Saturday, October 20, 2007

Fanart; #3: Of Six Beauties and a Golden Couple

The urge to make some fanart hit me that other day and I came up with a couple of banners. It's been awhile since I've made any stuff like this, so hopefully they're not too awful.

Click on the image to see it in its slightly bigger, original size, if you wish. :)

Bernice: The One and Only - I loved these pictures when I first saw them, because it was my first time seeing Bernice with such short hair, and she looked really good in the pictures. Just had to make a banner out of it. :)

Leila: Little Miss Special - I love the 'Little Miss' t-shirts and even own a few, and was even happier when I saw Leila modeling these. She's totally got the right look for these tee-shirts and they suit her own personal sense of style; cute and comfy, yet hip. These pictures were really cute.

Tavia, Myolie, Bernice & Leila: My four favourite young female TVB stars all with one thing in common. Hee.

Tavia: Simply Stunning - I think the caption really does say it all. Tavia really is, in all entirety, stunning to me. There's just a glow and elegance about her in these photos even though she's at three different events, dressed differently.

Myolie: Emanating a Light of Her Own - I find Myolie very classy in real life, contrasting to the tomboyish, stubborn character she always tends to play, and wanted to show that. I'd love for her to play a toned-down, silent character one day to really showcase the talent she truly has.

Selena Li: These pictures of Selena were very beautiful and certainly showed me another side of her. I really hope we get to see more of her soon because she really impressed me in To Grow With Love. Here's to hoping for more success in her career with TVB.

Linda: Sweet, yet Sultry - These are a set of pictures from the Next Magazine Awards photoshoot, but I think they show two very different, yet interesting sides to her, and decided to put them together.

Bernice & Moses: Undeniable whirlwind of desire - What can I say further about this rumoured couple? They are indeed one of my favourite, if not top favourite, pairings of all time. There's just so much going on between the both of them, so much chemistry on and off-screen, that it would be shame if they both didn't see it. Just my two cents. ;)


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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Video Spotlight; #4

Yes, another vid from yours truly not long after the previous one. I really should be studying, but I swear I get so distracted! Haha. And my distraction results in another fan video - this time one like my "Life Is Beautiful" one, if any of you have watched that.

It's another fanvid of the great times and friendships the TVB actors and actresses share. The comfortable interaction and the respect these guys have for each other is so evident and this song reflects just that. Contains clips of Moses Chan, Roger Kwok, Tavia Yeung, Flora Chan, Jessica Hsuan, Raymond Lam, Bernice Liu, Bosco Wong, Myolie Wu and Ron Ng. Also brief glimpses of Sammul Chan, Steven Ma, Bowie Lam, Kenix Kwok, Charmaine Sheh and many others. There are a lot of great moments with Flora in this one, so do watch it if you're a fan of hers.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

It's That Time of the Year Again, Part I

Yes, it's that time again when November rolls around, and the paparazzi have a field day with which actor/actress TVB has "chosen" to win the awards, and conjure up stories of catfights between the artists. Ah, what a pretty sight the annual TVB Anniversary Awards are.

But seriously, this is the most anticipated night in the TVB year. It's the night where the stars on the red carpet shine brighter than the stars in the sky. A night of glamour and glitz, the HK Oscars always promise jaw-dropping results. I, for one, have still not gotten over Kevin Cheng's win from last year.

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Here's what else happened last year. Charmaine Sheh bundled home two awards of Favourite Female Character and Best Actress, and not forgetting the honour of being the most talked about actress on chatterboxes throughout the TVB blogosphere for the following year. Kenneth Ma win Most Improved Male Actor in his rightful turn. Linda Chung, who was unbeknownst to me at that point in time, took home Most Improved Female in a very pretty white dress. One-eyed bandit, Steven Ma triumphed for his great portrayal of a character in Safe Guards. Kenny Wong proved that he could do something other than stand around and be topless by winning the Best Supporting Actor award, while Shirley Yeung took back the Best Supporting Actress award, strangely.

Gee, I wonder what surprises TVB has in store for us this year, then? Hopefully not too much.

TVB 40th Anniversary - Complete Nomination List

Best Actor

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1. Roger Kwok – Glittering Days
2. Bobby Au-Yeung –
Dicey Business
3. Joe Ma –
The Conquest
4. Ha Yu –
Heart Of Greed
5. Moses Chan –
Heart Of Greed
6. Michael Tse –
Family Link
7. Michael Tao –
On The First Beat
8. Ron Ng –
On The First Beat
9. Sammul Chan –
On The First Beat
10. Sunny Chan –
Green Grass Of Home
11. Kevin Cheng –
Devil's Disciples
12. Bosco Wong –
Devil's Disciples
13. Damien Lau –
Drive Of Life
14. Michael Miu –
Drive Of Life
15. Raymond Lam –
Drive Of Life
16. Wong Hei –
Fathers & Sons
17. Steven Ma –
18. Wayne Lai -
19. Dayo Wong –
Men Don't Cry
20. Yuen Biao –
The Ultimate Crime Fighter

