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More Material Queen OST!

So I hadn’t watched Material Queen in a while, and I don’t really feel like commenting on plot, so I’ll just talk about the OST.

The OST is really using a lot of the songs from Vanness Wu‘s new album C’est La “V”.  Well, okay, maybe you might not think it’s a lot, but there’s Is This All as the theme song, they used 有你在, and then in episode 7 with the fashion show they played Knockin’!  I, personally, was very excited when they played that Knockin’ because it is one of my favorites from Vanness’s album.

So I’ve already written individual posts for all of the songs that I mentioned, and they all have lyrics with them, but here they are again just in case:

有你在

Knockin’

Is This All

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Material Queen OST Song by Vanness Wu (not Is This All, a different one)

This song called 有你在 – You Ni Zai – You’re Here is by Vanness Wu, from his latest album C’est La “V”.  It is used in the OST of the Taiwanese drama Material Queen in which he stars.  It is soooo sweet, and I know that it is played in Episode 5, when the master violinist Eugene is telling Cai Jia Hao about the night when he gave Jia Hao’s father that sheet music.  It’s really beautiful, and it features a violin melody.  I love it 🙂  It made the scene really touching as well.

CHINESE LYRICS

太多话 哽在我胸怀

太倔强不要你陪伴

来不及证明的未来

会在哪儿为了我等待

有你在牵手就能取暖

有你在拥抱就能勇敢

如果时间倒转有你在

你不喜欢的我会改

有你在平凡就不平凡

有你在遗憾就能美满

如果生命重来我坦白

你会懂我的爱

当秘密被真心揭开

但伤害我全都明白

带回来回忆和期待

只有你不能被替代

有你在牵手就能取暖

有你在拥抱就能勇敢

如果时间倒转有你在

你不喜欢的我会改

有你在平凡就不平凡

有你在遗憾就能美满

如果生命重来我坦白

你会懂我的爱

有你在有你在

如果时间倒转有你在

你不喜欢的我会改

有你在平凡就不平凡

有你在遗憾就能美满

如果生命重来我坦白

你会懂我的爱

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Material Queen Episode 4

So this post was kind of a fail… basically I gave up on it.  But I don’t have the heart to completely delete it because when I was actually in the zone and working on it, I really did work.  So here’s what I had….

Material Queen Episode 4

The episode starts off with Lin Chu Man’s assistant Peter (haha such a funny guy, all his drama roles are hilarious) nagging her about wearing short sleeves in such cold weather, to which she responds that she’s hot one moment, cold the next, so how should she know?  He asks if she went to see a doctor, and follows up to inform Chu Man that although the casting is for an ad that talks about warmth, she will be filming in freezing cold water!

Chu Man does not look like she likes this news, and she follows Peter.  Then Sasha pops up from a couch and asks her how “Chu Man Jie” is here for the casting, since she’s been frozen by the company?  Chu Man follows up by saying she shouldn’t believe in groundless rumors, seeing as she is there for the casting.  Sasha is set off, so she tells Peter that he shouldn’t allow Chu Man to be here, and she should instead reflect on what she did in Paris.  While she is talking, Chu Man sees Sasha’s arm, and sees a point of attack.

Chu Man remarks that she doesn’t remember Sasha being so thin two days ago; she tells Sasha not to worry about her so much, and instead to put on some more layers of concealer to cover up the marks of her liposuction so that she won’t scare Yan Kai Ming.

The other two models that are always around Sasha and Chu Man are sitting on another couch, and they promptly start talking, saying no wonder Sasha kept turning down covers for the calendars, because she didn’t want them to see her full of her lipo scars.  Sasha is irked, telling them not to compare her to them.  She says that she worked hard to become the number one model, she didn’t sleep for it, clearly directing her comment at Chu Man, and stalks away.

