The Gem of Life Wrap-Up Post

The long overdue post I’ve been preparing for…quite a while. Didn’t really want to post it up, because partly I was too busy to struggle with my horrid connection to upload the photos, and the other part because the ending sort of left a heavy feeling in my heart. Sort of. Will go into the details in a moment.

Let’s start…at the end.

Oh no, what happened?

Oh no, what happened?

Aha...false alarm

Aha...false alarm

The happiness in the ending is in that the family reunites at the end. And surprisingly enough, Mummy is the one that brings them together, despite her disease limiting her. Shame on Daddy for giving up so soon. Pah. Men.

So yes, the Hong family reunites and Tvb seems to be chucking a happy ending at us. But at what expense? So many other families were destroyed, broken up. I know it’s all fiction and things like that, but seriously. There is, however, some silver lining for everyone though. A bit of a blow-by-blow.

He apparently takes after his father's scariness too, especially in this shot

He apparently takes after his father's scariness too, especially in this shot

Terrence
Loss: His father, his half-brother, a lot of himself (with the Derek issue and things like that). Also a bit of his ego, albeit not all.
Silver lining: He gets the girl. (Which seems to be Tvb’s ultimate goal, no matter how twisted the story is.) He also gets his father’s company, even though he doesn’t seem to want it that much after he got Constance. Yeah right, he was probably popping off champagne bottles in his head when Jessica handed him the company.

He deserves much better

He deserves much better

Woh Chai
Loss: His innocence. And his eyesight, which is like the saddest part of all, because he totally needs them to make a living. And helping Jessica redo her brooch wasn’t really a great reason to make him lose his eyes. =( Quite the romantic, but no. I could, however, imagine him and Jessica living the rest of their lives together, in a completely platonic relationship. If that’s possible.
Silver lining: He also *sort of* gets the girl? But at least he does get to regain his friendship with Jessica and perhaps, live a long happy life with her looking after him and holding his hand to cross roads and things like that. Yeah, Jessica the guide dog. =)

Mummy, accompanied by Daddy

Mummy, accompanied by Daddy

Mummy
Loss: Her memory. At least she was intelligent enough to record bits of the things that she predicted that she had to do, when she was still lucid. I love how we had flashes of brilliant Mummy in these episodes, only to realise that it’s all a front and then hysterical Mummy. Great acting from Louise Lee, much more lovable than in Moonlight Resonance.
Silver lining: She does seem to be the luckiest of all the characters, living in ignorant bliss while still having a family.

Daddy
Loss: His sanity? His perfect dream of a perfect life with his perfect daughters and perfect wife. Lol but at least he doesn’t complain much.
Silver lining: He doesn’t need a silver lining. His outcome is about the same as Mummy, just not so ignorantly blissful, so…Mummy still wins.

Reflecting on his past...

Reflecting on his past...

Will
Loss: His family was kind of affected by all the sisterly drama, but he did somewhat benefit in the end. He was one of the last one standing, after all. He finally found his place in the greedy corporate world that Melissa left him in.
Silver lining: Realising that Elise really did love him for him. Although Elise’s fate was sealed long time ago and she didn’t appear in the final two episodes, at least we know he’ll try to win her over. I was a little upset that he didn’t get some brotherly screentime with Woh, but I suppose this is a series about the sisters, so…don’t complain. Heh.

Looking a little forlorn

Looking a little forlorn

Calvin
Loss: His freedom. Yes, he pays the price for the evil he committed in the previous few episodes. I think loads of people would rather he didn’t have to go to jail, but I always feel that taking responsiblity is super manly. Also, he loses his best friend in the whole wide world.
Silver lining: Plenty for this guy. At first, he seems like he’s going to lose everything, by pushing everyone who loves him away. Then he does an about turn and admits that he’s put Sylvia into all that torture and pain because she dumped him. Juvenile, and stupid. No doubt his realisation is due to Tvb’s ending bell ringing in his head, but still. I was very emotional at his last dinner with Sylvia, and there are no words to describe all the emotions running through me at that moment, after all my hopes for this couple. You’ll either hate it or love it or accept it that they’re not going to be together physically, for me Calvin’s ending was sufficient. And yes, I totally understood his resentment for Sylvia and Sunny, but it was no excuse to treat them the way he did. Nuff said.

I was going to do one entry for Sunny, but I can’t think of any silver lining for him that it’s depressing. =( I don’t think Calvin realising he’s a complete idiot counts as a silver lining.

