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The first four episodes were aired from 25 November to 28 November 2008 at 9pm on Channel 8.
For an overview of the entire drama, please refer to my earlier post HERE :)

This drama stars:

1st generation —
Jeanette Aw as Huang Juxiang, Xiang Yun as Tianlan, Lin Meijiao as Guilan, Huang Hui as Tao, Dai Yangtian as Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie), Desmond Sim as Charlie Zhang, Pierre Png as Chen Sheng, Apple Hong as Huang Meiyu, Darren Lim as Huang Jin Cheng, Cynthia Koh as Xiujuan, Pan Lingling as Xiufeng, Li Yinzhu as Chen lao-tai, Yan Bingliang as Huang Yuan

2nd generation —
Jeanette Aw as Shanben Yueniang, Qi Yuwu as Chen Xi, Joanne Peh as Huang Yuzhu, Eelyn Kok as Huang Zhenzhu, Yao Wenlong as Liu Yi Dao, Andie Chen as Huang Tianbao, Zzen as Robert Zhang
(recurring)
Xiang Yun as Tianlan, Huang Hui as Tao, Pierre Png as Chen Sheng, Darren Lim as Huang Jin Cheng, Cynthia Koh as Xiujuan, Li Yinzhu as Chen lao-tai

4th generation (modern era) —
Xiang Yun as Shanben Yueniang (old), Felicia Chin as Anqi, Nat Ho as Li Xiuwen

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THE STORY
(episodes 01-04)

4th generation
2008, Malacca

Anqi (Felicia Chin) arrives in Malacca from Canada, where she is studying. She is back to visit her Mama (grandmother). Following her is Li Xiuwen (Nat Ho), her classmate who is wooing her. Xiuwen has done research about Peranakan culture, as Anqi has told him many horror stories about how fierce her grandmother is, and how she can reveal a person’s heart by just looking at them…

They arrive at Anqi’s Mama’s house, and are greeted by Tao, an old ma-jie, who has been serving her grandmother’s family all her life. Not knowing who she is, Xiuwen greets her Bibi, which addresses old Peranakan women.

Xiuwen is entralled by a beautifully taken picture of a beautiful Peranakan woman. This picture is of Huang Juxiang, Anqi’s Chorchor (great-grandmother). Anqi tells Xiuwen that Tao often said Juxiang and her Mama Yueniang were like 2 ang ku kueh moulded from the same mould (they look exactly alike).

Tao gives Anqi many items, all made by her Mama, including kebaya, beaded-shoes, and also ornate gold jewelry. Tao chides Anqi when she says she would not think of getting married before 30. Tao tells her that Peranakan women got ready their trousseau (kebaya, beaded-shoes, jewelry etc) before they were 15. At 16, they would have children, and by 30, they would be preparing to become Mamas already.

Tao is very protective of Juxiang’s picture, and scolds Xiuwen, who was about to touch it. Xiuwen and Anqi make their way to the temple, where she finally sees her Mama (Xiang Yun). Xiuwen is amazed by a master who is making lanterns.

They make their way to Anqi’s Mama’s new hotel, which she had bought and refurbished. They are preparing for the grand-opening in a few days.

(the place with the swallows — i’ve been there before!!)
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Anqi’s Mama recalls the past, when Xiuwen asks about Juxiang’s picture. It was taken by a Japanese man, Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie)…

1st generation
1930s-40s, before the war, Singapore

Dai Yangtian is Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie), a young Japanese photographer who takes a sudden interest to Peranakan culture when he chaces upon their porcelain. Hoping to understand more, he goes to Malacca.

1930s-40s, before the war, Malacca

Huang Juxiang (Jeanette Aw) is a beautiful Peranakan girl, who is kind, patient, and a good cook. However, due to the fact that she is deaf-mute, and the daughter of a mistress, Tianlan (Xiang Yun), she is treated badly in the family, like a servant.

Huang Yuan (Yan Bingliang) is Juxiang’s father. His sister is visiting from Singapore with her 2 daughters, Xiufeng (Pan Lingling) and Xiujuan (Cynthia Koh). She brings along her maid, Tao (Ng Hui), who is a new ma-jie, and keeps slapping her, finding fault with everything she does.