Now we see Cai Jia Hao with Cameron, the buddy that got him the William Norman body double job and the one that was kicked out of his directing school in conjunction with Jia Hao getting kicked out of music school.  Jia Hao thanks Cameron for getting him the job as an assistant, and Cameron explains that being an assistant is very easy, it’s just being an all-purpose worker.  As Cameron continues describing what Jia Hao will be doing, we realize that, lo and behold, he is going to be working with the dry ice that will be put into the freezing water that the casting will be filming in.  Such coincidences.  They’re killing me.

Cameron and Jia Hao walk into the vicinity and Cameron spots the models lined up in their bathrobes, walking toward the pool.  He yells out a very funny “Spicy!”, when a worker yells at them from behind to get out of the way.  This draws the models’ attention to the two, and Jia Hao spots Chu Man in the lineup at about the same time she does.  The other models recognized him too, as the fake Norman.  Chu Man turns to hide behind Peter, and Jia Hao does the same with Cameron.

Chu Man and the other models leave, and Jia Hao tries to leave too, but Cameron stops him and reminds him that the whole reason why Jia Hao is here to work instead of being in Paris learning music is because of that woman.  Cameron says that he will help Jia Hao solve the problem with her.

Cameron is introducing the task to the models, telling them that they must see how they look on camera, seeing if they can give the feeling of being in a hot spring when they are really in freezing cold water.  (Apparently the ad is all about correlating the warmth of the luxury apartments with being in a hot spring…. I’m not seeing it yet).

They start shooting, and we see all the models except Chu Man frolicking around in the tub, with the dry ice making the bath look like it’s steaming.  Then it’s Chu Man’s turn.  She gets into the water and makes it look like it’s warm.  (I wonder, when they were shooting this scene, if they actually used warm water, or if they actually did what the scene was doing, using dry ice?  If so, then props to the actresses, really.  I can’t imagine being in freezing water, even for a short amount of time, so having to film in it?  Intense.)  The director gets a phone call when Chu Man is almost done, and he gets up to leave, telling Cameron to stop the camera after 30 more seconds.  Cameron thinks to himself, it looks freezing, so let’s just see how long you can persevere.  I like Cameron for being such a good friend to Jia Hao, but I don’t like where this is going….

One of the other models asks Peter why Chu Man is filming so long, and he says he doesn’t know, but it’s not good because she caught a bad cold, so this will only make it worse.  Jia Hao, who is working with putting the dry ice into the water, overhears, and speedwalks over to Peter, asking him how he could let Chu Man do this when she’s sick?  Peter tells him that this is what Chu Man wanted, that she is most afraid of failure, and that even if she lost her life, she would be okay with it.

Jia Hao goes over to Cameron and asks him why he’s making her shoot so long, and he replies that she ruined his Paris violin schooling, so of course he has to find a way to make her pay.  Jia Hao tells him that this way won’t work because it would be threatening her life.  Cameron relents and yells cut, but Chu Man is still in the water, trying to model, and Jia Hao jumps in, telling her that the director said cut.  Chu Man tries to keep going, saying that as long as the light on the camera is still on, she has to maintain her perfect model demeanor, and that this is the most basic work ethic that a model should have.  Jia Hao pulls her up nevertheless, and Peter comes over to put a blanket on her.  She has fallen unconscious, however, so an ambulance is called.

The scene is changed to a golf course, and see Kai Ming’s assistant telling Kai Ming that the model has been picked for their Yi Pin Ge luxury apartments, and it will be Sasha, saying she fulfills all the requirements.  (His accent is funny, but it’s not too bad, definitely not the worst I’ve ever heard).  He also mentions that a model who wasn’t feeling well forced herself to film, and so she fainted.  He says that it was the Lin Chu Man who they bumped into earlier in the elevator.  At this, Kai Ming, who has been golfing, stops and turns his full attention to the assistant.  The assistant looks a bit unnerved by the sudden attention and reassures Kai Ming that sympathy has been expressed, and all news has been blocked as well.  He asks how her performance went, and the assistant replies in Chinglish (I love it :D) that her modeling was actually quite good, and the director was pleased as well, but because of the Paris incident gossip, she was not hired.

