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MY SELECTION OF THE BEST FOR TVB 2017 DRAMAS

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by vincentloy

The Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2017 and TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 have concluded. The remaining Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards that will be held on 21st January 2018 is the last of the annual three awards ceremonies presented to honour the best of TVB actors, actresses, series and programmes that aired for the past year. I personally have this habit of choosing my own list of winners too based only on the dramas that I have watched in that particular year. And for this year (2017), I watched the most number of TVB dramas, at 16.

Here below is the list of all the 2017 dramas that I have watched (completed):

  • Rogue Emperor.
  • Recipes To Live By.
  • Burning Hands.
  • Tiger Mom Blues.
  • Destination Nowhere.
  • Provocateur.
  • My Dearly Sinful Mind.
  • My Unfair Lady.
  • Phoenix Rising.
  • Bet Hur.
  • A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch.
  • The Unholy Alliance.
  • Line Walker: The Prelude.
  • Oh My Grad.
  • Legal Mavericks.
  • The Exorcist’s Meter.

I am now currently watching the ‘Heart and Greed 3’ and I will not include this drama for this year’s contention as it will only finish its airing on mid of January 2018 (that’s next year already). And without delaying further, here’s below are my selection for the best in 2017 TVB dramas. The result is solely based on my personal opinion, taking in analysis from precursor awards, from online discussions, and from my personal judgement without any bias or unfair decisions. Top 5 are listed for each categories (15 categories in total) with the winner highlighted.

Most Favourite On-Screen Partnership

  • Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho, Matthew Ho (A General, A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Kenneth Ma, Raymond Wong, Dominic Ho (Bet Hur)
  • Charmaine Sheh, Samantha Ko, Connie Man (Bet Hur)
  • Pakho Chau, Benjamin Yuen, Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Vincent Wong, Sisley Choi, Owen Cheung, Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)

Most Favourite TV Veteran Artiste

  • Michelle Yim (Tiger Mom Blues, My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Lee Kwok Lun (Recipes to Live By, Bet Hur, A General A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Cheung Kwok Keung (Recipes to Live By, The Unholy Alliance)
  • Mary Hon (Recipes to Live By, The Unholy Alliance, Oh My Grad)
  • Law Lok Lam (Provocateur, My Dearly Sinful Mind, Phoenix Rising, Legal Mavericks, The Unholy Alliance)

Most Favourite TV Villain

  • Lee Kwok Lun (Recipes to Live By)
  • Lee Shin Cheung (Provocateur)
  • Grace Wong (My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Louisa So (Phoenix Rising)
  • Pal Sinn (Legal Mavericks)

Best Technical Production (Visuals, Scores, Editing, Costumes, Make-Up, Production Design)

  • Burning Hands.
  • Legal Mavericks.
  • The Unholy Alliance.
  • The Exorcist’s Meter.
  • A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch.

Most Favourite On-Screen Couple

  • Pakho Chau & Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Vincent Wong & Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)
  • Kenneth Ma & Charmaine Sheh (Bet Hur)
  • Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)

Most Favourite Drama Theme Song

  • ‘The Night You Left’ by Fred Cheng (My Dearly Sinful Mind – ending theme)
  • ‘Walk With You’ by Kayee Tam (My Unfair Lady – sub theme)
  • ‘Forgetting Myself’ by Hana Kuk (Line Walker: The Prelude – ending theme)
  • ‘Love Before One’s Eyes’ by Stephanie Ho (Legal Mavericks – ending theme)
  • ‘Out of Reach’ by Hubert Wu (The Exorcist’s Meter – sub theme)

Most Improved TV Actress

  • Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues, Oh My Grad)
  • Winki Lai (Destination Nowhere, Provocateur)
  • Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)
  • Ali Lee (Provocateur, Legal Mavericks)
  • Sisley Choi (Recipes to Live By, My Dearly Sinful Mind, Legal Mavericks)

Most Improved TV Actor

  • Hugo Wong (Recipes to Live By, Burning Hands, Legal Mavericks, The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • James Ng (Destination Nowhere, A General A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Matthew Ho (Tiger Mom Blues, A General A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind, Bet Hur)
  • Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Susan Tse (The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)
  • Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues)
  • Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Ram Chiang (The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • Benz Hui (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)

Most Favourite TV Female Character

  • Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues)
  • Grace Wong (My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Sisley Choi (Legal Mavericks)

Most Favourite TV Male Character

  • Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)
  • Kenneth Ma (The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • Benjamin Yuen (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Edwin Siu (A General, A Scholar And An Eunuch)

Best Actress In A Leading Role

  • Kristal Tin (Destination Nowhere)
  • Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues)
  • Jessica Hsuan (My Unfair Lady)
  • Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)
  • Nina Paw (The Unholy Alliance)

Best Actor In A Leading Role

  • Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Kevin Cheng (Destination Nowhere)
  • Benjamin Yuen (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)
  • Kenneth Ma (The Exorcist’s Meter)

Best Series

  • Legal Mavericks.
  • A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch.
  • The Exorcist’s Meter.
  • Line Walker: The Prelude.
  • The Unholy Alliance.

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You are free to leave comments on my above picks. They are selected after a thorough study and considerations. Now, we will wait and see how many of my selections above differs to the result from the coming Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards.