Xiufeng and Xiujuan are English-educated, and know very little about being a good Peranakan girl, who should be able to cook well, make delicious kueh, and sew beaded-shoes wonderfully. Guihua makes sure her daugther, Meiyu (Apple Hong) is well versed at doing these.

On that fateful day, Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) was taking photographs outside the Huang Residence. Peranakan girls were well-bred and not supposed to go out of their houses. Much of the outside world they saw were behind ornate screens. That was exactly what Xiujuan, Xiufeng and Meiyu were doing that day. Xiujuan called the other 2 to look at the handsome young man outside. However, as they were looking at him, a mad man came up to the screen and frightened them.

Vowing revenge on the mad man, they disturb Juxiang, dirty her face, and push her out the door. The mad man strangles her, as he wants to eat. Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) sees the sight and immediately saves her. Grabbing her hand, he leads her to wash her face. He is amazed by her beauty. Tao, who’d seen the 3 girls up to their nonsense, investigates, mistakenly thinks Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) is a lecher, and drags Juxiang home.

Juxiang explains to her, but Tao insists that no one must know of this incident, as a woman’s chasity is the most important, and it would be difficult for Juxiang to find a good husband. Juxiang tells Tao that she doesn’t want to get married.

Juxiang’s father’s first wife, Guihua (Lin Meijiao), has high standing in the family, and would stop at nothing to make Juxiang and Tianlan’s lives miserable. With the demise of old Mrs. Huang, who was full of praise for Tianlan, and doted on Juxiang, Guihua gets her way with everything now.

Meiyu’s older brother, Jincheng (Darren Lim) is also English-educated, and currently learning the ropes in his father’s business. He and Xiujuan hit it off very well, and soon get intimate. Juxiang catches them, and they threaten her not to let anyone know about their affair.

Things don’t look good for Jincheng and Xiujuan when Huang Yuan announces that he and his sister have decided to marry Xiufeng and Jincheng. Jincheng has no guts to tell his father that the one he likes is Xiujuan, leaving her very upset. She suggests they elope, but Jincheng won’t hear of it. He chooses to run away from the problem.

Xiujuan looks Juxiang up and gives her a gold-bracelet, asking her for a favour. She wants Juxiang to tell Huang Yuan and the others that she saw Xiujuan and Jincheng getting intimate the other day. She hopes Juxiang will do so after the tok panjang, which the Huangs are hosting for important guests of high-standing.

Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) encounters Charlie Zhang, a lecherous businessman, who lives a few doors away from him in the hotel. Charlie Zhang is constantly on the lookout for virgin women, buys them, tortures them and abandons them. He leaves a very deep, very bad impression on Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie). It gets even worse when he sees Charlie Zhang with a picture of Juxiang, who is his next target. At the same time, Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie)’s friend is invited to the Huang’s tok panjang, and he invites him too. Charlie Zhang is there too, and Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) ignores him.

The honoured guests at the tok panjang are the Chens, who are very wealthy and an influencial family from Singapore. Old Mrs. Chen was Old Mrs. Huang’s good friend, and the purpose of their visit is to find a good girl for her grandson, Chen Sheng (Pierre Png). Old Mrs. Chen insults Charlie Zhang, as he is known to be very westernised, and a Peranakan who has abandoned his roots, even removing his ancestors’ altar from his house.

Juxiang comes out from the kitchen with a pot of longan drink. This is when Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) takes that stunning picture of her. Charlie Zhang sees her, and looks her up and down, commenting on how beautiful she is… He attempts to touch her, but Chen Sheng intercedes. He is also mesmerised by her beauty. Charlie tries to explain that he is using the western method of greeting people. Chen Sheng warns him that Juxiang is a Peranakan lady.

After dinner, Guihua, Old Mrs. Chen and her other grandson discuss the possibility of marriage between Chen Sheng and Meiyu. Old Mrs. Chen tries Meiyu and Juxiang’s kuehs, and loves what Juxiang made. Guihua then asks Meiyu and Juxiang to show Old Mrs. Chen their beaded-shoe skills. Guihua makes Juxiang and Meiyu swop, as Meiyu’s pales in comparison to Juxiang’s.

