• Kuson looks pissed off, probably because his parents are disturbing his sleep by kissing him like that, lol....super cute though!! :-)
  • @bubbles23 Yup, it’s available on Yesasia right now. Here’s the link in case you need it (note that this links to the U.S. site): https://www.yesasia.com/us/where-the-heart-is/1094092191-0-0-0-en/info.html
  • @llwy12 wish I had gotten it preordered t.t So it's available on Yesasia right now?
  • @bubbles23 Ah, ok. Yea, that pre-order thing was a special event that was limited only to HK. I think originally she was going to officially debut the book at the HK Book Fair (since the release date for the book coincided with that), but since HKBF got cancelled due to COVID, those plans all got scrapped. Hopefully her fans are still able to get the book via other means! :-)
  • @llwy12 not yesasia, the preorder is through the publisher I believe. It's the link in her fanclub instagram.
  • @bubbles23 At Yesasia? Hmm...odd. I actually ordered mine a few days after it came out (didn’t pre-order it) but I didn’t have any problems with it shipping internationally. In fact, I order from them all the time and except for a few instances where they couldn’t get the book from the supplier in time, I rarely have any issues with the books getting here (well, except for the amount of time it takes...sometimes I have to wait a month but it will still get here). You might want to check to see if your preferences are properly updated. Mine automatically shows shipping preference United States when I log in and even when I change the language to show everything in Chinese, it still shows that I’m viewing the U.S. version. I created my account a long time ago so I don’t remember exactly but I think there is something that needs to be set up during account creation where you have to choose the specific country/region you’re in and it affects what products you have access to....
  • @llwy12 it was available to ship internationally as pre-order, but now in the official link there's only shipping for HK.
  • @oligodendrocytes Officially, it’s only being released in HK (and possibly other parts of Asia), so you won’t be able to buy it in bookstores overseas of course, but you should be able to order it online from another country if it’s available. I’m in the United States and I usually order from yesasia.com...they are based in HK so the shipping will be a bit more expensive though. You can also try to see if other websites have it (though there aren’t too many reputable ones for Chinese books unfortunately). If you have relatives in HK, the other option to consider is ask them to buy it from the local bookstore and mail it to you.
  • @llwy12 I too also want to read Ali's book she seems very down to earth and mature with good insight on life. Is the book only available in HK and in Asia? Its not available internationally right? Just cuz I'm based in UK. I too cannot read Chinese well only a few basic words here and there but I have friends that can translate for me hopefully lololol
  • @conan2209 Wayne’s book is called 戲劇浮生:黎耀祥論演技與人生. It came out back in 2010. I bought mine on yesasia.com back when it came out, but when I checked recently, doesn’t look like it’s available anymore. Here’s the wiki page that has more details...hopefully this will help you search for it online: https://zh.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/戲劇浮生:黎耀祥論演技與人生
  • @llwy12 oh, didn’t know Wayne has a book! May I have the title? I’ll try to get it online! Based on interviews with Ali, it’s all about her growing up and her personal experiences, nothing glorifying. She mentioned she didn’t even want photos of herself in it but was dissuaded from the idea
  • @llwy12 I am interested too. I unfortunately can't read Chinese, so will have to make do with a summary. That's really neat about the books by Sunny and Wayne.
  • @conan2209 Sure, will do! Still waiting for the book to arrive via snail mail (hopefully in a few weeks). I totally understand about being skeptical of artists’ writing skills, though I’ve found that it really depends on the artists and what it is they are writing about. The 2 books that Sunny Chan wrote about his experiences raising his autistic son were really good. Wayne Lai wrote a book about his craft (acting) that was also quite good. On the other hand, I’ve read some really bad ones too (mostly autobiographies where the celebrities spend too much time glorifying their accomplishments, lol). Let’s see which side Ali’s book will fall in...
