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Ode of a Broken Son


This is the time when all he can do is to reminisce,
The child who was once born, without expectation and premise.
Raised by his grandmother with love and affection;
Molded with principles, discipline, and commiseration.

See also: Poet[ical] Nonetheless

Independent even though he needs attention,
Reserved and obedient, despite his inner nefarious personification.
A child seeking for someone or perhaps something:
Yearning and patiently waiting, as the years are passing.

A broken family and a broken identity:
Grew in a modern-day concept and infidelity.
Brokenness and death struck to the very core of his being;
Lost and hopeless – an everyday long-suffering.



Deprived of love, a motherly love;
Deprived of a family, he wished he could have.
Fleeting years of what could have been a relationship, now just a dream:
Somewhere in his mind is hoping and wanting to scream.

See also: Twenty-eighteen
Haunted Misery of Dreyfus

Birthdays, graduations, and different occasions;
Good tidings and joyful memories in every season.
Childhood, puberty, adolescence, and or his existence;
Adulthood, fatherhood, and all his experiences.

Fortitude, that what keeps him going:
Trusting everything to God, the faith he is believing.
A wife and a daughter that mended that great loss and disarray,
A love he found, not from a woman who once disowned him and ran away.

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As he is creating this sonnet or perhaps a prosody;
He is contemplating from his heart, a familiar rhapsody.
Some things may have come out great and some came out tragic,
But it was all a ride, and life decisions never to be apologetic.

See also: NINETY-NINE ENCOUNTERS

The chapters of his life may have found their direction,
But still, the least part of his identity wanted a resolution.
This is just a reflection that could have been a perfect melody,
But this is just a ballad, a lyric from his heart; from a son who came from a broken family.

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The Love of a Father

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“Growing up without a father could permanently alter the structure of the brain.
Ben Spencer, The Daily Mail

A sad reality for children that grew up fatherless. Based on the research, growing up without a father have many psychological effects. Effects like suicidal tendencies, drug addiction, low self-esteem, school drop-outs or low educational attainment and behavioral problems like depression and anger. I, myself, can attest to this. It was the most depressing part of my life. I want to be clear on this matter first. I do have a father but I didn’t grow up having him beside me, so it makes sense to consider myself fatherless in a general perspective.

See also: Chivalry should not be Dead

GROWING UP

People who knew me knows that I came from a broken family. I wouldn’t divulge on this matter more further. It was really hard growing up without your parent, especially your father. As a boy, a father figure is very important as it was supposed to be who you will look up to when you grow up. But unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. I was totally depressed and I kept it to myself. From depression it became a hatred. A hatred that I carried in my heart for almost my entire life. At first I thought, I should understand him because that is how it’s supposed to be? But no! We became so distant. So distant that I never knew him. The sad part was, he didn’t even try reaching out to me.



As I grew up in High School it was the most devastating part. I became suicidal. I cursed him so many times. My hatred was intensified. Adding the peer pressures and emotional torment. Of course, my friends, classmates and relatives thought I was okey. I was never okey! I am broken! Yes, my grandmother raised me well, but that isn’t enough. It was never enough! I was a kind and obedient boy because I was fragile, and I can’t do anything but to obey them.

THE FAITH

If there’s one thing that I am thankful for is knowing God since I was young. I feared him that I am afraid to commit suicide even though I have that kind of mentality. He is one of the important reasons why I am still sane up until now. I have a choice. I can kill myself or use drugs. But I chose not to. And, it was also my sister’s advice that I will never forget.

See also: Haunted Misery of Dreyfus

FATHERHOOD

I became a father at the age of 22, it was until then that I learned one of the most valuable lessons in life and it really hit me hard. It was also the time that I learned and started to forgive my dad. It was tough and needs a lot of courage. But I realized that if I don’t forgive him, how will I become a great father to my daughter? No one will do it, it was an initiative that I must do. Not just for my daughter but most especially for me. I need it. I need to forgive him so I can move on from my bitter past.