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

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Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by vincentloy

The result for Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 was announced recently. It is an annual prize to honour highrise buildings with excellence in both aesthetic and functional design. The award first started in year 2000 ranks 10 best buildings worldwide annually which are chosen by Emporis editors. They are architectural experts from across the world. For your further information, Emporis is a real estate data mining company that collects and publishes data of buildings worldwide with particular emphasis on skyscrapers. The database now also includes low-rise buildings and other structures. Only buildings completed (built) in 2016 are considered for this award’s selection.

The winner for Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 is Via 57 West in New York City, USA. The pyramid shaped winner, designed by the Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, was recognized by the award jury for its fascinating and extraordinary shape which breaks new ground in design. VIA 57 West is a hybrid between an European perimeter block and a classic American skyscraper.

Claiming the second place is Torre Reforma from Mexico City, Mexico. With a height of 804 feet, it is Mexico City’s tallest skyscraper and also the world’s tallest exposed concrete structure. The jury specifically praises the intelligent environmental solution for a skyscraper. The building is composed of two exposed concrete walls and one main glass façade. The concrete walls protect the interior from direct sunlight and reduces the cooling load. Mexico City is known for its high seismic activity. For this reason, Torre Reforma has a triangular footprint and combined with the latest engineering knowledge, it is supposed to withstand heavy winds and earthquakes for the next 2,500 years.

In third place the expert jury voted Oasia Hotel Downtown, in Singapore. The project stands out with a remarkable red façade and 21 different species of plants in 1793 planter boxes turning into an urban oasis. The facade is overgrown with different vines to ensure the building’s facade is always lush and resilient during different weather conditions. Moreover, the tower offers four open sky gardens which allows wind to pass through the building for good ventilation.

Here’s below is the Top 10 Skyscrapers for year 2016 as selected by Emporis that reveals the remaining 4th to 10th place winners.

  1. Via 57 West – 142 metres high, 34 floors, New York City, USA. Architect: BIG. (30 points)

2. Torre Reforma – 245 metres high, 57 floors, Mexico City, Mexico. Architect: LBR Arquitectos. (27 points)

3. Oasis Hotel Downtown – 190 metres high, 27 floors, Singapore. Architect: WOHA Architects. (25 points)

4. MahaNakhon – 314 metres high, 77 floors, Bangkok, Thailand. Architect: Buro Ole Scheeren. (23 points)

5. Elbphilharmonie – 110 metres high, 25 floors, Hamburg, Germany. Architect: Kallmorgen & Partner, Herzog & de Meuron. (18 points)

6. 56 Leonard Street – 250 metres high, 57 floors, New York City, USA. Architect: Herzog & de Meuron. (17 points)

7. CTF Finance Centre – 530 metres high, 111 floors, Guangzhou, China. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. (13 points)

8. The L Tower – 205 metres high, 59 floors, Toronto, Canada. Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind. (12 points)

9. Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower – 260 metres high, 55 floors, Beijing, China. Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. (10 points)

10. Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower – 231 metres high, 43 floors, Tokyo, Japan. Architect: Nikkon Sekkei Ltd. (7 points)

The winner, Via 57 West is one of the precedent studies for my Masters’ thesis. It is not very tall, but made a huge visual impact to the New York City’s skyline due to its unique design that challenges the convention of skyscraper typology. I do like the 2nd place winner, Torre Reforma too as the huge vertical bare concrete wall is a stand out among typical fully glass-clad or solid painted walled skyscrapers. The 3rd place, Oasis Hotel Downtown is to be complimented for its striking red-coloured cladding that allows landscaping to grow on it. The other buildings look fantastic too and they are mostly designed by famous architects. I have personally visited the Bangkok’s MahaNakhon Tower. Although it looks nice with its pixelated feature, but the way the architect explained how it relates to the city context doesn’t resonate to me at all.

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

Reference:

https://www.emporis.com/awards/2016

 

Winners at the World Architecture Festival 2017.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2017 by vincentloy

World Architecture Festival 2017 was held recently in Berlin, Germany from 15 to 17th November. This annual festival contains events for the architecture industry and one of the main highlights of the festival is the awards presentation. The festival honors architectural projects across the world in various categories and will select a project to be declared World Building of the Year. Here below is the full list of winners for this year’s World Architecture Festival:

Completed Buildings

Civic and Community – Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines (Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin)

Display – The Smile, London, United Kingdom (Alison Brooks Architects)

Housing – Superlofts Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Marc Koehler Architects)

This housing project receives this year’s newly created award; Director’s Special Award. 

A new co-housing concept that aims to create a global network of local building co-operatives, judges said the concept is “a game changer – a replicable and transferable model which could extend in terms of scale.”

Culture – The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine (Heneghan Peng Architects)

House – Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)

New and Old – Post earthquake reconstruction and demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

This project is also the winner for World Building Of The Year.

The project was initiated in response to the catastrophic Ludian earthquake in 2014, which destroyed most of the traditional rammed-earth buildings in the village of Guangming. When replacement materials such as brick and concrete proved to be too costly for most of the village’s residents, the architect team developed a new technique of constructing rammed-earth homes that will be more resistant to future seismic activity.

A prototype house built for an elderly couple was completed last year, proving the method could provide a safe, economical, comfortable, and sustainable reconstruction strategy for the village and the wider region of Southwest China.

