Real name: Chen Yi Ru 陳奕儒 Stage name: Calvin Chen Yi Ru 辰亦儒 English name: Calvin Profession: Actor/Singer/Host Birthdate: 10 November 1980 Birthplace: Taiwan Height: 184cm Weight: 65kg (as of July 2009) Measurements: 37, 31, 36 Star sign: Scorpio Zodiac sign: Monkey Blood type: A Languages: Mandarin, English, Hokkien and Cantonese, Korean Band: Fahrenheit
Calvin's Name in Different Languages and Scripts
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."
~ Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
The credit goes to all who contributed to this list - Flamengo, englishrose85, sweetiekv, GwennyWu, Caldy05, Inaara and nastyhobbit.( add more later) Special thanks to Caldy (Caldy05) and Inaara who wrote Calvin's name by hand in Arabic and Hindi, respectively. Thanks to (red) for the banner! *hugssssss* And thanks to ax_pil for the video! *hugssssss* Cupcakes rock!
“We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break…”
~ Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné, on a letter to her cousin Bussy in 1670
Grandparents During their trip to Quanzhou last December 2009, Calvin admitted that his hometown/ancestral hometown was Quanzhou. So that means his father's ancestor originally came from Quanzhou.
His paternal grandparents are farmers in Wu Gu. Calvin lived with them until he was nine (Wu Gu Primary School was the first of three primary schools he attended). Calvin claims he got his curly hair from his paternal grandpa. Calvin claims that Lin Zong Ren (aka Uncle Mao) who acted as Calvin's dad in Momo Love, bears a resemblance to his paternal grandpa.
Calvin said he goes to their home in Wu Gu for Chinese New Year's. Calvin is their first grandson, and as such, he was their favorite.
They both attended the FRH concert in Hong Kong in February, together with his parents and paternal aunt. His grandmother had surgery done in March this year because of chronic back pain resulting from lumbar spinal stenosis. Which meant that she attended the concert under considerable pain. After the successful operation, Calvin called to congratulate her. Her name is Chen Zheng Yan.
His maternal grandfather has already passed away.
Parents Calvin comes from a traditional strict-dad-caring-mom family.
His dad is the general manager of an automotive supplies company in Taiwan. And even though his dad was already successful in his career, he still finished a master's degree and is currently a lecturer at the National Taipei University of Technology.
His dad initially disapproved of his choice of career. When he found out that Calvin came back from Vancouver to pursue a career in show business (and thereby abandon his budding career in banking/finance), he was so mad, he told Calvin to fly back to Canada immediately. But Calvin did not budge and pursued his career anyway. They have since reconciled and he even went to Comic Productions to film a special video message for Calvin during the launch of Fahrenciti. And Calvin specially made a cake and decorated it himself (with instructions from the chefs at KT Bakery) to celebrate his dad's 56th birthday. Calvin's dad loved the cake and was still eating it for breakfast the next morning.
Even though Calvin admitted that his dad, being traditional, had high expectations of his only son and so was especially tough on him while he was growing up, he talks often of how well his father raised him, that he taught him to appreciate Western food, that he taught him to be a gentleman at all times, that he taught him the value of family.
Calvin's dad is so serious, even Arron was afraid to talk to him in the beginning.
Calvin learned the value of saving money from his mother. She taught him to save 10 TWD per day and keep it in the bank when he was in primary school, so by the time he graduated from Jianzhong, his bank account had 160,000 TWD in it.
Calvin's mom has always supported him. She, Calvin's aunt and Calvin's grandma cried at the airport when Calvin was about to leave for Canada. The touching scene made Calvin cry too. During those 7 years in Canada, she (but not Calvin's dad) came to visit him and he took her to high tea at the famous Hotel Vancouver.
When he came back from Canada in secret, he did not return home, so he lived with a classmate, as he knew what his family's (especially his dad's) reaction would be. But during this time, the first person in his family he turned to was his mother. Although she was surprised at his career choice, she understood him. She visited him while he was living at his classmate's home during the time. She eventually urged Calvin to confront his father and not keep his return to Taiwan a secret from everyone.
Since his sister got married, Calvin has been getting pressure from his parents to get going in that regard as well.
Sister Calvin has an older sister (by two years). She got married in October 2008 and has since moved out of the Chen family house in Tianmu. When they were kids, his paternal grandparents favored Calvin because he was their first grandson, so they would give him more money in red packets during Chinese New Year, which annoyed his sister. He also admitted that when they were younger they would fight a lot. But since living abroad, he and his sister have learned to appreciate each other more. She came to support him during Fahrenheit's autograph signing event in October 2006. This touched him very much, and when she went onstage to get his autograph, he introduced her to his fans, and he cried because of the emotional moment.
Aunts and Uncles Calvin has a paternal uncle who lives in San Francisco. When Calvin failed his university entrance exams in Taiwan, one of the choices was for him to live with his uncle and study there.
Calvin also has a paternal aunt, who came to watch him perform in Hong Kong in February 2009.
Calvin’s Nicknames (needs editing for the links... for some reason AF won't let me post some of them so I had to remove them for now @@)
Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive. ~Thomas C. Haliburton
Xiao Mi Lu 小麋鹿 (little reindeer) For the Christmas season, the RHYYF set was festooned with Christmas-y stuff - Christmas tree, Santa Claus, etc. Of course Calvin didn't miss out on dressing according to the season. His gimmick was to wear antlers and put a leash on his neck. He even joked that he was "lost" (迷路 milu). 小麋鹿迷路了 Xiao Mi Lu mi lu le.
Chen Yi Lu 辰亦鹿 During the most recent guest appearance of Fahrenheit on Kuai Le Da Ben Ying, they had to play the "No NG" game, they all had to act out a scene from the drama "Princess Pearl". The role Calvin picked was the deer (鹿 lu). He played a very good deer, too! He got the innocent character of the deer down pat!
Hanawa 花輪 For obvious reasons, Calvin's hair looks like the hair of Hanawa Kazuhiko, the rich kid in the manga Chibi Maruko-chan. He said so himself in the December 1, 2010 episode of RHYYF.
Mr. Magic Telling jokes is not Calvin's only party trick. Apparently, he also does magic tricks. He has performed magic card tricks on RHYYF, as well as during an interview at a radio station. And not only that, during a cocktail-mixing promotion for Super Hot, he joked that the cup must've a hole underneath because the drink disappeared, and Da Dong asked him if he was Xiao Zhong, a Taiwanese celebrity known for doing magic tricks.
Big Brother Mango (Manguo ge-ge) For his 30th birthday, Calvin decided to make it more meaningful by making a charity drive for a children's foundation and spending his birthday with the kids, celebrating and playing with them. The children gave him a thank-you card addressed to "Calvin shu-shu" (Uncle Calvin), but Calvin would rather be called "ge-ge" (big brother), and joked that he is Big Brother Mango because he was wearing the bright yellow birthday t-shirt.
Tai Re RHYYF had a contest for SHINee fans. During the show, staff member Saku Liang would wear a mask of one of the SHINee members. Once, she wore Tae Min's mask. So Calvin introduced himself as Tai Re. And Tai Re danced to Tai Re.
Gucci It's not because Gucci's his favorite brand. During RHYYF recording, some SHINee fans went to play some games. As one of them introduced herself as Tiffany, Calvin introduced himself as Gucci.
Sara, a ZE:A fan When ZE:A came to Taiwan to be co-ambassadors of Taiwan along with Fahrenheit, Calvin and Da Dong teased Kwang Hee for being hairy, making jokes about mosquitoes getting lost in his hairy legs, making Kwang Hee go, "Calvin, I hate you!" But when Calvin interviewed ZE:A in RHYYF, Calvin made it up to him by pretending to be a ZE:A fan called Sara. And when asked who her favorite ZE:A member was, she said Kwang Hee, making Kwang Hee go, "Calvin, I love you!" They hugged and made heart hands together.
Dancing stick Calvin has really improved his dancing skills. He's no longer the Invincible Robot, nor just a walking stick. He is now Dancing Stick! During his skit (Sept 14 RHYYF) with SHINee member "Minho" (someone wearing a mask with Minho's face) to promote MTV's contest "Search for SHINee dance champion", Calvin said he isn't "dance king" (wu wang) because he is "dancing stick" (wu guan).
Moist Pancake 鬆餅潤 a.k.a. Sumochi Jun In the July 21 episode of Ri Han Yin Yue Feng, the question of the day (Calvin Chen, Mission: Must Reply) was, "If you are given the chance to be a star, which Jpop/Kpop group do you want to belong to the most, and why?" Calvin's answer was that if he joins a Japanese group, it would be Arashi. Because Arashi has Matsumoto Jun 松本潤 (pronounced Song Ben Run in Mandarin). Previously he sported long hair and some people thought he looked somewhat like MatsuJun, so gave him a similar-sounding name 鬆餅潤 Son Bing Run (moist pancake). The other members lof FRH later teased him about it and also started calling him Son Bing Run. If given a Japanese reading, 鬆餅潤 can be pronounced as Sumochi Jun. (Too bad it doesn't read as Matsumochi Jun. lol)
Ah Ru The whole cast of Love Buffet spent a couple of months intensively filming the drama starting in June. So after some time, they have bonded together, shopped together, and even got nicknames. Calvin even helped Qiao Qiao practice her driving[/url] and gave her one of his WOW caps[/url]. Qiao Qiao called Calvin, “tender Ah Ru”[/url]. They have become friends and sometimes go out for dinner in their Tianmu neighborhood (Qiao Qiao lives in Tianmu, too).
Xiao Mei During the autograph-signing event for their third photobook, Fahrenheit were making updates on what they were busy doing. Calvin said that now he’s filming Momo Love with Jiro. He asked Jiro, “What’s your character’s name?” Jiro answered, “Tao Hua”, to which Calvin added, “And I’m Xiao Mei. Actually this is my second time to play Xiao Mei. During the first time, Chun was Gong Zhu.”
Little Jiro Ever since training (and with a 300-sit-ups-a-day routine) for his dramas and concerts, Calvin has developed 6-pack abs. He and Jiro joked that now Calvin is “Little Jiro” in his abs, and someone who will touch his abs will suffer concussions from the bumps.
Speedy Calvin may be skinny, but he’s no slacker. In his childhood, Calvin was a member of the athletics (track and field) team. He could run very fast so his fellow classmates called him “飛毛腿”[/url] (literally means flying hair and legs). And after finishing high school when he went into selling polo shirts in roadside stalls with a couple of his friends as a summer job, he got to practice his running by evading the policemen who patrolled the streets against illegal vending. He was especially proud that during the period they were selling shirts, they never got a single ticket from the police!
Baby Long Legs It seems older women’s attraction to Calvin started early. When Calvin was younger, one of his school seniors liked him a lot and called him “長腿寶寶 Baby Long Legs”[/url]. That time, whenever he passed by that girl’s classroom, everyone called him “Baby Long Legs”.
Sunshine Boy Calvin was Vancouver’s Sunshine Boyz 2004 champion. It was the start of his life in show business and the prize was a ticket to Hong Kong (but he changed it to Taiwan) and a chance to be in a drama. He is always teased for taking part in a pageant, but he’s proud of it. Years on and he’s still doing the Sunshine Boy pose. As he wrote in his Fahrenciti blog when he returned to Vancouver as a special guest in Sunshine Nation 2008, he may be Fahrenheit Calvin now, but he will always be Vancouver Sunshine Boyz Calvin.
Honey, Baobei Guess who called him these names. And actually Calvin wanted to be called “Sweetheart” instead. Another clue: This person has seen Calvin completely naked. *wink wink*
The guy from Canada It’s no secret that Calvin came to Taiwanese showbiz by way of Canada. So in Fahrenheit, Calvin was always the guy who studied in Canada. When the Fahrenheit boys celebrated Jiro’s birthday during the filming of Chu Shen Ru Hua MV, each of the boys talked with Wang Mama on the phone, Calvin introduced himself as “the one from Canada.”
CC/Sissy “CC” does not only stand for Calvin Chen. Or Cupcakes. In the drama Romantic Princess, the director often scolded Calvin for being too feminine, and called him “CC” (sissy). Genie Zhou, his co-star, also teased him about it. And actually, she revealed that everyone also called Calvin "Xiao Niu" (Little Girl) but it's "CC" that stuck. Haha.
Urban Warrior Thunderman For the 2008 Cardanro fall collection ad campaign, the theme was a post-apocalyptic world of chaos, with Fahrenheit having superhero personas. So each Fahrenheit member had a superhero nickname. Calvin was “Thunderman”.
Walking stick It’s not just because Calvin is the skinniest guy in Fahrenheit. When Jiro was still rehabilitating his leg, Calvin (being the tallest in Fahrenheit) was used by Jiro for support, thus becoming his “walking stick”. Well as they say, form and function come together.
Mr. Potatohead Calvin’s blond hair wasn’t a big hit with some of his fans. Shocked by Calvin’s new hair color, some fans who saw the SHE + Fahrenheit concert in Hangzhou called him “Potatohead”. Their exact words were, “Before, he was very good-looking, now he looks like a potato head.”
Chairman Chen/President Chen/CEO Chen/Boss Chen Calvin has always been the group’s finance expert. And he’s always been teased for having “investing in stocks” as a hobby. Last 2008, Calvin finally applied his training in economics to good use – he launched his own clothing label “WOW” which was at first sold exclusively online but has since been sold in Zhe Ye stores in Taipei as well as in Boutique 21 store in Fahrenheit 88 mall in Kuala Lumpur. From being a two-man enterprise, Calvin now has employees who call him Chen Zong Cai (Chairman Chen). And ever since he started hosting MTV Taiwan's Ri Han Yin Yue Feng, even some of the MTV staff call him Boss Chen. So it's not just fans who call Calvin, Boss.
Dr. Chen/Prof. Calvin Calvin has never denied his intelligence and academic achievement, and is very proud of them. His ability to reason and explain his opinions at length made Fahrenheit's company staff to call him "Dr. Chen". So on occasion, he jokingly refers to himself in the third person as “Dr. Chen.” And actually, when he joined Sunshine Boyz 2004, he had planned to pursue a PhD the following year. Of course it didn’t happen because by that time, he had returned to Taiwan to pursue his showbiz dream. During Calvin's first solo visit to Japan in December 2007, instead of a normal presentation, he made it look like a lecture, where everyone called him "Calvin-sensei" and he also gave some advice on investments. But more than being praised for being smart, the nickname “Dr. Chen” might have another angle to it. When Calvin was a kid, his dream was to be a doctor. In senior high, he even belonged to the group of students that was geared towards having a career in medicine. As Calvin didn’t pass the university entrance exams in Taiwan, that dream was scratched.
Taiwanese Black Hawk For the Ji Mo Bao Zou music video, Calvin’s costume was a tasseled black poncho with skeletal dinosaur prints. During the filming of the MV, he and Jiro were making fun of their costumes. Jiro, wearing a fur-lined black coat, was the legendary Taiwanese black bear, while Calvin claimed to be the Taiwanese black hawk (and Black Hawk Down’s lead star). Calvin and Jiro had fun playing BEAR vs. HAWK.
Xiang Xiang Prince During their appearance as guests in Da Xue Sheng Le Mei, university students tested how suave the Fahrenheit members were in many criteria. At one point, they sniffed the Fahrenheit members one by one and Calvin was named the Xiang Xiang Wang Zi (Sweet-smelling Prince). Trivia: Calvin wears Bvlgari Aqva pour homme deodorant.
Underwear Prince Or does “Calvin Underpants” sound better? He acquired this nickname during the album promotion event in Ximending last December 28, when his jeans got too low and his fans were treated to a sight of his ass + his blue CK boxers. In a later promotion event, a fan even made a board with a picture of Calvin's public exposure, which Calvin saw. Being an easygoing person, he just laughed at himself. The underwear incident became a hot topic during their laterpromotion events, where Fahrenheit and the host kept teasing Calvin about being the “Nei Ku Wang Zi (Underwear Prince)”.
Elvis Chen Well, besides wearing hoodie with Elvis's face for the Zui Jia Ting Zhou MV, he actually signed his name as “Elvis Chen” for a fan!
Shan Cai I'm kidding. But when they were promoting their third album in Shanghai, the cast of the Chinese "Meteor Garden" remake was still not revealed and Wu Chun was rumored to have been offered the role of Dao Ming Si. So during the interview, Chun was asked who he would like to play the role of Shan Cai. Any actress's name would have surely gotten him into trouble so he jokingly said, "The role of Shan Cai is most suited for Calvin Chen! Haha!" Well, had it been true, that would not be the first time Calvin played a girl. lol.
Lao Chen During the album promotion in Taichung, before the show began, the event’s host was working the fans, asking them which nicknames they can give to the Fahrenheit members. Calvin fans gave him the nickname “Lao Chen”.
Calvin the Brat During the gaiban promotion for YLYA in Ximending, Calvin wanted to play-act something (another one of his brilliant ideas), so he shortly whispered his plan first to Jiro and Arron, then to Chun. But the two naughty guys abandoned Calvin to do the play-acting by himself. When Calvin realized he was all by himself, he threw a tantrum like a little kid. All in good fun of course.
Calvin the Go-numb Lover During the Valentine’s Day fan meeting this year, each Fahrenheit member was asked by the host to think of a nickname representing each of them as a lover. The host at first wanted Calvin to have the nickname “Big-talking Lover”, but Calvin protested because it sounds like he’s boastful. In the end Calvin thought of the nickname “Go-numb Lover” because he can sweet-talk anyone until her knees go numb/weak. LOL. Did Patty Hou's knees go weak? Find out as Calvin tried to sweet-talk her during their appearance in Azio Superstar with the line, “If there is a next life, I don’t want to be a human. I want to be a goldfish. This way, even when I am sleeping, I can keep looking at you!”. Even Chun needed some of Calvin's skillz to sweet-talk the female host of Happy Camp, as she asked Chun if he'd pick her or the popcorn, Calvin whispered to Chun to give her the ultimate line, "You can eat the popcorn and I can have both." *wink wink*
Calvin and studying When asked why he likes to study so much, he said that there is a lot of competition today and he felt that he needed to study to give him an edge. Also, he felt that working hard to achieve one's goal is a good feeling plus his studies increases his knowledge and changes the way one thinks.
Calvin and his dancing The other guys described Calvin's dancing skills as completely robotic. The good thing about Calvin is that he remembers all the steps really well. He knows each step and what should come next but that can result to a robotic dance.
Calvin and gay guys There was an interview before about gay guys liking Calvin. Jiro mentions that Calvin drinks his water with his pinky lifted up. He has no qualms about it and is actually very open joking about it during one Valentine's day when he went out with friends who were coupled together. He said to the last single guy in the group, nothing wrong with this, gay guys celebrate Valentine's too. Also, the director for Romantic Princess calls him "sissy" because of him being too feminine but he says that he's definitely not the type that gays like. But then Calvin has had experiences being approached by gays and he got so scared he ran away.
Calvin and his little wife Calvin even brought his little wife over from Canada. Little wife? He said, his little wife was bought when he was studying in Canada. It is a silver Honda Accord car JWG101 (it now has the Taiwanese license plate number 2111EY). He couldn't even bear to leave his car in Canada so he spent a huge amount of money to bring it to Taiwan. And he has little rules with regards to his LaoPo, like no one in FRH can borrow his car, not using automatic car wash (he washes it with his own hands), never using outdoor parking space and no eating in the car. But of course he shares his ride with his friends when they need it, such as going home from location shoots.
Calvin and his health Early last year, there were news of Calvin's problem with his stomach. He suddenly lost a lot of weight. His pictures showed him stick-thin, almost skeletal. Of course, this happening made us worry a lot. Its a good thing that he is slowly regaining back his weight and we are supporting him to get back to his normal healthy self. This August, Calvin was required to do his service for the national military. He is unqualified to serve the full term due to his health. It has been released that because of his sudden weight loss, he developed a heart condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP). Recently it was discovered that Calvin also has Meniere’s disease, causing feelings of dizziness due to the imbalance in the fluids in his inner ears. Calvin made light of it in his blog by saying it’s because fans have been shouting so much support for him that he got dizzy. LOL. Jia you, Calvin! Always take care of your health.
Calvin and talking All of us here know that Calvin loves to talk and almost all the articles we've read mention the guys' first impression of Calvin is that he's very talkative. Chun says that Calvin loves to talk even when they all want to rest. He loves to discuss anything and everything. Calvin also has this manner of poking and poking people when he wants to catch their attention.
Calvin and girls We all know that Calvin is the perfect boyfriend, husband, suitor, best friend anyone can have. He once gave a girl 99 roses and professed that the 100th rose is the girl. Sweet. He even went on a road trip from Canada to America with his ex-girlfriend. Calvin had his heart broken when he was in high school. He was dating a girl who broke up with him because her parents did not allow her to date but only to focus on her studies. Calvin then found out that the girl was actually dating a friend of his. Awww. Poor Calvin. No problems, there are many of us out there willing to give you our own hearts. Calvin says that he wants a simple girl and he claims that the important part of finding the right girl is the feeling that he gets when he's around her. He has to be comfortable with her, no apprehensions about sharing anything and everything with her.
Calvin's first drama I remember someone was talking about his first acting in Taiwanese drama, an umbrella boy in ISWAK. While I was searching for old stuff, I found it was shot on Jun03, 2005. Since it was the last episode and aired in 2006, Calvin's drama aired first was KOone. appledaily Jun05, 2005 see pics 4/6 and 5/6
Fahrenheit First Photo Album 海角一樂園 (Voyage to Paradise) Published June 20, 2007
Calvin's message: (translated by Tiffany@FahrenheitGloba1)
In these few short days, we walked through many kinds of places. Actually it is not far from the Taipei that I grew up in, yet there is so much good scenery in front of me. At this instant, so many memories or things that I want, and wish, are all here.
Enjoying the sunshine on the beach, closing my eyes, imagine I’m right on Vancouver’s English Bay beach, so many summers, me and my friends wearing beach shorts, slippers, bringing along our dogs, enjoying the sunshine that brings us our tan bronze skin, this is an enjoyment.
Coming to the train station that is filled with historical and ancient aura, imagining myself to be a passer-by, lonely journey, Oh no… I’m indeed a person who’s afraid of loneliness, no matter where I am, I will always need the care and concern from friends and family.
Mid-ancient like Euro-style infrastructure, it was as if I came to another world; imagine myself to be speaking another kind of language, born in a wealthy and royal family, with the pursue of new knowledge as interest, researching and exploring consistently, the evolution of human. In the past, I always feel that the old and ancient should always be replaced and overtaken, but ‘now’, which is also the past of future, it will need many people’s unity and hard work, to be able to keep innovating, keep improving, turning the impossible to something possible.
My friend once told me a proverb that I like a lot, “If you don’t succeed at first, try try and try again.” At the ancient infrastructure, I took in the new knowledge slowly. This feeling is just like enjoying the time off on a sunny afternoon, be it silently digesting a book that I love, or chatting with a buddy. This spiritual nourishment and upbringing has indeed rejuvenated a lot of my energy and motivation to welcome future challenges.
Once, now, western, eastern, serenity, rowdiness, all the different kinds of opposite extremes cross and link up together, scenes keep changing from here to there, my mood also keeps changing, the space and environment is able to change one’s mood and feelings. And in this world, it is also because of this varsity and changes that make one find life adorable and enriching.
I’ve been to many places, the scenes keep changing yet I can still remember each and everything clearly, summoning my past memories that had been sealed for a long time and also cleared my thoughts. I anticipate, look forward to the lifestyle I want in future, it’s becoming clearer and clearer. I finally understand, I will remember fondly, I cherish, I anticipate, let us encourage each other in our endeavours.
Fahrenheit in Japan 飛輪海 in 日本 Published March 30, 2009
I do feel and receive the warm welcome from you guys all the time.
Japan is a special place for me and Fahrenheit. We love the food, scenery and the friendly people here.
We will keep on doing our best, no matter on drama or music (including Japanese EP). Fahrenheit need your support!
Nothing can be perfect but we should always have the attitude to pursue perfect[ion].
Everyone please give a lot of support.
Q and A: (translation by ~chris~)
Q: What are your thoughts on releasing EPs in Japan? A: I feel very happy and excited that we can release EPs in such a competitive place like Japan. I will continue to work hard in the future! Q: What experience do you find most interesting in Japan? A: I can meet many fans and especially in Hiroshima, I have also become Teacher Yi Ru and this makes me extremely happy.
Q: What place in Japan do you like the most? A: Hiroshima. Reason: because I have been to the shrines there for interview shooting and I have also eaten the delicious oysters. Oysters are extremely delicious!
Q: What are your favourite foods in Japan? A: Sashimi, sushi, roast meat, ramen, oysters, but actually I like it all.
QL What would you want to do next time you visit Japan? A: I want to eat roast meat, and I want to try raw beef as well. Actually, I want to go shopping also. I love boots, hats and clothes!
Q: Have you been learning Japanese, or which phrases do you like? A: ‘Like very much’, ‘Great!’, ‘Delicious’, ‘Gentle’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘(Phrase you say after someone has worked hard, in Chinese: xin ku le)’.
Q: Say a few words to your fellow band members! A: Let us continue to work hard and allow more fans in Japanese to know Fahrenheit! For Jiro: Let us shine together on stage. For Aaron: Let us work hard on our music! For Chun: The delicious food is waiting for us in Japan ~
The beginning, Fahrenheit 原点, 飛輪海 A Prince’s Wanderings 王子的流浪 Published September 4, 2009 (translations by nastyhobbit)
Chapter 1 Starting off at Vancouver
Vancouver vs San Francisco
A dismal occasion that came completely without a warning.
September 7, 1998 was a day that changed my entire life. I will never forget this day! This day, as far as I'm concerned, is like a day to commemorate. My 17-year-old self dragged my luggage at the airport, and my mom, (paternal) grandma and (paternal) aunt who came to see me off were crying as I entered the boarding area. At first I felt nothing, but as soon as they cried I also started crying, and the tears came gushing out.
I can only say that in the 3 years of high school I was too fond of playing around. My study atmosphere was very free, whether I wanted to study or not was entirely up to me. And I was that sort that completely doesn't study. So it wasn't difficult to imagine that my university entrance exam results were very tragic, right? Dad is a very traditional family man, and when he saw the results he was terribly angry. He said that I played around too much, and rather than study for one more year and wait to repeat the exams, I might as well simply go abroad to study. At one point, I considered going to San Francisco, because there are many ethnic Chinese there, and my uncle (father's younger brother) moved there 20 years ago, so he could be around to look after me. But my old primary school buddy Shawn who was also our neighbor, immigrated to Vancouver, and near his home was a private university I could attend. After much discussion, my future was decided, I would go directly to Vancouver.
This was my first time to fly abroad all by myself. Facing the vast, unknown future, my heart was indeed full of aspirations. A new journey was about to unfold. I'm alone stepping on the starting point. What will await me when I return? What kind of person will I become...
But there was Shawn enthusiastically greeting me as I stepped out of the Customs Check. And right away I forgot that 10 hours ago, was my sad separation from my family. Because of the new future, I felt a sense of excitement, and the worries in my mind just moments ago, suddenly stopped.
Living in the countryside, practicing English skills the right way
"Didn't you say your home was in Vancouver?" I asked as I discovered that as the car drove on for an hour, the scenery outside the window became more and more desolate. There was not a single indication that we were about to enter a "big city". "Yeah, but not downtown," Shawn answered. The town was called Langley, and even though it was within the Vancouver area, it was 100% countryside, with fresh air and rare sign of human civilization. In this small town there were a lot of pastures, everywhere one can see cows, horses and sheep...
For half a year in Vancouver that I lived with Shawn's family, I got up before light, walked 10 minutes, passed through a forest and waited for the public bus. The bus there was super infrequent, only one came at each hour. So missing one was equal to wasting an entire class - in other words, I had to get up on time, prepare, then take the bus. If not, I could only wait patiently right there. It sounds like it wasn't difficult, but in the winter there's snow! The cold wind feels like a "flood" when a typhoon enters a forest, and floods into your clothes. When I walked during snowy days, it felt like there's an ice knife digging into my bones, it was super painful! Quite opposite to what I was used to in Taiwan's subtropical climate. To me this was really a very deep-felt experience.
After living in Shawn's home for half a year, I started to live in the school's student quarters. SO going to school was more convenient and I wanted to make myself a bit more independent. Because the university was a Christian school, the school style was very rigorous, the supervision was also very strict. It's prohibited to smoke inside the campus. And before each class, the teacher would first make the students pray, and even arranged a prayer room where students can go to pray after class. Living in the countryside like this, within a short period of time my English level progressed rapidly, not only because of "no distractions of the heart", but also because there were very few Chinese people there. So it was equal to opening the mouth and closing the mouth in English, letting me very quickly get into condition.
The Taiwanese students studying in Vancouver mostly live half an hour's drive away in RIchmond. There one can say is Chinese country. One bumps into blond, blue-eyed Westerners, but it's difficult to hear a single sentence in English. Everywhere on the streets selling Taiwanese bubble milk tea, spare ribs and chicken legs. Some friends and I often drove there during weekends to sing karaoke, drink bubble black tea, and rent videos of Taiwanese variety shows like "Guess Guess Guess" and "Variety Big Brother" to watch when we return back, comforting my feelings of homesickness.
Suddenly started to study hard!
After going to language school for 1 year at this private university, I decided to apply to transfer to a public university. But because my high school grades were not good enough, my application failed. First I had to study College for 1 year and through IELTS (International English Language Testing System, English proficiency test in Canada), take part in Simon Fraser University's (abbreviated SFU) bachelor's program in economics. Maybe Dad has taught me since I was a boy that "it would be good to become a doctor", but in Vancouver, on one hand I wanted to graduate quickly, and on the other hand I felt that I must be more pragmatic for my future, so I turned to finance.
That one year studying in College, I was super diligent, in every course my grade was an A, I was first in class, and was elected an honor student. After entering SFU without any problems, I only spent 2 years in order to finish. The school's regulations require students to get 120 credit points in order to graduate, and can take several years depending on the students. There were even students who were studying for 6 years and still haven't graduated. But my semesters were always full with 16-17 credit points, so less than 3 years later, I already got my university degree.
The old me who loved to play around, how can he suddenly "repent" and turn into such a diligent child? I want to "give credit" to my high school years, when I already had that playing around phase. Studying abroad all alone, the things other young people are crazy about didn't interest me too much. And another aspect was that I also thought about my parents' hard work to earn money for my studies. Of course I could not let them down!
After graduating, I applied for the University of Victoria's (UVic) graduate program in economics. I could not help but feel proud that in this program, only about 30 students enroll every year, require 3 professors' letters of recommendation, and admission rate was almost 0.0. I was successfully admitted, which was really a rare honor.
Rapidly studied for master's degree
The University of Victoria is located in Vancouver's main island, near the city of Victoria. This "little island" that locals call Victoria Island is almost the size of Taiwan, but in the vast Canadian country, in the eyes of Canadians, it is really just a "little" island!
Victoria is British Columbia's capital city so the city is full of government offices such as the city council. Victoria Island's climate is pleasant and the scenery beautiful, and this is a lot of Canadians' idea when they think of retirement home. Every weekend I would return to downtown Vancouver to walk around and meet with friends. But first I had to take an hour's ferry ride from the main island and then drive for half an hour more to get there. What is called "ferry" here is not the kind in Kaohsiung's river crossing, it is a huge cruise ship that can take 2000 cars, which can be driven directly to enter the ship. And inside are dining halls where we can eat buffet! Sometimes we could see dolphins and whales racing at the side of the ship!
Studying in this environment that's almost cut off from the outside world, my efficiency was understandably very astonishing! In the program, students must take courses and write a paper/thesis, the quickest it takes to finish is 2 years. I only took 8 months to finish my courses and then moved back to Vancouver to prepare to write my paper/thesis. Maybe it's that I wanted to hurry up and leave this little island "for the elderly"!
Independence, makes life more interesting
From the age of 18 until 24, I've lived apart from my family for 6 years. I've lived with other students' homes, rented apartments with other students, and also tried living alone. Not being with my parents was equal to having to depend on myself on real-world issues. Registering, applying for insurance, going to the bank, moving house, buying food and household stuff. In a short time, I went from only being able to speak a few phrases in broken English to to being able to understand and handle all kinds of matters. Living alone is not a problem for this "little adult".
If I'm asked what the biggest gain was in these several years of living abroad, I think I will answer without any hesitation: "independence". Unknowingly, I was trained by my circumstances to settle everything by myself, no longer depending on others. Although each month my mom will send money for my living expenses, she was super careful and meticulous in planning each cent, and also gave me a credit card for emergency use, that didn't make me spend recklessly.
Take cooking as a good example. Before when I was at home, I was used to having food just given to me to eat. But after going abroad, I learned to cook noodles and rice, until I also learned to stir-fry vegetables and fry steak. As long as I have a stove, microwave oven and electric rice cooker (commonly referred to as student's "3 treasures" while living abroad), I could cook simple and hearty meals, and even difficult dishes such as beef with green pepper will not defeat me. I don't dare to say it's comparable to restaurant-level cooking, but when I invited friends over for dinner, I never lost face! I like instant soup and to make it even more tasty I developed an exclusive secret recipe - take cheese and cow's milk to add, and the flavor becomes richer and more savory. All the people who drank it gave me praises!
Even now that I'm living with my family again, I still keep the habit of washing, drying and folding my own clothes. There were several times that my mom washed them and put them in my room, I felt so unaccustomed to this, I asked her not to wash them again. Maybe like when I was living in Canada, I already acquired the attitude and habit of "self-reliance"!
Korean men are very “happy”?
Another major gain while studying in Vancouver was knowing a lot of friends from different countries. Canada is known as a cultural “melting pot”. In Vancouver, aside from white people and black people, there are also ethnic Chinese from Taiwan, mainland and Hong Kong, as well as Asians like Korean, Japanese, India, Vietnamese, etc. Most of my friends come from everywhere, native Canadians not so much.
Because we often get together, I have a lot of contact with all kinds of cultures. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, we would get together at some friend’s home in a potluck party (each person brings a certain dish) to eat, drink and chat. Of course we would chat about different countries’ food specialties; dining customs, social customs are very good chat topics. I have a lot of Korean friends with Korean girlfriends, and when I’m with them I always find that the “treatment of females as inferior to males” concept is deeply rooted and “stuck” in their culture. Like when a Korean friend invited me to his home to have dinner with him and his newly wed wife, we 2 guys were in the living room eating and drinking beer, while his wife was in the kitchen preparing food, carrying food, preparing food, carrying food, very awfully busy. I felt very embarrassed, whispered to my friend, “The dishes are enough, please ask elder sister (polite address to older married woman) to eat with us, ok?” Surprisingly he said, “No need la, a Korean wife must wait until her husband and his friends have eaten until full, then she can sit down to eat.”
My Korean girlfriend at the time was also like this. On weekends when she came to visit my home, she would first take my clothes to wash, cook food, and won’t ask me to help. She cooks by herself, and asks me to watch TV in the living room. In the eyes of a Taiwanese guy, it’s a little uncomfortable. Surely she would want to say, help with the bowls and chopsticks, carry the dishes, etc. But it seems Korean girls are already accustomed to this habit. If a guy is too "難婆", this will make them feel very weird.
Japanese are "courteous" all over the world
Japanese courtesy is well-known all over the world, from them I also learned appropriate behavior. But I couldn’t help but be curious: Is their courtesy sincere? Or is it because the older generation does so, then the younger generation follows suit?
My Japanese classmate told me, “Of course not! Because from childhood we were taught to do so, so we can. But if it’s in private, especially if we are all young people, then we don’t have to be so proper.” Oh, so that's how it is.
So this way, these bits of contact with different cultures will make me very quickly able to get accustomed in whichever country I go to perform. Being aware of their sense of propriety, customs, ethnic character and activities that “raise eyebrows”, I will then not make any inappropriate jokes. These for the me who was in Canada then, unexpected!
Leisure activities, the best is still natural
In the city of Taipei, the most commonly done leisure activities are probably shopping, eating out and watching movies. But in Vancouver, my most commonly done leisure activity was – fishing, going on a boat and catching crabs.
