Anywhere but here!
Sun Quan with Sword
I'd rather be subbing TK, making cookies, or doing ANYTHING ELSE. Anything else but stuck here writing a research report and thinking about how much it'll suck tonight when I'll be riding my bike through this horrible wind/rain/cold to go write an exam. Gah. So instead of being productive, I'm looking at pictures of places that make me happy. This is pretty random. Maybe one day I'll write up real travel posts.

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The only Xiao Qiao screenshots you'll get from me
Sun Quan with Sword
As much as I dislike Xiao Qiao in Three Kingdoms 2010 and find her ugly, I did find one scene where she's not entirely hideous but is actually quite cute. Well, enjoy it while it lasts. This is a Chinese historical drama, you know...

Oh, Zhou Yu, you don't know whose line this was, do you...?

And, folks, this is all the Zhou Yu/Xiao Qiao screenshots you'll ever get from me. I much prefer Zhou Yu in slash ships, such as with Lu Meng:

I love this guy.

This scene in Ep 40 is particularly incriminating, hehehe.

Baby Sun Quan
Chocolate chip and cranberry.

(Recipe modified from this)

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Combine flour and baking soda; stir into the wet ingredients. Mix in the chocolate chips and cranberries. (DO NOT OVERMIX!) Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. For best results, take them out while they are still doughy. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

  • Initially it may look like there's too much flour for the amount of wet ingredients. Fear not, doubting Thomas, it will work out.
  • 8 min makes a delicious soft/chewy cookie.
  • I've reduced the amount of sugar by half and the chocolate by 1/4 cup, but the result is still almost too sweet for me.
Loooooooove homemade cookies~~~
(I'm really indulging myself tonight. What came before this was linguine with cream cheese and mushroom sauce, with pan-seared scallops. And this is all after going to see my doctor earlier today on a suspected heart problem... :-P)

More randomness, as promised
Sun Quan smile
Three Kingdoms behind-the-scenes photos:

Lu Bu: "Yo, Zhou Yu. Battle at Shouchun tonight. 7 o'clock sharp. Be there or be square."

Zhou Yu: "Sorry, not this time. If I don't go home for dinner again Xiao Qiao's gonna have my head."

How Zhuge Liang collects military intelligence.

If you can't beat them by being powerful, beat them by looking cool.

Zhao Yun and horse:

When normal arrows can't kill Zhao Yun, they had to upgrade their weapons:

Sun Ce: "Why are you looking at me like that? Is there something on my face?"

Sun Quan: "I wonder when they'll ever finish renovating my palace..."

"Go kill Yuan Shao! Go kill Yuan Shao! Go kill Yuan Shao!"

What really happened in Ep 6 of Three Kingdoms
Baby Sun Quan
Sun Jian, styled Isildur, and his sons examining the aftermath of the battle between the Last Alliance and the evil Dong Zhuo:

Cheng Pu recognizes the One Seal:

Sun Jian incredulous:

Cheng Pu explains:

The Seal Inscription:

The Shadow of the Past:

And we all know how the Seal consumed and corrupted Sun Jian's mind, and eventually betrayed him, who was ambushed and shot to death by a river... If he had taken Sun Quan's advice and gotten rid of the Seal right there and then, he wouldn't have died, and the Middle Kingdom might have been spared warfare and destruction...

And then the seal found its way into the hands of one Yuan Shu, styled Gollum:

YWotYC detox--aka, when LW learns to embed videos
Sun Quan with Sword
Went cold-turkey on Young Warriors of the Yang Clan a couple of days ago. Needed to reclaim my life. (And also to let the Yangs be happy together for a bit more. I know the only bad thing in ep 29 is Pan Ying (die freak die!) but I'm still content to wallow in the happiness achieved in ep 28.)

I reclaimed my life, got some RL work out of the way... just to lose that life again when I inadvertently found out how insanely Three Kingdoms has been slashed by Chinese netizens. MVs exist for all kinds of pairings: Cao Cao/Chen Gong, Cao Cao/Xun Yu, Cao Cao/Liu Bei, Cao Cao/Emperor Xian (ok I admit that one is too disturbing even for me to watch), Liu Bei/Zhao Yun, Liu Bei/Zhuge Liang... and of course in Wu/Southland everyone is slashed with everyone else.

I'm not really into slash fiction but some of these MVs are really beautiful.

Here's is one that I love best. Featuring what's one of my favourite Cantopop songs now and also the most beautiful and heart-wrenching moments of Wu history. In order of appearance: Sun Jian, Sun Ce, Sun Quan (the grown-up Sun Quan is every bit as cute and smart and delectable (??) as baby Quan), Zhou Yu, Lu Su, Lu Meng, and Lu Xun (the four generations of Grand Commanders of the Southland... ah, the curse of early deaths in the Southland!).

Sun Quan/Zhou Yu (again, unrequited---Zhou Yu's heart is forever with Sun Ce, and he's too proud to adjust his vision to match Sun Quan's. But Sun Quan really needs Zhou Yu's service as the latter controlled the entire Southland military... makes for one heck of a (political) relationship).

