2014 End of Year Review!

Wow, another year has flown by and I am starting to feel really old….Which, numerically isn’t true, but man does it seem like dramaland across all countries keeps churning out more and more dramas. This is my first time doing a year end review, so go easy on me! I was also really busy this year, and unfortunately ended up dropping a lot of dramas or putting them on hold! Continue reading “2014 End of Year Review!”

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Shi Shi — Constant Temperature (孫盛希–恆溫) Song Translation

Hey Guys!

Given the popularity of  Shouldn’t Be, Shouldn’t Be (孫盛希 – 不該不該) from Lovestore At the Corner’s opening theme, I decided to translate the another one of Shi Shi’s songs! Credits to the translations belong to myself (redbeanmochi) and purpletarocandy 🙂 Continue reading “Shi Shi — Constant Temperature (孫盛希–恆溫) Song Translation”

Shi Shi – Shouldn’t Be, Shouldn’t Be (孫盛希 – 不該不該) Song Translation

Hey Guys!

Given the popularity of  Shouldn’t Be, Shouldn’t Be (孫盛希 – 不該不該) from Lovestore At the Corner’s opening theme, I decided to translate the lyrics for y’all! Credits to the translations belong to myself (redbeanmochi) and my friend and new member of the team, purpletarocandy. 🙂

You can also find the lyrics here:

不該 不該 Composer :孫盛希 Lyricist :梁錦興 Bù gāi bù gāi Composer: Sūnshèngxī Lyricist: Liángjǐnxìng

Shouldn’t Be Shouldn’t Be

把你忘了 不再做假設
Bǎ nǐ wàng liǎo bù zài zuò jiǎshè
(I’m) going to forget you. I no longer assume

有多麼值得 讓自己不快樂
Yǒu duōme zhídé ràng zìjǐ bù kuàilè
that it is all worth it. I was making myself so unhappy,

被難過纏繞著
Bèi nàn guò chánràozhe
wrapping myself in sadness

我也試過順著你的
Wǒ yě shìguò shùnzhe nǐ de
I even attempted to blindly follow you,

以為很愛就可以了
yǐwéi hěn ài jiù kěyǐle
believing that to love someone deeply is enough.

感動多深刻 愛了
Gǎndòng duō shēnkè àile
Deeply moved, I fell in love

才發現再多也是不夠的 如果
Cái fāxiàn zài duō yěshì bùgòu de rúguǒ
Then discovered that no amount of love is enough, if

無法愛彼此愛的
Wúfǎ ài bǐcǐ ài de
we can not love what the other loves

幸福不該是妥協的
Xìngfú bù gāi shì tuǒxié de
Happiness shouldn’t be built on compromise.

所以我們都別耗著
suǒyǐ wǒmen dōu bié hàozhe
so lets not waste our time (any longer)

不該 不該
Bù gāi bù gāi
shouldn’t be shouldn’t be

眷著一份有缺口的依賴
Juànzhe yī fèn yǒu quēkǒu de yīlài
addicted to this imperfect relationship

不該 不該
Bù gāi bù gāi
shouldn’t be shouldn’t be

害怕錯過 錯的對的不來
Hàipà cuòguò cuò de duì de bù lái
So afraid of missing the right person, yet no one comes

變得那麼狹隘
Biàn dé nàme xiá’ài
(That I’ve) become so narrowly focused.

手若牽著 也希望一輩子的 喔
Shǒu ruò qiānzhe yě xīwàng yībèizi de ō
If I could hold your hand, I’d hope to hold it for a lifetime (Ohhhhh)

擁抱了多少的喜怒哀樂
Yǒngbàole duōshǎo de xǐ nù āilè
I’d embrace every bitter-sweet moment,

是童話裡沒的
Shì tónghuà lǐ méi de
ones that you never see in fairy tales.