The Canadian government attaches great importance to ecological protection, and the laws on this are very strict. For example, catching crabs and fishing require licenses, and then in each season can only crab and fish at a certain time. If it’s crabbing, there are rules that say people can only catch males, and must not catch the females. How to distinguish male from female? I will tell you, a male crab’s belly is pointed, while a female’s is round. As well, everyone at every time can only catch 2 basketfulls. If the caught crab is less than 15 cm in body length, this must also be “returned” to the sea. I have this friend who was arrested by the Coast Guard and penalized with 1000 dollars (about 30,000 TWD). Their law enforcement’s strict level is very clear. But also because there are such strict laws that Canadians will forever have fish and crab to catch.
My friends and I frequently drove to Canada and USA’s border town of White Rock Town to catch crabs. It’s a well-known seaside vacation spot. A lot of pensioners (including Chinese) live there, enjoy the harmonious climate and scenery. Fishing for crabs is very simple. Use string knotted to a net, put a piece of the crab’s favorite food (chicken thigh meat or salmon head), then throw in the water and wait. When you pull the net up, there will be super huge crabs inside! I’m practically a crack shot, very few times did I return empty-handed!
Fishing for crabs in the evening, one side can watch the ocean scenery, play cards, and chat, it really is a pleasant way to enjoy. The crabs I can bring back home, put some green onions, ginger and garlilc, steam in the electric rice cooker and then later gobble madly to eat. Have to say that this has a really sweet taste, and this is much smarter than the western way of boiling. Indeed, when it comes to food, the Chinese way is better!
Catching fish is normally in the autumn when it’s the fish’s most fertile season. A bunch of friends rented a barge to tour the lake and conveniently catch some fish. Apart from fishing and crabbing, in the summer I would drive with friends to make barbecues at a national park, maybe go to the lakeside, play in the water, all quite close to nature. These simple and natural experiences provide me with much food for thought.
Encountered a bank robbery
Those years ago in Canada, I also experienced dangerous moments that an average person rarely encounters in a lifetime. For example… running into a bank robbery?
One very ordinary afternoon, I went to the bank and at 3:30, some minutes before closing time, the guy standing next to me suddenly took out a mask and pulled it over his face, took out a gun, jumped up the counter and pointed the gun at the employee behind the counter shouting, “Give me the fxxking money!”
It couldn’t be a movie filming, right? My brain suddenly went blank.
“Everybody fxxking don’t move!” the masked guy shouted at everyone. He took lots and lots of money and stuffed them in a bag, and not long after, a car parked at the bank’s door and the guy quickly left. The whole course of events probably didn’t last 5 minutes, super fast! The robber left and everybody looked foolish just standing there, and some people because they were so terrified, they started crying loudly.
This is too unreal to be true, right? Practically the same as seeing it in a film, but now my own personal experience. And I happened to stand right next to the bank robber!
Afterwards the police came and took everyone’s testimonies. I secretly rejoiced that they didn’t arrive right away, otherwise the bank robber would have grabbed me who was the nearest to him, and I would have turned into a hostage!
A month after this robbery, I again went to the same bank to do some business. To my surprise, I saw the bank’s iron grills pulled down, and a piece of paper was posted, “Because of a robbery incident, the bank has temporarily stopped business for the day.” Whoa! There was a robbery just recently! This can’t be such a coincidence, ah! Running into the first robbery was already enough, I bumped into it twice!
Eating barbecue after a car crash
Another occasion was even more exaggerated – a car crash in the mountains! That time was a meeting with my friend, and I was the driver of the car with my friend. Altogether there were 4 cars going up the mountain, we passed a corner, I didn’t pay attention and the car slipped down the road. “Bam!” The car hit a huge tree and stopped. It all happened suddenly, I was sitting blankly on the driver’s seat and took a moment to think to ask my friend who was in the car with me if he was injured. The car was totally smashed. But fortunately both of us were not injured at all.
We struggled tremendously to crawl out of the sun roof. We waited for the police and insurance company to arrive, and after finishing handling a lot of details, my friend said, “Since we came, why don’t we do as we originally planned and make a barbecue anyway?” Whoa ~ Playful nature was too strong! But stubborn us, we went up the mountain to have fun that day, and the barbecued meat in our mouths, it really was a bit flavorful or what?
No more stage fright
I think back at myself before going abroad, I really was a hothouse flower (sheltered person), some things I could not, did not understand. Those years of living independently made me tough, I experienced dangers, my mind became more sharp, my courage became bigger, and also learned that one must face one’s own actions, and bear the entire responsibility. Apart from the bank robbery mentioned above, I also encountered deliberate provocation from white people, and often heard someone being robbed while driving.
One cannot go through life without courage, or knowing how to avoid danger, and overcoming fear. Even though big celebrities face innumerable people constantly, one must go through step by step training, until one gradually accumulates self-belief and the best talents are shown for the audience to see. When I was studying in graduate school, I worked as a teaching assistant, and had to lecture in front of more than a hundred students – My God! English, after all, is not my native language, and in spite of that I had to teach in front of so many people. From the start when I had stage fright, until later when I could speak with assurance, so much so that I had to throw a few jokes to raise interest in the subject, I depended on repeated practice, and slowly I developed self-confidence.
Later as I stand onstage, singing and dancing in front of thousands of people, without any stage fright or shaky legs, I will always think of those days in Canada. They make me regain my self-confidence, believe that in the end I can find the best way to walk on my path.
Chapter 2 The Best Trip of a Lifetime
A 21-year-old’s road trip
6 people, 21 days, more than 8000 km across Canada and USA. The US has 50 states and I’ve been to 10. In my life’s best one-time, most fun and craziest trip, I completed it at age 21!
The young just don’t know how to write the word for “fear”! Together, 6 friends rented a SUV, did not book any hotels in advance, only relied on a map with the general route, and had faith on the road – that’s right! Everything else we didn’t think about, also didn’t need to make too many plans, and anyway we would all take turns in driving, so it should be a lot of fun. In interesting places we stayed for a day; when we felt bored we stayed shorter than a day; when we felt tired we tried to find a hotel like the Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn or Travelodge Inn, slept as we wished, awoke and left. Since we were doing a “Grand Tour” of the American continent, the less restrictions, the better!
A tough route
Our planned route was this: on the first morning, set off from Vancouver, enter the US through Seattle, then Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, then after reaching the southernmost San Diego, turn around towards the northeast and go to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake City, then again turn around to Ohio, Montana, Spokane, then Seattle and then finally go back to Vancouver. If your hand would go over these places on the map and look at them over and over, you will realize that the us at the time had a lot of hot blood (passion) and great ambitions!
I remember on the first day we set off from Vancouver at 7 in the morning, then reached Seattle which was snowed under, but by 12 midnight we already arrived in Sacramento, finally within California. Because time and moods varied a lot according to personalities, but because it’s with best friends, no matter what we encountered, we all found them new and fascinating. Like in Yellowstone National Park, the landscape was 100% pure and natural. Rhinoceroses, wolves and other wild animals were right there in front of us coming and going, completely no fence separating us from them. If we wanted to look a little closer, at any time we could get out of the car; even though it’s very dangerous, it was also very exciting.
We also battled hardships in the desert and encountered a sandstorm that tossed the car around violently and shook it non-stop, when we looked ahead we could only see 20 meters, it was all super thrilling. Then we again left because majority of us wanted to do a little gambling in the gambling city of Las Vegas. We went to see a large-scale spectacular magic show and ate cheap and hearty buffet meals. I can only say that Las Vegas buffet meals really have no limits! Live oysters, lobsters… were all laid out on the buffet tables for you to eat all you can, at just 20 USD! It was super cheap! Of course coming to the famous gambling city, it was hard to avoid doing a little gambling! But losses and profits were not important, what’s important was to feel the local atmosphere.
No gas warning in the desert
The best part of that trip was when we were at the desert, once had the “no gas warning sign”, and almost turned around. At that time, I was the one driving the car. As we entered the desert, I especially looked at the fuel gauge, “The tank is still half-full, it should be enough, right? The desert can’t possibly be that big!” My companions warned me, “No! We must have a full tank, just to be on the safe side.” I put my hand over my chest to pledge, “Calm down, it’s no problem la!”
I didn’t expect that driving with a half-full tank, the warning lamp already started to blink, all around was sand dunes as far as the eye can see, I completely lost sense of direction and had no idea how much further until we left the desert. At the time, we didn’t have a GPS satellite navigation system and our mobile phones didn’t have any signal. Temperature was very high, and we worried that if we turned on the air-conditioning we would waste too much gas. So without any better option we kept the air-conditioning off. Even with all windows open, the heat made our bodies sweat non-stop. Not a single person in the car knew where we were, and also didn’t know if we would be able to get back home from this desert trap. So completely without any clue, we stopped the car and stayed put, until a light appeared in the distant horizon, it seemed vaguely like a roof of a building (at one time we thought it was just a mirage) – there’s help! I hurriedly drove there at full speed, and crazy enough… it was a gas station! It was too moving ~ ~ even if it was very old, filled with dust and had a lot of strange insects flying around (there was one mosquito bigger than 10 cm, where did such a big mosquito come from? It was the first time I saw one). But fortunately the gas station was open and we hurriedly pumped gas. We were saved!
I miss my youth
That nearly life-threatening “no gas warning in the desert” incident, even now whenever I remember it, will make me laugh a lot. Actually it wasn’t just the desert incident, but whenever I recall that whole trip in a picture, in a fragment of memory, everything feels warm and fun. I call it “the best trip of a lifetime” because I learned: to again have this opportunity is very hard. When I was younger, I really was fearless – a backpack to carry, a car to drive, some place to go, if unable to find a hotel or just to save money, can also sleep in the car. Now even if my courage is not necessarily less than before, it’s very difficult to once again have that kind of rushing enthusiasm, the willingness to drop everything, the foolish driving for so far, and simply traveling just because one “feels like traveling”.
Moreover, good traveling companions are hard to find. The 5 friends who shared hardships and joys with me at the time, we’ve parted ways after graduating. Some stayed in Vancouver, some returned to their home countries to work, some went back to Hong Kong. Even if we still keep in touch, the distance separating us is too wide, and each is now busy with his own work. Asking for 21 days vacation leave is easier said than done.
Therefore I cherish even more those bits and pieces of memories of that trip. Often I think, when I ‘m old and retired, I must go back to Vancouver to live. Because, my youth’s memories that were completely happy, all kept in here, cannot be taken out.
Chapter 3 First Experience of Singapore
Singapore is truly a vibrant international metropolis!
Because of work, I’ve visited Singapore several times already. Local fans are very warm and orderly, the city appears very orderly, leaving a deep impression on me. Really, Singapore’s Changi Airport is regarded by Fahrenheit, with the exception of Japan, as the most “relaxed” airport during arrivals and departures. It’s not to say that they’re not enthusiastic, but just that each place’s culture and customs and corresponding character, of course would be somewhat different. Local fans would obediently line up to welcome us, and the airport terminal’s security staff would also help keep the order, so every time we visit it’s all relaxed and stress-free.
And now because of the photoshoot’s background scenery, when deciding on the location, I at once proposed to go to Singapore. In my mind, it is Asia’s international city, advanced, developed, very green, very comfortable. Even though the time to do the shoot was less than two days, for the first time I felt I understood it deeply and closely.
From the start, what caught my eye in Singapore were its skyscrapers standing side by side. Previously in Vancouver, on weekends my friend and I would go on a special trip driving to the city’s historic Stanley Park to watch the nightscape. I love that that feeling of being surrounded by skyscrapers, it’s much like the thrill of “the world pulsating with you”. The Singapore city center in the evening is spectacular as well as bustling, very similar to what I saw in those days, and so reminding me of those nice, stress-free days.
Singapore is widely known for its strict laws. The local people also have strict, orderly customs, and the quality of life is very high. When I came to Singapore, I discovered that although the exterior appears very westernized, its interior is very oriental. Walking on the streets, I could constantly see combinations of east and west, mixtures of new and old, giving such a different “feel”!
Like this series of photographs at an outdoor side-street barbershop. At first glance it appears to be a very rustic scene far from the city, but was actually 100% urban, at a small alley “sandwiched” between two tall buildings. An uncle was arranging a chair and scissors by the roadside, and behind him were already some students lining up! The photographer told the uncle not to mind us, as we had wanted to shoot naturally, so the effect was very special - the dramatic feeling of the conflict between new and old, as well as the very natural, cool character.
Exquisite “Healing Oil”
The "healing oil" group of photographs is also very clever. It’s set at a traditional family-owned small store reminiscent of Taiwan’s old “corner shop”. When we saw it, we thought those drawings and the writings were too cute! It’s a pity that as the light for that day was not enough to shoot, so we stopped shooting. The following afternoon we returned but it was raining. Abiding by Singapore’s local customs, the staff made a “sunny day doll” made of onions, garlic and chili pepper, put it on the ground and prayed. We waited until we finished shooting at another location and when we came back, it really stopped raining! While we were shooting, the neighboring proprietress didn’t know if she should welcome us, and not long after, she turned on the stereo to a very loud volume. As I carefully listened, I discovered to my surprise that it was playing “Shanghai at Night”, a song from that era! Granny’s music playing from that “historical” stereo, paired with the “olden days” farming information as backdrop, gave the whole atmosphere a lot of nostalgia.
There's Southeast Asia's "Europe"
When you come to Singapore, you should certainly not miss the local colonial-style architecture. Through a special permit, we were able to shoot inside the National Museum, with its pure white, elegant European-style space, and the natural light coming down through the skylight. Fatigued from a full day’s work, we were instantly enriched by the atmosphere of culture, our fatigue all of a sudden forgotten.
If you love the atmosphere from old European train stations, I would recommend you to go to Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar Station. It was built in 1932, drawing inspiration from Finland’s Helsinki train station. Now it serves trains traveling back and forth between Singapore and Malaysia. With the hall’s high-ceiling design, walking inside gives a very wide and very imposing feel. The walls are decorated with relief sculptures and paintings, while several electric fans sway back and forth.
Lazily lying down on the railway platform’s seats that look like they haven’t been changed in decades, was a “station cat” having a nap. I very much liked the image of the cat, leisurely enjoying the afternoon sunshine pouring in. We didn’t dare to disturb it, so at first I stealthily posed with it for pictures. But as soon as I held out my hand wanting to stroke it, it quickly ran away from us. It probably didn’t like us being too familiar with it, haha!
It was Sunday morning when we shot at the train station. At the side of the railway platform was a restaurant, several tables were occupied by a Malaysian or Singaporean family eating their Sunday breakfast. I could smell fried rice, Hainanese chicken rice, coffee and coconut bread... all these Southeast Asian flavors were drifting towards me, it was so hard to concentrate! Although their breakfast food and our usual breakfast food are very different, the warm atmosphere of having the whole family crowded together leisurely eating their breakfast is the same. It’s very similar to my childhood, when my parents would often bring the whole family together to eat out during holidays, because they felt this can maintain affection amongst family members.
Boutique Hotel and Gourmet Food are stunning!
These few years, Boutique Hotels have been popular in Singapore. In this book there are a lot of photographs, all shot at the New Majestic Hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms have different themes. Apart from the distinct style of handwork, the owner himself is a super “chair fan” such that there are fine quality chairs in each room and hotel lobby, shooting from start to finish felt especially different. Not only did we shoot inside the rooms, we also shot at the swimming pool area, and even the toilets were not spared…
I praise Singaporean gourmet food without cease! Coming here several times before, all I ate were traditional snacks like Bak Kut The, Hainanese chicken rice etc. But this time I had the opportunity to enjoy Western-style food, like the steak and spare ribs that I love. In Singapore there are so many high-standard restaurants, they assure me of highly satisfying bites! I don’t reject Western food at all, on the contrary, I like it, so as far as my previous life abroad is concerned, I did not particularly feel uncomfortable with the food (haha)!
I would also like to thank the Singaporean fans here! During the several days’ work, all of you were my shadows, but you didn’t affect our shooting schedule, you were there quietly cheering me on. I hope you like our presentation of Singapore, and I’m looking forward to soon meeting everyone there again!
Calvin's Table Manners
Learning dining etiquette with my father
Although knives, forks, glasses and plates in Western dining are arranged closely together like an array of weapons, believe me, basic Western dining etiquette is not difficult at all. When I was a boy, my parents would bring the whole family to eat at restaurants on weekends, treating it as a major opportunity to “promote family closeness”. And so, a solemn dad sat at the dining table, repeatedly teaching me table manners and the proper way to eat Western food. So as to be able to eat a full table of sumptuous food, I, of course enthusiastically did my best to learn. I have to say, my dad truly understood a child’s psychology very well!
When arriving at the restaurant, first remember that there are waiters at the entrance who will lead you to your table. Even if you see that there are vacancies, you cannot just go over to the table by yourselves. When you arrive at the dining table, in front you see an arrangement of plates that will hold the restaurant’s dishes; the small plate to the left is the bread tray; at the upper right side are three glasses, from left to right are the red wine glass, the white wine glass and the water glass. On both sides are several pairs of knives and forks. As long as you remember to use the pairs in sequence from the outermost to the innermost, you will not make a mistake!
After unfolding the napkin, loosely spread it on your lap. Don’t wrap it around your neck; only children have the prerogative to do so! When wiping the mouth with the napkin, because you must maintain grace, just take one corner of the napkin and lightly clean up as quickly as possible, the less you are noticed by others (doing this), the better. If you want to leave your seat temporarily to wash your hands, don’t put the unfolded napkin on the back of your chair, but rather you should loosely put it on the chair’s seat, letting the waiters and other guests know that you will return to your seat very soon – “I will be back soon!”
The order and manner of dining
If it’s a French meal the courses are: first is the appetizer and wine whose purpose is to increase the appetite; the serving order is: first comes the soup, second the cold meats, third the main course which usually has meat or seafood, fourth is dessert and cold drink, fifth is fruits with coffee or tea to freshen up, and finally comes a glass of strong alcohol or champagne to help digestion.
Most people who think of steak say, “80% cooked”. But when abroad, actually a steak’s degree of cooking corresponds to the Chinese way’s odd-numbered degrees (1, 3, 5, 7): “rare” is 10% cooked, “medium rare” is 30% cooked, “medium” is 50% cooked (also called half-cooked), “medium well” is 70% cooked, and “well done” is thoroughly cooked. When ordering this at a restaurant, as soon as you say these refined words, the waiter will know right away that you are an expert!
When eating soup, remember that the spoon should be scooped from the inside out. When eating the last few mouthfuls, use the left hand to slightly tilt the soup bowl to a 45-degree angle away from you, then scoop and sip. Remember not to make any “slurping” sounds, as this will leave an impression of being un-cultured.
Holding the knife with the right hand and the fork with the left, cut up and the food into small pieces and take each one to your mouth one by one. Usually when eating Western food in Taiwan, we use both knife and fork together to take the food, which is the European style of eating. After cutting the food, if you put the fork in your right hand to take the food to your mouth, this is the American style of eating. Most Americans give the impression of informality; in the way they eat food, they also reveal little clues. My observation is that they really like using forks to eat all kinds of food everywhere, it’s both easy and casual!
If the food has bones (chicken, duck or fish), don’t directly spit out the bones onto the plate or the table. You must first lightly spit it out onto the fork or spoon, and then quietly put onto the plate. When eating Italian noodles, we usually suck it in with the mouth. But when eating Western-style, please use the fork to roll up the noodles in a small coil, and then carry it to your mouth to eat.
Then next is the topic of foreign talk: when the Japanese sip soup and eat noodles, they make very loud noises. In their culture, this is not considered impolite behavior. My Japanese friends told me that it is not at all for the purpose of expressing that “the food is delicious”, but rather in order to inhale a lot of air through the lips so as to cool a scalding soup. Quite interesting, right?
Etiquette of wine ordering and wine selection
Usually Western food will be accompanied by red or white wine. If you are ordering wine, there are three parts: the appetizer wine served before the main course, the dinner wine, and the dessert wine after the main course. Appetizer wine can be champagne or sparkling wine, while the dinner wine would depend on the dish; the restaurant should have different options.
White wine paired with white meat, red wine paired with red meat
Usually red meat dishes (such as beef or lamb) have sauces with strong flavors, so they can be matched with red wine; light foods and white meat dishes (such as chicken, seafood or pork), in contrast, will be paired with white wine for the lighter flavor and removal of the fishy taste. The “tannins” in the red wine can soften the meat, making the meat texture more tender; while the “acid” in white wine can enhance the light taste, and when paired with seafood, to remove the fishy taste. All these wines are used to complement the food! Following the main course is dessert with dessert wine, whose taste is usually sweeter to match with the dessert. After the food is taken away, you can still take some whiskey or some other strong liquor, acting as after-meal drink that makes an impressive conclusion to the feast.
If you don’t want to think too hard about which wine to order, then I suggest you order champagne, because it’s commonly known as the “all-purpose wine” that would suit almost any dish. If you’re not too knowledgeable on wine selection, you can also ask the waiter to suggest the most suitable one. They will usually present and open a bottle, pour some in a glass and ask you to sniff, taste and inspect. Under these circumstances the guests would usually be pleased to accept the waiter’s recommendation unless the wine has turned bad or there are some impurities in the wine. In such an event, remember you must ask the waiter to replace it.
If in the middle of a course you want to rest for a bit, chat or just go to the washroom, remember to arrange your knife and fork in a position shaped like the character 八 (knife and fork facing downwards) and place them in your plate. In this way, the waiter will immediately receive your signal that you are merely resting for the time being and would still continue with your meal. If you’re already finished eating, then put the knife and fork side by side at a 45-degree angle from the plate’s upper right, the fork on the left, the knife on the right, the knife edge facing inward, the fork tines facing downward. In this way, the waiter will receive your signal to take away your plate. Very simple, right?
Some of these rules of etiquette you may already know, and some you may not. But the next time you go to a Western restaurant to taste Western food, you might as well give it a try, and let yourself whether in the country or abroad, be immersed in foreign culture and feel the dining atmosphere of an aristocrat from centuries past.
Chapter 4 Calvin’s English Lessons
Lesson 1. Hotels
Will never lack for hotels while traveling in USA and Canada (Hotels are everywhere!)
When traveling within the US and Canada, you totally need not worry that you won’t find a hotel to stay in. Because these two countries are so big, having to drive for several hours is commonplace, especially with young people who are used to traveling long-distance in a group by car. Of course, for tourists who want to stay in chain hotels, everywhere within USA and Canada, as long as you drive along the public roads, there’s a hotel nearly every few kilometers!
The most well-known hotels are Holiday Inn, Traveler’s Inn and Comfort Inn… for these “inns”, you don’t need to book in advance, nor should you be worried that all the rooms are occupied. Any time you check in, there are always rooms available. A double room’s price is about 100 USD; the room is neat and contains the basic necessities, washing products, and some will even have a gym and swimming pool. The free breakfast buffet is a must; bread, oatmeal, milk, coffee… everything is there. If you’re a student or backpacker staying at these hotels, eat all you can during breakfast and then be on your way, this way you can save a lot of money!
When we went on the road trip, we took advantage of these inns’ cost-effectiveness, convenience and cleanliness and had a great, unforgettable vacation! When we were in Los Angeles, in an area beside Hollywood Boulevard where traffic is very convenient, we saw this really old, really small hotel. At first we already wanted to get off the car to ask the room rates, but we cautiously looked at the hotel’s signboard, how it’s all pink and light blue blinking neon lights. And also there were several heavily made up and gaudily dressed women and some very strange men hovering in the doorway, probably acting as reception. Even if the price there was probably not too expensive, and the area was accessible, but because of safety considerations we ultimately looked for another place to stay – “When taking a trip abroad, being careful comes first!” is the right way.
The only time during that trip that we lived “high-class” was at Yellowstone National Park. Because there were too many tourists, the budget rooms were all occupied. We, who did not book in advance, were forced to spend twice the price on a small wooden house type of hotel. Six people stayed in one room, which had a high ceiling and a small living room. It was very comfortable! Really, I still feel fortunate to have had the chance to stay in such a house. Because we were surrounded by nature at the national park, had we stayed at a hotel made of concrete, how comparable in "feel" would it have been to staying in a wooden house?
If you find a city’s history interesting, and also like to live in old buildings and experience the thick atmosphere of the past, then prepare sufficient travel expenses (this is the most important), and there’s no harm in searching online. In big cities of Western countries there are some hotels that are remodeled old buildings. The facilities may not be as modern as regular hotels, and the rooms not luxurious or particularly spacious, but staying within its walls, it’s as if the city’s hundreds of years of history is mixed with the pillow to sleep on. It’s especially suited for those who like “historical” tours!
In Vancouver there’s Hotel Vancouver which is an old hotel with a rich history, where one night’s stay costs 20,000 – 30,000 TWD. I myself have not stayed there, but I can imagine that staying in one of its rooms will have a very special feeling! Another is Victoria’s Fairmont Empress Resort Hotel, that because of its long history its outside walls are covered tightly by ivy until they’re almost invisible. The lounge’s English-style afternoon tea (high tea) is a must-do for tourists. It seems like a scene in a movie, with its very unique three-tier dessert tray filled with sandwiches, cakes and every type of small pastry. By paying 1500 TWD, one can experience the upper-class aristocrat’s leisurely enjoyment. I once brought my mom to eat there. Even though we didn’t stay in one of the rooms but just had afternoon tea, the atmosphere felt just as romantic.
Booking online is both convenient and economical
Before staying in a hotel, I will surely check the price on the internet. Even if you can find booking sites with reputations of giving special discounted room rates, but believe me, it’s not necessarily cheaper than booking directly at the hotel! The reason is very simple. Since it’s a third-party booking service, certainly some money will be charged, but if you can directly find the “source” then of course there would be more room for bargaining! This is a saving tip I had to try many times to get!
Using the internet to book rooms, apart from being more convenient than booking via telephone or fax, the advantage is that in some large hotels there are specially made check-in counters for online bookers. In other words, you will not have to rush to arrive during the hotel’s normal check-in times and line up (in a long line). As long as you go directly to the special counter, you can take out your printed booking receipt, and in less than 2 minutes, you can already take your room card or key and then enter your room to rest!
Furthermore, some hotels even have “self-service check-out”, that is, when checking out of your hotel room, you only need to fill out a list of items, and along with the room card, put them inside an envelope, and drop it in a box next to the elevator on the first floor (but therefore you must pay by credit card), at once completing the formalities of checking out. You even do not need to speak a single line in English. Very convenient, right?
I’m not the type of person who is too particular about beds. Regardless where I go, as soon as I’m on the bed and my head hits the pillow, I’m asleep right away. So my requirements for a hotel are basic sanitation and cleanliness. Anyway being young and going on a trip abroad, having fun was the most important thing. Now that I’m an artist, I’ve had a lot of occasions to stay in various hotels in various countries. The only difference from before is probably that I will ask for more privacy and will pay more attention to the quality of service! If it’s a hotel that genuinely focuses on hospitality, not only would they pay particular attention to the luxury or aesthetics of the place, but they would also make the guests touched by their caring and “courtesy”. Many international five-star hotels that I’ve stayed in have all given me deep and excellent impressions.
Now I most want to stay at The Venetian Hotel in Macau. Previously I’ve been to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, inside there’s a canal where people can go riding on gondolas, and people can walk along the side of the canal and go shopping. Amazing! It can be considered a “dream come true”! After I stayed there once, I returned home and told everyone my impressions. If I can have a long vacation, I want to take my family and friends to Bali and stay at a holiday villa. Every friend who went there is full of praises for the place. All day long people can lie on the beach or beside the pool, lazily doing nothing, only enjoying the warm Southeast Asian sun. The present me is saying, this is the greatest happiness!
Most commonly used phrases in hotels: (*Calvin wrote these phrases in English by himself (with Chinese subs lol), so I just put the English phrases and not include the Chinese bits... if that makes sense hahaha)
Is there any room available for tonight?
What is the rate of the executive room per night?
I would like to make a reservation of a single room for 2 consecutive nights.
Do I need a credit card for making reservation?
Can I have a non-smoking room, please?
What is the earliest check-in time?
What is the latest check-out time?
Can you connect me to the concierge, please?
Can you connect me to the room service, please?
Could you please send someone to clean my room?
These clothes need to be sent to the laundry.
I would like to have a wake-up call at seven in the morning tomorrow.
I would like to extend my stay for another two nights.
Could you show me the way to the hotel restaurants?
Can you show me the way to the hotel lounge?
Could you send the bellboy to get my luggage, please?
I’d like to check out now, what is the total amount for my stay here? Could you charge it to my credit card, please?
Lesson 2. Restaurants
All kinds of cuisine together in one place – Vancouver
I can say that I was fattest during the time I was abroad studying! My face was so much rounder than now, and I weighed 72 kg. The reason is very simple – I loved eating too much!
There are quite a lot of Asian immigrants and students in Vancouver, so Japanese, Korean and Chinese restaurants not only had everything, but the taste was authentic and the prices very reasonable. My favorite was “Kintaro” ramen house; its ramen soup uses a lot of pork bones, 24 hours non-stop boiling produces a thick, milky white, fragrant soup. Even if you have to wait for more than 30 minutes when you go there, one sip of their soup will make everything worth it!
Before when I came with Arron to Vancouver to be special guests during the final competition night, I took them to this special place to eat. Although everyone agreed that the food was delicious, it was only I who finished a whole bowl! Thinking about it, the ramen portion in Kintaro is probably almost twice the portions in Japan or Taipei. After all, it’s in a foreign country, so the portions must be especially big to suit the local people’s preference. And unconsciously, my appetite while I was in Canada also became huge.
When my friends and I feel like celebrating, we go to “Raku” restaurant/pub. It’s run by Japanese people, and the business is very good. Yakitori, sashimi, fried udon noodles – it has everything. Foreigners would normally sit at the bar so they can enjoy the sushi master’s excellent cooking – eat and watch the show at the same time. And in a display of Japanese “vitality”, ordering here is not a matter of writing it down on a piece of paper, instead the waiter would directly yell towards the kitchen, “Fried udon noodles! One portion!” And then someone in the kitchen would reply, “Hai!” Listening to this back and forth yelling while eating a meal is quite an “exciting” experience!
Furthermore, almost all Korean students’ mouths would water when they hear “Jang Mo Jib”. It’s Vancouver’s most famous Korean restaurant. Its walls are full of pictures of Korean celebrities who came to visit, clearly showing its popularity! My favorite dish is hotpot heaps full of pork bones, the soup is rich and delicious, the pork bones I could directly take with the hands to gnaw on. Very satisfying! If I wanted to eat Chinese, I would go to “New Lakeview” Chinese restaurant because I love to eat crab very much. Its crabs are huge (one can measure more than 20 cm) and the ingredients fresh, so no matter if it’s spicy crab or baked butter crab, it’s all outstanding. Just pour in the sauce in the rice, and you can eat several bowls!
Eat all you can? Or eat til you drop dead?
Anyway, when I was a student, the most exciting “entertainment” was to challenge “eat all you can” la! Because calculating the cost, it’s much cheaper than the average restaurant (some restaurants after 9 PM would offer a 600-TWD buffet meal for about 400 TWD, it’s practically a student’s paradise), of course this is our first choice when my classmates and I come together to celebrate! Canada’s salmon are plump and fresh, very famous all over! Together with tuna sashimi, almost every time I rely on these 2 to fill up my stomach. We often go to eat-all-you-can restaurants and compete to see who can eat the most until unable to eat anymore, and then change the rules of the game to “the loser of rock-paper-scissors eats”. Really someone would eat until vomiting! This crazy experience of “eating to the limit” I had to try for myself, really only taking advantage of youth!
Secrets to calculating tips
When abroad, “paying tips” is a basic courtesy when eating out. Unless the restaurant’s service is really so bad to make you very angry, then please remember to leave a 10 – 15% tip! My friend once carelessly forgot to tip, and the waiter even ran out after him to ask, “Were you not satisfied with our service?”
Actually, the salary of a waiter at a restaurant is very low, it’s about the same as the minimum statutory wage, so tips are a very important source of income. Every day, the whole restaurant’s tips are collected and then the average distributed to everybody, so the earnings are really very modest. However, there are some secrets to tipping. For the average person, the total bill is usually multiplied by 10 – 15% to obtain the amount of the tip. But actually this is an inadequate “expert” calculation! If the total bill is 100 USD, actually this is inclusive of 5 USD government tax, so in reality you only pay the restaurant 95 USD. Therefore you only need to pay 10 – 15% of 95 USD as tip. This is what my economics professor taught us in class!
Unlike everywhere in Taiwan where people can eat in all places, foreigners going to restaurants are used to first making reservations. No matter if the restaurant is popular or not, it’s best to first make a phone call to reserve a table, so as to avoid being disappointed when you go there that the restaurant is already full. In general, the restaurant will reserve the seats for you for 10 – 15 minutes. As foreigners are very particular about time, so if you don’t come on time, the seats will be given to someone else. So in case you’re not able to come, or will arrive late, you must also inform the restaurant. Otherwise you will be included in the list of unwelcome names, such that in the future no matter how you try to make a reservation, you will be declined!
Following are sentences you might use when dining in restaurants or making reservations.
Most commonly used phrases in a restaurant: (*Calvin wrote these phrases in English by himself (with Chinese subs lol), so I just put the English phrases and not include the Chinese bits... if that makes sense hahaha)
I have a reservation for two persons under Calvin at seven in the evening.
I would like to have a table for two by the window.
We are ready to order now.
I would like to have a full course meal, thank you.
What’s soup of the day?
I would like my steak to be medium, please.
Could you give me a bottle of wine?
I would like to have ice cream for dessert.
May I know where the restroom is?
What’s your business hour?
Can I have your business card?
Can we have the check/bill, please?
It’s my treat. /The bill is on me.
Let’s go Dutch.
Keep the change.
Lesson 3. Shopping Malls
Shopping centers here are huge beyond imagination
Abroad, the shopping mall’s biggest feature is its size! After you’ve been there once, you immediately know that they are huge “beyond the realm of imagination”. Inside, apart from a department store, supermarket, shopping area and food area, there will be cinemas, arcades, theme parks and rollercoasters, and even post offices, clinics and lotto stores! Weekend visits to the shopping mall are a very important recreational activity for foreigners, the whole family drives to the mall, and they spend the whole day there to have endless fun!
When in Canada, I decided I will live next door to a shopping mall, nearly every weekend everyone drives to the shopping mall because it’s really too convenient. You can buy food, clothes and other stuff all in the same place. There was one time that my classmates and I had a shopping mall competition, to compare the prices and see which mall sells the cheapest stuff! My most frequently visited mall was British Columbia’sMetrotown, a 10- minute drive away from my place. Inside there are 10 hypermarkets, and in addition to shops, there are also government offices where you can renew your driver’s license, pay fines and other services. The clothes sold in these malls include many international high-end brands and general RTW brands, the prices are all very reasonable, and this is where I normally shop.
Inside the mall is like I’m still in Taiwan
Because there are many ethnic Chinese in Vancouver, some malls are run my Chinese, especially from Taiwan, China or Hong Kong, for example Crystal Mall, Parker Place and Aberdeen Center. And of course there’s also Yaohan where Japanese and Chinese products are sold. Chinese-based shopping malls are normally smaller in area, but the goods on display have greater density, having this kind of distinctive “the sparrow may be small, but its body has every organ it needs” quality. Chinese food, clothes, other essential items can all be found inside, even roast meat stores, comics stores, arcades, photosticker booths, etc. Walking inside, you won’t feel the slightest bit that you’re in a foreign country, and instead have the illusion that you’ve “returned home”. There are some malls that are named “The Landmark” or “Pacific Place”, and the local Chinese would call these places “Little Hong Kong” or “Little Taipei”!
I like to go these Chinese malls’ food areas to eat spare ribs and chicken legs to console my stomach’s need for “hometown food”, and then go to the supermarket to buy some frozen rolls, stuffed buns, dumplings, bread… and other foodstuffs to “stock up”. My most often eaten breakfast food consists of buns or rolls steamed with the electric rice cooker, and a cup of soy milk, all very satisfying.
Every Christmas season, the shopping malls are the places with the most festive mood. Everywhere would be filled with people buying presents, inside and out the malls would be decorated with all colors in profusion, and would even have Santa Claus to take pictures with, and even toy trains. The happiest is also the craziest day, none better than Boxing Day on December 26. On this day, every shopping mall pulls out all the stops in giving discounts, everywhere you look it’s 20%, 30% off. First thing in the morning, people are already lining up. And everybody is practically fighting each other buying stuff, can be considered to be a rarely seen “strange occurrence”!
