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Intense Love 韫色过浓 Review: Sweet Together ♥

Hello! I sincerely hope and pray that you’re all doing good, living healthy, and are safe despite this ongoing pandemic. It’s surely a pain in the heart to see all the changes happening and people adjusting to the new normal. I’m sure we’ll get through this, so long as we have faith and discipline. ^^

After almost two months of not posting anything, I’m back again and ready to share my thoughts on the second Chinese drama I had in my line-up, as recommended by my dongsaeng Ruthleen, Intense Love or韫色过浓. I watched this last July, and I know, it’s long-overdue. Actually, the thought of not watching this drama came to my mind, since, according to my dongsaeng, it’s just a simple light romantic comedy drama that’s full of lovey-dovey acts. I’ve considered not watching this after peeking into one of the episodes but I ended up watching it anyway. ^^

Intense Love is your typical drama with a dose of cuteness all thanks to the lead female character Su Jin Bei (Zhang Yu Xi). Su Jin Bei was a famous actress-model who had good reputation because of her professionalism, work ethics, and of course, her skills. But even as a public figure expected to act composed and cool, Jin Bei also had her cute and clumsy side in her, which was later revealed in the drama series. Jin Bei got involved in a car accident protecting rookie artist Xu Jia Wei (Shi Ming Ze) and was rushed to the hospital emergency room where her eyes slightly opened, vaguely seeing a medical staff wearing a face mask waving his hand to check her consciousness. She woke up the next morning after undergoing minor surgery, only to remember a kissing scene with the doctor who was on night duty, mistaking that he had harassed her. She reported this matter to her manager Wu Di (Wu Yang), who came barging into the head doctor’s office, blaming an innocent doctor, Xiao Yuan Song (Julio Wan Yan).

While Wu Di was out discussing matters with the head doctor, another doctor came into Jin Bei’s room to check on her. She was intently looking at him, with her memories before and after the surgery suddenly coming back to her. She had recognized him to be the doctor she shared a kiss with last night, but she chose to remain silent and observe him. Being the superstar she knew she was, she expected the doctor to make moves on her, or to show extra affection towards her, which he did otherwise. The doctor finished Jin Bei’s checkup and was about to leave when she called his attention, asking if it was him whom she kissed with last night. The doctor came to a stop, and without facing her, he explained that it was the anesthesia’s side effect which had caused her to do such act. Jin Bei was left inside her room talking to herself when she received a call from her mother, asking if she had met her fiancé who was working in the same hospital she was admitted at. Jin Bei came to a pause after recalling the name of her fiancé, claiming that it sounded familiar. She quickly turned around to look for her attending physician’s name, which was, yes, the same name as her fiancé’s – Zhou Shi Yun (Ryan Ding Yu Xi).

From that moment on, Jin Bei schemed to win over Shi Yun’s heart and later dump him when he’s completely fallen in love with her. It was a revenge for not acting like how a fiancé should be, although she really didn’t put at heart that playful fixed marriage promised by their mothers. 🙂

It was a roller coaster ride with how Jin Bei’s warmth and cuteness melted the cold heart and reserved personality of Shi Yun. ♥

My Thoughts?

Intense Love was a good watch. It gave a light feeling which suited my current standard for watching series / dramas. Because of this pandemic, I started to seek for romantic comedy themed series and I’m so glad that this one’s exactly like how my dongsaeng described it – all lovey-dovey and simple – which was actually good for my heart. Good thing I went with watching this one! ♥

What I liked about the series?

Okay to be honest with you guys, I actually watched this because of the lead actor – Ryan Ding. I came across an uploaded video on Facebook (wow I have plenty of time!) of his recent series The Romance of Tiger and Rose, and right away liked him. *w* He’s good-looking, okay? Who wouldn’t want to watch a series with such handsome face? XD

Okay, kidding aside, there is one point in the story which I came to appreciate one to two weeks after watching. I know, it hit me really late.

This point was something I used to practice. I’m saying used to because I’m not really sure if I’m still doing it now although I still firmly believe in it. Ever heard of the saying “Turn the other cheek”? I’m not sure as to why, but this message was the best I could receive from watching Intense Love.

Why? 🙂 I didn’t want to give the whole story away but I’m going to share this part where the message resonated most to me.

Su Jin Bei was friends with her junior actress and co-star Gao Zi Tong (Zhang Yao). Since Jin Bei was the limelight of every scene, with production crews treating her fondly and favoring her, Zi Tong felt inferior towards her. Zi Tong started to somehow resent Jin Bei despite the kindness and understanding that Jin Bei had shown her. It even got worse when Zi Tong witnessed how the guy she liked confessed his feelings for Jin Bei and got rejected. Her resentment grew to a point where she plotted schemes against Jin Bei that later on ruined her career and turned the tables around.

Zi Tong finally got the fame and respect she had always yearned for but she still didn’t stop and crossed the line further. She recommended Jin Bei to be casted in the movie she was making, convincing the production team to let her join. Jin Bei, who was currently in a career slump, did not hesitate to accept the offer. She went to the filming site with Wu Di who had to leave her to take care of other agency matters. Zi Tong and Jin Bei got into a verbal argument before filming, with infuriated Zi Tong pressuring the director to change the script on the spot. The director initially declined her request, but Jin Bei entered the scene and straight-out agreed with what she wanted.

