Pretty Li Hui Zhen 漂亮的李慧珍

Release date: January, 2017

Main lead: Dilraba Dilmurat (Li Hui Zhen), Peter Sheng (Bai Hao Yu)

Li Huizhen was a pretty girl when she was young, but years of hardship have taken a toll on her physical appearance. Her childhood friend, Bai Haoyu was short and chubby, but grew up to be successful and attractive. 12 years later, Haoyu tracks down Huizhen to reconnect with her. They decided to meet, but Haoyu was unable to recognize Huizhen. Embarrassed by her looks and situation, Huizhen sends her stylish best friend, Xia Qiao to appear in her place. Things turn complicated when Huizhen lands an internship at a fashion magazine company she’s been wanting to get into, and finds out that Haoyu is her new boss. Not knowing her true identity, Haoyu openly berates her clumsy nature. Meanwhile, Huizhen’s colleague, Lin Yimu falls in love with her, and Xia Qiao also begin to develop feelings for Haoyu.

Source: Wikipedia

My comment?

Same old Same old, if you’ve been reading my posts about some american love stories that I really loved, then you will find some similarities here… Hui Zhen and Baoyu, the kind of love that I used to yearn for, they met each other in primary school, they fell in love and parted ways then Baoyu come back and looks for Hui Zhen… It’s a bit like the popular american TvShow Ugly Betty, the ugly assistant working in a Fashion Magazine or again the German version with Lisa Plenske. How is this story different? Well, I will mention the BEST FRIEND Xiao Qiao who is beautiful, rich and a fashion killer. Baoyu mistook her for Hui Zhen because of a physical appearance, let’s be honest have you seen the real Hui Zhen? (cf photos) Hui Zhen was so embarrassed as the little fatty boy turned out to be this handsome and remarkable man, she couldn’t face him… so she asked Xiao Qiao to take her place as Hui Zhen and get rid of Baoyu.

Li Hui Zhen
Xiao Qiao (right), Hui Zhen (left)

As the story unfolds, Xiao Qiao starts to fall in love with him and he starts to fall in love with the real Hui Zhen, the clumsy and ugly assistant. This story wa so cute and what I found cuter is that Hui Zhen may not be rich or beautiful, she has a kind heart, she is positive about her life and has hope. She neither envy nor hate her best friend even when Xiao Qiao starts to fall in love with Baoyu and sees him without telling her the truth…

 

Have you been Notebooked? I have…

Sometimes we need to be apart to understand just how much we love each other

The Notebook

Lately I felt the need to write about this movie. Actually I didn’t want to be cliché or else whatsoever but honestly I’m in love with Love itself so naturally I had to mention this movie on my Website: The Notebook. I first heard of it while watching the TvShow One Tree Hill in which I also learned the expression “to be notebooked” or “to have been notebooked”, basically someone who cries during the movie. Let’s have a little introduction from Wikipedia and then I will give you my thoughts…

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Release date: September 8, 2004

Actors: Ryan Gosling (Noah Calhoun) and Rachel McAdams (Allison Hamilton)