Meiyu is reluctant to pass Juxiang’s work off as her own, but does it anyway. Later on, Old Mrs. Chen discusses with her grandsons. They all know that the longan drink was made by Juxiang, and so was Meiyu’s beaded-shoe embroidery. Chen Sheng insists that if he must marry, he would like to marry Juxiang. He is shocked to learn she is a deaf-mute. Old Mrs. Chen laments that it is a pity, and that Meiyu is not too bad either.

Meiyu overhears and throws the embroidery at Juxiang. Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) helps her pick up the beads. Chen Sheng goes to the well to look for Juxiang. However, he cannot bear to say anything, as the truth that she is deaf-mute sinks in.

Charlie Zhang wants marry Juxiang as his concubine. Tianlan refuses to let that happen. Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) overhears Charlie talking to his assistant about marrying Juxiang and looking very lecherous when he was leaving for Singapore.

Huang Yuan decides to let the matter rest, after Tianlan begs him. However, after Juxiang had refused to help Xiujuan expose her relationship with Jincheng, and returned her her gold bracelet, Xiujuan was unhappy with Juxiang and framed her for stealing the gold bracelet, planting it in her room. With the bracelet found, Xiujuan’s mother urged Huang Yuan to put the matter to rest, as they were returning to Singapore soon. Juxiang refused to be maligned, and lit a candle, aiming the flame on her palm, and swore that if she really did steal it, the ancestors would make sure her hand was charred. After a while, the flame went out, and Tianlan rejoiced, saying that Old Mrs. Huang must be looking down and protecting her.

Guihua was angry about this incident, and insisted that she had found many mysterious things when searching Juxiang’s room. She suspects she knows how to conjure spells, and that was the reason why the flame went out. Huang Yuan was furious, and insisted that Juxiang must now marry Charlie Zhang.

Not wanting to marry Charlie Zhang, Juxiang attempts to run away. Tao persuades her not to, but Juxiang tells her that she would not be a woman who succumbed to her fate. The next day, all the servants are out looking for Juxiang, and Tao hears that there are many human traffickers around, who most certainly would target Juxiang.

Juxiang does get conned by a human trafficking group, but through sheer determination, she manages to save herself and the other girls. Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) was back in Malacca, having finally decided that he’d like to marry Juxiang. He saves her from the human traffickers. But it was not so simple. He gets beaten on the head and is taken to prison. Charlie Zhang insists that he’d be released, and he thanks Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) for saving his bride-to-be.

Juxiang tries to escape from Charlie’s hotel room as his assistant has fallen asleep. She doesn’t succeed, as Charlie comes back. He tells her that he’d only keep her if she is still a virgin, if not, he’ll send her home with a red packet (don’t know real or not). She tries escaping after hitting him on the head, but the door is locked. He whips her with his belt. Outside, his assistant is lured away my a trail of money.

Charlie tries to force himself on Juxiang, but smoke and shouts of “fire! fire!” stop him. He quickly runs out of the room. There really isn’t a fire, and the smoke was caused by burning something in a metal urn. He follows the sound of someone calling him, and that turns out to be his assistant, who’d been tied up. He tells Charlie that Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) had done it.

Charlie returns to the room to find Juxiang gone. Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) and Juxiang get on the train and commute to Singapore.

ACTING

Jeanette Aw as Huang Juxiang:
This drama has showed a totally different side of Jeanette. Her role as the deaf-mute Juxiang is challenging, as she has to emote her feelings only with her expressions, and no formal sign-language. She has to totally rely on her eyes, and the way she looks at people, and her smile really bring out her character, as a sweet, kind-hearted, modest Peranakan woman. I’m very impressed with Jeanette here – there’s feeling when she comes on-screen, and you can sense her pain, even though she can’t speak. Brilliant!

Xiang Yun as Tianlan:
With Juxiang and Tao, she has some authority when she talks. She is the concerned mother who’s only concern is that of her daughter’s well-being. Around everyone else, especially with Guihua, she is a timid, scared woman, who constantly bows her head, and doesn’t dare defy anyone, or talk back. She’ll constantly go down on her knees, showing how low her status is in the house, and how she accepts it. Xiang Yun hasn’t played a meek woman in quite a while, and although her character isn’t my favourite, I feel she emotes the right feeling. :) Xiang Yun never disappoints.