First and foremost, as much as I sincerely love Roger Kwok, I hope he doesn't win again. I didn't watch Glittering Days and have no idea how it went, but no, he's already got it twice. I doubt he'd win a third time. I feel Michael Miu should've been nominated for Dicey Business instead of Drive of Life, and for goodness sake, Kevin in Devil's Disciples? I was hoping he'd have been nominated for Ultimate Crime Fighter instead, since from what I've heard of the character, it'll be a better shot of showcasing his acting skills. And wow, Wayne Lai in the Best Actor nominations? I think he's great, and that he deserves to win something because he just delivers again and again, but I'd much rather TVB nominate him in the Supporting category just because he'll have a better shot at it. Because sadly, this nomination is all he's getting this year and that sucks.

My favourites?

Bobby Au-Yeung –
Dicey Business, Moses Chan – Heart Of Greed, Damien Lau – Drive Of Life, Michael Miu – Drive Of Life, Raymond Lam – Drive Of Life, Wong Hei – Fathers & Sons, Steven Ma – Steps

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Damien Lau, Michael Miu and Ha Yu were classic in their respective roles, but somehow if memory serves me correctly, male veterans don't get very lucky with Best Actor Awards. Ex-manly-Burning Flame-lead, Wong Hei was hilarious as his house-husband, motherly role, while Steven Ma shone in a very relate-able role. And Raymond, well, I still stand by my opinion that he's the most talented out of all the young actors. He emotes so well.

Who I think should win?

Obviously, I think Moses should. He played a character that you would either love or hate. Most loved him. I know I did. He made me laugh and cry and hope and root for him all at the same time. He was hilarious in his funny moments and emitted a bittersweet, tragic look when he cried. To me, he was the character. He put his heart and soul into it, and gave the character growth and gradual maturity. And that's why I think he should win. That's why I think he deserves to win.

Who I think will win?

I hope I'm not jinxing anything when I say I really think it's Moses' year this year. I just think so. Keep those fingers crossed!


Best Actress

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1. Liza Wang - Glittering Days
2. Charmaine Sheh - Glittering Days
3. Jessica Hsuan - Dicey Business
4. Tavia Yeung - Dicey Business
5. Michelle Yim - The Brink Of Law
6. Shirley Yeung - The Brink Of Law
7. Myolie Wu - War And Destiny
8. Lee Sze Kei - Heart Of Greed
9. Susanna Kwan - Heart Of Greed
10. Linda Chung - Heart Of Greed
11. Sheren Tang - Family Link
12. Kiki Sheung - Family Link
13. Sonija Kwok - On The First Beat
14. Christine Ng - The Green Grass Of Home
15. Sharon Chan - Devil’s Disciples
16. Bernice Liu - Steps
17. Kate Tsui - Steps
18. Cecilia Yip - Men Don’t Cry
19. Yoyo Mung - The Ultimate Crime Fighter
20. Gigi Lai - The Ultimate Crime Fighter

I don't see how you can give someone an award based on a show that has only aired halfway through, so I hope neither Yoyo or Gigi gets the award, as good as the Ultimate Crime Fighter might be. I have nothing against them, but I just really never saw the point of letting half a show be contested. It's like letting half a song win a Grammy Award. I'm actually rather surprised that Kate, although showing improvement, was nominated over Esther Kwan.

My favourites?

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Jessica Hsuan - Dicey Business, Tavia Yeung - Dicey Business, Michelle Yim - The Brink Of Law, Lee Sze Kei - Heart Of Greed, Susanna Kwan - Heart Of Greed, Bernice Liu - Steps

Bernice has no chance whatsoever of winning Best Actress, but she's just a personal favourite of mine. Tavia did fantastic in Dicey Business, the role which changed her career and her life, but unfortunately she's up against such big guns. Jessica was great as usual. But...

Who I think should win?

I actually really want Michelle Yim to win. She was brilliant in Brink of Law as the cunning Sung Kam Chi - her glare practically shot daggers. And later, she was awesome in a complete 180 as the strong, yet worldly Auntie Lei in Heart of Greed. However, Susanna Kwan was also exceptional in Heart of Greed as the greedy Wong Sau Kam. I honestly wanted to slap her; that's just how good she was. I also heard she was the complete opposite in Glittering Days, but still as convincing. I must be one of the few who is rooting for Susanna over Lee Sze Kei.

Who I think will win?

The press is making it a showdown between Lee Sze Kei and Susanna Kwan and I think it's going to Lee Sze Kei. Her status at TVB gives her a huge edge over Susanna and it's obvious everybody respects her a lot. She did a good job, but it's just that I felt more emotion from the other two veterans.


