First, I shall apologize for how looong it took me to reply to the nominations, I didn’t participate in the Liebster Award previously so I wasn’t planning to participate in Sunshine Award too since I don’t follow that many blogs so I’ll have a hard time nominating people.
However, when I was reading through the questions today, I find myself typing out the answers before I knew it. Thank you dramanoona and sphereofgray for the nominations and please forgive me for being such a lazy bum that it took me so long to answer your questions and also forgive any mistake you spot in my poor English.
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Nominate a few other bloggers
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
- Notify the bloggers on their blog.
- Put the award button on your blog.
Answers to Dramanoona’s questions
- How long have you been blogging?
On and off I had maintained small blogs that’s either focused on graphics/gifs or music downloads, none of them require as much writing as my current blog. It was until end of last year (late november I think?) where I started to blog a lot about the Taiwanese drama I was obsessed with at that moment – In A Good Way. I’m a long time drama lover and watch a wide range of dramas, it can be Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean or Japanese dramas, I also watch a tiny bit of Hongkong TVB dramas but probably one TVB drama in 3 years, heh! So back to the question (been rambling too much), up until October 2014, I’ll say I’ve been actively blogging for less than a year.
- How do you come up with content for your blog?
I only write things I’m interested in or related news of the actors and actresses I’m following (stalking) on. When I write up news translations, I include a lot of commentaries (I’m a longwinded person) and briefly talk about the previous works of that particular actor/actress. The good thing about deciding my contents this way is that I know what I’m talking about and I’m pretty well-versed about it but the downside is that my blog tend to be very particularly biased, as in coughJasperLiuheavycough.
I also decided to upload RAW HD videos of dramas I’m watching as I’m a HQ-freak, I need my dramas in HD, which is difficult to find HD version videos for Taiwanese shows and I can only get them through China’s video streaming site, it requires much more effort as I need to grab those videos from the streaming sites, merge them and then convert to mp4 format (if it was previously in FLV format). Thus, since I put in so much effort in downloading a single file, I might as well share these files.
- What are some blogs that you look up to and admire?
I really, really have utmost respect for bloggers who can “consistently” recap dramas and they’re always on time (koalasplayground, dramabeans), 1 post per day or more than 1 post per day. That’s very difficult to achieve, almost impossible for me.
My number of blog posts per month tend to be irregular as partly, it depends on whether I’m busy (lazy) or not and it also depends whether there’s any interesting Taiwanese-entertainment news to post. I don’t want to post things that others have done (waste of my braincells and blog space), heh! I tend to get tired very easily so if I post 3 posts one day, it’ll be most likely that you can only see my next post the following month. I’m trying to improve on that, trying to be a hard working blogger but the chances are slim.
- What genres of dramas do you feel the most drawn to?
Romantic-comedy is my main entree, crime-procedural, mysterious thrillers as my side dish and thoughtful melo is my appetizer or closing dessert.
- When you aren’t watching Asian Dramas, what types of shows are you watching?
I do watch a few American and BBC series like White Collar, Lie to Me, Sherlock Holmes and New Girl but I’m not a big fan of the season format and how most of the time the series close with an open-ending. I do like the 4-episode per season format of Sherlock Holmes though.
Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of western series (cultural difference I guess?), I think western series are the best with crime, procedural genres but lacking in romance department (I need my Asian rom-com fix). I’m more of a fan of Western reality-shows, I watch ANTM (not every season but almost all seasons), Project Runway, Masterchef Junior and Top Chef: Just desserts.
However, what I can’t live without is my weekly dose of my favorite Korean variety show: Infinity Challenge (Yoo Jae Suk is GOD in my life). I can live without watching any drama for months but I can’t live without my Korean variety shows. Other Korean variety shows I enjoy watching are Running Man, certain couples of We Got Married (I’m currently in love with Hong Jong Hyun and Yura couple), Dad, Where are we going (Chanhyung from Season 2 is my favorite kid), Superman Returns, Abnormal Summit and Go to School. It just became a habit of mine to watch a Korean variety show while eating dinner or lunch at home.
I have a long, long, longggggg history with Korean variety shows, going way back to Xman and Love Letter (ah, those days where download speed was so laggy), back when Kpop wasn’t popular and I only liked Shinhwa out of those Korean idol groups. Most of the time, I only start taking notice of idol stars when they participate in variety show, I don’t really care about their music because I listen mostly to Asian indie-music.
- Who is your all time favorite character from a drama that you’ve watched?
I have a short-term memory. I like so many characters from so many dramas but after I finish watching, I tend to forget their name and in the end I can only remember, Female lead of “drama A” or Male lead of “drama B”. I love the 3 main characters played by Ha Ji-Won, Jo In-Sung and So Ji-Sub from old school Korean drama, What Happened in Bali, they’re such complex and flawed human beings that made me love them more. I used to be in love with So Ji Sub in Glass Shoes too (old memories but I’m not old, yet). I’m also in love with Go Eun-Chan (Yoon Eun-Hye) from Coffee Prince.
For Taiwanese dramas, I think the most recent favorite character that I can remember is Zheng Yu-En (Mo Tzu Yi) from An Innocent Mistake. I feel his pain and I can relate to the struggle of finding the balance between the mature man and the helpless boy in him. Pi Zi (Vic Chou) from Black & White and Ling (Vic Chou) from Mars are also my favorite characters from Taiwanese dramas. As for Japanese drama, it will be the sharp-tongued lawyer of Legal High, the protagonist played by Masato Sakai (I find it difficult to remember Japanese names).
My spacious heart can fit in all these characters, one favorite character is not enough to fill my heart, haha!
