Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 1

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I wasn’t really expecting much from Bu Bu Jing Xin, thinking it’d be just another Jade Palace Lock Heart.  BUT IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.  I’m going to mention a lot of differences between JPLH and BBJX, not to be hating on JPLH (because I DID get quite addicted to that too), but to point out how amazing and compelling BBJX is.  Not to say that you shouldn’t try JPLH, as it simply depends on what you enjoy in a drama. 

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Office Girls: Ep 4

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I feel like it’s been a long time since I last posted.  Things have been getting busier, and I’m FALLING BEHIND ON MY DRAMAS.  Ahhh! Well, despite my limited time, I decided to watch the newest episode of Office Girls first.  Roy Qiu will win over any other drama. I was a bit disappointed by this episode because it’s not as comedic, and loses its former lighthearted tone.  Instead it headed for Xing Ren’s work angst. So, what was the saving grace of this episode?  ZI QI OF COURSE!  THE ENTIRE EPISODE, Zi Qi follows Xing Ren around, trying to find out what’s wrong with her. 

Not a recap, just caps/favorite moments:

Zi Qi tries to help out Kai Er, even though she’s in a different department.  But…he notices something is wrong with Xing Ren, and tries to find out what’s wrong.

Actually Xing Ren was entrusted with the responsibility to transport SUPER SUPER expensive wine to the mall.  But…a scooter rider bumped into her by accident, and she dropped all the wine.  Without insurance.  So…now she’s stuck with a huge debt on her hands.  She tries to cover it up, but now she’s in a fix because she has to return the wine to the original owner.

Yes, Zi Qi randomly pops up beside Xing Ren as she looks at her bank account balance.  She brushes him off, and he follows her around asking what’s wrong.  She starts to cry, and he points that out…but she stubbornly says nothing’s wrong, and walks away…thus leaving Zi Qi VERY confused.

Xing Ren is down in the dumps because she can’t buy her dream house if she’s in debt for the wine.  She falls down and scrapes her knee, but doesn’t bother cleaning it.  Zi Qi notices that and insists on cleaning her scrape himself.  D’AWWWWWWWW.  Xing Ren comments that she almost thought he’s a good person.  Him: “So do you like me?”  Xing Ren awkwardly says of course not…then there’s an awkward silence…….annnnnd his electricity goes out.  LOL. 

OK OK.  LOOK AT THE TOP RIGHT CAP.  HE JUST STANDS THERE, LOOKING AT XING REN.  So cute!!!  Most of my caps were of Zi Qi.  I love his expressions.

Overall, this episode was way outshined by the other episodes.  I actually hope the other guy comes back so we can get the romance part going.  I don’t want the drama to lose its fresh humor and quirky moments.  Yeah it did get pretty angsty, but Zi Qi was still adorably concerned about Xing Ren.  I think so far they’re pretty good friends, which is preferable to the “he/she-likes-the-person-right-off-the-bat”.   They probably wouldn’t want to admit it, but they are great friends and are there for each other.  I’m looking forward to the next episode…because in the preview…ZI QI CONFESSES.  YES!

Office Girls: Ep 3

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I love Office Girls.  The cinematography improved in this episode, and to me there weren’t any dull moments.  Except for the manager’s laughing.  I had one sliver of hope for the 2nd female lead, Kai Er, to actually be a good rival.  Initially I didn’t really see much chemistry between Cheng Feng & Xing Ren, but now I think they might be an interesting pair.  After all, Cheng Feng is basically Xing Ren’s long time crush/idol, right?

Cheng Feng visits the mall since he’s agreed to set up a booth there.  The manager sucks up to him, and the whole time, Cheng Feng is sneaking glances over at Xing Ren.  Then he says he wants to talk to her in private.  It’s so cute how Xing Ren goes “hey hey hey” at Zi Qi before she goes over to Cheng Feng. 

