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Drowning Myself with TVB Dramas Again

Do you still remember this?

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Yes, it’s a VHS tape. I grew up watching Hong Kong TVB dramas in this format. I would cycle to the video rental shop every day after school, hoping that the new episode has been released, and if yes, I would rent it, hurry home and pop it into my VCR.

I recalled the best business in a small town that I grew up was TVB VHS video rental business. I can still vividly remember how the TVB drama addicts would knock at the video rental shop to find out whether the rented tapes had been returned so that they could rent it.

The first thing to do after I rented the tape was to rewind it. It took about 10 minutes or so, and after that, we would sit together and watch. Occasionally, the VHS tape was jammed in the VCR, and it annoyed us to the max.

Besides, TVB drama series were often topic of conversations in school where we would gather and discuss about the intense happenings in the series.

Those were some of my happy moments back in the 80s and 90s. Does this sound familiar to you too? Today, I’m feeling a little nostalgic thinking about them.

VHS tapes were no longer being produced since 2008, and they have been replaced by DVDs, Blu-rays, pay TV, online streaming, etc. With modern technology, audio-visual entertainment has been greatly enhanced, and today, we enjoy stunning high definition entertainment with high-end audio at the comfort of our home.

For the past five years, I rarely spend time watching TV. As a matter of fact, I didn’t clock more than an hour of TV time in a month. And obviously, Little Edison watched more TV than I did. This is because I wanted to spend more time after work with him, rather than watching TV.

But recently, I’ve been drowning myself with TVB dramas again. Every night, I laze on my couch and watch dramas after our boy goes to bed.

The main reasons are: 1) the boy sleeps early now and so I’ve more “me time”, and 2) I enjoy watching TV on the new Pioneer home entertainment system that we’ve installed late last year.

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One of the most fantastic features of our Pioneer home entertainment system is smartphone connectivity that allows me to stream videos directly from my smartphone. I’ve never been able to do that with my old system.

Occasionally, my colleagues will share with me dramas in MP4 format. I copy them into a thumb drive and conveniently plug it into my Pioneer blu-ray player to watch. It’s so easy! In addition, the surround-sound is rich and crystal clear.

After a long day at work, nothing beats relaxing at home with a good movie and good home entertainment system. That’s when I relish in some quiet couple times with V too.

I’ve been an avid fan of TVB dramas for as long as I can remember. And I’m so delighted to be watching them again. Since last month, I’ve watched Triumph in the Skies II, The Hippocratic Crush II (didn’t finish though) and Bounty Lady. I enjoyed Bounty Lady so much, and it’s certainly one of the best series in 2013.

I’m watching Coffee Cat Mama now, and I’ll watch Outbound Love after that. Any TVB drama fans here?

Over a lunch conversation with my friend, she mentioned that TVB dramas are not as good as they used to be, as compared to the 80s and 90s. Personally, I don’t think that the newer dramas are not good, it’s just that TVB is lack of some very iconic dramas that will leave deep impressions to the audience. Like these:

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And then, we talked about the best TVB dramas that we’ve ever watched. To me, they will definitely be The Greed of Man (Chinese:2) starring Adam Cheng and Sean Lau, and At the Threshold of an Era (Chinese:1) starring Gallen Lo, Sunny Chan and Roger Kwok. And also Detective Investigation Files (Chinese:3) where I watched all the four installments.

What’s the best TVB drama that you’ve ever watched? I love to hear from you too!

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