Lin Meijiao as Guilan:
The evil matriarch whom everyone loves to hate! Her role expects look evil all the time, and she looks very authoritative – she’s a person whom everyone is scared of. She almost NEVER smiles. Lin Meijiao is always great for these roles!

Huang Hui as Tao:
Tao will appear from beginning to end. She’s still alive in 2008. Tao is very crucial as a supporting character, because of her relationship with Juxiang, and later Yueniang. I think Huang Hui did manage to bring out Tao’s personality which is honest, blunt, but caring and also has a sense of justice. She is not afraid of hardship, and is protective of Juxiang, who treated her, a servant, very well. Recently, Huang Hui’s roles weren’t very likeable, but here, I can say that I like her as Tao :) she gives the show the dynamics it needs.

Dai Yangtian as Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie):
He’s Mediacorp’s mainland sign-on, first seen in “Taste of Love 缘之烩” (2007). Yamamoto Yousuke is Juxiang’s hero, the one who is there for her no matter what. He marries her, but their romance is short-lived, as war comes, and he is Japanese and victimised. I’ve been trying to find out more about Dai Yangtian but it isn’t very successful – he was talent spotted before going back to Japan to model, so I guess that’s why his Japanese is quite fluent? Him as Yamamoto Yousuke… well, seeing his performance, I think this role suits him quite well, and the look and the way he speaks makes it very real. Right now, I’m satisfied with his performance, and can’t think of another person to play this role.

Desmond Sim as Charlie Zhang:
The lecherous businessman who swaggers, smirks and is downright perverted! OH GOSH, Desmond Sim’s acting as Charlie Zhang totally creeps me out!! He’s so good! :) it seems SO REAL!

Pierre Png as Chen Sheng:
His role isn’t big at the moment… but I know he’ll marry Meiyu (Apple Hong), but still likes Juxiang, so much so that he’ll help her and her daughter when Yamamoto Yousuke dies… At least he had the cheek to tell his grandmother that he didn’t want to marry Meiyu, but Juxiang, not like Darren, who was so afraid that his father would beat him to death…

Apple Hong as Huang Meiyu:
The good daughter who shows signs of evil-ness, as she is starting to really hate Juxiang, who is better than her at everything. Juxiang even catches the eye of the man she is to marry… leaving her very irritated and discontented.

Darren Lim as Huang Jin Cheng:
It’s a change from when I last saw him in “Love Blossoms” as a guy with no backbone. Although he doesn’t really have backbone here either, his character has some sort of dimension – he’s madly in love with Xiujuan, but he chooses to keep it secret, and does sneaky little acts to keep her interested. his eyes were super creepy.

Cynthia Koh as Xiujuan:
The flirtatious and liberal girl who would give everything for the sake of love. Her ideas and principles do not fit the times, and especially don’t go well in the conservative Peranakan family.

Pan Lingling as Xiufeng:
She’s also English-educated, but isn’t daring like her sister. She’s reserved and shy… it’ll have been nice to see Pan Lingling’s Xiufeng turn evil or something. more exciting, ‘cos now her character is so minor, and so bland and unimportant…

Li Yinzhu as Chen lao-tai:
Hmmm… she’s not evil! and she likes Juxiang… wonder if she will turn evil, or is she supposed to be the nice old lady??

Yan Bingliang as Huang Yuan:
a very grumpy head of the house. he doesn’t tolerate any nonsense, and takes pride that his family is of high standing in Malacca. he refuses to let anyone tarnish his familys’ reputation. I don’t remember Yan Bingliang acting as a rich guy in recent years… but he’s successful as Huang Yuan – he has some sort of authority in the family.

Xiang Yun as Shanben Yueniang (old):
She is supposed to be 60+, and talks slowly. Her voice is a little too kind to sound authoritative, but she carries herself like a very traditional and well-versed elder with poise.

Felicia Chin as Anqi:
The modern woman, who is full of praise for her grandmother’s and Tao’s cooking skills and handicraft. She does not leave much of an impression, although she is the first character who appeared in the series. Her character isn’t special, just a normal girl who chides and laughs at the guy who is serious in wooing her… the modern woman who doesn’t want to think about marriage till she is 30…

Nat Ho as Li Xiuwen:
He followed Anqi back from Canada, as he is wooing her. He is a tourist in Malacca and is enthralled by everything Peranakan – the artifacts, porcelain, food… the entire culture. But he’s a bit OTT – with his explorer outfit on the coach, and really ‘kua zhang’ reactions, especially to Juxiang’s picture. haha. I think he’s very ‘sua ku’.

