…cos you’re such a lucky, lucky girl.
Can we trade places, even for just a day? Pretty please, please…?
It’s been ages since I last watched a Taiwanese drama — in fact, the last one was “It started with a Kiss” — the Part 1 ok? This is where I discovered Jiro Wang and fell madly in like with his high cheekbones and patented smile. But, do you know who to blame for my current Asian drama obsessed self?
A bit of history: It was 2001 and I was freshly out of university where work (or the lack thereof) occupied my miserable 21 years of existence. Then, I found a job at a Japanese newspaper as editorial assistant where the highlight of my career is my stint as a police reporter at the Eastern Police District. In the summer of 2001 (?), a new drama–fresh from Taiwan–premiered in Philippine television. I met him…
Yes…this crazy existence and crazier obsession began with Dao Ming Shi aka Jerry Yan. He of the pineapple haircut, soulful stare, the high cheekbones, the (now) corny muscle tees and leather pants. Back in 2001, Jerry Yan was the closest I will come close to idolatry. I was so crazy for Jerry (and F4) of course that I was one of the thousands of Filipinos who blew money just to watch their series of concerts in the Philippines. Yes, I owned a “Dao Ming Shi” Jerry Yan tee from Bench (a local clothing company) and had posters and pictures of the Taiwanese F4.
Of course, in time I grew old…and I met other guys. I broke up with Jerry and started a relationship (DREAM ON!) with his Japanese counterpart, Domyouji aka Jun Matsumoto–a relationship which I was able to maintain without getting tempted by other boys (*ehem*Shinwoo*ehem*)… My first ever Asian drama crush forgotten and now a mere footnote from my storied history of being a fangirl…
Until one day, I saw a teaser for a new Jerry Yan drama and made the mistake of looking it up at http://www.mysoju.com…
There’s only one thing that I can say: First love never dies. (LOL!) 🙂
(I have to stress that this is just a joke as the hubby saw the word “First love never dies” and claimed ownership that he is indeed, my first love… I had to explain that I was talking in an alternate universe point of view. So after about 5 minutes, he pouted and left me in peace but not before muttering about how he came first before Jerry…)
I am just at the first episode, but I liked the drama already. The first episode mainly dealt with establishing the back stories and the characters of the two protagonists and the people who surrounded them.
Jerry Yan plays Shiang Yu Ping, a cunning and intelligent divorce and inheritance lawyer touted as the best in Taipei. His biggest source of problem is his two young nephews who he was raising after they were orphaned following the death of his older brother. The kids were “the terror of all nannies in Taipei”–to the point that he came to exhaust his supply of nannies in all Taipei. What more, he still couldn’t find one who doesn’t fall in love with him or forced to quit due to the “two monsters”. Desperate, Yu Ping asks his secretary, the money hungry Yang Duo, to find him a nanny. She recommends her younger sister, Yang Guo, for the job; assuring Yu Ping that her tomboyish sister will not fall in love with him by declaring that she is a lesbian (not really).
I love the first episode as I am treated immediately to the characters and the quirks of Ella and Jerry.
First–about Ella. I will be honest, I really didn’t like her when she starred in the Taiwanese version of Hana Kimi. To be fair with Ella, I didn’t like the whole drama at all–well, except for Jiro Wang, of course. Anyway, TODAY I AM SAYING “gomen nasai”, “I’m sorry” and “dui bu qi” to the very talented Ms. Chen. She may not be the usual girly-girl type who likes to flutter their eyelashes and pile on rouge on her face, but Ella has talent and she brings a 100% to the character. There are a lot of scenes where she is adorable and charming. So, today…in this post, I am saying I HATE YOU ELLA CHEN for making me a convert and for making me see how talented you are.
And then–we go to Jerry Yan. What can I say about Jerry Yan and on his portrayal of Shiang Yu Ping. Well, I have so many things to say, but I will summarize in a few words: jkfiupshfuiofjeofhsfwnfmsnsfSLADBWGFVnfwfwpfhwfhqr8tow!!!
Go see it! see it! see it! he is great! adorable! talented! handsome! see it! see it! SEE IT!!!
I was looking forward to seeing the second episode today, but a take home assignment from the boss thwarted all my Jerry Yan plans. Will post a short summary and a few comments as soon as I catch the second episode.
Anyway, here’s the OST from “Down with Love” to tide you over till the next Jerry Yan gabfest: