We Got Married Global – Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

Hey Guys! 🙂 I’ve decided to recap We Got Married Global (WGM-Global for short) after watching the first season and loving the pairings! Plus…this is the second year that one of the wives has been Taiwanese! I wonder who it is…

If you want to watch WGM Global, you can find it here: dramafever / viki

Recap:

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We open to see a cruise ship crossing a river, heading towards an island. There are bits of ice floating around, so it must be very cold for our couple. Who should be standing on the prow of the ship but….

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Kim Heechul! For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a member of the famous kpop group Super Junior. He’s since gone on to become a popular MC and radio show host when not promoting with the group, and is known for his outgoing, loud, and funny personality as well as his love of pink and wigs.

After docking at the island, Heechul is given a box with a mission card and a cell phone. His mission? To find his wife as quickly as possible!

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And who should be waiting for him but….Puff Guo! Some of you may recognize her from Just You with Aaron Yan or her cpop group Dreamgirls. She’s recently experienced a wave of popularity because of the drama (she and Aaron did have really cute chemistry), and I guess it made her a good candidate for WGM.

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The island looks pretty straightforward (at least from the arial view), so hopefully Heechul can find her quickly!

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Heechul nervously calls Puff, still unaware of who she is. He opens with a “Where are you baby”, and Puff is adorably embarassed. She tells him in Chinese that she’s by a river, and he replies “hao hao” (good good) without actually understanding. Heechul heads over to the island map before realizing that he doesn’t actually know where she is…

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This prompts a second phone call, but the two don’t really understand each other – Puff describes what she’s wearing and Heechul wonders why she’s talking about milk. A third phone call is in order, and this time Puff uses English to explain that she’s by a big snowman.

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Heechul remembers passing a snowman on his way in, and returns to the front entrance where there is an adorable snowman couple. Unfortunately…this isn’t the right snowman.

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Poor Heechul wanders around the island, randomly shouting out “Wifey! Where are you!”.  He ends up calling Puff once more, and this time she offers to send him a photo. He interprets it as “Bbo bbo” (kiss in korean), and when Puff tries to clarify by saying “picture”, he wonders astonished if she wants a kiss photo. Heh 😛

Luckily, he stumbles across a kiss bridge…which just so happens to be where Puff is waiting! Heechul decides to sneak up on her, and slowly sticks his head next to her to surprise her. They’re adorably awkward – Heechul gives Puff the rose from the mission and tries to read from his Chinese conversation book, but it’s very formal and he asks if her work was successful haha.

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The two relocate to a tea shop/art gallery, and bond over their mutual like for green tea. To help them communicate, they use a drawing pad to explain words. Heechul introduces himself as the “universal superstar” and “pink man”, and tells Puff to call him Oppa. She’s adorably enthusiastic about it, and Heechul seems impressed by her cuteness.

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The pair settle on names for each other – “Cherry Oppa” for Heechul, and “Xuefu” for Puff (her Chinese name). Heechul lays on the cheese by kissing Puff’s hand, and she looks surprised, but happy.  Puff asks Heechul if he likes to bike, and through a series of pantomime gestures, the two decide to go rent a bike to ride around the island.

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Unfortunately, due to the cold weather the bike shop isn’t open. Heechul subtly makes fun of Puff bowing all the time by adding extra bows when they talk to the bike shop employee (who looks confused HA). The two decide to take a walk instead, taking photos in the tree grove.

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Afterwards, they head to a pottery shop where they decide to paint cups. Heechul decides to paint Puff on his cup, and tells her to pain himself. Puff looks understandably helpless, but the two end up with some cute cups for each other. While painting, Heechul is surprised to find that Puff knows Gwiyomi, and asks her if she knows “bbuing bbuing“. When he does it however, Puff looks at him with a “What the heck” face haha.

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Once the two have finished their cups, they decide to head back to the ferry. Heechul prepared a gift for Puff while he “went to the restroom”, and gives it to her outside. It’s an adorable owl (they call it cuckoo?) hand warmer pillow, and they decide to share it as they walk. Awwww.

Puff asks for Heechul’s jacket partway along the walk, and he immediately rushes to give it to her, saying that he’s feeling very hot anyways. Puff’s just teasing him, but seems really touched when she gives his jacket back.

