Holland V (荷兰村)

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Memorable even till today
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5.0
I still remember the excitement in me whenever I heard the theme song of Holland V being played on the television. Holland V is undoubtedly one of my favourite Channel 8 dramas; it was a classic.

I really enjoyed Chen Li Ping's acting (Mo Wan Wan) in the show - it was wild, crazy and so real. In fact, she was one of my favourite characters in the show. She remained confident in spite of her size, loud and loving of her sister; she was what we would term a "nv qiang ren", a woman who could fend for herself. I think most of us actually remember her for how she gained so much weight just to get into character. Her dedication deserves applause. To be honest, the acting of all the actresses and actors in Holland V was great. It was also extremely hilarious, which I would guess is what made the show such a popular one. Till today, I vividly remember Jeanette Aw being the slow and gullible younger sister Mo Jing Jing, and Patricia Mok (Mo Xiao Ling) an extremely fast runner. Their family was extremely interesting because they were all quirky in their own ways. Their love for one another was admirable as they went to lengths, as I remember, trying to catch a molester who molested Jing Jing. And who can forget Xie Shao Guang's character Yang Xiong, with his effeminate ways, as he desperately sought after Mo Wan Wan's heart? Because their acting had been so convincing down to the expressions, I can still remember their characters very clearly.

Holland V is, in my opinion, one of the best dramas of that generation and I honestly hope that they will have a rerun of this show soon.
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Best Chinese Drama ever!
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Though I am not a Chinese, I used to watch this Holland V fervently during my younger days when it was very popular. I remember that everyday while attending secondary school, I used to look forward to this drama every weeknight at 7pm on Channel 8. Even my parents who don't normally watch Chinese dramas, joined me. Holland V was really very interesting and I often used this time as "break time treat" from studies and homework. Some of the shots from the drama are still fresh in my memory. Watching Holland V was worth it and I would not think twice to re-watch the whole drama again! I especially liked Jeanette Aw's acting and many of the other sisters in the drama are now well-known actresses.

Thinking of the show itself brings a rush of childhood memories. Personally it is the best Chinese drama ever!

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Great example for current dramas to follow
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Holland Village had it all. A stellar cast, intriguing plot twists great storyline and a uniquely Singapore touch. It had the ingredients for being an absolutely addictive drama that kept a large number of Singaporeans glued to their TV sets.

In a heart warming story about a Nasi Lemak seller who supported her sisters and brother singlehandedly after their parents died, the story offers a great insight to the real life trails and tribulations of many Singaporeans.

This is undoubtedly my favourite Mediacorp drama of all time. With the bulk of the Holland Village cast still in the acting scene, I don’t quite understand why is Mediacorp not able to replicate the success of Holland Village in newer dramas.

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The return of Chen Liping
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5.0
I never got down to following this drama properly because I was busy with my life then. However, snippets of the show I managed to catch at coffee shops and display TVs in electronic stores always manage to keep me watching on, rooted to the spot. The local flavor of the show is just so entertaining. Sadly, the show would end soon enough or, in the latter case, the sales guy would know I'm not gonna buy a TV and chase me off by changing the channel. That always works.

I especially liked the popularity that the show brought Chen Liping. Ever since her Aiyoyo teacher role which makes all kids hate their school for not having teachers like her, she have been assigned forgettable roles and generally been glossed over by all the younger and prettier stars coming onto the scene. This recognition was really long overdue but I'm glad it finally came for her in the role of Mo Wan Wan.

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Amongst the best local dramas
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This is one of the first programmes on channel 8 that I followed, as before that, most programmes were never interesting enough for me to follow. At this time, the artistes in the show were more concerned on their acting than image or fame, and their realistic acting combined with the excellent show script made this one of the best drama serials of all time.

With powerful elements of comedy, thrillers and romantism coupled with realistic situations, this drama definitely held the attention of many. In this show, Chen Li Ping really had an image that suited her role, and notable acting skill could be seen in Ye Shao Guang as well, who had managed to transcend into his character very well.

This drama is perhaps one of the only ones where Jeanette Aw acted well, and the comedic role of Patricia Mok and her kicking strength when angry was another eye catching part of this drama. Overall, I feel that this is one of the best local dramas where the cast really acted well and this drama is worth watching again.

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They need more of this
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It's almost comical to see how low local drama productions have fallen. Holland V has to be one of the instant classics, the kind that you mention in the same sentence as Phua Chu Kang, Crimewatch, and The Little Nyonya. It's a good show.

