the awards. The fans are going nuts voting like crazy. And then there's people like me who don't really care.

I don't care because I dislike, aka hate, popularity awards. What I mean by popularity awards is the award shows that always give the favored and most popular star the award even though they suck.

Wait, I have to interrupt this paragraph with a disclaimer so I don't get beat up by fans.


Disclaimer: I am not in anyway hinting at or saying that the popular TVB stars suck, I'm just saying that there are too many underrated stars who don't get what they deserve and are always overshadowed by the popular ones. Don't hurt me.

For example American Idol, even though its based on viewers' votes.

Alright, I'm done with my hating. Oh, wait I have one more thing to say.

If Joe Ma or Toby Leung wins anything, I will cough up blood and stop watching TVB.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Love Guaranteed Review

Sorry for disappearing on you guys. I got really sick and didn't feel like doing anything.

Love Guaranteed Review
By Loony


Cast: Sunny Chan, Melissa Ng, Kenneth Ma, Cherrie Kong, and Paul Chan

Story:
In the competitive world of selling insurance, rivals, Kwok Fu Keung (Sunny) and Kuk Yeuk Hei (Melissa) have created a new and original insurance plan 'Love Insurance Plan'. Its a plan where a couple who buys the insurance before they get married will win a prize if they get married. Their supervisor(Shek Sau), mistakens them for a couple and signs them up for the insurance program. As they pretend to be a couple, they soon get to know eachother and falls in love. They decide to get married, but Keung does not show up on the wedding day. Their both hurt and have come to hate eachother. As they compete desperately, they break the rules of the insurance policies which can end their career. And then, Hei finds out that Keung has never stopped paying for the theirr "Love Insurance"...

Sunny Chan - The first series that I saw Sunny in was Just Love, and I didn't like it much. Then I hated him in Vegabond Vigilante cause he was so evil. I started to like him in War and Destiny, and now I think he's ok. What I like about him is he can pull off funny and evil really well. Plus he's so hot in here. With the glasses and the hair.

Melissa Ng - She always plays the same role and I'm getting quite tired of it. No wonder she doesn't get promoted as much. I think she should go for a more strong role. Or at least try different types of roles.

Kenneth - Alot of improvements from Kenneth. I want to see him win Most Improved at the TVB Anniversary, too bad Kevin's going to get it.

Cherrie - Ehh...she was ok.

Paul Chan - I have to say he's like the best dad ever. Or he acts like the best dad ever.

The Story:
It was pretty funny and going great until like the very end. It was around Sunny and Melissa's wedding that it got boring. I didn't really understand what they were fighting about and I didn't care either. I just wanted to get the series over with. Terrible ending too. All of a sudden they get back together and everything's all happily ever after.

C it or Skip it?
Watch it for the first half, than move on to other series. The other half is a waste of time.


Sunday, October 08, 2006

First Impressions: Love Guaranteed

Love Guaranteed
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Cast: Sunny Chan, Melissa Ng, Kenneth Ma, Cherrie Kong, Paul Chan, Rain Lau, and Sek Sau

Official Synopsis:
In the competitive world of selling insurance, rivals, Kwok Fu Keung (Sunny) and Kuk Yeuk Hei (Melissa) have created a new and original insurance plan 'Love Insurance Plan'. Its a plan where a couple who buys the insurance before they get married will win a prize if they get married. Their supervisor(Shek Sau), mistakens them for a couple and signs them up for the insurance program. As they pretend to be a couple, they soon get to know eachother and falls in love. They decide to get married, but Keung does not show up on the wedding day. Their both hurt and have come to hate eachother. As they compete desperately, they break the rules of the insurance policies which can end their career. And then, Hei finds out that Keung has never stopped paying for the theirr "Love Insurance"...

Sunny-I didn't start liking him until War and Destiny which I'm still watching. Now I like him even more. I didn't know he can be funny and evil. Is it me or is Sunny so much hotter in here? I think its the glasses and the hair.