REVIEW

Although the first episode was a little slow, it gave us insight into the Peranakan culture, and was kind of like a documentary. Subsequent episodes in the 1940s were a little slow, but I realised that it was life in the 1940s, and we’d expect the pace of life to be slower, and especially since it’s in Malaysia, Malacca too!

The set really gave the feeling of a rich Peranakan’s house, and they made the food look delicious, especially the kuehs! Different dimensions were given, like Jincheng’s western way of thinking compared to his traditional and conservative parents… and how Charlie Zhang was despised for ‘moving with the times’ (not to mention that he’s a horrible person!)

I enjoyed the first 4 episodes!!! I appreciated that Dai Yangtian’s Yamamoto Yousuke (Shanben Yangjie) spoke fluent Japanese, and not so fluent and not properly pronouced Mandarin – it gives the feeling that his character is very real, and very current for those times.

I like how they incorporated human trafficking and emphasied how dangerous it was then… it’s a great change from the modern-local dramas we’re so used to now. It’s a breath of fresh air, which is very refreshing!!

I like this drama, and I’m sure it won’t disappoint in its later episodes! Many evil people make the plot exciting and interesting, and a downtrodden, but strong lead who always keeps going and has a fighting spirit to keep her alive to the end of the show. She’ll do unexpected tasks, like saving her family’s business, even though she was ill-treated by them in the beginning.

I really like this drama! The story is engaging, and the acting is impressive! :)


  1. miriam

    yes, i agree that TLN is awesome!! (: and, jeanette’s acting as juxiang is so good! haha. great review! (:

  2. [miriam]– :) yup, i’m really enjoying this drama!!

    thanks! glad it didn’t disappoint!

    qingling~

  3. vogue

    i think the historical time line a bit weird. when the children left during the war, they were about 5 years old, max 8? but when they returned, they looked like they are in their early twenties. did the war last so long???

    a bit in coherent.

    also whey did Chen xi address his father as ‘uncle’

  4. [vogue]: that’s what i thought too… the war only lasted less than 4 years, but over 10 years have passed then the families have decided to return.

    yup, that part is incoherent!

    i was also puzzled about that, but my Mum told me that people in olden times did that – giving the child to the gods, so the gods are the parents, and they have to address their own parents as ‘uncle’ and ‘aunt’… and especially since Chen Xi is the only descendant. kinda of like he’s the gods’ gift to the family, so they will make him acknowledge the gods as his father??

    qingling~

  5. nat

    but then other characters call the parents nya and tia. so is chen xi their child? dont think so right. cos that time meiyu say she ‘did not get a chance to bring offspring for the chen’s” sommmeeeething like that. hmmmm

  6. [nat]: yup, ‘cos they’re not the only descendants in 4 generations!

    yes, i’m quite sure Chen Xi is Chen Gong’s son!

    and as for Meiyu… she married into the family but didn’t fulfill her duties to carry on the family line etc. so ‘cos of this, Chen Xi is really the one and only descendant of the Chen family now.

    qingling~

  7. jay

    i’ve cleared up all the confusions between the realtionships of the people in the drama.Wow,really confusing.One thing i don’t get is.so who did yueniang marry in the first place in order for anqi to exist?did yueniang marry chenxi?

  8. [jay]: yup, it is really quite confusing!
    I HAVE NO IDEA!! that’s the part that they just WON’T REVEAL till later i guess!

    qingling~

  9. The serial drama, though only 30ish episodes long, is a bit of an epic as it spans 70 years. The producers have clumsily gotten me very confused in the beginning by casting more than one person to a role, and assigning more than one role to one actress. I had to ask why the lead actress never seems to age when everyone around her has?! (The same woman portrays a woman and her daughter some 20 years later)

    This smacks of the usual Mediacorp production anchored on the tired themes of familial feuds. This one just happens to have the Peranakan culture as a backdrop and this, they force-feed into the story-line… I am guessing at least one thing is for sure. Finally, being of Nyonya heritage myself, it’s great to know that maybe now, people would stop making the stupid assumption that “Peranakans” happen when the Chinese marry the Malays..

