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The Story of Square Pegs

Just finished watching the last episode of Square Pegs (by TVB productions). It’s a very short serial – only 20 episodes, but it’s one of the most touching stories I’ve ever seen.

Official Website : http://tvcity.tvb.com/drama/square_pegs/story/index.html

Released : 2003

Main Cast :

Roger Kwok – Li Jizhong / Ding A-Wang

Jessica Hester Hsuen – Caifeng

Leila Tong – Caidie

Raymond Tso Weng Nin – Bao Jizhong

Winnie Yeung – Yang Peijun

Yuen Wah – Master Bao

Set in Wulong town, the story is basically about this guy called A-Wang. He’s a dimwit and the only son of the owners (the Ding family) of a biscuit shop called Xiao4 Kou3 Su1 (Smiling Biscuits). He went missing when he was about 7 years old. He was very sick then and his father brought him to the Capital to seek treatment & lost him there. When his mother heard the news of his disappearance, she lost her mind.

Many years later, this dimwit A-Wang appears at their door and calls out for his mom before passing out. The owners of Xiao Kou Su then took him in and the wife insisted that it’s her son that has returned after many years.

As the story unfolds, it turns out that the real A-Wang passed away in the Capital and as the boss of Xiao Kou Su didn’t dare to break the news to his wife, he lied to her that their son went missing. The A-Wang that turned up at their doorstep is actually the son of this rich man, Old Master Bao.

Years ago, Old Master Bao’s nephew, Dafu, framed Master Bao’s wife of having an affair with the gardener and Master Bao chased her out of the family. She was then pregnant with their son, Jizhong. After she was driven away from the family, Master Bao married a 2nd wife but they had no kids. After the 2nd wife’s death, Master Bao sent Dafu to look for his 1st wife & son. This Dafu then took the opportunity to pass off an imposter Jizhong as the real son. (This imposter was an orphan who had no knowledge of the scheme.)

To take care of the dimwit A-Wang, his parents got him a wife, Caifeng. Caifeng was forced by her stepmom to marry A-Wang and tried ways and means to get out of the marriage at first. A-Wang, however, loves her dearly and always does everything he can to make her happy. By a twist of fate, Caifeng’s sister, Caidie marries the imposter Jizong.

One day, a young lady Peijun, turns up at the village looking for her fiance who went missing when he was supposed to go to the Capital to study. She recognizes A-Wang to be her fiance and that his real name is Jizong!

Peijun infiltrates into the Ding family and becomes Jizong’s tutor. She tries ways & means to help Jizong recall his past. Caifeng finds out about this and decides to investigage Peijun’s background. When Caifeng realised that A-Wang was Peijun’s fiance, she agrees to help Peijun solve the conspiracy that led to Master Bao’s 1st wife being murdered, and his real son being hit on the head, reducing him to a retard.

Initially, Caifeng had no feelings for A-Wang and only treated him as a kid she had to babysit. But A-Wang’s unconditional love for his wife eventually moves her and she falls for him too…

At the end, the ultimate baddie, Dafu is arrested and A-Wang regains his memory, as well as his love for Peijun. On the other hand, he also loves Caifeng very deeply.

As Caifeng promised Peijun earlier that she will “return” A-Wang to Peijun once he regains his memory, Caifeng chooses to leave Wulong town & goes to Japan to study the art of brewing tea.

Peijun realises that A-Wang still loves Caifeng, and she decides to back out too, and goes to London to study English literature.

A-Wang also decides to leave as he does not want to make a choice between the two ladies. A-Wang moves to HK to start up his lao po bing (Wife Biscuit) business there.

Three years later, all 3 return to Wulong town for a visit and bump into one other. It was the happiest ending possible in the sense that no one was forced to make a sacrifice… and I guess u could say that they all loved each other truly ‘cos they believed that as long as the one u love is happy, u don’t need to be with him/her.

And that’s how the story ends.

While watching the show, I was greatly moved by the little things A-Wang did for Caifeng. The way he loved her unreservedly made me wonder if it’s possible to gain another person’s love if you gave your all. (Freak! He even invented the wife biscuit ‘cos of her!) But when the ending came, I was sadly reminded that if you love a person, that person doesn’t need to be with you. As long as he/she is happy, u would be too. I also truly understood how Caifeng & Peijun must have felt when they saw each other – the sense of awkwardness ‘cos u like the same guy, but yet u’re also concerned about the other person’s well-being and happiness ‘cos u treasure the friendship. My heart just went out to the 2 gals!

So maybe the choice the 3 leads made at the end was right… to move away so that the feelings will always remain the same. After all, it’s the love that remains that matters right?

Star Wars Episode III

Some observations after watching Starwars Epi III last night (movie ticket was courtesy of Astronaut. Thanks Astro!)

1) Mace Windu would not have been murdered.

Did you see the number of spaceships that were flying to & fro outside the window when Mace fell off the building? Gosh! If it was Singapore, every driver would have stopped and gawked, ‘cos they want 4D numbers. You can be sure his assailant would never go scot-free thanks to the number of witnesses.