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Looks like the two had a pretty stellar first date!

Comments:

After watching Gui Gui and Taecyeon and seeing how well they communicated, I was a little surprised at how difficult it was for Heechul and Puff to communicate (I’d assumed that he’d have experience with Mandarin from Super Junior-M). Either way, this couple is sure to have lots of fun together! 🙂

Note: For now, I’m only planning on recapping Puff/Heechul (and not Key/Arisa).

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Just You [就是要你愛上我] Series Review

Disclaimer: I wrote this review around winter break and completely forgot about it! 😦
Also – apologies for the lack of posts – for anyone who is just joining, greengrassjelly and I are full time uni students, and this has been a particularly busy year for the two of us! Regular postings will resume again once I survive claw my way through finish writing my final exams! And now for the review….


So surprise surprise I picked up this series again after hearing that it got a lot better (and that Aaron and Puff had some really cute chemistry). You know me, I’m a sucker for good chemistry. Dramapot has some really good recaps of the first 11 eps or so, and I used that to help me jump around while watching. I recommend watching episode 1, skipping episode 2-4, watching episode 5 (only the beginning and end are all that important), and then watching 6-on at your own digression. The romance factor picks up with episode 10 🙂

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Pros:
Great Chemistry – it was completely unexpected for me, but there’s a reason why Puff and Aaron won the couple’s award

Budget – this series had a decent budget, and looked pretty on par with Kdramas (which are notorious for their flashy packaging)

Cons:
The first 5 episodes. See my review of episode one here for why…

Acting – now before you jump on me asking why in the world I’d recommend a drama when I complain about the acting….let me explain. The acting improved during the series, after Puff realized she didn’t have to shout all her lines. Aaron has the rich snobby cold persona down pat, but he did carry the sensitive side of his character well. While Puff is not anywhere near any my favourite TW actresses, she ranges from passably bearable to decent. Given time however, she might improve (if Kpop idols can do it, so can you!)

Overall mark? 7 

Why? fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff fluff. Cute, and good for those days when you feel like something sweet.

You can watch Just You on Dramafever here!

2013 Sanli Entertainment Television Awards Ceremony

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Recently (well, in the end of December 2013), the Sanli Entertainment Company celebrated its Awards Ceremony, and the voting was broken down in the following way: 30%: Sanli staff/behind the scenes personnel, 30%: fans/audience, 30%: reporters/media/paparazzi, 40%: acting/drama professionals.

So below are the nominees as well as winners in bold!  Of course, I also couldn’t resist to add some of my own reactions to the results, as well as some fun highlights from the Awards Ceremony.

Online Popularity Award

  • Lin Yo Wei [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu [Love Around]
  • Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan [Just You]
  • Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Chris Wang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao [Déjà Vu]

3 popularity

  • Comment: I might be offending many of you out there, but I’m not a huge fan of Aaron.  I’ve seen quite a few of his dramas (MIT, Gloomy Salad Days, Alice in Wonder City etc.) but I don’t think he has a large enough range of characters/acting personalities.  He always just seems like the cold-hearted (rich) character with few words and a wall built up around himself to protect his vulnerable heart…it does start to get old…

Best Chinese Representative Star (sorry for the bad translation…)

  • Chris Wang

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Most Foolishly Sentimental

  • Ke Shu Qing [A Hint of You]
  • Fang Wen Ling [A Hint of You]
  • Wang Juan [Love Around]
  • Yang Li Yin [Just You]
  • Li Zhi Qing [Second Life]

Best Noona-Killer

  • Zhang Guo Zhu [Two Fathers]
  • Jian Chang [Love Around]
  • Shen Meng Sheng [Just You]
  • Bo Lei [Second Life]
  • Ai Wei [Second Life]

Best Tearjerker

  • Lin Yo Wei/Le Le [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu/Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan/Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Xie Kun Da/Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Yao Yuan Hao/Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

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  • Comment: I’m super happy for Lin Yo Wei and Le Le, because I remember the scene that they showed in the nomination clip, and it was quite a heart-wrenching one.  As a father himself, I think Yo Wei did a very good job of expressing that fear of losing his daughter as well as the anger that emerges once they find her.  He’s angry that he she didn’t listen and ran away, angry that she’s capable of causing him so much worry and fear, but he’s also angry that he didn’t protect her well enough.  Like people say, when parents spank/slap their children (literally or hypothetically), the parent is always the one that hurts more, and I think Yo Wei and Le Le’s relationship and this scene definitely portrays that.

