Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Beach Ball Babes is the latest Singapore sports-themed drama showing on channel 8, every Monday to Friday at 9pm since 7 July 2008. The 20-episode drama about volleyball boasts a "royal" cast that includes former beauty queens Joanne Peh and Jade Seah, two of MediaCorp's "princesses" Jesseca Liu and Dawn Yeoh, as well as Fann Wong's groom-to-be, Christopher Lee.
I have been faithfully watching the drama daily as i enjoy watching Jesseca Liu's acting and she is one of my favourite local actresses. Shooting Beach.Ball.Babes also challenged its stars in more ways than one. For instance, Jesseca had to shed her goody-two-shoes, sweety-pie image to play the bratty, self-absorbed leader, Cai Yanfang, of the volleyball team. She often offends people due to her straight-forward nature and is not afraid of anything except dolls, to the extent that she would flee when seeing them!
It was also refreshing seeing her pairing up with China actor Cui Peng who stars as Yan Feipeng in the drama. I have not seen Cui Peng acting before in a local drama and i like the character he played in this drama. His acting was quite good and he was funny in the drama and i was so curious about who this actor is that i ended up searching online for more information. I was surprised to find out that he was the 2003 Mediacorp Star Search Combo winner with Felicia Chin as i do not recall seeing him on TV before. Bet most of you did not know this information too right ;>
Back to more about the drama, Yanfang has always been against the idea of employing foreign talents in the sport industry and she is bias against Feipeng who is a national badminton player talent-scouted from China. On top of that, Feipeng collects dolls as a hobby thereby creating more conflicts between them. However after much interactions with each other, they begin to understand and develops feelings for each other. It was enjoyable and funny watching yesterday's episode showing how they were trying to confess their feelings for each other.
Joanne Peh stars as Rainie in the drama and is Yanfang's good friend of many years. She and Yanfang had formed a team to play Beach volleyball and was a formidable team on the beach. However she falls out with Yanfang as the guy (Christopher Lee stars as Ma Tianwu) she loves is only interested in Yanfang. Dawn Yeoh stars as Sixing who is Yanfang's new beach volleyball partner after Rainie form a new partnership with Yaya (Jade Seah).