The next scene, we see Yan Kai Ming’s cold exterior come out.  He meets Section Chief Jin, and says that he must really be busy if he doesn’t even have the time to report back on the reconstruction efforts in Chao Nan Supermarket.  The poor guy responds that with his regular job as a government worker, he also has to put in a lot of effort, and the Chao Nan Supermarket deal is also very difficult.  Kai Ming then says indirectly that he will break off their working agreement, which will lead Section Chief Jin’s kid to be unable to go to his current (presumably expensive) school.

Peter is looking out of Chu Man’s window back at Jia Hao’s place, viewing the chickens in disdain.  He is displeased with Chu Man’s living conditions, and is grossed out by the fact that her room used to be a chicken coop.  Lol.  Jia Hao wonders out loud if they should call Chu Man’s family, and Peter unthinkingly says that she is an orphan.  Jia Hao flashes back to Paris when Chu Man is telling him that she has always known what she wanted, and realizes that what she was saying was true.  Peter tells him that if he tells Chu Man that it was Peter who told him, then he is dead.  He also leaves Chu Man with Jia Hao because he has to do other work.

Jia Hao fixes the blankets covering Chu Man and watches over her, which just makes me sigh in contentment.  I like Vanness Wu as this cute kid, and it’s quite different from Ren Guang Xi in Autumn’s Concerto.

The next morning Chu Man awakens to the smell of Chinese medicine boiling in her room.  She sees Jia Hao’s sister and the bra-selling lady sleeping sitting up on the floor of her room, and then she sees a boiling kettle right next to her prized bags, getting steamed on.  She jumps out of bed yelling about them, and Jia Hao comes running in.

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Vanness Wu’s New Album. iTunes. Get It Now.

❤ Love.  Perfection.  Sigh.

Here’s a list of all the songs in his new album, C’est La “V”.  (so clever, right? 😉 )

1. Intro (haha…. just goin off iTunes, here)

2. Shuo Ai Jiu Ai – 说爱就爱

3. Is This All feat. Ryan Tedder (opening song of the Taiwanese drama Material Queen)

4. Do It feat. Vic Zhou (F4 Love (: )

5. Ming Ding – 命定

6. You Ni Zai – 有你在

7. Zhi Yao Ta Kuai Le – 只要她快乐

8. Ai De Shou Liu Dan – 爱的手榴弹

9. Ai Mei Zou – 爱没走

10. Ai Ya – 哎呀 (MV featuring his lovely Autumn’s Concerto co-star Ady An)

11. Tou. Ming. Ai – 透。明。爱

12. Knockin’ (written by the very American Bruno Mars!!!!)

I ❤ Vanness!!!!

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Material Queen Episode 2

This episode of Material Queen was nice because it cleared up the whole William Norman body-double thing, which would only get in the way of Lin Chu Man falling in love with the real Cai Jia Hao.  It also introduced that other girl who lived with Jia Hao in Paris, who is like a little sister to him.  I wonder what part she will play later?

Old Chinese guy be whack.  That’s all I have to say about him.

Lynn Xiong did a nice job again.  I liked her reaction when she asked Jia Hao what his family does for a living and he said selling vegetables…. ehehehe.

Sasha is sooo prettyyy, I am so jealous!  Her character is quite hateful though.  Haha….  I hope her character improves?  Maybe?  😛

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Material Queen: Thoughts on the First Episode

Wow.  Material Queen… is something different.  I gotta say.  It kind of gives me a bit of the feeling of The Greatest Love because it shows you a behind-the-glamour look at a world that we don’t usually see beyond what they want you to see.