Best Child Star

  • Lan Ai Zi [Lady Maid Maid]
  • Le Le [Two Fathers]
  • Qu Xiao You [Two Fathers]
  • Zhang Ting Yi [Two Fathers]
  • Zhao Yi Cheng [Love Family]

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  • Comment: Le Le had the largest role within her drama, is the most mature for her age, and acts so naturally that there was no doubt the award would go to her.  It was awkward that they had Le Le, Xiao You, and Ting Yi present the award together though.  I understand that the three of them are the trio of friends in Two Fathers, but they are, after all, kids still–and kids get jealous and upset.  When the award was given to Le Le, Ting Yi had to stand by her side and watch her get the award as the hosts asked her and Xiao You how they felt about it.  It’s hard enough for adults to put on a fake smile and congratulate someone else for getting an award, how can you expect a child to do that?  So Ting Yi (who acted as Xiao Wei in Two Fathers) broke into tears and said that Le Le already got an award with Lin Yo Wei (implying that things should be fair and that someone else should get this award…).  Sigh…poor choice on the company or whoever organized the ceremony’s part…

Best On-Screen Couple (OTP)

  • Michael Zhang/Li Qian Na [A Hint of You]
  • George Hu/Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan/Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Xie Kun Da/Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Chris Wang/Serena Fang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao/Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

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  • Comment: Puff wasn’t there, so Aaron was the only one who came up for the award.  This night was a pretty successful one for him and for Just You as well.  Also, Yao Yuan Hao and Mandy Wei were asked to present the award together, which they were very cooperative and cute.  Again though, why they would choose a pair that was also nominated to present the award is beyond me–it’s like they’re asking for awkward situations…Good thing they are adults and were professional about it!

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Best Kiss

  • Michael Zhang/Li Qian Na [A Hint of You]
  • Leroy Young/Megan Lai [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu/Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan/Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Xie Kun Da/Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Yao Yuan Hao/Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

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  • Comment: I’m glad the award went to Kun Da and Cyndi, and not the typical super romantic/emotional/PDA-filled kiss.  This scene was adorable and sweet in its own way, especially with the first part where they both turn their heads to the right and wonder where the other person is 😛 I know a lot of people complain about pairs having so much chemistry and so much potential, but then the kiss isn’t real enough or good enough, but this proves that although it may be a very simple peck on the lips with no movement, it portrays the innocence and butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling associated with first love and shows that sometimes, that’s all it takes.

Overseas Popularity Award

  • Lin Yo Wei [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu [Love Around]
  • Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan [Just You]
  • Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Chris Wang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao [Déjà Vu]

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  • George wasn’t in Taiwan so he made a clip of his thank-you message.  I’m really happy that he got this award, because I was actually hoping he’d get the  Online Popularity Award, but this makes up for it 😉 I haven’t seen all of Love Around (it’s definitely on my To Watch list!) but I’ve seen clips here and there of him and Annie, and I think they’re both really talented, have improved a lot, and had very good chemistry in the drama!  I’ve also recently watched him in Prince Lanling and although he was only a side character that was like the comedic relief and the goofy, quirky one, it shows that he can act in modern-day dramas as well as historic/period dramas, and that he’s met all sorts of acting challenges well and is becoming more and more of a well-rounded, skilled actor.

Best Actress

  • Li Qian Na [A Hint of You]
  • Megan Lai [Two Fathers]
  • Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

18 bestactress

  • Comment: Annie also didn’t attend the ceremony and had a clip prepared.  To be honest, I was hoping Megan Lai might win this award because I really liked her in Two Fathers, but I do think that Annie deserved this award.  I’ve seen her in Prince & Princess 2 (her first drama), Volleyball Lover, to Inborn Pair, to Love Around, and I do think that her acting has improved a lot and become much more natural.

Best Actor

  • Michael Zhang [A Hint of You]
  • Lin Yo Wei [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan [Just You]
  • Chris Wang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao [Déjà Vu]

17 bestactor

  • Comment: WELL DESERVED! The number of times I’ve talked about Two Fathers, how much I liked the drama, and how much I like the actors/actresses…need I say more? 😀 P.S. If you like Lin Yo Wei, I would highly recommend the 2011 drama Next Heroes–he was a cop and did a very good job, and also acted alongside Megan Lai!

