Friday, February 27, 2009

The Little Nyonya 小娘惹

Yay at last the monthy test ends! Pheeeew, seriously, today's papers is not really going on well because it was last minute's work! I mean i studied during last minute, i.e yesterday midnight 12.00 a.m. to 1.30a.m.. Grrrh, i am regretting right now. T_T

Anyway, i would like to introduce a really great Singaporean drama here. This drama is super duper interesting and meaningful which make me addicted to it A LOT.

The title of this drama is
"The Little Nyonya 小娘惹"

This drama revolves around the Peranakans, that is the Baba and Nyonya. Its a worth-watching 34 episodes drama serial because its plot is superb which will never makes you feel like fast-forwarding the show or skip some parts of it. It also reveals quite a lot of the Baba and Nyonya's culture which really impressed me.

My whole family including my parents are addicted to this drama. Haaha! Even my dad and my mum enjoy watching it. My dad is so addicted that he quickly switch on the computer and watch it straight after he reach home after his work xD And yeah, thanks to my cousin-Neomi who introduced this drama to me! =)

The synopsis of The Little Nonya:
Juxiang is born into a big Peranakan family where her mum is a mistress. She is gentle, beautiful and a fantastic cook. Born deaf-mute, she is ostracized by people. Right before the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, she is forced to marry a rich Peranakan as a mistress. Juxiang resists the marriage and runs away from home. She then meets a young Japanese photographerand after many obstacles, they finally get married and Juxiang gives birth to a daughter Yue Niang. During the World War, Juxiang is tortured and both her husband and her dies leaving behind their 8-year-old daughter.

Yue Niang is passed around families and eventually ends up at her grandfather's house. Under the supervision of her grandmother, Yue Niang learns to cook Peranakan dishes and sewing. She grows up looking exactly like her mother and is exceptionally beautiful. After the war, her maternal relatives who ran away to England to seek refuge during wartime return home. Yue Niang then leads the life of her mother – always discriminated, beaten up and tortured. She puts up with all these in order to protect her grandmother. Yue Niang's pretty looks incurs jealousy from her cousin and attracted many rich Peranakans to chase after her. However, she only has eyes for penniless driver Chen Xi

Chen Xi actually comes from an educated and wealthy family. He hides his identity to be with Yue Niang. Yue Niang's kindness, pureness and persistence move Chen Xi and he loves her deeply too. Unfortunately, their relationship is filled with many obstacles and difficulties. Under pressure from his family, Chen Xi is forced to marry Yue Niang's cousin instead. Yue Niang is then sold to a butcher, Liu Yi Dao.

Yue Niang is unwilling to accept the fact that her life is always manipulated by others and decides to end her own life. Yue Niang's strong personality impresses Liu Yi Dao and they become sworn siblings instead. Yue Niang decides to choose her own path in life. She begins learning how to run a business and in the process, she is framed and ousted from her business. Although she is badly hit, she manages to overcome the odds and save her declining family business. Sadly, her love life has yet to begin a new chapter with no news about her lover, Chen Xi.

*adopted from The Little Nyonya's official website!

The 2 main characters~

The main casts~

Yamamoto Yueniang (山本月娘), portrayed by Jeanette Aw (欧萱)

Left:Huang Yuzhu (黄玉珠), portrayed by Joanne Peh (白薇秀)

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