Melissa-Like Alice said, its her typical typical role in a typical modern series, but I think I like the tough, stubborn Melissa more than the caring clumsy Melissa in Fantasy Hotel, Into Thin Air, and La Femme Desperado.


Kenneth-Kenneth looks hot in here. I think its the freelance player look of his. He's a "bird without feet" this time. Which is good. At least he's not the same old serious guy from ITA and LFD.

Cherrie Kong-I thought she was alittle annoying in the beginning, but I think she's ok now. Looks very good with Kenneth.

Supporting Characters-I haven't seen Rain and Paul Chan for so long. I like them both and I'm glad to see them back. Shek Sau is awesome, evil or funy, he's cool.

Story-I thought it would be boring, but its actually funny. Strangely I'm enjoying it. A very lighthearted series. Its my break from too much drama.
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Credits- anneheung11 at TVSF for the pics, and TVB City

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Vote for Ray!!!

You can vote online for the Annual Artiste Award. Raymond is nominated for Best Actor against Bowie Lam, Ron Ng, Bosco Wong, Roger Kwok, Moses Chan, Bobby Au Yeung, Kevin Cheng and some other guys I don't know. Of course, Ray is the best so vote for him.

I believe he is currently in 1st place, but Bowie Lam is close behind.

Vote Here!! Vote Now!! Vote for Ray!!

For instructions on how to vote, check out The Beehive.

PS doesn't Ray's pic look funny?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Song of the Week

I thought I would share a song from my playlist

FIR-Tian Tian Ye Ye (Everyday and Night) ft. Leann Rimes

I always liked FIR. Their like a rock/pop group that consists of 3 members, Faye(lead singer), Ian(guitarrist), and Real(guitarrist). Taken from their new album, Flight Tribe, it features Leann Rimes which shocked me, when I heard it. What was Leann Rimes doing with FIR? Then I learned that they looped her in and their song, Everyday and Night, was mixed with Leann Rimes's "How Do I Live". Which I thought is pretty cool. Enjoy!!


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fall is Here!

The fall season has finally come, and after a summer of re-runs, my favorite American shows are back with all new episodes. :D

My Favorite Shows(in no specific order):
One Tree Hill-Wednesdays @9:00pm on the CW Network
America's Next Top Model-Wednesday @ 8:00 on the CW Network
Grey's Anatomy-Thursdays @ 9:00pm on ABC
Desperate Housewives-Sundays on ABC
The OC(not yet aired, I think it'll be in October)Thursdays on FOX at 9:00
Veronica Mars(not yet aired, also in October)On the CW Network

New Shows:
Ugly Betty Thursdays on ABC at 8:00
The Class CBS
20 Good Years(not yet aired)FOX
Help Me Help You(not yet aired)ABC
and more to come...

I'll be doing a summary and review on these shows(when I have time) so stay tuned and watch these shows if you can. Some of them haven't premiered yet.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Quote of the Week

Did you know this is Friendship Week? I didn't either, but I got this really touching email about some best friends and how they became best friends. Anyway, there was this quote in the email and I would like to share it.

"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
- Unknown

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Raymond Lam - Fighting the Rich Kid

My gosh, I totally neglected my blog. So sorry. I'm very ashamed of myself.
I have to clean the house today so I don't have alot of time. Saw some news on Ray and decided to post it.


Credis to:
http://www.3weekly.com/share/threeweekly/0364/ent/20060930ent0080/content.htm
TVBSpace
translated by Em
Muchos Gracias!! :P




3 Weekly - Issue 364 - 30/09/06
Translation by Em

Fighting the Rich Kid - Raymond Lam

There are two Raymond Lams.

One is in the eyes of men: annoying, playboy, rich kid, womaniser.

One is in the eyes of women: handsome, well-mannered, rich, suave, living off his own.

The same person gives two very different feelings to others. He has the genetics that can make women make him their Prince Charming and the credentials that other men despise. Fortunately this has not given him a split personality.