    Gawd!

    Read my review here http://www.deechan.com/nyonya.html

  10. [netvulture]: THANKS for sharing your insightful review of this drama from a different viewpoint!

    yes, this drama is addictive! it’s the wonderful combination of the 1930-60s setting, with the grand, ornate houses, beautiful sarong kebayas, skillful embroidery, and beaded shoes, delicious looking nyonya food…

    it is a tragic story of a mother and later, her daughter, who look exactly alike, their beauty and fighting-spirit put all in awe, and evil characters we love to hate- we rejoice when they get their just desserts, and scold and curse them when they are scheming and ill-treating people; and good characters all are rooting for- we cry when they suffer, we smile when they’re happy… sure, there aren’t any ‘grey’ characters, they’re either black (bad) or white (good), but that keeps things clear-cut, admist all the confusion of family relationships…

    the story, however simple in character development, has a sufficient script, where they focus on family, love and business. throughout, it’s a romance-tragedy, which keeps you guessing, especially in Yueniang’s case… you know she did marry someone, that’s how we’ve introduced to her grand-daughter in modern times… but who exactly did she marry?!

    qingling~

  11. geo

    i think jeanette is better as juxiang than yueniang. as yueniang, i think she’s quite normal and forgettable.
    my fav is lin meijiao. when she appears, she doesn’t even need to speak, and one can sense that this woman looks formidable,ruthless and not to be trifled with. one is scared of her when one sees her. Meijiao is impressive here. Lingling also put in a great performance here. as the saying goes, “old ginger is still the most spicy” lol

  12. [geo]: yup, Juxiang is definately a more challenging role to play. but i guess there isn’t much for the story to develop with a non-speaking role.

    Lin Meijiao is wonderful! when she appears you know something bad is brewing already. and she can look absolutely without, as you said, saying anything! and she has this evil ‘dagger’ stare! and Pan Lingling is really impressive here — it’s been a long time since these kind of roles came to her!! :)

    qingling~

  13. Anonymous

    Great!…All of you is really insightful about this show and those discussions were great…I think I saw in one of the intro about the show, there is a man (can’t see his face) is praying at the ancestors place together with yueniang’s granddaughter and some others…I guess that might be yueniang’s husband or would it be not….But I had a feeling that Yueniang is not married…anqi’s parent might be Yuzhu’s child…

    Yueniang only help to bring Yuzhu’s child up…?? Cos Yuzhu is going to die, right?..Hmm…sound logical..cos I can’t see any visible male actor that can be acted as Yueniang’s Husband liao….

  14. Anonymous

    Hey…qingling, thanks alot for putting up episode 26…Thank God, 2molo me no need to try catch ball liao…Thanks!

  15. Anonymous

    O…this show is nice…Its the nicest of Singapore show I’ve ever watch…it will keep you wanting to know whats next…Singapore show with this, I should say they have improved!!!…Good Job…

  16. [Anonymous]: all this info is in this week’s i-weekly!

    yup, it’s suspected that Anqi is actually Yuzhu’s grand-daughter. Yueniang brought Yuzhu’s son up, ‘cos Yuzhu went mad and tried to kill the baby.

    and the 8 days episode synopsis for the last episode says that Yueniang married the lawyer, Paul, while Chen Xi married Libby. although Yueniang told Anqi that she had a son, who became a lawyer, and that he had 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter – Anqi.

    nope, i didn’t put up episode 26… you have to thank the person who created and uploads the playlist!

    :) i really love this show. it’s so good!!

    qingling~

  17. Jaymie

    I think this is a great drama,really super-duper addictive!And the villians in the drama really can make you blood boil!Qi Yu Wu and Jeanette Aw really act well,and i was really hoping that Chen Xi will eventually marry yue niang,but i think its going to be a depressing ending!Funny thing that qi yuwu always makes people like him in all the roles he’s played so far!And i think Pierre Png as Cheng Sheng is great as well!

