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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10 Halloween Costumes from Taiwanese Dramas

Need a last minute costume that isn’t a run of the mill costume shop one? Never fear, I, Redbeanmochi, have scoured the internet for costume ideas from Taiwanese dramas so that you can still be a shining star. Continue reading “10 Halloween Costumes from Taiwanese Dramas”

Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You [喜歡•一個人] – Episode 9 Recap

This episode exposed the big rift between Hao Wei and Kai Qi, as well as gave everyone an excuse to clean up and dress nice.

You can watch Pleasantly Surprised on Dramafever here! Continue reading “Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You [喜歡•一個人] – Episode 9 Recap”

Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You [喜歡•一個人] – Episode 8 Recap

The past between Hao Wei and Kai Qi is finally revealed! Of course, it’s filled with misunderstandings.

You can watch Pleasantly Surprised on Dramafever here!

Recap:

 

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We left off with Kai Qi and Ah Jie being welcomed back to the restaurant, and it seems like Kai Qi and Le Xuan have finally given up their old rivalry and become friends. Aw 🙂

Hao Wei sits in his apartment (hotel?), staring at the old photo of him and Kai Qi as Chopper and Luffy. We see a flashback of when they first met – Hao Wei had disturbed a napping Kai Qi when he tried to sit on the bean bag chair, and although she was cross with him for waking her up, everything was quickly forgotten when she saw the newest manga release. Back in the present, Hao Wei is interrupted from his thoughts by the arrival of Le Xuan. He promises to treat her to a fancy french meal…and makes curry ramen. LOL. Le Xuan asks her brother how she should show interest in a guy, but doesn’t really elaborate on who it is.

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Ah Jie is a bit shocked that Kai Qi isn’t upset with him for withholding information that he was Louis and her old playmate, and follows her to her door in wonderment. Little does he know though, that as soon as he turned around to leave Kai Qi opened her door and grimaced at him.

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The sass starts the very next day. Kai Qi deliberately leaves without Ah Jie, and when he tries to follow her, Le Xuan stops to invite Ah Jie to dinner. When he does catch up to Kai Qi, she apologizes for ignoring “Master Louis”, and even shows him her phone – where he is indeed named so.

There’s a funny moment when bestfriend manager catches maid girl ogling the boys, and then check out their tushes as well.

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The executive chef decides that he’s going to be re-ordering roles around the kitchen as well in an attempt to update the menu. Kai Qi has appetizers, headphones girl has dessert, gangster gets soup…and Ah Jie has salad. The suck up guy is left without any role in the kitchen, and wonders if it’s because he was so eager to throw Kai Qi out.

Ah Jie is at a loss for Kai Qi’s behaviour, but goes to apologize in an effort to smooth things over. She calls him “Young Master”, and tells him that of course she should be learning from him, since he’s master Louis after all. When Ah Hie tries to take her hand, Kai Qi shrugs it off, prompting maid girl to scold them for flirting.

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Throughout the day, Kai Qi tries to do Ah Jie’s various tasks for him, saying that “the Young Master shouldn’t have to do it”. It gets to the point where he covers her mouth with his hand to stop her from talking, but when he rushes to sign for a package, he signs it as his real name. Best friend manager asks Kai Qi how her sticker collecting is going, and presents Kai Qi with another one. This leaves her with one left to go before she can enter to win a signed copy of her favourite mangas.

Later that evening he tries again to apologize, but gets interrupted by Le Xuan. She invites herself into his car, and tells him that she knows a really good Japanese restaurant they can go to.

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At the restaurant, Le Xuan acts flirty, but excuses her words and actions by saying that she’s curious and has a silly brother. Case in point – when she reaches over to de-bone the fish for Ah Jie (which is a very lovey dovey thing to do/more intimate) and then excuses it as habit from doing it for her brother all the time.

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Back at home, Ah Jie invites Xiao Yi out for drinks as a method of bribing him. How cute is it that they stand the same way?

His request? for Xiao Yi to distract Kai Qi long enough to grab her Manga ticket card and give it to him. After enjoying some product placement, Ah Jie drops Xiao Yi off and waits outside the door. Unluckily enough, Kai Qi has just finished showering, and asks Xiao Yi what he’s up to. He quickly asks begs to play Hide and Seek, and runs to grab the ticket card while she’s counting to thirty. By the time she reaches zero however, he hasn’t completely fit the card though.

Kai Qi pounces on him and tickles him, causing him to kick backwards and push the card out to a waiting Ah Jie. D’awww, be an official family already!

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We cut to a scene of Kai Qi cooking. It looks oddly bright, and all of a sudden Ah Jie is present behind her. He slowly…ever so slowly takes her hand as she stirs the pot and brings the spoon to his lips. When she starts to speak, he shushes her. The tension is mounting…

until she pushes him away. HA.

And then wakes up. Dang it. Girl you’ve got it bad.

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A mystery Japanese lady shows up at the restaurant the next day, asking to speak to headphones girl to get a reading on her future. Headphones girl sees revenge….but then her connection is broken as gangster chef walks in and recognizes the stranger. Mortified, the stranger flees out the door, while headphones girl is woken from her trance.

Ah Jie gets a sticker for signing up a membership card at the manga store, and is able to complete the card for Kai Qi. When he asks about the signed mangas however, he’s surprised to find out that there’s a lightning round of questions that he has to win to receive them. Of course, there’s always that one know it all who raises his hand before the question is even over. Whaddaya know? Hao Wei is the know it all, and he turns down Ah Jie’s attempts to buy the autographed mangas because he knows they’d be a gift for Kai Qi.

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He flashes back to when he’d dressed up as the manga character with a bouquet of flowers – maybe the day he’d tried to confess was the sore spot all these years? Once home, Hao Wei posted an ad selling the mangas, and agreed to meet the first potential buyer the next day. This episode is filled with coincidences, since…whaddaya know, the potential buyer is Kai Qi, and their arranged meet up is Figaro. Hao Wei promises to sell the mangas to her if she can “truly” prove her worth as a chef and impress him. He rejects Kai Qi’s first dish of steak and sauce as too easy, and then snarks that of course her second dish is stuffed with chili peppers. Finally, Kai Qi heads back into the kitchen for the third time, and comes back with….curry ramen on a plate.

Turns out she used to work in a convenience store, and made that for him when he wasn’t eating well during research and classes. Hao Wei takes a bite, then gets up and pushes the bag of mangas toward her before leaving.

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Ah Jie takes Kai Qi to the river side that evening to talk and cheer her up. He apologizes once more for hiding the truth from her, and she relents, saying that she was teasing him by calling him “young master”. She even opens up about her past with Hao Wei – she left school for a term after her dad started interfering with her life and demanding money from people she knew. When she came to school to withdraw the day after her birthday (also the day her father interfered), Hao Wei had angrily chased after her – demanding to know where she was. Because of her, he’d failed his class waiting all night. Kai Qi being the prickly pear that she is (and already stressed about her father), had covered her banged up face and told him to mind his own business and not bother with hers.

In the present day, Kai Qi looks at Ah Jie and says that he’s different though, since he’ll always stay by her side…right?

End.

Comments:

Now we know the terrible awful misunderstanding between Hao Wei and Kai Qi! Except…I’m more inclined to side with Kai Qi on this one. Hao Wei didn’t have to wait allllllllllllllllll night for her, and I don’t think one night would have made a difference in him failing a class. Plus, it was her birthday – maybe she planned on spending it with other friends. If it was all a surprise, how was she to know?

Sigh.

Ian Chen — A Nobody and a Princess (陳彥允–小人物大公主) Song Translation

Here’s the opening theme OST to Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You!

Lyrics:

小人物大公主 A nobody and the princess
詞:陳彥允
曲:陳彥允

長長的睫毛捲捲溫柔髮梢
Zhǎng zhǎng de jiémáo juǎn juǎn wēnróu fà shāo
Long eyelashes,  soft curly hair

上揚的嘴角彷彿對我示好
shàngyáng de zuǐjiǎo fǎngfú duì wǒ shì hǎo
You wear a tinge of smile, as if you like me

你迷人髮香有甜甜的味道
nǐ mírén fà xiāng yǒu tián tián de wèidào
The sweet fragrance of your hair

我居然有點想保護你到老
wǒ jūrán yǒudiǎn xiǎng bǎohù nǐ dào lǎo
I surprisingly want to protect you until we grow old