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16

Those were painful childhood memories, yes! It was part of me, that’s a fact. But you know what the good news is? I have overcome it, thanks be to God. Now that I have grown in faith, I realized that, that was just a grain of pain and sufferings compared to what God has done on the cross for myself, for ourselves. He is the perfect image of a father… faithful, generous, compassionate and loving. In fact, he offered his one and only begotten son to save us from our sins. He bore our infirmities and pains on the calvary. He is the father who will never leave us nor forsake us. He is the father who provides ALL our needs. And he is the father who loves us more than our earthly fathers and watches us 24/7.

Through God’s grace, I have forgiven my real father. Honestly, I cannot do it alone, I was on verge of hatred back then but God picked me up from there. The scar that my father did was permanent, so I thought. But No, if you completely gave your life to God he will do great and amazing things. As white as a snow, that permanent effect you once thought will just fade, together with all that painful memories. To God be the Glory!

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A GREAT STORYTELLER WHO WRITES FROM HIS GUT

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A GREAT STORYTELLER WHO WRITES FROM HIS GUT.


Whether it be Dramarama or GMA Primetime, we can’t help ourselves to switch our Television and watch our favorite teleseryes. Nowadays, the contents had been calibrated to cater International audience as the competition among these stations are becoming more intense. From CGI and 3D rendering effects, to props using 3D Printing, to Cinematography using drones that could capture 4k resolutions, to Musical Scoring and Screenplay. From indie budget to expensive budget like Game of Thrones, television landscape had never been this more creative, more challenging and more diverse that could level that of international calibers.

THE WRITER.
But one key element from these will always remain. An unchartered region that highlights other elements like acting prowess and magnify the entirety of the drama. These are storytellers that evolved from nuisance, to masters. These are people who can justify a show or drama through their creative imaginations. Once unknown individuals that later became a brand and basis of a masterpiece creation. These are writers.

Among the roosters of great writers in his generation, Arjay Nuevas, a household brand and the genius behind Anna Karenina, Innamorata, Impostora and Villa Quintana. Creative Head of GMA’s Primetime Shows like Ang Dalawang Mrs Real, Once Again, Niño and My Destiny.

Arjay Nuevas(also credited as Robert Joseph Nuevas) a certified Noranian, Regine Alcasid and Madonna fanatic. Not a fan of horror movies. An Anti- Marcos but Duterte apologist. A Filipino television writer and film writer. He is a resident writer of GMA Network. He has adapted, for television, three of Carlo J. Caparas’ graphic novels: Bakekang in 2006, Kamandag in 2007 and Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang in 2009. He is also writing the screenplay for the big-budget movie adaptation of Caparas’ most famous work: Ang Panday.

Aside from his Television materpieces, some people aren’t aware that he is also a Wattpad Writer and a Published Author in Amazon. Thus, he deserved to be featured in our article.

His famous works are The Wrong Mr. Right, Bad Boy in Bed (Book 1), Edge on Top (Book 2), Edge in Command (Book 3), The Haunted Wife, Yesterday’s Lover and Angel on Fire. Some of those books in Amazon has established its titles. Sir Arjay Nuevas, was kind enough to accept our interview despite his busy schedule.

See also: Passion Vs Practical Vs Normal

Here are our Questions:

1- Who is Arjay Nuevas as a writer?
A- As a writer: intuitive; writes from the gut.

2- Wattpad or Amazon?
A- Both, because both let me write intuitively and without inhibitions, without limitations. Pure creativity, pure bliss as a writer.

3- What motivates you to write?
A- The characters in my head. They are pushing me to write their stories. They don’t let me rest until I let their voices be heard.

4- What was your turning point when you realized you want to be a writer?
A- We had a neighbor who happened to be a komiks editor. I glanced upon a sample komiks script before that, so I tried writing komiks and it went well so that was the beginning. The physical turning point. Hadn’t we had a neighbor who was an editor, I might not have been a writer. But who knows?

5- As an experienced writer, where do you think an amateur writer should focus on?
A- A new writer should listen to the voices of characters in his head. I’ve always likened a writer to a recorder or annotator, or typist if you like; a writer just records the dialogues of the characters in his head. A writer is a bit schizophrenic in a way.

6- How do you handle writer’s block?
A- As far as I can remember, there was just only one instance that I had writer’s block. I was in love that time and I was waiting for my lover to come home so I was not able to write the whole day. I was just staring at a blank computer page. I am lucky that I don’t usually have writer’s block. My problem is the exact opposite. I have so many stories in my head and I don’t have the time or the platform to write them all.