2) It pays to be short

I think I may have to revise my criterion about being short too. Yoda was really cool in the movie. Know the reason why he was “indestructible”? That’s ‘cos he’s short! His lack of height made him an extremely difficult target to shoot. (Maybe we should have a maximum height limit for our Cabinet ministers in future…security reasons.)

3) Xiang Long Shi Ba Zhang

No – I’m not referring to some chap named Xiang Long picking up a dumpling. I’m referring to the Chinese kungfu skill (as immortalised in Jin Yong’s novel, Tian Long Ba Bu). The Force must be of oriental origin… u saw how the Jedis, as well as the Lords of the Dark Side use their internal strength & blasted each other?

4) George Lucas’ favourite haunt in Singapore

If George Lucas ever came to Singapore, I sure know where to take him shopping – Mustafa Shopping Centre… wahahahahah.

OK. That’s enough nonsense for today. I need to go nurse my poor big toe nail… stupid rabbit (Tangyuan) of mine… bit my toe nail & scratched my 1 day old pedicure… Grrr…. *angry*….

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Fans of Star Wars, check out http://www.theforce.net/episode1/hidden/hidden_stuff_page_11.asp – I like the “cameos”… especially the one by E.T. 😉

Blog like no one’s reading

“Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watching.” -Crystal Boyd

Came across this quote recently and I found it very meaningful. I would like to be able to live my life as above – to do my work out of passion (which brings Col 3:23 to mind – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”), to love like I’ve never been hurt (real tall order), and to dance like no one’s watching (I confess, I do observe if I have an audience when I salsa… some days i feel uncomfortable, some days i like the attention.)

In fact, in today’s Internet age, I would add a 4th item to the list – to blog like no one’s reading.

How many blogs are for real? Do bloggers really share their innermost thoughts and feelings? Or do they write certain statements because they want to be perceived in a certain way?

Hmm… so how do you look at me now?

3 ‘C’s

Was just talking to a friend, Join, on MSN about blogging and I shared with him that it’s difficult to post a decent post ‘cos I won’t know who’s reading my blog… so any comments that might have repercussions on myself are best avoided. Unfortunately, that results in my posts being rather frivolous.

Well, like I said, BO PIAN, hence, I shall talk about something very frivolous, but yet very serious (eh, the “gahmen” also talking about this ok!). As listed in my posts previously, I have a new criterion for a guy now – “cut cake”. So what were my original criteria?

Long time ago when I was in JC, i came up with a couple of ‘C’s that I wanted the guy to have :-

1) Christian
2) Height – 1.73 CM
3) Character (assh*les need not apply)
4) Compatible (similar hobbies or interests would help)
5) Chinese (preferably Cantonese)

But as time went by, that list was evolved… and as of the final revision… 3 Cs remained…

1) Christian
2) Height
3) Cut Cake

Sigh… so how Join? Can find anyone that suits the above?

3 ‘C’s

Was just talking to a friend, Join, on MSN about blogging and I shared with him that it’s difficult to post a decent post ‘cos I won’t know who’s reading my blog… so any comments that might have repercussions on myself are best avoided. Unfortunately, that results in my posts being rather frivolous.

Well, like I said, BO PIAN, hence, I shall talk about something very frivolous, but yet very serious (eh, the “gahmen” also talking about this ok!). As listed in my posts previously, I have a new criterion for a guy now – “cut cake”. So what were my original criteria?

Long time ago when I was in JC, i came up with a couple of ‘C’s that I wanted the guy to have :-

1) Christian
2) Height – 1.73 CM
3) Character (assh*les need not apply)
4) Compatible (similar hobbies or interests would help)
5) Chinese (preferably Cantonese)

But as time went by, that list was evolved… and as of the final revision… 3 Cs remained…

1) Christian
2) Height
3) Cut Cake

Sigh… so how Join? Can find anyone that suits the above?

3 ‘C’s

Was just talking to a friend, Join, on MSN about blogging and I shared with him that it’s difficult to post a decent post ‘cos I won’t know who’s reading my blog… so any comments that might have repercussions on myself are best avoided. Unfortunately, that results in my posts being rather frivolous.

Well, like I said, BO PIAN, hence, I shall talk about something very frivolous, but yet very serious (eh, the “gahmen” also talking about this ok!). As listed in my posts previously, I have a new criterion for a guy now – “cut cake”. So what were my original criteria?

Long time ago when I was in JC, i came up with a couple of ‘C’s that I wanted the guy to have :-

1) Christian
2) Height – 1.73 CM
3) Character (assh*les need not apply)
4) Compatible (similar hobbies or interests would help)
5) Chinese (preferably Cantonese)

But as time went by, that list was evolved… and as of the final revision… 3 Cs remained…

1) Christian
2) Height
3) Cut Cake

Sigh… so how Join? Can find anyone that suits the above?