Calvin and Sylvia

Calvin and Sylvia

At the last dinner with Calvin

At the last dinner with Calvin


Sylvia
Loss: Her sensibility. Ever since she started sacrificing her entire life for Calvin and completely changing her perspective on a relationship because of Calvin, she’s lost it.
Silver lining: At least her mission to save Calvin succeeded. Not exactly the way she wanted, but in a somewhat okay way. [I’m still depressed about Sunny here, obviously.] The fact that she was willing to let Calvin to go off to jail on his own wish was somewhat like her regaining some sense, actually.

No prizes for guessing who she's hugging

No prizes for guessing who she's hugging

Constance
Loss: Nothing much, really. Because she didn’t exactly start out with much. Maybe a little bit of her innocence.
Silver lining: She was so much less annoying in the last two episodes where she didn’t have to fight and argue with anyone. Gosh, I’m starting to like Gigi again. I think they consciously made her less annoying by not drawing out her reactions to every single thing that’s happening around her. Like how she so coolly (for her usual standards) dealt with the fact that Terrence caused Derek’s death. If that were 20 episodes back, she’d be crying and shrieking and yelling at Terrence and just about anybody else. But I’ve been saying since whenever, that Constance and Terrence do deserve to be together, like Dumb and Dumber. 😄

That's why they're both looking for treasure in a drain by the road

That's why they're both looking for treasure in a drain by the road

Jessica

Jessica
Loss: Her husband, her son, her sanity, her power, her greed. She’s like, the biggest loser of the series lol. She did do a lot of bad things, even though her intentions were always for her family, but that doesn’t mean that those were not evil deeds. So having to be alone (sort of) is her punishment.
Silver lining: She still has her best friend and her family, so she didn’t lose everything. At least she still has some things that matter. And she can always have the fantasy of dream-Martin whenever she wants.

Awww

Awww

The neat part about being the last two episodes is that we had some flashbacks, which brought us to see the sisters when they were still young and innocent, in some moments that happened prior to the start of the series, from them being inseparable and happy to them helping Constance run away from home. In case no one remembers, the start of the drama was the homecoming of Constance.

The sisters on Sylvia's wedding day (to the useless two-timing pilot)

The sisters on Sylvia's wedding day (to the useless two-timing pilot)

Having more sisterly bonding

Having more sisterly bonding

Ahh…the good times. It’s kind of nostalgic now that I look back and review everything that happened. Hope you enjoyed the show!

P/s: It’s only fitting that this post is my 100th post. Woot!

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2 thoughts on “The Gem of Life Wrap-Up Post

  1. Chien! This long-awaited post kept me stone-ing for months 😛 Anyhow It was up to my expectations HAHA! – Well the humor and all ^^ !

    Haha I was done with this series like months ago but couldn’t get over it totally.
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    Aww.. love your post on Calvin, Yeah at first I was really sad that he was going to turn himself in – No more Bad Ass Calvin.. Jail bird Calvin more likely 😦 .. However I felt It was really manly too like you said, A real man would take up responsibility and not let a woman do so instead. Calvin and Sylvia’s ending was just okay imo, haha.. hopefully they’ll be together after he’s done his time huh? …

    Couldn’t agree more, Jessica is the biggest loser of the series xD ..
    Thank god Sylvia regained her senses.. she almost became into Jessica NO.2 !!!

    Ahhh… Terrence and Constance, They were a match made from Heaven. From the day that they were brought into the world, It was settled that they were meant to be together. So remember kids, ”It’s gotta be Serendipity! 😉 ” Oh man, I’ll never forget her favorite line. More like a stupid reason to excuse her indecisiveness and retartedness – OPS!

    Hahaha anyways I’m watching Boys Over Flowers currently 😡 But I’m only up to Episode 3. Sigh, TVB’s dramas are boring now.. The only ones I’m looking forward to are ‘Heaven and Earth’ (Pft, Hopefully it isn’t cancelled.) , ‘ICAC Investigators 2009’ and ‘Pearl on the Palm’.

    Oh well see ya around AF sometime yep! 😀

    • Yeah Gem of Life’s pretty much thrown me off most Tvb series lol. Just looking forward to Burning Flame, for old time’s sake, but have no idea when they’re going to air it.

      And yes…serendipity. That’s what brought all of us together to watch this series in the first place. (Aha I so sound like a Mother Theresa wannabe now don’t I?) But I don’t really want to complain about the ending, too tired to do that more like. Haha 82 episodes, wayyy too long for me to go back and pick out their many blunders.

      Oh good, you’re watching Boys Over Flowers. 😀 Lots of pretty boy eye candy to keep you busy. Don’t have to think too much into the storyline because it’s all fluff anyway. Focus on feeding your eyes. Haha.

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