You Light up My life..
Reflecting back on this 20 episode series, I felt that “My Sister of Eternal Flower” went by pretty quick. The series had a simple story line, to match the “simple” Fa Ga Jie. It was quite light-hearted and had some fairytale /kiddish feel to it (especially the themevideo), but also had many heart-felt moments which I really liked! I quite enjoyed following the series and hope to keep some of its happy memories here on my blog 🙂
I thought Raymond was very adorable in the series. At the start, he played a spoilt rich guy. I enjoyed watching his funny, immature character and all the funny expressions he had were refreshing. He wasn’t a “bad/evil” person- he was good at heart but just wouldn’t “grow up” and was rather directionless.
In the early episodes, Raymond decided to persue Fa Lai Ju(Charmaine) in hope to fool his grandpa in giving Xenus (their company) to him. Those scenesÂ were quite silly and funny because he would do all these “romantic” things (some quite exaggerated) but she still wouldn’t get it haha.Â Although he was only playing around with her- pretending to be “Wah-Dee” XD Charamine eventually did fall in love with him like the “prince and princess”. Those episodes reminded me of the early episodes of ” Men Don’t Cry”(Gan Yan Gin)Â when Dayo made Cecilia fall in love with him only to use her (and then they later falling in love for real xD)
Raymond having dreams about Charmaine XD
I really started to appreciate theÂ series more from about episode 9 onwards when Raymond was starting turning into a better person because of Fa Lai Ju(Charmaine). At times, I found Fa Lai Ju pretty annoying but I started to overlook those when weÂ see her saying/doing so many sweet things for Raymond- letting him stay at her house; stood by him to care for him after he lost everything (even after he told her he only used her); and having utmost trust and belief in him. She only wanted him to be happy and would do anything to make his dreams come true. No matter how many times Raymond hurt her, she would always put him first before herself. The time he spent while he stayed at her place (after he became homeless) were pretty cute and we started to see a very strong bond grow between them. Raymond eventually fell in love with her and became quite protective/jealousÂ over her. Once, he remembered Fa Lai Ju had mentioned she feared thunderstormsÂ the most and when it started raining,Â he ran to find her and was there to protect her 🙂 However, he tried denying his feelings and tried to avoid her to make those feelings go away.
I shed tears watching the scene where Raymond forced himself toÂ leave Charmaine and move back with Agnes (Yoyo Chen)- his ex-girlfriend.Â I was so torn watching that scene because we know they both love each other so much…He “knew” he shouldn’t have fallenÂ in love with her and forced himself to try start over with Agnes.
The other very sad scene was when Raymond yelled at Charmaine and forced her to sell offÂ “Pig Pig Ju” in hope she would forget about him; thinking it was the best for her and not to hold onto the past. He knew how much the pig toys meant to her but didn’t want her trapped in all the unhappy memories. At the end, she ended up selling the rights to the design/toys away- not because Raymond told her he didn’t like her anymore; but because she saw how much” pain” he was in, and didn’t want to see him sad or angry because of her. She wanted to see him happy everyday even if it meant making the pigs disappear or not showing up in front of him again. Raymond later realised he could never forget about her. He leaves Agnes and the two finally get together during sunset 🙂
The two were so happy together and he really cared for her and protected her. it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside- They made love seem so simple and geniune <3
Later, Agnes and Raymond’s grandfather comes in between them and more problems seems to surface.Â Another tearful episode was when Agnes made Charmaine realise that her children may end up like being her and that would make Raymond really sad. Charmaine tearfully breaks up with her YekYek (Raymond)…
After much separation and going back together, and then separating again,Â the two finally get backÂ together in the last episode when he realised how much she meant to him; and didn’t care if their kids may not be normal, as long as they are as kind-hearted as she was~
I had mixed thoughts for Agnes (Yoyo Chen). At first I thougth she was the way Raymond’s grandpa described her, but then later realised she was actually a nice girl. Although coming from a poorer background and with many unhappy memories, she worked hard and she wasn’t with Raymond for his money. She stayed with him to encourage him, but Raymond made no progress and forced her away. In a way, I did feel a bit sympathetic towards her and could see why she would want to return to Raymond later on. When she found out Raymond still had feelings for Fa Lai Ju, she wanted to break up with him, but Raymond convinced her give him one more chance- and that promised he’ll never be with Charmaine. He gave her false hope and when they were going on their holiday together, he left once again when he realised he wanted to be with Fa Lai Ju. At the end, Agnes became so jealous she started doing immature things to go in between Charmaine and Raymond. She turned quite selfish towards the end and even hid the fact her leg wasn’t disabled and had recovered, in order for him to marry her. Sigh..it was pretty clear Raymond didn’t love her anymore after falling in love with Fa Lai Ju..Although I disagree with Agness actions, I thought they were pretty realistic..
This is the first role where I can say I actually like Toby’s character. I thought Toby (Jenny) and Pierre (Mike) ‘s relationship was interesting to watch and they were really compatible together. It was obvious from the start thatÂ there were some tention between them – they always seem to have grudges against each other at work and Pierre is often treating her harshly..We later learn that they used to be ex-lovers when they hinted during scenes where Pierre seemed really worried about her, and remembered the good times. Â I also liked watching their interactions and watching Toby take advantage of his feelings for her to get her way- it showed how much he actually cared for her and I like watching guys have a softy spot for girls lol It made me wonder why they broke up because the two still seemed to have that chemistry between them. It turns out they separated because of some misunderstanding and the two eventually get back together. Their relationship became a bit messy when he found out he had cancer and kept this from her by acting like a jerk and breaking up with her. Desperate for time and money for his sister, Pierre misuses “Pig Pig Ju” to force Raymond to buy the title back from him. On the other hand, Toby wanted to give him a chance after finding out she was pregnant, but he didn’t even give her the chance to tell him. At that point, I just couldn’t wait until they both found out the truth!Â Toby was so heartbroken, but she didn’t realise Pierre as even more hurt to say those things to her/treat her that way. In the last episode, the truth comes out and they both get back together ^^ Pierre was able to live at least 3 year more and they had 2 children together. I felt that was slightly unrealistic, given that it looked like he was in so much pain I can’t imagine how he could have survived. Given it was this type of series, I knew there would be a happy ending for everyone thoguh.
This series also had a lot of character growth, sibling love friendship. Although Fai Lai Ju remains simple-minded at the end of the story, her character has grown through the series, being ableÂ to face things with courage.Â She fought for her ‘Pig Pig Ju” toys and even ran the marathon in the pig suit (mind you Pig Pig Ju running the marathon was TOO cute!! XD)
The other supporting casts were good too. The bond between Charmaine and her siblings and Pierre and his sister were touching . I cried during the scene where Gigi realised her brother got into a car accident because he tried to make it back for her birthday! JuJu and GaoGao are quite funny together too lol So kiddy- from all of Gao Gao’s comments-I think she has been watching way too much dramas lol
Overall, I enjoyed watching the pairings in the series- Raymond and Charmaine were a really cute; and I really liked Toby and Pierre as a couple too.
I thought the ending was nicely wrapped up with Pierre’s idea about the marathon. It was a good way to bring theÂ two back together without much confrontation or akwardness. It was so cute having the pig run in the marathon xD
What do you guys think of the series and ending?