BL Updates 1st Quarter of 2020

So much time during the lockdown period to watch so many BL series I've been wanting to watch! Currently there are 4 BL series for the 1st quarter of 2020 and here is how I ranked them:

1) 2gether


This is absolutely the clear winner between the 4 series. I watched every episode when it is premiered on GMMTV youtube channel. And I rewatch the episode again right after it finished. While waiting for the next episode on Friday, I rewatched the whole existing episodes, listening to all the songs played in the series (Currently a Scrubb fan even though I don't understand Thai lol!), inspired to learn how to play guitar (Takamine brand!), followed their IGs (even the sarawatlism bot account), even reading the translated novel! Every episodes were crafted and flows beautifully (with only few scenes that I don't really like eg. the phone shop scene, the Scrubb - Deep concert scene too long for my taste) and every scenes invited so much reactions! Great casting!

2) My Engineer


I've been following Cooper since My Bromance so this series is no brainer for me. The series does lack some nice flow compared to 2gether, some scenes were too overcrowded with too many actors & actresses, and could have been handled more beautifully like 2gether. I heard the actors have been recasted 3 times, luckily it's not Saint & Kao. I just hate Saint.

3) Why R U


Eugh I don't like Saint since Love By Chance but the other casts are not bad. I find that Tutor-Fighter scenes are too much especially it took 2 episodes (Ep 9 and 10) to show their intimacy during their trip to the beach and felt too cheesy without any progress in the storyline. The storyline and the soundtrack are kinda good too. Too many unnecessary couples convoluting the plots. Couldn't wait to finish the Saifah-Zon story.

4) En Of Love

The casting are so bad I wonder how they get in the first place. And the couple getting along too quick as well and the chemistry felt forced. So many awkward acting. I couldn't stand this series but at least it fill some empty time in between other series.

Top 20 Best Boys Love (BL) Series

My Top 20 Best Boys Love (BL) Series


1) 2gether (2020)

This is love at first sight! First episode just aired in the final week of February and I'm sold! The main premise is a little bit like Lovesick, Tine looking for a fake boyfriend to dispel another tootsie who stalk him and he found Sarawat! (ig: bbrightvc) Update 9/3: After just 2/3 episodes, this series has automatically jumped into the top spot! I kept repeating watching the first few episodes while waiting for the next ep. Best crush after SOTUS!





2) Sotus (2016)

Most celebrated BL couple. Kongpob-Arthit. From senior-junior to lovers. SOTUS (Seniority, Order, Tradition, Unity, and Spirit) system. This is the first BL that I watched back in 2016. I like Arthit character, senior with bad boy vibe. I like M too even though he's a side character. The story continues in SOTUS S then Our Skyy Episode 5!

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3) TharnType (2019)

Tharn-Type. Tum-Tar. The latest and hottest series from Thailand! I like Type more than Tharn since he's more straightforward with his feeling.

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4) Until We Meet Again (2019)

Pharm-Dean. In-Korn. One of the saddest BL series TT I cried watching every episode! The story is so relatable. Both couples, the past and present are adorbs. Win and Team are adorbs too! The ending is a bit anticlimax though.

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5) Dark Blue Kiss (2019)

After Waterboyy, another series with Newwie as the main character! Kiss Me Again (2018) and Dark Blue Kiss (2019) and Kiss: The Series (2016) > OurSkyy (2018). The 2 main couple are so adorable, PeteKao and SunMork! Really love the opening theme! Third power couple after SOTUS and Theory of Love! Story continues in OurSkyy Episode 4!

PeteKao "Kiss Me Again Compilation No.1
PeteKao "Kiss Me Again Compilation No.2

PeteKao "Kiss Me Again Compilation No.3




6) Love Sick (2014)

One of the first BL series from Thailand! From faking it to making it. Noh-Phun. 48 episodes in total! Second BL I watched after SOTUS. I like Noh, he has that innocent look and still figuring out his own life.Yuri and Jeed characters have sad storyline. Prefer Earn over Phun but at least he got Pete! Season 2.5 in 3 episodes of Reminders: Because I Miss You, with additional cast from Love By Chance: Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3. A more mature look for Noh! Hope they stay together for Season 3 coming this 2020!