Most Popular TV Series (completely voted on by the audience)

  • A Hint of You
  • Two Fathers
  • Love Around
  • Just You
  • Love Family
  • Déjà Vu

  • Comment: I would’ve really liked to see Two Fathers (of course), Love Around, or even A Hint of You to win this award.  I think Just You has definitely overshadowed a lot of other good dramas, especially becuase I’ve watched interviews etc. on A Hint of You for example, and they put a lot of money and effort into filming/production, and even got special cameras to film the food and cooking processes in high definition! I have heard many good things about Just You and about the great chemistry between Aaron and Puff, but despite all of this, I still couldn’t bring myself to watch it… I’m not a huge fan of Aaron as I mentioned earlier, and although Puff is very cute and is very humble/doesn’t seem to use or abuse her beauty, I think her acting still has a bit of room for improvement.

Ceremony Highlights

-Della Ding is a super talented singer that has sung many theme/ending/insert songs for dramas, and this night, she performed three of her songs: It’s Not Your Fault (不是你的錯) from Inborn Pair, Don’t Ask (不要問) from Love Family, I Love Him (我愛他) from Autumn’s Concerto.  Side note, I’m absolutely in love with her recent song, Heart of Palms (手掌心), that’s the ending song for the period drama Prince Lanling/Lan Ling Wang! (Redbeanmochi has a post about the OST–check it out if you haven’t already!)

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-Yao Yao (Guo Shu Yao), who awarded the Most Foolishly Sentimental Award and the Best Noona-Killer Award, just recently received the Best New Actress Award at the Golden Horse Award Ceremony

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-Lego Li and Kirsten Ren (Ren Rong Xuan) from In A Good Way awarded the Best Kiss Award.

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They started off by complimenting each other on how successful and well talked-about each other’s dramas were (lol), and Rong Rong even joked about the fans creating a nickname for Lego: Picachuan (after Pikachu, since Lego’s name in the drama is Chuan).  They talked about first on-screen kiss experiences, Lego also made fun of Rong Rong’s smile, and she teasingly hit him and complained that he’s always making fun of her.  Everyone teased that they are already a couple 😛  The hosts even tried to get the two to rub noses for the camera, but they finally settled with holding hands and gazing deeply into each other’s eyes ❤

gazeSide note, I wasn’t a huge fan of Lego’s slicked back hair… But Rong Rong was wearing a knee-length black dress with her hair down, which was very simple and sweet (well…minus the large bow).

Hear Me [聽說] Recap

Hear Me [聽說]
Starring: Ivy Chen, Eddie Peng & Michelle Chen
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Lin Xiao Peng (Michelle Chen) is warming up to prepare for her swim meet, and Lin Yang Yang (Ivy Chen) is across the pool setting up the camera to take pictures of her sister’s race.

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As they call for the race to start, Yang Yang times the camera and races over to Xiao Peng’s side to give her the cue to start.  Huang Tian Kuo (Eddie Peng) arrives at the gym just after the race is over, with bento boxes the swimmers ordered.  After seeing nobody at the front desk, he walks into the pool area and sees Yang Yang telling a joke in sign-language to Xiao Peng.  He comes up to the two and laughs along with them—and they stop laughing and glance at each other and then him.  Way to make an entrance, Eddie…  5He breaks the silence by saying he’s there to deliver bento boxes.  Yang Yang tells her sister she has to go to work and runs off, leaving Tian Kuo to ask Xiao Peng for Yang Yang’s name in sign-language.

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As Tian Kuo is paid and leaves, he sees Yang Yang crash her motorcycle.  She’s scratched up, so he insists on driving her to the hospital before she returns to work.

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After dropping her off at the door of the hospital, he boldly asks for her MSN username.  So old-fashioned, haha!

After returning to his family’s restaurant late due to the detour to the hospital, Tian Kuo gets a good lecture from his mom about all the bento’s that went cold waiting for him to deliver, how they now have to make new ones, and how he’s going to have to eat all the leftover bento’s.