And of course nothing is perfect without some Sun Jian love! The first half recaps the historical account of Sun Jian's life, and the second half is where the fun stuff is. ^_^ Among the Chinese fandom, the Jade Seal is known as the "Chestnut Cake".

YWotYC, I love you and will come back to you soon. I promise. I want to see more Seven + OTP action

I love this but I don't like the foreshadowing AT ALL
Sun Quan with Sword
Perhaps, to you, he was being heartless.
However, he acted out of love and faithfulness to the world.

He is a hero.

I know
you thought he betrayed you,
and so you took it to heart.

But the fault was not his,
and nor were you not good enough;
your feelings for him were not in vain either---

Because the one whom you have loved
is a true man, a hero of an indomitable spirit.

And even to this day,
his love for you
has not wavered one bit.


Episode 28.

Forgive me, Papa Yang! I fell for the damned screenwriters' red herring! Oh, me of little faith, how could I have ever doubted your love for Mama Yang, even for a fraction of a second?

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Sun Quan with Sword
I tossed and turned in bed for the last few nights, wondering if I should tough it out and watch the Young Warriors of the Yang Clan to the bitter end.

Stories of injustice and people dying and such really affect me so I foresee myself being depressed for months afterwards.

But I have this strange feeling that I somehow owe it to the awesome Yang family to witness their heroics all the way to the end, no matter what the end is.

Argh! Torn!

You'd think that being Chinese I should be completely desensitized to this by now. After all, 9 out of 10 of the most important stories and pieces of literature in the Chinese culture are depressing as hell. I mean, I grew up with wonderful and happy novels such as:

  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The novel attempts to create an honourable protagonist in the Shu Kingdom, which eventually went down in massive dishonorable flames. But ultimately it doesn't matter which kingdom you root for. They all get destroyed at the end anyway, by some grandson of this guy that's portrayed as an antagonist and who you really don't care about.
  • Water Margin: A bunch of people became outlaws for socio/economic/political/other reasons. And then they accepted an amnesty from the government and went to fight wars on the government's behalf where they all died horrible deaths. The end. (Most Chinese editions out there cut out everything after the gathering of the 108, thus avoiding the depressing last 30 chapters; Unfortunately I have the full version.)
  • Dream of the Red Chamber: Follows the story of the fall of a ginormous and prestigious family. The angsty protagonist struggled with growing up, but when he finally did, his world was destroyed, and so he went off to be a monk.
  • The Investiture of the Gods: Epic epic fantasy novel with a huge cast of wonderful heroes who all die gruesome deaths (and I mean graphically gruesome) in massive magical battles and whatnot. The only consolation prize is that their spirits get to be enshrined as gods at the end. Yippee.
Plus various stories of cultural heroes, like the ever-heartwarming story of Yue Fei (loyal and invincible general of the Song Dynasty who was framed by an evil and powerful minister and was summoned back to court where he was tortured and executed at the ripe old age of 39).

We Chinese are a cheery lot.

Self-restraint is not my middle name
Sun Quan with Sword
Fact: For the last 10 years, up until last Friday, I had watched a whopping grand total of four dramas and one anime series.

Poor deprived and boring person, you might say. But there is a reason. And that is, once I find something that suits my tastes, I binge like there's no tomorrow (my record of high-school truancy was mostly drama-induced; there are whole semesters in my university life of which I remember nothing bar the dramas I watched and the computer games I played). And when it's all over I'd look back with much weeping and gnashing of teeth, seeing how I had destroyed myself over a frigging drama.

Well, Drama of the Decade #5 appeared last Friday, thanks to dangermousie , in the form of The Young Warriors of the Yang Clan.

How ragingly addicted am I? Well, I've put my work and social life on hold; I've been telling teammates in my project to not call me for a few days; I haven't gone grocery shopping yet so I'm out of milk and am subsisting on frozen perogies; I only just realized that laundry was screaming to be done; etc. etc. etc.

To be honest, when I first started I didn't think it was going to be this bad. Sure, the drama seems to contain a lot of things that I like---period costume, epic wars, loyal and heroic deeds, kickass family, and so on and so forth. But come on, anything with the word "Young" in it is apocryphal and bound to be sacrificing history for cute puppy value (and I tend to be somewhat anal about historical accuracy). And even if it's not, the Yang Family Warriors is rumoured to be one of the most bloody depressing stories in the Chinese tradition so who in their right mind would want to watch a whole series about them. I thought I could just watch a couple of episodes just to say that I've watched it, and extricate myself and go back to normal life.

How wrong I was.

I am helplessly and hopelessly addicted.

The only reason I'm posting instead of continuing with the binge is that I'm at episode 28, where everything is cheery and happy and everyone gets along and is angst-free. I like how things are and am reluctant to move ahead. I know the evil Prime Minister Pan Renmei is lurking around the corner. Do not want.


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