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7) 2Moons (2017)

Wayo-Phana. Ming-Kit. Forth-Beam! Hiding love from each other.

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8) Together With Me (2018)

Korn-Knock! This is another series that has the most episodes like Love Sick, 39 altogether! They started in Bad Romance (2016) then they get their own series in Together With Me (2018) and Together With Me: The Next Chapter (2019). I just watched this recently during the Movement Control Order period, starting with TWM (because it's a prequel), then BR, then TWM:TNC. Their chemistry onscreen is so believable. Yiwha, who was the lead character in the first series is the most interesting female character in all BL series I've ever watched. 


9) My Engineer (2020)

From what I heard, this is the most troubled production in the beginning. The casts have been recasting several times. Glad that Cooper Pappasit made it as the lead. Had it been released before or after 2gether the series, this series would absolutely rule the BL world!



10) Make It Right (2016)

Another school boys series. Fuse-Tee. From friends to lovers.

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11) Cause You're My Boy (2018)

Frank-Drake. Watching this series after 2gether. There's some good stuff in the series but it suffers from poor continuity between scenes, blame it on poor direction of the series. Cute couple though.


12) Love By Chance (2018)

Ae-Pete. Overshadowed by the popularity of TharnType. Sequel is coming out this year! I like Ae and don't really prefer Pete, because his character is too soft. Second couple Can and Tin is adorable too. More development with Tum and Tar storyline. A little bit of Kengkla and Techno.

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13) Waterboyy (2017)

Wai-Apo. Newwie as main character after Sotus! Introducing Earth!

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14) My Bromance (2016)

Golf-Bank. From the movie to TV!

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15) Theory of Love (2019)

Third-Khai. High quality production. How best friends become lovers. Famous couple from Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey. Second power couple! The Couple also featured in OurSkyy Episode 1!

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16) He's Coming To Me (2019)

Latest BL putting together Singto from SOTUS and Ohm from Make It Right!


17) The Best Twins (2019)

Rare performance from Pak Narapat after his movies Love's Coming (2014) and Love Love You (2015). Mild Suttinut nailed it as the shy character Tee. He's quite good in TharnType too.


18) Why R U? (2020)

Not really liking it at first sight but been watching it to fill my time. Saint is absolutely not my favorite actor. I don't favor the other line-ups as well except Zon and P'Fighter.


19) Great Men Academy (2019)

Not sure if this can't be considered as a BL series or not but the production is of high quality comparable to Korean or Japanese drama series. Superb acting from James Teeradon!


20) My Dear Loser (2017)

Not totally BL series but you can watch the BL cut scenes here: My Dear Loser BL Cuts. Cute couple of In & Sun, and extended to OurSkyy anthology.


BONUS:

21) The Effect (2019)

Only 3 episodes and not a normal BL love story. More hardcore compared to Until We Meet Again suicide scene and TharnType rape scene.


22) 2Wish (2019)

2019 is the most productive year for BL. There's only 2 episodes in this series: Ep 1 & Ep 2. Basically a love letter for those who love the pairing of Mean & Plan in Love By Chance the series.


23) En Of Love (2020)

It's very early to rate & rank this series since there are 3 parts in the series with the first one, TOSSARA was just completed this week with 4 episodes. So far, I don't really like the pairing in the first part, and the storyline is very much the same like other BL series.


NOTES:
1. I've watched the first few episodes of What The Duck but I don't really like the couple and the storyline. Perhaps this MCO period will open my heart to finish up the series dilligently.
2. Yet to watcj My Dream, Thank God It's Friday etc. Do recommend other series that I should watch as well!

