Fated to Love You [命中注定我愛你] Episode 16

Fated to Love You [命中注定我愛你] Episode 16

 “Courage”

 

1We see Anna at her dance studio teaching a class. Afterwards, she opens the gift Cun Xi got her for her studio’s grand opening, that was supposed to be the swan. Instead, she opens and sees “Souvenir” and notices that the card with the art piece’s information (which Cun Xi has not seen) is signed by the designer, “Chen Xin Yi”. Flash to Anson’s face as he’s on the phone with Cun Xi, realizing he’s mixed up the delivery of the art pieces…

2After their meeting (reunion?), Xin Yi is clearly upset/bothered by seeing Cun Xi again. She’s even more upset by the fact that Cun Xi is staying in Shanghai for extra time and that she’s responsible for working with him on designing the soap container for his new soap line… However, Dylan encourages her, reminding her that “Mr. Z” wanted to send her courage through the navelwort plant that he gave her, so she should face Cun Xi with courage. Little do they know….hahaha. So Xin Yi buckles down and begins her serious mode of designing a soap container.

2cMeanwhile, Anna has booked a flight to Shanghai…

3After some time, Xin Yi sends her subordinates to bring the design to Cun Xi but they get sent back. After some questioning, she realizes they fed him ginger and carrots, his two least favorite foods (aww, she remembers). The subordinates are surprised/curious about her relationship with Cun Xi, but she waves them off and goes to meet him herself.

4_1Cun Xi takes full advantage of their time together, and says he needs to eat lunch before he can talk about work.

4_2After lunch, she tries to bring it back to business by showing him the design. A car comes up behind them though, so he instinctively pulls her in close out of harm’s way. She’s flustered, and realizes her sketch has been blown away. So Cun Xi smiles mischievously and pulls her hand and the two chase after the sketch in the wind.

4_3He finally sees it land in a pond and takes off his shoes to get to it. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) he falls in the pond and gets wet, so of course they need to go shopping for new clothes.

 

5His playful side comes back when he orders her to try on some new clothes too, and gawks at her beauty. He leans in close to put a necklace on for her and tells her she’s ready to meet the dealers of “Inheritance” and give a presentation for the soap container design.

6_1Everyone is surprised to see her and doesn’t approve of not having master Zhong Shan Long design the container. However, Xin Yi is able to win them over with her design. She says that she got inspiration from “Mr. Z” and the container is shaped like the letter “z” but also “n”, for the English word “nature”, which emphasizes Mo Fa Ling Enterprise’s mission to create all natural soaps without additives, safe for even newborns. And the soap will rest on the container like a child in its mother’s embrace.

6_2The dealers are impressed and inquire if she’s a mother and she glances at Cun Xi before saying she’s not. However, Cun Xi admits that this project means a lot to him, especially since he could’ve been a father but lost the opportunity and voices his regret.

 

7_1Anna arrives in Shanghai and follows the address to the gallery where Dylan and Xin Yi work. She runs into Dylan, so knows the artist on the information page must be THE Chen Xin Yi. She says she has some questions for him and the two go out for coffee. She asks hesitantly if Xin Yi and Cun Xi have seen each other yet, and Dylan tells her she probably knows the answer already, but should be worried about Cun Xi, not Xin Yi. He tells her that the meaning behind “Souvenir” that Xin Yi made was longing and regret for Ji Nian Pin, the child she never had. Therefore, Dylan is confused as to why Cun Xi bought the piece, because if Cun Xi longed for his child, why did he tell Xin Yi to get an abortion? Anna looks away guiltily, as Dylan mumbles that maybe there was some misunderstanding…SECRETS!!! Anna is upset by the skeptical looks from Dylan so leaves before she can take her dessert to go.

7_2Left behind is a strawberry cake without the strawberry, which Dylan takes instead. We see a flashback to when Dylan was younger, and how his sister also liked strawberry cake without the strawberry. But he waves it off, thinking it couldn’t possibly be Anna…

 

8Back at the office, Xin Yi still doubts Cun Xi’s motives and why he said he was regretful about his lost child, but sees him take out the pen she bought him 2 years ago for his birthday, overhearing him say that he always carries it around. After all the papers are signed and the deal is closed, she wants to interrogate him, but is caught off guard as he compliments her professionalism and talent. She’s pleased, and offers to drive him home, so he requests that they walk home instead.

