My own selection of the best of TVB dramas from 2007 till this year, 2015.


Every year there would be some major awards presentations happening to honour the best of Hong Kong major television station, TVB annually. These awards ceremonies are not only held in Hong Kong but also in Malaysia and Singapore for the oversea Chinese audiences. I consider myself grew up with TVB dramas. In Malaysia, we have no nice local Chinese TV dramas to watch and so we depend on Astro to catch up to Hong Kong’s latest series and other variety programmes. For the awards this year, the Singapore Starhub TVB Awards was in last month, and tomorrow we would have the TVB Star Awards Malaysia. It will all end with the Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards next month.

I myself do make my own list of the best of TVB dramas every year. I started this in 2007 but I never put up my selection to my blog here. I think this would appeal to some of my blog readers who are interested on things about TVB dramas, and so, I put it up now, at here below:

BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2007

Best Series: Heart of Greed

Best Leading Actor: Moses Chan (Heart of Greed)

Best Leading Actress: Louise Lee (Heart of Greed)

Best Supporting Actor: Louis Yuen (Heart of Greed)

Best Supporting Actress: Tavia Yeung (Dicey Business)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2008

Best Series: Moonlight Resonance

Best Leading Actor: Raymond Lam (Moonlight Resonance)

Best Leading Actress: Michelle Yim (Moonlight Resonance)

Best Supporting Actor: Wayne Lai (The Gentle Crackdown II)

Best Supporting Actress: Tavia Yeung (Moonlight Resonance)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2009

Best Series: Rosy Business

Best Leading Actor: Wayne Lai (Rosy Business)

Best Leading Actress: Sheren Tang (Rosy Business)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Tse (E.U.)

Best Supporting Actress: Susan Tse (Rosy Business)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2010

Best Series: No Regrets

Best Leading Actor: Wayne Lai (No Regrets)

Best Leading Actress: Sheren Tang (No Regrets)

Best Supporting Actor: Evergreen Mak (No Regrets)

Best Supporting Actress: Fala Chen (No Regrets)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2011

Best Series: Ghetto Justice

Best Leading Actor: Kevin Cheng (Ghetto Justice)

Best Leading Actress: Myolie Wu (Curse of the Royal Harem)

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Lee (Ghetto Justice)

Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan (Ghetto Justice)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2012

Best Series: The Hippocratic Crush

Best Leading Actor: Kenneth Ma (The Hippocratic Crush)

Best Leading Actress: Kate Tsui (Highs and Lows)

Best Supporting Actor: Power Chan (The Confidant)

Best Supporting Actress: Elena Kong (Silver Spoons Sterling Shackles)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2013

Best Series: Brother’s Keeper

Best Leading Actor: Ruco Chan (Brother’s Keeper)

Best Leading Actress: Krystal Tin (Brother’s Keeper)

Best Supporting Actor: Him Law (The Hippocratic Crush II)

Best Supporting Actress: Elena Kong (Triumph in the Skies II)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2014

Best Series: Line Walker

Best Leading Actor: Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)

Best Leading Actress: Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)

Best Supporting Actor: Benz Hui (Line Walker)

Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan (The Ultimate Addiction)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2015

Best Series: Captain of Destiny

Best Leading Actor: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny)

Best Leading Actress: Liza Wang (Limelight Years)

Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Ma (Lord of Shanghai)

Best Supporting Actress: Alice Chan (Lord of Shanghai)

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I only provided five categories. Very limited places and so making each categories more prestigious. This is not like giving out pork chop awards to as many people as possible like those ‘my favourite characters’ awards. I also decided to kick out the smaller categories like most improved for the same reason. Well, you will notice that some of my selection differs from the TVB awards results for that particular year as this is solely depending on my own analysis without influence from the past TVB awards. My selection is also different since it only involves dramas that I have watched only every year and not all.

You may have forgotten some of the great performances several years ago that I include in my list but is not visible in TVB awards for that particular year. Maybe posting this up from 2007 (till this year) will refresh your mind a bit on some classic nice dramas we have watched from 8 years ago. You may also comment here on your own selection for best of TVB this year, particularly if you differ from my thought that ‘Captain of Destiny’ is the best series of 2015. I do think a lot that this year is the battle between ‘Captain of Destiny’ and ‘Lord of Shanghai’ for best series, but in the end, after a careful analysis, I ended up picking the former with my own reasons. I welcome all of your thoughts if you are also interested in TVB dramas like me.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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Happy awesome 5th birthday to my blog here!