  • @llwy12 do let me know if it’s worth reading, I’m always skeptical about artiste’s writing skills
  • @potatochip I agree! Ali is one of those artists whom I’ve felt neutral toward since her debut – meaning that I’m not particularly impressed by her acting, but I’m not turned off by it either. Basically, I’m comfortable watching her onscreen, but I wouldn’t tune in to a series / program just because she is in it. As a person, she does seem intelligent and well-spoken and definitely has high EQ (which is obvious from the gracious way she has handled the whole unfortunate debacle over her technically non-controversial comments – overall, I felt that whole situation was stupid and silly and blown out of proportion by a few oversensitive dimwits with too much time on their hands...). I also appreciate her personality – low key, genuine, not afraid to speak her mind even if it gets her in trouble – which, more and more is exceedingly rare in the HK entertainment industry....in this day and age where the trend is for artists to either give lip service and tell people what they want to hear or suppress their thoughts in order to protect their careers, an artist like Ali who has substance, personality, and good attitude is definitely refreshing! I’m actually looking forward to reading her book and seeing what other insights she brings to the table.
  • @hetieshou TVB actually still does have the acting classes, but in a very different format from before. In the old days (70s/early 80s), you actually had to fill out a lengthy application (and in some cases even have to interview) and TVB would decide from there whether they will accept you or not – the whole process was a bit like applying to college...hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people would apply, but they would only accept a dozen or so per class. And it was truly like going to class – classroom setting, formal instructors, homework, and final project that you need to pass in order to graduate. Not only that, the newbies actually got hands-on practice through bit roles in various series (watch any of the TVB series from the 70s to mid-80s and you will see a plethora of today’s big stars in “kelefe” roles) – it was actually part of their training, which is significant because, unlike today, they didn’t go from “off the street with no experience” to main lead. In the mid-80s, they changed it to a recruitment initiative based on discipline (drama, dance, stunt work, hosting, singing, etc.) but the format still worked (though looking back now, it was partly because there was tremendous talent in the 80s). It was heading into the 90s when TVB changed the format significantly in that they shortened the course to an accelerated version and mostly did away with the application process – it became more of a training ground for hand-picked artists whom TVB management felt had potential...and later (post 2000s), with the significant drain in talent, the acting classes were shortened even more drastically (3 month course or less if they couldn’t get instructors to teach)...now the classes are basically a multi-class “fast-track” course that TVB puts all of their pageant people (and anyone they want to promote) through to learn the “basics” (though if you ask me, TVB might as well stop the classes because they are essentially useless – a waste of time and resources). I actually disagree with most people here in that I don’t want TVB to resurrect the classes again because with the current resources that TVB has, they are entirely incapable of doing it correctly. I would rather TVB leave the training up to the “pros” (i.e. HKAPA) and work with those organizations to provide opportunities for those graduates who do have formal training. But of course, I’m beating a dead horse with this one, as that sentiment has been pushed for years (ever since HKAPA was created back in the 80s) but TVB’s “superiority complex” will never allow them to collaborate with the pros in that manner because it means they would have to admit their own training program is not good enough (yes, we all know TVB’s training sucks nowadays, but knowing and admitting it are two different things). Basically, if you’re looking for good acting training, look elsewhere because TVB definitely won’t have it.
  • @llwy12 The Breaking Point has got to be my favorite drama of all times because of the chemistry with Leon and Kathy! I still shipped them till this day. Didn’t really like the ending so I never watched the ending.
  • @llwy12 I actually thought Ray and Kathy were fine and the age gap of 11 years is not too bad. My late parents always said that it is fine if the guy is older. I used to believe that until they said that even if the guy is 20 years older it is ok but not ok for a woman to be even a few years older. That is BS to me. I feel as long as the age gap is not ridiculously big whether older or younger then it should be ok as long as you are compatible, love each other,etc... Kevin Cheng is 22 years older than Grace Chan which is way too big of an age gap. Now,I wonder if they will last down the line. But anyways, yes Leon and Kathy seemed more compatible. I know what you mean and I found it a bit awkward when I first saw Leon in a costume series but got used it. Same with Gallen but got used to it as well. Yes, Eddie was good in Sword of Conquest but my family did not like him much. They said he was a bit off in his acting but I enjoyed his acting.
  • @llwy12 Ok 40 eps is not bad... I thought it was a lot longer than that. I guess I have to watch it to see for myself. My late mom liked complete endings and she hated open endings. Like the ending in Looking Back in Anger was an open ending which she hated. As long as the ending makes sense, I do not mind open endings.
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