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Drama Roll: 泡沫之夏 Summer’s Desire OST

I love the theme songs echoing throughout this drama, all sung by the talented actors themselves.

Released Date: July 09, 2010
Genre: Ballad / Soundtrack / Instrumental
Language: Mandarin

Tracklist

01. 我記得我愛過 Remember Loved – 鋼琴版 (Piano Version)
02. 我記得我愛過/Wo Ji De Wo Ai Guo (Remember Loved)- 宿命版 (Fate Version) – by Peter Ho 何潤東
03. 鑽石/Zuan Shi (Diamond)- by Barbie Hsu 大S
04. 黑貓與牛奶/Hei Mao Yu Niu Nai (Black Cat and Milk)- by Barbie Hsu 大S/Kris Shen 沈建宏
05. 泡沫美人魚/Pao Mo Mei Ren Yu (Bubble Mermaid) – by Barbie Hsu 大S
06. 假面 /Jia Mian (Masked Face)- by Peter Ho 何潤東
07. 黑貓與牛奶/(Black Cat and Milk)- by Huang Xiao Ming 黃曉明
08. 我記得我愛過 – 輕快版 (Remember Loved – Relaxed Version)
09. 鑽石 – 鋼琴版 (Diamond – Piano Version)
10. 黑貓與牛奶 – 輕鬆版 (Black Cat and Milk – Relaxed Version)
11. 泡沫美人魚 – 吉他版 (Bubble Mermaid – Guitar Version)

Opening Theme: 我記得我愛過 Remember Loved by Peter Ho 何潤東, a sorrowful & soft song. Peter Ho does not have the most spectacular voice, but I still like this song as an introduction to the drama’s depressing undertones and Ou Chen’s loss and suffering.

Ending Theme: 鑽石 Diamond by Barbie Hsu 大S, a jazzy & light song that showcases Barbie Hsu’s beautiful talent. A melancholy song reminiscent of Xia Mo’s childhood loss and loneliness.

** My favorite themes are highlighted in purple

泡沫美人魚 Bubble Mermaid by Barbie Hsu 大S, a blissful and ethereal song that makes me feel happy and smile. Even the title itself is rather adorable.

黑貓與牛奶 Black Cat & Milk, in 2 versions, one with Barbie Hsu 大S/Kris Shen 沈建宏 and Huang Xiao Ming 黃曉明. The lyrics revolve around a little boy, meeting a black cat, feeding it warm milk, and making it all happy; how cute is the basis of the song. Well, in the drama, the song has a memorable history, where Luo Xi sings this song for Xia Mo and she subsequently enters a television competition with her brother to perform this song, the first time she dabbed her feet in show-biz.

And lastly, it’s always soothing to listen to the instrumentals, ideal for studying, sleeping, reflecting, and relaxing. The instrumentals are just as friendly to the ears than ear plugs =)

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Drama Roll: Summer’s Desire 泡沫之夏 (Intro)

Based on popular novel 泡沫之夏 by 明曉溪 Ming Xiao Xi

Also known as:  Summer’s Bubble (literal translation)

Genre: Romance

Airdate: 30-May to 5-Sept-2010 (GTV)

Episodes: 15

Barbie Hsu 徐熙媛 as Yin Xia Mo 尹夏沫

Huang Xiao Ming 黃曉明 as Luo Xi 洛熙

Peter Ho 何潤東 as Ou Chen 歐辰

Serena Fang 房思瑜 as Jiang Zhen En 江珍恩

Kris Shen 沈建宏 as Yin Cheng 尹澄

Chang Kuo Chu 張國柱 as Xi Meng 西蒙

Canti Lau 劉錫明 as Xia Ying Bo 夏英柏

Patina Lin 林嘉綺 as Shen Qiang 沈薔

Christine Ke 柯奐如 as Pan Nan 潘楠

Five years ago, Yin Xia Mo (尹夏沫) was deeply loved by two men:  her rich, possessive boyfriend Ou Chen (歐辰) and her adopted ‘stepbrother’ Luo Xi (洛熙). Both men, lonely and insecure, are as different as heaven and hell, of two polar worlds, but they have an eye for one precious jewel: Xia Mo.