最喜歡看你無理取鬧
zuì xǐhuān kàn nǐ wúlǐqǔnào
I love to see you throw a tantrum,

喜歡你傻氣天真的笑
xǐhuān nǐ shǎqì tiānzhēn de xiào
Love seeing you laugh and be silly

喜歡你聽我唱歌時大哭的模樣
xǐhuān nǐ tīng wǒ chànggē shí dà kū de múyàng
Love seeing you burst into tears when listening to me sing

有點笨笨的傻呼呼微加了幸福
yǒudiǎn bèn bèn de shǎ hū hū wēi jiāle xìngfú
Its all a little bit silly and foolish, yet adds up to my happiness

在你的美麗國度住著美麗的公主
zài nǐ dì měilì guódù zhùzhe měilì de gōngzhǔ
In your beautiful country, there lives a beautiful princess

和王子一起倒數末日前走過的每一步
hé wángzǐ yīqǐ dàoshǔ mòrì qián zǒuguò de měi yībù
who counts down with the prince, counting all the steps before the end of the world

我只是個小人物默默的給你祝福
wǒ zhǐshì gè xiǎorénwù mòmò de gěi nǐ zhùfú
I am only a nobody, quietly wishing you the best

站在黑夜裡守護你的幸福
zhàn zài hēiyè lǐ shǒuhù nǐ de xìngfú
Standing guard in the dark , protecting your happiness

長長的睫毛捲捲溫柔髮梢
zhǎng zhǎng de jiémáo juǎn juǎn wēnróu fà shāo
Long eyelashes,  soft curly hair

上揚的嘴角彷彿對我示好
shàngyáng de zuǐjiǎo fǎngfú duì wǒ shì hǎo
You wear a tinge of smile, as if you like me

你迷人髮香有甜甜的味道
nǐ mírén fà xiāng yǒu tián tián de wèidào
The sweet fragrance of your hair

我居然有點想保護你到老
wǒ jūrán yǒudiǎn xiǎng bǎohù nǐ dào lǎo
I surprisingly want to protect you until we grow old

最喜歡看你無理取鬧
zuì xǐhuān kàn nǐ wúlǐqǔnào
I love to see you throw a tantrum,

喜歡你傻氣天真的笑
xǐhuān nǐ shǎqì tiānzhēn de xiào
Love seeing you laugh and be silly

喜歡你聽我唱歌時大哭的模樣
xǐhuān nǐ tīng wǒ chànggē shí dà kū de múyàng
Love seeing you burst into tears when listening to me sing

有點笨笨的傻呼呼微加了幸福
yǒudiǎn bèn bèn de shǎ hū hū wēi jiāle xìngfú
Its all a little bit silly and foolish, yet adds up to my happiness

在你的美麗國度住著美麗的公主
zài nǐ dì měilì guódù zhùzhe měilì de gōngzhǔ
In your beautiful country, there lives a beautiful princess

和王子一起倒數末日前走過的每一步
hé wángzǐ yīqǐ dàoshǔ mòrì qián zǒuguò de měi yībù
who counts down with the prince, counting all the steps before the end of the world

我只是個小人物默默的給你祝福
wǒ zhǐshì gè xiǎorénwù mòmò de gěi nǐ zhùfú
I am only a nobody, quietly wishing you the best

站在黑夜裡守護你的幸福
zhàn zài hēiyè lǐ shǒuhù nǐ de xìngfú
Standing guard in the dark , protecting your happiness

在你的美麗國度住著美麗的公主
zài nǐ dì měilì guódù zhùzhe měilì de gōngzhǔ
In your beautiful country, there lives a beautiful princess

和王子一起倒數末日前走過的每一步
hé wángzǐ yīqǐ dàoshǔ mòrì qián zǒuguò de měi yībù
who counts down with the prince, counting all the steps before the end of the world

我是小人物愛著公主
wǒ shì xiǎorénwù àizhe gōngzhǔ
I am just a nobody, in love with the princess

站在黑夜裡守護你的幸福
zhàn zài hēiyè lǐ shǒuhù nǐ de xìngfú
Standing guard in the dark , protecting your happiness