Most commonly used phrases in shopping malls:
I don’t have anything particular in mind, I’m just looking around.
Can you please assist me?
Does this shirt come in other colors?
What material is this pair of shoes made of?
Do you have this pair of sneakers in size ten?
May I know where the fitting room is?
This isn’t exactly my favorite piece, I’ll look around more.
Could you give me a better deal?
Are these sale items?
May I know where the till is?
Can I pay with credit card or debit card?
Can I have this shirt wrapped in a gift box, please?
Can I have the receipt in the bag, please?
I’d like to do a refund for this sweater because this size doesn’t fit well.
Lesson 4. Taxis
Taiwan is definitely one of the world’s most convenient places to take taxis! In the US or Canada, unless it’s a big international city like New York, it would take all day long to hail a taxi, and sometimes you might not even hail a single car!
When I was living abroad, besides sometimes driving a car, I almost always take the bus or the subway, because riding taxis is in reality too expensive! For the same distance, it would cost 200 TWD in Taiwan, while it might be 2000 TWD in America! So the following sentences you should practice the most, as in some days you might have to take a taxi and they can come in handy. After all, every minute and every second counts!
Most commonly used English phrases when taking a taxi:
How long does it take to arrive at the airport?
How long does it take to arrive at the hotel?
Can you drive me to the nearest shopping mall?
Please turn right at the next traffic light.
Please stop at the next intersection.
Do you have change for a hundred dollar bill?
I need a taxi to the town at eight in the evening.
How long will it take to arrive at the destination?
I would like to take a look at the buildings and monuments in this town, can you drive me around please?
Can you recommend any interesting place to visit?
Can you drive me to the night market?
Lesson 5. Car Rental
Renting is absolutely more cost-effective than buying
Renting a car can be said to be the most cost-effective way to travel long-distance in USA and Canada, and also the most economical means of transport. Because it’s not necessary to bear the cost of maintenance, you can rent it in A and travel to B, if insurance coverage is full, you don’t have to be too worried about scratches and other such small mishaps. After all, during long-distance travel, you will often come across unfamiliar road situations; if your driving skills are not good enough, you might hit another car, a railing or a tree, and just one scratch would cost more than 10,000 TWD, so calculate before you buy full-coverage insurance. For some students who come to USA or Canada for short-term study or overseas language study, I feel that buying a car will hurt their wallets too much, so actually by renting a car they can already go traveling all over!
When I was in Canada, I rented a car twice. The first time I was moving house and rented a truck just for that. I spent more than 6 years in Canada, and moved about six times, so as far as I was concerned renting a moving truck was routine for me. Otherwise there were fellow students who helped me move house, everyone is helping out all the time. I feel this helping each other out, it gives each one the strength from shared hardships, and can make everyone feel better. After the move is successful, I then invite those who helped me for a meal. Everyone does it like this. The other time was that “grand tour” across the USA and Canada with my friends! Since it was with a rented car, of course we wanted something a bit more special, a bit more shuai, a car that’s normally not easily damaged. If there are fewer people, I would choose a small sports car, a coupe or similar type of car; if there are more people, and also want to go traveling long-distance, then a seven-seater van (something similar to SUV) would be the first choice; this kind of car is now very popular in Taiwan, the double doors at the back slide open, which is very convenient. If not this one, then a jeep or such type of car is also not bad, it’s also rugged, the seats are high, and enable the driver to see clearly, driving becomes even more shuai and out of the ordinary!
License plates show creativity
If you have the opportunity to travel around USA and Canada, don’t forget to observe their license plates. Westerners are truly very creative, and also have a sense of humor. Every state has its own special “look” (consisting of animals, plants, etc), using cute or amusing drawings or text, to show on the current license plates. Just as USA’s Arizona State has a drawing of a cactus on its license plates because of its deserts, Canada’s Northwest Territories has a drawing of a polar bear on its license plates because of its location within the Arctic. From which state a car comes from you already know just by looking at the license plate that was originally only with numbers and letters, now made colorful and lively. I find this super fascinating, so I could not resist going to an exclusive old license plate shop in the tourist district “Gas Town” , and bought dozens of old license plates to collect!
In Taiwan, a car owner can choose the license plate number, but in USA and Canada now you can freely put your own text to have a customized license plate, such as “I AM CALVIN”, “I LOVE XXX”, etc. I have a Taiwanese friend who “meticulously” applied for a license plate to have the following text: “PACHILA”. PA-CHI-LA is a homophone of what? Think about it, okay? It really suited him too! (*Corina's note: pachila is the Taiwanese pronunciation for 把馬子. The original meaning was toilet, now it's slang for chasing girls.)
If you want to rent a car abroad, apart from requiring an international driver’s license, remember to book in advance. And as well check the car rental company’s website to see if there are any discounts, sometimes they will have surprise extras!
Most commonly used phrases when renting cars:
What is the age requirement for car renting?
Here is my international driving license.
What’s the rate per day?
I would like to rent a car for five days.
I would like to have full coverage insurance just in case.
Do late-return fees apply?
Is a credit card needed to hold my reservation?
Can I use another person’s credit card with their permission?
Will my credit card be charged when I make the reservation?
Am I required to take the insurance?
Lesson 6. Airport
Although there are plenty of opportunities to use English in the airport, but because you pass through one gate after another, the airline staff can also give assistance, so there are actually not many situations where you can encounter problematic situations. However you must pay attention when passing through customs and immigration, as they will normally ask you, “What is the purpose of your visit?”, “How much money did you bring with you?” and other such questions, so it’s best that before you go, you are already proficient. For example, in Vancouver’s customs and immigration, there’s a special gate for non-English-speaking Chinese people, but usually takes longer to go through than the normal gate.
Most commonly used phrases in airports:
May I know where the check-in counter of XXX Air is?
What is the latest time to check-in?
What is the baggage allowance for this airline?
This luggage is hand carried.
Can I have the “Fragile” tag on this smaller luggage? Thank you.
Can I have my seat by the aisle?
I would like to request for a vegetarian meal.
May I know where the arrival hall is?
May I know where the departure hall is?
May I know where the airport lounge is?
Can you show me the direction to the “lost and found” counter?
I want to get a few souvenirs from the duty-free shops.
My boarding gate number is eleven. Could you tell me the way to the boarding gate?
This is my boarding pass.
Chapter 5 Finale
To bravely pursue my dream or to conform to my father’s expectations!
Every child, to some extent, has a “dream to be a star”, hoping to someday be able to stand onstage, shining. I, who love to sing, also had this dream. But as I went abroad to study, and get an advanced degree, the heart that longs to perform gradually weakened.
After I finished my graduate school courses, I started to write my paper/thesis in Vancouver, and at the same time also started to look for work. I wanted to stay there to work in finance/banking. But at that time, the “Meteor Garden” producer who was also the benefactor that opened the road for me to be a star, Pang Ge (*nickname of Comic Production’s Jerry Feng), was judging in the Vancouver local radio station’s Sunshine Boyz 2004 competition, and the dream to be a star that was silent for a long time in my heart, quietly awakened.
I applied! Actually at the time, I was really urged by my friends; they thought I had potential. As a result, on the last day of application, I went to sign up! That time would be the first time in my life that I would be in front of so many people singing and dancing. As I was backstage, I found my whole body burning up, all my fingers were trembling. I was really very scared, but I finally did it, even received the judges’ favor and became champion. After the competition, I had a talk with the producer, he told me about his aspirations and dreams for a "Chinese Wave" (Hua Liu), it deeply moved me. Why is there "Japanese Craze" and "Korean Wave", but no "Chinese Wave"? We also have excellent performances, in every field there are very outstanding actors!
However, joining showbiz in Taiwan and working in Vancouver were two completely different paths, and very possibly will lead to two completely different lives. Facing a fork in the road, should I go left or go right? The me at the time was very confused; I was being pulled apart.
If I chose showbiz, it would surely create a great conflict with my conservative and traditional dad. In his eyes, an artist has a very unstable job. If you’re not popular, you don’t know whether you’ll get to have a meal or not. And even if you are popular, for how long, nobody can promise. In addition, I put great efforts to study for a master’s degree, and my grades were very good. Why give up a stable income and a bright future to throw myself into a business full of uncertainty and start from scratch?
Indeed, uncertainty about the future made me very worried. But if I let this present opportunity slip away, when will the next opportunity to realize my dream come?
After the performance was finished that day, the audience’s applause that touched and encouraged me, still was unable to subside in my heart.
If unsuccessful, then I would come back to be that office worker, obediently doing a 9 to 5 job! But if I didn’t take advantage of my youth and give it a try, then later on I would certainly feel regret.
I thought for a very long time, then I made the decision – to return to my home country.
My own economic independence
I didn’t dare to let my parents know, and also didn’t dare to return home, so I stayed secretly with my classmate’s family for two months, waiting for the chance to film a drama. I got in touch with my mom, and told her what I thought. Although she was surprised, she could still understand and acknowledge me. After some time, she felt that to continue hiding like this is not the way, and decided to tell my dad, at the same time urged me to come home and communicate with him.
My dad’s reaction was entirely as expected, he was furious! He told me right away to fly back to Vancouver! Of course I didn’t accept this. But the drama I was supposed to shoot was delayed for several months, and during this waiting time, my family didn’t give me a single cent. Maybe they thought I would not be able continue and just obediently go back to Canada! In my heart, I thought, “Fine. You don’t give me money. Then I will earn it myself.” So I got a job as a cram school English teacher, letting me have my own economic independence. On one side I was working, on the other I was waiting to start shooting for a drama.
My subsequent growth, because of support from fans and friends, I would really describe as “one sail, gentle wind” (*smooth sailing). I always feel thankful and lucky for the special care that God gave me, but still would not dare to forget for a moment the fans’ care and expectations.
I am not an empty bottle
I once wrote in my blog, “I don’t want my fans to support an empty bottle.” I did not attend drama school, and before entering showbiz, I can say that I had no acting experience. I only relied on my passion and the love for performing, so my learning started from zero. I am very fortunate that the current me has a group of fans who appreciate me. And also by observing more and accumulating experiences even more, then I learned that the areas I need to work harder were quite a lot, quite a lot.
I still remember the first time that Fahrenheit went onstage to perform; it was during S.H.E.’s concert in Shenzhen. In front of an audience of 30,000, after our dance both my legs got weak and trembled non-stop. At that time we were very aware that onstage, in this business, there will always be new challenges and endless things to learn. We, who just made our debut, were practically “blind people touching an elephant” (*having a superficial understanding of things)! This is a highly competitive era. To be considered an idol now, one must work harder than in the past. Must not only go into acting or only into singing, but must “paint holding two brushes” (*work on two tasks at the same time) – be able to do both.
Since I was a student, every year I would set goals for myself. For example, “apply to public university”, or “take graduate school entrance exam”. I don’t like to set goals too far into the future. I would normally only set goals for the coming year, and then give my all-out effort to achieve them, and enjoy the results.
I often remind myself, even if I’m busy and tired, even if I encountered unforeseen defeats, setbacks or low points, whenever I use my identity as “Calvin Chen”, even if it’s through a blog, I will still use an open and positive attitude in order to give strength to others. I hope that everyone can see my perseverance and my improvements. And then work hard along with me. And keep on working hard.
I, Calvin Chen, am silent no more!
Photoshoot locations in Singapore: 1. Marina Barrage 2. Cavenagh Bridge and Underpass (outside the Asian Civilisation Museum) 3. KTM Railway Station (Malaysia’s property) 4. Chuen Qi Dao at Bukit Merah (we shot at the exterior with the funny ‘drawing’) 5. Red Dot Traffic 6. Market Place at Tanglin Mall (Supermarket and we got chased out) 7. Market Street Food Centre back lane 8. Chinese International School 9. National Museum 10. Barbershop at Mohamad Ali Lane back lane 11. Traffic Junction at Chulia Street 12. New Majestic Hotel including Majestic Restaurant 13. Singapore Flyer
If you think Calvin did a great job writing his part of the "The beginning, Fahrenheit" photobook, he releases his first personal photobook. He describes it as not just a book with pretty pictures, but also a reference book for those who are interested in studying abroad, especially in Vancouver.
The Incredible Journey of Calvin Chen 逆向旅程：辰亦儒溫哥華留學記 release date: May 21, 2011 (Translations by nastyhobbit)
"The 17-year-old me was holding on to my large suitcase as I set foot on Vancouver, completely clueless on what lies ahead, not thinking it would be long-term. Being in a foreign land all by myself, I had to confront everything by myself, realized I had to redouble my efforts to mature and become independent, as well as plan for my future... I walk into an unfamiliar country to start afresh... A foreign student's life trained the independent me. Experiencing the local culture opened up my sense of perspective. Come with me and experience for yourself my years as a foreign student in Vancouver!" - Calvin Chen
Living all alone in a foreign country, is a good way to recognize oneself and discover one's potential. Really makes me envious!
Colliding with a different culture, is a good way to open new horizons and way of thinking. Really makes me yearn for it!
Recalling the experiences and writing about it after so many years, is a good way to prove an extraordinary memory. Really makes me humbled!
Opening this book, is a good way to understand Calvin Chen even more.
What's really baffling is, why are you even reading what I wrote!? ~ (signed) Hebe
When you're surrounded by this big boy's sunshine atmosphere, you unconsciously want to throw all your worries far, far away. He would selflessly give you happiness, but does he have just that brilliant side? During the process of growing up, you and I experienced some ups and downs. That smile, does it also concealed some sadness? Explore this mysterious youth and discover the man, let's grow up together in this reverse journey. ~ (signed as Arron Yan) Wu Geng Lin
Calvin is a sunshine boy with a perpetual smile on his face. Every time I see him on a program speaking frankly and with assurance, I’m able to see his inner growth.
With his new book, I believe this is his introspection about his life as a foreign student and a way of giving back to his family, friends and fans.
Calvin, you’re the man! Keep on shining and burning bright! ~ (signed) Wang Zi Ping
(already written in English) Finally, a book all about studying abroad!!!
Based on my understanding towards Calvin, I believe from his valuable experiences, you will learn how to be independent abroad, what to be aware of, how to have fun and at the same time achieve good grades! A clever guy like him definitely gives u the direction u are looking for when studying abroad!!!
Learn the many useful-clever tips from this sunshine boy and you will be as sunshine as Calvin is!
Have a great journey and remember, Education = Success! ~ (signed) Wu Chun
I still remember the happiness I enjoyed as a student in New York last year. When I saw this book was coming out, I felt very happy! It recorded Calvin's experiences living and studying in Canada. The content is really brilliant! I think people, in their life, if there is the opportunity, should go out and travel, see the outside world, this experience is really great! Everyone get moving!
Trust me, you will like it! ~ (signed) Ella
Vancouver, where he dreams to live, Rewind that time, from that first enthusiastic Sunshine Boy, where he experienced doubt, felt failure, got surprises, and faced challenges, Now a brand-new you, returns to your beginnings in reverse.
This territory that you know and love, This fresh and bright appearance, is even more manly, is even more earnest, is even more rich in content, Now I want to say something, brother, you are now super manly.
Go, go, go, Sunshine Boy!
Hurry and take us to Vancouver for a trip! Get to it! ~ (signed) Jiro Wang
Chapter 1 - 時光逆旅
Time is like a lullaby watching over you, it makes you inadvertently forget what you were laughing or crying about, as well as remind you to cherish what you have. The six years of studying in Vancouver turned me from a fun-loving YiJu Chen (*he used his real name 陳奕儒) who knew nothing of the world to a responsible and independent Calvin Chen (*he used his stage name 辰亦儒) who embraces the world.
In life, some journeys are very different, they are engraved in your mind forever. For a long time, you already think you have forgotten. But when you pass a certain street, or hear a certain sound, the memories come surging back, something like popcorn coming out of a microwave oven, you make a small tear on the package and at once the hidden aroma comes out to permeate the entire room.
Just like tonight, as I was sitting in Taoyuan airport’s departure lounge, I saw tourists pulling their luggage, passing by me, I heard the familiar airport broadcast, even as my skin sensed the departure lounge’s perpetually cold air-conditioning and low temperature, I couldn’t help but recall that night, like it was a show staged in this very airport…
It was September 7, 1998, one of the most important dates in my life.
That night, I flew from Taiwan to Canada, across 5975 kilometers, starting the 6 years of student life in Vancouver. That night, Mama, Grandma and Auntie all went to the airport to send me off. Seeing them crying until their eyes turned red, I who hadn’t seen much of the world, was infected by the mood at the departure gate, and immediately had tears flowing from my eyes.
As I pulled my luggage towards the departure gate, I started to imagine what Vancouver would be like. I had heard that Canada is maple leaf country, so did that mean that all of Vancouver’s streets were full of maple trees?
I who had always up to that time lived under my parents’ wings, finally carried out my new independent life. Did this mean that from now on, even if I stayed up late, nobody will mind me? If I continuously watched TV, nobody will scold me? Even more, was Vancouver the “Garden of the Peaches of Immortality” that they said it was? When I live there, will I learn English automatically? Why does everyone want to send their children abroad to study? Is the moon abroad more round?
That year I was only 17 years old, to be sent abroad because my university exam results were very bad. After I passed the exams for Jianzhong, I started to play around, joined a lot of clubs and met a lot of friends, enjoyed the freedom of school life in Jianzhong. But the painful consequence of partying hard was the university exam results that were too horrible to endure. My father was so angry at the time, he thought that I was only intent on playing around, that even if I took the exams the following year I might not get better results. So he decided to send me abroad.
Although I had thought that grades weren’t sufficient to evaluate a person’s future success, it’s too arbitrary, but my father decided to send me to a place where there aren’t too many distractions, so I can concentrate on studying and learning the language. I made a supreme effort to resist, but it wasn’t enough to lead to a revolution.
The person I was at the time merely did not understand why my father would want to send me to such a faraway place, all by myself, with no one to rely on. Until I lived alone and learned independence, felt the culture shock and opened my eyes, only then did I understand my father’s intent. Just think! Is there any man who would callously send his child abroad to wander aimlessly? The child will bear hardships abroad, but the parents in Taiwan will also cry at home.
It just so happens, my best friend from primary school, Shawn, and his whole family migrated to Vancouver, so my parents decided to send me to live with his family as a home stay, thereupon starting my road to be a foreign student.
Note: Before learning I had to go to 溫哥華 to study, to tell the truth, I only knew it from the geography textbook with its English name “Vancouver”, I knew it’s in Canada’s southwest and it’s its third largest city, it’s the main residence city of ethnic Chinese in Canada, and that its climate is moderate with a lot of rain. Apart from these, what else did I know? I only knew in the coming years, while peacefully living in it, as I have come to understand it, and fall in love with it.
Before going abroad, it was also my parents’ plan to enroll me in language school. I only knew that Shawn’s home was near a school that offered language courses for foreigners, so for convenience’s sake, I also enrolled in this private Christian school. I only learned later that it was called Trinity Western University, where the teaching style was very conservative and extremely strict. By that time, I had corrected my previous party-hard attitude, thinking of my parents who were sending their hard-earned money to have me study abroad. I resolved to study well, and I had straight A’s every semester. A year later, I applied for one of Vancouver’s institutions for higher education, Simon Fraser University, and likewise graduated with excellent grades. With my professors’ recommendations, I applied to the University of Victoria’s Department of Economics.
All these were quite unexpected for me. Because I didn’t think that the six years of studying would so greatly influence and change me. It made me turn from a fun-loving YiJu Chen who was ignorant of the world into a responsible and independent Calvin Chen who embraced the whole world.
I remember the time I left Taiwan, the most important things in life for me were studying and taking exams. But experiencing life in Canada made me see the world is so much bigger than this. Of course studying is a student’s duty. But aside from this duty, we also have to care for each other, care for the environment and all living things on Earth. Aside from this, the person I was before going abroad didn’t understand things, I always quarreled with my family. After my baptism as a foreign student, I learned to understand and cherish my parents’ care and love, and found a balance in my relationship with my family. Being able to study in such a multicultural and open-minded environment is my good fortune. Not only did I learn to respect others, I also trained myself to be more independent.
I’ve always wanted to share these six treasured years with everyone, not only to make the fans who have supported me know me better, to know the journey that Calvin walked through, but also to communicate with friends who also want to study abroad, and let them understand more or less how it is to eat, dress, live, behave, relax and have fun when studying abroad. And most important of all, I very much hope to promote Canadian values to others, letting even more people learn their diligence, conscientiousness, tolerance and multiculturalism.
So in the spring of 2011, I finally once again stepped on this land, when the landscape is beautiful with the first melting of snow, and returned to Vancouver’s embrace. Even though there was the sense that “the flowers remain the same year after year, while people change year by year”, but my heart was still moved. Because this was not just the place where I became a man, it was also the place that cultivated my career as a performer.
I once believed that memories buried in the depths of the mind were like filmstrips slowly unfolding. Yes, I’m back, I came back to the most unforgettable memories in my mind. Through this reverse journey, I want to retrieve bit by bit all that was good and touching. Even though I’m now at the airport waiting, I still felt the indescribable shock of the memories come flooding back, of that emotionally moving time…
The journey time is about to take off, and then, what will be waiting for me in some street corner both familiar and unfamiliar?
Chapter 2 - First look at Vancouver
If you describe Vancouver like you would a person, I think Vancouver should be at the prime of its life. Modern, intelligent, understands how to treat people with respect, and able to show concern towards this world.
As far as my first impressions of the city goes, it was like when the plane touched down that first time, and I raised the cabin windows, it was like a scene from the beginning of life, sunshine passed through layers of cloud to illuminate all below, and it looked perfect.
My first impression of Vancouver was – the air is so nice! The horizon is vast, the place is so huge, and so clean!
I went down the plane and went through immigration, then I saw my good friend Shawn standing in the crowd waiting for me, only then I truly felt that I was in a foreign country, thousands of kilometers away from my family in Taiwan.
He, who hadn’t seen me for many years, gave me a big smile, and the jetlag and anxiety suddenly disappeared. Shawn wanted to leave immediately and go back to his place, but first we passed by Vancouver’s business district. I even remember the first shop where Shawn took me was in Richmond’s Yaohan Center, to buy records. And so I saw for myself the legendary ethnic Chinese stronghold of Golden Village. Aside from the Taiwanese-owned Yaohan Center, there was also Aberdeen Center and Parker Place, as well as Richmond Center. Several shopping centers were right next to each other, it’s quite fun!
Vancouver’s residential and business districts are separate; quite different from Taiwan. There are no 7-11 stores at the street corners of residential areas, nor dan-tsu noodle vendors. As far as the eye could see were emerald green trees lining the streets and people leisurely walking down these streets. Many houses in the residential districts are bungalows and villas. You only find high-rise apartment buildings downtown.
You drive a car on wide roads, with only a few random cars, and everyone is extremely polite. That year that I was about to start studying abroad, when I arrived in Vancouver it was exactly September, with clear autumn weather. The cloudless blue skies made me feel very optimistic and worry-free.
A lot of shops’ signs were written in Chinese, pedestrians had Chinese-looking faces, giving me that sense of familiarity. It’s no wonder that many people consider Vancouver as a first-choice retirement home. After all, the ethnic Chinese population is high, many aspects of living aren’t too different from home. Facilities and welfare benefits are good, so over the years it has developed a reputation for being a retirement city for ethnic Chinese. So with this kind of familiar feeling, I almost forgot I was “banished” by my father to this place. There were instances, when I saw ethnic Chinese faces mostly and with the sporadic Caucasian face, that I thought I was just strolling in Taipei’s Tianmu.
Then later Shawn took me to downtown Vancouver to feel that Vancouver flavor. I saw in the booming city center, not only the busy movement of commerce in Robson Street very similar to Taipei’s east district, but also the peaceful atmosphere of blue skies and white clouds when you look up from below skyscrapers. This is very different from Taipei. The scattered buildings don’t make you feel the congestion, but instead you feel each has its own space, very peaceful.
Note 1: Richmond Although Vancouver is a major city of choice for ethnic Chinese, but the area would have different names because it’s populated by people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. For instance, Richmond is also known as “里士满” or the homophone of “Gateway to Riches and Honor”.
Richmond is very close to Vancouver international airport, about half an hour’s drive from the city center. So even though it wasn’t developed in its early years, but following an increase in migration and the tight associations of the ethnic Chinese running their businesses as one, Richmond has become “a salted fish that came back from the dead”.
Actually everyone shouldn’t be strangers to Richmond. Because it was the set location of many a Hollywood production, such as “Smallville”, “A Scary Movie”, etc. The airport scenes in “Final Destination” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” were filmed in Vancouver International Airport.
Vancouver is also an international city, different ethnic groups from all over the world came here to rebuild their homes and put down their roots. Later generations of these immigrants lived and grew together harmoniously. This is credited to Canada’s government, whose constitution’s provisions do not allow discrimination in words and deeds, making Canadians accept each culture’s customs. Whether it is in school or in daily life, everyone is used to being with people of different ethnicity. They tolerate each other’s differences and similarities, and respect every ethnic group’s culture.
I remember there was an interview where someone asked me to describe Vancouver in three adjectives. At that time, I said, “modern, multicultural, diverse” without any hesitation. Vancouver is actually a very new city but it has advanced like other developed cities. But it didn’t result in excessive commercialization, air and water quality haven’t deteriorated, everywhere there’s still a lot of green, and the city’s residents are very friendly. Here you can see hardworking people, you can sense their dedication to their work, this is really very rare! A city that’s still advancing, it’s hard to avoid sacrificing environmental protection and preserving its open spaces for the sake of progress, but Vancouver didn’t trade them off. That advancement of commerce and environmental protection can proceed in parallel, makes everyone who come here unable to help but praise the city.
Note 2: Vancouver not only has advanced scientific research and banking industry, but it’s also the world’s most environment-friendly city. So you can describe it using the idiom “couple strength with gentleness”.
In the early days, this area’s indigenous peoples also received proper consideration. All over the city, you can see the indigenous peoples’ totem carvings and art on display. Gastown and Yaletown’s modern yuppie style is also very remarkable, similar to the city’s specially pungent spice sprinkling people’s lives.
Chapter 3 - Unfinished eighth class
Canada is maple leaf country, studying here is like the air, similarly fresh and clean, similarly free.
My experience as a foreign student in Vancouver changed my attitude, as you can choose the field of study that you like, in much the same way that you should have the power to choose your own life. My learning became even more active, and my perspective became even wider!
The bus sped on the tree-lined Highway 1, as the sunshine spilling on the treetops shows the luster of early-morning dewdrops.
In my early days in Vancouver, each day I attended language class at Trinity Western University. The education I received in Taiwan was very standard, mostly the teacher would be spilling saliva in front, but the students would be sleeping. I think this kind of teaching with very little interaction you learn very little. But in Vancouver, the atmosphere in class is very open, the teachers encourage the students to speak out, which is very different from the method of teaching in Taiwan.
At the start, the teacher would group four people together to discuss a topic together and then to make a report about it. On one hand, it trains our teamwork, and discussing amongst ourselves trains our speaking abilities. On the other hand, reporting as a group lightens the pressure of public speaking, gives us strength in numbers. So from four in a group to two in a group, the teacher finally trains everyone to speak unaccompanied, calmly completing a 20-minute presentation. This training I had became important later on in my showbiz career, especially the style of speaking publicly.
And also, during this period of time, I had the opportunity to come in contact with students from all over the world. Each and every one of us had different social norms, different cultures, and different values. After a long time of being with them, I learned to respect the differences between our cultures, and learned to appreciate them. That time, for me, was very special, and I made a lot of friends. And later, these friends turned into my most loyal fans from all over the world. When I had performances in different cities, these friends would come to root for me, not only so we can talk about old times, but also to introduce me to the local scene, making me able to quickly assimilate into the local culture.
After taking English courses for a year, I applied for the economics program in Simon Fraser University. The field of economics is vast, from the trivial things you encounter in life to the economic policies of each country. As far as changing my choice from medicine to economics is concerned, I think of it as something fresh, much like how Granny Liu entered the Grand View Garden in “Dream of the Red Chamber”. And because I escaped the force feeding way of teaching when I studied abroad, my learning abilities similarly opened a new page.
The academic atmosphere in Simon Fraser University is very free, and encourages its students to try out many things, and there were hardly any restrictions on the electives one can take. Students studying here all automatically get premature grey hairs, as in the first year alone they think they can take so many courses. So long as the schedules don’t clash, students can freely pick any subject they want to take. At the start of their second year, undergrads will choose their major and minor subjects. Since this is the student’s own decision, often the choice will be in line with the student’s personality, interest and preference, and as a result everyone studies very enthusiastically. After the major and minor subjects, each and every one of the students look like they’re playing powerful engines progressing at lightning speed. I think this is the reason everyone is so driven, this is their “motivation for learning”!
I remember a classmate once told me, “Because I’m very interested in this subject, even if I stay up late studying, I never feel tired!” What he said was correct, so long as you find the thing you truly love, it’s worth the hard work. And as I was in this competitive atmosphere, I threw myself into economics, after class I also formed a study group, where we would discuss ideas and the topics we hadn’t finished in class.
Note 1: Choosing economics as my major, the main reason was I had always been interested in economics. On the other hand, studying economics would be very helpful in getting a job in the future; you can say it’s a very practical field of study.
However when I was in high school, I was instead in the section of students gearing towards a future career in medicine. So in those days that I just started studying economics, I was practically carrying a dictionary the whole time, checking definitions of terms. On top of that it was entirely in English, so it was really difficult in the beginning. Other people took two hours to research information, while I spent not half a day but a whole day, repeatedly confirming my facts before I continued. Because if I didn’t have good basic knowledge, then the next steps would have been very difficult indeed.
I also credit the school’s administration, that I had the opportunity to take special classes like linguistics and geography. What we studied in linguistics class were each language’s pronunciation rules, grammar and vocabulary. Learning a second language, for me was very useful. Aside from this, it also made me break away from the previous hindrance of “knowing but not knowing why”, and I systematically and effectively learned the language. Geography was very interesting. Our teacher had a very lively way to explain Canada’s geography and climate. For me whose head was buried all day long in economics, this was very refreshing and exciting! The most interesting was, me and my group members went on a field trip to Granville Island’s ceramics factory to conduct a survey, and using what we learned there to make a report for class.
Note 2: The ideologies of teaching in Canada and in Asia are very different. During primary school in Canada, school pressure isn’t very heavy. At this stage, in order to encourage multi-faceted learning in students, they go to summer camp, join clubs, participate in team sports, and other outdoor forms of education. After finishing high school, they can choose to go to vocational schools where they can enhance their skills. Some people even immediately get jobs straight out of high school, only learning the skills as they do them in the workplace.
In case you choose to go to university, then you’re saying that you “mean business”. Because at this point, the classes the high school will give you will become very advanced all of a sudden. So you must give it a lot of thought. The counterpart, the school also encourages students to do a lot of discussions and research, bringing out that academic spark in the students.
From a certain perspective, Canada’s institutions of higher education (undergraduate and graduate) can be described as “wide door, narrow road”; although it’s not difficult to get in, if you want to graduate, you need to make a lot of effort. Luckily, I got pretty good grades at SFU, and at the same time applied for the University of Victoria’s graduate program in economics. University of Victoria campus is located in the remote Victoria Island. You would have to take a ferry to get back to mainland Vancouver. So if I wanted to spend weekends with friends downtown, I’d have to take a two-hour boat ride. Going from Victoria Island to Vancouver, it’s like going from a sleepy retirement home to the bright lights of the metropolis. Usually I just sleep during the ferry ride and wake up when it’s about to reach the port, at which time I catch sight of Vancouver’s brilliant lights. It’s such an unusual contrast.
But even though the infrequent trips lessened my interactions with friends, instead I concentrated even more in my studies during grad school, and I was able to finish my courses within ten months. Grad school professors’ style of teaching focused more on discussions and interactions with their students, and making presentations in front of class was quite commonplace.
At this time, I also applied to be a teaching assistant, being responsible for teaching “History of Economic Development” to more than a hundred undergrads. The night before my first lecture in front of that many people, I was too nervous to sleep. Especially as English wasn’t my native language, I could only rack my brains for ways to make the lecture more lively and interesting. Fortunately, the students’ reactions weren’t too bad, making my next lectures go more smoothly. From practicing my lectures, I grew in courage, and my style of teaching became even steadier.
These diverse academic exposures enriched my process of learning, letting me know that the things I’ve learned can also be used in everyday life. As I was able to completely understand this, I had even more motivation to study.
Later on, when someone asks me what would I do if I weren’t an artist? I always remember this time in Canada and then promptly reply, “I think I would go back to being a student. Because I love studying, and I enjoy learning about the things that give me joy!”
Chapter 4 - Four-square-meter stage
Every student studying abroad knows how to maximize a limited amount of space, as accommodation is a big issue.
My student life, because I tried living in a homestay, dormitory and apartment, step by step, made me become more independent. And at the same time, I got to experience different lifestyles.
Having lived in Taiwan my whole life, I really didn’t know other countries were so big! I had previously thought that going from Taipei’s Beitou to Panchiao is already a great distance. But coming to Vancouver, you will discover that although Taiwan is relatively small country but because of its high population density, the way of life is very convenient. At the opposite pole, Vancouver is Canada’s third largest city, but because the area is vast, going from one place to another takes a lot of patience, the distance from one point to the next can’t be measured by 10-minute intervals, at the very least, it should be 30-minute ones!
The first place I lived in, with Shawn’s family, was arranged by my parents. And I had to go by bus to get to my language classes at Trinity Western University. I still remember the time I went down the plane, Shawn was there to pick me up, and as the car left Vancouver, I was very excited about what I saw of Vancouver! Tall buildings weren’t crowded together, but you can see the extent of local development. After that, tall buildings became smaller ones, we were probably already in the suburbs. Just like what I saw in foreign films, I had thought we should arrive quickly at Shawn’s home!
I didn’t expect that we had to drive for an hour, and the scenery outside my window changed from gray concrete buildings to lush green pastures where there were more cows than people! I finally asked Shawn, “Didn’t you say your home was in Vancouver? Then why are we driving farther and farther from the city?” I only learned later that Shawn’s home was in Langley, a town still in the Greater Vancouver Area, about an hour’s drive from the city center.
Note 1: Langley, located southeast of Vancouver, is a small agricultural town. The learning environment here is very good, because there aren’t a lot of distractions. No internet cafes, no cable TV, and most of all not too many Chinese mafias. On holidays, me and 3-5 friends would drive around town and to eat or go shopping. Other times we would just be absorbed in our English language classes at Trinity Western University.
Homestay (*living with a host family) is what most foreign students choose as their accommodation at the start. Because in the beginning you’re not very familiar with the place, but living with local families who have been there for many years, not only do you save yourself from having to look for an apartment, paying for utilities, or having to familiarize yourself with the area, but also some families offer three meals included. So students, who live far from home, have a chance to taste their hometown’s flavor. And with your homestay dad and homestay mom’s guidance, you slowly get used to the new environment.
When I arrived in Vancouver, I first lived with Shawn’s parents’ home stay. At that time, they only accepted male students. Not only were the guys not allowed to take girls home, but they also enforced a curfew at 12 midnight. But of course the students had ways to get around these rules; sometimes my roommate’s girlfriend would sneak inside from the bedroom window. Thinking about it now, those homestay days gave me a lot of cherished memories! Haha!
Additionally, I also have to mention that during that first year in Vancouver, I didn’t have my own car, so I could only take public transport. When I had to go to school in the morning, I had to take the alley that goes to the bus stop, going through a forest. Until today, this route is engraved in my mind. Because the neighborhood is quite remote, it was especially tough during wintertime, when you had to brave the cold wind to walk there, going past trees with withered leaves in the frigid forest, and you’re curled up shivering waiting at the bus stop. I remember it took about 40 minutes to reach the school, so if I missed the bus, I would already be late for my first class.
But this wasn’t the most wretched thing. What was most terrifying was when I had to return home. Because Vancouver’s latitude is very northern, the winter sun sets quite early. So when I had to return home by bus, it was already dark. Walking through that alley in the forest that had no street lights whatsoever, I could only rely on the weak moonlight, if there was any. Amidst flickering shadows reminiscent of horror movies, I returned home walking briskly. Those days I had to walk through the “evil forest” were unforgettable, every time I remember it, I can’t help but shiver. It’s the most unforgettable episode in my life as a foreign student in Vancouver.