7- How do you handle criticism?
A- I’ve had my share of criticisms. I give myself five minutes to wallow and get depressed because of those criticisms. But after five minutes, that’s it, done. No more wallowing. I just try to learn from my mistakes then move on. On to the next deadline or next story. I don’t allow my being a writer define me as a person.

8- What do you think was your greatest struggle when you were starting to write? Have you overcome it?
A- I am lucky I never had that much struggles and problems or obstacles when I was starting. Everything was so breezy. From komiks to tv to movies, all the opportunities came my way very easily. I thank God and providence for that. But I made sure to work harder because of that. I read a lot, I watch a lot. Up to now, I keep on studying. I read books on writing, whether for novel writing or scriptwriting.

9- What is(are) your bad habit(s) when writing?
A- Procrastination? But not really. I allow myself to procrastinate a bit but I always still meet my deadlines. Aside from a bit of procrastinating, I don’t think I have other bad habits, modesty aside.

10- What is your take on the issue about plagiarism?
A- I don’t plagiarize. Those who do are not real writers. A real writer is like a well that has an infinite supply of stories that it is unnecessary to copy other people’s work. I do the opposite. I give away concepts.

11- As a fellow Wattpad writer, what do you prefer. A cliche plot with many views or an unconventional plot with least views? Why?
A- Views? As in people who read the stories? Of course it is nice if many people read your work. But your happiness should not depend on how many actually do read them. Unless you write because you want to have as many reads or views. My wattpad story right now doesn’t have that much readers but what can I do? I am writing Yesterday’s Lover to release the story of those characters in my head. Whether it has many readers or not, writing it has served its purpose. To tell that story.

12- What are the common things between The Wrong Mr Right and Yesterday’s Lover?
A- Common things between THE WRONG MR RIGHT and YESTERDAY’S LOVER? None, I think. One is light and hetero romcom, the other is serious and gay love and a bit of sci fi.

13- As a creative writer, are you contented on your works? Say, Anna Karenina. Do you think you have given your best in this drama? Why?
A- As a writer, I am seldom content. When I watch a movie or a tv series I wrote, I am very critical with myself. I always think: I should’ve made that character more funny or I should’ve delayed the conflict, etc. The Wrong Mr Right is a bit of an exception. I liked what I wrote there, to think there was not much editing done on my part.

14- What was the most difficult drama you have written? Why?
A- There was just one teleserye that I found difficult to write. THE LAST PRINCE, the one starring Aljur Abrenica. I don’t know why but I couldn’t seem to make it work. I asked the help of all the creative people of GMA (Suzette Doctolero, Dode Cruz, Jun Lana, Kit Langit, Des Severino, Denoy Punio)…twice! We had dinner twice for them to help me na mapatayo ang pilot episode. Thank God I was able to do it naman and it rated quite well.

See also: The Writer’s Heart

15- In all your works be it on TV or Wattpad, who is the character that best describes you? Why?
A- Character that best decribes me? Parang wala. Those characters are not extensions of my persona. They are characters existing in my head. Kung pipilitin ako for an answer, siguro yung mga characters na funny. Like the original character of Karen in Anna Karenina, or a bit of Welcome in THE WRONG MR RIGHT. I joke a lot.

16- Within the years of your writing career, what genre are you most comfortable? Why?
A- I like writing komiks drama (Anna Karenina, Impostora, Sana ay Ikaw na Nga) or fantasy drama (Luna Mystica, Enamorata, Majika, etc)

17- In one sentence, what advice can you give to aspiring writers?
A- WRITE!!!!! 🙂

Arjay Nuevas, a man who is willing to share his thoughts and concepts for other writers. Who doesn’t care whether someone reads his works or not. As long as he can release those creative inputs inside his head that motivates him to write more. A very intuitive writer who writes from his gut. And one of the most-prized possessions of GMA Network.

Mr. Arjay Nuevas was kind enough to give us a video clip greeting for Wattpad Writer’s Guild. Thank you Sir!