The judges believed this to be an extraordinary project in terms of the scope of ambition, exemplified in the addressing of profound problems facing ordinary people. They applauded the re-use of traditional material and construction methods but with the addition of new technology – combining ancient wisdom with modern know-how.

The judges were also impressed by the iterative research process which could be re-applied to anywhere in the world affected by seismic problems and low levels of wealth. “The architects succeeded in translating ‘four walls and a roof’ into something which, through architectural commitment, becomes a project that is much more profound,” WAF Programme Director Paul Finch commented. “This building is a demonstration that architecture is just as relevant in the poorest of communities as it is in the richest.”

I am delighted that the juries decided to go for architecture that is really useful and resistant rather than picking those fancy designs. This is a fresh direction.

Office – Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Tokyo, Japan (Nikken Sekkei)

Production, Energy and Recycling – The Farm of 38 – 30, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey (Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects)

School – East Sydney Early Learning Centre, Sydney, Australia (Andrew Burges Architects)

Sport – US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, United States of America (HKS)

Health – Westbury Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa (Ntsika Architects)

Higher Education and Research – Maersk Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark (CF Moller Architects)

Hotel and Leisure – Vegetable Trellis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Cong Sinh Architects)

Mixed Use – Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)

Religion – Bushey Cemetery, Bushey, United Kingdom (Waugh Thistleton Architects)

Shopping – Victoria Gate, Leeds, United Kingdom (ACME)

Transport – Transformation Chemnitz Central Station, Chemnitz, Germany (Gruntuch Errnst Architects)

Villa – Bach With Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand (Irving Smith Architects)

Future Projects

Leisure-led Development – Bodrum Loft, Bodrum, Turkey (Tabanlioglu Architects)

Competition Entries – New Cyprus Archaeological Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus (Pilbrow & Partners)

Health – Desa Semesta, Bogor, Indonesia (Magi Design Studio)

Experimental – Sharjah Observatory, Mleiha National Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design)

Office – Viettel Offsite Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)

Civic – Consulate Building, Staff Housing & School Complex, Karachi, Pakistan (edgeARCH)

Infrastructure – The Bridge, Ras, India (Sanjay Puri Architects)

Commercial Mixed Use – Battersea Power Station Phase 2, London, United Kingdom (WilkinsonEyre)

Education – Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios + SHATOTTO Architecture)

Culture – Kulturkorgen – A Basket Full Of Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden (Sweco Architects)

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House – Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand (Monk Mackenzie Architects)

Masterplanning – Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia (Allen Jack + Cottier Architects)

Residential – Goksu Residences, Istanbul, Turkey (EAA Emre Arolat Architecture)

My country, Malaysia did have few projects that were able to make it to the finalists. However, none of them succeeds to be listed as winner. It shows that there are a lot to do to improve the architectural field in Malaysia.

(Images and information in this post are from Archdaily)

References:

https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

https://www.archdaily.com/883888/guangming-post-earthquake-reconstruction-project-wins-world-building-of-the-year-2017

https://www.archdaily.com/883761/2017-world-architecture-festival-announces-day-1-award-winners

https://www.archdaily.com/883814/world-architecture-festival-reveals-day-2-category-winners-of-their-2017-awards

 

 

Nomination list and my picks for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by vincentloy

The nomination list for the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 has been out many days ago ever since its voting started on the end of November. I didn’t have time to post that up earlier as I was very busy recently. But, hey, now I’m back to post the nomination list and putting in my thoughts and predictions as usual. I would like to thank Joshua who posted the nomination list to me in English version earlier as I still couldn’t find any source that provides the list in English version yet.

Alright…without wasting more time, here you goes: (the asterisk indicates my top 5 or top 3 picks)

My Favourite TVB Drama:
Dead Wrong
No Reserve
Rogue Emperor
Recipes to Live By
Burning Hands
Tiger Mom Blues 
Destination Nowhere *
Provocateur
Married but Available
My Dearly Sinful Mind
The No No Girl
My Unfair Lady
Come with Me
Bet Hur
Legal Mavericks *
The Unholy Alliance *
A General, A Scholar and A Eunuch *
The Tofu War
Line Walker: The Prelude *
Nothing Special Force
Oh My Grad

My pick: The Unholy Alliance

Prediction: The Unholy Alliance

Opinion: Although ‘The Unholy Alliance’ is not doing well in its final few episodes, but it is still an enjoyable and intense drama to watch. It has win the similar award in Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards earlier, and so I don’t see why it’s not going to do the same in Malaysia too. I haven’t watch ‘Legal Mavericks’ yet but I have been hearing a lot of positive words about it. I will list it as a dark horse for now.