The following year’s summer, my mother flew to Vancouver to visit me. We hadn’t seen each other for a long time, so when she saw me she asked how I got so thin, told me I wasn’t taking care of myself, and also asked a lot of questions about school. But I discovered, those hardships I felt when I first came to Vancouver, I couldn’t voice them out at that time, because I knew that enduring that first year made me more independent, I no longer needed my mother to worry about me. But I did have something I asked her help with – my commuting problems! Hahaha!
She found out that not having a car was a really big inconvenience. And in the end she allowed me to drive a car in Vancouver. So during that second year when I finished my language classes and entered Simon Fraser University, I started to enjoy a carefree life driving a car? No, it was the start of my independent life.
Even though I was living in a homestay while I took language classes at Trinity Western University, but when I didn’t have classes I would go to the dormitories on campus to visit classmates. Even though the dorm space wasn’t very big, everyone huddled together chatting made for a lively and comfortable environment. In particular, the social hall was the place to meet new friends. Sometimes people would sit in front of the fire chatting intimately, or talk about exams and take out their books to start a small study group. Everyone would be in two’s or three’s. Whether some random person would just take out a guitar and start playing for everyone, or people would come in to take afternoon tea, these are those contented and comfortable memories on campus!
When I entered Simon Fraser University, I opted to live on campus. SFU’s dorms were had many kinds of arrangements, which was quite considerate! The most common rooms were the ones for two persons. Of course there were also single rooms and even family rooms that allowed married students to bring their families with them. In the double rooms, how did one pick who roomed with whom? That was decided by the school administration! It was basically a random selection. My roommate at the time was Korean and we got along quite well. He was always dragging me to eat Korean food, and he would share Korean culture and popular trends. Of course I reciprocated; apart from teaching him some practical Chinese, whenever I went out to eat at Chinese restaurants I wouldn’t forget to take him as well. Although we only communicated in English, but I think so long as people are sincere, friendship knows no national boundaries.
In my third year in Vancouver, my cousins Ed and Freda also came to Vancouver to study, so the three of us rented an apartment at the foot of Burnaby Mountain, at the top of which the SFU campus was located, and I began another kind of accommodation experience.
Even though at this point, I was no longer called a FOB (fresh off the boat), but living in an apartment was too different from living in a homestay. Apart from having to do the repairs yourself, pay for every expense, and choose your own furniture, I also had to do the job of taking care of two underage cousins. This was, as far as I was concerned, a very different learning experience. I discovered that I became even more independent, any problem that happened I had to calmly think of a solution, and not blindly rely on someone else for it.
When I was in Taiwan, if the sky fell down, my parents would inevitably block it from falling on me. But abroad, I had no choice but rely on myself to think of a way to handle matters. In this way, this solution-finding exercise influenced me a lot, even saying that it completely transformed my life. Whenever I encountered some emergency, I won’t be flustered or be at a complete loss at what to do. I mastered the art of cool-headedly thinking of ways how to solve problems. Even if I needed outside help, I still didn’t look like a headless housefly aimlessly buzzing about.
When I was in Taiwan, I’ve never shopped in IKEA, as choosing home furnishings was apparently none of my business. But after arriving in Vancouver, choosing and buying furniture made me truly learn a lesson. Excluding economic considerations, when choosing furniture, you also have to think about overall design consistency. At that time, I browsed through many a home decorating magazine, and found the style I liked. Just as I see what kind of furniture I want to buy, I always think about each piece’s design aesthetic. Then I gradually mastered comparing and choosing. If the price on the furniture shop was too expensive, I’d check the hypermarkets or wholesale supermarkets if they have a similar piece that’s cheaper.
Note 2: Shopping here, especially in large quantities, is truly a learning experience. The best way would be to drive yourself so you can transport the stuff yourself. Additionally, Vancouver has value-added tax! In other words, on top of the price on the tag, you have to add 12% in taxes! If you have the opportunity, don’t buy just from looking at the price on the tag. First add the tax, and then you can compare the prices to make sure.
I have a lot of special experiences in my life as a foreign student. There’s no shortage of things that I haven’t experienced in Taiwan, some of which I had worried about before going abroad. Just like there was a time when I encountered an incident that I thought only happened in movies, like a bank robbery! Once when I went to the bank to make transactions, I unexpectedly encountered a bank robbery. There were three bad guys, one was at the door acting as the lookout, another was screaming at everyone to go down on the floor, and the third one was at the counter taking money. Everyone was so scared, and could only obediently get down on the floor, I remember my mouth was almost kissing the floor. Luckily I was far away from the robbers, and after they took the money they made their getaway, leaving behind a group of people with lingering fear. That experience was such a thriller, definitely another unforgettable experience of my life in Vancouver.
In addition to this, there was also the time the kitchen sink got clogged. At first I wanted to ask a plumber to handle it, but plumbers abroad have high fees. Basically in developed countries in Europe and North America, the cost of labor is so much higher than in Taiwan. Finally I just went to the supermarket and bought a plunger and some Drano to deal with the clog myself.
Another incident had something to do with carpets. At that time we had just signed a new contract with the landlord, and there was one provision that when the time comes we have to give back the apartment, the carpet has to be spotless. But this was really difficult, since it’s hard to avoid drinks or coffee from not spilling. I wanted to hire a cleaning company specializing in cleaning carpets to do the job, but when foreign students ask they don’t really come. So I used my imagination and bought a chemical detergent, and checked if it’s possible to remove the red wine stains on the carpet. But the eventual facts proved how naive I was. In the end I had to obediently pay the landlord!
Remembering it all now, choosing a form of accommodation is a big deal for foreign students. After all, a good living environment can have a positive influence on the student. Aside from suitable space, there’s also the roommate, the neighborhood and other factors that make a big effect. Through caring for the home, choosing and organizing, I also gradually found my own taste, my own vision in interior design. In that four-square-meter room, I started to develop my own little universe, slowly started to pile up the lifestyle I wanted for my future. Perhaps this was an unexpected added value to moving around like Mencius’s mother moved him three times to give him the best education!
Note 3: Those few years in Vancouver, I experienced living in a homestay, a dorm and sharing an apartment. So I can say I have a lot of experience when it comes to accommodation. Actually, different accommodation options have their own pros and cons. No one option is all good or all bad. For instance, living in a dorm would give you a lot of interaction with other students, but you don’t have a lot of privacy. Having the care of your homestay mom and homestay dad will save you a lot of troubles, but you don’t have a lot of freedom. Renting an apartment sounds very fine, but having to clean it up regularly is very exhausting, not to mention having to pay for utilities and maintenance. I was fortunate enough to have experienced all three, and I’ve also experienced having to move house, organizing a moving van and some DIY moving boxes, packing has become absolutely fast and orderly.
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Chapter 6 - Both active and passive
After breaking away from the so-called “fresh off the boat” label, I got used to life in Vancouver more and more. Aside from being a good boy and doing well with schoolwork, I also became more and more adept at all aspects of life as a foreign student.
I’m also a person who keeps himself busy, doing all kinds of things in school and everyday life. As I got used to life, I decided to challenge myself at something different – part-time work.
A person studying abroad already worries a lot about living expenses. Although I wasn’t too worried on this part, but I also wanted to experience new things.
When I started to do part-time jobs, I decided to start in an already familiar environment, i.e., on campus part-time jobs. Simon Fraser University’s international student association suggested I do some library work. Most people, when they think of library work, they would think it’s something very relaxed. After all, it isn’t hard labor. So long as you take down notes and have a lot of patience, you’ll do very well.
Library staff have several jobs. There’s a supervisor who arranges who does what; usually every month we rotate jobs. Sometimes I would be at the front desk sticking barcodes on books, sometimes I would shelf returned books to their proper places, sometimes I would be patrolling on different floors checking that the students aren’t macking a ruckus or violating any school rules. Among these, the one I love the most is putting books on the shelves according to how they were catalogued. Whenever I was pushing the library’s trolley and returning the books to their original places, I would have this inexpressible sense of accomplishment.
Ever since I was little, I loved reading. When I was preparing to take my entrance exams, I was always in the library reading. This building full of literary treasures is very dear to me, it’s a place where I completely feel at ease. Whenever I walked along the library’s long corridors, on both sides rows upon rows of books, I can’t help but praise the vastness of intellectual knowledge.
During the time I was in University of Victoria’s grad school, it goes without saying that I also applied for library work. But my professor gave me an even more difficult task – being a university teaching assistant teaching second year “History of Economic Development”.After I happily accepted this post, each week I’d spend a lot of time preparing the course content, carefully studying all the information I’d previously learned, thinking of ways to systematically impart economic development’s history to undergrads.
When I had just started, I was very nervous, I didn’t know where to start preparing. After all, English was not my first language, and I had to use fluent English to more than a hundred students during the entire lecture, so I really needed a lot of courage. Luckily the undergrads were very supportive, not only taking the initiative to recite in class, but also discussing some definitions of terms with me after class. As much as possible I made the lectures very vivid, also specially practicing a couple of jokes so I won’t make the audience go looking to “play chess with the Duke of Zhou” (sleep), hahaha! (*Corina’s note: The Duke of Zhou is also the “God of Dreams”, whenever an important thing is going to happen, he would let that person know by appearing in his dreams. So when people are sleeping they meet the Duke of Zhou, play chess with the Duke of Zhou, go fishing with the Duke of Zhou, etc.)
Aside from doing part-time work on campus, I also worked at a car wash. Canada’s car wash service comes in two options: do it yourself or have it done by a car wash boy. When people drive their cars to the car wash, the workers will wash the car according to standard procedure. First comes the rinse with clear water, using the hose to remove dirt from the car surface. Next comes the washing, i.e., make the car go through a “bubble bath”, wait til it’s finished and then rinse the detergent away with clear water. Finally comes the drying, in which the staff uses a powerful wind machine to dry off the water from the surface of the car, and then again wiped dry with a cloth. Usually at this time, the customer will decide whether to add an extra waxing service. If the customer requests waxing, then we would wax the car. The steps shown above seem so simple, but actually from the start to the finish, we spend a lot of physical effort. Especially on weekends, or the first day of holidays, the car wash would be filled with cars from everywhere, waiting for their “shower”. I didn’t need to do push-ups to train my muscles!
Even though working part-time is very interesting, but sometimes one can forget the first obligation to actually study. Only if you have some extra time and energy can you do this. Although I wasn’t the type likely to worry about my parents’ urgings, but once in a while I’d think of my parents shouldering my cost of living as a foreign student, and there’s always this wish that someday I can succeed quickly, in order to share the responsibility with them. As a result, I worked hard with my courses, and after my grades were somewhat okay and then I still had time, I experienced the real world by working part-time. After finishing school, the self-discipline that was left behind from different kinds of part-time work experience, and they all gave me a lot of courage, especially when I joined the competition, and took the opportunity to enter showbiz.
Chapter 7 - I am Sunshine Boy
Every person’s life there are inevitably several important turning points. In my twenty-odd years, I had made my first life-changing decision – to join the “Sunshine Boyz” competition and, at the same time, enter show business.
What career was made for me after studying, nobody can say for sure, as the affairs of the world are always hard to predict. The path that I had originally considered, certainly turned a corner as I entered show business through the competition, and I arrived in a different world.
During my time studying in Canada, I had a very special experience that had a profound and long-lasting effect on my life. In August 31, 2004, I joined the “Sunshine Boyz” competition sponsored by Canada’s Fairchild Radio, and hence began my path to a career in showbiz.
When Sunshine Boyz was recruiting for participants, the competition was the main focus of the ethnic Chinese community in Vancouver. I remember when I saw the advertising posters, I was at the University of Victoria doing my grad studies, and my friends were all telling me to sign up, and said that since I liked singing and performing, I should take the chance. I was very hesitant at first, after all, performing in front of so many people required a bit more courage. But finally upon my friends and classmates’ encouragement, I bravely handed over my application. I didn’t expect that this action would change my life forever.
First, fifty competitors were chosen from all the applicants to go into the second round of selection. And then from the fifty, ten outstanding candidates were chosen to go into the final round. Before going to the final competition, Fairchild Radio gave us training workshops on stage presence, dance, speaking, body coordination, etc. They also asked us to practice a song and a skit, as well as a talent demonstration. It was very much like a beauty pageant, haha!
This kind of strict and complicated competition that I had never done before, made me very nervous and excited at the same time. That day, my friends all came to cheer for me. From the start’s group singing and dancing, doing the catwalk on stage, doing the question-and-answer segment, I got through each and every one of them, until finally we came to the most important part – the talent portion! I had chosen to sing the Power Station song “Wordless Love Letter”. Maybe it was truly fate, because when I signed with HIM International Music, I learned they were my seniors. Everything must really be part of a master plan!
Note 1: Sunshine Boyz (from 2006 onwards known as Sunshine Nation) is the Chinese-language Fairchild Radio’s annual event that started in 1999. It explores and trains local Asian-Canadian guys and girls, and through a competition, encourages them to stand confidently on stage and show their talents. From there, they choose the guys and girls most suitable to enter showbiz. Back in the day, the big benefactor who chose me was Chairman Li Fang. Nowadays I consider him to be my mentor. After my performance, he gave me a lot of suggestions and warnings.
Note 2: Sunshine Boyz finals night was held at the school auditorium of Burnaby High School. This auditorium is very special because it was donated and built by the Hollywood actor Michael J. Fox. The “Back to the Future” star is not only Canadian; he is also an alumnus of Burnaby High School.
I remember when I finished singing the song, there was thunderous applause from the audience. Facing the applauding audience, I didn’t know what to do. I had absolutely no idea what I should interact with the audience. By the time it was the awarding of prizes, I was restlessly standing on stage, and the host was announcing the winners. Watching the “People’s Choice Award”, “Best in Talent Award”, “Best in Style Award”, being handed out, I thought to myself, “No way! There’s ten of us and six awards, I’ll probably get one, right?” Then the host announced the second runner-up, I didn’t hear my name called, and I was thinking, “Well, this is embarrassing.” Then the first runner-up also walked by, I was a little dumbstruck standing on stage, half the people had awards on their hands, and I was among the other half who did not! But I still had a glimmer of hope, because friends and competition staff were bullish about my chances. I should have more confidence in myself. And then the host finally read my name aloud, and the whole audience burst into applause. That was the first time in my life that I heard so many people applauding me! Not until my hands, shaking with excitement, received the champion’s trophy did I realize I was the Sunshine Boyz 2004 champion!
Remembering it now, my love for performing on stage must have started from this time.
Since entering the finals, Fairchild Radio had diligently planned training workshops for us competitors. And after winning, they worked even harder, using every means to help me, including financing for my MV, arranging magazine interviews, all helping me, this foreign student, achieve my dream to be a star.
But at this time, my life was in a quandary. After all my family sent me abroad to study, and of course they had high hopes for me, expecting me to become an economist. And especially as I was about to finish grad school, I already started looking at vacancies in local banks. My professors were also encouraging me to proceed to doctoral studies…
I knew that if I walked the showbiz road, I will not live up to my family’s expectations. But while I was training for the competition, I discovered that I really love performing, and enjoy the feeling of standing on stage. Through music, dance and acting, I can express my ideas and feelings to the audience. Seeing everyone’s reaction is a wonderful feeling. This was the life that I yearned for!
After this realization, as I was about to finish my coursework during Christmas vacation, I flew back to Taiwan and had a long talk with what is now my management. We had discussions about my thoughts on a career in performing, which I was going to continue the summer after graduation. So without hesitation, I sold my car, terminated my lease on the apartment, and bid farewell to more than six years in Vancouver. So I packed my bags, flew to Taiwan and officially started my development in Taiwan.
The days I just started were very tough because I was keeping the fact that I was back in Taiwan from my family. On one hand, I was taking classes planned by my management, and on the other I also was teaching English at cram school, bearing the burden of paying for my own expenses each month. At that time I was practically burning the candle at both ends; during the daytime I was just another guy starting out in showbiz, during the nighttime I took another identity as cram school teacher.
But exhausting work followed exhausting work, and my life was enriched. Like a boxer in a movie, even though I was almost knocked down by the pressures of life, I still had to keep on smiling. Days like these passed into several months, and I didn’t think I would ever enter my home again. My mother was my chief supporter; whenever there was something on my mind, she would be the first person I talked with. And thus I let my mother know of my circumstances first. Even though she did not approve of me entering showbiz, she saw how deeply committed I was at self-sufficiency that she reluctantly agreed with my decision.
But with my father, I did not have such an easy time. After all, paper could not conceal fire. My father tried repeatedly to call me but wasn’t able to contact me. So quickly, he discovered I wasn't’ actually in Canada, and the crater finally exploded!
Father had always hoped I’d go into economics and work in a bank or some other financial institution. And he wasn’t able to accept that the son he had painstakingly given an education wanted to enter showbiz. At that time, my father and I had a big fight, almost causing a revolution in the family. I used time to challenge my father’s question about my choice of work. Fortunately, Fahrenheit received a lot of support from fans when we debuted. After Father knew I had become an idol singer that fans looked up to as a role model, he finally knew too that my work has an effect on and meaning to society. Only then did I start to receive a positive response from him.
Until now, I still think of those days when I had just returned to Taiwan; it’s still engraved in my memory. What I celebrate is the fact that I persevered with my dream, and I didn’t quit just because of incidental opposition. Having endured those unsteady days and the better days that followed, I consider it like the saying, “Beyond the dark willows and the bright flowers, is a village”.
Whenever I stand on stage, facing thousands of fans in the audience, I would be very grateful that fans accompanied me throughout this journey, making me persevere with my dream and continue to shine!
During that day, Calvin was wearing a necklace with big red beads. He asked, "Who is Ah Da's good friend?" Using that necklace as a makeshift nunchaku, he answered, "Ah da! Bruce Lee."
May 28, 2011 - Book signing event
There was a bear, a rabbit and a monkey. The three didn't want to serve in the army. The monkey said to the rabbit, "Hey rabbit, your ears are so long! Cut them off then you'll fail the physical exams, so you don't have to serve in the army!" The rabbit said, "Okay! Oh, so painful!" Then after a few days, the rabbit met his friends again and said, "Yeah! I don't have to serve in the army!" So the monkey said, "I also don't want to serve in the army! What should I do?" The rabbit said, "Your tail is so long, cut it off then you'll fail the physical exams, so you don't have to serve int he army!" So the monkey cut off his tail and went back saying, "Yeah! I don't have to serve in the army!" Then the bear said, "What about me? I also don't want to serve int he army. I don't have a long tail, I don't have long ears. What should I do?" The rabbit said, "Your teeth are big! Get rid of them!" The bear said, "Oh, okay." Then after some time the bear came back and said, "Hu hu hu, The platoon leader said I was too fat, I don't have to serve in the army."
May 13, 2011 - Appearance on Bai Wan Xiao Xue Tang
The question is whether the sun revolves around the galaxy's center, does it rotate on its axis, or it doesn't move at all. Calvin said, "The universe is so big, for sure the sun revolves around something. And besides, I'm very familiar with the sun because I am Sunshine Boy!"
The question is: "Ørsted (transliterated E Si De in Chinese), who is considered "the father of electromagnetism", is from which country?" Calvin said, "Electromagnestism... I previously learned many physicists and astronomers are from Russia (E Guo). And his name has the letter "E". So... Russia?"
May 12, 2011 - Substitute host for Wan Quan Yu Le
Calvin: Previously Fahrenheit played table tennis and I was champion! Harry: For real? Calvin: Yeah! Harry: But it doesn't matter. Today, the table tennis we're playing, we're gonna use three different rackets. Calvin: Why is it 3, not 4? And besides, why are we only 3 people? Why not 4? Because... with three people, we are getting right to the point! (*開門見山 (kai men jian shan = get to the point), 三 san = 3)
Harry: We still have more games! At the moment I win one, Yoga won one, and Calvin has zero. Calvin: It's okay I get zero. Because we are Taipei 101.
They played basketball. Calvin's basket got jammed with 3 balls. So Calvin made a joke. Calvin: Why does my basket have 3 balls jammed inside? Because we are 3 people competing. And besides, we are in SETTV (San Li).
Since Yoga won overall, he gets to eat three dishes. Calvin: He should be called Lin Ying Jia. (ying = win; Yoga's name is Lin You Jia)
Harry: If our group (Da Mouth) has a collaboration with Big Bang, it's gonna be... Calvin: Da Bang.
Calvin: If Fahrenheit collaborates with Girl's Generation, we're gonna be called Hai Dai (sea weed).
Love Buffet as Xing Da Ye, episode 10
Da Ye to Xiao Feng: Hey, this fish pastry looks like it wants to say something. It wants to say something important to you. "If you don't mind that I'm a fish pastry, would you like to go steady with me?" (與 yu = with; 魚 yu = fish)
March 25, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldgRBcP0eqA During Fahrenheit's visit to Malaysia to promote Canon IXUS cameras, they were also interviewed by the media. The reporter asked them if they would ever strip naked for a commercial. Calvin replied, "As the saying goes, don't bow down for 5 sacks of rice. But maybe for 10, it's possible."
March 21, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjAL_Dz4QYA Translation: Let’s talk about scenes that are often seen in idol dramas. Car crash! What about if someone has cancer? What about extramarital affairs? Jumping into the sea! Of course there’s also amnesia scenes. But the one who gets amnesia is always the male character. Do you know why? Because there’s a Shi Yi Nan, there's no Shi Yi Nu. (*施易南Shi Yi Nan is a Taiwanese artist. It sounds like 失憶男 shi yi nan (amnesiac guy)). That’s the cold news for the day. Thank you!
January 19, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNKry-6NJdc During a promo event for Love Buffet, Calvin, Arron and Reen were bbq-ing scallops and oysters. True to form, Calvin did not miss out on the opportunity to tell cold jokes.
(~0:19) He made a toast (乾杯 gan bei), using dried scallops (乾貝 gan bei).
(~1:50) Calvin and Arron had an oyster-picking contest. Calvin was terrible at picking oysters, he only picked one, while Arron picked a lot! Not to be outdone, Calvin said, "Hey, this oyster is trying to tell me something. He said, one of me can beat 10!"
January 12, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdEa4_YDSvo (thanks to elvenstar87 for the translation) In response to Xiao Zhu's comment about Calvin not being able to tell a joke right because he's an idol, this was Calvin's reply.
January 1, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUjUALR0CGo The Love Buffet cast went on 100% Entertainment to promote the drama. Show and Xiao Gui hadn't forgotten the "wo bu yao zai xiang" joke. For the talent competition, Calvin's talents were beatboxing and... telling cold jokes!
Joke 1: Calvin: I don’t know if you know a city abroad that’s never got a phone call. Show: I don’t know. Calvin: You really don’t know? Show: Am I not cooperating with you? If I said I don’t know then I really don’t know. Calvin: Fine. Then what city hasn't got a phone call? The communications are so bad! Arron: Harbin. Calvin: Wrong. Show: Shanghai! Calvin: How can Shanghai not have got phone calls? Xiao Gui: Shenyang? Calvin: Wrong. Show: Ningbo? Calvin: That’s it! How did you know? Show: Is it really Ningbo? Calvin: Yeah. Show: Why is it Ningbo? Calvin: The phone number you are using cannot receive any signal at the moment. Please try again later. (*sounds like “Ningbo’s phone cannot receive any signal at the moment. Please try again later.”)
Joke 2: Calvin: Where can you find the most number of Korean people outside of Korea? Show: Canada! Calvin: No! Show: Kaohsiung? Calvin: No! When you do this specific sport, you’ll see the most Koreans. Show: Baseball? Calvin: Wrong! It’s a water sport! Arron: Water polo! Calvin: (makes swimming motion) Show: Swimming? Why? Calvin: Anyang haseyo, you’re also swimming here! (*“ni ye lai zhe li you” (you also came here to swim) sounds like Korean ) Xiao Gui: Hit him!!!
Joke 3: Calvin: Japan… Where can you find the most number of Japanese people outside Japan? Show: On TV! Calvin: No! Why on TV? Show: On DVDs! Calvin: What kind of DVDs? Show: Educational DVDs. Calvin: Like what? Show: DVDs teaching the Japanese language. Calvin: Spoken Japanese, right? Show: Yeah, spoken Japanese. So are you finished? Calvin: Not yet. So apart from these, when you do a specific exercise, you see the most Japanese. It’s a very relaxing exercise. Xiao Gui: Massage! Calvin: Correct! Show: Why? How so? Xiao Gui: Massage is like kimochi. Show: Wait a second! You’re an idiot! (scolds the fans) Xiao Gui: So why? Why massage? Calvin: (prepares himself to be hit) You also came here to massage, and to get massaged. (受得斯捏 shou de si nie (to get massaged) = sounds like Japanese “so desu ne” (isn’t it so?))
November 24, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC4NtYB32PQ Calvin also celebrated by having a party at a children’s home, and donating money to the foundation. He got a book of cold jokes as a gift. And he also obliged by telling a new joke. The joke goes:
Jay Chou is a very cool guy. He went on an African safari. He was driving his jeep, then he came across a lion. The lion said, “RAWR! Jay! I’m so hungry, can you give me a lift? I want to go to the grassland at the other side, there’s more food there.” Jay said, “Lion! That’s so cool! Get on! Just don’t eat me, okay?” Then the lion was well-behaved. Then they were driving around and a tiger came up to Jay and said, “RAWR! Jay! I’m so hungry! Can you give me a lift?” Jay replied, “Tiger? Not bad. So cool! Get on, just don’t eat me, okay?” Then after a while an elephant came up and said to Jay, “Jay! Can you give me a lift to the other side? I’m so hungry and thirsty.” But Jay said, “I don’t want to!” The elephant asked, “Why? You gave a lift to the tiger. You gave a lift to the lion. Why not me?” Then Jay replied, “Because… (to the tune of Tornado) I don't want to give a lift to an elephant... I don't want to give a lift to an elephant*!”
(*Tornado’s original lyrics: 我不要再想 wo bu yao zai xiang = I don’t want to think anymore; 我不要載象 wo bu yao zai xiang = I don’t want to give a lift to an elephant)
November 9, 2010 For his 30th birthday, Calvin celebrated with his fans in Hong Kong. During the event, fans gave Calvin various presents, one of which was a huge gold medallion with a dollar sign. According to one fan (t.sina.com.cn/shin0223), 个时候辰国王不忘刷冷，说，这样是要告诉大家要做钱的主人，不要做钱的奴隶~~~次嘴型为奴隶的奴…… This time King Calvin didn't forget to tell cold jokes. He said, "This is to remind everyone to be masters of money, and not be slaves to money."
September 25, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=877yOU-Ngzg Da Dong was trying to bend the power bar. The female co-host was asking Da Dong if he was all right. Then Calvin said, “I know! I know! Are you in labor?”
September 17, 2010 On Bai Wan Xiao Xue Tang, Chun and Calvin were teamed up. They had to pick a primary school student each time. Of course Calvin didn't waste the opportunity to tell cold jokes. And tease Chun at the same time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNLghfBnTKA ~8:33 Chun and Calvin picked a student named 河豚 He Tun (=balloonfish). Calvin: Do you know why we picked you? He Tun: I don't know. Calvin: Because big bro Wu Chun's stomach is hungry. He wants to eat balloonfish.
September 14, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMukN2KeoMw video thanks to 77Amika ~7:24 Calvin: (imitating Jacky Cheung) Hello everyone, I'm Jacky Cheung! (his Chinese name 張學友 is pronounced Zhang Xue You in Mandarin) *silence* Oh it doesn't sound like him. (uses the same tone as before) Hello everyone, I'm Jacky Cheung's big brother 新學友 Xin Xue You! *staff laugh* This set has a long punch line. Okay okay. You think that's so funny? Here's Xin Xue You's friend. *uses the same tone as the Jacky imitation) Hello everyone, I'm Xin Xue You's friend 血友病 Xue You Bing! (血友病 = hemophilia) It's not so funny, sorry. *staff laugh anyway*
Translation by UNRSD: Calvin: Today’s cold jokes surround the animal kingdom. Did you know? The animal kingdom actually know how to talk, it’s just that you guys don’t knows how to translate it. Coincidentally, Professor Chen learned biology before, so I know how to translate a little of their language. So first, [I’m] going to tell the cold jokes of the animal kingdom. The first when is: One day, a little ladybug was flying, and when he was tired, he landed on the tree. Then the little ladybug smiled, Do you guys know why? Everyone: No Calvin: Because tree has branches. (Branches = 梗 (Geng). 梗 can also mean punch line). Now, the tree also laughed, do you know why? Everyone: Don’t know Calvin: Because the ladybug has spots. (Spots = 点 (Dian). 点can also mean point / point of interest.) … Calvin: Seems like there is not a great reaction…Ok the second one: One day, the shrimp and fish wants to race to see who can swim faster, and when the fish met the shrimp, he said: “Hey 虾 (Xia, "shrimp").” Then the shrimp said: “I’m not 瞎 (Xia, "blind"), you are.” (虾 has the same sound as 瞎, which means blind.)
OK…not really funny. Give me another chance. The third try: One day, the shrimp and fish want to race again. This time, they chose a fair judge, the sea turtle. And the turtle said: “Don’t fight anymore. It’s about to start. Ready? Go! Ready? Go!” So the fish said: “Who’s an idiot? I think it’s you.” And then, left. (Ready? Go! In Taiwanese has the same pronunciation as idiot / dummy ) Calvin: OK, no problem if anyone doesn’t find it funny. Professor Chen will think of new ones that are funnier. Now let’s go find RHYYF’s host (takes off glasses). Hello! (In Korean) Welcome to RHYYF. I’m the host, Calvin.
August 24, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvFsjcAd240 During LB’s wrap up party, everyone of legal age was drinking to celebrate. Arron said everyone was removing their inhibitions. Then Calvin suddenly said, “Bridal chamber? Nobody got married, how come there’s a bridal chamber?” (新房 xin fang = bridal chamber; 化解心防 hua jie xin fang = remove inhibitions)
Calvin: I have 3 English questions for today. The first one is what "room"? Room... R-O-O-M. What room can't people live in? Does somebody know? Come on, students! Students: Don't know! Don't know! Calvin: What is it? There's restroom, bathroom, there's also bedroom. But they're all incorrect! It's mushroom! Mushroom is something you eat. Mushroom.
Calvin: Okay, the second question is... what "ship"? S-H-I-P. What ship can't people use for traveling? It's... what kind of ship? There's merchant ship, there's warship, there's also fishing boat. But they can all be used for traveling ah. Of course the answer is you and your friends. It can't be used for traveling... friendship! That's right, it's a ship that cannot be used for traveling! It's a very wonderful ship.
Calvin: Okay, next is the third question... what "deer"? D-E-E-R. What deer you can't see its eyes? What deer will get lost? Can't see... can't see...! What deer is it? There's reindeer, there's also elk, so what deer is it? It's not red deer (or idiot in slang lol). What deer is it? Does everyone know? Students: Don't know! Calvin: You already said it! Each one of you has already said it. It's "I don't know". "I have no idea." No idea. No idea is no-eye deer. Deer that can't see!
Calvin: Ai! It seems all Korean groups have representative colors! All: Yes! Calvin: I will test you guys! SHU-I's representative color is purple, true or false? All: True! Chen: Correct! Then Super Junior is what color? All: Royal blue! Calvin: SS501 is what color? All: Green! Calvin: TVXQ is what color? All: Red! Calvin: So good!!! Then! Fahrenheit is what color? All: Huh??? Calvin: Hehehe! You don't know! It's... 情qing... 色se!!! (everyone LOL) (*青色qing se = blue green, 情色qing se = sexy/erotic/porno)
During their most recent trip to Beijing, there was a stampede at the airport, mainly because Calvin started to run. So Chun and Da Dong followed suit. Then the fans saw them running so the fans chased after them. When a fan in Guangzhou later asked Calvin why he ran, Calvin said, "Because there were many people lah!" Then he later said, "Because I bought new shoes, I didn't want them stepped on!"
(~2:09) During Fahrenheit's trip to Korea as Taiwan's tourism ambassadors, Calvin spoke a lot of Korean during the press conference, impressing the host. The host asked, "How come you are quite proficient in Korean?" Calvin answered, "Because my Ah Ba (father) is Korean."
During Da Dong’s intro (~4:20) Calvin: “Do you know why Da Dong is wearing sunglasses? Because your lightboards are so bright, really too cute. That’s why Da Dong is wearing sunglasses.” LOL.
During Wu Chun’s intro (~4:50) Calvin asked everyone if they knew the title of Chun’s new movie, what was his character’s name. Of course Chun’s fans knew so they answered. Then he pointed at Chun’s fans and said, “Pan Guan (magistrate), I saw some of Pan Guan’s lightboards over there.” Calvin: “That Pan Guan looks like Pan Gong.” Chun: “It’s Pan Guan.” Calvin: “Are you sure?” This makes Chun hesitate. Calvin: “You really made a mistake. Actually you’re Pan Gong all along.” Chun looks at Calvin suspiciously, but Calvin was still confident. Calvin: “It’s really Gong and not Guan.” (*Okay I don’t get the joke… is it coz the characters for Guan 官 and Gong 宫 look similar? LOL at Calvin...)
(~8:00) Then when picking the song, Calvin said he wanted to sing Romantic Princess’s theme song, then asked everyone which song it is. Everyone said Xin Wo. But Calvin suddenly said, “Wu Chun, it’s Xin Wo, not Chi Yan Wo (bird’s nest soup).” Chun said, “Yes, it’s Xin Wo.”
(~5:00) The second fan was beside Arron... Calvin: Don't be nervous. Arron can sing along with you. Arron sings along but the fan's voice was too soft... can only hear Arron's voice. Calvin: Hey, you sing so well. You sound a lot like Arron, ah!
January 17, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzydWWmldgU ~0:30 First fan: “I’m Su Dan.” Calvin: “Su Dan, is it? Isn’t Brunei’s king also called sultan (*sultan = 苏丹, has same characters as the girl’s name)? Then you’re the king. (to Chun) Come quickly and bow to your king. Come here.
While Fahrenheit was creating their own New Year scrolls, Chun was writing 十全十美 (perfection), but Chun's brush slipped on the 美(beautiful), making it look like 羹 (soup). Calvin asked, "You must be hungry, right?"
Jiro mentioned that he wants to emulate his idol Rain. Calvin said, he can be called "Little Raindrop".
They were all joking about Chun finding all sorts of food delicious or something... then Calvin: Wu Chun wants to eat a tiger. Why? Because he's 扮豬吃老虎 (pretending to be a pig in order to eat a tiger). (*It's one of the 36 Strategems of warfare in ancient China... means to play dumb, lure your opponent into underestimating your ability until, overconfident, he drops his guard. Then you may attack.)
The host was introducing the members, then she called Calvin: Yan Yi Ru. Calvin went along with it and said, "The surname came from my husband," and put his arms around Arron.
September 28, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uolW36FbT9w$ (credits to jcjjica for the subs) Because he has been working out, Calvin now has a 6-pack, which makes his abs “Little Jiro” abs. Anyone who touches his abs will suffer from brain concussions because of the bumps.
Joke #1 Calvin's supposed to distract Jiro by asking questions and he asked some really "mild" ones......... When Jiro gets 10 beans, Calvin went: "Wow, you're so good at it! You must have been a crab in your past life!" (The Chinese verb for the chopstick action and pinching action of the crab is the same word)
Joke #2 Calvin makes a clever remark about him and Jiro (十拿九穩) a chinese idiom containing "10" and "9" -- the number of green beans Jiro and himself managed to pick out. All: Wow........ Cal: I'm sorry.... *Proudly repeats his idiom十拿九穩 * Crew: Did you think for very long? Cal: Ok, ok Jiro: No wonder just now you weren't talking. You were scheming this up! Cal: I thought for very long! Gaby: You fake ABC! Cal: *puts on ABC accent* Chill, I came back from Canada.... Jiro: Fake ABC, real sentence composition Cal: I tell you, if you want to show your support for our TV station (GTV is ba da, which is literally translated as "eight" "big" in Chinese), you must get 8 ..... straight (8, 9 ,10) ....