Watch it Here:

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No Greater Love

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Two days from now, we will be celebrating the highlight of this month- February 14. As I sit back, trying to figure what is the importance of Valentine’s Day. It made me realized one thing, the essence of all these buzzes about Valentine’s Day. Then, I remembered the sharing we had in BCF-Solomon Group.

WHO

In a worldly view, when you talk about Valentines, people usually come up with names of St. Valentine, where it actually derived its name. Eros, the Greek god of love. And ‘cupid’ or ‘Amor’ in Roman Mythology. Well, Cupid is depicted as an infant boy holding a bow and an arrow matching two different individuals. I believed that, we have our different beliefs regarding this matter. But what separates my belief is an Eternal, Unchanging, Triune, Faithful, Holy, Sinless, Perfect, Just and Sovereign representation of who and what love is- GOD.

See also: The Love of a Father

GOD IS LOVE


“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”– 1 John 4:8,16 (NIV)

God doesn’t possessed the characteristic of love because He himself is the representation of love. He is the perfect definition of love and His name is synonymous to it.



What do the Bible teach regarding God’s goodness?

“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” –Psalm 145:9 (NIV)

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” – Matthew 5:44 (NIV)

“Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” – Acts 14:17 (NIV)

God is compassionate to all. He wants us to love and pray for everyone, even your enemy. He is generous and He always provides (Jehovah Jireh).

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (NIV)

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 (NIV)

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

We are just humans and prone to make sins. No one is perfect in the eyes of our perfect God. We all fell short to his standards that death is the only way to atone our sins. But because of the cross, the sacrificial lamb and the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, His only son, we are redeemed. We are freely given the Salvation because of God’s grace, mercy and love. He loved us that he gave his only Son to die for our sins, once and for all.

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” – Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—” – Ephesians 1:4-5 (NIV)

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” – Revelation 3:19 (NIV)

See also: When the Passion is Gone

Since the beginning of time and all his creation, God already loved us. Not just any kind of love, but – Agape love. An unconditional love. A never ending love that surpasses time and space. That even in the midst of our trials, persecutions, through any adversities and celebrations. In our triumphs and in our lowest, he was always there and will always be there for us. That is how amazing his love for us.

God’s love cannot be paid no matter how many times you die or how many sacrifices you make.

He has given us salvation through his grace and not by our works nor the works of others. Because of his love, he made us his children and heirs of his throne, IF, we only believe and allow him and the Holy Spirit to reside and take over in our lives.

Some of us may falter in faith, lost hope, lost vision or question him why everything keeps on falling apart. My breathren, he love us that he needs to discipline us in order for us to realize our mistakes. He made it for a purpose, a purpose that aligns to his plan for us, all for his glory. He gave us free will because he wants us to grow in love and in faith to him. When was the last time you pray? And seek him? Seek him from the depth of your heart. Allow him to give you wisdom to know and understand his will.

NO GREATER LOVE
No greater love there is, than the love of God for us. It is not only during Valentines, that he loves us. But everyday, every minute and every second. The good news is God loves us, regardless of anything.

Jesus loves you! Live by it!

Reference: FCCI- Discipleship Training Manual

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Love and Writing

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It’s February and we all knew what month it is. Yes, it’s the month of love. But wait, have you been in love? Or the question should be, do you love someone? How does it feel? You know, that feeling when your heart beats so fast (doki💓doki) whenever Dffyou see that special someone. Your jaw is stuck, and you can’t utter a word when your crush is talking to you. You blushed so red, like someone painted tomato sauce on your face. You want to see him like everyday, and you go gaga about everything related to him.

See also: The Love of a Father



Well, boys aren’t that too much showy in general (with the exception of course, when they are within their circle of friends). Just some glimpses every now and then. For some, they tend to joke around their crushes. It’s their way to impress her effortlessly. Others, they connived with their best buddy as their means to convey their feelings. Or if he’s not that shy type, he would just ask his crush directly and break the silence, with the divine words ‘I like you. Will you go out with me?’

Now you remembered those feelings? I am now becoming nostalgic and sentimental, right? Anyway, what if, you put that emotion and remember the first time you fell in love with writing?