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Yup, all seven boxes!  Turning back to the kitchen, the dad asks for Tian Kuo to come help make the lunch boxes and the mom responds, “It’s already one, let him eat first.  He’s still growing.”  To which the dad scoffs and says, “He’s already a twenty-something-year-old…why would he still be growing?”

The next day, Tian Kuo is selling lunch boxes on the street and especially saves one for Yang Yang.  She drives past and sees him, so comes over to say thank you for the ride to the hospital.

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They officially introduce themselves, and he asks her why he never saw her online.  She tells him she’s busy because of work, so she hasn’t had time to go on yet.  As she’s eating the lunch box he saved her, she remembers and says she’ll pay him back.

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He responds that she can pay him by going out to a movie with him—and he’ll pay for the tickets.  How much more obvious and direct could he be?!?!  But she rejects him (sadly), saying that she doesn’t have time for a movie because of work.

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She thanks him for the food and rushes off,  and he screams out for her to be careful as she shoots across the street.

Back home, he’s online, looking at all the messages he’s sent Yang Yang already. 

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The first time I saw you, you reminded me of a great white heron…  I recently brought home a plant and I’m trying to raise it right now.  I really love plants.  But don’t get me wrong, I’m not an otaku that just stays at home all day… 17As he’s having imaginary conversations with Yang Yang, his mom comes in and catches him mumbling to himself, telling him to knock off the daydreaming and help her at the restaurant.

Later, Tian Kuo comes down to the restaurant, but to make a special “lover’s bento.”

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There’s pork-chop soup and an overflowing bento with extra food in it.

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His mom sees it and tells him he can’t sell if for the regular price—he must bump up the price!  Tian Kuo responds, “Love is priceless!” as he drives off to find Yang Yang.

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He brings her food at her house, and she invites him in to sit.  She insists on paying him back for all the food, but he keeps changing the subject.

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The house is filled with medals and certificates of all the awards Xiao Peng has won for swimming, and Yang Yang is very proud of her sister.  Tian Kuo asks if it isn’t a burden for her to be the only one working to provide for her family, and she responds that if Xiao Peng wins a gold medal, they will get paid and it’ll all be worth it.  Yang Yang suddenly remembers that she has to go to work, and invites him along.

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Turns out she’s a street-performer: a mimer.

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After a successful time at work, Yang Yang says she’ll treat Tian Kuo to dinner.  They go to the night market and find a noodle restaurant.

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After dinner, she says she’ll pay.

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Yang Yang pours out her coins she’s earned from work and starts counting and sorting them.  Tian Kuo notices that there are other customers waiting to be seated, so he ends up paying and then they leave.  Yang Yang is upset about that, and the two get into an argument about money.

29She thinks that he looks down on her job and thinks little of coins and loose change.  He says he never thought that, but she’s already angry with him and says she’ll pay him back when she has changed all her coins into bills.  She leaves alone and he is unsure of what to do.

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Meanwhile, Xiao Peng had come home from swim practice and fell asleep while looking through old photo albums.  There ends up being a fire in the neighborhood but she doesn’t see the alarm, so she doesn’t get help until the firefighters come.

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Yang Yang rushes to the hospital and apologizes for not being there for Xian Peng.  Yang Yang is upset with herself for not going straight home after work, but Xiao Peng says she only inhaled a little bit of smoke and everything is fine.

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However, when Yang Yang brings some tea to the hospital the next morning, she overhears Xiao Peng’s teammates discussing that Xiao Peng might not be able to swim due to possible lung damage from the smoke inhalation.

After their argument, Tian Kuo goes back to where Yang Yang was miming to see if she’d be at work, but she is nowhere to be found.  He ends up going to the noodle shop they had gone to for dinner and is reading a poem and practicing the sign-language for it so he can “read” it to Yang Yang.  34He overhears the shop owners discussing Yang Yang, and how she was so adorable and sweet, but how unfortunate that she was deaf.  Upset by their judgments of Yang Yang, he throws down a bunch of coins to pay for his meal and leaves.