September 13, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/v/-C-F7ezLJeU (namiegan@Calvin's FLHCN for transcription, shinotwilight777@Youtube for the video) Joke #1: (~1:05) Calvin: I've been busy filming "Tao Hua Xiao Mei"(Momo Love) with Da Dong. Da Dong: Oh, I know this. I know this. Calvin: Da Dong, what was your role? Da Dong: I'm "Tao Hua". Calvin: I'm "Xiao Mei". This is my second time to play "Xiao Mei". During the first time, Wu Chun was "Gong Zhu".
(*He was making a play of words with Momo Love and Romantic Princess titles in Chinese - Tao Hua Xiao Mei and Gong Zhu Xiao Mei)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I0Gh5ZlVeE Joke #2: Calvin: My auctioned magazine cover, help me to read aloud: "Endangered Species, Xin Hao Nan Hai (Good/Gentlemanly Boy), Chen Yi Ru". Arron: So in our group we have a protected animal. Calvin: Don't feed (this animal). If you want to feed (someone), feed Wu Chun.
May 25, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQV9SLhvKeg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnW5kPp3PEM (thanks b068383666 for the video, oiyase@FLHCN for Chinese transcription) One day, Xiao Ming wanted to go to sleep but a mosquito came flying over him, it was so annoying so he decided to catch it with both hands (Calvin made motions imitating catching the mosquito in between his hands), but then the mosquito said, “Xiao Ming, Xiao Ming, don’t kill me, today is my birthday!” Then Xiao Ming said, “Your birthday? Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!” (made motions to clap while singing, killing off the mosquito)
February 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KWdvMHnXDY Host girl: You haven’t been sick, right? Host guy: Yeah, I’m sick to death. Host girl: Your reply was very handy. Calvin: You must have acted in Top Gun. Host girl: Why? Calvin: 捍衛戰士 Han Wei Zhan Shi (Top Gun’s Chinese title). (*汗味 han wei = sweaty smell)
Calvin's joke: There was once a rabbit and a bear who were good friends. One time they had the urge to sh*t so they went behind a bush to do so. After a while the bear asked, “Rabbit, are you bothered by the sh*t staining your fur?” The rabbit answered, “I don’t mind.” After hearing this, the bear was very happy, then picked up the rabbit and used it to wipe his ass.
October 24, 2007 http://v.youku.com/v...g1MjU5MDQ=.html Calvin, Eric and George were in a library choosing children’s books to donate. Eric picked a science book “Journey around the human body”. Eric: How many muscles does a human body have? Calvin: Too many!! Eric: Just an estimate. There are roughly 600. Calvin: Eric ge-ge says, maybe it’s because of the recent typhoon, and the bird flu, so chicken meat is very expensive, chicken meat costs 600 dollars. (*肌肉 ji rou = muscles; 雞肉 ji rou = chicken meat)
Spider jokes Calvin: What kind of person do you think is Spiderman? He Gui: He’s a good guy. A successful guy. Xie Na: A heroic, chivalrous person. Calvin: Wrong! He’s a loser! He Gui: Why? Calvin: Because he is spiderman! (*失败的man = shi bai de man = loser)
Calvin: Black, red, blue, green, what color is he? He Gui: In the new season/episode, he is black. Calvin: Wrong! He’s white. He Gui: Why? Calvin: He is spiderman (*是白的man = shi bai de man = white man).
Others Sources: (1, 2) Unless otherwise stated, translations were done by me and my best friends Google and MDBG. Thanks to Kaylie and Christina for corrections!
There was a male deer that was running fast on some street. He ran faster and faster, ran faster and faster… until finally he came to the highway.
Wahaha! Something was very funny, laughed for 10 minutes… suddenly discovered many wrinkles, so ugly!
Heehee and Haha were good friends. One day Haha died. When Heehee saw Haha, he said, “Haha! You’re dead!”
Q: Flying car. Guess a type of drink.
A: Coffee… (*coffee = ka fei; car = ka; fly = fei)
Q: How do you transform a drink into a big cup (da bei)?
A: Say a greatly sad chant (*大悲咒 da bei zhou)!
Why stop smoking at all? I’ll have to do it twice. Why twice? Once is to stop with the right hand, the second time to stop with the left hand.
Q: Why is a fox always slipping?
A: Because it is sly. (*sly = jiao hua; foot = jiao; slip = hua)
One time, a white cat and a black cat were walking along the riverside. Then suddenly the white cat fell into the river and then was gone. After a while, the white cat resurfaced and climbed up the riverbank. It said something to the black cat. You know what it said? He said… MEOW!!!
If you meet a bear, what should you do?
A. Run away, going faster than the bear.
B. Run away, going as fast as the bear.
C. Run away, going slower than the bear.
If you pick A, and you’re better than an animal. If you pick B, you’re exactly like an animal. If you pick C, you’re worse than an animal.
This was during one of their appearances in YLBFB.
Show: Now we are giving you an opportunity to redeem yourself, tell a cold joke! The coldest one you can think of!
Calvin: I can! I will! Within 10 seconds, I can give you 74 poses of death!
Chun: This is the coldest!
Jiro: I need to go sit on that carpet over there, where it’s warmer.
Xiao Gui: Spread a blanket first!
Everyone: Then we start timing!
Calvin: This is gonna be easy. First one, Lao Zi (*Lao Tze, the philosopher).
Everyone: 10, 9, 8…
Calvin: Second one, Kong Zi (*Confucius, the philosopher).
Everyone: 7, 6, 5…
Calvin: And 4 seconds to go, the final one [lies down on the sofa], Huang Jia Gang’s 72 martyrs!!! (*In April 1911, Sun Yat Sen led the Chinese United League in a revolt to overthrow the Qing dynasty. The uprising failed and some leaders of this uprising were martyred. Actually there were 86 martyrs but only 72 were accounted for. It’s also called the Yellow Flower Mound (Huang Hua Gang) revolt because the dead were buried in a mass grave called Yellow Flower Mound.)
Everyone: Very decomposed! Too decomposed!
Calvin: Furthermore, there are 2 stages. Within 10 seconds I can still adopt 802 poses of death!
Jiro: Calvin Chen, please control your temperature!
FRH: This is too embarrassing!
Once upon a time there was a bird. He passed through a stretch of cornfield everyday. But quite unfortunately, one day the cornfield broke into a fire and all the corn turned to popcorn. The little bird flew over it afterwards… thought it was snowing and he would suffer a cold death.
There was once a stubborn child. He asked his father, “Father, am I a foolish child?” His father answered, “Foolish child, how can you be a foolish child?”
One time a horse said, “My company is releasing a new product, Horse Fart 3, abbreviated MP3.” (*horse = ma; horse fart = ma pi)
A polar bear was all alone in the North Pole. He was awfully bored and thought of looking for a penguin meimei to play with in the South Pole. It takes 20 years to walk from North Pole to South Pole. After walking for 10 years all by himself, the polar bear started to miss his home. So he once again spent 10 years walking back to the North Pole. After that, he once again started to go southward. This way, the polar bear spent 40 years to come to the South Pole in July. When the polar bear finally knocks on penguin meimei’s door, penguin meimei cheerfully said, “Let’s go to your home to play, ok?”
A fat guy plunged to his death from the 12th floor. What’s the result? The result is a dead fat guy.
A well-done steak and a medium steak pass each other on a street. Why didn’t they greet each other? Because they don’t know each other!
Two guys who fell into an animal trap/pit/snare. One lived, the other one who died was his life-saver.
On an airplane, a flight attendant asked a little girl, “How come airplanes fly this high and not bump into stars?” The little girl replied, “I know! Because stars can ‘dodge’!” (*I’m not sure which one of these is the correct reason: 1. to dodge and to spark are the same word in Chinese 閃; 2. to dodge閃 is pronounced ‚shan’, sounds like shine? lol )
Four guys were playing mahjong in a room. The police came and arrested 5 people. Why? Because the four guys were beating up a guy called Ma Jiang. (*mahjong = ma jiang)
There was a fisherman who caught a squid. The squid pleaded, “Please can you roast me?” The fisherman said, “I will roast you. Ask me several times.” The squid happily said, “Roast me, ok? Roast me, ok?” As a result, the fisherman immediately took it for roasting.
Q: What animal lives in darkness?
A: Doraemon… (*Because he cannot see 5 fingers! Doraemon has no fingers – his hand is only a circle.)
Q: 1,3,5 are odd numbers. Give an example of an even number.
A: Hsu Chun Mei. [matching drip action] (*Hsu Chun Mei is an overly made up, loud-mouthed self-professed Taiwanese socialite who became notorious for abandoning her child (and wouldn’t take her back) because her child annoyed her. One of her infamous quotes is 偶是上流社会的人 (An idol hails from high society). She pronounces 数 as shi (是). Even number = 偶数ou shu; idol = 偶 ou)
Q: What is a banana’s illness?
Q: What two English letters when joined together can explode/burst?
A: OK… (*My guess… 漚可以 ou ke yi = bubble can... ???)
Q: Which letter is the most sorrowful?
A: F! Because of FBI. (*sorrowful = bei ai)
Q: Why are mermaids especially loving?
A: Because they cannot split their legs. (*pi tui = literally means split legs, actually means be unfaithful, cheat on somebody)
Q: When an onion is cut into 4 pieces, what is it called?
A: Cong cong cong cong! (*onion = cong)
Q: So when ginger is cut into 4 pieces, what is it called?
A: Jiang jiang jiang jiang! (*ginger = jiang)
Q: How much does an orangutan weigh?
A: 8 grams… because of Starbucks! (*orangutan = xing xing ; gram = ke; 8 = ba; Starbucks = xing ba ke;)
Once a little drum got angry… because somebody hit it…HAHAHAH! [he finished the sentence himself and laughed]
Q: Which festival should not be celebrated?
A: Umbrella Festival (*Umbrella festival = yu san jie; also means the poisonous snake called “many-branded krait” Bungarus multicinctus that is found Taiwan)
Q: Which letter can kneel?
A: The answer is D. Because D can kneel. (*D會跪 = di hui gui = pig’s blood cake in Taiwanese)
Q: Of the 26 English alphabet letters, which is the coolest to wear?
A: C is the coolest to wear. (*西裝褲 = xi zhuang ku = Western-style clothes; pronounced the same as “C裝酷” = C zhuang ku = C clothes cool)
Edited by nastyhobbit, 12 October 2011 - 04:20 PM.
臺北市立建國高級中學 Taipei Municipal JianGuo High School the famous 建中 JianZhong, the leading boys senior high school in Taiwan. He was in a class of 第三類 醫學系 group 3 (medicine) In some Taiwanese high schools students are classified into 3(or 4) groups depending on what their interest lie. In other words, it depends on the departments of university of which they are going to take entrance exams. Group 1 humanities and sociologies Group 2 science and technology Group 3 medicine Group 4 agriculture
From Sep1998 studying in Vancouver Canada.
Language school of private Christian university for 1yr First 6months he stayed at his friend Shawn’s house, later he moved to the dormitory of the university.
A college learned at a college for 1yr, getting straight As, an honor student
Simon Fraser University transferred to Simon Fraser University as a 2nd year student in economics. finished the course in 2yrs.
Graduated from high school at the age of 17 Taiwanese children generally enroll elementary schools at the age of 6. For example, children born between 2002.09.02 and 2003.09.01 entered elementary schools in Sept 2009. According to the law of 1999, there is an early entry system and skipping grade system in Taiwan. Calvin finished 12th grade and graduated from senior high school at the age of 17. Assuming there were same systems when he was a child, he probably entered primary school before his 6th birthday or skipped one year. Anyways as we already know, our boy was a brilliant child!
Calvin learned at three elementary schools According to what Calvin said at the filming of 百萬小學堂 elementary school quiz show, he was living in WuGu (where his paternal grandparents live) when he was a child and entered WuGu elementary school first. But his parents thought the school there was not good and let him transfer to XiMen. XiMen is far from WuGu and it took time and was very hard to go to there every day. At last he transferred to the third school. Chen family moved to TianMu where they live now and he learned at MingDe elementary school until graduation. This is the legendary "Chen mother’s three moving." Thanks to reiyi @CC thread ref. my post about "mother's three moving"
CC!! The private Christian university he leaned at first in Canada was most likely Trinity Western University. Coz I can't find any other Christian college/university in British Columbia except for one bible school. (*Confirmed in Ni Xiang Lu Cheng) Chun also learned at Trinity College in Melbourne 墨爾本三一學院. appledaily 2007.10.27 I remember Chun also said he had lived in a dormitory, but don't know it was of this college or not. This can be another thing CC have in common.
Calvin As A Singer____♫ ~Sw33tz(with minor tweaks by SongOfDarkness)~
Calvin was the third member to join boyband Fahrenheit in 2005. Together, with 3 other group members, they are the most successful Taiwan boyband after F4, conquering the hearts of those in China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Phillippines, Australia, Canada, USA, UK, Vietnam etc. He represents Warm Spring, at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. He also represents Handsome.
It isn't only his smile the melts the heart of those who meet him, but his voice also. His voice stops beats and breaths, sending shivers down our spines as we focus on that soothing voice in the background. Calvin's voice is a baritone to tenor and is therefore one of the more predominant in most of their songs. If it so happens that another member was away, he would take over.
In the X-Family soundtrack, his solo titled Ni Shi Wo Suo You De Hui Yi or You Are All My Memories left lasting impressions amongst the audience as his soothing smooth voice perfected the pain and sadness the song conveys. Links to his live solo are provided below.
Version 1 ● Version 2
Discography (with Fahrenheit)
Love you More and More (越来越爱) 6 January 2009 Treasure - Japan 20 August 2008 Stay with you - Japan 21 May 2008 Two-sided Fahrenheit (双面飛輪海) 4 January 2008 Fahrenheit (飛輪海 首張同名專輯) 15 September 2006 The X-Family OST (終極一家 電視原聲帶) 31 August 2007 Hana-Kimi Original Soundtrack (花樣少年少女 電視原聲帶) 1 December 2006 KO One Original Soundtrack (終極一班 電視原聲帶) 27 December 2005 Tokyo Juliet Original Soundtrack (東方茱麗葉 電視原聲帶) 16 June 2006 Romantic Princess Opening (公主小妹片頭曲) September 2007 Momo Love Ending (桃花小妹-很安靜) October 2009
You can also hear him sing in Love Buffet (愛似百匯) 2010 - including a version of Chao Xi Huan Ni with a modified version of the rap saying he's Sunshine Boy.
*** Loving Calvin's Voice (by lyricalp)
Calvin has an amazing, smooth voice - and he uses it not only to sing, but to make us laugh and of course express his thoughts to everyone. At events you'll hear him do a major portion of the talking, answering questions and explaining.
Links to some videos that show off his voice...
如虹音樂會─飛輪海3 @8:00 Wu Hui, Calvin's solo at 9:00! Pure, beautiful and (mostly) no other sound - no background music, no other voices. Superb.
20070119飛輪海@超級大贏家(5/8) @6:28 (fast forward) Calvin sings A-Mei's song, Yuan Lai Ni Shen Me Dou Bu Xiang Yao (You actually don't want anything) This is a really nice example of the tone of his voice, you do hear Aaron add some harmony.
Sunday Best - Oct 24, 2010 (three clips from this same episode)
周日我最大20101024飞轮海 @32:56 The entire show. 77 minutes version will contain this piece where Calvin imitates Jacky Cheung, then Jacky combined with Wu Bai (Taiwanese artist). Incredible tidbit really showcases his voice, amazing! Other versions are 66 minutes and do NOT contain this clip. 飛輪海@周日我最大20101024 3/4 @5:30 Fahrenheit plays a game and Calvin loses right away to sing the rap for Sexy Girl with his hands on a big block of ice. 20101024周日我最大 飛輪海2 @9:20 Beatboxing
2010-09-18綜藝大國民：飛輪海3-2 @1:30 The guys sing Shou Hu Xing on Jacky Wu's Super King. Calvin's solo parts are really nice in this clip!
Xie Xie Ni De Wen Rou - S.H.E and Fahrenheit (Thanks for your gentleness) This is a music video so it is not live but still wonderful. Subbing by JenEm subs/translation by Aspire of Only Fahrenheit Forum. Calvin's vocals are highlighted in orange. In this collaboration between Fahrenheit and S.H.E with refrain taken from a Mayday song, the guys show off their lower ranges. Calvin's voice shows emotion and comes through beautifully.
There are tons of clips from JKPOP, so you just have to muddle through some to discover them Here's an example:
MTV日韓百年好聲(亦儒主持) @9:35 A bit of SJM's Bonamana and Sorry Sorry and a bit of beatboxing.
A few fun clips
我猜 炎亞綸對丞琳唱情歌 20061007 @2:34 few seconds of Calvin and Jiro singing Zhi Dui Ni You Gan Jue after they're supposed to be done
2009.10.12 Fahrenheit on YLBFB - Part 3/5 [Eng Sub] Calvin breaks out in a line of song and then does a bit of beatboxing. You can also see here that Xiao Zhu (Show Luo) chides him a bit for adding stuff to the show. Imagine what happened when he hosted YLBFB with Xiao Gui (Alien Huang) in 2010... it's impossible to curb his enthusiasm!
大東跟亦儒的模仿秀 @1:00 Calvin refuses to imitate Jacky here but he does just Wu Bai with Tai Re.
2010-09-19完全娛樂：飛輪海(新聞資料片+專訪)4-2 @6:00 Want to hear Calvin speak Taiyu? He's a Taiwanese boy, after all. Here's a fun word guessing game on Wan Quan Yu Le where it seems all the phrases take up too much time to convey. Has Traditional subtitles so you can learn Taiyu too.
There are tons more - as we know, Calvin loves singing and loves to talk, so you'll hear him prominently in any program, whether hosting JKPOP, guest DJ-ing or guest hosting, or doing interviews or promotions of any kind. So, open your ears and prepare to smile when you hear his voice!
By ~Sw33tz~ and calvin21 (2011-2012 updates by lyricalp)
Calvin's acting career started when he starred as Ya Se Wang in KO One back in November 2005. Here, he re-immortalised the famous saying of Shakespeares' Hamlet "To be or not to be, that is the question." There, his character was one with a rich background, an arrogant student with a slightly cold demure, yet possess a warm and loving heart. His fierce loyalty to his friends made him unforgettable.
Next, he was The X-Family's Lan Lin Wang, Ya Se Wang's alternate self in a simultaneous universe. A sequel to KO One, yet here, he captured the hearts of many as he portrayed the life of a man, destined to live without the love of his life and family. Here he improved his acting skills as he carried out such scenes with sorrow, which caused tears amongst the viewers, especially his fans.
Soon, he returned to the screen in September 2007 in Romantic Princess. Portraying the elegant lives of the rich, a playboy who mesmerizes others with his good looks and alluring smile, with good intentions though. Nan Feng Cai became the ideal boyfriend of many as he smiled away and charmed the audience with his natural acting, just being Calvin Chen. Many more fans needed glasses or eye sight worsened as our eyes never left the computer screen as he flashed his mega watt smile, which might have also led to some emergency calls as severe nose bleedings and severed vocal chords from squealing happened when he bared his top half in episode four.
After waiting for a good chance, he returned again in November 2009 in Momo Love with Jiro Wang. A romantic guy who is willing to give everything for his love. Xue Zhi Qiang captured the hearts of many, especially his fans as he portrayed the life of a real man. Being honest for the feeling of love , he took lots of attentions from the viewers in episode six onwards with his lovely word “You’re my only choice..”
He warmed our hearts in his first leading role in Love Buffet with Arron Yan and Reen Yu as Xing Da Ye, a sunshine boy encountering the ups and downs of first love. Calvin is always reviewing scripts, so hopefully, we will be able to see more of him in dramas!
When Love Walked In 爱情闯进门 (traditional 愛情闖進門) - 2012 (airing August 2012)
Qin Yu Jiang (秦雨江)
Love Buffet [愛似百匯] - 2010 Xing Da Ye (邢大業)
Momo Love [桃花小妹] - 2009 Xue Zhi Qiang (薛志強)
Romantic Princess [公主小妹] - 2007 Nan Feng Cai (南風彩)
The X-Family [終極一家] - 2007 Lan Ling Wang (蘭陵王)
KO One [終極一班] - 2005 Wang Ya Se (王亞瑟)
Calvin has had cameos in two dramas - K.O.3an Guo (終極三國) (Reprise of Wang Ya Se) and in Sunshine Angel (陽光天使) as "Calvin" (not playing himself.) His first appearance in any drama was in It Started With A Kiss (惡作劇之吻) while he was visiting Jiro on-set during the wedding scene.
MTV's JKPOP (known in the Bakery as RHYFF), is an hour long program reviewing the huge waves of Japanese and Korean popular music that are hot in Taiwan with news clips and music videos. Calvin began hosting the show in 2010. His first taping was 6/24/2010, his first airdate 7/1/2010. Since then, fans can see him five days a week! Super-faithful fans (that we are grateful to) post full and clipped versions of RHYYF on the web so that users can easily view the show with and without the news and videos - meaning about 15 minutes solid of Calvin TV!
If you search the internet, you'll find news of RHYYF all over Asia. His show is a great way to give these musical groups excellent exposure in Taiwan! Calvin has even had sumo wrestlers from Japan on the show. Ultra-popular groups such as Super Junior-M, CNBlue, FTIsland and SHINee have appeared, giving Calvin a chance to show off his language skills, speaking English, Korean and Japanese. RHYYF is truly a showcase of Calvin's talents, as he will often break out singing, beatboxing, rapping and dancing in addition to talking up a storm and adding plenty of personal notes and cold jokes! (See Calvin's Cold Jokes section for some good laughs!)
Calvin has additional personalities to add to his hosting fun. (see Calvin's Nicknames for history on Professor Chen) He'll sometimes start off his show by introducing himself as one of these characters, and then reintroduce himself again as himself, when he's ready for the rest of the program.
Professor Chen ( 辰教授 chén jiào shòu = professor) For this character, Calvin usually stands by the rotating wheel with very smart black-rimmed glasses on.
Anchor Chen ( 辰主播 chén zhǔ bō = TV anchor) For this character, Calvin dresses a bit more formally and sits behind a small desk with a small screen behind him that shows clips as he talks.
*** In addition to continuing his contract for JKPOP, Calvin is also now hosting Apple Entertainment News (show with multiple hosts), showing weeknights.
Whatever Calvin does, he always give his best. And we have witnessed his hard work through these years. Let's see Calvin's 7 Highlights in his Career, the 7 best selections that made Chen Yi Ru became Calvin Chen nowadays.
Evolution of Calvin's Skillz a.k.a. Crazy Cupcakes' Collection of Classic Calvin Chen Capabilities ~nastyhobbit and sweetiekv~
Love is not blind - it sees more, not less. ~Rabbi Julius Gordon
Dancing Admittedly, Calvin is not the best mover in Fahrenheit. But what he lacks in flexibility, he more than makes up for in effort. So he may not be the best mover, but he's the least likely to miss a step. During promotion events, he's always the last one left standing dancing. Just goes to show that when he does something, he gives it 200% plus interest! Go Calvin, go! And during the second half of 2008, he trained in dance, beatbox and DJ-ing for his solo act in the Fahrenheit's Fantasy concert. These series of videos should show just how his dancing has evolved through the years.
From his infamous hilarious "Back at one" rendition to the sweetest "You are all my memories" remake, bear witness to Calvin's singing moments. Being the most versatile of the four, if one of them is not present, Calvin takes over his part.
As one of the three solo parts that he has for their Fahrenheit's Fantasy concert, Calvin learned beatboxing. In fact his beatbox teacher praised his efforts so much in his blog, was the proud teacher. Check for yourself how good he's become!
We all know that Calvin worked as a teaching assistant when he studied at the University of Victoria. And we also know that he taught English while he was still looking for jobs in showbiz when he came back to Taiwan. Since then, here are some hilarious examples of Calvin being a teacher.
December 2005 What if Calvin were to each kindergarten kids the song "Liang Zhi Lao Hu" (Chinese version of Frere Jacques)? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzkd9nvnCco December 2007 During his visit to Hiroshima in December 2007, instead of a normal sing-and-dance routine, Calvin made *drum roll* a lecture! And everyone called him Calvin-sensei! http://www.56.com/u7...jkwODIzOTU.html March 2009 During the promotions for the Fahrenheit's Fantasy concert in Kuala Lumpur, Fahrenheit were guests in Malaysia's FM98.8 radio program, teaching some English phrases. Guess what kind of phrases Calvin taught? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDla-9J8DI
December 2009 Fahrenheit returns to Singapore for the Music Showcase, mini-concert/fan event. During the interview with YES 93.3 FM, Jiro shows some of the English phrases he knows by heart, some of it thanks to Teacher Calvin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdMgHaYr1Dc
Investment experience: 6 years Main investments: Stocks, funds, real estate Asset allocation: 50% cash, 30% real estate properties, 20% stocks and funds
2005: First investment in the stock market 2008: Bought first property, at the present time collecting rent 2010: Spent 3 million to buy property with friends, recovered 3.5 million after 3 months, in the future
Excluding his idol status, Calvin has been business-minded since childhood. After graduating from the Taipei Municipal Jian Guo High School, he received his economics bachelors' and master degrees in Canada. He even passed the exam to be an analyst at the Bank of Canada. Unlike most idol singers, Calvin has a completely different background.
Calvin did not put to waste what he has learned in college. In fact, Calvin has become known as Fahrenheit's de facto “finance commissioner". And every chance he gets, he tries to give the others tips on how to wisely invest their hard earned money making the other members of Fahrenheit joke that investing in stocks is Calvin's favorite hobby.
Budding Entrepreneur Way before Calvin came up and established WOW Designs, he was already showing signs of his being a budding businessman as early as highschool. In an episode in Kang Xi Lai Le 康熙來了 when they were promoting X-Family, Calvin recounted the story of him and his 2 other friends from high school where they spent one summer vacation selling polo shirts on roadside stalls. However, what they set up was illegal and were often chased by the police. Eventually, they mastered the art of evading the police by coordinating themselves on how to pack up their stuff and running really fast so they never got any ticket from the police.
Calvin and WOW In 2008, Calvin finally applied his training in economics by launching his own clothing label “WOW” which was at first sold exclusively online. After expanding to what is now known as Factorysev7n, the brand now carries 2 lines with the addition of "GO" and has since been sold in Zhe Ye stores in Taiwan as well as in Chapter 8 botique in Fahrenheit 88 mall in Kuala Lumpur.
Calvin and the Stock Market Calvin wanted to have his own property before he reached 30. So he learned how to trade in the stock market and in other long term investments. Calvin admits that at first he didn't understand the stock market, so he took his laptop to the bank and asked the commissioner to guide him. After 5 years of investing in the stock market, Calvin decided "abandon" it due to the fluctuations in the stock market and inflation. He discloses that in these 5 years, he practically just broke even (no loss, no profit) though he still has investments on blue-chip stocks.
Real Estate Investments Calvin got the idea of investing in real estate from his Dad. His father told him that "Buying real estate is like raising children" reasoning that even if he has to make a loan, it will eventually pay off in the end. So at the start of 2008, Calvin brought his first property and is currently collecting rent from it. Buoyed with the success of that first real estate investment, Calvin raised 9 million TWD with 2 other friends in 2010 next. It was again successful because he made a profit of 500,000 TWD after just 3 months. He now plans to continue investing in real estate in the future.
Calvin's nuggets of wisdom in investing:
* First, pay off debts - The first step in managing finances is not to incur debts. So when you receive money, it's best to first settle debts. Otherwise it will be like a credit card's high interest rates. After paying debts in full, you can move one step forward in knowing what kind of investor you are. Then you can choose which venture to take, such as investing in stocks, hedge funds, bonds, fixed deposits, or foreign currency.
* Start saving early - He revealed that when he was in primary school, his mom taught him the habit of keeping 10 TWD each day, and to open a bank account. So when he graduated from Jian Zhong (senior high school), his bank account then had 160,000 TWD.
* Save in foreign currency - Calvin proposes to also save money in another currency. He points out that having money in another currency would also be convenient if one decides to study abroad.
* When investing in real estate - Calvin has 3 rules when investing in real estate - location, familiarity and affordability. He advises to look at the area first and it would also be better if one is familiar with the location. About the value, the most important thing is to find the range that you can afford. If the pressure to maintain it is too much, then better not buy something too expensive.
* When investing in stocks - Research on the background of the company first before actually investing in them. He reiterates that one must really study ones investments and only invest in what you can.
Factorysev7n main website:http://www.factorysev7n.com/home.htm (Rest of the world) Taobao: shop60509796.taobao.com/ (for Mainland, HK, Macau) Yahoo Kimo: tw.user.bid.yahoo.com/tw/booth/Y3866002892 (for Taiwan) *For the Taobao and Kimo sites, just copy and paste the links. For some reason, AF doesn't allow me to post the links..
Online ordering information (for those who cannot use the Yahoo Kimo and the Taobao site): Just send an e-mail to Mr. Lin at email@example.com the product that you want to buy as well as the size. *Word of advice, though... e-mail Mr. Lin in Chinese. Cause, if you e-mail him in English, he'll answer in English... but the English is usually just online translated...
這也 Zhe Ye stores: 東區總店 East district head shop (Taipei) 板橋誠品店 Banqiao Eslite shop 基隆店 Keelung .32;竹店 Hsinchu 台南FOCUS店 Tainan FOCUS shop 高雄左營店 Zouying, Kaohsiung 花蓮店 Hualien 台東店 Taidong
Fahrenheit 88 Mall, Chapter 8 Boutique - Kuala Lumpur
Neihu's Halar Cinema partnered with Factorysev7n and asked him to make joint t-shirt and caps for the employees to wear. For a time, they had one wall advertising his goods, and even organized activties where customers who buy tickets can win WOW and GO items for free.
S.A.L.T's iWrappa provides fashionable casings/housing for Apple products, specifically iPhones. Factorysev7n collaborated with S.A.L.T. and has designed different casings for iPhone 3 & 4. It has also released a co-branding series collection for iPhone 4 which comes with matching shirts and exclusively carries Calvin's signature.
CC!! Designed together with Wu Chun, inspired by his love for fitness. This limited edition shirt is already sold out online but its still available in Zhe Ye stores in Taiwan. Unfortunately after this initial collaboration, no word on whether Calvin and Chun will do another... (anyone want to request the boys for another one? )
Putting his Economics degree to good use, Calvin opened an online store he simply calls WOW. Together with his highschool friend and business partner, 林彥儒 Lin Yen-Ju or who we all more fondly refer to as Mr Lin, WOW was launched on October 18, 2008. Starting initially with the Ruten account, WOW Designs added Yahoo blog where updates on the products and ordering information are provided catered to those living outside Taiwan.
WOW was first hinted when Calvin wrote in his blog entry (posted in both Fahrenciti and HIM and aptly titled WOW) before the start of the Fahrenheit Fantasy World tour that they were tasked to design their own logo on the ear monitor they will be using for the concerts. With the words "Creativity makes life more fun!", Calvin gave us a preview of this creativity when snapshots of the ear monitor with the WOW logo was posted by fans on the internet. By the middle of October 2008, the link to the WOW store was put up when he posted about it at the HIM forum.(translated)
A little over a year later, WOW expanded and moved to a new home now called Factorysev7n on February 2010. With the launch of the new site came another design named GO. Where the first slogan tells "WOW AS A GREAT SUCCESS", the new logo carried "GO WHEREVER YOU WANT".
Calvin advertises his label by wearing the clothes himself. In fact, he even got to wear his birthday candles T-shirt in the 越來越愛 Yue Lai Yue Ai MV. Most recently, his WOW & GO designs have had major airtime when he filmed his ratings winner drama "Ai Si Bai Hui/Love Buffet"
At present, Factorysev7n releases limited edition designs for different holidays or special occasions.
At the Sunshine Boyz competition Aug31, 2004, he said he was thinking to go for PhD next year. this video at 2:20 On the other hand, he started to look for a work in finance/banking. He was interested in trading bonds and stocks. He had a job interview with 加拿大中央銀行 Bank of Canada and was accepted. His plan was to work for a year and then decide whether to stay on or return to Taiwan for a work. If he didn't join the showbiz and worked for the bank, he would be a manager now.
I was a close friend of Calvin's in high school. Yesterday I went out with Calvin to eat 薑母鴨 (duck cooked with ginger) and I finally saw how popular he is. Within two hours, there were five fans who came up to him and asked for an autograph and group picture!
Anyway, I want to share a bit with you guys about Calvin's high school days.
His academic achievement was top-class, and he was very caring to his friends. We were frequently punished for chatting during class, and after school, we would hang out with some senior students to do some mischief. We played ball together, went out and had fun together, studied together. Even though it is already almost 10 years ago, everything turns up clearly in my mind.
Calvin is near-sighted/myopic and cannot estimate depth/distance, so during high school he often stumbled/tripped on tables and chairs. This “often” meant almost everyday!
Furthermore, he was well-liked by girls, so we helped out schoolmates to seek their good fortunes using his connections. Although he didn't want to, he still did in the end! This spirit of brotherhood really touched us.
My eyes have known Calvin for 10 years already, and he is exactly like he was 10 years ago – he hasn't changed at all, still the same shuai, the same caring Calvin.
I sincerely wish that one day you will find your own place in the world. We will always support you.
Hey! Don't talk about the cold – you cannot be cold la! We cannot stand the 10° Taipei weather, but for you it's no big deal – uncle had extensive practice! And I even caught a cold!
Calvin was a very filial, cute and smart kid when he was young. After graduating from Jianzhong, he studied abroad in Canada on my request. But surprisingly, he kept his return a secret from Papa. I was very upset for a long time because I was looking forward to a great change in his future. After that, I saw his steps on the entertainment circle. I continually felt the warm welcome of his fans and saw his reputation increase. Now the sadness is lessened. I changed from objection to support. However I am very worried that sometimes Calvin returns home very late. I can't sleep well because of worrying about him.
Yiru, Papa really cares about you, loves you and supports you. Hope that you can grasp Papa's love for you.
I experienced something shocking recently. I had a one-day date with a Taiwanese talent who doesn't understand what I say. Well, it was a job of course. He, very popular in Taiwan, was a very friendly, reliable, bright gentleman, even when he was not in front of the camera. It was the first time we met, we didn't understand each other....I didn't know what kind of person he was....honestly, I was nervous. Before we met, I could hear the sound of my heart beating. "Hey, what's this? It's a job!! I'm on location!!" I told myself, but the beating didn't calm down. At the TV program 'Koisuru Hanikami' people say,‘'I'm nervous~' before the first meeting. It's really true. Really get nervous. It was a job, but I felt like a O-MIAI (matchmaking) and a first date coming together....tensed!! Dating with a camera working, surrounded by about 30 staff members....is really....very embarrassing!! I wanted to hide the 'real me', but felt like everything was exposed. I was irresistibly embarrassed.
The program will be aired in Japan and Taiwan from July for 3 months. Seems like a drama series. I heard the DVD would also be released. I will buy the DVD but watch it maybe in 10 yrs. Just remembering that date makes me blush, so I am afraid I can't watch it right now.
[*I only include the parts that mention Calvin, it's a long blog post, Calvin's mention is in the middle, so there are lots that came before and lots that came after]
November 8, 2008
Then came the second teaching experience With none other than the famous idol group Fei Lun Hai. I actually call them Feng Huo Lun (Hot Wheels). But I only taught one – He has the highest academic record among them, And also the one who least needs to work in this business – Calvin Chen. His ability to absorb new things, I can't help but praise all at once. It is even stronger than that of a sanitary pad. [*actually he used the word眠 (sleep), which is a homonym of綿 (pad/wadding)] Within 2 short months, He made every fan in Hong Kong wet her underwear. In the end, teaching him made me realize a few things – That when I was somebody else's student, Maybe I ought to have made great efforts just like him And made my teachers proud.
Remembering The fourth of February's pleasant surprise I came to work early in the morning Saw a group of people in the plaza outside the place Saw their elaborate sets (that includes a piano!) I felt I needed to record it somehow Later that morning I learned that Fahrenheit was at Shihsanhang to shoot a music video Although I know that the group is very popular I didn't feel so excited about it Because I was on duty I couldn't just leave my job and join in the excitement But I have to admit I joined in the chatter!