Best Supporting Actor

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1. Paul Chun – Glittering Days
2. Benz Hui – Dicey Business
3. Power Chan – The Conquest
4. Ngoh Wah – The Brink Of Law
5. Law Lok Lam – The Brink Of Law
6. Jack Wu – Ten Brothers
7. Chui Wing – Best Selling Secrets
8. Wong Cho Lam - Best Selling Secrets
9. Stephen Au - Best Selling Secrets
10. Lau Dan – War And Destiny
11. Sek Sau – War And Destiny
12. Evergreen Mak – Life Art
13. Chris Lai – Heart Of Greed
14. Louis Yuen – Heart Of Greed
15. Kenneth Ma – Family Link
16. Derek Kwok – Family Link
17. Al Wei – Family Link
18. Johnson Lee - Devil's Disciples
19. Ng Wai Kwok – Drive Of Life
20. Bryan Leung – The Ultimate Crime Fighter

I don't know about you, but I actually don't think Ngoh Wah or Ng Wai Kwok did very good jobs. I actually felt like fast-forwarding through their scenes and am not a fan of either of their performances. Again, I wish Wayne was nominated in this category instead. He'd get my vote, hands down. I'm actually surprised Chris Lai was nominated. Bosco, in my opinion was more supporting actor in Heart of Greed rather than lead, and should have been nominated instead of Chris. Didn't watch The Conquest, but heard Power Chan did awesome as he usually does.

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My favourites?

Benz Hui - Dicey Business,
Law Lok Lam – The Brink Of Law, Wong Cho Lam - Best Selling Secrets, Louis Yuen – Heart Of Greed, Derek Kwok – Family Link

I've only watched clips of Best Selling Secrets, but if his performance in Heavenly In-Laws is anything to go by, I hope Wong Cho Lam is in the top five. His deadpan expressions just crack me up. I thought Law Lok Lam was likeable in his role in Brink of Law, but probably not enough for TVB to put him in the final five. Didn't watch Family Link, but it's about damn time the underrated Derek Kwok is recognised for something that he does.

Who I think should win?

I've always loved watching Benz Hui but his role in Dicey Business brought it to a whole new dimension for me. He was just classic in his sidekick, camp-ish role in Dicey Business. He was so loveable and while I felt his character's death was necessary for the plot, that didn't stop me from crying when he died because it was such a shame. Every 'Honey' and 'Baby' he uttered while referring to Michael and Bobby made me giggle.

Who I think will win?

I think it's between Louis Yuen and Benz Hui, but Benz to prevail in the end.


Best Supporting Actress

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1. Halina Tam - Glittering Days
2. Yoyo Chen - Best Selling Secrets
3. Mimi Lo - The Change Of Destiny
4. Leila Tong - Family Link
5. Florence Kwok - On The First Beat
6. Gigi Wong - Drive Of Life
7. Toby Leung - Drive Of Life
8. Mary Hon Ma Li - Fathers And Sons
9. Fala Chen - Steps
10. Claire Yiu - Steps
11. Charmaine Li -Men Don’t Cry
12. Natalie Tong - The Ultimate Crime Fighter

Yoyo Chen, Charmaine Li, Toby Leung and Natalie Tong? I hope they don't pull a Shirley Yeung and take home this year's Best Supporting Actress. They're still too young and still too new at TVB. I do like Yoyo and Natalie, but maybe in five year's time it'll be their time?

Oh and also, why are there so many more Best Supporting Actor nominations than there are Best Supporting Actress? How...sexist. Lol.

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My favourites?

Leila Tong - Family Link, Florence Kwok - On the First Beat, Mary Hon - Fathers and Sons, Claire Yiu - Steps

I didn't watch Leila and Florence in their respective nominated roles, but I like them both and think they deserve to win something. Sadly, it's been awhile since TVB made good deserving choices, so I don't know. Hopefully they prove me wrong this year.

Who I think should win?

Goodness, for some reason, this feels even tougher than the Best Actress Award. Lol. Claire Yiu did a great job, I felt. It's the first time I've connected with her on-screen. Her Yau Lam Lam was very simple, yet likeable. Mary Hon has always been fabulous in every role she plays. She's been a very dependable supporting actress throughout the years and can always be counted upon for solid performances. My vote goes to either one of them.

Who I think will win?

For some reason, I think it's going to be Gigi Wong. Just a random prediction.


I've never been very good at predictions but that was just for a bit of fun. We'll see if my luck has gotten any better over the years! Haha. Second half of the nominations and my picks coming up another day.

[You've seen my picks - now why don't you tell me yours? Remember to vote in the 1st Annual "Glaze-Over of TVB" Awards by clicking HERE.]

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The #1 Annual "Glaze-Over of TVB" Awards - The Nominations!

What is the Annual "Glaze-Over of TVB" Awards, and why should I vote?

The Annual "Glaze-Over of TVB" Awards is this blog's version of the TVB Anniversary Awards. It has all the same categories as the TVB Anniversary Awards, plus an added number of equally deserving nominees. Here, we break all the TVB rules - not only do we have the usual categories, but we have fun, just-for-laughs categories as well. Where else are you going to find a "Most Annoying Character" Award?