3 ‘C’s

Was just talking to a friend, Join, on MSN about blogging and I shared with him that it’s difficult to post a decent post ‘cos I won’t know who’s reading my blog… so any comments that might have repercussions on myself are best avoided. Unfortunately, that results in my posts being rather frivolous.

Well, like I said, BO PIAN, hence, I shall talk about something very frivolous, but yet very serious (eh, the “gahmen” also talking about this ok!). As listed in my posts previously, I have a new criterion for a guy now – “cut cake”. So what were my original criteria?

Long time ago when I was in JC, i came up with a couple of ‘C’s that I wanted the guy to have :-

1) Christian
2) Height – 1.73 CM
3) Character (assh*les need not apply)
4) Compatible (similar hobbies or interests would help)
5) Chinese (preferably Cantonese)

But as time went by, that list was evolved… and as of the final revision… 3 Cs remained…

1) Christian
2) Height
3) Cut Cake

Sigh… so how Join? Can find anyone that suits the above?

“Worse half of 20s”

Entered what Zounds termed as the “worse half of my 20s” yesterday. Didn’t really feel very different from when i was still a quarter centurion… if anything, i’m afraid my thinking is starting to regress back to how i looked at life when i was in JC! (Which ain’t all bad ‘cos it just means i’m more bo chup & carefree than ever.)

Had a really stressful day in the office – didn’t manage to get the off day that i wanted – but i survived. A few really really sweet colleagues did a mini quickie celebration for me in the pantry. That was really very nice of them ‘cos i’m still relatively new in the office and don’t know most of them that well. I think that’s why i don’t mind taking up this job despite the sucky pay and stressful deadlines – ‘cos of the great colleagues i have.

After work, i met Iceman for dinner.. had “zi char”, then did another cake cutting session (which i flopped again) at Haagen Daz, and ended the nite by having drinks at Blooie’s. Had a really great time.

Just want to thank ALL my great friends who remembered my birthday. I always feel very touched whenever i receive a birthday greeting… i mean… why the heck should anyone remember and bother to drop that sms or email right? But i thank God for good friends… and i especially appreciate an sms that came from a cousin all the way from Melbourne.

Hey Juzzie, if u see this, just wanted to let you know that i’m glad u came to visit us last Chinese New Year and all of us got to know u better. Really wished i could do more for you now… take care ok? Will be keeping you in my prayers.

“Worse half of 20s”

Entered what Zounds termed as the “worse half of my 20s” yesterday. Didn’t really feel very different from when i was still a quarter centurion… if anything, i’m afraid my thinking is starting to regress back to how i looked at life when i was in JC! (Which ain’t all bad ‘cos it just means i’m more bo chup & carefree than ever.)

Had a really stressful day in the office – didn’t manage to get the off day that i wanted – but i survived. A few really really sweet colleagues did a mini quickie celebration for me in the pantry. That was really very nice of them ‘cos i’m still relatively new in the office and don’t know most of them that well. I think that’s why i don’t mind taking up this job despite the sucky pay and stressful deadlines – ‘cos of the great colleagues i have.

After work, i met Iceman for dinner.. had “zi char”, then did another cake cutting session (which i flopped again) at Haagen Daz, and ended the nite by having drinks at Blooie’s. Had a really great time.

Just want to thank ALL my great friends who remembered my birthday. I always feel very touched whenever i receive a birthday greeting… i mean… why the heck should anyone remember and bother to drop that sms or email right? But i thank God for good friends… and i especially appreciate an sms that came from a cousin all the way from Melbourne.

Hey Juzzie, if u see this, just wanted to let you know that i’m glad u came to visit us last Chinese New Year and all of us got to know u better. Really wished i could do more for you now… take care ok? Will be keeping you in my prayers.

“Worse half of 20s”

Entered what Zounds termed as the “worse half of my 20s” yesterday. Didn’t really feel very different from when i was still a quarter centurion… if anything, i’m afraid my thinking is starting to regress back to how i looked at life when i was in JC! (Which ain’t all bad ‘cos it just means i’m more bo chup & carefree than ever.)

Had a really stressful day in the office – didn’t manage to get the off day that i wanted – but i survived. A few really really sweet colleagues did a mini quickie celebration for me in the pantry. That was really very nice of them ‘cos i’m still relatively new in the office and don’t know most of them that well. I think that’s why i don’t mind taking up this job despite the sucky pay and stressful deadlines – ‘cos of the great colleagues i have.

After work, i met Iceman for dinner.. had “zi char”, then did another cake cutting session (which i flopped again) at Haagen Daz, and ended the nite by having drinks at Blooie’s. Had a really great time.

Just want to thank ALL my great friends who remembered my birthday. I always feel very touched whenever i receive a birthday greeting… i mean… why the heck should anyone remember and bother to drop that sms or email right? But i thank God for good friends… and i especially appreciate an sms that came from a cousin all the way from Melbourne.

Hey Juzzie, if u see this, just wanted to let you know that i’m glad u came to visit us last Chinese New Year and all of us got to know u better. Really wished i could do more for you now… take care ok? Will be keeping you in my prayers.




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