Answers to sphereofgray’s questions
- How were you introduced to dramas?
Can’t remember exactly when was it but I remember watching my first Korean drama, Star in My heart (starring Ahn Jae-Wook and the late Choi Jin-Shil) on TV when I was in grade 3 (or maybe younger than that?). I got introduced to Japanese drama through Itazura na Kiss (the one with the super hot Kashiwabara Takashi, 1996 Japanese version of It Started with a Kiss) and I loved it so much that the Taiwanese version pales in comparison (sorry Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng), it was one of those classic that I loved. The Taiwanese version was great but I just had fond childhood memories of the 96 Japanese version so I couldn’t fall in love with the popular Taiwanese version. Even though it was a 1996 drama, I only got to watch it on TV around the year 1999 (or around there since I was in grade 2 or 3), I live in Singapore and Asian dramas back then took quite some time before it gets on our TV.
It was also around the same time (year 2000) where the Taiwanese F4 get super popular through Meteor Garden (I was crazy about Vic Chou), I hardly fangirl over anyone except for him during those days (I was such a pure kid, LOL!!!). I even bought his solo album, Make a wish, hah!!! His dreamy moody eye-stares as Hua Zhe-Lei bring out the fangirl in me.
Back in those days, Japanese dramas had already established a fixed number of fans thanks to Majo no Joken, Korean dramas were starting to get popular and Taiwanese dramas became mega popular thanks to Meteor Garden. Ah those days…
- Which do you prefer: the marathon or the live watch?
Most of the time I prefer to marathon my dramas as I had a habit of doing that when in the past, the only source of my Korean and Taiwanese dramas were from VCD rentals and it usually comes in bulk number of episodes (completed usually). It keeps the momentum and the accumulated emotions I feel while watching the drama. However, I do like following some drama live if I’m in the mood or it’s a drama that I really, really like that I get impatient and can’t wait for it to finish airing.
- What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned from watching dramas?
Hmm… this is a tough question. I’ll probably say that the good ones will always have a happy ending so be good to others? (HEH!) I don’t take my dramas seriously so I don’t learn life-lessons from them, I only learn their fashion style and gadget style, isn’t that what everybody else learn while watching dramas (especially Kdramas where Samsung and LG appears in almost everything)?
- What is your go-to form of entertainment when you’re experiencing a drama slump?
Korean variety Shows, Asian Indie-Music and Chinese romance novels! I’ll copy and paste the answer I written to dramanoona,
“However, what I can’t live without is my weekly dose of my favorite Korean variety show: Infinity Challenge. I can live without watching any drama for months but I can’t live without my Korean variety shows. Other Korean variety shows I enjoy watching are Runningman, certain couples of We Got Married, Dad, Where are we going, Superman Returns, Abnormal Summit and Go to School. It just became a habit of mine to watch a Korean variety show while eating dinner or lunch at home.
I have a long, long, longggggg history with Korean variety shows, going way back to Xman and Love Letter (ah, those days where download speed was so laggy), back when Kpop wasn’t popular and I liked Shinhwa. Most of the time, I only start taking notice of idol stars when they participate in variety show, I don’t really care about their music because I listen mostly to Asian indie-music.”
Yup, that’s pretty much it.
- As drama viewers, we sometimes experience something called Second-Lead Syndrome, wherein we “ship” a protagonist with a supporting character rather than the destined co-star. Oftentimes it is the second male lead we support in his pursuit of the heroine, and rarely do we ever root for the second female lead as a potential companion for the hero. What’s your take on this trend?
I hardly catch on this trend but when I get the second-lead syndrome, I fall for it, hard and deep.
The most recent second-lead syndrome I experience is for Lee Soo-Hyuk‘s character (again, my short term memory is acting up as I don’t remember the character’s name) from High School King of Savvy. Part of the things that contributed to the syndrome is how fine Lee Soo Hyuk looks (he’s definitely a model), he makes Seo In-Guk pale in comparison in terms of looks (it’s subjective I guess..), plus his character is age-appropriate with Lee Ha-Na‘s character.
When it comes to noona-dongsaeng romance, I tend to fall for the second male lead who usually are age-appropriate with the female lead and they’re much more mature than the male lead. However, in the case of High School King of Savvy, Lee Soo-Hyuk is soooo flawed, he don’t know how to love a person and once he realized that he truly cares for Lee Ha-Na, it was too late. He was a jerk to her but I still sympathized with him, the feelings felt so real and it hurts (GAHH!!!! I want an alternate ending for these two.) Seo In-Guk’s character was strong from beginning to end but Lee Soo-Hyuk’s twisted, damaged yet pitiful character gets to me. In the past, I thought Lee Soo-Hyuk looks like an awkward alien for being too skinny but I think currently, he’s at his peak form (full form, lol!), his body is just nice, his face is not too skinny anymore and he just looks so chiseled and beautiful. He’s my new crush.
In terms of noona-dongsaeng romance, I didn’t ship Lee Bo-Young with anyone in I Hear Your Voice, with Lee Jong Suk, I felt that they’re like good companion and like a family more than love interest and with Yoon Sang-Hyun, I just felt zero for this second male lead as his character is nowhere as interesting as Lee Bo-Young or Lee Jong-Suk. I also had a major crush for James Wen for Taiwanese drama, Defeated Queen, Xue-Zhang is soo cool but I think Ethan Ruan‘s character is still good enough that I didn’t totally get the second-Lead Syndrome (it was a close call).
I know I’m not following the rules but can I not nominate anyone and stop here? LOL… I can’t think of questions to ask. Anyways, I had fun writing the answers, thanks to sphereofgray and dramanoona!