My Favourite TVB Actor in A Leading Role:
Wayne Lai (No Reserve)
Ben Wong (Tiger Mom Blues)
Kevin Cheng (Destination Nowhere) 
Gallen Lo (Provocateur)
Tony Hung (Married But Available)
Kenneth Ma (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Eddie Cheung (The No No Girl)
Frankie Lam (My Unfair Lady)
Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks) *
Edwin Siu ( A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) *
Raymond Cho ( A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)
Matthew Ho (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)
Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance) *
Chris Lai (The Tofu War)
Moses Chan (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Benjamin Yuen (Line Walker: The Prelude) *
Chow Pakho (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Michael Miu (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Roger Kwok (Oh My Grad)
Wong Cho Lam (Oh My Grad)

My pick: Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)

Prediction: Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks) / Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance)

Opinion: Although I haven’t seen ‘Legal Mavericks’ yet, but I do think Vincent is the front contender now (since he also won the same award in Singapore). I do saw him in other dramas and he is good. I do think he did exceptionally well in ‘Legal Mavericks’. However, this is a popularity contest and Ruco Chan has a huge fanbase in Malaysia. Ruco had also actively participated in promotion events to this awards lately. He has won the same award in Singapore for three consecutive years not long ago. He can get the same record in Malaysia this year too. So, Ruco is the dark horse although his role in ‘The Unholy Alliance’ is nothing spectacular. Benjamin Yuen also stands a chance as he is great in ‘Line Walker: The Prelude’. Putting Wong Cho Lam as lead actor in ‘Oh My Grad’ is a joke. He had such a minor role in that one. Roger Kwok should be nominated for ‘Dead Wrong’ instead.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role:
Myolie Wu (No Reserve)
Niki Chow (Rogue Emperor)
Joey Meng (Dead Wrong)
Rosina Lam (Burning Hands)
Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues) *
Sharon Chan (Tiger Mom Blues)
Kristal Tin (Destination Nowhere) * 
Grace Wong (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Adia Chan (The No No Girl)
Jessica Hsuan (My Unfair Lady)
Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady) 
Charmaine Sheh (Bet Hur)
Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks) *
Sisley Choi (Legal Mavericks)
Nina Paw (The Unholy Alliance) *
Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance)  
Nancy Sit (The Tofu War)
Mandy Wong (Nothing Special Force)
Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude) 
Ada Choi (Oh My Grad)

My pick: Kristal Tin (Destination Nowhere)

Prediction: Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)

Opinion: I think this is the category that would be the most controversial for me. Why? The above top 5 picks are my preferred choices but since this is a popularity contest rather than really awarding who gave the best performance, it’s all going to be narrowed down to young ladies and this would narrow down the list to another set of 5; Grace Wong, Natalie Tong, Sisley Choi, Nancy Wu, Ali Lee. If this is really judged by best performance, Kristal Tin would be the most deserving as she nailed that challenging role in ‘Destination Nowhere’ in a way that surprised me. But I don’t think she would have any chance here…or even in Hong Kong’s awards later since that drama was aired a bit too early. So for my prediction to this Malaysia’s awards, I’m so far sticking to what Singapore had chosen; Ali Lee. I do think she is too early for leading actress award. This award has no clear frontrunner.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor:
Kenny Wong (Dead Wrong)
James Ng (Destination Nowhere) *
Pierre Ngo (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Yuen Man Kit (My Unfair Lady)
Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks) *
Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance) *
Dominic Lam (The Tofu War)
C-Kwan (Nothing Special Force)
Ram Chiang (Oh My Grad)

My pick: Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance)

Prediction: Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance)

Opinion: I do have a feeling here that since Ruco and Nancy are highly likely to lose in leading actor and actress categories this year, the organizer would still want to reward ‘The Unholy Alliance’ in acting categories. This would be it. Joel has not win anything before in Malaysia and it’s time for him. I am amazed by some of his earlier performances already. He even outshines Ruco in ‘The Unholy Alliance’. Dark horse here would be Owen Cheung from ‘Legal Mavericks’ who had just won the supporting actor in Singapore.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress:
Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues) *
Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur) *
Alice Chan (Married But Available)
Jeannie Chan (The No No Girl)
Samantha Ko (My Unfair Lady) *
Tracy Chu (Legal Mavericks) *
Rebecca Chu (A General, A Scholar and A Eunuch)
Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Roxanne Tong (The Tofu War)
Eliza Sam (Oh My Grad)

My pick: Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)

Prediction: Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) / Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)

Opinion: Elaine is doing great in ‘The Unholy Allisnce’ but she had just won the same award last year. Would she win again this year? There is a possibility. But that also allows for higher chance to other strong contender like Jacqueline Wong who won the supporting actress in Singapore earlier. Koni, Samantha and Tracy are good too.

Most Improved TVB Actor:
Matthew Ho (Tiger Mom Blues, A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) *
Brian Tse (Rogue Emperor, The No No Girl, Line Walker: The Prelude) *
Owen Cheung (The No No Girl, Legal Mavericks) *
Arnold Kwok Zi Ho (Tiger Mom Blues, Nothing Special Force)
James Ng (Destination Nowhere, A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)

My pick: Matthew Ho

Prediction: Matthew Ho

Opinion: I have watched the two series that Matthew was in. He is doing well. However, I find that his kid-like voice is still hampering him. On the other hand, Brian only stood out a bit in ‘Line Walker: The Prelude’ while Owen was in ‘Legal Mavericks’ (I supposed since he won supporting actor for that role in Singapore). Matthew has two solid performances this year. One number higher. So, I’m giving this to him than the others.