Ou Chen was first captivated by Xia Mo when they were young kids, as his car nearly trumps down Xia Mo. Both Xia Mo and Luo Xi have a common upbringing, both growing up as orphans. Xia Mo watched her songstress mother fall to her death, while Luo Xi was abandoned at an amusement park. While their love-hate relationship evolves, the rather controlling and overbearing Ou Chen grows evermore jealous and does everything in his mighty power to eliminate his competition.

Ou Chen, an important successor to the Ou Corporation, fails to trust Xia Mo’s love for him and forces Luo Xi to study abroad so he can keep her for himself, free from the grips of other men. However, after a surprising turn of events, Xia Mo cannot withstand his stifling passion and domination any longer, mercilessly severing ties with him and breaking his heart. Devastated and desolate, Ou Chen gets seriously injured in a car accident and loses his memory.

Flash forward 5 years, Luo Xi returns as an idol superstar, with his charming smile and graceful charisma, and Ou Chen lives abroad, dissatisfied with his luxurious life and irked by nightmares and flashbacks of a mysterious woman. Even more perturbing, he is haunted by a green silk lace wrapped around his wrist, unsure of whom it belongs to and why it engenders so much emotion.

Impulsive and cantankerous still, Ou Chen returns to Taiwan, to find his past. Meanwhile, Xia Mo lives with her artistic brother Xiao Cheng (尹澄) and breaks into the entertainment industry. She meets Luo Xi again, who helps her jumpstart her career in showbiz and professes his love for her. Their relationship blossoms, until Ou Chen makes his comeback. The first time he sees her, she’s performing before an audience for the first time, an especially sad and unique song “Diamond” that has not been sung for a long time. Captivated by her image on television, Ou Chen feels a strange pull and pressure in his heart.

How will Xia Mo survive the bitter entertainment industry? Who will she choose, the soft-hearted Luo Xi or past flame Ou Chen? How much of their own uncertain pasts do they really comprehend, wrought with deception and disappointments?

This is an ongoing drama, so with each week, there will be updates and new twists. I’m proud to have conquered the first 10 episodes in a weekend, so I’m all caught up now. Episode 12 came out this Sunday, so I still have to watch that and Ep. 11… Ah, such a good drama!

Here are the preview trailers with English subs, to see if this drama is interesting enough to journey 15 juicy episodes!

2010 FIFA World Cup: We Are One!!!

I’ve been excited over this year’s FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.  See, I usually do not watch sports, except for the Olympics, Tennis, and World Cup Soccer, because 1) I play tennis and 2) the Olympics and World Cup only occur, what, every 4 years?! That’s like an eternity… I graduate every 4 years.  Hence, I have something to be pumped about everytime I close a chapter of my life!

A Baller Korean flag

Okay, I’m rooting for South Korea and eh, Japan just a little bit, even when I don’t originate OR live in either country.  Call it Asian cultural pride =) I have more hope for Korea, perhaps due to my recent Korean fever.  Sadly there’s no Taiwanese team to cheer =( And, I’m devoid of the last remaining bits of American pride.  So I end up now, the cheerleader of my home, for the Reds.

Red Devils... Roar

Let’s see, we’re still in the initial Round of 32.  South Korea (47) is in Group B, along with Argentina (7), Greece (13), and Nigeria (21).  Thus far, Argentina has the lead and definite spot in the next round, but the 3 other teams must duke it out by the end of the week to ensure the other spot.  Now, South Korea and Greece are tied in 2nd place with 3 points, while Nigeria has not yet won a game.  In the 6/12  South Korea vs. Greece game, SK amazed the whole world with a 1-0 win.  And in the 6/17 South Korea vs. Argentina game, SK put up a brave fight against Argentina, which had a strong offense team.  SK lost that game, but they still have a good chance for the next round if they muster all their might, spirit, and confidence against Nigeria. Tomorrow evening, SK will battle it out with fellow Nigerian contenders, while Greece will energetically face the Argentenian big-shots.  We’ll see what happens tomorrow…

Here are some highlights from the spectacular SK vs. Greece game…

Pre-game huddle

Goal, thanks to Lee Jung Soo! Team rejoices!

"Hey!! Way to Go Buddy!" Lee Jung Soo high fives Kim Jung Woo post-1st goal

Park Ji-Sung scores the 2nd goal... the Greek guy mopes out.

The ball is coming... their faces are priceless.

Goalie Alexandros Tzorvas, pitiful and downcast, while the flying colors of Korea wave behind him

I conclude with… Victory for Korea =)

Go Go South Korea!!!