At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man, Duke, reads a romantic story from his notebook to a fellow patient.In 1940, Seabrook Island, South Carolina, poor quarry worker Noah Calhoun sees 17-year-old heiress Allison “Allie” Hamilton at a carnival and they have a summer love affair. Noah takes Allie to an abandoned house that he intends to buy for them. They try to make love for the first time, but are interrupted by Noah’s friend Fin with the news that Allie’s parents have the police looking for her.When Allie and Noah return to her parents’ mansion, Allie’s mother Anne calls Noah trash and they ban her from seeing Noah. Noah walks out and Allie chases after him. They have an ensuing argument and break up. The next morning, Anne announces that the family is returning home to Charleston. Allie attempts to contact Noah, but is unable to find him, so she asks Fin to tell Noah that she loves him. When Noah gets the message he rushes to Allie’s home, only to find the house gated up and empty.Noah writes to Allie every day for a year but Anne intercepts the letters such that they never reach Allie. Noah enlists with Fin to fight in World War II, where Fin is killed in battle. Allie volunteers in a hospital for wounded soldiers, where she meets captain Lon Hammond Jr., a young lawyer who comes from old Southern money. After a few years being together, the two become engaged, to the delight of Allie’s parents.When Noah returns from the war, his father has sold their home so that Noah can buy the abandoned house. While visiting Charleston, Noah witnesses Allie and Lon kissing at a restaurant; he convinces himself that if he restores the house, Allie will come back to him. Later, while Allie is being fitted for her wedding dress, Allie is startled to see in the newspaper that Noah has completed the house to the specifications she made years before.After Allie asks permission from Lon to take a little trip before the wedding, Allie returns to Seabrook to find Noah living in the restored house. The two renew their relationship and make love. Several days later, Anne appears in the morning on Noah’s doorstep to warn Allie that Lon has followed her to Seabrook. Anne reveals that, in her youth, she had been in love with a lower-class young man and was still thinking about him; Anne then gives Allie the letters that Noah wrote to her as an admission that she had hidden them from Allie. Subsequently, Allie confesses to Lon that she had spent time with Noah, and eventually returns to her relationship with Noah.In the present narrative, it is revealed that the elderly woman is dementia-stricken Allie, Duke is actually Noah and that he had been told by Allie during the early stages of her illness to reread their journals to help her recall her past. She briefly remembers Noah but soon forgets. Her ensuing panic forces medical personnel to sedate her. Noah suffers a heart attack and is sent to the hospital while Allie is sent to a dementia ward in the same hospital. Noah visits Allie’s room in the middle of the night causing her to remember him again and proceeds to remind her of her illness, though he reassures her that they can do anything with the love they share. While sleeping, both Noah and Allie pass away and a nurse discovers them in the morning.

Well, isn’t it the most beautiful story ever? probably not but it depends on the kind of love stories you are craving for. As far as I’m concern, I’ve always wanted to meet my husband at a young age and grow old with him but Life is so unpredictable, you can’t really know what’s going to happen. My last relationship four years ago was entirely based on that idea, I don’t think I was in love with him when I come to think about it, I think I was in love with the idea of him, of us having known each other in High school and reunited years later. We lived together for a year and a half and we broke up because we weren’t meant to be together, we were too different and expected different things from life: I want to be a Conference Interpreter and travel the World and he just wanted to live a simple life in the countryside. Anyway, it might have been the most difficult time of my life, seriously, I didn’t know I could suffer that much; four years later I’m still single because I can’t imagine going through something similar, and I don’t know what I want. People don’t really show their real intentions when coming at you and I don’t want to waste my energy on someone just because I don’t want to be alone. I’ve been there and now I have more self-love and respect for myself to not fall back into these traps. This movie helped me not to give up on Love, I still believe in Love.

Allison and Noah were meant to be together, they had a strong connection from the beginning and it wasn’t just sexually or physically, it was mentally and in every possible ways. They were best friends, they played together, they were young and they weren’t trying to pretend to be anyone else in front of each other. It was them against the whole World. Even when her mother tried to marry her off to a rich and handsome military officer, Noah was still Noah seven years later ! The kind of Love you can only see on TV.

Had I ever known this kind of Love with a capital “L”? I had… When I was very young, he was my first love actually. Funny thing is, he was in love with a friend of mine for a long time but she didn’t know it and at that time I was just fooling around with him, nothing serious, I wasn’t even trying to get him to fall for me or anything, it just happened. I was 11-12 years old at the time in Ivory Coast, it was before I move to France. I used to stay at my uncle’s house to be with my cousins’ because my dad was busy so it was more convenient for me not to be alone. He was my cousins’ neighbour and his sister was a good friend of my older cousin. Long story short, it was a bit complicated, me moving to France, having a new Life, meeting new boys and people etc, like I just said before Life is unpredictable and it failed ! Actually, I don’t even know if we had anything, in fact we never discussed about anything, let’s just say we weren’t meant to be together because I feel like some things were left unsaid, there’s a big question mark but we’ve grown up, we have our lives and I’m happy if he’s doing good so leave it in the past. Anyway, that was the first time I thought I would be with someone my whole life at such a young age, yearning for an Allison and Noah kind of love…