Top 40 Iklan Raya Tahun 2018

Untuk Top 5 Iklan Raya Tahun 2017 KLIK DI SINI:


SYARIKAT PENERBANGAN & PELANCONGAN:


Iklan Raya Malaysia Airlines 2018 | Ops Lip Lap Raya

Iklan Raya 2018: Bola Raya AirAsiaGO


Iklan Raya 2018: Kuih Habuk Mak | A Traveloka Film

SYARIKAT TENAGA & SUMBER ASLI:

TNB Raya 2018 - Rumah Epik Fantastik

#PETRONAS Hari Raya 2018 - Misi Riuh Raya!

SYARIKAT TELEKOMUNIKASI:

Samsung - Raya Last Minit


U Mobile feat. Aman RA: RayaBestsama

Digi Raya 2018 #Nawaitu

Tune Talk : #RiangRayaTuneTalk - Raya Bersama Mak Ngah Lipstik


SYARIKAT PRODUKSI:

Gaya Raya Paling Ori - Filem Pendek Astro Raya 2018

Iklan Raya 2018 - Raya Chin (mStar Online)

Iklan Raya FMC 2018 - Harapan Syawal

Filem pendek raya Hot FM - Mana Angah?


SYARIKAT HARTANAH:

Setia Raya 2018 - Setia di sampingmu

SDP Stories: Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2018

PERBANKAN:

RHB Raya 2018: Berkat Disulam, Bantuan Diberi



MBSB Bank Raya 2018 - #hiduptanpakepuraan



Hong Leong Bank Raya Video: Abah Tak Bagi

SYARIKAT INSURANS:
Kembara Raya #FastAndEasy bersama Zainal Abidin dan Afdlin Shauki - Etiqa

#TeamRayaMerah - PruBSN


Sun Life Malaysia - Misi Rescue Raya (Iklan Raya 2018)



SYARIKAT MAKANAN/ MINUMAN:

KFC Raya 2018: Dendam Adam

Ramadan Terbaik Syawal #YeosMalaysia 2018

Geng Sakat Raya (Yakult Raya 2018)

KEDAI SERBANEKA:

Watsons Raya #MisiIkhlasAidilfitri

Filem Pendek Raya 2018 - Telekung Siti Khadijah 

Iklan Raya Hari-Hari 2018 - Kantoi Mencuri!

Iklan Raya Lazada 2018 - Buah Hati Raya

Iklan Raya HABIB 2018 - Dalam Hati Opah #RantaianKasih



88Mall 2018 Hari Raya Aidilfitri | The Little Cute Troublemaker

IKLAN RAYA WONDERCHEESE 2018 - SYAWAL TERAKHIR




IKLAN RAYA SEDIH 2018 - Bahagian Furniture Gallery


AGENSI KERAJAAN:

#DBKL Raya 2018 | Janji Amin



Semua Tentang Syawal - Iklan Raya AKPK


LAIN-LAIN:

SAMPAI HATI KAU! - Iklan Raya 2018


[Original Raya Short Film] Biru - 2018


IKLAN RAYA 2018 (Takbir Senja)

My Top 10 Playstation 2 (PS2) Games

1) Final Fantasy X - Turns out to be my most favourite Final Fantasy game. Tidus & Yuna forever!


2) Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup - This is the PS2 "sports" game for me! And I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter & Quidditch. This game let me play both.


3) Katamari Damacy - Lovely songs & unique gameplay. Rolling the ball and consume everything in the way is so much fun!


4) Guitar Hero - The button-mashing game that introduced the Guitar Hero craze to the world! Love it & I even have the guitar controller though I still prefer using PS2 controller instead.


5) SSX3 - When I play the game, I can feel the snow rushing to my face! The game is slick, much better than the Tony Hawk's games.


6) Dokapon Kingdom - It's like Super Mario Party but has some RPG element in it. One of the best board game on PS2!


7) Fatal Frame II - The horror game of PS2 for me, even more than Resident Evil! It gave me so many nightmares & looking through the camera will never be the same after playing this game! And it came out at the time when Korean & Japanese horror movies are at their height!


8) Burnout 3 - This is the racing game on PS2 for me. There's so much in charging your turbo & take down other racers!