Cheng Feng gives her the original design of the dress she bought from him.  At first Xing Ren tries to return it, but Cheng Feng tells her that actually, she was his very first customer.  She gave him the courage to not give up on his passion, and this is how he’s been able to succeed–thanks to her.  OMG.  I KINDA LIKE THIS OTP NOW.

I actually feel so bad for Zheng Kai Er now.  Her superior scolds her for not landing Cheng Feng.  He says that she needs to do better so that their department won’t lose face.  And to top that off, he touches her shoulder and holds her hand.  AND SMELLS HER HAND.  Kai Er can only stay silent, promising to do her best. 

In the bathroom, she tries to wash her hand (that her superior held).   She looks into the mirror as she tears up, telling herself:

“Zheng Kai Er, you can do it.  I believe you can do it.”

THIS SCENE GOT ME!!!  I can sympathize with color-contact-girl now.  Feeling so down that you have to look at yourself in the mirror, and tell yourself everything’s fine, that’s something I can relate to.  Kai Er isn’t just a perfect model career woman–she also has the downside of her creepy superior.

Back in the office, Xing Ren is promised a promotion if she pulls this off.  The manager is completely sucking up to her now, calling her “Xing Ren Jie,” and urging her colleagues to follow her lead.

[side-rant]  Most mainland/Hong Kong/Taiwanese dramas have the usual comic relief of a character who acts way over the top, makes dumb jokes, etc.  Unfortunately Office Girls has just that—THE MANAGER. 

Zi Qi starts singing the song that he and Xing Ren sang in the shower.  She ATTEMPTS to threaten him..

Xing Ren:  “I warn you, if you dare to tell anyone about this…I will…I’ll…”

Zi Qi: “You’ll…you’ll…”

ROFL I love them.  Zi Qi tells Xing Ren that he’s already memorized all the booth locations.  She doesn’t believe him, so they makes a deal–if he recites all the booths, Xing Ren will do his laundry for a month.  Both of them fake laugh, and suddenly Zi Qi recites all the different brands.  ROFL.  This is where I crack up at the computer screen.  Xing Ren stands there flabbergasted, and Zi Qi smoothly slides away. 

Ok, my newly found sympathy for Kai Er has just been ruined–she spreads a rumor about Xing Ren via internet.  NO SYMPATHY FOR HER NOW. 

Xing Ren’s housemate asks her if she likes Zi Qi.

“His nature isn’t as annoying as his appearance is.  Perhaps it was the environment he grew up in that caused him to be like this now…No one is born annoying.  His usual uncaring and indifferent attitude might be to hide his frailness.”

At that moment, Zi Qi, whose stove won’t work for his instant ramen noodles, is listening in on the conversation.  He goes back to his apartment..and eats his ramen noodles raw. AHAHA. 

Back at work, Xing Ren discovers the internet rumor about her.  Her colleagues treat her harshly because of the rumor.  I mean, this is OFFICE GIRLS, you know.  Gotta have the office drama and cliques.  Zi Qi hilariously says to call the police to nab the culprit.  Xing Ren offers to host a BBQ for bonding, since the atmosphere is so tense. 

Xing Ren & Zi Qi go to the market to buy stuff for the BBQ.  Zi Qi wheedles Xing Ren into buying some more expensive meat.  He attempts to put even more meat into the shopping cart, complimenting her for each package.  ROFL. 

Kai Er invites Zi Qi to the movies.  Zi Qi adorably sets up a roof-top movie for them.  But he gets nervous when he finds out the other coworkers are going to ditch Xing Ren’s BBQ.  AWWW.  So he brings Kai Er over to Xing Ren’s. 


Zi Qi tries to cheer up Xing Ren, who’s disappointed that no one came to the BBQ.  She used up her month’s allowance for the BBQ.  He offers to get a good price for a house for her, since his friend is in the housing business.  He takes her to an expensive flat to show her around.  She happily looks around the place, while Zi Qi HAS THE CUTEST EXPRESSION watching her.  AHHH. (see bottom right pic)  I think that look seals the deal.  He’s falling for her.