Furthermore, these awards take into account all the series that viewers have seen through the year, be it on TV or from the Internet. Yes, this means that series that have been released "overseas" are eligible as well!

Every year, fans are allowed to vote for the TVB Anniversary Awards, but the final result is "decided" upon by TVB. The Annual "Glaze-Over of TVB" Awards are your chance to have your say as the final results as based solely on your votes and nothing else.

How do I vote?

Easy! Simply look over the list of nominations below for the various categories, and choose your favourites. Then, open up your email, copy and paste the below categories into the email and fill in your favourites! Be sure to specify the series the person you're voting for was in because some of them are nominated for multiple series. Send the email to, and leave the rest to me. In the meantime, feel free to tell all your friends to vote! Yes, it's that easy.

Best Actor (max. 3 votes):
Best Actress (max. 3 votes):
Best Supporting Actor (max. 3 votes):
Best Supporting Actress (max. 3 votes):
Most Improved Actor (max. 2 votes):
Most Improved Actress (max. 2 votes):
Most Favourite Male Character (max. 5 votes):
Most Favourite Female Character (max. 5 votes):
Best Romantic Partnership (max. 5 votes):
Best Non-Romantic Partnership (max. 3 votes):
Best Father Figure (max. 3 votes):
Best Mother Figure (max. 3 votes):
Best Villain (max. 2 votes):
Most Annoying Character (max. 2 votes):
The "Ick Factor" Award (max. 2 votes):
The Best Kiss Award (max. 2 votes):
The "I-Wanted-More-of-Them" Award (max. 2 votes):
My Favourite Ensemble Award (max. 2 votes):
Best Ending Award (max. 2 votes):
Most Atrocious Hairstyle Award (max. 2 votes):
My Favourite Cameo Appearance (max. 2 votes):
My Favourite Sing-Along Theme Song (max. 3 votes):
Best Poster (max. 2 votes):
Best Series (max. 2 votes):

How many times can I vote?

You should only send in one e-mail with all your votes in it, but in each category, you can vote for more than one person. The maximum number of votes you may cast in one category are denoted above.

You didn't nominate one of my favourites. Can I still vote for him/her?

A Glaze-Over of TVB did not watch all of the series above, and hence, cannot make an objective judgement on who should be best nominated from those series it did not watch. However, after initial research done and opinions by other fellow fans, it has tried to come up with the best list of nominees for the major categories, i.e. Best Actor/Actress, Supporting and Most Improved categories.

In fact, there are four categories with no nominees, and this is where you come in with your opinions and choices!

If you still really feel like a deserving actor/actress has been left out, these awards are flexible. Do let me know who I have left out, and why you feel like he/she deserves a nomination and he/she just might be added to the nominations. There also will be some categories where you are encouraged to nominate your own favourites; this will be stated under the category explanations below.

Can I only vote in some categories?

The answer is, yes, of course! As said before, these awards are flexible and you can vote for only the categories you wish and just simply leaving the other fields blank.

How long do I have to vote?

Of course, it would be best if you could submit your vote as soon as possible so that A Glaze-Over of TVB could start on the tabulation early. However, voting closes on the 17th of November, 2007. All votes received after then are void. The results will tentatively be released a week later, on the 24th of November, 2007.

Who are the nominees?

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The Best Actor/Actress Award
- The name says it all. Cast your votes for the man & woman whom you think did the best job in a leading role.

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The Best Supporting Actor/Actress Awards
- Often overlooked by many for the success of the series, it is the time to give these talented actors and actress in a supporting role some love.

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The Most Improved Actor/Actress Awards (left out earlier; thanks Shirley for pointing it out) - The guy and the girl who has caught your eye for improving the most throughout the previous year - who will it be?

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My Favourite Male/Female Character Awards (also left out earlier, thanks to Shirley once again for noticing it!): Every year there are some characters that catch your eye. It may be the way the character was written, or the way the character was fleshed out by the actor/actress themselves that make them your favourites. But, they make you laugh and cry with them; hope and have faith with them; root for them because there's just that special something about them.

If you have already voted but left out these four categories because of my blur-ness, feel free to send me another email with your votes for these categories! :)

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Best Romantic/Non-Romantic Partnership Awards: A Glaze-Over of TVB brings back the 'crowd favourite award' that has been abolished by TVB. Vote for the partnerships you feel bring the most sizzle and chemistry to your screen, so much that you actually believed it was real.

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Best Father/Mother Figure Award: Ah, parental figures. Where would we be without them? Vote for your favourite TVB fathers and mothers in this category. Not only are actual mothers and fathers nominated, but brothers and sisters who assume parental roles are nominated too!

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The Best Villain Award:
These are the people who make evil and conniving look so delicious. They are convincing, they do hell of a good job, and you have to admit, the series wouldn't have been such a gripping watch, if not for their presence.
(My apologies - Kwok Fung should have been nominated for Dicey Business, and not Heart of Greed, as it says in the list above. Forgive the typo.)