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All His

Raymond's father Lin Huaguo is a real estate developer in the mainland, dubbed "Lee Ka Shing of Xiamen"; his grandfather Lin Mengfei is the Deputy Chairman of the Fujian Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and well respected.

With this family background, there is reason to believe that if he had insisted on studying Construction in America, he would have much fame and fortune and play an important part in upper class social circles. However, he chose to fall back into normal society and play minor parts in showbusiness for several years. Although Raymond has now found his own success, the media focus is always on his amazing background as they often refer to him as nothing more than a 'second generation rich kid'.

The words 'rich kid' is like an on/off switch. As soon as you mention it, then he will be lit up like a gas cooker and become more and more heated as he talks.

When the young master loses his temper, this is no small thing.

Fortunately, it is himself who has sworn to fight the rich kid.

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Young Master ABC

In 1998, Raymond was studying in his first year at university in America and on his summer vacation in Hong Kong, he joined his father at a dinner party and a comment from a relative made him give up his studies in construction and join the artiste training class, starting his career as 'passerby ABC'.

With the thought of 'things are easy when you know people', many people think that Raymond's rise to notoriety was an easy one. With a rich father and rumours that he knows TVB board director Mrs Li, then surely just entering the class was a formality and he would be given lead roles on a plate as soon as he graduated?

Raymond brushes off these rumours: "My father only knew the artiste department manager Chan Koon Ming and in 1998, I had a meal with Mr Chan and my father. He just asked me whether I was interested in entering showbiz. All along, I did not know if I was suited to business and for him to ask me meant I had what it takes... at least I felt that way, so I decided to apply for the acting classes and right from the start, I did not depend on any help from anyone."

After graduating from the class, Raymond had several years of playing bit parts - in one scene he would be a general and then in the next, he was a corpse. However, not many people believe him. Even his colleagues and fellow artistes in TVB are suspicious of his words and it was only during the re-runs of "At the Threshold of an Era" last year, did Raymond prove his words as his Taiwanese prison guard role was aired for all to see.

"At the time, when people found out about my background, they would refer to me as 'young master' and someone once said very nastily that 'Raymond doesn't care for his wage'. That made me very unhappy and I don't really have a 'young master' temperament, I am just working at my job, so why do you have to call me that? Although many people still call me that name in the studios now, the feeling is very different and it has become more of a friendly nickname with a warmer attitude."

A Contract with his Father

Last year, Raymond announced that no matter how well he does in showbusiness, he will return to help his father in their business when he is 30 years old. He will return to normal life as a businessman. With three years to go, he reveals that there has been some changes to his agreement with his father and he no longer needs to keep this promise.

The Chinese have a saying, which is "The Son inherits the Father's Legacy" and in particular for families where the father has strived to build the business, then of course he would wish for his children and grandchildren to inherit his business and pass it down through the generations. Raymond is the eldest son in his family and his brother is 12 years younger than him and naturally, his father wishes for him to inherit the family business, but fortunately for us, Raymond's success in the entertainment business has for now given him a permit to continue.

When he first entered showbiz, Raymond made a promise to his father that when he reached the age of 30, he would return to help his father. However, with Raymond's great success in recent years, he has convinced his father of his determination in this career and that this is not just a stunt to show off, so his father has released him from his promise, allowing him to continue to pursue his career in the limelight.

Asked if he felt he could breathe a sigh of relief, Raymond thought for a while and replied: "A little!"

Raymond emphasised again that he has given more than other people, but this hard work is not to find great fame and fortune, but instead he has a very modest wish, which is to lose the title and image of 'rich kid'. However, people thought that his main aim of entering showbiz was to meet female celebrities. It did not help him that he was living in Dynasty Court and driving around in a Mercedes - luxuries that a normal artiste could never afford on their meagre salaries and as a result, he could not shake the 'rich kid' image at all.

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You Can't Take it Away

Everyone has a weak spot and even rich and handsome Raymond is no exception. His weak spot is not the gossip, nor is it the rumours of his alleged cosmetic surgery. It is this branding of 'rich kid'. He can respond with ease to the questions about rumours, background and surgery, but as soon as you mention the words 'rich kid', then his young master temperament will surface with great vigour.