But what is love anyway? I mean do we actually love honestly or are we driven by the ideas that Society brings about all the time through movies and ads etc? I actually try to understand Love but I can’t put myself to find the exact answer so I thought about the kind of love that I would like to encounter if I happen to fall in love again in this lifetime… I think I would like to be pursued, courted, and how is that? I might sound a bit corny but a guy who offers gifts, flowers, knows exactly what you like and put in the efforts to be accepted by you because he knows your worth. This is the kind of relationship I would like to find, not the ego-based one in which you never communicate and it’s always about who’s going to take the initiative. My idea of love is very simple: destiny can’t be forced, if you are meant to be with someone, just be patient, he will come eventually and if he doesn’t, well, being by yourself is not a shame, Life has so much to offer !

Can we go back to the 80s?

Did you ever wish you were born in a different generation?

Well, I did and still do…
Ever since I started speaking English, I always wanted to find a way to improve and the best way to do so is to immerse yourself in the culture whether it’s movies, music, books or else, I’m totally buying it ! But the problem is, you need to get the proper English not only the colloquial one spoken on the streets. So I figured it would be best to listen to Rock bands (e.g. The Beatles) and watch movies starting from the 80s. That’s how I discovered and fell in love with Molly Ringwald, I learned to dance with “Footloose”and Patrick Dempsey taught me that we cannot buy Love.

Before starting to introduce you to my favorite movies (cf photos), let me explain why I chose the 80s. Indeed, I’ve always been a helpless romantic and dreamer. I’m in love with Love itself and especially good love stories based on Respect and Kindness. Nowadays, people take their relationship for granted. A man will no longer fight for the woman he loves, he will no longer pay any attention to the details (gifts, flowers…) because he thinks “there are plenty of fish in the sea”. Actually, he just needs to download an application like Tinder, Happen and it’s a done deal, the same goes for the woman I know it because I’ve been there myself. In 2018, Love has become a temporary emotion and sex is its mean of satisfaction, and I feel like this is the kind of message that’s being sent in movies and TVshows nowadays. To be honest, I used to watch a lot of them but now I feel like this is not the way I want to live anymore, I’m having an awakening and starting to embrace my true-self, not trying to please anyone and if they don’t like it, fine, I can live with it. As a woman, I thing it’s very important to be cherished, loved, taken care of without having to give anything in return. A man should treat his wife the way he treats his mother and the way he would like his sister to be treated. This is a basic rule of nature, treat the people around you the way you would like to be treated, I don’t think that’s complicated. But today, in the Western World (or elsewhere), people do whatever they want without even respecting the sensibility of others !! It’s completely outrageous and beware of the names they will call you if you’re not a good “sheep”. Well… I’m sorry, this is the way it is, I’m a human being, I’m conscious and I can make the difference between good and evil, and what’s acceptable and what is not. I don’t need bogus theories which are complete nonsense to please the masses. It might be a bit cliché but “BE yourself and THINK for yourself”…

Anyway, after all’s been said, let’s get to the quick introduction of the movies cited below and I will begin with FOOTLOOSE (main lead: Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer) which totally relates to my point stated in the second paragraph of this post. What’s the story? A boy moves from Chicago and ends up living in the small town of Bomont. He loves dancing but can’t fulfill his wish because there are some restrictions in the little town where people go to Church on Sundays and consider dancing as evil. He will start fighting these laws alongside his new friends Willard and Ariel (Wikipedia) Do you understand my point so far? If you don’t and I’m pretty sure that is the case, then it doesn’t matter because when I first watched this movie few years ago, I was footloosing and dancing around the house and talking about freedom of dance etc. Well, today I realize that it may be a whole agenda going on here because in our society it’s like a shame to be talking about God, Faith, Spirituality, actually it’s boring and not “cool” at all. People who go to Church or to the Mosque are oftentimes ridiculed, insulted, marginalized by society. The more young, wild and free you act, the more you get praised by society and the propaganda started right in the 80s. You might think that the word “propaganda” is a be strong here but I think not. Indeed, it’s exactly what’s going on. Some talk about “Tolerance”, “Equality”, “Freedom of speech” but it’s clearly a myth because when you are against or when you don’t accept the popular beliefs you are automatically stigmatized… It goes on and on and my question would be: Are we building a godless society? When I was studying in Barcelona we had a lesson about religions in our society and the teacher asked us what is our greatest fear, and a girl from Russia answered: A Society in which there would be no God. I was totally surprised because it’s very rare to meet this kind of people with such thoughts today…