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28th September 2008 was the day I started out this blog. Not long after Beijing 2008 Olympics, my passion on writing stuff (on anything that I find interesting and is deserving to be shared) builds up. I wish to put it down on a book or a diary, but that’s no point if no one else read it. It’s not something intended to be secretive or confidential. Internet had been a very powerful and influential tool in our present time. Hence, I turn to blogging, a medium that could share my words to every parts of the world. By 28th September 2008, my thought finally transformed to solid action; by creating this blog through WordPress after several steps to set up.

What’s the date today? It’s 28th September 2013. That’s exactly five years from the ‘birth’ of my blog. I couldn’t say anything else besides than wishing my blog a wonderful 5th birthday! My blog, which I considered part of my life is now 5 years old! My ‘baby’ is now 5 years old! Five years ago, it’s a humble and small little blog not known to many others. Now, it gained over two million visits, attracted over two thousand comments, having posts shared over a thousand times, and is followed by over 100 people around the world. If compares to many other giant blog sites (usually with hundred of authors), my blog here is no where to be seen. However, I am very pleased, satisfied and grateful of the current position of my blog which is fully run all by myself.

Of course I couldn’t remember the mood I had when I first created this blog five years ago, but I’m certain for now that happiness overwhelms me that my blog had comes to this far. Five years up, and is still active with me trying my best to frequently update my blog with interesting information from architecture to international events or news and more individually to things I encountered in my daily life that I find worth sharing. It’s very vibrant or dynamic, as I believe our life is never all about a single aspect only. I admit that back in early years of my blog, I had written a lot of posts with very little effort, poor sentencing or bad grammar. I’m improving myself consistently on this and is very much evident if you compare my recent write-ups with my posting few years back. Now, my posts are not badly written, right?

In conjunction with my blog’s 5th anniversary, there would be a complimentary kiss from me. Haha…just joking. It’s okay. At least, there’s beautiful virtual fireworks display in this post to celebrate.

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If you are a constant reader of my blog, you should have realize this from my blog’s header of the month. It’s a cool visual highlighting on my blog’s 5th anniversary. Last but not least, I would like to wish again to my blog here (www.vincentloy.wordpress.com) a great 5th birthday and also taking this opportunity to congratulate (compliment too) myself for bringing this blog to this far. Google had its 15th anniversary celebration recently, and my blog here named ‘Vincent Loy – My Blog City’ had its 5th anniversary too (not to miss out). Great!

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Best films of 2008, 2009, and of course 2010!


Suddenly, before I go to bed in the middle of the night, I had a strong desire to list out the best films for every year that I have watched based on my thoughts and reviews. Since there are many people out there doing this, why not me too? I’m not following the others but I just feel that I have my right to select and recommend some best Hollywood films to others, and mainly to tell others what my picks are…

I’m not as greedy as others whom usually pick 10 for every year, in best and even worst categories. I would only choose 3 for every year, and it may of course differ from the others as different people have different thoughts. Accept that fact! Furthermore, of course I did not watch all of the films released each year. It would be something like impossible unless I am a really die-hard movie nerd.

I will not write much on why I pick this specific film instead of others.  These films I have picked definitely left me wordless, with fascinating storyline, impressive acting, incredible setting, impressive effects, heart-stealing dialogues, memorable scenes, etc. I would start from 2008, the year I started this blog till 2010, the latest! There is no order of the three films for each year because it is really hard to decide which one wins the others as each film has their unique style and identity which shouldn’t be compared…

The link provided at the side of each movie’s title is the movie review in my blog.

2008I watched over 21 US and UK films released on this year. No movie review in this year, first year of me blogging which started at the end of the year.

Wall – E

The Dark Knight

Kung Fu Panda

2009I watched over 20 US and UK films released on this year. This is the year I started to write my opinions on the movies I have watched, and they are quite informal and simple.

Avatarhttps://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/avatar-during-christmas-eve-night/ )

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallenhttps://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/finally-watched-transformers-2/ )

2012https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/just-watched-2012/ )

2010I watched over 31 US and UK films released on this year (the most). The movie reviews are made formal and organized with more thoughts and even included rating.

Inceptionhttps://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/architecture-of-mind-inception/ )

Toy Story 3https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/movie-review-toy-story-3/ )

The Social Networkhttps://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/movie-review-the-social-network/ )

2011wait for the end of this year!