Since Raymond rose to popularity, he has had a constant stream of rumours, with Rain Li, Sonija Kwok and Sharon Chan all being dragged into the equation. Other stories have included being snapped at a club, suggestions of a nose job - asked how he responds to this, he says simply: "With so many stories, how many have been true? You say I have had a nose job, then you say I am womanising, but have you photographed me with a girl?" With that said, he gives a cool laugh.

When the words 'rich kid' are mentioned, Raymond immediately becomes angry: "I have to say that my family being rich does not mean that I am rich. There are many people in the industry who are richer than me, so why do you have to just talk about me? You can say that I don't need to give any money back to my family, but I still have to live, I have to eat, fill up my car, buy clothes. You can't expect a man in his twenties to keep asking his family for money. I really don't like people calling me a 'rich kid'. I am not working in showbiz for fun, if I was, then I would not find a job that only gives me two hours sleep in two days. Every time I film, I put my whole into it and since entering the industry, I have given more than double what other people have, even triple in some cases. I want to tell people that Raymond Lam is not messing about."

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Only One Romance

Logically speaking, Raymond is tall and handsome and has popularity, so he should have a colourful love life to match, but Raymond indicates the he has only ever dated once and this was when he was studying in America. After entering showbiz, romance is out of the question because he has no time to date. Despite the rather cliched answer, for many women, this should be good news.

Not being an artiste and not being able to act, it is hard to disguise my surprise when I hear that Raymond has only ever dated once, so he takes the liberty to explain himself in more detail. "I know it is hard to believe, but I have honestly only dated once. When I was young, my family were very strict and would not let me go out to play with my friends outside of school. In the evenings after school, I had to go straight home and there would be a lot of questions if I was late home. I will tell you one more thing, I have never been camping in my life. Every time my friends arranged it, I was not allowed to go. As a result, the first time I dated a girl was when I was studying in America, but it only lasted for a year and most of the time we only communicated by post."

It is unbelievable when a man with credentials like Raymond tells you he has only ever had one date. If he was to start dating now, he would definitely not choose someone from showbiz circles: "If we were both from entertainment, then what she knows would be the same as what I know and there would be nothing to talk about. I hope that my girlfriend will be able to teach me and even if she is just a salesgirl, then she can teach me how to do sales and I can teach her to act. That way we will have endless conversation topics and will not get bored."

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack  Negative Thoughts  We are bad for all these negative thoughts. In truth, when Raymond told me that he did not have a young master temper, I did doubt him.  Surely for someone who has had servants from the day he was born will not be able to fend for himself, no matter how much of a sincere person he is inside?  As Raymond left after getting changed, I planned the footnote picture with the photographer and after he heard my idea, he laughed:


Negative Thoughts

We are bad for all these negative thoughts. In truth, when Raymond told me that he did not have a young master temper, I did doubt him.

Surely for someone who has had servants from the day he was born will not be able to fend for himself, no matter how much of a sincere person he is inside?

As Raymond left after getting changed, I planned the footnote picture with the photographer and after he heard my idea, he laughed: "You are so bad to think of that!"

I will leave out the details and cut to the result.

A 'young master' with his manager and assistants by his side carries his own bags and things as he leaves as the three people beside him hold nothing.

Maybe, you will find Raymond's answers in this interview very boring or cliched, but in my opinion this is better than exaggerating everything, only for us to find out later that it is not true.


Aww. He's such a humble rich kid. I love that. His parents really taught him well.
He's never been camping? Me either, I think it'll be fun to go camping with Raymond. Lol. I'm drifting off to dream land...
Ok, I'm back.
I'm so glad he didn't go into construction and chose to follow his dreams. He didn't choose the easy way out, although I bet he would've done a really good job at it.

And I bet that ex-girlfriend of his is really sorry they broke up now.