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Most Annoying Character Award:
How many times have you watched a TVB series and felt like reaching through your screen to award a character a slap simply just because he/she was so annoying?

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The Most Atrocious Hairstyle Award:
Everybody's a director when it comes to TVB, and certainly, everyone's a stylist when it comes to TVB. How many times have you watched a series, and think to youself, "Gosh, I would have done things differently!" Pick out the hairstyle you have wanted to change the most for these characters.
(Note: Power Chan is nominated for his incredibly awful wig in the early stages of DOL.)

My Favourite Cameo Appearance Award: Some actors and actresses appear for only a few episodes in a series to make a cameo. There were plenty throughout the year, but which ones brightened up the series and were your favourites? Feel free to nominate your own favourite cameos for this category.

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The 'Ick Factor' Award:
The name says it all, vote for the moment you felt make your stomach squirm the most. Feel free to nominate other moments you felt disgusted by in this category.

Additional nomination for The 'Ick' Factor - Chan Hung Lit trying to seduce Kam Yin Ling by reliving the old file (Best Selling Secrets) - thanks cF!

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The Best Kiss Award:
Nominate your favourite kisses for this award. It could be a simple peck on the cheek from son to father, a sweet smooch in a romantic setting or an intense kiss filled with passion. TVB has become more generous with their kissing scenes these days, so there's a huge pool for you to take your pick from!

The "I-Wanted-More-of-Them" Award: Time and time again you watch a series and wished that there would be more scenes of a certain someone, or a certain partnership. These people don't have large enough roles to be considered supporting, but yet, the series wouldn't feel the same without them because they steal almost every scene they are in.

The Best Ending Award: TVB is infamous for having perfectly fine series end on a stupid, contrived note. This award is for you to honour the best ending in a TVB series. It could a happy ending, an ending where the villains got their 'just desserts' or even a bittersweet ending, if that floats your boat. It's entirely up to you!

The My Favourite Ensemble Award: Many a time would you decide to watch a series only because you like one of the actors/actresses in it and nobody else. This here is a chance for you to vote for your favourite ensemble in a series. Which group of actors and actresses from a series collectively made it on your favourite list? (Note: You are voting for a series cast as a whole e.g. the entire Heart of Greed cast, Best Selling Secrets cast, etc.)

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My Favourite Sing-Along Theme Song Award: I'm pretty sure this one needs no introduction. The themes are such a big part of the series that every time you hear it, you just immediately think of the series. Vote for your favourites!

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The Best Poster Award: Vote for the poster you felt was most creative, most beautiful, the poster that reflected the mood and story of the series the best.

The Best Series Award: Simple - which one was your favourite of the year?


If there are any other questions, do leave a comment on the tag-board, or in the comments to this post. You could also send an email to! The person behind this blog is extremely friendly and doesn't bite, so feel free to ask away! Remember, to spread the news and tell everyone to vote, vote, vote! :) A Glaze-Over of TVB will be waiting for those emails, then!


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Monday, October 08, 2007

There and Back Again; Chapter 2

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Chapter 2 - You and I Collide

"Even the best fall down sometimes
Even the wrong words seem to rhyme
Out of the doubt that fills my mind
I somehow find
You and I collide." - Howie Day, Collide

Additional characters:
Chris Lai Lok Yi - Joe Sung
Mary Hon Ma Lei- Lan Yee (Auntie Lan)
Joel Chan San Chung - Ah Lok


“Noelle!” the man ran after her, a bead of sweat running down the side of his forehead. “Stop running from me!”

Angry, she spun around and glared at him. “Do you not understand simple Cantonese? I said, that I didn’t want to see you. Ever again,” she spoke clearly, enunciating every word. “Now stop chasing after me, you’re making a scene! We’re in a hospital car park for goodness sakes!”

“But I love you!”

She stared at him. “We only went out on two dates, Ah Lok,” she muttered dryly.

“I knew I loved you from the moment I set eyes on you!” the guy protested some more.

Noelle (Bernice Liu) rolled her eyes. ‘Where was that Ben when you need him most to pretend to be your boyfriend?’ she thought to herself. Her eyes roamed the car park, scanning for Ben’s familiar build, but she came up short. It was relatively empty, save for that one tall guy who had just parked and was now making his way towards the hospital entrance.

As though reading her thoughts, Ah Lok (Joel Chan) continued. “Is it that Ben that you’re coming here to visit?” he gestured to the hospital.

Not paying much attention to Ah Lok’s rambling, Noelle’s eyes zeroed in on the tall guy again. Sorry, but you’ll have to do, she thought to herself. “No,” she said firmly. “It’s not Ben. In fact, speaking of the devil, there he is,” she pointed to the tall guy. “That’s my new boyfriend.”

“I don’t believe it,” he said stubbornly.