9_1It’s pretty late out as they walk back to his hotel, and Cun Xi is clearly cold but says he’s fine when she asks if he needs his jacket back (haha!). A drunkard runs into her and he (again) instinctively pulls her in close to protect her, but then quickly pulls away apologizing, saying he didn’t intentionally hug her. She says she believes him (she’s slowly trusting him again!) and he jokes, saying he would’ve “hired” more drunk men to wander by so he could hug her if he knew she wouldn’t mind.

9_2Things take a serious turn as they’re parting ways, when Cun Xi (thinking that’s what she wants) says that if they were to run into each other again, he’ll pretend he doesn’t know her and they’ll continue on their separate ways. She looks a little sad/disappointed, but agrees. He quickly sneaks in the question, “In the last two years, have you ever thought about me?” (WHAT KIND OF A DUMB QUESTION IS THAT?!) You can tell she wanted to answer, but he immediately says nevermind, saying that it doesn’t matter.

9_3When they finally part ways, he secretly hopes that she doesn’t turn around as she leaves, so that he can really let her go (aww…). As Xin Yi walks home, she feels upset but doesn’t know why. She’s curious about why he’s regretful, but is afraid to know the answer and dig back up the scars from two years ago… And of course with all the distracting thoughts and questions she has in mind, she forgot to return his jacket….so goodbye wasn’t really goodbye!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fated to Love You [命中註定我愛你] – Episode 15 Recap

Aaaaaaand we’re back! Sort of. I can’t guarantee consistent postings, because I’m juggling WGM and Fall in Love With Me and possibly Love Myself or You.

You can watch Fated to Love You on Dramafever here!

Recap:

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We open to see Cun Xi looking at old family photos on him phone. He decides to try and meet with Xin Yi one more time under the guise of her mysterious benefactor, and promises to leave Shanghai after that.

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At work, Xin Yi is very happy about finally getting to meet her mystery buyer, and agrees to a tarot card reading by her co-worker. She asks the cards whether or not she will successfully meet the buyer, and ends up pulling out…the devil card. Her co-worker is quick to say that the card isn’t bad, and suggests that there are mysterious forces pulling them together – fated together.

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Cun Xi arrives early at the meeting place, and happens across and old woman selling flowers. She gifts him with navelwort, which symbolizes courage. He laments the fact that he doesn’t know how Xin Yi will react to seeing him, and that even if he wants to offer an apology she won’t hear him out. When Xin Yi shows up, the old lady hands her the navelwort and a card from “Z”, apologizing for missing her again. Xin Yi tries to look nearby for her mystery buyer, and recognizes a man’s back as the same back of the stalker from the club. She yells at him to stop following her…and lo and behold it’s Cun Xi. How did you not recognize his face before then??

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As the two stand looking at each other, a car races towards Xin Yi. She wakes up in the hospital, and Cun Xi is arguing with the nurse for further care for her. He’s adorably worried, and she yells at him to go away. Cun Xi pretty much bullies his way into escorting her home, and carries her shouting up the stairs to her apartment. A neighbor looks on in terror as they walk past, and hurries off.

Inside the apartment, Cun Xi notices that Xin Yi doesn’t have anything from her past in her new apartment, and asks if she’s dating Dylan. When she tells him to leave, he sits down on a couch and starts updating her on Jiang Mu Dao and its inhabitants. THere’s a moment where Xin Yi forgets herself and scoots closer to him, and she icily covers it up and orders him to go. He asks to say his piece, and she moves to push him out.

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Xin Yi ends up tripping as a result of her foot injury, and Cun Xi falls with her in his attempt to catch her. In this position, he softly, ever so softly, starts to tell her his true feelings. When he leans forward for a kiss, the neighbor bursts in with a cop. Cun Xi tries to explain that it was all a misunderstanding, but when the officer asks Xin Yi to elaborate, she lies and says that she doesn’t know Xin Yi to get him out. Ouch >_<

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Dylan ends up bailing Cun Xi out of jail (where, incidentally, Cun Xi had the revelation that he and Xin Yi are technically still married because they never fully completed the divorce papers). The two start fighting, only to be broken up by Xin Yi. She acts caring toward Dylan in front of Xin Yi, and tells Cun Xi that whatever he has to say can be said in front of Dylan as well. Cun Xi tells Xin Yi that he’s seen her wish box, and that he was going to ask her to stay two years ago because he loves her. Xin Yi tells him he never treated her right – wanting to the abort the baby wasn’t treating her right.