I feel like this episode really set the stage for the drama (which is what all good first episodes should do).  It showed that Chu Man really is indeed a materialistic woman.  She is also a golddigger.  Although I have to admire her, putting up with her “hubby” because honestly he’s kind of annoying…  Anyways, it shows that she values money and shiny things.  The beginning was quite sad though.  Her mom (hehe Ren Guang Xi’s mom from Autumn’s Concerto <3) was really quite hateful, just leaving her daughter at the orphanage, giving bullcrap excuses like “Oh, you’ll only get in the way ofmy happiness!”  Anywhoo, it made me really sad watching such a little girl losing faith in miracles, and happiness/good things in general.

I think that Lynn Xiong is doing a pretty good job so far.  But I hope it’s not because there haven’t been any emotionally taxing scenes yet.  She is doing a wonderful job portraying a spoiled materialistic person though.  I love it 🙂  I want her to be able to deliver great scenes with lots and lots of emotion.  And a wide range of emotion too.  🙂  As for Vanness Wu.  Ahhh, what to say?  I LOVED LOVED LOVED him in Autumn’s Concerto, but I feel like his acting in Material Queen is not quite at the same level as that.  Who knows?  Maybe he also hasn’t quite had the chance yet, since there haven’t been many challenging scenes yet.  But I hope he can stay at or surpass his level in Autumn’s Concerto.  That would make this drama SOOOO good.

I am excited for this Friday’s episode!!!!  Which I may or may not recap.

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Is This All, again

So I know I already posted a link for Is This All by Vanness Wu, but I was snooping around Youtube today instead of doing homework, and found THIS.  The music video!!!  It’s quite intense.  I like it.  🙂  Lookin’ good there, Vanness.  ❤

Here are the lyrics again, too, but these are in simplified, not traditional like the other one was.  Easier on the eyes (in my opinion).

LYRICS

一天一天重复上演奔跑着却没有终点
付出一切拼凑一片我期待生活有所改变
可笑的他们冷漠的脸事不关己的语言
我拼了命奋力向前把明天都实现
我祈祷我能遇见所谓完美的世界

Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've been searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for

半开的眼半醒的眠思绪被困在梦里面
我想看见却看不见是否已经到了极限
我祈祷我能遇见所谓完美的世界

Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've been searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for

Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for

Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've been searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for

一天一天重覆上演奔跑着却没有终点
付出一切拼凑一片我期待生活有所改变
可笑的他们冷漠的脸事不关己的语言
我拼了命奋力向前把明天都实现
我祈祷我能遇见所谓完美的世界
Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've been searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for...

半开的眼半醒的眠思绪被困在梦里面
我想看见却看不见是否已经到了极限
我祈祷我能遇见所谓完美的世界
Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've been searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for...

Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've been searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for...
Is this all I've been waiting for?
Is this all I've been searching for?
我在追寻什么东西原来不过都只是空气
So is this all I've been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for...
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Vanness Wu’s New Song

New song Is This All from Vanness Wu featuring Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.  Part of the Material Queen soundtrack.  I’m excited!  Especially since this song seems to stretch across the entertainment industries of both the US as well as Taiwan/China.  It must be nice for Vanness because he has connections in Taiwan and the US.  And his Mandarin is pretty good for someone who was raised in the States… I wish mine could be more fluent…. sigh.

LYRICS

一天一天 重覆上演 奔跑著卻沒有終點
付出一切 拼湊一片 我期待生活有所改變
可笑的他們 冷漠的臉 事不關己的語言
我拼了命 奮力向前 把明天都實現
我祈禱我能遇見 所謂完美的世界

Is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Is this all I’ve been searching for?
我在追尋甚麼東西 原來不過都只是空氣
So is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for…

半開的眼 半醒的眠 思緒被困在夢裡面
我想看見 卻看不見 是否已經到了極限
我祈禱我能遇見 所謂完美的世界

Is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Is this all I’ve been searching for?
我在追尋甚麼東西 原來不過都只是空氣
So is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for…

Is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Is this all I’ve been searching for?
我在追尋甚麼東西 原來不過都只是空氣
So is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for…
Is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Is this all I’ve been searching for?
我在追尋甚麼東西 原來不過都只是空氣
So is this all I’ve been waiting for?
Waiting for, waiting for…

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