Most Improved TVB Actress:
Zoie Tam (Dead Wrong, My Unfair Lady, Legal Mavericks) *
Kaman Kong (Tiger Mom Blues, My Unfair Lady)
Jeannie Chan (The No No Girl)
Roxanne Tong (Provocateur, My Dearly Sinful Mind, The Tofu War) *
Gloria Tang (My Unfair Lady, A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)

My pick: Zoie Tam

Prediction: Roxanne Tong

Opinion: I enjoyed Zoie’s performance in ‘Dead Wrong’. However, she only has very minor roles in the other two dramas while ‘Dead Wrong’ is aired late last year. That’s a bit of disadvantage and it pushes Roxanne Tong as the predicted winner since she won new artist award in Singapore earlier.

Most Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple:
Frankie Lam, Jessica Hsuan (My Unfair Lady)
Vincent Wong, Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady) *
Vincent Wong, Tracy Chu, Sisley Choi (Legal Mavericks)
Owen Cheung, Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)
Edwin Siu, Kristal Tin (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) *
Ruco Chan, Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Joel Chan, Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Chris Lai, Roxanne Tong (The Tofu War)
Benjamin Yuen, Chow PakHo, Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude) *
Moses Chan, Jessica Hsuan (Line Walker: The Prelude)

My pick: Joel Chan and Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)

Prediction: Joel Chan and Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) / Vincent Wong and Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)

Opinion: I find that chemistry between Joel and Elaine is so much better than Vincent and Natalie in their respective dramas. But everyone is simply falling in love with the Vincent-Natalie pair since ‘My Unfair Lady’ has been emphasizing so much on romance storyline (and it made me so bored of watching it last time).

My Favourite TVB Theme Song:
Tam Kayee (My Unfair Lady) *
Hana Kuk (My Unfair Lady)
Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)
Stephanie Ho (Legal MAvericks) *
Chow Pakho (Line Walker: The Prelude) *

My pick: Tam Kayee (My Unfair Lady)

Prediction: Tam Kayee (My Unfair Lady)

Opinion: I’m very surprised that the winning song from Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards isn’t even getting a nomination here. That ending theme for Line Walker: The Prelude by Hana Kuk is beautiful and yet not nominated. I would prefer that to win actually. So, now I’m left with no choice but to choose the second best (not really); the song by Tam Kayee in ‘My Unfair Lady’.

My Favourite TVB Drama Characters :

(I think they will award this to around 12 winners. So the 12 names with asterisk are my picks and predicted winners)
Joey Meng (Dead Wrong)
Kenny Wong (Dead Wrong)
Niki Chow (Rogue Emperor)
Wayne Lai (No Reserve)
Myolie Wu (No Reserve)
Rosina Lam (Burning Hands)
Kelly Fu (Burning Hands)
Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues)
Sharon Chan (Tiger Mom Blues)
Ben Wong (Tiger Mom Blues)
Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues)
Kaman Kong (Tiger Mom Blues)
Arnold Kwok (Tiger Mom Blues)
Kevin Cheng (Destination Nowhere)
Gallen Lo (Provocateur)
Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)
Fred Cheng (Provocateur)
Tony Hung (Married But Available)
Alice Chan (Married But Available)
Raymond Wong (Married But Available)
Kenneth Ma (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Grace Wong (My Dearly Sinful Mind) 
Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind) 
Adia Chan (The No No Girl)
Eddie Cheung (The No No Girl)
Jeannie Chan (The No No Girl)
Jessica Hsuan (My Unfair Lady)
Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady) *
Chris Lai (My Unfair Lady) 
Frankie Lam (My Unfair Lady)
Samantha Ko (My Unfair Lady)
Yuen Man Kit (My Unfair Lady)
Charmaine Sheh (Bet Hur)
Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks) *
Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks) 
Sisley Choi (Legal Mavericks) *
Tracy Chu (Legal Mavericks)
Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)
Edwin Siu (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) *
Matthew Ho (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)
Raymond Cho (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) *
Kristal Tin (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) *
Rebecca Chu (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)
Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance) *
Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance) *
Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Nina Paw (The Unholy Alliance) 
Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Nancy Sit (The Tofu War)
Jonathan Cheung Wing Hong (The Tofu War)
Roxanne Tong (The Tofu War)
Michael Miu (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Benjamin Yuen (Line Walker: The Prelude) *
Chow Pakho (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Mandy Wong (Nothing Special Force)
Roger Kwok (Oh My Grad)
Ada Choi (Oh My Grad)
Wong Cho Lam (Oh My Grad)
Ram Chiang (Oh My Grad)
Eliza Sam (Oh My Grad)

Opinion: Cast from ‘The Unholy Alliance’ is going to take a lot of spots here. ‘A General, A Scholar And An Eunuch’ is also expected to win at least in this category for a minimum of two awards. Benjamin is a sure as a sole representative winner from ‘Line Walker: The Prelude’. Same goes to Kenneth Ma for representing ‘My Dearly Sinful Mind’. And of course not to forget the critically-acclaimed cast from ‘Legal Mavericks’.

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme:
Spirits On Vacation *
Peak To Pit
Cantopop At 50 *
All Work, No Pay Holidays
The Ahistoric Grandpa Cooking Show
Sammy On The Go
The Sisterhood Travelling Gang *
Anchors With Passport
Priscilla Wong’s Show
Maria Cordero’s Auspicious Recipes

My pick: Spirits on Vacation

Prediction: Cantopop at 50

Opinion: I love seeing ‘Spirits on Vacation’ which is a spin-off variety programme from the drama ‘House of Spirits’ last year. It is very entertaining. However, it was released way too early and many may have forgotten or have not watched it. ‘Cantopop at 50’ may snatch this quietly as a way for organizer to indirectly honour the 50-years long history of Cantopop music.