Zi Qi’s friend catches on, and asks if he likes Xing Ren.  Zi Qi looks at him incredulously, asking if she looks like his type.  The friend: “No.  Then why?” *cue the background music*

“A silly fool like her, there aren’t many of them anymore.”

SO SWEET.   His friend pretends to go along with it, but you KNOW he thinks Zi Qi likes Xing Ren.  And I think so too.  Or at least, he will eventually. 

Office Girls: Ep 2

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The 2nd episode of Office Girls has successfully obsessed me even more. I love Roy Qiu Zi Qi and Xing Ren.  They’re so cute together!!!

Caps/favorite moments:


Despite Xing Ren’s sincere efforts, Yu Cheng rejects her offer to set up a booth in their mall.  Zi Qi bluntly spills the beans to the manager that they failed.  Xing Ren is harshly criticized by her manager, and she starts to cry silently.  Zi Qi does a double take when he realizes she’s crying. (bottom right)

Zi Qi purposely plays around with a toy in front of Xing Ren, since things get awkward.  Xing Ren throws something, aiming at his head, but he dodges.  He coyly says that she missed…and then she threateningly holds up a CACTUS PLANT.  ROFL, I LOVE HER!  Zi Qi takes that opportunity to apologize.  Haha, he gets on her nerves on purpose just so he can apologize indirectly for getting her in trouble with the manager.

Top left pic: ROFL Zi Qi’s expression

Xing Ren & her friend visit Yu Cheng’s studio to try and give him their business plan.  Xing Ren GIVES ZI QI A LOLLIPOP, telling him to stay quiet and let them do the talking.  ROFL.  He grudgingly accepts the lollipop.  They totally did this for fan service.

Xing Ren sees that Zi Qi is low on cash.  He can hardly buy anything at the market, and he talks to a puppy about his money troubles.  lol.  Xing Ren tells Zi Qi he can eat at her place…as long as he pays her back when he gets his paycheck.  Xing Ren’s frugal ways clash with Zi Qi’s rich tastes.  He refuses to eat his broccoli, and tries to give all his broccoli to Xing Ren, thus ensuing in a broccoli-passing-battle.  AHAHA.

Oh, and for the shower scene.  Zi Qi comes home drunk, and decides to go up to Xing Ren’s apartment.  Then he decides to go take a shower!  Except..Xing Ren is taking a shower.  In his drunken state, he gets ready for his shower even though someone is obviously in the shower.  Xing Ren starts singing a song, and Zi Qi chimes in as well.  At first they don’t even notice, but then they realize…wait……SOMEONE ELSE IS SINGING TOO!  Xing Ren sees Zi Qi, and they start fighting over the shower curtain.  ROFL. 

Zi Qi: “Why are you here?”
Xing Ren: “That’s my question, THIS IS MY HOUSE!”

Other thoughts
Xing Ren’s future love rival isn’t really compelling to me at all.  The main reason is that whenever I see her, all I can think is, “SHE’S WEARING CIRCLE LENSES/COLOR CONTACTS.  WHY?”  I seriously think she’s wearing hazel color contacts so her eyes will match with her hair.  Her color contacts are so glaringly obvious that I cannot get over them.  And, now she knows Zi Qi’s true identity, so if she goes after him, she might have an ulterior motive. 

Overall, Office Girls is a light watch.  What I like is that Zi Qi isn’t some famous hot shot, so it’s not the whole whimsical star-falls-in-love-with-poor-girl scenario.  Through Xing Ren, Zi Qi sees that sometimes effort does pay off in the end.

Office Girls: Ep 1

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I wasn’t expecting much from the new tw-drama, Office Girls.  Personally, I think they could’ve come up with a much better name.  I don’t know the literal translation of the Taiwanese title, but it’s probably better than the English title.  (Just like Who’s the One/My Perfect Man, the English titles are usually different..)