For the movie reviews of other films you are interested, you may search for it in archive easily through my blog. For 2008’s films, there are no reviews because I only started to be active in writing reviews by 2010. Now, I realized I have not watched any of the released film in January 2011 yet! Can I break the record this year with most number of films released in 2011 that I have watched? More than 30 this time probably? Let’s wait and see…By the way, what’s your choice?

Guangzhou 2010 equals or even better than Beijing 2008!


Two years ago, we had witnessed the greatest Summer Olympic Games in history at the Beijing 2008. Fantastic opening and closing ceremonies, wonderful Olympic Village, amazing Olympic Green, incredible architecture of Beijing National Stadium, etc.

Two years later (which is now), another sporting event emerged, Guangzhou 2010, 16th Asian Games which is supposed to be smaller than that of Olympic Games. However, the scale of the current games is equal to that of Olympic, and some even mentioning it is even better than the Olympic. Now, there is even smaller games able to challenge Olympic. Everything offered from Guangzhou 2010 is at the top quality; services, facilities, etc.

Despite there is only two years of difference, Guangzhou 2010 provided a games that is proven to be extraordinary, best ever not only in history of Asiad movement, but also in sporting event overall. It has surpassed Beijing 2008 in many aspects. All of this realized due to the spending on the games which exceeded that of the tabled budget of upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

China has the money, China has the people, China has the economy, China has the power to do such amazing things, and tonight, China is going to showcase to the world another splendid closing ceremony to end the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games officially.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/16th-asian-games-2010/other-top-stories/Guangzhou-equals-Beijing-Olympics-says-OCA/articleshow/6999542.cms

Check the link above to read out more on related article.

Seven Wonders of Modern Architecture (from Conde Nast Traveler’s Magazine, April 2008)


The list below is from the Conde Nast Traveler’s April Magazine in year 2008. I basically agree and disagree to this list someway.

1. New Museum of Contemporary Arts (Manhattan, USA)

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New York Times described it as ‘viewing art in a stack of boxes’.

As you climb out of the Prince Street subway station at Broadway in lower Manhattan, New York, a gleaming apparition grabs your attention.

Designed by Japanese architects Kazuo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the firm SANAA, the $50 million, 60,000-square-foot-building is an eight-St0ry stack of shiny, metallic boxes set off-kilter from one another.

The museum contains several levels of galleries, which are designed as high-ceilinged, white-walled spaces, with concrete floors and narrow skylights illuminating one side.

2. Cumulus (Nordborg, Denmark)

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An exhibit hall at Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark, Cumulus is a spectacular building, which has an irregular roof, curves and angles, like a bite taken out of a cloud. The building openened on May 5, 2007.

Designed by Jurgen H Mayer, the 1,000 sqm building hosts varying exhibitions throughout the year.

The interior of the Cumulus building is kept in black and white, the only accents being the red cushions on the stairs and the exhibition props.

3. Kogod Courtyard (Washington D.C., USA)

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The Kogod Courtyard, with its elegant glass canopy designed by world renowned architect Norman Foster, opened to the public on November 23, 2007 at the historic Patent Office Building that houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Foster, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize (1999), worked with the Smithsonian to create an innovative enclosure for the 28,000-square-foot (2,601-sq-meter) space at the centre of the building that is sensitive to the historic structure; the new ‘floating’ roof does not rest on the original building which was built in phases between 1836 and 1868.

4. Wembley Stadium (London, England)

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The new Wembley Stadium in London is an architectural masterpiece. It is the equivalent of 25,000 double-decker buses; the total length of the escalators is the same as a 400 metre running trackr; the stadium roof rises to 52 metres above the pitch; the new pitch is four metres lower than the previous one.

Each of the two giant screens in the new stadium is the size of 600 domestic television sets.

The soft drink dispensers can pour 30,000 cups in a little over 10 minutes Approximately 40,000 pints of beer can be served during half time in a football/rugby league match.

The arch is 133 metres above the level of the external concourse. With a span of 315 metres, the arch is the longest single span roof structure in the world. With a diameter of 7.4 metres the arch is wide enough for a Channel Tunnel train to run through.

The stadium will be a centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics.

5. Burj Dubai (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Burj Dubai is the world’s tallest building once completed. The final height of the building is a well kept secret because of ‘competition.’ But it is speculated that it will be around 2,275 feet and will exceed 160 floors.

The tower is being constructed by a South Korean company, Samsung Engineering & Construction. This company also built the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and the Taipei 101.