That day, my duty was in the first floor – the Discovery Center I just opened the special exhibition room As I was walking away from the room, I turned around and at once saw a Fahrenheit member He was looking at the archeological excavation introduction in the corridor
I only knew he was a member of Fahrenheit I could not even remember his name Yet I had this indescribable feeling of excitement But I nevertheless pretended to be calm = = I only nodded at him (this is basic courtesy)
Only later did I again think about it I was in pins and needles, my goodness! So I took the initiative to go ask him, “Please, may I take your picture?” He smiled quite shyly and said, “Sure, you can.” (Haha just the past few days I carried a camera in my bag! Just perfect!) Afterwards when I was taking the picture He prudently said, “Because this suit has not been revealed to the public yet, can you just take a picture from the waist up?” (In order to do this special request, I took another picture then cropped it properly!)
(Haha I still have a photo with him! But these days my face is too fat, I'm embarrassed to show it XD)
I had a little chat with him And even gave him an introduction to the Yuanshan archeological excavations (it hadn't occurred to me that he would be interested in archeological excavations) Thinking about it, he must have felt like he ran into a confused little deer
Later I saw him holding a piece of paper Which were actually the song lyrics He was already adjusting his frame of mind for the final preparations! So I let him prepare well
I forgot what I actually said Maybe “jia you” and other words like that I finished and then returned to my work in the exhibition room Later I once again thought Should I ask for an autograph? But I don't even know his name… Like this, I would have to ask for the others' autographs as well It's really a little ridiculous! No matter! I was in pins and needles so much ~ but what to write his autograph on? Then I took out my beloved notebook = =+
Then and there, I saw an assistant calling out, “Chen Yi Ru, your turn!”
Now the riddle in my mind was answered! That's right! He's called Chen Yi Ru! I faced the assistant to give directions; he should be in the Archeological Excavation special exhibition room He went in but did not find him
So the assistant went in the men's toilet, he was there after all As the assistant stood outside the toilet to wait for him The assistant thanked me, I smiled and said there's no need la Then I followed after the assistant in the hallway to wait for Chen Yi Ru to appear in the flesh Haha! I didn't dare to directly ask the assistant if I may ask for an autograph
Because he already appeared = =+ I thought that if I ask him directly, I'm rather likely to succeed So I waited for him to come out I asked right away, “Please, may I ask for your autograph?” (nervous) He just smiled graciously and said, “Sure, why not?” (I jumped for joy) I at once gave him my pen and notebook to sign ~~ The assistant said, “Must keep it low-key, yeah?” I nodded, “Sure! Hope everything goes well with you! Jia you! Bye bye!” Then they said goodbye.
Truly… it made my heart happy! Haha XD To date, this is the one thing that made me happiest!
2/4 On this day It was very cold in the morning The sky was also quite overcast Come noon, suddenly the skies cleared Blue sky, white clouds I was convinced they were shooting an upcoming MV It will surely be very beautiful! (looking forward to it) Quite a lot of fans turned up in taxis to see them
I originally thought that they would just shoot quickly and leave I never thought that they would arrive in the morning before the museum opened, and then in the afternoon when the museum closed would still be shooting They certainly paid attention to every single detail!
Seeing such a process Made me think That an idol Had better have a high EQ Since each and every move is the focus of public attention Maybe as a result would also lose one's right to privacy Must always take into account of one's image So cannot just walk out on the streets looking sloppy I suppose This kind of life is also quite exhausting You win some, must certainly lose some ~ be able to smile as if everything is going well.
I had thought that the feeling to pursue celebrities is behind me But seeing a celebrity still made me feel so happy! Haha!
Later, I came home I went online Checked out Chen Yi Ru To find that He graduated from Jianzhong, studied abroad, and is also a Public Finance master's student at the National Chengchi University Really admire him greatly! No wonder he found archeological excavations and this kind of cultural stuff interesting!
A lot of people say that the one who gets along the best in Fahrenheit is Calvin Chen. Because his face always makes people smile, and can suddenly make people laugh hilariously with just his cold jokes, or can answer reporters' sharp questions, and in the same way resolves embarrassing situations, making the whole audience applaud.
But I don't know why, truly, Boss Chen's impression on me can only be “unidentifiable”. I always felt that he is not the kind to be exactly what he is at the surface. He must have a lot of sides – passionate, bureaucratic, silent and persevering… It seemed that after finishing my first interview with Fahrenheit, I could feel that he's a guy with no worries. After the second interview, I felt that he's not pretentious but absolutely tries his best to reach his goals. After the 3rd time, I again felt that Boss Chen actually had a bit of a bureaucratic hidden quality in him. After the 4th and 5th interviews… every time I interview him, he makes me think: that I actually don't understand anything about the idol i've taken responsibility for, for 4 years feeling defeated … In the end, which “him” he is now at present, maybe only he knows?!
Boss Chen xD Small Reporter Similar to that introduction, no matter if it's face-to-face interview or telephone call, I must have had more than 5 times of contact with Boss Chen. Breaking down several interviews, I list my top 3.
No. 1 First interview The One with the Most ‘Happy Ending'
The interview made me have so many parts to remember, not only was it my first time to become an official reporter from being merely an intern, it was my first time to conduct an interview by myself, and still the first time to see those 4 handsome guys. At once I seem to remember Ah Bu teasing my nervous shaking hands. I remember Da Dong say, “Don't be nervous, we will take this slowly.” I remember Wu Chun because when he didn't understand the interview content, he would shyly say, “Sorry, but what does it mean?” Of course I also remember, on that day the one who made me feel most comfortable was the one with that Sunshine Boyz signature smiling expression.
“Calvin, although your birthday already passed, and this is late by several days, I still want to greet you Happy Birthday. Don't forget to ask Da Dong for the present he owes you ！”
“Hahaha! You knew! Right, it was missing Da Dong's signature my birthday suitcase would of been perfect.”
Perhaps this is a pretty good topic, so we can start the interview this way, “Wow, the other day you were extremely handsome, black and white really suits you!”
“Then I say, I suit black and white very well.”
When that interview finished, my summary went: Having Calvin is good.
No. 2 Fifth time to cross swords Coolly staying out of things
The 5th time to interview Fahrenheit came just several days after the 4th, in between the two I saw them once but never interviewed them. As a result, before the interview felt a little embarrassed because of the previous article, luckily Chun and Da Dong enthusiastically greeted me and somewhat removed the awkwardness, it was quite touching. But the present interview left the small reporter yet another kind of understanding of Boss Chen. Previously a Calvin fan always told me, “We always feel that our family's boss is the kind of guy who keeps things out, he cannot be like the other 3 who leave remembering a lot, leave caring a lot, maybe he really only cares about himself ba.”
During that interview, I asked Boss Chen a question (because it was an exclusive, I cannot disclose the question la), and to my surprise his face looked confused and asked: “Uh? What? Then?” Right then I had a strong feeling, maybe my understanding of Boss Chen did not even reach 20%. The colleague who likes Calvin boldly said, “Actually we seem like we don't understand Calvin, is it that we should completely start afresh to understand him.” “Yes, his aura seems to hold a heavy sense of being cool and staying out of things.” “Right. Just like the other day, another small reporter and I had experienced the feeling.”
No. 3 2nd phone interview The glory of keeping a low-profile
This was the first time to have a one-on-one talk with Boss Chen, liking how even through the telephone, I could hear within his voice a cheerful mood. He is the type who talks a lot, and also the type who understands sometimes to give you some exclusive to increase the interview transcript. Just like he said, “This is the first time I'm revealing my concert solo performance!” “Wow, then I scooped a big exclusive?” “Hahaha… that's right!” And then maybe he was saying to Chun who was eavesdropping during our talk, “Wu Chun, she knows, I said your child is local!” As a result we ended up in laughter and hilarity, and our interview once again deviated from the original subject.
Boss Chen xD Reporters during their trips
When reporters get together, we always like to discuss a bunch of gossip, perhaps some popular artists' amusing incidents. On the basis of Fahrenheit's popularity level, they're also a regular subject of gossip. I remember Fahrenheit in Shanghai promoting their new album “Loving you more and more”, when their autograph signing ended, Fahrenheit and Shanghai reporters took part in the record company's annual year-end dinner for employees.
“Upstairs that kid is really pitiful, he has a fever reaching 39°C. Yesterday, we filmed until the morning, so today I really can't continue to hold on, can only tell everyone ‘sorry'.”
“Money fortune is one sided, just like upstairs, he and Selina can form a 2-person mahjong group, they both super love playing mahjong…”
“Financial crisis? I'm studying the economy. I'm convinced the bear market will pass and the bull market will immediately rise.
“I have investments and shares, recently I made some small profits, so I'm quite happy…”
“Sales volume target? I don't know the standard in the mainland, but very well, if our album sales break 100,000, the kid will swim naked in the Huangpu River. Is this break point enough or not? Hahaha… Who's fault is it that Arron's not to be here, any stakes passing it onto him will be fine.
During the year-end dinner, the presence of Boss Chen was able win the support of reporters. After the event, “Calvin Chen is quite knowledgeable, in the end was born to be a graduate student, eh?” “Calvin Chen is quite talkative, what ever is said he knows the subject, and knows what shouldn't be said, stopping here will be enough, he even has criticisms but being an artist is like this." These kinds of assessments, were dialogues coming out of the crowd of reporters, it seemed as if during this dinner party, Boss Chen left behind a super good impression on quite a few reporters.
Boss Chen xD Fahrenheit
Because this is a group, I think all the journalists will ask this, “You and the other 3, who do you get on better with?”, “If you have a problem, who would you discuss it 1st with?” or possibly “Normally with whom do you go out more?” Questions like these, small repoters are not exempted in asking.
Wu Chun: "If I have something to discuss, the first person I look for is Calvin, sometimes he is really mature beyond his age, he can help me analyze a problem and then afterwards I will see the essence of the matter. Maybe because if I have a problem I will want to ask him for help, so everyone feels that two of us get along better."
Da Dong: "Normally I go out more with Calvin. If I needed to exchange identities, I will exchange with Calvin. Why? Because he always gives people the feeling of pistachio (fruit of happiness), even if he is not like that in private, at least everyone sees him as that. To have that kind of image is quite good."
Arron: "I admire Calvin very much because he can always find ways to take care of the mood in the moment, making it easy. Even if he's not feeling happy, he is still dedicated to his work to do it well."
So in this way, Calvin is not at all like what we know of him normally. All of a sudden I feel that he must have many, many secrets, many, many yet undiscovered facets. So we might as well explore together, right?
11/11 November 11 下午一點 In the afternoon 錄日韓音樂瘋 Recorded for Ri Han Yin Yue Feng
錄影棚超像住家的 The recording studio looks like some residential area 在一個小巷子 In a small street 哈哈 Haha 進去就有一種親切的感覺 When we went inside there was a very friendly feeling 工作人員人都很好 Staff members were all very nice 棚設計的很可愛 The studio's set design was very cute 主持人是辰亦儒 The host was Calvin Chen 本人很高很瘦 In person he's so tall and skinny 錄影的時候很輕鬆 When we were recording he was very relaxed 還會跟我們聊天 Even would chat with us 人整個不錯 跟偶像形象不一樣 The guy was pretty good, very different from what one would think of idols 哈 改觀了 Haha, I had to revise my point of view
對一個人,真的相處之後會對他的第一印象跟舉動改觀 Towards one person, truly after having interacted with him, I have changed my first impression 辰亦儒先生,就是讓我改觀的一位仁兄 Mr. Calvin Chen, is that person 99年9月9日突然北上,跟璨鬼去錄製”日韓音樂瘋”-介紹神起周邊 On Sept 9, went to Taipei with Can Gui to record for “Ri Han Yin Yue Feng” - to introduce TVXQ in a segment 也很謝謝UR姐姐幫我趕出三組口罩 Also thanks to UR sister for driving me 地點真的很隱密,好難找…..也因為睡眠不足也暈車= =+ The location is really very concealed, difficult to find… and also because I didn't sleep enough I got carsick 搞的我想吐+頭暈!!現在回想當初的情況 Wanted to throw up+ dizzy!! Now thinking back at those circumstances 自己怎麼完成整個錄製過程的?!自己當初是一點都不緊張 How did I ever get through the recording?! At the time I wasn't even nervous 9/29號那天大家就可以看的到我眼睛超無神的在介紹周邊了吧!(無奈) On Sept 29 everyone can watch me introduce TVXQ! 剛到目的地的時候,整個就是在旁邊等…. When we arrived at the place I was just completely at the side waiting… 也默默的看到辰亦儒先生~看著他吃飯(超快速) Also silently watched Mr. Calvin Chen ~ saw him eating a meal (super fast) 讓我看到不一樣的他!人很親民,也很努力認真 Made me see a different him! He is very personable, also very hardworking and serious 只要有時間就會看看自己手邊的資料 Whenever he has time he would take a look at his notes 在超小的地方錄製也不耍大牌 In that small studio he didn't act like a big celeb 也跟工作人員相處的很融洽~甚至一起討論韓流 He worked quite harmoniously with the staff ~ even discussing Korean wave with them 然後我跟璨鬼因為他的冷笑話噗ㄘ的笑出來 Then Can Gui and I would laugh so much because of his cold jokes , really so funny 知道自己的梗~看到我們在笑~抬頭對著我們笑 He saw us laughing~ he turned his head towards us and smiled 當他坐下,在我們那超大堆的神起周邊時 When he sat down, it was our turn to introduce TVXQ 他也大叫了~”東方神起阿~”並對著我們笑 He shouted ~”TVXQ ah~” facing us smiling 當時也有SHINee的歌迷去錄製舞蹈比賽 There were also SHINee fans recording a dance contest 聽到錄製過程….真的不知道辰亦儒的梗在哪?好冷@@ When I heard them recording… really dunno where Calvin Chen gets his jokes? So cold @@ 辰亦儒也錄製告一個段落,準備要去換衣服 Calvin Chen also recorded one section, and then prepared to change clothes 聽到SHINee的歌迷在等待他~要跟他合照 Heard SHINee's fans waiting for him, wanted to pose for pics with him 原本要去換衣服的他,二話不說就是立刻回頭 So he who originally wanted to change clothes, just turned around without any fuss
說拍完照他再去換衣服!! Said when they finish taking pics he will again have to change clothes!! 原本說七點錄影,最後搞到九點多才進去錄影~~ Originally said will record at 7, but in the end we started recording at past 9 這個我只能說不是辰先生的問題!!因為他也沒休息 This I can only say was not Mr. Chen's problem!! Because he didn't rest at all 就拖著大包小包的周邊進去攝影棚 Just dragged a big suitcase of stuff in the studio 首先是介紹學園的周邊~一拿出手繪口罩(還沒說要送給觀眾) In the first place was for introducing the goods ~ a mask (even didn't say he wanted to give it to the audience) 工作人員跟辰亦儒就是直呼”好可愛” Staff frankly called Calvin Chen “so cute” 璨鬼是一直忙著從那一大堆的周邊分類 Can Gui was busy with the big pile of stuff 而我是把周邊拿去擺設&跟工作人員還有辰亦儒講細節 I was busy taking the accessories to decorate and talked with the staff and also Calvin Chen about details 也默默的跟辰亦儒聊起這些週邊~ Also silently listened to Calvin Chen chatting 分兩部份介紹-第一部份學園&韓國周邊 第二部份日本周邊 The segment was divided into two parts- 1st part was Korean goods, 2nd part was Japanese goods 終於十點多結束了錄影!! Finally at past 10 we finished recording!! 辰亦儒還問我們是從哪邊來的?我們就說”台中” Calvin Chen asked us where we came from? We said “Taichung” 就對我們說”從台中上來啊!會去也有點晚了!回去路上要小心唷~” He answered “You came up north from Taichung! It's a little late now! Be careful on the way~” 也大概跟我們說謝謝我們來錄影之類的話 And also thanked us for coming to record 之後辰亦儒也就預錄下一段~我跟璨鬼就在攝影機後面收周邊 Afterwards Calvin Chen still recorded the next segment, me and Can Gui were behind the camera collecting the goods 在收周邊的時候,我突然跟璨鬼說~應該可以跟辰亦儒合照吧?! While tidying up the stuff, I suddenly told Can Gui ~ maybe we should take pics with Calvin Chen?! 璨鬼就說不知道耶~應該可以吧…..我就馬上對著攝影棚裏面的辰亦儒說 Can Gui said she didn't' know ah, if we can… I quickly rushed over to Calvin Chen and said “請問我們可以跟你合照嗎?” “Please can we take pics with you?” 他人很好馬上就說”沒問題~當然可以阿!!” He very quickly said “No problem ~of course you can ah!” 璨鬼先跟辰亦儒拍~之後就換我(我還真的很不上鏡耶) Can Gui first took pics with Calvin Chen, then it was my turn (I really didn't look at the camera) 拍完之後~辰先生就拍著我的肩膀說~回去要小心唷 After that Mr Chen tapped my shoulder and said “be careful when you go back” 我們又再次回去收拾那些週邊~又突然想起工作人員好像沒說哪時候撥 We went back to tidy up ~ but the staff didn't say when they're gonna air it 所以我就又再跟璨鬼確認~工作人員確實沒告知 So I confirmed with Can Gui~staff really didn't tell us 我又再問工作人員~~他就看了一下節目表說”9月29號” I again asked the staff~he just said “Sept 29” 最後終於收好周邊了~走出攝影棚準備回台中 Finally we finished and went back to Taichung 在車上就跟璨鬼在那邊講起辰亦儒~讓我們兩個改觀的事情 In the car I talked with Can Gui about Calvin Chen ~ the matter that made our opinions change 也打算送他專屬的手繪口罩~ And also planned to give him an exclusive hand-drawn mask 去一趟真的很累!!這天我凌晨三點多才睡!!晚上又加班到九點才到家 Going on a trip is really tiring!! I slept at past 3AM!! That evening worked overnight until 9 and then went home 但是這一趟….真的讓我心情很複雜 But this trip… really made my mood complicated 雖然神起現在五個人無法一起活動 Even though now TVXQ's 5 guys are unable to have activities altogether 但是卻能這樣介紹著神起的周邊 But the segment presenting TVXQ 讓我覺得很開心!!因為對我來說……神起是一種驕傲 Made me feel very happy!! Because as far as I'm concerned… TVXQ is pride
而點播的歌…….是我心目中甚至是仙后想對神起的一種信念吧!! And the broadcasted song… was the kind of faith Cassiopeia want for TVXQ!!
I occasionally think that Calvin has two faces: one is an honest guy, another is an independent man. One day he woke up, he was upset about his hair. Then we took him to the salon to have it done. Unfortunately there was no salon open because it's too early, but he gotta have his hair done… (hahaha). Frankly he is a cute guy. He has lived on his own for seven years. So manly! When he's dancing, it's really funny, just like a robot. He can do the popping everywhere!! Maybe he has never learned to dance before.
Chun Translated by sweetiekv
Among the four of us, Calvin's way of thinking is the closest to me because he also studied abroad like me. And he is a year younger than me, yet he made a deep impression on us: a mature guy.
Every time I see him, I almost burst out laughing. He is an optimistic guy. Moreover, he likes to tell jokes and funny ideas. I think that after talking with him, everyone feels better and happier.
Arron Translated by sweetiekv
Calvin has high self-respect. He always feels down when he did not do well, and gets angry at himself. But this is only in his mind. Thus no matter what he does, he is very serious and does his best. He can share all kinds of stuff with us, definitely an upright and lovely guy.
Calvin la! He has the longest legs among us. So when dancing, it's pretty cute. Can't help laughing! No matter what happens, he is an impressive guy to me.
In an interview with China Times magazine, Calvin admits that he is currently single, though he does go out on dinner and movie dates with girls. In the June 4 episode of Lian Ai Bai Fen Bai, Calvin said that the lack of a girlfriend at the moment is not because he's very busy with work, but more like he hasn't found his soulmate.
Calvin’s showbiz crushes
(left - right: Hebe, Kelly Lin, Angelina Jolie, Patty Hou)
At different occasions, Calvin has admitted to having showbiz crushes, or women in showbiz that he thinks are beautiful. These include SHE member Hebe Tien, Kelly Lin, Angelina Jolie and Patty Hou, of which only Hebe Tien remains single, as Kelly Lin and Patty Hou recently got married this year, and of course Angelina Jolie already has Brad Pitt.
Calvin's Past Girlfriends
Calvin had (in July 12, 2008) admitted to having had 4 girlfriends. His first love was in high school. Two he met in Canada, one was Korean, the other was Taiwanese. The other one is still *cough* unaccounted for.
The most documented experience he had is probably with his first girlfriend. He was a student in the boys’ school Jian Zhong, she in the top girls’ school Zhong Shan. (When Calvin pretended to be a girl to join a beauty contest as a joke in senior high, he wore a Zhong Shan uniform. Hers? )
Calvin has told his Valentine’s Day experience many times. Calvin had scrimped and managed to save more than 4000 TWD and bought her 99 roses with 3 cards. He waited for her to finish class and stood outside her school gate. Every girl who saw him looked at him because of his conspicuous Jian Zhong uniform. When she finally came out and saw him, she was so shocked when she saw the roses. On the first card he wrote, “Count how many roses there are.” She counted 99. He told her to read the second card, “There are 100 roses there, right?” She counted and counted and still got 99. Then he asked her to open the third card. It said, “The hundredth rose is you.” She was moved to tears. She went home clutching the roses and took pictures with the roses and showed the pictures to him.
On a romantic Valentine’s date together in Danshui, they were wearing matching clothes, letting everyone know they were a couple.
She made a bracelet made of blue and white beads on which was written his English name “Calvin”. During the time they were together, he wore it everyday. During their anniversary, she made 365 paper stars representing each day she thought about him. And during his first birthday when they were together, she gave him a thousand paper cranes to wish him all the luck in the world. (In Japanese legend, anyone who makes 1000 paper cranes is granted a wish.)
His first girlfriend's father opposed their relationship because they were neglecting their studies and their families, so he called up Calvin’s home and talked with Calvin’s dad to not let Calvin be with his daughter anymore. The sweethearts weren’t allowed to talk on the phone either. But Calvin and his girlfriend were stubborn and found ways to be with each other. But they eventually broke up.
And although they weren’t together anymore, she spent 3 days and 3 nights knitting a scarf for him to take to Canada. She went to his home that morning he was to leave and gave it to him.
During promotions for his idol drama "Love Buffet", Calvin said that if the drama became #1 in nationwide ratings, he would date his first love and let people take pictures of them. Although "Love Buffet" did take #1 at the ratings chart for some weeks during its run on FTV, the date never appeared.
He has remained friends with his first girlfriend. He texted her to watch "Love Buffet", saying that the story reminded him of his first love. She texted back that the drama was pretty good.
These are some details Calvin has shared about his former girlfriends in Canada:
- One girlfriend was Taiwanese. She was his last girlfriend in Canada, and they broke up a year after he entered showbiz. She and Calvin were together for five years. Calvin said that he had always thought that they would get married eventually. But she eventually married somebody else within a year of breaking up with him. That loss has devastated Calvin until now. Calvin said in an interview that if he meets her again, he would ask her, "Are you doing okay? Are you happy?" but that if she was with her husband he would just avoid greeting her, as it would be really awkward to introduce himself as her ex.
- Another girlfriend in Canada was a Korean, who is 4 years older than Calvin. He confessed to her by standing on a table and singing a Korean song to her in the middle of the cafeteria. That was the first time he had a girlfriend who did not speak Chinese. She taught him to speak Korean. When she went to visit him at his place, she would cook for him. Calvin has taken her home to Taiwan to meet his parents. Calvin's mom said she was very earnest during their meeting.
- One girlfriend was introduced to him by his friend Shawn. She was Shawn’s girlfriend’s friend so they went on double dates together.
- Calvin gave a ring to one of his girlfriends in Canada. She was very surprised and quite moved by his gift. She was willing to consider him for a long-term partner but they broke up eventually.
- When he was 21, Calvin went on a road trip across North America with his then girlfriend, and 2 other couples. This was the trip that Calvin considers the trip of a lifetime. He wrote about it in his photobook, Calvin Chen: A Prince’s Wanderings. They spent 21 days on the road from Vancouver to Seattle, then Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake City, Ohio, Montana, Spokane, Seattle and then finally go back to Vancouver. They had an adventure of a road trip, from being flagged down by road police for exceeding the speed limit to almost running out of gas in the middle of a desert.
- When he was studying for his bachelor's degree in Simon Fraser Uni, he had a girlfriend who also studied at SFU but had a different major. He used to walk with her to and from school, and wait for her to finish class and then buy her coffee.
- Every year on July 1 (Canada Day), Calvin would go with his girlfriend and a group of friends to Stanley Park, stroll on the beach, watch the fireworks and eat hotdogs.
Currently Calvin is single. But 2009 became the year for rumored girlfriends. Which continued to 2010 and 2011.
In March, a Hong Kong tabloid took photos of a girl who was supposed to be Calvin’s girlfriend (reportedly a Malaysian named Joyce Teo) attending the Hong Kong concert. Calvin was vacationing in the USA at the time the rumors spread. When he came back he denied the rumors in his blog. He also denied having a friend by that name.
In October, after doing some promotional work as Taiwan’s Tourism Ambassadors and recording for the Momo Love promotion in Variety Big Brother, Calvin had dinner with his Love Buffet co-star, Joanne Zeng Zhi Qiao (Qiao Qiao of Sweety) in Tianmu. They were caught on camera by the paparazzi and were consequently rumored to be dating. Calvin denied the rumors and stated that they were friends eating out together, and that they shared an umbrella because he didn’t bring one and so had to share with hers. Calvin and Qiao Qiao both live in Tianmu.
Calvin and Qiao Qiao remain friends and during the first recording for Calvin's gig as MTV Ri Han Ying Yue Feng host, Calvin's bandmate Jiro Wang, himself also a host by then, came to cheer him and gave him a quiz on Jpop groups, as well as bring a special surprise guest - Qiao Qiao. Calvin and Qiao Qiao hugged but despite being egged on by the reporters present to kiss, they did not.
The press haven't forgotten their rumored relationship, so when Calvin was promoting his new book "The incredible journey of Calvin Chen", the press asked him questions about his relationship with Qiao Qiao. He said that they were good friends, and they haven't seen each other for two months because she's in mainland for work. Asked if he has a love relationship with her, he also said that they didn't reach that stage in their relationship. Asked if Qiao Qiao would be angry because he denied having a relationship with her, Calvin said he didn't deny, but added that it's because there was nothing to deny. Gentleman that he is, he did text Qiao Qiao to apologize for having dragged her into the mess.
As for Qiao Qiao, she was asked by reporters about what she thinks of Calvin. She was very positive and said he's the type of guy she would like at first glance, because he's very sunshine and would make her smile. She's hoping they can collaborate on a project again.
On the eyelid Tend to have conflicts with family, and have problem keeping money.
Right side of the face, just a bit below the lips Tend to have problems related to diet or food.
Right side of the face, just a bit above the lips Tend to have foot problems. Need to prevent water-related accidents.
On the back Indicates a person with outgoing personality with strong communication skill.
On the back below the shoulder blades Will invite backstabbing and lots of politicking. You will have a hard time escaping the slings and arrows aimed at you unless you remove this mole. It is no fun being betrayed, so it is much better to remove this mole.
On the neck near the Adam's apple Implies the person has hard time to get along with family.
On the side of the neck A person who is easily stressed. Remember to take a deep breath each time you feel unbearably pressured by your loved ones.
Close to the middle of the front chest Indicates you must be careful about your eating habits, especially if the mole is black and prominent. On the plus side, if the mole is light-coloured, it means your husband/wife loves you a lot.
On the upper breast Suggests a happy life with few worries. But you need to take care of your health when you are in your fifties.
Near the armpits A sign of good fortune luck for males. If the mole is hidden deep inside the armpit, it means you will attain a high rank in life.
On the upper arms Suggests that you need to work hard for everything you get. You could also be involved in a very physical kind of work.
On the outside lower arms This person has a tendency to be slovenly and messy.
Most moles inside the body are good ones, since they are hidden. So if Calvin's got more moles hidden somewhere, they're probably all good ones. *wink wink*
"A brother is a friend given by nature" - Jean Baptiste Legouve
CC- Calvin Chen & Chun Wu Being very close in age, Calvin and Chun is a very popular pairing within Fahrenheit. When asked about Calvin, Chun admitted that, among Fahrenheit, Calvin was the closest one with himself. Calvin's sunshine nature has brought Chun out of his shell, and now the two go at each other every chance they get. The constant bickering and teasing among these two also showed the fans that they are indeed very close. Being stuck together for 2 months filming Romantic Princess had brought the two of them even closer. During the filming of 不会爱, CC had mercilessly teased each other about their rumors.
These signs shows that they are becoming of like brothers.
So is this pair like what they say? Credits to Maricon for the idea!
Libra and Scorpio can be a lot of fun to watch together. Most of the time, they'll get along fine. But each in their own way, these two are convinced that they're smarter, prettier and more lovable than the other one. They'll pretend like they couldn't be closer, but the minute the figure there's something to compete about, they'll rev up their popularity campaigns into full gear. Libra will be more overt about this than Scorpio, who'll keep a dossier on the Libra sibling just in case the rivalry dips into the murky waters of scandal. Try to avoid allowing this to go to extremes. You might be surprised at how far these two will take their rivalry. Really, they're both just trying to find ways to move the world a step or two closer to perfection. This is a project they'll probably continue to work on for most of their adult years.
RuDong- Calvin Chen & Jiro Wang Both boys have indeed come a long way to achieve their dreams. In one interview, Calvin and Jiro said that before they were famous, they would constantly meet up, and talk to each other about their problems. Both Calvin and Jiro are the "comedian" type. In the latest episode of Happy Base Camp, the two boys were playing wildly, and forgot that they were idols. Their bond evidently became stronger after filming Momo Love together. In a Behind-the-Scene video, it was said that Calvin and Jiro were filming a fighting scene between the two all night. Both of them admitted that if they weren't such good brothers, things would have turned out quite awkward.
So is this pair like what they say?
Though Virgo and Scorpio have quite different personalities, they have one important thing in common: they both strive to achieve excellence in everything they do. Scorpio will always be better at the act of creation; but Virgo will inspect and refine whatever they make together, to make sure there are no flaws. You might see the beginnings of this working relationship when the children make their first "play doh" meal, or when they build a snowman or fort in the back yard. Because these two are so intent on getting things right, they can get into heated disputes over the things they do together -- and critical of one another's individual work. Your job here is to show both of them that they are valued and competent, and to try to help them avoid becoming overly-perfectionistic. As adults, they'll always remember their childhood bonds, and cherish their shared memories.
RuLun- Calvin Chen & Aaron Yan It seems to fans that due to the age gap between the two, Calvin is more like a big brother taking care of his younger sibling. It's true that in a recent interview, Aaron admitted that he is not use to working by himself. Since before, he would be very dependent on Calvin in telling him where to go and what to do for their hectic schedule. He also said that he did not know what to say by himself, since Calvin was the one who did a lot of the talking before. So has Love Buffet brought them closer? I would say so. Afterall, how the heck do two busy bees catch a cold from the other if they weren't together often?
So is this pair like what they say?
Scorpio has the reputation of being "intense". . As they grow, they'll watch one another very closely, sizing one another up and deciding whether they can really, really trust each another. These two will be extremely focused on the things you give them. They'll favor games and puzzles that force them to think and solve mysteries. When they go at it, clear the room. Although you might not notice any sort of overt physical violence, you'll soon find out there's a war going on. Scorpio people act out their anger -- usually by sabotaging their enemy of the moment. Of course, they'll work things out themselves; but you might want to always make sure their practical jokes don't cross the line -- especially after they reach adulthood.
Calvin Chen & Eric Lin This pair has got to be fate. Both boys competed in Sunshine Boyz in Vancouver during the same year, and both came back to film dramas. If that's not enough, Calvin and Eric share the same birthday!!!
Over the years Calvin has been paired with several ladies in his dramas.Now it's time to analyze the ladies who have been linked to him,and the possible outcomes if ever Calvin ends up with any of them in real life.
Three things to write:
History (their characters in the drama they they were in) Compatibility (based on their horoscopes) Possible outcomes (what if they end up in real life)
Calvin Chen and Genie Zhuo Nan Feng Cai and Gong Mo Li Romantic Princess (2008) Scorpio and Aquarius
History: Cai is a known playboy in the household.Mo Li is a daughter of a rich family,who is in love with him for 10 years.She lets her feelings be known when she entered the picture.She had the same birthmark and birthdate as Xiao Mai(Angela).Later on it was discovered that Mo Li and Emp has a plot,and that is to make Xiao Mai and Jin admit their feelings to each other,and actually Mo Li is in love with Cai.As seen in the ending,Calvin and Genie's characters ended up together,but left the fans asking if there would be a sequel since they can't get enough of their pairing.
The emotional nature of a Scorpio man does not match with the practical nature of an Aquarius woman. A Scorpio will be happy being with few close friends which is not so for an Aquarius woman who wants to interact with a lot of people. By solving the stubbornness in their nature they can make the relationship work. The outgoing nature of an Aquarius woman will need support from a Scorpio man to make the relationship a success and strengthen their compatibility.
Possible Outcomes: This pairing has the highest chance of ending up in real life,since they are known to be close friends,and even follow each other on weibo.Out of the guys Genie has been paired with,it's Calvin who she's closest to.Same thing with Calvin's FRH brother,Jiro Wang.
Calvin Chen and Angela Zhang Nan Feng Cai and Xiao Mai Romantic Princess (2008) Scorpio and Capricorn
History: Xiao Mai is the long-lost granddaughter of Emp.Cai is one of the Nan Feng boys.Problems arise when Mo Li arrived in the household,and was said to be the "real" Xiao Mai.
Both zodiac signs share some common personality traits such as sensitive and emotional nature. The reserved nature that they have will also be cause for concern in this relationship. In order to make the relationship succeed they will require a lot of perseverance and stability of nature. If they are able improve their features and reduce the stubbornness and inflexibility then compatibility would be possible in the relationship. Better understanding between them will help solve all the problems and make the relationship a success.
Possible Outcomes: They have a sparkling chemistry,and might share some things in common.They definitely have a different kind of understanding.
Calvin Chen and Cyndi Wang Xue Zhi Qiang and Chen Tao Hua Momo Love (2009-2010) Scorpio and Virgo
History: Zhi Qiang was "hired" by Tao Hua's brothers in order to distract her from Shi Lang.He began liking her after seeing her perseverance when it comes to pursuing Shi Lang.He teamed up with the brothers in order to separate Tao Hua and Shi Lang.His father is using his position to indirectly force Tao Hua to be engaged to Zhi Qiang.
The practical approach in life will be similar for Scorpio as well as Virgo. The exciting nature a Scorpio man has will draw the Virgo towards him. One problem for them would be that a Scorpio man is of stubborn nature which will have to be controlled to make the relationship work. The communication power that a Virgo has will help to draw the Scorpio closer to her. Similarly the determination that exists in a Scorpio will be admired by the Virgo.
Possible Outcomes: Calvin being known as the sunshine boy,could put smiles to every girl.Cyndi is known for having a cheerful nature,and the two of them being in a relationship could bring much happiness towards one another.
Calvin Chen and Reen Yu Xing Da Ye and Hu Xiao Feng Love Buffet (2010) Scorpio and Libra
History: Xiao Feng falls fo Da Ye,but he doesn't feel the same way.Da Ye treats all the girls in their school the same way,although Xiao Feng feels that she is receiving a special treatment from him.
Scorpio man is emotional by nature and has an intense personality which a Libra woman will like. The difference between them is that a Libra woman is possessive and gets totally involved in the relationship whereas a Scorpio man likes his freedom and is not too involved with anyone.However there are some good things also about their nature which the other person will like such as the balanced attitude of a Libra woman and passionate character of a Scorpio man. Other favorable things for this relationship will be the romantic nature they have and the certainty that they will get proper attention from their partner.
Possible Outcomes: Reen,being a Libra woman,could be someone that is passionate and affectionate.
Calvin Chen and Cynthia Wang Xing Da Ye and Teng Qiu Ying Love Buffet (2010) Scorpio and Cancer
History: Despite being mean,Qiu Ying is different when it comes to Da Ye.She showed interest in him,but then he doesn't feel the same way. Calvin and Cynthia worked together twice,first in Momo Love and second in Love Buffet.
The emotional nature both people of these two zodiac signs have will help in making the relationship work and compatibility to develop between them. A Scorpio man will have to become more expressive to make the Cancer woman feel interested in the relationship. The decisions both take are more of emotional nature instead of being logical which will help in building compatibility. A Scorpio will feel secured in a relationship with the Cancer and would provide her with enough love & care.
