“Just You” Drama Review

Amidst my somewhat busy schedule, I managed to complete yet another Taiwan drama, “Just You” or《 就是要你爱上我》. Just a month ago, I was chasing another Taiwan drama, “Alice in Wondercity” or《 给爱丽丝的奇迹》, and ended up a little disappointed by the rather blurred and swift ending. As such, my hunger for good Taiwan dramas was not satisfied, prompting me to hunt for further promising alternatives. So, I started searching other dramas which starred the characters in “Alice in Wondercity”. Lara was not very promising while Jie Kai simply has too many to pick from. As such, I began my google search with Aoran Yan. The first on my list was none other than “Just You”, the drama, having screened in 2013, was rather recent and that began my journey to devour the drama.

The story involves the stories of various employees as their new boss (Qi Yi/Aoran Yan) decides to put in place a restricting order that denies anyone from having a relationship with one another in the office. As the employees all witnessed the separation of a would-be engaged couple, the feelings of resentment was unanimous, which prompts the rebellion against the new order. The plan, aka “猎狮行动”, was created and it aims to make the boss of the company fall in love with the daring, loyal, slow, weird girl (Chen Liang Liang/ Guo Xue Fu) so as to remove the cursed order. As the story progress, many interesting things happened. So, will the hunter succeed or will the prey escape? (Note: For those who have watched the drama, please pay special attention to this last line!)

Like all typical dramas, this story revolves around the idea of romance. What is unique about this drama is that it explains, in my opinion, what romance is supposed to be from the main characters’ perspectives. Even though such a drama genre is pretty much showcasing “ how a guy finds a woman attractive and decides to chase her” or “ how a girl finds the guy attractive and decides to chase him” or “love triangle” story, what caught me off guard was the idea of anti-romance that was portrayed initially in the drama. This unique start definitely serves to be a plus point as the director has set himself a difficult obstacle to overcome and he actually surpassed it, resulting in a rather beautiful and in-depth elaboration of love, very much unlike that of other dramas.

The concept of home was also frequently emphasised. The director as well as the casts made an excellent job is showing that forgiveness and acceptance are values that must be held dearly in order for a family unit to stay strong and united.

Diehard fans of the Aoran Yan would not have missed the theme song for this drama. It is none other than “挡不住的太阳”. If you noticed my profile page, this song has since been allocated to my playlist and I believed that it will stay there for a long time. It is indeed a very sincere song, one that perfectly relates to some of the characters in the drama. Bravo!

What I find annoying was that this drama has a tat too much flashback scenes. It really is a tedious job to consistently look at the past then switching back to the future. I must also say that the director made a frail attempt at inducing humour in the drama. I only burst out laughing when Liang’s mother was screened.

Overall, a light-hearted, unique drama with a perfect concoction of actors and actresses, I would totally recommend this drama.

My Ratings: 4.0/5.0

Note: I do not own the images/pictures or videos.

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Commitment and Discipline – A somewhat thorough self-evaluation.

Time passes by quickly. It felt as if just a moment ago I was enrolled as a new student in a brand new school, ready to receive the intensified rigor of our local education system. Yet, today marks the 10th of December, which also means 3 weeks to the start of a new semester. Throughout the year, I faced many “adversities”, each empowering me to be a better person. I have grown to love writing and found my passion in public speaking as well as experimenting in the kitchen.  I have also grown to hate Chemistry, which brings me to the question, “I hate Chemistry because I fail or I failed because I hate Chemistry?”

However, honestly speaking, this year has not been a fruitful one. The reason behind it is because of my multiple failures I achieved this year. Even though failure in attaining acceptable grades in examinations and tests is one of the many reasons to why I am unhappy, they are however not the main reason to why I felt that 2013 is unproductive. The crucial reason lies in my ability to commit.  Like the previous year, I made many promises to myself to constantly challenge and embrace new adversities but this year is a year filled with shunning and dodging. I have ultimately failed to grow my balls. The inability to quit gaming, the inability to quit procrastinating, the inability to focus, the inability to have more rest, the inability to exercise and the list goes on and on. Questioning further, what exactly is the reason to why I failed to commit? Since I have moved home, could it be that I despise my new living environment? Or perhaps could it be my circle of friends who are pulling me down? Pushing myself further, I have come to an actual realisation that the reason for my absolute wilfulness and the lack of commitment could be me, myself. It seems as if I am denying myself the capability to excel and stick to my goals.