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Xin Yi: “I want us to be strangers. If you truly want to treat me right, stay away from me. Now that your work in Shanghai is over, you should go back to Taiwan, where the one you love is. Take it as my request for you to leave my life.”

Cun Xi: “Alright, since you have asked me to treat you right and leave, then I should respect you. Press on, Chen Xin Yi.”

With those last words, flashbacks flicker through Xin Yi’s head, memories of when Cun Xi had encouraged her and supported her, always saying “Press on, Chen Xin Yi.”

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Back at Xin Yi’s apartment, Dylan attempts some cuddling, and formally requests that Xin Yi be his girlfriend. He pulls her in a hug, but she doesn’t look too happy because her thoughts are preoccupied with someone else.

Xin Yi happens to see navelwort in another flower store, and decides to sent a pot of it to Xin Yi with a message of encouragement under “Z”.

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Dylan and Xin Yi are out on a squash date the next day (the sport, not the gourd), and Dylan invites her to Paris with him for a few days. When Xin Yi awkwardly kisses him on the cheek in thanks, he tries to plant one on her. Luckily for her, a call from the Master interrupts them, summoning her back.

It turns out the Master is very familiar with Cun Xi’s grandmother, and has agreed to work with Cun Xi to make a special edition soap container for Inheritance. Xin Yi tries to sabotage the plan (quite rudely) but telling the master he is completely booked, til the end of time. The master doesn’t mind, and offers up Xin Yi as his replacement. HAHAHAHA. Xin Yi isn’t happy with the idea, and chases after Cun Xi to ask why he reneged on his promise to treat her as a stranger and leave her alone. Cun Xi responds by asking if “Miss Elaine” can’t separate her professional relationships from her personal ones, and says he will treat her like a stranger.

End.

Comments:

I can’t wait for the miscommunication to be cleared up! This episode was mainly re-acquainting our two leads after two years, and setting up their connection to allow them time to be around each other. The next few episodes should show quite a bit of character development!

Kdrama’s newest trend of Taiwanese remakes

It looks like the head honchos in kdramaland have decided to remake not one, but TWO Taiwanese dramas. Oddly enough, these dramas both had Ethan Ruan as their main male lead. Which two dramas are these? My Queen (2009) and Fated to Love You (2008)!

The Korean remake of My Queen is currently airing (I believe it’s 2 episodes in), starring Uhm Jung-hwa as the cold, business savvy older woman and Park Seo-joon as our earnest, attractive younger male lead. The Korean remake was renamed Witch’s Love, which, while it does still fit the main story line, makes Uhm Jung-hwa’s character a bitter witch from the get-go, while the Taiwanese title leaves it up to the audience. Petty nuances 😛

The Korean remake of Fated to Love You is set to air this summer, and is currently courting Choi Jin-hyuk for its second male lead. Noooo. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, he’s a pretty good actor who’s popularity has been steadily increasing through Emergency couple, Heirs (even though he was horribly underused), and Gu Family Book. I’m disappointed that he didn’t get cast as the first male lead, but if he does sign on I’ll probably end up watching anyways. Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara are our two main leads, Jang Hyuk plays a wealthy business man who’s girlfriend keeps standing him up, and Jang Nara plays an office worker without a spine – a “sticky note” girl if you will, easily used and thrown away.

 

Keep your fingers crossed that these are good! Let me know what you think of Witch’s Love if you’ve already started it, or how you think these dramas will pan out! 🙂

Taiwan 2013 Golden Horse Awards

Hey guys! I’m finally done with exams, just in time for all the year-end reviews and holidays. First up however, the Taiwan 2013 Golden Horse Awards, held in Taipei.

This year offered a surprising selection of winners, namely a Singapore movie for best feature. Stray Dogs and The Grandmaster swept up a large majority of the remaining awards. If the red carpet is more your taste, scroll past the awards see who dazzled and who fell flat.