At his family’s restaurant, his parents can tell that he’s upset about something, so the mom sends the dad in to talk with Tian Kuo.  He tells his dad that he doesn’t even know if they are dating or not, but that he really likes this girl.  36
The dad doesn’t see what the problem is, and Tian Kuo asks his dad, “Would you guys be okay if I were to date a deaf girl.”  His dad doesn’t know what to say, and his mom is equally perplexed.  Tian Kuo tells them that she is really kind, out-going, cute, caring, and loves her sister—but the mom is still worried, saying to the dad, “Tian Kuo knows sign-language, but we don’t.”

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Tian Kuo eventually goes to Yang Yang’s house to find her, but she hides inside refusing to open the door.  He leaves a box at her door and leaves.

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He has bought her a glass heron coin bank as an apology gift.  She is touched, but still is keeping her distance from him.

39The next day, Yang Yang goes to the pool to wait for her sister, but after her sister gets out of the shower, she tells Yang Yang to go home first because she will be waiting for friends to go out to dinner.  Yang Yang says she can go with them, and Xiao Peng snaps back, saying that she doesn’t want Yang Yang to tag along with them.  Hurt, Yang Yang walks home alone. Along the way, she sees all these poster boards of trees set up on the streets.  41

As she stops at her own front lawn, she sees Tian Kuo in a tree costume with lights strapped around him.  She gets a text from him and opens it to read, …there are 137 types of plants or wildlife becoming extinct every day. At that rate, the heron might one day become extinct.  So to prevent you from becoming extinct, you must bring the tree in front of you home to raise!  Awww….   Unfortunately, this wasn’t the best timing.  Yang Yang asks if he has ever considered that they wouldn’t get along well, alluding at the hearing impairment that may become an issue between them in the long run.

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That night, Xiao Peng comes home drunk and Yang Yang warns her that she shouldn’t be drinking because it may affect her ability to swim well.  Xiao Peng tells her that she won’t have to worry, because the coach told her her speed has been dropping and she’s unable to compete in the qualifying rounds to be in the Deaflympics—that her four years of hard work has been all for naught.  Yang Yang apologizes again, saying that it was all her fault.  Xiao Peng is extremely upset, saying that Yang Yang still doesn’t get it.  Sure, Xiao Peng is upset about not being able to swim, but she’s most upset because all Yang Yang’s sacrifices were also for naught.  Xiao Peng knows how hard Yang Yang has to work to be able to support the both of them, but Xiao Peng can’t even earn a gold medal for her sister.  It boils down to the fact that Xiao Peng feels as if she’s a burden to Yang Yang, and is unable to contribute anything to their family.  45Yang Yang tells Xiao Peng that she is not, and has never been, a burden; that in the next life, she would still want Xiao Peng as a sister.

After their argument is settled, Yang Yang goes online to see that Tian Kuo has messaged her, but also sends a response to something she never said.  She asks if he’s got the wrong girl, and he responds that he is tired but really misses her, so he imagined that she said she really missed him too, and he wrote a response to that in order for him to go to sleep peacefully.  He also asks her if she is worried about the hearing impairment issue between them…  47But she signs off, and he’s left staring at a picture of her as his screensaver and dreams of kissing her.

The next day, Yang Yang and Xiao Peng go to a museum to watch herons and waterbirds.  Xiao Peng reminds Yang Yang of their childhood, and how she used to run along the beach like a heron.  Yang Yang tells her sister that a boy once told her the same thing.  Xiao Peng guesses it’s Tian Kuo, but Yang Yang tells Xiao Peng she doesn’t plan on dating Tian Kuo because he is also deaf.  Wait—what???

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Xiao Peng asks if it’s because of her—that Yang Yang wants to focus all her energy on protecting Xiao Peng and therefore doesn’t think she’ll have time or energy to care for Tian Kuo as well?  Yang Yang looks upset, because she knows that the case.  It’s Xiao Peng’s turn to act like the older sister and take charge—she tells Yang Yang that she needs to learn to trust that Xiao Peng is capable of caring for herself.  Once Yang Yang has learned to let go, she can open her arms to embrace Tian Kuo.  Xiao Peng tells her sister that one day, she hopes to see Yang Yang fly free and happily like a heron, unbound to any responsibilities or burdens—and when that day comes, Xiao Peng will be extremely happy for Yang Yang.

Tian Kuo returns to the restaurant after bento deliveries, and gets a packet with pictures of food and some money.

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He realizes it’s from Yang Yang and starts to chase after her, but then glumly returns to the restaurant.  His parents tell him to chase her, but he says even if he chased her, his parents wouldn’t accept her anyway, so what’s the point.