Noelle wanted to knock her head against the nearest wall. What on earth had possessed her to date this clingy man was beyond her. Finally, mustering up all her strength, she plastered a smile on her face and called out in a sickly-sweet tone. “Baby!” To her luck, the guy turned and glanced at her and she smiled at him. “Baby! Over here!” she called up again, running over to him and linking her arm with his.

Taken aback, the guy just stared at her. “Yes?”

“Sweetie, I just want to introduce you to Ah Lok. He doesn’t believe we’re dating.”

“Oh,” the guy said.

Ah Lok eyed them warily. “What does this guy have that I don’t?”

He’s probably not as possessive as you are actually, Noelle thought to herself some more. “He’s everything you’re not actually. So yes, please leave me alone. He doesn’t like it when I talk to other men, don’t you?”

The guy raised an eyebrow at her coolly and just nodded at Ah Lok. Noelle took this as her cue and maneuvered the both of them through the glass doors of the hospital, her arm still linked with his. Once the glass doors closed safely behind them, she let out a breath of relief. “Hey thanks for that just now,” she turned to face her saviour. “He was getting way too needy.”

He looked at her coolly. “Trust me, if he hadn’t been shouting so loudly in front of the hospital and giving men a bad name by sounding so desperate, I wouldn’t have given you the time of the day,” he said. “I have better taste.” With that, he strode off, leaving her there fuming, with her jaw dropped.


“Why do we have to do this twice a year, and at this dump, of all places?” Joe (Chris Lai) asked, while fiddling with the keys of his cell phone.

Michael (Bosco Wong) turned sideways to glance at him. “Nobody said you had to come with me, you know.”

Annoyed, but not stupid enough to say another word, Joe kept his lips tightly clammed together and tried to keep up with the quick, confident steps of his buddy.

“Appointment for Michael Lam,” Joe finally spoke up, as they reached the nurses’ station, while Michael stood beside him, both hands shoved into the pocket of his pants. As though on cue, several nurses behind the station started whispering. It wasn’t clear to the ear what they were whispering about, but both Michael and Joe knew what it was. It was the same every time they came. All of them wanted a shot at Michael, and sometimes he was interested for a fling, but today he just wasn’t.

“Right this way, Mr. Lam,” the nurse smiled flirtatiously at him while leading him to one of the waiting rooms.

Not bothering to say anything, Michael merely nodded and made his way inside.

“Dude, some of those nurses were hot.”

Michael glared at him. “I’m here to get my checkup just because Lan Yee (Mary Hon) wants me to. Not to hit on some nurses.”

Joe held up both hands and backed off. Michael got this gleam in his eye when he didn’t want to be irritated and Joe was only all too accustomed to that look. He got this way whenever he came for a checkup. Joe, over the years, had put the habit down to annoyance at being forced to do something that he didn’t want to do.

A knock sounded at the door, and a nurse came into the room. “Are you ready, Mr. Lam?”

Michael nodded, “You can go out now, Joe. You don’t need to hold my hand through this you know.” Joe shrugged, and left the room.

The nurse bustled around, readying her equipment. “Is he your brother?”

“Do we look like we’re brothers?” the cool answer came.

She shrugged. “Well, he seemed concerned.”

“He doesn’t need to be.”

She took one glance at him, studying him closely, but as soon as she did that, he averted her gaze. She studied him while she prepared the needle, something which she had learnt to do subtly throughout her years. His chest rose a tad too rapidly, and he kept on tapping his right foot against the floor. Signs of nerve, she noted, smiling to herself.

Michael glanced at a piece of imaginary lint on his sleeve, wondering if the nurse would hurry up. If it weren’t for Lan Yee forcing him to do these check-ups, he would even been here right now. Both his parents had died of internal sicknesses, sicknesses that could have been avoided if detected early. Unfortunately, neither had that luxury.

Lan Yee had always been afraid that the sicknesses would have been hereditary and insisted that both MC and him gotten check-ups since they were ten. Blood tests, x-rays, body check-ups, the lot. Luckily for her, MC was now a doctor and perfectly capable of doing regular check-ups – one less grown man for her to worry about.

“So, umm, it’s nice to have the English Premier League trophy back where it belongs, huh?” she approached him, bring her tray of equipment with her.

Michael glanced up at her, an eyebrow raised, not sure if he had heard her right.

She laughed, a sweet soft laugh. “Manchester United fan, aren’t you?” she said, nodding at his stylish Manchester United collector’s watch.

A little impressed at her sharp eye and her mention of football, he nodded. “Are you a fellow fan too?”

“Absolutely,” she nodded, as she dabbed as his wrist, cleaning the area as she spoke. “Who’s your favourite player?”

One corner of his mouth lifted as he pondered her question. “It’s gotta be Ryan Giggs. Who’s yours?”

She grinned. “Take a wild guess.”

“Don’t tell me it’s Cristiano Ronaldo. All the girls like him.”

“Well, he’s good. And by that I don’t mean his looks. I’m not that shallow!” she laughed. “It’s Gary Neville.”