Drumroll please….

Best Feature Film: Ilo. Ilo.
Best Short Film: Butter Lamp
Best Documentary: Beyond Beauty, Taiwan from Above
Best Director: Cai Ming Liang for Stray Dogs
Best New Director: Anthony Chen for Ilo. Ilo.
Best Leading Actor: Lee Kang Shen for Stray Dogs
Best Leading Actress: Zhang Zi Yi for The Grandmaster
Best Supporting Actor: Xue Jian Li for Back to 1942
Best Supporting Actress: Yeo Yann Yann for Ilo. Ilo.
Best New Performer: Shu-yau Kuo for Step Back to Glory
Best Original Film Song – I Love You (Lyrics & Composition by Spark Chen, Performed by Sleepy Dads)
Best Original Film Score – LIM Giong for A Touch of Sin
Best Original Screenplay: Anthony Chen for Ilo. Ilo.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Li Qiang for So Young
Best Cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster
Best Visual Effects: Pierre Buffin for The Grandmaster
Best Art Direction: William Chang Suk Ping, Alfred Yau Wai Ming for The Grandmaster
Best Makeup & Costume Design: William Chang Suk Ping for The Grandmaster
Best Action Choreography: Jackie Chan, He Jun, JC Stunt Team for CZ12
Best Film Editing – Matthiew Laclau, Lin Xudong for A Touch of Sin
Best Sound Effects – Tu Duu-Chih, Duo Li Chi for Soul
Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year – Yeh Ju-Feng
Audience Choice Award – The Grandmaster
FIPRESCI Prize – Rigor Mortis
Lifetime Achievement Award – Chen Chen

Lots of Monochrome filled the carpet, with silver and black being the most popular colours.

Sean Lau and Amy Kwok (HK) made a lovely couple on the red carpet. They both kept it simple, with simple accessories and colour palettes.

Maggie Cheung (HK) played it bold in a blue Elie Saab, and kept the look together by matching her shoes to the dress. Definitely one of the best dressed of the night!

Shu Qi (Taiwan) looked darling in her Valentino Couture dress. She stood out amidst the black and silver – and in my opinion had the best look!

Cherry Ngen felt a little flat for me in Lanvin – the colour looks good on her, but the bottom of the dress looks a bit awkward. She manages to pull it off with grace however, so props for that.

Carina Lau (HK) looked queen-like in Elie Saab.

Li Bing Bing’s dress was probably my third favourite of the night. She chose a silvery blue Elie Saab gown, and I love love love the lace detailing.

lots of white….

And a parade of black…

I really liked Sammi Cheng’s outfit at first…until I realized her clean cut suit also had a cape. Not too sure how I feel about it.

Sonia Sui followed the ever popular trend of a black dress, but kept it interesting with velvet details and a structured top on her Giorgio Armani dress. I really like her makeup and jewelry for the night.

Zhang Zi Yi wore two dresses, but she wore this Chanel gown on the carpet. I like it, but it doesn’t have a “wow” factor for me.

What were you thinking dresses:

I tried really hard to like this dress, I swear. It’s just…the sheer but not really sheer (or even matching her skin tone) panel threw me off, and the miniscule buckle that doesn’t do anything was just distracting.

There’s sheer lace…and then there’s sheer doilies. I think I would have liked it better if the top didn’t look like a bra.

Brigitte Lin is probably the queen diva of all actresses. Although I dearly love the colour, I think her petite frame gets lost (drowned) in the dress/top.

no red pleather. please.

The guys seemed to fare better, although to be fair they all pretty much stuck with the classic black suit.

show hosts of the evening! His quirky horse vest made me laugh – it’s perfect for the 50th anniversary.

Eddie Peng (Taiwan) was nominated for his role in “Unbeatable”, and looked dashing in his matte black suit.

Andy Lau (HK) was all smiles in his classic tux.

Aaron Kwok (HK) opted for the classic tux as well, though for some reason his pants look like they gather a bit too tightly around the ankles.

Tony Leung (HK) opted for a dark black velvet suit, which suited him rather well.

Tsai Ming Liang (Malaysia) opted for a more traditional outfit for the evening.

As did Jackie Chan…

Guys what were you thinking?