My Favourite TVB Informative Programme:
Big Big World
Neighbourhood Treasures Repack
Retiring In Paradise 
Easy Come Easy Health
Sermon By Ben Sir 2
Litigation@Home
Faraway Brides
All Things Girl Malaysia Edition
Sidewalk Scientist

Opinion: No comment or picks for this category as I have watched none of them.

My Favourite TVB Variety Show Host:
Ashley Chu, Mayanne Mak, Alycia Chan, Brian Tse, Kenny Wong, Chris Leung (Peak To Pit)
Maria Cordero (Maria’s Auspicious Recipes)
Nancy Sit, Raymond Cho, Michael Lai, Tong Bo Yu (Cantopop At 50)
Tony Hung (Retiring In Paradise) *
Benjamin Yuen, Mat Yeung (All Work, No Pay Holidays) *
Steve Lee, Helen Tam (The Ahistoric Grandpa Cooking Show)
Janis Chan (Faraway Brides)
Myolie Wu, Elaine Yiu, Selena Lee, Nancy Wu, Paisley Wu, Mandy Wong (The Sisterhood Travelling Gang) *
Elena Kong, Sharon Chan, Elaine Yiu, Sarah Song, Katy Kung, Joyce Tang, Priscilla Wong (All Things Girl Malaysia Edition) *
Sammy Leung, Mayanne Mak, Samantha Ko, Jacqueline Wong (Sammy On The Go) *

My pick and prediction: Benjamin Yuen & Mat Yeung (All Work, No Pay Holidays) / Myolie Wu & Elaine Yiu & Selena Lee & Nancy Wu & Paisley Wu & Mandy Wong (The Sisterhood Travelling Gang)

Opinion: The group of six ladies is entertaining to watch in ‘The Sisterhood Travelling Gang’. Their chemistry and bond are affectionate. Benjamin Yuen and Mat Yeung are two young handsome men and people will vote for them simply because of their look here and not because of how great their hosting is.

There you go. The end of the nomination list along with my own choices and predicted winners. The predictions do differ with my own picks in some categories. Now we have to wait and see for the result to be unveiled on the awards ceremony to be held on November 25th, 2017 at Avenue of Stars, Genting Highlands.

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Winners for Starhub TVB Awards 2017

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2017 by vincentloy

The Starhub TVB Awards 2017, the awards presentation that honours the best of TVB artists and programmes that were aired in Singapore for this year is held yesterday at Marina Bay Sands. Over 20 TVB artists attended the show. It is the practice of Starhub to only broadcast the awards presentation a week later (not live) which makes excitement to this awards dies down. Anyway, here below is the full list of winners:

(Here’s the link to my past blog post that shows the full nomination list for this awards and my earlier predictions – https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/nomination-list-and-my-prediction-for-the-singapores-starhub-tvb-awards-2017/)

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song – ‘Forget Myself’ by Hanna Kuk (Line Walker 2: The Prelude)

Opinion: Before ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ started airing, a lot of people including me predicted the romantic song from ‘My Unfair Lady’ that is always played when there is a scene between Vincent Wong and Natalie Tong in that drama will win this. But then, when ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ comes out, I too changed my mind. The ending theme song by Hanna Kuk is beautiful. The melody is fantastic. So, I agree on this song winning.

My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple – Vincent Wong & Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)

Opinion: I don’t really enjoy this pairing. I just couldn’t feel the romance between them in that drama and also I dislike ‘My Unfair Lady’ series a lot because it is very boring. I prefer Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu from ‘The Unholy Alliance’ to win this.

My Favourite TVB Variety Show Host – Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (Good Cheap Eats – Series 6)

My Favourite TVB Infotainment Programme – Retiring in Paradise

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme – All Work No Pay Holidays (Series 2)

Most Improved TVB Actor – Matthew Ho (No Reserve, Rogue Emperor, May Fortune Smile On You, Tiger Mom Blues, Destination Nowhere, A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)

Opinion: Wow…Now I realize there are a lot of series aired this year that has Matthew Ho in it. He must be very busy for them. I noticed his performance in ‘Tiger Mom Blues’ and ‘A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch’. He did well in both. Okay, due to his hard work, I agree for this award to be given to him.

Most Improved TVB Actress – Samantha Ko (My Unfair Lady, Bet Hur)

Opinion: No strong competition this year for this category. Samantha Ko only has two series this year and both series are bad in my opinion. She didn’t really shine in those two dramas and since there is no one else and there’s so many awards to hand out, let just give this to her since she is coming for the show.

Best New TV Male Artist – Bryan Tse

Opinion: Unnecessary award. These artists are way too new and are definitely not up to the standard to receive awards yet. Bryan Tse is interesting in ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ but so fast there’s an award for him already. Too fast for such an interesting but very minimal performance.

Best New TV Female Artist – Roxanne Tong

Opinion: I hardly noticed her in any dramas I watched this year. I do saw her sometimes but she didn’t leave any impact yet. She usually portrays very minor characters. Very unnecessary to be awarded.