  18. Anonymous

    Hmm..Yap this show is the nicest of all…so sad its ending soon…But I think this kind of show won’t have part II one hor…cos if make part II then will have 4th generation liao…

    Anyway, hopefully mediacorptv will come out more of such show…like this type that will always keep us curious about whats next…I like the character of Liu Yidao…so cute…
    Though he is a boor, he is a gentleman to females…unlike the Robert….so disrespectful to females…hopeless man..hahahahaha

  19. [Jaymie]: YES!! :) i love this drama! the plot is well thought out, the villans are evil enough, and the acting is really good!!

    yes, the ending will be depressing, ‘cos Chen Sheng dies this week!! and Yuzhu goes mad! :(

    [Anonymous]: yup, it won’t be good if they have a 2nd part… ‘cos theres no story to continue. and i would like to remember it just as The Little Nyonya, not the drama which had a 2nd installment flop kind-of-thing.

    yup, i think it’s a fresh concept, or rather, a concept they have returned to – the 1930s-80s kind of show… we haven’t seen these since Stepping Out etc. and i really enjoy them! :)

    yes! Liu Yidao is really funny! he’s so rough and makes everyone scared of him, but he’s just really simple minded and kind-hearted, filial and trusting.

    Robert Zhang is SUCH AN EVIL GUY. he’s the scum of society… just because he’s rich, he thinks he can get away with anything! just as well… he gets murdered. YAY

    qingling~

  20. thanks for responding! glad you like the review.
    i have a speculation on the ending…

    I think anqi is not yueniang’s granddaughter. I dont think she married chen xi either. I think anqi could be yuzhu’s granddaughter and yueniang raised her mom since no one wanted her and yuzhu has gone cuckoo already.
    in doing so, she ended up not marrying anyone at all…
    my speculation. hahaa!

    i am dying to know the outcome!

    by the way, i just started to put my posts on a blogspot(sua ku)…and I would like to put up your earlier response to my post. do you mind leaving a comment here
    http://deechan.com/space/?p=14 please? my blog very quiet now….:(

    thanks!

  21. Jaymie

    Yeah.I don’t think there will be a part 2.It will be tough to live up to the expectations even if there is.And yes,i suspect that yueniang doesn’t marry anyone and anqi is yuzhu’s grandaughter.Wow,this drama totally intriguing.

    And special mention to Chen Sheng’s Malay Pantun songs!Pierre Png is so funny singing them!Besides juxiang/yueniang,the characters of yuzhu and tao-jie are powerful and well expressed as well.Liu Yidao is really nice as well,good brother.And its satisfying to see chenxi snubbing zhenzhu!As well as Robert’s death!Gosh Robert’s face absolutely irks me.

    Kudos to the little nonya team!

  22. [netvullture]: HAHA :) i know the ending!!! even though Yueniang insists Anqi is her grand-daughter, the daughter of her son with Paul (the English lawyer)… Anqi starts to suspect that she is the daughter of Yuzhu’s son. so Yueniang married Paul, and Chen Xi married Libby!!

    i’ve left a comment at your post already :) it’s the same as my reply here… hope you don’t mind!

    [Jaymie]: yes! this show is brilliant :) but as i said above, Yueniang did marry… at least according to the 8 days synopsis.

    :) Pierre Png manages to appear very laid-back, happy-go-lucky, singing, dancing… haha :) and yes, i think Joanne Peh as Yuzhu did a brilliant job! Huang Hui was very enjoyable to watch as Tao-jie… another character is Eelyn Kok’s Zhenzhu- she’s so horrible i just want her to die quickly! not to mention Robert Zhang – wow, Zzen really outdid himself in this drama. i knew he could act, but not as well as this!!! he looks revolting, and his actions are revolting, and his character is just the worst!!

    YES! The Little Nyonya team did a brilliant job!!

    qingling~

  23. Alex

    Hi,

    Happy New year.

    I’m looking forward to the re-run of Nonya Foodie on 2/2 – food intro is extremely interesting. Do you know who is that little girl with Michelle Chia?

    I thought I’ve seen her many times over the years in numerous show. Can you assist.

    Thanks

  24. [Alex]: hi, same to you!! :)

    i’ll check and get back to you

    qingling~

  25. ifa

    oh my!!!but everything i wanna know is about yuenyang…..anyone could tell me about her,after the episode that the grandma decide to not marry her with his grandson??

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