Ethan Ruan looks great from the waist up, but has a major case of flood pants down below.

Lang Lang and Denise Ho. Denise looks great, if not in a gown that could be a little more colourful. Her partner on the other hand, chose a shiny bright red suit.

This is part suit (note the tie, dress shirt, and vest underneath), part traditional dress. In my opinion however, this combination didn’t work that well.

NO PLEATHER.

What did you guys think?

Fated to Love You [命中注定我愛你] Episode 14 Recap

“Enchanted by Shanghai”

You can watch Fated to Love You on Dramafever here!

At Cun Xi’s house

Anna and Cun Xi rush to Cun Xi’s house thinking Baby Ji was having her baby, but turns out it was a false alarm on the grandma’s part.  Anna meets up with Cun Xi outside the house and says she’s chosen a new birthday gift for Grandma, because she’s afraid Grandma didn’t like the one she gave earlier.

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Cun Xi tells her not to worry, especially because she’s already so busy with the grand opening of her ballet school coming up.  Anna says she wants to please Grandma, and to show Grandma that she has changed and that Cun Xi is now her number one priority.  Cun Xi smiles and tells her to not worry and that Grandma will understand and has accepted her.  Anna gets called away by issues with the construction at her new ballet school, and Cun Xi sees his grandma listening in from the porch.  She asks him if he’s tired, because loving the person you truly love should not be tiresome.  Cun Xi turns around and asks Grandma if she isn’t the one who’s tired—for waiting for a girl that will never come back.

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They both know the other hasn’t forgotten Xin Yi, but they encourage each other to move on and continue living their lives.  Although Cun Xi says this to Grandma, he still can’t stop thinking about Xin Yi, noticing the pen she gave him as he’s packing for Shanghai and wondering where she is and how she’s doing.

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The night before Ji Nian Pin goes on sale

Dylan calls Xin Yi as he’s parked below her apartment, telling her to remember their agreement and to wish her goodnight.  She gets sentimental, thanking him for all he’s done for her, and tells him that she will seriously consider his proposal of officially dating.

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Cun Xi’s business trip in Shanghai

Cun Xi arrives in Shanghai to pitch proposals to potential sponsors of his company and soap, Chuan Cheng.

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President Zhao says he’s fairly certain he will be sponsoring Liang Jing Jing’s (a rival soap company) new body wash that’s more appealing, fresh, and more competitive in the marketplace.  However, Cun Xi provides him with research and information regarding Liang Jing Jing’s new produce.  It contains an ingredient called Paraben that has been studied in England and discovered to cause growth problems in babies and hormone imbalances for adolescents.  Cun Xi says that Chuan Cheng may be outdated and commercially less appealing, but it is simple, effective, and definitely the safest investment.  Cun Xi finally succeeds in convincing President Zhao to sign a contract with Mo Fa Ling Enterprise, and in return, President Zhao recommends Cun Xi stop by the Hei Chi Art Gallery that is very famous around Shanghai with very high quality art work.

Cun Xi visits the Hei Chi Art Gallery

Xin Yi is late to the gallery’s opening, and Dylan calls to find out that she has a flat tire.

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He rushes off to pick her up, just as Cun Xi gets dropped off at the gallery.  Cun Xi walks around admiring the art pieces, and immediately picks one out for Anna as a gift for her ballet school’s grand opening—it is a pink swan (how perfect).

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He wanders around some more and comes across Elaine’s Ji Nian Pin.  He’s taken aback by the beauty and melancholy encompassed in her piece, and asks for other pieces by Elaine.  He’s told that she only recently came to Shanghai and is a student of Master Zhong, so Ji Nian Pin is currently her only piece.

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Cun Xi decides to buy it and prepares to leave, but is told that Elaine really wants to meet him and thank him in person.

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He ends up talking on the phone with Xin Yi, though neither knows it’s the other one, but they still end up missing each other by a second.

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Xin Yi is given the name of the buyer’s hotel and goes to find him to thank him in person and give him the guarantee card.  She arrives just as he enters the shower, so they miss each other again.