I was pleasantly surprised by this drama.  I expected the usual cheesy humor that seems to be a tw-drama trademark.  Surprisingly enough, so far they’ve stayed away from that.  Also, I didn’t have to skip any of the scenes in this episode.  So, hopefully Office Girls continues to stay strong!

Office Girls seems like it’d be your conventional drama–arrogant rich guy meets hard working, down-to-earth girl, and they fall in love.  Instead, Office Girls is refreshing because it takes these clichés and actually makes them interesting, with a few twists.  I’m completely obsessed after only one episode.  Hopefully Office Girls will stay strong all the way through.

^Img credit: koala’s playground

Shen Xing Ren (Alice Ke)
She’s an ordinary office worker.  She says it herself–she has an ordinary appearance, ordinary style, ordinary education, ordinary intelligence.  She’s just ordinary.  But she says she doesn’t care.  Shen Xing Ren is very frugal, pragmatic, and down-to-earth.  She may seem like the typical ‘good girl’ female lead, but somehow she seems different.  Compared to some other tw-drama heroines, she’s not super innocent and kindhearted (Yong Yong in Sunny Happiness), she’s not a ‘country girl’ (Fu An in Easy Fortune Happy Life), she’s not a super career woman (er forgot the drama name, but I know there’s one..).  Xing Ren is convincingly average, and to me, she seems easier to relate to.  So, this drama doesn’t feel like a fairy tale.  Xing Ren isn’t your rags-to-riches heroine.

^ Can I give you any better reason to watch this drama?

Qin Zi Qi (ROY QIU!!!!!!!!!!!)
He seems like your typical rich guy.  He extravagantly spends his dad’s money, wears brand-name clothes, and tries to impress the ladies.  Yes, he’s lazy and thinks he’s above ‘ordinary people’.  But Zi Qi is also different–he’s not mean and arrogant like Blue’s character in Easy Fortune Happy Life.  Despite being a slacker, Zi Qi has a vision for his dad’s mall, and aspires to take over his dad’s position someday.

I give him points for having an MBA…oh wait, he finished it in 5 years, when he was supposed to take only 2 years.  (his dad angrily points this out, lol)  So, Zi Qi’s dad is fed up with him, and decides to teach him a lesson–Zi Qi has to live one year on his own, without Dad’s money, and he has to start working in Dad’s mall.  HAHA I love it.  Ji Heon’s dad (Protect the Boss) needs to learn from Zi Qi’s dad.  Dad is awesome already.  And Dad sends an old VAN to pick up Zi Qi from the airport, not a limo.  HAHA.

Zi Qi is kicked out of his house, his credit cards are cancelled, and he’s given a job in Shen Xing Ren’s department. And he’s not allowed to reveal his identity to anyone.

The first meeting between Xing Ren and Zi Qi is actually…when Xing Ren is wearing a dinosaur suit.  LOL.  Zi Qi tries to pick up a girl by writing his phone number on one of Xing Ren’s balloons.  He tells Xing Ren to go give the balloon to the girl.  She refuses, telling him to go pick up the girl himself.  HAHA.  Then when Zi Qi goes to his new department, he sees Xing Ren, and TWITCHES as they have a stare off.  HAHAHAHA.

^You gotta love the smile.

I’m not quite impressed by the lighting in the drama.  It looks way too washed out.  Moving on, I rather like this pair.  They’re unwillingly together, but Xing Ren feels a sense of responsibility for Zi Qi since she’s been given the task of looking over him.  Zi Qi grudgingly uses his brain to help her out sometimes.  And not only that–now they’re NEIGHBORS.  Omg, I love it.

If all else fails, this drama’s saving grace will be Roy Qiu.  I cannot get enough of ROY QIU.  I cannot get over his role in Easy Fortune Happy Life as Han Dong Jie.  So it’s awesome seeing him as the leading man in a drama for once!!!!!

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