我也試過順著你
Wǒ yě shìguò shùnzhe nǐ
I even attempted to blindly follow you,

所以我們都別耗著
suǒyǐ wǒmen dōu bié hàozhe
so lets not waste our time (any longer)

雖然 愛 已經腐壞
Suīrán ài yǐjīng fǔ huài
Although (our) love has already decayed,

至少 讓 我們坦白
Zhìshǎo ràng wǒmen tǎnbái
At least let us be honest,

有些美好還值得緬懷
Yǒuxiē měi hào huán zhídé miǎnhuái
We still have some beautiful memories together

不該 看不開
bù gāi Kàn bù kāi
Shouldn’t be in denial

不該 不該
Bù gāi bù gāi
Shouldn’t be shouldn’t be

要彼此變彼此想要的愛
Yào bǐcǐ biàn bǐcǐ xiǎng yào de ài
We want to transform into each other’s ideal love

不該 不該
Bù gāi bù gāi
Shouldn’t be shouldn’t be

不對了卻沒有勇氣離開
Bù duì lĕ què méiyǒu yǒngqì líkāi
It was all a mistake, but I can’t muster the courage to leave,

變得那麼狹隘
Biàn dé nàme xiá’ài
(I’ve) become so narrowly focused.

Lovestore At The Corner [巷弄裡的那家書店] – OST

I’m officially in ❤ with Lovestore at the Corner’s OST. It’s joining the ranks of Lan Ling Wang, In Time With You, and Meteor Garden for OSTs I love.

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Opening Song: Shi Shi – Shouldn’t Be, Shouldn’t Be (孫盛希 – 不該不該)

English subbed + romanization video

Closing Song: Alien Huang – Emotional Love Song (黃鴻升 – 有感情歌 )

Lovestore At the Corner airs every Friday at 10pm! (so…Friday :P) 

Lovestore At The Corner [巷弄裡的那家書店] – Episode 1 Review

Lovestore At the Corner premiered April 18th, and revolves around the story of a young woman whose disappearance affects her family and friends. It stars Nikki Hsieh as Du Ke Xing, the younger sister of the missing woman, Lee Wei as Xiang Shu Lei, the boyfriend of the missing woman, and Tracy Chou as Du Ke Jie, the missing woman. Note: There will be spoilers for the first episode below! 🙂

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Lovestore At the Corner definitely is an interesting watch. The cinematography is gorgeous, and I like the director’s style. Ke Jie, the missing woman, is introduced to us in a bookshop with her boyfriend. She loves books, and teasingly tells her boyfriend to get her camel bones for her birthday – after all, it’s what the main character in a book asked for. Rather than strike the viewer as foolish, Ke Jie comes across as airy and philosophically wise – a Luna Lovegood if you will.

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Flashbacks between the past and present are used to ever so slowly tease the viewer with the events that occurred. Ke Jie’s boyfriend Shu Lei seems to love his girlfriend very much, and is distraught over her disappearance. He imagines her in brief moments of panic, and largely remains a shrunken version of his flashback self. At one point Ke Jie’s best friend Dong Xin Ni comes over, and she jumps on him the moment she learns Ke Jie isn’t around. Shu Lei plays the part of the guilty boyfriend well – and his growing belief that Ke Jie saw them the other day becomes a mantra he repeats not only to himself but to Xin Ni as well. Xin Ni struggles with her own desire for happiness and pain at always being second rate in this episode, which the actress does a wonderful job of displaying through her breakdowns in the office.

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Ke Jie’s family reacts to the news in different ways – Ke Jie’s mother resorts to superstition to try and call her daughter back, while Ke Jie’s father personally searches the mountain where she was last seen. Neither can come to grips with the eminent reality of her death. Strangely enough though, Ke Jie’s sister Ke Xing seems to be the least affected by her sister’s disappearance. Though she wears a sad face in the first episode while comforting her mother, her pain at her sister’s loss seems two-dimensional at this point in comparison to the volatile outbursts from her mother and the quiet rage from Xin Ni.

Preview Trailer (unsubbed):

Needless to say, I look forward to watching the next few episodes of Lovestore at the Corner! I just hope the main lead actress steps up her game, and that this drama chose a different title – maybe something not so romcom-esque? What do you guys think – have any of you given this drama a try?

(Also…can I just say that I love this drama’s soundtrack? If it keeps up it might beat out Lan Ling Wang’s OST for my favourite! I’ll be doing a post on it soon! 🙂 )