Next on the list, we have CAN’T BUY ME LOVE (main lead: Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson), is the typical american love story, the NERD who falls in love with the Prom’ Queen… The story? Ronald Miller is a typical high school nerd living in suburban Tucson, Arizona. He has spent all summer mowing lawns to save up for a telescope. At an opportune moment, he makes a deal with next-door neighbor and popular cheerleader Cynthia “Cindy” Mancini. Cindy had borrowed her mother’s expensive suede outfit without permission, to wear to a party, only to have Quint accidentally spill red wine on it. Cindy reluctantly agrees to help Ronald look “cool” by pretending to be his girlfriend for a month for $1000, even though she already has a boyfriend named Bobby who is attending the University of Iowa (Wikipedia)I know it might be a bit corny but honestly it’s pure and simple just how I think life of a normal teenager should be, there’s nothing wrong with being a NERD everybody deserves to love and be loved in return…

Finally, last but not least, the best of the best, to me she’s the best teenage actress of the 80s: Molly RINGWALD (Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and author. She was cast in her first major role as Molly in the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1979–80) after a casting director saw her playing an orphan in a stage production of the musical Annie. She and several other members of the original Facts of Life cast were let go when the show was reworked by the network. She subsequently made her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest (1982), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. Ringwald is known for her collaborations with filmmaker John Hughes, having appeared in three of his films.After appearing in the successful Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), Ringwald became a teen icon. She later starred in The Pick-up Artist (1987), Fresh Horses (1988) and For Keeps (1988). She starred in many films in the 1990s, most notably Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992) and The Stand (1994). Ringwald is part of the “Brat Pack” and she was ranked number 1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars. Ringwald currently portrays Mary Andrews on The CW television series Riverdale). Wikipedia

. I’ve seen all her movies and selected 3 of them as the best:

  1. PRETTY IN PINK (High school senior Andie Walsh lives with her underemployed working class father, Jack, in a Chicago suburb. Andie’s best friend, Phil “Duckie” Dale, is in love with her, but is afraid to tell her how he truly feels. In school, Duckie and Andie, along with their friends, are harassed and bullied by the arrogant “richie” kids, specifically Benny Hanson and her boyfriend Steff McKee, who is secretly interested in Andie.) Wikipedia
  2. THE BREAKFAST CLUB (On Saturday March 24, 1984 at Shermer High School in Illinois, Pampered Claire Standish, champion wrestler Andrew Clarke, geek Brian Johnson, outcast Allison Reynolds, and delinquent John Bender gather in the school library for weekend detention. Assistant principal Richard Vernon instructs them not to talk, move from the seats, or sleep until they are released that afternoon. He assigns them a 1,000-word essay in which each must describe to him “who they think they are”. He leaves, returning only occasionally to check on them.) Wikipedia
  3. SIXTEEN CANDLES (High school sophomore Samantha “Sam” Baker struggles to go through the day on her 16th birthday, which her entire family has forgotten about because her older sister, Ginny, is getting married the next day. She is also plagued by infatuation with a popular and attractive senior, Jake Ryan. At school, she fares no better when she finds out that a completed “sex quiz”, which she tried to surreptitiously slip to her friend Randy, never reached her and, unbeknownst to either of them, was picked up by Jake. Despite her name not being on the quiz, Sam is still a bit panicked because the quiz contains sensitive information, such as how she is a virgin and is saving herself for Jake.) Wikipedia