BOOKWORM

Actually, before I started to write. I fell in love with reading. I remembered we have a collection of Encyclopedia before. And everytime, especially during weekends, I always indulged myself to scan some pages. If I’m not playing, I will just quietly sit on the window sill or on the balcony spending minutes to hours reading anything. Sometimes, when I am watching T.V., and there is this topic or thing that got my interest, I immediately open an encyclopedia to search for it. And read some references until it satisfies me. Pretty weird huh?

Anyway, going back to memory lane. I was inspired to write a story when I watched the ‘Harry Potter’ movie (of course, who wouldn’t?). That inspiration gave me more eagerness to write when another movie ‘Lord of the Rings’ hit the theaters. I found myself writing full of ideas and plots going on inside my head. During those times, I’m already watching animes. I am meticulous particularly in the anime’s plot. I’ve watched countless animes. And I am certain that animes have more diverse plots, unlike hollywood movies. But of course, it is also more cliche than movies.

Then the moment came when suddenly, I became busy with other things. Most of my time was spent outside. Food trips in different restos. Going in shopping malls with classmates. Going in your classmates’ houses. Went to occassional parties and get-togethers. A little booze. Some dancing and singing while drunk. Oh, the high school life. In short, I lost that passion in writing that it became one of my frustrations.

SECOND TIME

They say love is sweeter the second time around. Well, I’ll say writing is pretty sweet the second time. And yes, love can change the mood. When you put your emotion in your pen, you’ll just wonder that you created a masterpiece. I noticed that most of the writers had once wrote or still writing a poem. This had been my outlet when I stopped writing. But after all that said and done, here I am writing again. It’s because of the people I met, so this passion was awakened AGAIN. I was then reconnected to the hobby I once dreamt of.

See also: Chivalry should not be Dead

I realized that when you love something, it doesn’t just fade away. Somehow, it’s just dormant. It was always there inside of you. You just need someone or something to trigger it- say, a motivation. And when that frustration became a reality, it’s just like woah! It’s very fulfilling, and at the same time rewarding.

How much do you love writing? What is your outlet or your getaway when you feel like not in the mood to write?

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Writer’s Block and Blank Page Syndrome


Have you experienced a time wherein your mind was like in a total blank? Where you can’t think of any ideas or have run out of words to say? Or perhaps, you’re just staring at your blank sheet of paper or word document and not a single idea ever crossed your mind? Probably, it’s either you are experiencing a Writer’s Block, or a Blank Page Syndrome.

What is the difference of the two? Actually, they are both similar in terms of description. However, Writer’s Block deals more in psychological aspects, whereas the latter has no symptoms at all.



Writer’s Block happens mostly to writers. It is a condition wherein, you are unable to think or come up with an idea for your story or article. It could be because you lack inspiration, you are distracted, you are stressed or due to a creative problem within your work.

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Inspiration is one of the important factors in writing a story. It is where you create your plot, the twists, and sometimes (if not oftentimes), it affects the ending of your story. Your inspiration could come from your relationship, your idol or mentor and your favorite book, movie or anime. It could also be based on your surroundings and your habits.

See also: When the Passion is Gone

People get distracted most of the times. And for a writer, it could cause a delay or slow pace in your story. Not that you don’t need it for a break. The problem of distraction is, when it’s diverting your goal, attention or your time, instead of focusing on your story. All writers need things to be done with a deadline.

Some serious reasons, why writers are encountering Writer’s Block, is due to stress. Stress than can lead to serious physical illnesses and depressions. You run out of idea because your mental condition is unstable. Or you are suffering from a migraine that hinders your thought to process information. You cannot think because of the pressure in your work, pressure in your relationship and pressure in your surroundings. You are comparing your story to those now-famous writers who were once on your league. And most especially, you are stress because of the deadline. This stress could cause hiatus, if you didn’t response to it immediately.

Another issue that most writers are unaware of is, the problem in your story itself. All writers wants a compelling stories that will motivate their readers. Because we think of many ideas and thoughts, we ended up with plot holes that oftentimes, we don’t know how to connect those ideas in our story.

Unlike Writer’s Block, the Blank Page Syndrome is indicated by not having an idea from the beginnning. It could probably have something to do with your mood, so you can’t think of anything to write. It’s also because you lack in sleep, so your mind is wandering or not functioning at that time. And you are just staring at a blank page, and you completely forgot what you’re supposed to write.