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She is left with no choice but to leave the card with the front desk.  As Cun Xi checks out to fly back to Taipei, he picks up the card that has a sticky note on it.  In the car, he opens the card and sees the artist’s signature—signed not Elaine, but Chen Xin Yi.  All the information, the story behind Ji Nian Pin, everything clicks, and Cun Xi orders for the driver to turn around and go to the art gallery.

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Once he arrives she’s already gone, but he’s told the address of the pub she’s gone to celebrate at, and he rushes over there.

Cun Xi follows Xin Yi and Dylan to the pub

At the pub, he sees Xin Yi and is immediately dropped back into his child-like mindset of love and jealousy.

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He thinks she’s waving at him, but receives a rude awakening when he sees Dylan walk up to her and kiss her on the forehead.  Cun Xi grabs the booth next to Xin Yi and Dylan’s and whispers to himself that for a 30-year-old divorced woman, Xin Yi still looks very good (ha!).

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He also sees her wear a very sexy strapless dress and complains that two years apart and she’s become very open now (lolll, he’s just jealous she never dressed like that for him!).  He beckons the waiter over and pays him to turn the AC up really high and direct it a Xin Yi, hoping to make her put back on her sweater, but it backfires and allows Dylan to hold her hands to warm them up.  The moment he’s faced with Xin Yi, he can no longer be the poised and professional President of Mo Fa Ling Enterprise; he’s just a child at heart who wants Xin Yi to remember him.

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As a last resort, he calls President Zhao to do him a favor.  Meanwhile, Dylan drags Xin Yi up on stage to retell her story, and asks her publicly if she truly loves him, or is only returning the favor?  After a moment of silence, Dylan plays it off as a joke and they return to their booth.  Xin Yi apologizes but Dylan says he understands that she may still need some time, and that he’ll always wait for her.  At that moment he gets a call saying it seems that their might’ve been a thief at the art gallery.  After he rushes off, Cun Xi is finally free to make his move.  He puts on a mask (btw it’s a masquerade-themed pub…), pretends to bump into Xin Yi and spills red wine all over himself.  He claims that she has caused him to make a bad impression on a potential business partner, so to make it up, she must dance with him (umm…how does her dancing with him bring back his business partner…?)—but Xin Yi agrees anyway.

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They start with the waltz, because Cun Xi hopes it’d bring back memories of them dancing on the boat.  Instead, she says that she hates and avoids the waltz because it brings back bad memories.  They move on to the tango, which she’s unfamiliar with, but he says to not worry and just follow him.  As they get really close, Xin Yi says his voice is very familiar, and he starts sounding creepy (as a stranger saying those things) so she pushes him away.  She’s finally realized that dancing with him will not help him bring back his potential business partner…

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Cun Xi decides to follow Xin Yi, and learns that she has changed a lot.  Someone pulls in halfway to a parking spot that Xin Yi is backing up into, and the man gets out to yell at her.  She says she’s not in a hurry and will sit and wait.  He tries to scare her by saying he’ll bring in his “brothers” and she says sure, and that she’s ready to call the police.  The man has no choice but to leave and Xin Yi backs into her spot.

Afterwards she’s walking home when she realizes she’s being followed.  Cun Xi, thinking it’s better if he not show his face yet, is still wearing that mask for the pub—uh, if it were some stranger, creepy!  The new independent Xin Yi knows something is up, and finds a broomstick to attack Cun Xi with, all the while calling him a creepy stalker from the pub.  Dylan comes to Xin Yi’s aid and Cun Xi rushes off, and Dylan walks Xin Yi back to her apartment.

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Cun Xi’s reconsiderations

Back in Taipei, Anson finally gets some free time to go speed dating.  He’s met a woman and they seem interested in each other, but just as they’re about to kiss, Cun Xi calls him.  Cun Xi starts spilling everything about finding Xin Yi.

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Anson keeps trying to cut him off but he isn’t listening (so sadly Anson’s date leaves, along with their budding love…haha), and tries to talk sense into Cun Xi by mentioning Anna, but Cun Xi can’t forget Xin Yi and says he’ll be staying an extra day in Shanghai.  After they hang up, Cun Xi mutters to himself that now that he’s finally found her, he must find a chance to talk to her and at least tell her he’s sorry.  He promises himself that after they talk, he’ll never come back to Shanghai and never enter her life again (mmhmm…suuuuuuure…)