“Him?” he asked, startled. “That’s rare.”

“Hey, one of the most reliable, most underrated, most passionate right-backs in the world. What’s not to like?” she laughed at the confusion on his face.

”Nah, it’s just that girls rarely name him as their fav- OW!” Michael yelped as he looked at his wrist.

Deftly, she removed her syringe and replaced it with a swab of cotton, her fingers pressing firmly on it. “There you go.” She took his hand with her other hand and propped his fingers there, mirroring hers. Her touch was soft, yet firm. “Just apply pressure for a little while and you’ll be all good to go.”

“Thanks,” he mumbled.

She laughed again at his dazed look. “I don’t know if you look confused because Gary Neville’s my favourite player or because I just took a blood sample without you noticing.”

Michael allowed himself to laugh a little with her. “I think it’s both.” He paused, and then opened his mouth to speak again. “How did…” his voice trailed off.

“…I know you were nervous?” she smiled. “Hey, I’m a nurse. You’d be a bit worried if I couldn’t tell, wouldn’t you?” She placed his blood sample into a clear bag and sealed it. “Besides, I never pass down a chance to discuss football with anyone.”

He smiled at her, clearly seeing her for the first time. Bright, kind eyes behind thick-framed glasses, hair neatly pulled back in a ponytail, slender hands, and a pretty smile.

“And don’t worry,” she whispered conspirationally, smiling as she did so. “I won’t tell your friend you were scared.”

He laughed, despite the situation, and as she turned around to go, he caught a glimpse of her name tag.

'Tam Suet Lei', it said.


Ka Ching (Leila Tong) creased the piece of pink paper into place and smiled, putting the pink paper crane on her bedside table. She’d always wanted to learn origami when she was a little girl, but never had the patience. Her mother and her brother used to teach her when she was young, but as a little kid, she would get frustrated and tear up the paper to pieces when she couldn’t get it right. It was only after she’d been diagnosed with cancer that she had all the time in the world to perfect the craft. Months and months of sitting in bed, waiting for the time to come where she would be fine again. All that gave her patience.

“That’s really pretty.”

“Gosh, Dr. Chai, you scared me!” Ka Ching put a hand to her heart, feeling it race. “I didn’t hear you come in.”

Ben (Raymond Lam) grinned easily. “You were in your own little bubble. You wouldn’t even have noticed me if I had done a little dance on your table, trust me.” He reached for her chart and ticked a few things off it. “And besides, I’ve told you, it’s Ben, not Dr. Chai.”

“Wanna bet?” she teased. “I’m pretty impartial to dances on my table. I’ll give you a paper crane,” she gestured to her bedside table.

Ben laughed. “You think the hospital pays me enough for me to start giving out dances to patients as well? You know, we actually hire clowns to come in for the weekend to entertain the children’s ward. I think you’d fit right in there.”

Ka Ching pretended to be insulted. “Are you saying I’m a kid?”

He laughed. “No, no, of course not. I’m just saying it might be good for you to get out of this room for awhile. Plus, the children’s ward is pretty fun.”

“I’ll keep that in mind.”

“So, do I still get a paper crane?” Ben held out his palm after hanging her chart back on the foot of her bed.

Ka Ching reached over for the blue paper crane and plopped it into his hand. “You’ve taken my payment, now you owe me that dance!” she joked.

Ben laughed with her. “We see. See you tomorrow.”

She smiled. “See you.”

Turning to the pink paper crane, she smiled once again.


“There you are!” Ben exclaimed as Noelle sat down next to Suet Lei, exhaling noisily. “Where have you been? We were starting to think that you'd forgotten all about lunch with us.”

Noelle rolled her eyes. “I got lost. This hospital is like a crazy labyrinth of white corridors.”

Suet Lei (Tavia Yeung) giggled as she took a sip from her bottle of water. “I forgot how bad you were with directions.”

“I am not.”

“Am too,” Ben teased her. “You couldn’t make your way from one end of the campus to the other end back when we were in Form 2.”

“I was not that bad!” Noelle protested. “And besides, I met the most annoying creature on Planet Earth.”

Suet Lei raised an eyebrow. “Gee, are you making enemies already? In case you’ve forgotten, your two best friends work here.”

“Exactly. We have a reputation to uphold,” Ben joked.

Noelle glared at them both. “Remind me again, why I’m best friends with you both?”

Ben laughed at her. “Hey, calm down. Let’s get you some food in your tummy before you start telling us all about this annoying creature.”

The three of them got up and queued up with their trays at the cafeteria counter, with Noelle filling them in about her morning along the way.

“So wait, that Ah Lok guy, is that the one that you met at the mall that other day while we were shopping?” Suet Lei asked.

“That’s the very one.” Noelle gestured with her fork. “The one that worked at the sporting apparel department. How was I to know that someone who looked like him still asked his mother for permission before going out to a movie with me?”

Ben snorted. “You can’t be serious. Are you dating ten year olds now, Noelle?”