Possible Outcomes: Opposites do attract,and so does their characters.What more in real life?Cynthia,being a Cancer woman,is kind,emotional and sensitive.Calvin will surely be attracted to Cynthia who is seen to have a fierce personality.
History: She was supposedly set to be the female lead in Love Buffet,and unfortunately some delays happened.She was replaced by Reen Yu.Before that,Calvin and Qiao Qiao had rumors of them going out in real life.
The two of them will share a lot many characteristic features between them and there will be a lot of intensity in their relation as they are quite passionate and will enjoy each others company. Both are possessive which would be a problem in the relationship and they will have to look at it and find a solution to it. The dependable nature will however make things better for them and little amount of adjustment in their nature they will have good compatibility.
Possible Outcomes: There were rumors about them going out in real life.There's even a news about it,and we still have to hear from the boss himself about his relationship status.
Please let me know if I need to add anything or correct any information.Thank You!
Calvin Fashion Report A perfect guy can have best and worst fashion moment. Let's see what they are.
1. Half-undressed (Topless/ Tanktop) He's well-dressed when he's half-undressed, HaHaHa. Probably Not-So-Often we could see in the past, but thanks to superhot concept and LB script, we can witness this best look over and over again. The tanktop
2. Foreign Graduate No matter Calvin wears, he is a foreign graduate nonetheless. But these glamorous trench coats, stylish scarf and over-all accessories even make him look completely perfect.
3. Casual Chic Everyone must have dreamed to meet a cute boy while walking in street on a sunshine day. Look this way! That boy is right in front of our eyes. Calvin in casual jacket and t-shirt can easily make ones fall in love with his natural beauty.
4. Cute and Quirky Have you ever experienced smiling or chuckling at someone's clothes? I do. But in a good way, I might add. Sometimes Calvin decides to enjoy us by wearing a quirky thing that turns out to be very cute. HaHaHa Prove it >>> Click
5. Sunshine Cowboy Cowboy on the run! Calvin wore this look often during FRH DVD concert promotional events. It's a nice adaptation of cowboyish style and today's casual outfits.
6. A Heartthrob Playboy (cai) Or you can call it “Nan Feng Cai” style. It's the perfect combination of dashing shirt and a mesmerizing scarf finely tied in undercoat method. All are from good quality fashion brands. It's fabulous and flawless.
7. Something Beautiful Now this is what we call soul mate, some nice matching between shirt and tie or shirt and sweater. These two duos can create a lot of wow moment for our Calvin.
1. A curtain? Enough said. It's supposed to be "high-fashion" Gucci, but NO!
2. Someone should be sacked! Who on earth put a sack on Calvin's fabulous figure? These clothes should be sent for eco-friendly costumes competition. See pics @ below links
3. Chaos Theory Someone might think that just throws a bunch of random pattern clothes on handsome body would turn out to be effortlessly stylish. Sorry, this is boo! And even more reason to be extra critical since it's there for posterity and album costume. Sigh.
4. Too weird Their costume designers are way too creative. Who knows a cabbage can be a design inspiration for costume.
And what's this...black wings thingy on a ladies' blouse! I will let you decide whether the ladies' blouse or the wings is a worse offense.>>>Click
5. Perfect for flood area Wearing too-short pants without socks, Calvin didn't have to bother folding the pants walking in flood area. Sometimes fashion does give a useful function though it doesn't look nice at all showing his skinny legs like that.
6. Ambiguous What's that? The suspenders that were supposed to look like a vest. See pic >>>Click
7. Fantasy Si-fi plus traditional tribes. This complicated creation reminds me of Thai ancient costume. See the comparison picture and you will understand what I am saying. Obviously it's far from good adaptation. Those style of ancient plus safari pattern together with space theme pants made Calvin perfectly look like a tribe chief, especially when he held that CCRH bar.
Well, we don't have to guess “who” from these pix since we all know it's Calvin. Calvin from behind can give us more 360 degree view of his fashion. Thanks to Chun who always provide us photos. Now, why don't we try to tell Calvin's front guessing from his back?
Well well well, Calvin and FRH brothers sometimes share their wardrobe. So it's not strange to see them take turns to wear these and those. Here are some evidence. Don't worry, I will not critic or make comparison between them. One looks nice in his own way. It's a cute thing of FRH we always capture these.
Anyway, there are some more evidence of the same costume Calvin and others used to wear. >> Click
In Romantic Princess, Calvin Chen plays Angela Chang’s Huang Fu family’s young master who drives a ten-million-dollar Porsche. Off-screen, the well-off Calvin Chen is also something of a young master. His most exaggerated young master behavior was spending 400,000 TWD to transport his car from Canada to Taiwan.
Final exams week, he drives a princess
Recently, GTV’s Romantic Princess was filming outdoors in Danshui. Calvin Chen who is already busy with studying for final exams at National Chengchi University, still had to drive Angela Chang around Danshui. He was driving a 10-million dollar Porsche 911-GT3. He nervously said, “This is a manual car, I’m not very familiar with driving manual cars. I first had to go to driving school again to practice, and only then did I dare to drive this car. “I didn’t want to destroy this car, I wouldn’t have been able to pay for it!”
Calvin Chen said, because his father is in the car parts importing business, his love for cars is the same as his love for women. He even calls his car, “little wife”. He said he had bought his little wife while studying in Canada for about 2 million TWD. It’s a silver Honda Accord.
He said, “My love for the car is more than my love for a girlfriend. I don’t allow people to eat inside the car. And the car can only sit 2 people, nobody is allowed to sit at the back. If Fahrenheit members want to borrow this car, I absolutely don’t allow it.” Because he couldn’t part with his little wife for long, he spent 400,000 TWD to transport it back to Taiwan. He said he never uses an automatic car wash, he always washes it with his hands very gently. Even if his home has an outdoor carpark, he rents indoor parking space for his little wife. Wouldn’t he be called a show-off? Calvin Chen said, “To be called an educated young master is no problem. But I don’t think I’m some lazy dandy. I’m also studying.”
Calvin Chen’s darling beloved car, the 8-year-old “little wife”, was sent to the car shop to improve its appearance during the new year. He rolled up his sleeves to wash the car himself, showing off strong arms, and teased Wu Chun in passing, “Don’t think you’re the only one with muscles! Washing cars can also exercise the muscles! If you have time, come and help me wash my car!”
Spent 360,000 TWD to transport it back to Taiwan
The beloved car that came all the way from Canada, was nicknamed by Calvin Chen as his “little wife”, and he has had it since he was 20 years old. When he was studying in Canada, he has only ever bought 2 cars. Two years since returning to Taiwan, Calvin Chen couldn’t bear to be apart from his “little wife”, and borrowed money from his father to have it transported back to Taiwan. Spending 360,000 TWD to get it back, Calvin Chen even greeted his “little wife” as it arrived at Keelung harbor. His eyes brimming with excitement, he didn’t expect that Jiro Wang who came to accompany him only managed an indifferent, “It’s okay… not bad!” Even now Calvin said, “He really hurt me!”
Three prohibitions inside the car
No matter who it is, Calvin Chen has three rules inside his car: “No smoking, no eating, no drinking.” Even his three Fahrenheit brothers Wu Chun, Da Dong and Arron Yan must comply with these rules. Of the three, only Da Dong is like a hyperactive child while in it, so Calvin Chen was forced to make him sit in the passenger seat, “I can only control him this way.” As a result, he has driven the car himself for the past 8 years and the car looks good as new. Aside from the car’s air freshener, the interior only has a Smurf plush toy, making all the girls go, “So cute!” whenever they see it. He called it his “girl-chasing” weapon. Calvin Chen also said, “So even though others want it, I don’t give it away.”
Calvin Chen who values old friendships, hasn’t thought of changing cars yet. If he would buy a new car, it would be when he gets married. “I want to buy a SUV-type car, it has bigger space, and also convenient for taking the family on a trip.”
Calvin has been both safe and daring with the choices of hair he has sported. But no matter what happens, be it him turning bald or growing white hair, we'll support him all the way. Hair is just one teeny, tiny aspect of him as a person. The rest blows us away. Please credit and re-upload if you want to take this picture.
Rough translation: May 26, 2011 Calvin Chen has two pairs of sunglasses, has fake iPhone for absorbing oil
Fahrenheit member Calvin Chen usually puts all his stuff in his bag, when it's opened, many things come in two's, such as glasses, sunglasses, mask, and even cellphone. The funny thing is, even though he has two iPhones, one of them is a fake one with a hidden compartment. When you open it, it has a compact mirror and oil-absorbing sheets.
Calvin Chen said, "Lots of things in my bag has to be double, this way, I can still choose." He insists his bag has to have 2 pairs of glasses, 2 pairs of sunglasses and 2 masks, because they're in different styles and he can use them in different circumstances. He says, "One pair of glasses and sunglasses is low-key, the other pair is more stylish. I can use one pair to match my outfit."
Only has 300 TWD, humiliating
The popular idol Calvin Chen's wallet only has 300 TWD, making him say "How humiliating!" until he took out a paper envelope with 1500 TWD appearance fee, and he was slightly appeased, and tried to explain, "When I was studying in Canada, I was more used to using a credit card rather than cash, so my wallet usually doesn't have more than 2000 TWD inside."
We, Calvin's most dedicated and loving fans, like to call ourselves cupcakes. Cupcakes are sweet and fulfilling. A perfect combination to a the bittersweet-ness of loving and being totally addicted to Calvin. We love to call ourselves Calvin's lovers, girlfriends, wives and bimbos. We support him, we cheer for him, laugh with him, cry with him, adore him, fantasize about him, and most importantly love him.
The Bakery is our little slice of heaven in AF, filled with a variety of cupcakes, each unique and carefully baked with Love. Every cupcake is special, as none of them are ever the same, reflecting the difference amongst all the fans of Calvin, who come from many corner of the earth, yet all unite in the Bakery by the love, the addiction and the passion for Calvin.
Here are the CUPCAKES IN THE CALVIN'S BAKERY
The Lovely and Sweetest Calvin's Cupcakes 
[color="#9932CC"] #1 - lilazn26 [a.k.a. Cindy] - Canada #2 - Caro [a.k.a. Caroline] - France Chocolate Mousse Cake with White Icing #3 - mynecklace [a.k.a. Vicki] - Australia #4 - jenhz [a.k.a. Jennie] - U.S.A. Godiva tuxedo chocolate cheescake cupcake with mint chocolate chip #5 - *Angela* [a.k.a. Angela] - U.S.A. Angela Apple Flavor #6 - maiphia [a.k.a. Lilian] - U.S.A. #7 - oCh3llo [a.k.a. Chelle] - Malaysia #8 - muilvsdonglunzhe [a.k.a. Mui] - Malaysia Banana Cupcake with Chocolate Chips with Mozarella Cheese in the middle #9 - your vagee [a.k.a. Vagee]- Sri Lanka [currently in U.S.A.] Double Chocolate with Cherry on Top #10 - CelsiusGirls♥飛輪海 [a.k.a. Tala and Noelle]- Philippines Wasabi #11 - aivilo! [a.k.a. Olivia] - Singapore #12 - fahrenheit2012 [a.k.a. Winnie] - U.S.A. #13 - BlueSnowflake♥ [a.k.a. Jinny] - U.S.A. Blue Frosting with White Sprinkle Cupcake #14 - TheQueenMab [a.k.a. Paola] - Italy The Maple-Frosted Maple Cupcake #15 - lostinlove [a.k.a. Sunny] - U.S.A. #16 - dy0531 [a.k.a. Diana] Chocolate Chip Cupcake with Rainbow Icing #17 - chiaroscuro [a.k.a. Rach] - Singapore [currently in the Philippines] Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Purple Vanilla Frosting #18 - the_little_mouse [a.k.a. Moussie] - Vietnam #19 - faeru [a.k.a. Fae] - Singapore Banana Cheese Cupcake with Chocolate Frost #20 - timmy [a.k.a timmy] - Philippines cookies and cream cupcake with purple frosting #21 - ~Sw33zt~ [a.k.a. Jenny] - Australia #22 - xuevana [a.k.a xuevana] - Vietnam cookies and cream #23 - PisangMistress [a.k.a Lei] - Philippines [currently in Taiwan] Dulce De Leche #24 - a-li [a.k.a. a-li] - Malaysia Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake with Strawberry Bites #25 - minnies_mini [a.k.a Giselle] - USA Red velvet cupcake with blue frosting #26 - xHerlyn [a.k.a - herlyn] - USA cookies and cream #27 - sweetiekv [a.k.a - kaylie] - Vietnam Chocolate Chip Cupcake with Rainbow Icing #28 - caLvinxcore.kanonxcore [a.k.a yumiko] - Japan [currentLy in Philippines] white chocoLate cupcake with chocoLate fudge river and stik-o #29 - Maricon[a.k.a Maricon]-Philippines Apple Caramel #30- iloveyalun [a.k.a Joeven] - Philippines yellow pudding cupcake #32 - Kyyra [a.k.a Sabrina] - Germany Cinnemon and sugar frosted strawberry cheese cupcake #33- brilliantmoon7 [a.k.a Geraldine] - USA Vanilla with Chocolate Frosting and Rainbow Sprinkles #41- janelz10 [a.k.a Janella]- Philippines pudding flavored cupcake with green and brown frosting #42 - .just_smile* [a.k.a. Emily] - USA Chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting #46 - Marauders [a.k.a Ariss] - Indonesia White chocolate cupcake #47 - ~chris~ [a.k.a Chris/Christina] - Sydney coffee cupcake with vanilla frosting and orange sprinkles #56 Flamengo - [a.k.a Fla] - Japan lemon cupcake #57 - Caldy05 [a.k.a - Caldy] - Philippines Vanilla Milk Chocolate #64 XoXo_CalvinChen_XoXo [aka Michelle] - Malaysia 77 Wonders of Berries Cupcake #70 UNRSD [a.k.a. Helen] - Canada Peach cupcake with vanilla ice cream #72 - ivy077 [a.k.a. Ivy] - Malaysia Chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting #73 - !sabel:D [a.k.a. Isabel] - #77 - Kitsie [a.k.a. Kitsie] - Malaysia Coffee Cupcake with Yellow and White Icing #78 - th_lils [a.k.a. Thalie] - France Cheese Cupcake with Potato Sprinkles #80 - nastyhobbit [a.k.a - Corina] - Philippines [currently in Switzerland] Chocolate zucchini cupcake #81 - CHOCOJIROx` [a.k.a. Choco] - Hong Kong #82 - DESIREE♥ [a.k.a. Desiree] - Singapore Cheese Cupcake with Potato Sprinkles #87 - Rhejz [a.k.a Rhejz] - Philippines [currently in Italy] Chocolate Mango #88 - Calvin21 [a.k.a. Lishea] - Indonesia Chocolate cupcakes with Orange Frosting Flavor #92 - shellstarx. [a.k.a. Shelley] - Canada #97 - sweetybunny [a.k.a Jaye-m] - Philippines Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake with Strawberry Bites #99 - kara_gabrielle [a.k.a Kara] - Mango cupcake with chocolate sprinkles #100 - Astraea Mérieux [a.k.a Inaara] - India Raspberry & Lemon cupcake with whipp cream topping and chocolate filled center #101 - SongOfDarkness [a.k.a Tiffani] - UK pudding flavoured cupcake with green and brown frosting #102 - Zunjiwu [a.k.a Phenphen] - Philippines Peaches and cream cupcake #107 - Anggun [a.k.a Anggun] - Brunei chocolate cupcake with swirls cream and cookies #115 – AkuenKigahen [a.k.a Mary] – California Ube cupcake with rainbow sprinkles [/font] #117- (NotHello)Kitty[a.k.a Kitty] - Singapore Strawberry cream cupcake #118 - Ax_pil [a.k.a. Ax pil ] - Thailand Green Tea Cupcake with red bean pasty #119 - Atha [a.k.a. Atha ] - Thailand Green Tea Cupcake with red bean pasty #137 - SweetHeartChen [a.k.a. Joanne] - Philippines Chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing #177 - ruzhen- [a.k.a. ruzhen] - Indonesia Vanilla Crystal Cupcake #179- lyricalp [a.k.a lyricalp]- USA chocolate lava cupcake #182 - Daisy_deer [a.k.a deer] - Thailand mochaccino cupcakes #226 - Redcupcake [a.k.a [b]Red
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest... ~Confucius
People are dynamic creatures. They are influenced by their surroundings and strive to improve themselves. Cupcakes are dynamic creatures. They are influenced by Calvin and strive to improve themselves by integrating him into their daily life.
On the 15th of October 2007, I began a mission. At the end of every year, I wrote down my experience and my progress in the form of a reflection. And I am only one in the gang of cupcakes from all across the globe who love Calvin dearly. Let our mission continue...
· October 15th 08 这一天，几乎全世界都在盼望着。。。 This day, almost the whole world was longing for…
去年的十月十五号我开始崇拜着一位我认为是完美的人：辰亦儒 Last year on the 15th of October I became obsessed with someone I thought was perfect: Calvin Chen
他让我改变了很多 He changed me in many ways 我变开朗了 I became more cheerful 爱上数学 Fell in love with mathematics 爱上莎士比亚 Fell in love with Shakespeare 疯狂的自恋起来 Became crazily narcissistic 再一次觉得这个世界真的很美好， 是充满色彩的 And once again realised how beautiful this world is, how colourful it is
有在读的人： To whoever is reading: 不要说我肉麻 Don't say I'm cheesy 是真的 It's true
很久没有这种感觉了 It's been a while since I've had this feeling 每天都聊聊他的事 I talk about him everyday 说说笑话 Joke around 傻傻的过日子 Live life simply 原来还蛮不错的 It's actually pretty good
你们应该记得 You should remember 我以前是一个不喜欢笑的人， 应该说：是笑不出来 That I was once a person who didn't like smiling, or should I say: I just can't smile 我也常常羡慕能够把所有事都抛开 And I often admire those who can toss everything aside 真正笑的人 And smile sincerely
我说过了 I once said 虽然我并不是只有三分钟热度 That although I'm not a fickle person 可是我想我不可能喜欢某件事或某一个人，超过一年 I still thought that it was impossible for me to like something or someone, for over a year 从来都没有 It's never happened before
今年的十月十五号 This year's October 15th 我发现了 I realised 真的 So it's true 没有什么是不可能的 Nothing is impossible
对不起 My apologies 所有以为我真的会把他忘了的人 To all those who thought that I would forget about him 原来 It turns out 想要忘了辰亦儒并没有那么容易 It's not that easy to forget about Calvin Chen 应该说：是非常非常难的一件事 Or should I say: It's something very, very difficult
我自己 I personally 也不想 Don't want to 把他给忘了 Forget him
我知道，很多人都觉得我很白痴 I know, that many people think that I'm idiotic 怎么会喜欢他呢？ Why would I like him? 可是 But 对我来说 To me 他 是最完美的 He, is the most perfect of all
我发现 I realise 他有能力控制我的情绪 That he has the power to control my emotions 他的笑容可以让我开心 His smile makes me happy 他的眼泪也能让我觉得心疼 His tears brings me heartache
这是爱 This is love
我爱辰亦儒 I love Calvin Chen
他不是我暗恋的对象 He's not my crush 他也更不是我的男朋友 He's definitely not my boyfriend 我也不需要被提醒 And I don't need reminding 因为 Because 我知道 I know 那种感觉远远的超过了这些。。。 My feelings for him are much more than that…
我今天回头一看 This year I look back 已经一年了 It's already a year 很精彩的一年哦！ A very exciting year!
我不断地去了解他 I continue to try and understand him 不断地去学习着，努力着，希望能成为跟他一样成功，一样有梦想， 一样坚强的人 I continue to learn, work hard, hoping that I can become like him – successful, with dreams and brave 虽然我身边的人都不是很赞成我喜欢他 Although the people around me aren't always supportive of my affections for him 可是，每当我想起他的时候，我都觉得很幸福， 很温暖 But, every time I think about him, I always feel very happy, very warm 你们也一定希望看到这样的我吧！ You must wish to see me like this as well, right?
我希望明年的十月十五号 I hope next year's October 15th 我会一样的爱着亦儒 I will still love Calvin
继续有着微笑。。。 And I will still be smiling…
· October 15th 09 又过了一年 It's been another year
我觉得过得很充实 I feel I've spent it well
我还在不停的呼吸着本来不属于我的乐观气息 I'm still breathing optimism that once didn't belong to me 我依然爱辰亦儒 I still love Calvin Chen
再次回头看 I look back once again 有时候真的不知道是怎么走过来的 Sometimes I really don't know how I've come across all of it 却再次发现 But I realise yet again 我一次又一次的被某人感动了 That I've been inspired by a certain someone over and over again 他，虽然已不是我心中完美无瑕的人 He is not the flawless person in my heart anymore 可是，他比完美更值得被珍惜 But, he should be more cherished than perfection
我总觉得 I always think 亦儒的每一面 That every side of Calvin 我都比别人看得清楚 I am able to see clearer than anyone else 他的优点，他的缺点 His strengths, his weaknesses 我都欣然接受 I can embrace willingly
因为没有它们 就没有他 Because without them, there is no him 他 是独一无二的 He, is one of a kind
这一年 This year 有风，有雨，更是有阳光 There's been wind, rain, but mostly sunshine 这一刻 This moment 所有开心的，不开心的 All that's been happy, or not happy 都已经化成回忆了 Has turned into memories 一段我永远会好好保管在心里的美好回忆 A piece of memory that I will keep in my heart forever 我跟他，虽然是分开的 Him and I, although are separate 不过，因为我们都是人 But, because both of us are human 所以也有我们的喜怒哀乐 Therefore we have our happiness, anger, grief and joy 也会感到挫败，感到无奈 We can also feel defeated, and feel helpless 就算外人看不到，不等于不存在 And even though it may not be seen from outsiders, it does not mean it doesn't exist
我们也成长了许多，克服了种种困难 We've grown up a lot too, and have overcome many difficulties 泪水 有一天也会干 Tears will always dry one day
人们说爱情是盲目的 People say that love is blind 也可以很残忍 And can be very cruel 我真的很幸运 I am very lucky 我可以用我满满的爱来交换灿烂的人生 I can use all my love in exchange for a magnificent and bright life 我很愿意 I am very willing
每当我觉得我的心失去了方向 Every time I feel that I've lost my sense of direction 每当我觉得我可能已经渐渐失去了当初爱他的勇气 Every time I feel that I might have slowly lost the courage to love him—the courage I had from the very start 我就发现 I realise 就算我不是每分每秒把他挂在嘴边 Even though I don't talk about him every second of day anymore 他的存在已经深深地融入我的灵魂 His existence is deeply embedded into my soul 爱他的勇气，无所不在 The courage to love him, is everywhere
人不断地在改变 People are changing all the time 不过有些事情是想改也改不了的 Yet there are still things that you can't change no matter what 有些事情 These things 可以说是习惯，可以说是依赖，也可以说是执著 Might be habits, might be dependence, or might be persistence 或者，只是我的心不听话吧！ Or maybe, my heart is just working by itself!
她们说，我爱亦儒是有理由的 They say, I love Calvin for a reason 而她们笑着笑着，却不知道 They smile and laugh, but they don't know 不知不觉中感动了我 That they have touched me unconsciously
有人说 Someone said 我可能是前生被他救过 I may have been rescued by him in my previous life 来不及还他，我们就双双掉入了这个世界 Before I had a chance to repay him, both of us had already fallen into this world 所以这其实是我欠他的 Therefore this is what I owe him 抱歉，我今生可能还是没办法还你 I'm sorry, I don't think I'll be able to repay you in this lifetime 下辈子，应该来得及吧 How about our next life? I'm sure it's not too late
我跟他一样 I am similar to him 很害怕寂寞 We are extremely afraid of loneliness 不过总是在人前扮演一个很坚强的角色 But we always have to play the brave character in front of everyone 我会担心，我会心疼 I worry and my heart aches 我怕你连一个人躲起来哭的时间都没有 I'm afraid that you won't even have the time to hide yourself and cry 这种无奈我懂，我都懂 I understand such helplessness, I understand
所以我也知道你并不是带着微笑面对每件事 Therefore I also know that you don't greet everything with a smile 也不是不会受伤的 And you are also capable of getting hurt 不管是辰亦儒，，还是Calvin It doesn't matter whether you are 辰亦儒, 陈奕儒 or simply Calvin 我都相信 I still believe 永远会拥有让人温暖，最真实的笑容，让黑暗永远得到黎明 That you possess a warm and genuine smile, and allow darkness to always receive dawn
到底是被你跟我的相似度吸引着，还是我们的相差呢？ Am I attracted to our similarities, or our differences? 两者都有吧 There must be a bit of both 想要拉近我们的距离，我还在努力 I'm still working hard to pull the gap closer between the two of us 我会答应自己 I will promise myself 不再浪费时间在‘我到底还爱不爱他'这个问题上 Not to waste time on the question: ‘Do I still love him or not?' 人的心始终会做出最明亮的决定 In the end, the heart will always make the best decision
虽然还是会好奇 But I am still curious 如果自己突然间不爱他了 If, one day, I suddenly realise that I don't love him anymore 会有什么样的反应？ What would be my reaction? 是难过，落寞，还是欣慰，庆幸呢？ Would I feel sad and lonely, or glad and rejoiced? 这种问题很致命 These questions are very lethal 这种不确定， 这种不安 These insecurities 有能力熄灭伟大的爱情 Have the power to destroy love
这个世界永远会有爱与恨 In this world, there will always be love and hate 它们不停的拉扯 It is a continuous feud 至今还未分出胜负 And even now we do not know the results
爱与恨 Love and hate 哪个比较强大？ Which is stronger? 最终哪个会赢？ In the end, which will win? 有人说，恨已经打败了爱 People say, hate has already defeated love 但 But 我还是相信，爱就是源源不绝的力量 I still believe that love is endless power 而恨，只是一种保护色 While hate, is only a protective colour 一种为不敢放胆去爱而建立的保护色 A protective colour designed for those who do not have the courage to love
所以我一直以来都很大方承认我对亦儒的爱 Therefore I always openly express my love for Calvin 没错，我很爱他 Yes, I love him very much 这种话很难说出口吗？ Are these words that hard to speak? 有时候其实也不容易 Actually, they aren't easy at times 我也是不断努力才达到这个境界的 I've strived hard to reach this realm 这里很美。 It's beautiful here.
跟上次一样 Like last time 我同样希望明年还可以在这里分享我爱着亦儒的点点滴滴 I still hope that next year I will be able to share my reflection of my love for Calvin again 就算这个愿望不能达成 Even if this wish does not come true 我也会祝福自己 祝福他 下辈子再见 I will still wish the best for myself, and for him—see you next lifetime
第二年的反思 The reflection of my second year 一样会成为回忆 Will also become a memory
我依然带着微笑。。。 I am still smiling…
2009-2010 · October 15th 10 终于到了第三年了。 It's finally the third year.
听起来好像走了很远， Sounds like I've gone a long way, 已经变得很习惯了。 And everything has become a habit. 不过有时候还是觉得我只不过是昨天 But sometimes I think that it was just yesterday 才刚注意到那位笑得很好看的漂亮男生。 That I first noticed that pretty boy with a nice smile. 辰亦儒。 Calvin Chen.
以为 I thought 该变得很平淡了。 Everything should become dull.
第一篇 The first piece 充满单纯的爱 Was full of simple love 只想大声告诉大家， With a wish of telling everyone, 我爱他。 I love him.
第二篇 The second piece 流露出感性的自己 Displayed the emotional side of me 把他当成灵魂的一部分。 Making him a part of my soul.
这篇 This piece 我本来还怕永远都没有办法写了呢 Originally I thought I would never be able to write it 因为有时候觉得好像失去了心动的感觉 Because sometimes I feel like I've lost that ‘feeling' 没有当初的那股热情 And the initial passion. 就算到我终于见到他的时候， Even when I finally saw him 好像也没有什么感觉。 It was as though I could not ‘feel' anything.
不对， No, 应该说 I should say 那种感觉就好像很熟悉的人一样 He felt more like a very familiar person 却没有心跳加速 But my heart did not race
可是当我要离开的时候 However when I was about to leave 发现，我舍不得 I realised, I was reluctant 他，有一种很特别的气息 He, has a special aura 让我一直被他吸引着 That continuously attracts me
旁边拥挤着几千人 I was in a crowd of thousands of people 可是有他在的空间 But because he was in the same space 其它的都不存在 Everything else did not exist
可能我内心知道 Maybe I knew in my heart 时间还未成熟 The time was not ripe 这次绝对不会是最后一次 This was definitely not the last time 而下一次 And the next time 应该能够再接近一点 I should be able to get closer 慢慢地，一步一步地， Slowly, step by step, 再靠近一点。 A little closer. 下一次， Next time 再让心疯狂地跳好了。 I'll let my heartbeat go crazy.
我不喜欢不确定的感觉 I don't like the feeling of uncertainty 所以 So 给自己机会，试着放开 I gave myself a chance, to try and let go 就当作是测验 Like a sort of experiment
可是不管到哪里，做什么事情 But no matter where I go, what I do 我第一个就想到他。 I immediately think of him. 希望能跟他一起体验， Wishing that I could share my experience with him, 想象他的反应。 And imagining his reaction. 想他的时候， When I think of him, 我变得非常细心， I become very attentive of details 而身体里面有一股暖流默默地给我力量。 And I feel a flow of warmth through my body that gives me energy
哪里都找得到他 I can find him anywhere 仿佛 As if 他就像风和光 He is wind and light 只要用心去感受 As long as you feel with the heart 他就从来不缺席。 He will never be absent.
所以结果是什么？ So what is the result? 结果就是放不开！ The result is that I cannot let go! 一想到他就想微笑 Every time I think of him I smile 一微笑就觉得很幸福，很温暖 Every time I smile I feel happy, warm
这一年来， This year, 我们又成长了许多， We have matured again, 变得更忙碌了。 Become even busier. 不过再忙， But no matter how busy I am, 也一定要抽出时间让自己微笑。 I must find time to smile. 因为 Because 自从爱上他以后， Ever since I fell in love with him, 微笑 Smiliing 变得更真实了，也更频繁。 Has become more realistic, and more frequent 现在的我们， We are now, 又更稳重了一些， More steady, 经历又丰富了一些， More experienced, 岁月，果然不留情 Time, is merciful to no one 时间，永远不会为谁而停止。 Time, will never stop for anyone.
所以， Therefore, 趁梦想还温热的时候， While your dream is still warm, 就赶快努力。 Hurry and work hard. 不管最后看回去 It doesn't matter when you look back 是否觉得值得 And question its worth. 当下作的决定 For the decision of that moment 不要后悔。 Do not be regretful.
三年， Three years, 说长不长，说短不短 Not long, not short 他好像变了许多，又好像一点都没变 He seems to have changed a lot; at the same time he seems not to have changed one bit 不过我知道， But I know, 我当初绝对没有看错 I was never wrong 他， He, 绝对不会让我失望的。 Will not disappoint me.
这几年， These years, 可以说是互相陪伴。 You can say we accompanied each other. 因为， Because, 陪伴他 Accompanying him 让我也经历了 Allowed me to experience 还没降临在自己身上的事情。 Things that have not arrived in my life 所以， So, 轮到我亲身体验的时候 When it is my turn to personally experience them 我会变得更加勇敢。 I will be braver. 因为， Because, 他已经走过来了， He has already moved on, 而我也默默的陪他走过一遍了。 And I have silently gone through it with him. 所以， So, 我一定也能做得到。 I will be able to do it 而这次， And this time, 仿佛就有他的陪伴。 It's as if he is accompanying me.
人生如此苦短， Life is so short, 为何要亲手放开幸福呢？ Why should I let go of happiness? 就算它下一秒消失不见， Even if it will disappear in the next second, 可是我曾经拥有过它， It has been mine once, 我知道它的形状，感觉 I know its shape, its feeling 这样就能再次找到它了。 This way, I will be able to find it again next time.
而且，亦儒不是说 And, didn't Calvin say 只有幸福的人爱能给与别人幸福吗？ That only happy people can give others happiness? 就像他一样。 Just like him. 那我一定要继续幸福下去！ Then I must continue to be happy!
人生也可以很漫长， Life is also very long, 就像这三年一样， Just like these three years, 虽然快乐比较多， Although there happiness took up a larger proportion, 可是依然是每分每秒的过 Every minute and second still passed by individually 依然跌倒过，受过伤 There are still times when we fall, get hurt 可是只要一想到， But when I think, 这三年 These three years 每分每秒 Every minute and every second 都有你的身影，我的爱， I have you, and my love, 不自觉地想感谢你 I can't help but thank you
谢谢你让我明白什么是幸福 Thank you for letting me know what happiness is
我是不是越来越贪心了？ Am I getting greedy? 当人们得到越来越多 When people possess more 是不是就会因此而无法满足？ Do they become impossible to satisfy?
我爱上他， I fell in love with him, 一年，两年，三年， One year, two years, three years, 我却还嫌不够 But I still don't think it's enough
我周围都是他的声音，身影， Everywhere around me is his voice, his figure 我却害怕不够真实 But I am frightened that it isn't realistic enough
我见到他了 I met him 说过只要看一面就好 I said I only needed to see him for a moment 却没办法离开 But I couldn't leave 而且还始终相信会有下一次的相遇 And I still believe we will meet again
他慢慢变成我生命重要的一部分 He has slowly become a very important part of my life 我却担心，是否这只是借口， But I worry, is this just an excuse, 我其实是不是把他遗忘在角落了？ Have I actually forgotten him and left him in the corner?
这样的我 This me 会遭到惩罚吗？ Will I get punished? 我是不是已经太过奢求了？ Am I expecting too much? 是不是已经很幸运了却还想伸手得到更多？ Do I want to reach out for more even though I am lucky enough already?
说真的 To be honest 我很害怕。 I am very frightened. 我怕一切都会到达极限 I'm afraid that everything will reach a climax 瓦解 Collapse 消失 Disappear 回到原点。 And return to the beginning.
爱上亦儒之前的我 The ‘me' before I fell in love with Calvin 好陌生 Is very unfamiliar
我的结论： My conclusion: 平淡，不是结局 ‘Dullness', is not the end 他们不是说细水长流吗？ They say still water runs deep, right? 所以 So 我会做个知足的孩子 I will be a satisfied child 只要他还带着永不变质的笑容 As long as he still has his never-changing smile 我相信， I believe, 就算风吹雨打，日晒雨淋， Even after wind and rain and sunshine 我都决不会把他遗忘在角落。 I will never forget him and leave him in that corner.
我会收好这些爱， I will gather my love, 这些回忆， These memories, 在心中， In my heart, 然后 And then 勇敢地走下去。 Bravely move into the future.
我答应过你的， What I promised you, 一定会实现。 I will definitely accomplish.
P.S. I actually wrote the original reflections in Chinese because I thought it could express my thoughts better, so the English translation may be slightly off...