I literally shuddered at such a thought. (Yes, I am shunning it now.)

Now, having the lack of commitment may seem bad enough. But, I have something much more worst and that is none other than – Discipline. There lies a fundamental difference between “Discipline” and “Commitment”. “Commitment” is the dedication to stick to your goals, persevering on until success or accomplishment while “Discipline” is the will to constantly dedicate to your goals, the force that brings you back to the right path when you stray away. Yes, I lack discipline. I lack the substantial will to commit to my goals, which ultimately is one of the main reasons to why 2013 is pathetic for me. The absence of discipline results in more procrastination and greater addiction to games. There are times earlier this year, where I tried and failed to get carried away by work but in fact let my attention shift into other unrelated sectors. Now, it is time for self-evaluation time! So, why do I lack discipline? Could it be that I whatever that I am learning now may not be of relevance in my future? Could it be that I have no idea what to commit and hence deviate from one goal to another, ending up with nothing? Prompting myself further, could it be that I am afraid of working hard? This phobia of hard work may be the reason to why I often first taste sweet then bitter, or rather no bitter at all?

Again, I shuddered at these thoughts.

All in all, one thing is for certain! I am shunning far too many things. Liberation is a gift, which I truly attain this year. It is also something that I have been abusing for the past 11 months. Time is short and being enrolled in such an education requires focus. I absolutely cannot let myself fall further and further down. Just because I have yet made it, does not mean I cannot make it. Gathering all these, I decided to take action. That is to start with the simplest – Jogging. Let me make it an everyday habit to jog, to wake up earlier, to enjoy the sunrise and to get slimmer. As the saying by American author, Zig Ziglar, goes, “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” It is time to commit and be disciplined.

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My Destiny

It never occurred to me that I really missed the times when I was younger. Today’s trip to the wet market confirmed it and I was hit pretty hard in the face by reality. It is a fact that as time passes, people aged. The wet market at Kallang has since renovated once in the past decade, many new vendors had since appeared while some disappeared. Looking at those familiar faces  —  the aunty selling roasted delights, the uncle selling seafood, the aged couple selling the groceries — , it pains to see that time and age has taken a drastic toll on them.  The uncanny similarities I see on each of their faces are the wrinkles and aged spots. Time sure is wicked.

 

Just last night, I had a random conversation with my aunt. It was regarding my future. Nowadays, I happened to come across many of such related conversations among my peers, teachers and relatives. I usually paid no attention to them under the basis that I am still young and have so much time to explore. But last night, I decide to do a little thinking. What do I really want to be in the future? Surely, there must be something that I excel in or something that I normally do that others often praise me for. How about becoming an artist? Or perhaps becoming an accountant?  Many occupations came into mind and it occurred to me that after entering JC, I realised there are others who are doing an even better job than I am and that I do not stand a chance competing against them.

 

There are many wise people in this beautiful planet and I have come across some of them. Many said, “Choose something that you are interested in.” Heeding this advice, I altered my train of thoughts. What are my interests and what kind of occupations can I gather from those interests? For once, I made a little progress. I love to speak, I love to write, I love to procrastinate, I love to eat and I love to cook.  I considered myself to be a public speaker, a lawyer, a writer, a chef or a food blogger. All of these occupations looked really appetizing, still I dismissed them. The reason behind is because these jobs are unstable. I was raised by 3 families, a complicated story, and I made a personal vow to provide for them, having any of these jobs may not be sufficient enough to repay my debt.

 

At this point, you might say that I am picky or someone who is unable to cherish opportunities. Even to the extent that I lack confidence and basically refusing to overcome all the impedimenta of achieving something in my life. Well, perhaps you may be right. After all these thinking, it made me realised that I am utterly clueless about my destiny.

 

Then, I had insomnia.

 

It hurts knowing that I have wasted so much time away on unrelated stuff. My work life balance is screwed up. Life > Work. I know I have to do something especially when I witnessed my rivals/brothers/sisters, who by the mere age of 17, have accomplished many, such as learning how to fly a freaking plane, or drive a car, or be a beauty pageant.  Now lies the final question, Where do I go from here?

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