She glared at him, while Suet Lei chuckled at their antics. “And to top things off, he’s so damn clingy and possessive.”

“You need to stop serial-dating and start looking properly,” Suet Lei admonished. “Maybe you need to focus on something else.”

“Precisely,” Ben chimed in.

Noelle sighed dramatically. “I’m not even looking. They’re the ones who throw themselves at me all the time.”

“I don’t see Suet Lei having the same problem,” Ben turned to Suet Lei and grinned.

Suet Lei reached over and hit him playfully on the back of his head. “No thanks. I’d rather not get myself into the fixes which this girl does on a daily basis.”

“You know, there was this guy I met that would be perfect for you,” Noelle pondered, putting a finger on her chin as she tried to remember his name.

“Ugh, no thanks,” Suet Lei shuddered. “No Ah Loks for me. So, he was the annoying creature you were referring to, huh?”

Noelle’s eyes widened in anger as she remembered what had gotten her so irritated that morning. “No, there was another annoying creature. I was trying to get rid of Ah Lok so badly, so I pulled this guy in the carpark towards me and pretended that he was my new boyfriend. So, yeah, at first he played along and I felt totally grateful. But then when I thanked him, he insulted me and told me that he had better taste,” she complained in one huge breath.

Ben and Suet Lei’s jaws dropped. “I can’t believe you got an absolute stranger to pretend to be your boyfriend!” Suet Lei laughed.

“Neither can I,” a cool, yet somewhat familiar voice came from behind them.

Noelle whipped around, her mouth open. “You.”

“Likewise,” Dr. MC Lam (Moses Chan) stood there, staring down at her, smirking.

Ben shook his head. What a small world this was turning out to be. Standing up, he reached out to clap MC on the back. “MC, what a coincidence.”

“Ben,” MC greeted him. “So, this woman is one of yours and Nurse Tam’s friends?” he asked, ignoring Noelle’s angry stare.

Suet Lei smiled forcefully. “Looks like you guys have already met. Noelle, this is Dr. MC Lam, assistant to the head of neurosurgery here. Dr. Lam, this is Noelle, our good friend from high school.”

MC nodded, smirking again at Noelle. “And where’s your friend from this morning?”

Noelle glared at him again, her cheeks turning a shade of pink from both embarrassment and fury, not able to come up with an answer.

Ben shrugged awkwardly as MC said goodbye and walked off. “Well, err… that went well.”

“Now tell me, isn’t that the most infuriating loser to ever grace the surface of the earth?” Noelle glared in his direction. “He sure has some nerve to- to-”, she paused, at a loss for words again.

Suet Lei cringed. “Well, Dr. Lam’s renowned for being cool and somewhat cocky. That’s just how he is,” she soothed, passing Noelle a cup of cola.

Ben nodded. “Look on the bright side. At least you’ll never have to see Ah Lok or him ever again.”

Noelle finally calmed down and nodded. “See that MC Lam again? Over my dead body!”


Michael and Joe walked out of Yan Sang hospital; the sun immediately beating down on their faces as they came out into the open. Usually, after completing all his routine tests and coming out to a beautiful warm day like this one would have thrilled Michael. He would’ve had Joe call up a couple of their other buddies for golf, or perhaps a night out clubbing later. But somehow today, he felt like neither.

“So, that nurse who took your blood,” Joe smirked. “She was pretty hot, wasn’t she?”

Michael glared at his friend. “I didn’t notice.”

“You didn’t? Whoa, I sure did. She had it all hidden behind her unflattering nurse uniform and those glasses, but I could see a hot piece of-”

“Goddammit, Joe! I came to do a routine check-up, not to pick up girls!”

Joe held up both hands. “Okay, relax! I just thought you noticed too, and might have even gotten her number or something. I mean, it’s not everyday you see a pretty nurse that might fulfill all those hot nurse fantasies, you know.”

Michael glared at him one more time, and Joe immediately shut up. Again, he knew better than to continue rambling on. Michael had mood swings, and this was definitely one of those times, although he couldn’t for the life of him imagine why. Maybe when you were rich, Joe mused to himself, you could have PMS whenever you liked.

Michael ignored his friend, immersed in his own thoughts. Strangely, he didn’t feel like he always did after every previous check up. He hated coming here. He hated the smell of medicine, he hated the bland white walls, he hated the stupid nurses whispering behind his back every time he turned, he hated the fact that his brother worked here and that Lan Yee insisted on him coming here for that very same reason. But somehow today, he felt unnerved. This time, he felt different, and he felt like coming back.


So wow, Chapter 2 finally up after the longest wait ever. I sincerely apologise for that. I had so much inspiration when I started the fic, and now I've lost it all. Someone should really bottle up inspiration and sell it - they'll make big bucks! Haha. But anyway, what did you think of this chapter? Am I hurrying things along too quickly? Or too slowly? Who else would you like to see in this fanfiction? And oh, do you like my poster for this fic? Be sure to give me some feedback. :)


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