See also:  Passion Vs Practical Vs Normal

Either of these two, could take from short-term or long term loss of ideas and thoughts. But, in order to avoid Writer’s Block and Blank Page Syndrome, you should have thought about it from the beginning. Write on a paper or type on your word document the plot, the characters, the settings and the supposed-to-be ending of your story. That way, you can still trace, organize and connect your stories if you came up with a new idea. Take a break, like travel somewhere or take a short stroll at the park. What you perceived around you could contribute to your story. Engage yourself in free writing and brainstorming. Sometimes, making a new story will refresh your mind and create new ideas and plot twists. And lastly, read any stories or articles and watch any, if not new, movies or animes.

In general, it’s inevitable as all writers have experienced and or experiencing one of these. The question would be, how are you coping up with your Writer’s Block or Blank Page Syndrome?

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Meteor Garden 2018 Review


GenreRomantic comedy
Based onMeteor Garden, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango)
Written bySharon Mao
Directed byLin Helong
StarringShen Yue, Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Caesar Wu, Connor Leong
Opening theme“For You” by Dylan Wang (王鹤棣), Darren Chen (官鸿), Caesar Wu (吴希泽), Connor Leong (梁靖康)
Ending theme“Love Exists” (爱,存在) by Kiki Wei (魏奇奇)
Country of originChina

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At last! Another great drama had ended. It’s sad when a series you patiently waited and watched until the end will bid its farewell. Just as I often said, I am very particular and meticulous in watching a drama series. Be it Korean, Chinese, Japanese, or Filipino telenovelas. Honestly, I never liked the Meteor Garden 2001 nor its other adaptations. But I did watch some of it for comparison purposes, so I could come up with this review.

Meteor Garden 2001 and the rest of its adaptations were heavily dramatized. Those years were the golden era of heavy drama. But since the heavy influence of Korean dramas, light dramas are the norm nowadays. Yes, heavy drama is a thing of the past, or I should just put it as not a trend anymore. Going back to today’s Meteor Garden 2018. Its finale is somewhat unexpected but heavily cliched. But I preferred its finale today, given that Daoming Si and Shancai’s family ties and values were highlighted in this adaptation more than the romance of Daoming Si and Dong Shancai in its past adaptations.



See also: REVIEW: PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER

I preferred the retaliation and redemptive effort of Daoming Si’s mother in the ending more than the vague-barcelona-scene-tourist-guide-camera-fell-DaomingSi-appearance-out-of-nowhere ending. The drama gave us the mother’s change of heart because she loved her son through Doaming Feng. The great Daoming Feng is still a mother with a heart after all, which was portrayed in this adaptation. The re-enactment of Daoming Si’s arrogant behaviour to check if Shancai was a gold digger during the first episodes is something creative, memorable and at the same time re-assurance that Shancai is indeed not for Daoming Si’s fortune. I liked that unexpected part.

I made my initial review before but now that I watched all of its episodes, I would say that there was a character development both on Dong Shancai and Daoming Si’s part. Initially, I said that Shancai was more immature in my first review, but the last episodes made her mature, but still selfish. Selfish in a way that, she is willing to fight for real for her love to Daomimg Si unlike before that she was selfish for herself and always playing the victim card. Unlike the Meteor Garden 2001 that the romantic moments of Daoming Si and Dong Shancai were limited.

I thought it would end that same way but the 2018 adaptation’s romantic scenes were highlighted in the later to final parts which I could say is befitting and fans were eagerly waiting for more of it. Shancai and Daoming Si deserved those scenes which were nowhere in their previous adaptations. The Perseid meteor shower ending was superb. It reminded me of the Japanese anime movie ‘Your Name,’ which is one of my fave anime to date. Sadly, it was an emotional moment in 2001. The amnesia plot is over the top in today’s drama.

Lastly, Shen Yue and Dylan Wang gave justice to their roles. I would also commend the other characters, they all did great! There should be no comparison among its adaptation and it boils down to one’s preference. But personally, this adaptation is the best for me. Overall, it’s just light and there was a bit of realism, which caters to the generation today. The romantic moments were there and the family relationship was highlighted. It wouldn’t disappoint both the previous fans and the new fans.

Kudos to all the casts and crew. You all did great!


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