The interior will be decorated by Giorgio Armani. An Armani Hotel will occupy the lower 37 floors. Floors 45 through 108 will have 700 private apartments.

An outdoor swimming pool will be located on the 78th floor of the tower. Corporate offices and suites will fill most of the remaining floors, except for a 123rd floor lobby and 124th floor indoor/outdoor observation deck.

It will also boast of the world’s fastest elevator.

6. The Crystal (Toronto, Canada)

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The Crystal is the dramatic highlight of a $270 million renovation project intended to boost the Royal Ontario Museum’s role as a Toronto focal point.

Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the Crystal comprises five interlocking, self-supporting prismatic structures that interface with, but are not attached to, the original historic Royal Ontario Museum buildings.

The exterior is 25 per cent glass and 75 per cent extruded-brushed, aluminum-cladding strips in a warm silver colour.

The steel beams, each unique in its design and manufacture and ranging from 1 to 25 metres in length, were lifted one by one to their specific angle, creating complicated angle joints, sloped walls, and gallery ceilings.

Approximately 3,500 tons of steel and 38 tons of bolts were used to create the skeleton, and roughly 9,000 cubic metres of concrete were poured.

Michael Lee-Chin’s (chairman, Portland Holdings Inc) extraordinary $30 million gift to the ROM is an act of both gratitude and hope.

7. Red Ribbon (Qing Huangdao, China)

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The Tang He River Park site is a river corridor at the outskirts of the fast developing city of Qinghuang Dao, China, with lush vegetation and diverse species but was occupied by deserted irrigation structures and garbage dumps.

Turenscape took a minimum design approach, integrating ecological principles with modern art. A ‘ribbon’ made of steel was introduced across the whole area parallel to the river and penetrates through the willow grove.

This ‘red ribbon’ provides seating and displays native plants.

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I think that the people who made this list has not gone further all around the world to discover the real meaning of wonders in architecture. Where is Beijing National Stadium, CCTV Headquarters Tower, and many other incredible structures with great architecture? The people who made this list has missed out a lot. Basically, this list is just okay to me, but not overall. Actually, the title for the list is just seven wonders of architecture. If it’s like this, where are all the great ancient structures? Hence, I rather add ‘modern’ to the title.

In the future, I will try to make a better list of the seven wonders of modern architecture.

A year ago, Beijing 2008 Opening…


Do you still remember what is the day today, exactly a year ago? Now, is 8th August, year 2009. Year 2008 on this day is the most memorable day for Beijing, China, and the world.

Refreshing my mind back to a year ago,08/08/08 is a prosperous day and it was the day Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games opened officially. I remember on that night, I was like sticking in front of TV to watch the live show of the Opening Ceremony. My whole family were watching too. The Beijing National Stadium (nicknamed Bird Nest) is cool too, real architectural wonder.

The ceremony was fantastic, outstanding and is the best opening ceremony ever held. I was like ‘Oh My God, it’s super beautiful ‘ when watching it. Awed by the performances and the fireworks show, a real thumbs up for the director, Zhang Yi Mou and to all the volunteering performers. The closing ceremony was fantastic too.

The next Summer Olympic Games will be held at London in year 2012. Expectations are high for that but the organizers does not want to challenge Beijing 2008 (world greatest games in history) since they want to organize an economical-friendly games.

What I have watched that day seems so close to me, eventhough actually it is a one full year apart. The next prosperous date this year will be 09/09/09 which is around the corner.

Anyway, this post is just to refresh my mind and everyone else and is not of current event.

Remembering the Sichuan Earthquake – 1 year anniversary…


One year ago, a deadly 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Sichuan province in China on 12th May 2009 around 2.28pm.

 

Still remember all the news before that the sky is illuminated by brightful and colourful light, all animals went wrong..all sort of weird things…

During the earthquake, the seismic around the world is disrupted and even the damper at the top of Taipei 101 is moving greatly (usually it won’t moves except during earthquake or high winds)…

After the earthquake, a lot of buildings (schools, banks, etc) collapsed, killing more than 90 000 people. Besides that, tremors are felt in a lot of other countries in Asia. Aftershocks are also experienced on Sichuan province after the earthquake.

 

 

 

It is also the 19th deadliest earthquake of all times (recorded). Reconstruction is now in progress on the region, which is almost totally damaged by the earthquake.

Deep blessing to all who lost their lives by the earthquake as well as to their families too..