They started to film following Zi Tong’s improvised script, with Zi Tong almost injuring Jin Bei’s arm because of excessive force. A loud yell was then heard which halted the filming, with the major sponsor of the movie stepping in, asking Zi Tong to let go of Jin Bei. He announced to the whole production team that Jin Bei would be taking the lead role, and that Zi Tong would be excluded from the project. It turned out that Jin Bei knew the major sponsor, whom she thanked wholeheartedly. He smiled at Jin Bei while shaking his head, telling her that it was not him who was silently looking after her, and that he only stepped in because someone asked him to.

Jin Bei then came running outside of the filming site, seeing that someone waiting under the rain. Just then she realized that she was being looked after at, that she was important. That person came meddling into Jin Bei’s affair not only because she was already being mistreated, she was aggrieved without even doing anything wrong. Despite all the bad things that Zi Tong had done to her, she chose to let her off the hook, she chose to turn the other cheek while trying to understand Zi Tong’s feelings. She actually even chased after Zi Tong, after knowing that she had left the filming site.

And this right here was where it hit me. That maybe people hurt other people because they, themselves, are hurt too; that they only needed comfort in order to lessen the pain they are feeling. I told myself that day, “Intense Love isn’t just about being clingy and giddy, it’s also about being kind and turning the other cheek. It’s about being a decent human being.”

I was happy to recall this feeling, because at one point in my life, I learned to apply this too. I learned to turn the other cheek; I let people mock me, not giving too much attention to what they say to me, I let them. And the result? It turned out to be unexpectedly good. :’)

At the last part of the series, Shi Yun’s words also made me realize about how little time we may have. The volume of Shi Yun’s line, “I don’t want to waste time anymore” serves as a reminder for us to check in on those we truly care for. You love someone? Don’t just tell them, show them, make them feel you love them. And from then on, I started to slowly reach out and connect with those people I cherish, while I still have time, while we still have time. As of this writing, we came across a lot of misfortunes and passing that have occurred which left my heart somehow aching for the friends and loved ones of those people. 😥

Sadness aside, one more thing that I liked about this series is of course, the soundtrack. They don’t have it on Spotify so I had to download them elsewhere for me to listen to the songs because they’re lovely. My favorite is When Love Comes 爱情来临的时候.

“Can’t stop loving you, lucky to have met you

Fall in love with me, sweet together

Every minute every second, every moment

Love is present in our hearts

Each day with you is worth remembering”

Lastly, the side stories! Chinese dramas have a thing for cute side stories. We have, I think, two? I’m not going to elaborate much about these two couples but they did make me smile and feel all giddy. I’m rooting for the second couple, the gamer couple! 😀

If you’re looking for a cute and light series to watch, you can go and check this one out. It’s true that there’s not much twists and revelations to it but if you want to laugh and feel giddy cute, you can try this one and I guarantee, you’ll learn to love our dear Su Jin Bei. ♥

♥ “Turn the other cheek.”

Panda Express

“From our family to yours.”

A lot of people may mistake Panda Express as Food Panda, because of the common word panda. But heads up, they’re two different things. 😉

Panda Express is a fast food restaurant chain founded 1983 in California, US. They serve American Chinese cuisine with mouthwatering flavors that will surely satisfy and tickle your taste buds.

The very first Philippine Panda Express branch opened last 12th of December 2019, located at the upper ground floor of SM Megamall, Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. A LOT of people welcomed its opening, causing long queues and hype over the internet.

Panda Express offers a variety of dishes, varying from chicken, beef, pork, and seafood. (With veggies too!)

Curious on how they serve their food, and of course, dying to know how the food tastes, we went all the way to SM Megamall to try Panda Express! Even a month after their opening, there was still a long line waiting for customers outside the restaurant. Staffs will be there to assist you, so fret not!

Even if there was a line, the queueing was smooth; all thanks to the accommodating and approachable staffs of Panda Express. Kudos!

We originally planned to eat at the restaurant to experience the ambiance, but since we were in a hurry, we decided to have our orders wrapped, to go. The containers were sturdy, I was so sure our food wouldn’t spill. They even doubled the paper bags to make sure it didn’t break. (We ordered a whole lot!)

We ordered:

1 plate (2 entree, 1 side) Php245

Savory shrimp

Brocolli beef

Chow mien

1 bigger plate (3 entree, 1 side) Php295

Orange chicken

Kungpao chicken

Asian grilled chicken

Steamed rice

For the quality, we give Panda Express an 8/10. The dishes were tasty but there’s a sense of familiarity to them. They tasted common and similar to those of Chinese restaurants found here in PH. Nothing extraordinary, but tasty. 😊

For the quantity, we give Panda Express a 10/10. Because for its price, you get a whole lot of what you ordered. We actually kept some leftovers and ate them the following day.

All in all, Panda Express is nice, especially if you’re an enthusiast of Chinese cuisine like me. I like how sweet and salty the dishes are. 😊

EXTRA:

It is revealed in interviews and widely known through the internet that Kpop boy group BTS loves to eat Panda Express. Intrigued? I guess yes. 😉