1) obviously his sunshine smile 2) his super duper friendly character! 3) he is TALL! I like guys who are tall. 4) his lame jokes! 5) he can sure ACT! 6) he can SING! 7) he is HANDSOME! 8) he's smart 9) because his laugh melts my heart 10) because he's able to make me smile whenever I see his face, be it wherever, whenever. 11) because he always works hard, and never gives up 12) because he works for his dreams 13) because his English is soooo smexy 14) because of his warm attitude, and the fact that he doesn't only go for looks. 15) because I can converse with him in all the languages he knows. XD 16) he is caring for his friends 17) his gentle and soft voice 18) his double master degree 19) he is romantic 20) he knows his weaknesses and tries very hard to improve 21) he can rap 22) he remembers all his fans name once you tell him ....amazing 23) he loves pets lol....(I remember he has 2 cute dogs back in Vancouver) 24) he is loyal to Fahrenheit and always defends them whenever there's bad news bout the group 25) he is humble and willing to learn 26) he has nice chest, as seen in RP episode 3 27) he never fails to make my day. 28) he is willing to help Jiro with his English! 29) because he has absolutely sweet thoughts when it comes to a GF. *melts* 30) his eyes, though not as electrifying as Da Dong's or Ya Lun's, is able to melt ME! 31) Calvin has a degree in Finance (like me) 32) because of the way Calvin looked when he realized that he said "making love with you" and tries hard to cover that little slip of words! 33) sure he can't dance, but he sure looks SO cute & happy dancing!! 34) he doesn't care that he's NOT the MOST popular guy in Fahrenheit! ^^ (Cause he knows that there are PLENTY of fans girls that are willing to kill for him! ) 35) cause he's just AMAZING like that 36) his hair! =) (what? I think it's cute! ^^) 37) WITHOUT him, Fahrenheit wouldn't be the SAME anymore!!!! 38) he's an EXTREMELY good TALKER (and a sweet one as well ) 39) he once gave a girl 99 red roses and then said that she was his 100th rose!! (haha, I'm glad that they are no longer together, lol) 40) his SMILE will ALWAYS ALWAYS make your DAY better NO MATTER what happens!! ;D *faints* That SUNSHINE SMILE!!! <333 41) he's the ONLY reason why I LOVE Fahrenheit nowadays!!!!!! 42) he does CRAZY & CUTE faces!! 43) he pretends to like Chun a lot!!! 44) Calvin's so freaken CUTE that even if he dresses up like a girl, he will STILL win a beauty pageant!!!! 45) [Ahem, Jinny's last one didn't count] Calvin's way of kissing -- it's not the best but the best for the girls who LOVE HIM! Ha! 46) his eyes -- give you the goosebumps! (in a good way) 47) Calvin is the SMARTEST IN FRH! (well, at least to me!) 48) Calvin's dress sense is ADORABLE! 49) Calvin is optimistic, no matter what! 50) he is a succeeder! 51) he's adorably goofy! he's not afraid of acting silly =) 52) because he's incredibly charming and devastatingly cute 53) he's confident, and he knows it. 54) he oozes with capability, and he gives a sense of security. 55) he has a good voice, and developing skills in his electrifying eyes. He melted me away in CSRH, and in RP too. XD 56) because he knows what he wants, and stands up for himself. 57) because he isn't afraid to chase his dreams. 58) because he's different, unique and optimistic 59) he's got these cuuute dimples when he smiles widely 60) because his bright smile makes him unique 61) because he has an equally smexy accent in Jap. 62) because he sounds REALLY good no matter what language he speaks. 63) because he can look princely, and playboy-ish, childish, and cute! 64) because he currently is one of the FRH members with the brightest personalities. 65) because he is a good talker, and never fails to amuse everyone. 66) because he looked HAWT HAWT HAWT in his Chu Shen Ru Hua outfit 67) he is able to keep his calm, no matter in what situation 68) because he is caring for his fans, as with all FRH members 69) because his voice calms me down no matter what 70) because he is able to slip into any acting role given to him (To me anyway. XD) 71) his attentiveness towards everyone around him. 72) because he has a long breathe, able to kiss Wu Xiong for so long without suffocating in KO One. 73) because his composure is always smooth and cool 74) because the way he sleeps is extremely cuteeee He can sleep anywhere, anytime (if he has a chance to do) 75) because he never had any rumors about arguing with other Fahrenheit members. 76) because he can pass every difficulty he had with his sunshine smile (although he's very tired) 77) because the way he came back and carried Arron in his back (in Hana Kimi Chinese New Year Special, you remember that?) while Arron thought that everyone had forgot him. 78) because he is willing to try new things. 79) he tells really good stories 80) because he is honest with his fans 81) because he cares and cherishes his fans like no other star would do 82) because he has a happy-go-lucky attitude. 83) because he is from Fahrenheit! 84) he can sing AND act. 85) because he is the FIRST and ONLY FRH member to have a fan made song specially written for him. 86) he is good at talking, and knows how to put his words in a way that it sounds good and not offensive. 87) because he's good at giving piggyback rides. 88) because he's willing to drive out to where ever Chun is and eat dinner with him 89) because he has a sweet looking signature! 90) because he made his fans fall in love with the brand "Calvin Klein" (CINDY DID! Jinny did toooo ^^) 91) because he's just cute in his own way. 92) because no matter what he does, it always brightens our day. 93) because he makes us feel all sweet and fuzzy inside. 94) because Calvin will ONE day WRITE about his AF Harem in his BLOG POST!!! <33 lol 95) because just when you think a pic of him is THE hottest.. you see a hotter one! 96) because he gave us a flying kiss. 97) because he gives us all the inspiration to strive on! 98) because he gives us the sun in our lives, and makes us all happier and we get more friends as well! 99) although he likes to trick people, he is caring as well, and knows his limits. 100) Because he is CALVIN CHEN.
♥ You know you love Calvin when.... ~SongOfDarkness & contributions from various cupcakes~
There are many reasons why our cupcakes love this man so much, and any cupcake you meet can spin off a hundred and one unique reasons why CALVIN in particular. However, apart from these widely known obvious reasons, loving Calvin, for each of us, has different quirks and happenings....and so...by these things, we show ourselves that we are hopelessly head over heels in luuurve with one very special boy~~~
SO You know you love Calvin when:
"After resisting your whole life in learning Mandarin, you now enroll in Mandarin class just so you'd have an idea on what he's saying!"- Kara
“...you start the day checking his forums for news and pictures... and end the day doing the same... and then when there's really exciting news about him, you can't sleep right. lol.”– Corina
“You know you are in love with Calvin when you eat a cupcake and the first thing you think of is Calvin!”- Mary
“...when you see him *just see his pictures*, see his killer smile, and remember all the moment and what he has done for us, you will know that you're in love with him!!..”– Lishea
“You jump at every opportunity to hope that Calvin Chen is involved whenever you hear a "Calvin". And you would get excited whenever you think of him while you are sad.”– Helen
“…when you stalk random guys just because their name's Calvin, when you giggle hysterically at cupcakes or anything Calvin-related, when any mention of Calvin during a sad moment can make you smile like a greatest wish come true~~”– Tiffani
Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If so, check out our Calvin-related diseases and find out JUST how far gone you are in teh Calvin love ♥
Since most Cupcakes don't live in Taiwan, there aren't many opportunities to interact with Calvin in person. But for the Taipei leg of the Fahrenheit's Fantasy concert tour, even though Cupcakes didn't get to go in person, Cupcakes also gave Calvin a flower basket with a short message. Thanks to Calvin Chen IFC for organizing it for us.
And Calvin posed in front of our flower basket! YAY!
These Fan Fictions were posted on www.winglin.net. *Credits goes to the authors of these stories. Format: Title: Title of Story Author: Author who wrote the story Starring: Calvin Chen & The girl who is starring in the story with him, which might be a real star or someone fictional. Link [URL]: The internet link where you can read this story, (www.winglin.net/fanfic/_____)
*NOTE: Some of the stories have posters and backgrounds. But since they are from PhotoBucket, some of the pictures get deleted if the account is inactive. Therefore, some stories are not legible. To Fix This, you need to highlight the text when you are reading.
*COMPLETE* - These Stories are finished and the main focus are on Calvin. But some of the stories are starring both Calvin and the Others too, here, I’ll only put who is starring with Calvin. There are ones where Calvin is co-starring, and I left them at the end.
Title: The one who made me fall… Authors: silent_writer / stalecookie Starring: Calvin Chen & Cassandra (fictional) Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n.../silent_writer/ *Note: Some chapters might be rated!!
Title: Stay By My Side Author: `!___Missy Annaa Starring: Calvin Chen & Rainie Yang Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/MAS1/ *Note: Background problem so the text have to be highlighted in order for it to be legible
Title: The Four Seasons of Love: Author: weepingangel Starring: Calvin Chen & Christine (fictional) Link [URL]: http://winglin.net/f.../weepingangel2/ *Note: These are one shots, and Calvin is only starred in the first chapter.
Title: Please Love Me!!! Author: HidayahF Starring: Calvin Chen & Genie Zhou Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...c/ArronxGuiGui/ *Note: I haven’t read this either, so I’m not sure if it’s really focusing on Calvin
Title: When an Old Flame is Revived Author: Kitsie_chan Starring: Calvin Chen & Kitty (fictional) Link [URL]: http://winglin.net/fanfic/Kitsiechan/ *Note: Sorry, I haven’t really read this one yet, so I’m not sure how much if the story is on Calvin
Title: Random Stories, Music & Thoughts Author: Anne Starring: Calvin Chen & S.H.E members, Joanne Zeng, Genie Zhou, Angela Zhang, Rainie Yang etc. Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/Anne608/ *Note: These are many One-Shots On Fahrenheit & S.H.E, so the people starring with Calvin may vary
Title: An Unwanted Marriage Author: chibijen Starring: Calvin Chen & Rainie Yang Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...anfic/chibijen/ *Note: I’m not sure about this story since I haven’t read it yet, so I‘m not sure if Calvin is Starring as a minor or not. .
Title: Is It Love? Author: yummikiwi Co-Starring: Calvin Chen & Hebe Tian Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...nfic/yummikiwi/ *Note: Background problem so the text have to be highlighted in order for it to be legible
Title: Lost Memories Author: yummikiwi Co-Starring: Calvin Chen & Angela Zhang Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...ic/yummikiwi_7/ *Note: Background problem so the text have to be highlighted in order for it to be legible
Title: High School Agents Author: Sheepoling Starring: Calvin Chen & Selina Ren Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...ic/Sheepoling1/ *Note: Background problem so the text have to be highlighted in order for it to be legible
Title: Secret Affection Author: SeasonsChange Starring: Calvin Chen & Hebe Tian Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n.../SeasonsChange/ *Note: Background problem so the text have to be highlighted in order for it to be legible
Title: Magic in the alley Author: puff Starring: Calvin Chen & Rainie Yang Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n.../contents.shtml *Note: Rarely Updated, but the author does occasionally write a chapter or two.
*INCOMPLETE* - the author is still in the process of writing the story. These Stories are mostly starring Calvin. Also, some of these stories are rarely being updated, But I though they still belong in this category.
Title: In Her Shadows Author: didi Starring: Calvin Chen & Hebe Tian Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/Shadow/ *Notes: This is an awesome fan fic, Calvin is a major side character here, but I highly recommend it. Ideal for all Fahrenheit pairings. Although the author updates very slowly, but there is quite a bit to read in each chapter.
Title: Elemental Disconnect Author: didi Starring Calvin Chen & TBA Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...nfic/Elemental/ *Notes: You already know this author updates slowly, and this is her new project so...
Title: Forever and Always Author: Maricon Starring: Calvin Chen & Genie zhou Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n.../calvingenie07/ *Notes: N/A *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* *OTHERS* - A lot all of these stories are incomplete but it’s still worth a read. Some of them only star Calvin as a minor. These are just something to do when you are bored, but some of these are really good.
Title: Remembering You Author: KuTiE_sTaRs Starring: Calvin Chen & Genie Zhou Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...anfic/rEmEmBeR/ *Note: Sequel to “It Takes Time To Forget”, still in progress, Stopped updating
Title: If I Die Tonight [R] Author: Sweet_love_23 Starring: Calvin Chen & Selina Ren Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n.../sweet_love_22/ *Note: Use to update regularly but stopped recently, Rated.
Title: Love That Started With A Note Author: Ice_Cupcake / Helen (That’s Me!) Starring: Calvin Chen & Jessica (fictional) Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...ic/Ice_Cupcake/ *Note:Stopped updating. I'm going over some stuff, and might repost this one.
Title: + I Control My Fate+ Author: Jazzie Starring: Calvin Chen & Reader Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...anfic/hiyukiri/ *Note: This is an interactive one where you can choose who you end up with. Stopped updating
Title: Don’t Promise A Promise You Can’t Promise Author: bubble8 Co-Starring: Calvin Chen & Rainie Yang Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...c/Dont_promise/ Status: Complete *Note: Background problem so the text have to be highlighted in order for it to be legible. Stopped updating
Title: Never Say Goodbye Author: lil_selina Starring: Calvin Chen & Selina Ren Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...c/lil_selina_5/ Status: Incomplete *Note: Although this story stated as incomplete, the last chapter the author wrote has an almost ending like tone.
Title: Intolerable Cruelty Author: jigglypuff726 Starring: Calvin Chen & Selina Ren Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.n...nfic/Bubbly_M6/ Status: Incomplete - stopped updating *Note: Same author as “Bargain With The Devil”, but this is set in ancient times, so you’ll have to know the Chinese names.
Title: The Fairy Tale Returns Author: [S]hadow [A]ngel Starring: Calvin Chen & Angela Xhang (???) Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/tfr/ Status: Incomplete -stopped updating *Note: Sequel to “AHH!!! Messed Up Fairy Tale”.
Title: On The Set Or Off Author: =JGurlz= / W99 Starring: Calvin Chen & Selina Ren Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/Set/ Status: Incomplete *Note: This is the same author as “Because of You” and she stopped updating, but it’s still very recommended to read it. Background problem so the text have to be highlighted in order for it to be legible
Title: The English Princess Part 2 Author: englishrose85 Starring: Calvin Chen & Lily Link [URL]: http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/EP2/ Status: Incomplete- stopped updating *Note: Sequel to “The English Princess”
1/Calvin studied in 7 schools including the primary school.Wow!! it’s very interesting
2/In Sunshine Nation contest, his ordered number is 7.And finally he won this!!!
3/When he was in military service, he is in group 7, and he is the group leader
4/If u guys look at his military service pic carefully, he stood in the 7th place( from the right to left)
5/This year, Calvin will turn 28. Which is 7 x 4!!!
6/Calvin's birthday is November (11th month) 10. If you add these numbers, you have 21. Which is 7 x 3
7/this year (28) to 21 (November (11) + 10), you'll get 49!! Which is 7 x 7!!! Double 7!!!
8/And if you count the number of strokes in the character 辰 (Chen), which is Calvin's screen name, you have... 7!!!
9/The only character from Calvin's birth name that he uses in his screen name 儒(ru= scholar) has 16 strokes! Add the digits and you have... 7!!!
10/Calvin Chen Yi Ru and add them up...you get 14!! That's 7x2!!
11/Calvin revealed his new blonde hair to the public on September 26, 2008. If you add 9 (September is the 9th month) and 26, you get 35! Which is 7 x 5
12/Calvin's famous quote in KO One was "Shakespeare shuo, 'To be or not to be, that is the question'." That quote has 14 syllables! 7 x 2!!!
13/calvin's representation in fahrenheit degree is 77 - 2 seven's
14/Fahrenheit + SHE =7 people
15/Fahrenheit used to endorse 7-11
16/The latest blog entry from WOW is November 7th!
17/There are 7 consonants in CALVIN CHEN
18/Calvin's CDs (well, they are FRH's, but I don't care) released in 19/Taiwan are,
20/Tokyo Juliet OST
25/2 Faces So, the coming one is the 7th!!!
26/his WOWcalvin777 and his wretch user name ckchen777.
27/“the number 7 organization” start in November 7
28/Scorpio has 7 letters. And Calvin's a Scorpio having been born on the 10th of November
29/ Calvin lived for 7 years in Canada
30/ Fahrenheit canon and concert at is broadcasted on NTV7 in Msia
31/In this pic during SSN in Vancouver, he's actually holding a #7 necklace
32/ the statue of liberty with that hand gesture which stands for 7 also if you flip it upside down
33/ his lucky 7 pose
34/Dec.11.08 I-Weekly No.580 MAG: there are 7 fantasy thingies which were mentioned about
35/ Dec 8th, 2008, FRH’s 3rd anniversary, FRH held 4 little “ brides” and they are all 3 years old, (4 brides+ 3 years old( their ages)= 7)
36/The newest version of Album Yue Lai Yue Lai( HK edition), there are CD+DVD and the 7 MVs
37/Calvin wore a 7 necklace when taking a pic with his mates. (If anyone who wants to see this pic, contact me)
38/When Calvin took a shoot in very first FRH's photobook. He was reading a book named:""Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens "Great expectations" has 17 letters! AND... "great" has 5, "expectations" has 12... you subtract them, you get... 7 chapter 54 was set in 1829!!! 8-1 =7!!! 9-2 = 7 39/ the place where Calvin shot the first photobook is Rita house and this is the Address18, Alley 40, Ln 181, Zhongxiao E Road, Taipei (台北市忠孝東四路181巷40弄18號) 8-1 =7 Telephone: (02) 2772-2798 40/ He wrote word with 7 letters:” Freedom” on the sand in the first photobook http://image.baidu.c...&...641&ln=2000
41/ Nanaji’s favorite number is 7 ( nanaji is the author of Parfait Tic) http://www.onemanga....fait_Tic/40/15/ 42/in parfait tic, daiya was voted best-looking in the school by 105 votes (7x15) 43/Momo love started in 1987 44/The author of Momo Love was born in 1957 45/Momo Love has 7 volumes! 46/they shot in lingtung uni thursday (7/16) and dong hai uni (7/17)... making a total of 7 universities where LB shot scenes!!! 47/ Calvin and Aaron did go the “ 7th heaven café” in Aberdeen, Vancouver last year for SSN. 48/Calvin represented for May and September in Yeli’s new Calendar’s collection Note: 5+9=14=7x2 49/ Calvin chose “ Lucky 7” at the show” "Love Singing can be the winner?" in Hangzhow 50/ Calvin took this pic in Singapore
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Yesterday, I went to hospital to look for a secondary school good friend who is currently a doctor As we only agreed to meet outside the hospital for a short chat, I bought 2 cans of drinks on the way to the hospital from a supermarket When I waited for him at the entrance He carried 2 cans of drinks that is of the same brand but of a different falvour out We laughed happily Haha This kind of telepathy is really developed naturally from 10 years of friendship We never really had a particular favourite drink Yet we had this kind of telepathy within us
We chatted for a while I’m very happy; our friendship is revealed naturally from very common conversation Big nose (nickname for his friend) I think our friendship Should be forever Let us all work hard for life, for our goals, for our ideals/
We are always there to back up each other, right?!
This is the Sunshine Boyz Competition held in Vancouver on 31 August 2004 I was just crowned as Vancouver’s Sunshine Boy Champion
I’ll never forget the last moment when they announced the Champion
Champion: No. 7 Calvin Chen Yi Ru
I ‘flew’ out excitedly from the row of ten competitors Receiving the prize; taking photos; accepting interviews
Fellow friend supporter groups’ wild screams Tell their voices were hoarse
The exciting unforgettable night
The night that changed my whole life
It’s really hard to imagine, now I’m at Taiwan working hard in my entertainment career If at that point of time, without my friends’ encouragement and I did not enter that competition Now I should be abroad working, living a peaceful and steady life
At that time during the competition 10 out of 300 candidates were chosen to enter the competition 10 of us were trained for 2 months Cat-walking; Acting; singing; answering questions wittily; dancing
I led a very fulfilling life in those 2 months But I suddenly found out Becoming an artiste actually needs so much effort At first, I thought I only need to go for photo shooting, a little cat-walking and then be judged by our appearances and build
During that period of time, I felt very happy 10 guys working hard together, growing up in the process And to prepare to put our best performance in the show Although in the end, we still have to compete against each other Our relationships were still intact. Even though at that time, the training was like a part time hobby.
But We’re very happy
Before we appear on stage, the backstage crew was shouting their encouragement and support to us I remembered I was trembling Not because of nervousness, but because I was touched by them Because after preparing for 2 months, we’re finally going to present and perform/
After the 2-hour competition I received the best results This is also what I aimed to achieve Why did I join this competition? It was the third year of Sunshine Boyz Competition Why didn’t I join in the first two years? Why must I wait till the third year? It’s because only the third year where the champion will have the chance to go Taiwan to film in an idol drama At that point of time, that was what I wanted And I succeeded.
Although that was what I thought But, I really couln’t believe it I, Chen Yi ru, Is actually developing my career in Taiwan Filming; producing our album And is even in a band- Fahrenheit
During this two years How have I change? And what has not changed?
I thought about it The innocence I have And the passion for this entire performing career, from having it as a part time hobby till today’s professional career I can say without guilt, I have not changed I am myself, not putting a fake front in front of others
I’m very thankful to the people who have helped me and accompany me walk through all these The 9 guys during the competition and my current 3 other members We’re like leading and living one life together The path we’ve walked, the laughter; the sweat Only we know it within ourselves
And my innocence I won’t give up after gaining fame
Persistence and insistence, you’ll always be in my dictionary. *( Translator notes: jus in case you don’t under stand the last 2 paragraph, it’s actually something like Calvin personifying his 3 traits, telling us that he won’t give up his innocence (or in another sense, he’ll be real and not packaged up by media) and he’ll continue striving and persisting, working hard.
Thank you, guys! This weekend’s album signing activity I could fully feel all your passion Fahrenheit could have such good results It’s really all because of you guys
Yesterday, my sister’s sudden appearance Really made me very touched With my family’s support It gave me the courage to go on
Let us all charge forward together! If we can be the top for consecutively 2 weeks Zhong zheng Memorial hall We will be able to go Haha… the company said so I have; I want; I can; Fahrenheit go go go!!!
I think Fahrenheit’s first series of promotions are coming to an end soon
This weekend should be starting the second series of promotion
Yesterday is the first time in months that I woke up naturally on my own after a night’s sleep. (which means the first time in months he had a good sleep)
Oh my god
I feel so fortunate
Yesterday I met up with few of my old friends again Secondayr and high schools’ good brothers Seeing everyone striving hard towards their own dreams I felt really touched All the best to everyone Although it had been some time since we last met But our relation still never change Forever friends right? I’m a person who keep old friendships in mind At the same time, I’m also a person who welcomes new and challenging things So many friendship and kinship With all your concern I think, I’m very lucky Fahrenheit go go go!
Thanks to those people previously in Canada Mandarin Radio Station Because of you guys I was able to realize my dreams Next month we should have the chance to meet Cathy mommy. Jeff Daddy, herman, semi, mandy, Wilson, Ah Xian.. all the nice sweet workers from Fairchild… thank u so much!! U guys make my dreams come true!!
11/10/2006 Explanation: 11+10=21=3x7
A lazy afternoon
Dragging my exhausted body home But on the way home, I enjoyed the sun and the time and freedom that belongs to me alone Driving the car, I toured a few more rounds Sunshine shone through the window The music played wildly I just simply enjoyed this kind of feeling My body became more relaxed and lighter
Back to my room that I haven’t stayed during the daytime for a while, Do some laundry and clean it up watch TV, and surf online. Oh my god.. this is what I wanted to do for so long Really enjoy this.. What a great afternoon!
As time passes day by day Our promotion of album in Taiwan is coming to an end Next month we’ll be going overseas to promote This should be a new start Dear Taiwan fans We’ll bring all your love out with us Dear overseas fans Be prepared and anticipate a closer interaction with us.
Fahrenheit My dear three brothers We’ll fight a beautiful war!
I believe we can overcome everything no matter what is in front of us. Fahrenheit and my dear three brothers, I have faith in you@ Let’s fight! Rock on!
“The three Handsome Guys of Jian Zhong” Sigh The 3 handsomes are separated again Recently, Yi Xiu is going to army Take care OK!
The second from the right “Big Nose” is a doctor in Rong Zhong
The one on the furthest left is “Guo Zi” He’s also my secondary scool’s best friend
I really like meeting up with my old friends I love to introduce my new friend to my old friends I like to introduce my different friends whom I met in different place and time to each other And let them all become good friends Heez
Again, Friendship is the only ship that never sinks!
Last week I went Hiroshima for a promotion trip Visited the local ancient tourism spots
Woke up early in the morning at 4am to take a look at the local people picking oysters At that place, there is a significant spiritual symbol Perhaps it is this spiritual symbol That created their local characteristics
Every place, city Will have a story, background, symbol that belongs to it I like to find out every new discovery place’s everything The local human culture, culture, history, background, vuilding, weather and everything else I reaped a lot out of this trip of work and tour
The current me Drama has come to a rest Perhaps I should let my soul rest and calm down for a while
Music Is yet another start This stage Is filled with memories, laughter, sweat and tears
Opportunity Is right in front of me I will work hard and treasure it well This is what I can do currently
Calvin Lou Ga
October 4 2007 Explanation: 4+10= 14=2x7
“Bu Hui Ai” (Don’t Know How to Love)
Anticipate for so long Just saw “Bu Hui Ai” (Don’t Know How to Love) MV
Is a kind of touched feeling Thank you Director Zhong Ping Letting me get more control of the twist in emotions
I really really put in a lot of heart and soul into this music video Not only the devoted guy in ‘Bu Hui Ai’ The gentlemanly Nan Feng Cai in ‘Romantic Princess’ The loyal Lan Ling Wang in ‘The X-Family’
They are all characters that I used all my effort to act out Hope all of you will like it
Then, recently there’s a chain of activities and autograph session Calvin wish all of you will give me your passionate support like in the past Let’s all work hard together ba!!
All your smiles Is also a sweet encouragement for me!
So long never come up, sorry Because recently I’m very busy Busy with the filming of Princess Sister Busy with the filming of commercial Busy with all kinds of events But This means that following this I will have more interaction with everyone
Really tired recently, but also very tired Busy until the whole world turns upside down Family and friends Also have little chance to accompany them And for myself in private, I also don’t have much extra time
The autograph session during the weekend You adorable fans whom I’ve not seen for a long time I can only say Every time seeing you after a long time I really felt touched, really happy Thinking of how we came by all this while All the bits and pieces of memories in my heart You all feel the same way as me right?
Actually we are already like family and friends Not like initially when we are still at the stage of knowing one another Right? I think, you all know what I want to say It’s really nice to have you guys
Currently I am filming “Princess Sister” at Hua Lian Actually sometimes when I have to go other places for filming I really like that To the mind, to the field of vision is all a new and broad experience Able to know a new place’s people, culture, geography, construction and everything else I carried a learning attitude Only if we keep learning to enrich our knowledge, can we move towards success
Maintain an optimistic attitude Following this I will have more exposure, and more chances to interact with you all And hope that you all can continue to Give me advice Are you ready?! Take good care of yourselves and I am looking forward seeing you next time.
If it wasn’t sunny everyday, try to learn to admire the beauty of rainy day This is what my good friend just told me tonight
Correct. You can’t possibly have everything going according to what you like it to be There will always be a ‘down period’ for man Many people ask me Am I forever happy and cheerful? Of course not! There’s always the period of time when I feel down But the important thing is Don’t let your own emotions affect other people’s mood
I admit I’m a person who is afraid of loneliness A person who needs friend
But I am very happy When everything wasn’t going smoothly for me My friend will always be there to support me
Even if it’s people closest to you, there will also still be times when there is some misunderstanding But the important thing is After quarreling and disputes Do you have solutions to solve it After communicating Have you known and understand one another even further Know how to understand more about other people, understand more about yourself That is the important thing Other than that, it is not the critical main point
If it isn’t sunny everyday We have to Try to appreciate the beauty of rainy day Open up your heart To appreciate a different kind of beauty The world will be even broader Life will be more at ease
Last week, because of a show We went to visit the Atayal tribe in Xin Zhu Jian Shi Xiang Mei Hua Cun Initially, I thought it was only a job for me Just a job amongst so many work Two day one night journey Now to talk about it, it isn’t very long
At that time I knew many passionate people, a bunch of simple yet happy people It was on top of a mountain Where no mobile service provider in the whole Taiwan could provide any reception The people there do not use mobile phone, nor do they surf the internet The way of contacting each other is dependent on a home telephone book that records the whole village’s telephone I met Da Jiu Sang He welcomed us passionately During the two days’ schedule, it was him who brought me around (up the mountains and down into the sea) Yes, that’s right, bringing me along to see their farms and field works Like corn, sweet mandarins, cabbage etc. Entering the river to catch fishes with a spear (poke fishes) This is an activity which I cannot believe it most that they could catch any fishes If it’s wild boar, those wild animals I still think it is possible Going to the river, using the fish spear to poke through those fast-swimming fishes Should be quite difficult ba But they actually really did it as easily as if they are eating rice And the fishes were just being poked up one by one
Actually these are not my main points Yuan Zhu Min’s down-to-earth, passion; rice wine, catching wild boar Perhaps these are what we usually know about them
But at the top of the mountain, the places where we don’t usually approach Are all where many of them will insist in having, letting the relationship between human return to the most original and ancient down-to-earth simplicity. Da Jiu Sang and his family treated me with the utmost welcome It’s been a very long time since I’ve felt the deep relationship between man Very touched.
There is also Teacher Liao Xian De He, I always thought he is a respectable senior in the tribe Later on, I then discovered He is actually a Hakka But the respect Atayal tribe gave him, Him blending into the Atayal tribe It made me admire and respect him more He Is a person who doesn’t care about fame or power He persevere to retain the traditional cultures of the Atayal tribe, the historical objects are already twenty to thirty years old He keeps filming down our entire interview Just for the sake of conserving all the cultures, leaving it for the future generation Allowing everyone to know more about the Atayal culture There was once, someone was willing to fork out 5,000 000 Taiwan dollars to but his artifacts and documents that recorded Atayal’s culture But he would not budge for just this little money Insisted in working hard for the sake of Atayal’s culture He does not have a fixed job He told me, he is very poor and do not have much money But he has a bunch of Atayal good friends Everyone respect him a lot and treated him as a family And even gave him a Yuan Zhu Min name This, to him, is a very great honour He called himself the daughter-in-law of Atayal He said that his wish is to build an Atayal tribe’s museum, a memorial hall. So that everyone can know more about this passionate culture At night, before sleeping, I accompanied him for a chat, listening to what he said This is an achievement He told me he’s very poor But I said Teacher Liao, in certain aspect, you are actually very ‘wealthy’ And this kind of ‘wealth’, happiness, satisfaction Is what many people are aiming to pursue in their lifetime
The elder in Atayal tribe Is an old man nearing his 80’s He is blind And could not see for nearly 50 years But in terms of walking, he is just like a normal person Even his own daily chores, be it changing his own clothes etc He will do it himself He even planted his own vegetables, and grew sweet mandarins Great Elder Is kind and nice like a grandfather Because of his blindness Thus he will always hold the opposite parties’ hands when he talks He held my hand What I felt is the warm temperature, the concern, happiness Told me everything about him, the things I am curious about To me, he is just like a grandfather I really like to listen to him talk, I felt his happiness That there’s someone to listen to him talk about himself
There are also many people from their tribe Their interest, passion and concern in me I only can say It’s a feeling that is filled with ‘touched and moved’ It’s been a long long time since I felt this real passion and real interest Everything went back to the most ancient No mobile, no internet Just this free and ancient lifestyle
This short period of two days one night trip The second day When I am bidding goodbye I cried till I could not make any sound Because I don’t bear to leave them It’s just two days, they has let me feel and experienced Something that I think I won’t ever forget in my lifetime I said I will go back to visit them again Although the date is still unknown But I really look forward to that day’s arrival
Da Jiu Sang gave me a set of traditional costume of their tribe He said This, to them, is something very priceless and important; it’s something they won’t give to people outside I felt very honoured when I accepted it The thing that made me emotional and touched is When I was about to get into the vehicle to leave, Da Jiu Sang taught me the word “Jia You (Gambeitei)” in Atayal language Pronounced as “Lou Ga” It made me feel their most sincere blessing for me No matter where I am and when it was I have this bunch of adorable Atayal friends “Lou Ga” for me (giving me support)
All of must also “Lou Ga” together Although we are in two different places But We’ll be “Lou Ga”-ing together
Take good care, you adorable and passionate guys I truly look forward to our next meeting
FahrenCiti Fan Club 08 Sept, 2008 00:57 Explanation: 8+9=17 and 00:57
Back from Vancouver
Dear guys: It's been a week since I've got back from Vancouver. Have been real busy with the preparation for my upcoming concert. With my tight itinerary everyday and night, I can finally squeeze in some time now to share my feelings and thoughts with all of you.
Well, just as I thought, I had a great time back in Vancouver. I met up with some of my close friends and staffs from Fairchild Radio. I really appreciate the love and care they had for me, thanks a lot. It means a lot, really grateful about it.
I'm real happy for being the special guest for the Sunshine Nation 2008. Words could'nt express how excited I was for being able to perform in the Michael J. Terry Fox Theatre again. Standing on the stage, singing and performing to all the warm audiences, that moment flashed back all my memories on Sunshine Boyz Contest 2004. Our performance was much appreciated by all of you. You guys were really great.
Aside from the performance, I did spend some good time with my friends. We went Mall and some fanstastic restaurants.
It was terrific in Vancouver. I love the food and shopping there. That was about it back in Vancouver. And now, it's time to focus on my upcoming world tour concert. My 3 buddies and I are really working hard on this concert. Hey guys, we're sure to surprise you! See you guys soon^^
After twelve days of training and test I settled down for a period of time and also learnt some things that I have not expected initially And also thought alot of my future plans
When I came out of the army camp Twelve days passed The world still keep rotating
There seems to be a different pace of rotating in the camp compared to outside In these twelve days What have I learnt Learnt to be more responsible for myself Learnt the life of team work Learnt how to adapt to the new environment Learnt to respect myself and respect others Learnt to cherish the things I have even more
I've made many good friends Coming from North South East West everywhere Each of different family background, education background But after these twelve days We know each other and treasure one another Thanks, all of you
The moment I stepped out of the camp I saw all of you whom I've not seen for a while Received your flowers and well-wishes This is my greatest happiness when I'm in the entertainment circle This kind of moved feeling it will always be in my heart
Thank you for remembering me and keep giving me support and encouragement I discovered Regardless whether I'm happy or sad all of you have accompanied me through many important stages of my life this is like my motivation I have been silent for quite some time But during this period of time I have enriched myself alot grown up alot like what you all have said All of you will stand up to support me Thank you, all of you I've heard your encouraging voices Coming up next, I will continue bringing your encouragement and support and walk down bravely I will continue to shine brightly with you all as my motivation How can I not right? and also hope to learn from you oh
Just came back from Korea yesterday This 11-day overseas journey First is Hong Kong 2 Fahrenheit concerts Hope all of you enjoyed it I had a fun time playing and also got to know all of you one step more in depth All the encouragements and cheering sound, cards and flower baskets with well-wishes I have received them I'm very grateful to all of you Hope you have seen my hard work No matter how late I've trained till even if I have to drag my exhausted body back home alone I always felt that all of you were by my side encouraging me and cheering me on non-stop This is the reason why I can last till today
Next is the concert with SHE in Mongolia Another different type of performance Hope everyone could feel our persistence toward music And hope more people will know Fahrenheit And more people liking the happiness brought about by music
Last is the journey to Korea Met many outstanding artistes from all parts of Asia We have learnt a lot Saw other people's strengths From now on, we'll put in more effort in performance Aim for more improvement Actually Performing is a king of endless learning process Perhaps it's tough Bt I love it Because this is my own dream And also because of all your concern and expectations I wish to tell all of you I will continue to perservere and go on Because there is you guys with me Any chance for me to perform on stage I will also persist on foolishly
Recently I've been flying here and there went to many cities saw many of you whom I've not met for a long time
Those of you from overseas If you have been to a place for the first time I'm happy for your independence and also very happy that you've made new friends But we are always concerned about our safety
Those of you from local (Taiwan) Often accompany us with our work till late night Just to have more chance to be with us But you all also have to be careful of your safety too
Actually we still have plenty of opportunities to be together I, Fahrenheit am flying all over for all of you travelling everywhere But let me say seeing all your smiles giving you all the happiness
I say I'm willing
No matter how tired it's ok
We will continue to give you all our very best and perfect performance For the next few months so many cities we're still going to do so
Perfect Actually not everything can be perfect But if we try our very best Don't let ourselves down it's a responsible attitude
Recently I have many thoughts many understandings and also many surfacing creativity designed some stuff it's consider another type of my product Hope you will all like it I hope to try my very best ways and method to share with you all let's work hard together http://class.ruten.c...p...lvin777&m=3 Also, hope that you all will share with me some of your opinions and thoughts generously with me
Still the same phrase Let us all work hard together WoW, let's go!
Twelve days of concerts have ended I went to so many places that I had never been to before Nanning, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Jinan I now have some knowledge about these places Made some new friends I couldn’t bear to leave when I was about to depart
Very happy All the voices of support, encouragement, the banners, the flowers and cards I’ve received all of them Very tired But These are just the source of my energy Hey
Preparing for the new album Continue to equip myself I promised you all before And also be responsible for myself The next time I appear I still must be having fun with you all enjoying this wonderful life together
The weather is getting cold Everyone remember to wear more clothes Don't catch a cold
Put on more clothes as the weather is getting cold. Take good care till we meet next time!
Thank you all for celebrating my birthday with me. I felt really touched. What more can I say? You guys are just so sweet!