My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters (x7) – Benjamin Yuen as Chui Tin-tong (Line Walker 2: The Prelude), Edwin Siu as Yuan Chong-huan / Wan Tai-kwan (A General, A Scholar, And A Eunuch), Raymond Cho as Zuo Guong-dao / Fung Yat-bo (A General, A Scholar, And A Eunuch), Chris Lai as Wong Siu-ming (The Tofu War), Kenneth Ma as Chung Tai-yin (My Dearly Sinful Mind), Ruco Chan as Ko Tsz-kit (The Unholy Alliance), Joel Chan as Ling Tsin-yau (The Unholy Alliance).

Opinion: My preference would be to replace Chris Lai with Bosco Wong (Two Steps from Heaven) or Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind). Agree with other winners.

My Favourite TVB Female TV Characters (x8) – Tracy Chu as Tai tin-yan (Legal Mavericks), Sisley Choi as Chiu Ching-mui (Legal Mavericks), Nancy Wu as Yuen ching-yan (The Unholy Alliance), Elaine Yiu as Wai Yee-yau (The Unholy Alliance), Jessica Hsuan as Ling Man (My Unfair Lady), Natalie Tong as Ling Yu-ken (My Unfair Lady), Kristal Tin as Fong Wai-chi (A General, A Scholar, And A Eunuch), Mandy Wong as Lung Lai-sa (Nothing Special Force).

Opinion: It’s too early to hand so many awards to actresses that I felt still not good enough such as Tracy Chu and Sisley Choi. Would prefer Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues) and Grace Wong (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) to take their spots.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor – Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)

Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Legal Mavericks’ and so I couldn’t comment much. But I would still insist on choosing Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance) to win this. He deserves supporting actor win for a very long time already. His role even outshines Ruco Chan in that drama.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress – Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)

Opinion: As far as I enjoyed her performance in ‘Provocateur’, I am in the same opinion that it is too quick to hand important award to these ‘beginners’. I prefer Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) or even the hilarious Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues) to win this. Crying good doesn’t always means great acting. Sometimes, it is even harder to portray comedic roles.

My Favourite TVB Lead Actor – Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)

Opinion: I heard many people praising the drama and its lead actor, Vincent Wong. He is a young talented actor and has been on the rise recently to become one of the main TVB leading actors now. Congratulation for him on winning his first ever big award here. However, I have a feeling that he won’t be that fast in getting best actor from Hong Kong yet. Same situation for Ruco Chan last time. My pick is Roger Kwok from ‘Dead Wrong’ but the drama aired in Hong Kong and Malaysia in 2016 but only released in Singapore in early 2017 is a bad timing to compete for awards.

My Favourite TVB Lead Actress – Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)

Opinion: Same issue. Too early to hand out big award to ‘beginners’. And this is lead actress category! I disagree a lot on this one. Hands down…the best female lead performance this year shall be Kristal Tin from ‘Destination Nowhere’. No one else could even enter the competition this year besides her. And suddenly, Ali Lee wins mainly because of the popularity of the drama she is in. Wow…’Legal Mavericks’ is really very loved by the Singaporeans. I guess I have to watch this drama end of this year to see how great it is especially the cast performances. I will still stick with my choice for Kristal Tin for Malaysia and Hong Kong’s ones later this year.

My Favourite TVB Drama – The Unholy Alliance

Opinion: Finally, the winning streak stopped for ‘Legal Mavericks’. It won too much. ‘The Unholy Alliance’ started off exceptionally well but just went downhill at its last few episodes. Very big disappointment on that. I think this award is just like a consolation to the drama (not deserving though). Well, ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ is a potential dark horse but the series is only halfway when the voting already ended.

25th Anniversary My Favourite TV Male Character Award – Wayne Lai as Chai Gau (Rosy Business)

25th Anniversary My Favourite TV Female Character Award – Nancy Sit as Leung Yun-ho (A Kindred Spirit)

Opinion: The two awards above are the special ones this year to celebrate the 25th year of cooperation between Starhub and TVB. I do not know how the organizers judge the winners here. This is not open for voting (same for best new artists and most improved artists categories). I do understand the popularity of Chai Gau (Wayne Lai) back then but as for Nancy Sit, I only remember her role from ‘Virtues of Harmony’ and not from ‘A Kindred Spirit’, a drama that has a whopping 1128 episodes and run from 1995 to 1999.

So, next up will be the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 and Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards 2017. The nomination list for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 is expected to be released in a couple of days since the awards presentation is only about one month from now.

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16th anniversary of 911 and new iPhone X release!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by vincentloy

Two days ago, 11th September 2017 marks the 16th anniversary of the tragic 911 terrorist attacks in the United States. A news that had the world stunned and in shock. The image of the World Trade Center twin towers collapsing after being hit by passenger planes still haunts the minds of millions of people especially the Americans. 16 years have passed, and all shall move on. There is a small tribute ceremony held to mark this particular anniversary on the Ground Zero site, now redeveloped into a Memorial Park with the finished new 1 WTC tower. Some have commented to only organize such memorial ceremony once in every five years, rather than once a year as a sign for people to move on from this sorrow memory.