9) Soul Calibur III - Among all fighting games on PS2, I love this one! It has stories, you unlock more characters & weapons, and they are all awesome!


10) Tekken 5 - This is among the first PS2 games that I bought and one of my most beloved fighting game franchise!


So that's 3 Namco, 3 EA, 1 Squaresoft, 1 Atlus, 1 Tecmo & 1 RedOctane games on my Top 10 PS2 list. GTA & few other games didn't make into the list because I prefer to play them on PC.

Play: Dinosaur Island The Boardgame

Dinosaur Island is one of the kickstarter boardgames that I've been excited about for several months. However, I'm a bit pessimistic with its vibrant color and the messy setup of modular boards kinda threw me off. Since I've a had a bit of time to learn and play new game for this coming holiday, I tried my hands on the game via Tabletopia. The half an hour demo video really helps me to understand the gameplay more easily.



There are 5 phases. Research phase: each player use 3 scientists labeled 1, 2 and 3 on the Phase 1 board to either increase DNA (3 basic types and 3 advanced types) by claiming the dice (multiply the scientist level) OR procure dino recipe (herbivore/ small carnivore/ large carnivore using different level of scientist) OR increase DNA storage (pay $2 and increase according to the scientist level) OR pass (collect $2 and reserve the remaining scientist as worker in worker/action phase). Market phase: each player use money on the Phase 2 board to either upgrade their lab (mostly for research and security purpose) OR build attraction (pay the attraction cost plus the market row cost to increase excitement level and more spots for visitors) OR hire specialist (some to gain worker, some helps in other area). Worker/Action phase: this phase is done simultaneously using workers to do actions available in the labs (combine DNA to get advanced DNA/ create dinos to increase excitement level/increase security/increase paddock capacity/gain more money). Park phase: this is when the visitors start coming to your park after all the research, market and lab stuff. The excitement level will determine how many visitors will come to your park and gives you money (except the ever-annoying hooligans, some specialists can mitigate this issue). The visitors then will visit the attractions and dino exhibits, some will stuck in line at the entrance because there's not enough visiting spots. Before those visiting can give you points, you have to check security level versus threat level. Each threat unsecured will make you lose patron and point (the dino eats them!). Finally, Cleanup phase: reset turn order according to the score track, refresh the market and return the workers, scientists and visitors. Game ends when there's only one endgame objective card left, the objective can be claimed anytime when it is fulfilled and will reveal the plot twist! Add attraction VPs plus dino exhibits (multiply) plus leftover money $5 for 1VP.



My first game took me about 2-3 hours to play for both players. At first I thought it would be better if the 3 modular boards were put into 1 big board and Phase 1 - 3 using the same worker placement / action selection mechanism and should be combine into one phase. But after a while I got used to the phases. The red player won 94 vs white player 77 thanks to the maximum number of Allosaurus that gives higher excitement level and VPs although they took a lot of DNAs to create. The problems faced by the red player are minimal number of workers and lack of attractions and dino exhibits which mean less visitor spots. The white player started slow but good in upgrading the labs and build enough attractions for the visitors although a bit lacking in collecting DNAs.



I really love balancing the level of excitement, security and threat! Playing and tinkering with DNAs to create dinosaurs and building distracting attractions was fun too! I love the randomness of DNA dice, the game changers, the plot twists once the end game objectives met and the variety of dino recipe + lab upgrades + attractions + specialists, all combine to create a unique experience every time the game is played. The experience is heighten when playing while listening to atmospheric sound of Jurassic era (you can try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DSW2l7s_Ws or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DSW2l7s_Ws)

Dinosaur Island might not be the perfect dinosaur-themed board game but it is absolutely the best available right now and it does feel like playing Jurassic Park the boardgame, one of the most influential movie during my childhood that made me love archeology and history stuff! It also reminds me of Rollercoaster Tycoon, one of my most favourite and beloved PC simulation game of all time! Probably gonna get the Deluxe KS Edition to get the extra dino meeples, extra plot twist (hooligans, VIP visitors, extra die), scientist beaker meeples and of course, metal coins!