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His parents can tell that he really loves the girl, so his mom suggests to his dad that they sign up for some sign-language classes…implying that they’re willing to accept Yang Yang!  Tian Kuo is ecstatic and runs off to find her.

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Tian Kuo gets to the pool as Yang Yang has dunked her head underwater, so he starts having an imaginary conversation with her again behind her back.

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She lifts her head up just as he says, “Yang Yang, I want to invite you over to my house for dinner, is that okay?”  And in a higher voice, he pretends she responds, “Why?” Him: “Because I want to introduce you to my parents.”  Her: “Why?” Him: “Because I like you; I want to be your boyfriend.”  He leans in to pretend to kiss her, just as she turns around to face him.

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He’s embarrassed and freaks out, so he jumps in the pool and swims to the other end.  Hahahaha!  He finally gets out and walks back to her.  In reality, he says the same thing as his imaginary conversation, and she asks the same questions, but instead of telling her he loves her, he says, “Because I want to help you find a job at my family’s restaurant.”

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The next day, Tian Kuo drives the two to his restaurant, and his parents are all dressed up and formal as if they were attending a wedding, loll…

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So they sit down, and the dad brings out a notepad.  Written on it are introductions, as well as comments on how Tian Kuo and Yang Yang are meant to be because they are so similar.

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They are both hard-working, optimistic, cute, out-going, good to parents, kind, etc. and they end it with, “So, will you marry him?” Hahahahaha!

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What a proposal!  Extremely embarrassed, Tian Kuo whispers to his parents that she’s not even his girlfriend yet!  His parents try to whisper back that it’s okay, but Yang Yang interrupts them and says, “I do.”  Dumbfounded, excuse my pun :D, they all stare at her.62

Tian Kuo:        Aren’t you deaf?
Yang Yang:     No, I can hear.
Tian Kuo:        Then how come you never said?!
Yang Yang:     You never asked me…

Tian Kuo:        But I’m sure I’ve spoken in front of you before!
Yang Yang:     Yeah…yesterday.  But technically, you weren’t talking in front of me, you were behind me.
Tian Kuo:        You heard it all?  Then how come you still lied to me?
Yang Yang:     But you weren’t truthful either, I asked you why you wanted to introduce me to your parents and you said you wanted to help me find a job.

Yang Yang admits that she likes Tian Kuo too, and Tian Kuo’s parents are thrilled.

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The two go to Yang Yang’s house to hang out and talk through things, and she asks how he know sign-language.  He said he learned in college, and she says he must’ve been a very good student.  He admits that it was only after meeting her that he went back and started refreshing his sign-language.  He leans in to try to kiss her, but she bolts upright and says that she used to hate sign-language—until her sister asked her if the piano sounded beautiful.  From then on, she worked harder than ever to learn sign-language so she could describe to Xiao Peng all the beautiful sounds of the world.  Tian Kuo says that he knows that feeling, because he too wanted to allow Yang Yang to understand the sound of rainfall, because he believed that it was the sound of longing.

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She envelops him in a super-hug, and he notices the other heron coin banks.  She said that every time she thought of him, she’d put a coin in, and over time, it filled up and she had to buy new ones.  She lets him go for a second, and then hugs him again, grateful for everything.

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Afterwards, Xiao Peng tells Yang Yang that she is temporarily quitting the team and finding a job to help with the family expenses.  Yang Yang tells her that she doesn’t need to worry about money, but Xiao Peng is adamant and has a clear plan in mind.  During this time, she will continue to practice and prepare for the next qualifying rounds, as she finds a job to support herself—because she cannot win gold medals forever.

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In the end, Yang Yang and Tian Kuo are watching on and cheering hard as Xiao Peng warms up and gets ready for a swim meet—assuming it’s the qualifying rounds for the Deaflympics.

Greengrassjelly Update

So…I was definitely optimistic about starting recaps for True Love 365, because life REALLY got in the way…  On that sad note, I will be dropping the True Love 365 recaps, and instead, will pick up Taiwanese (or Chinese or Cantonese) movies to recap for you!  I will also continue to do the Two Fathers Flashbacks 🙂

So look forward to my first movie recap, which will be posted this week!