 

I disagree in my personal opinion. You can have 364 days a year to ‘move on’ but why not just take a single day in a year to look back to the past and remember this tragedy and the lives lost from it. It’s not a big request. A simple tribute ceremony as a gesture of respect once a year is still reasonable. At the end of the day, we do not wish to see any more terrorist attacks happening in this world. Attacks of such proportion in September 2001 on the US is terribly wrong. Every time I re-watch the clips of the news coverage or videos taken by the public during the twin towers’ attack and collapse, I’m deeply saddened. These terrorists are inhuman for doing such nasty things.

And, the day after (yesterday) is also a big day in US. Apple has just announced its latest release of the new iPhone X (and iPhone 8 and 8Plus, Apple Watch Series 3) yesterday to the public in a grand product launch event. It is also the first grand event that is held on the Apple’s new campus that is shaped like a ring (or a huge alien ship) that reportedly costs US$ 5 billion dollar to construct. What an expensive building. I contributed some for it too since I am an iPhone user. I’m a bit excited for its new iPhone X (X means 10 in romans to mark the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone release back in 2007). It has glass on the phone’s back for wireless charging ability, facial-recognition feature to unlock phone, absence of home button, screen filling up the whole front of the phone, latest operating software (IOS 11), better camera technology, etc. All these new features may have been done by the other smartphone brands earlier but hey, now it’s Apple’s turn. Due to its branding, hence all of its products are super expensive.

But I’m still attracted to it somehow. Will I buy? No. My previous iPhone 5 died last year. I can no longer wait for this new phone and so I bought the iPhone 7 in October last year. Now, even my iPhone 7 is considered out-dated even it is just one-year old. If my previous iPhone 5 can survive for another year (last until now), then I will certainly go for this new iPhone X. But it costs a whopping US$ 999 at least. Crazy…On the other hand, nobody really wants to talk much about the other products; iPhone 8 and 8 Plus which is just a slight upgrade from iPhone 7. As for the new Apple Watch Series 3, its new features are the ability to make and receive calls and surf internet. A very small gadget but with multiple advanced functions. Will I buy it? No. I don’t think I need it. Fancy and cool stuff but not necessary. I’m fine with just the smartphone. And on top of that, it’s very costly!

There are more and more great smartphones out there by other brands. Hence, I think Apple do really need to further step up their game in their future products. This new iPhone X may looks awesome but still there is nothing really ‘breakthrough’ or very ‘wow’ from it.

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Will be heading to Zhangjiajie on February next year during the CNY holiday. Can’t wait for it!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2017 by vincentloy

My parents went to the MATTA Fair today. I couldn’t join them these two years as I am currently in Australia for my study. It’s a fair (held twice a year) where most travel and tour companies set up their booths in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) to promote their travel services and packages (usually comes with certain discounts too). That’s the time when my dad will usually choose which places to go for travel during the next Chinese New Year holiday every year and make reservation.

I will tag along normally for these annual Chinese New Year trips. My dad’s budget is very tight in these recent years as his business is not doing that well and that he spent huge sum of money on my current postgraduate education here in Australia. Hence, I couldn’t really voice out my dissatisfaction over the places he preferred to go. I understood that. But I’m very pleased that he still look out for my opinions. What a great dad he is! So, today he kept on updating me on the places he researched today during the fair through Whatsapp. There are not much choices since our budget is very low and every tour packages’ price shoot up a lot.

My dad’s first wish is Spain and Portugal. That is too far from reach as it costs more than 10k for a person. My wish is Egypt or Dubai but those places also costs around 6k for a person. We then narrowed it down to South East Asia and China region. We have covered some major parts of the South East Asia in the past and we don’t feel like visiting the remaining ones that we have not visited before such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Philippines (I think no tour for Laos and Brunei). So, … China. I have been to China several times too but China is huge. There are still many places worth exploring in China. The last time I went to China was in 2014 when we went to Yunnan. So, that would be a 4-years gap already when we visit the country again next year in 2018.

I would like to visit Shanghai but my dad visited it before. We like Xian (love to see the famous terracotta warriors) but there is no tour group going to Xian during the Chinese New Year holiday next year. Too bad. My dad saw this place called Shandong and Qingdao but after I did some quick research on that place, I’m not interested. We felt like going back to our motherland, Hainan Island but there’s not much to see over there and my dad complained that the package only gave us 4 days (too short). And then, we went to our final and confirmed selection; Zhangjiajie. Finally…after a long discussion this afternoon.

Have you heard of Zhangjiajie? It’s not as famous as Beijing or Shanghai but it is indeed a place known for its beautiful nature (especially its mountains and the recently popular glass bridges that made its news all over the world). It still costs over 3k for a person and the tour will be taking 8 days and 7 nights. I am still excited for this trip although this place is not top preferences as stated earlier. This trip will be my first planned trip after my graduation end of this year. My friends do plan for a vacation end of this year after we completed our study but till now, there isn’t any concrete planning on that yet. Zhangjiajie, see you in February 2018! It’s time for me to enjoy some breathtaking views of nature that Zhangjiajie offers! I did a quick research and the place is indeed very beautiful! I hope the scenery when I am there will be as picturesque as what I saw on the internet just now…and I can’t wait to walk on that scary glass-floor bridge!…it will be some wonderful opportunities for some great photography during this trip!

Countdown: 5 more months to go! Now, I have to get back to my thesis week although it is Sunday today (there’s no such thing as free weekend for architecture students!).

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