I remembered rushing home after primary school (I was in the afternoon session) to catch the latest episode of Holland V. The adventures of Chen Liping and co never failed to amuse and entertain me. What should have been a predictable show about Nasi Lemak captivated me and thousands of others around our little island. It was also then a starlet by the name of Jeanette Aw received mainstream popularity, and kickstarted her career.

Great show - catch it if you haven't already.

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One of the few local dramas that I willingly and consistently kept up with!
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Not having my own room and having my laptop placed on a table facing the television has its consequences. I tend to look up and see shows on television that my family members are watching at the moment, and at 9pm, for the most of the time, my younger sister would be booking the television for Channel 8 9pm dramas. Therefore, I usually have no choice but to watch the shows sometimes, and I'd follow most of the story even though I am not consistently watching it myself.

Holland Village is no doubt an exception. When the show was out, since the first episode, I diligently catched the show everyday at 7pm (if I am not wrong). I loved the show so much: the plot, the characters, the comic relief, the twists and turns of the progression, and so on! Wan Wan and Jing Jing (Mo Xiao Ling and Jeanette Aw respectively) are the most memorable characters in the show, and also somewhat my favourite, although most of the time, Jing Jing was a sad and forever crying girl, and I didn't like that. Jing Jing is also one of the little roles of which I liked the performance from Jeanette Aw, and it's the show that earned my respect for her!

I liked how the story was not rushed, with over a hundred episodes to properly tell the story of Holland Village with a right pace, unlike the modern Chinese dramas of today, where 20 episdoes basically kill the story overall, especially the last episode, and even the shows that receive oiver 20 episodes do not get to tell a story that feels complete to the audience sometimes!

I think dramas need to follow the ways of how Holland Village was made, and follow in its footsteps. Maybe I will start gaining back the will to watch dramas not just based on my favourite actors and all. Even some Rui En casted shows disappoint me a lot, and it's a worse feeling when you find a show with your favourite actor suck so bad...!

They should air re-runs of this show (are they doing so right now?), I for one would definitely catch it again if I could!

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I am a proud Channel 8 watcher
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Only for this show.

I have lost count of the laughs this show brought me. I used to camp in front of the tv during my younger days, happily enjoying my dinner while I watch the show. My favourite character was Patricia Mok and Chen Liping herself. In later years I would remember this show was Xie Shaoguang's legacy, but I was blissfully unaware then so I watched this and immersed myself in it.

I do not understand why Singapore doesn't re-run shows like this. Would I willingly watch 100 episodes of this hilarity again? Yes. It is authentic Singapore. There are Singapore jokes, stereotypes, and heartwarming family values. And there are the biggest names in Singapore's media industry. And it's so cheesy it's adorable. How can it not be on re-run.

I wait desperately for the day this show re-runs.

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A captivating drama serial
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I remember when this drama serial was first screened on television, I was only seven! Yet, I loved it nonetheless. (Even if half the time, I sort of had difficulties understanding some words the character uses.)

This is one of those drama serials that kept me on my couch for the entire hour, completely absorbed in the episode. Credit it to the actor's seasoned acting skills, the extremely intriguing plot that leaves me craving for more every episode.

I sometimes find myself hating the advertisements that leaves me with the unbearable suspense when the climax reaches it's peak.

My favourite characters would include MoWanWan and MoJingJing - WanWan, the big sister, head of the household. Her plump size together with that boisterous manner in which she carries herself disguises the heartwarming love for her younger sisters that she had brought up painstakingly. That makes her an interesting character that appeals to the audience.

JingJing - the pure, innocent (and gullible) girl whom is dim-witted never fails to contain bona fide intentions of helping others, and her heart of gold instantly makes her a likeable character nobody can resist.

I would never forget those evenings as I sat on the couch infront of the television, eating my dinner while watching this awesome drama serial. I can even remember those catchy theme songs they always play before the start of every episode!

It would be great if more of such drama serials would be screened nowadays.

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A true classic
(Updated: December 13, 2012)
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I will never forget Holland V. Till today, it remains one of Channel 8's best dramas - I have yet to watch another one as good as this although Portrait Of Home would be a close rival.

I recall watching this show when I was in primary school, and I can safely say I will watch it again if Channel 8 starts showing reruns of Holland V. The drama kept me glued to my TV screen for an hour and I eagerly anticipated the next episode. I think this was the drama that made Chen Liping a real star, for without her Holland V would never have been the success it was.

Funny, endearing and lovable, Chen Liping made the character of Mo Wanwan extremely likeable. Other actors also offered credible performances, such as Jeanette Aw (the only time I ever enjoyed watching Jeanette Aw) and Patricia Mok. If you are looking to renew your faith in local television, watch Holland V.

Also, if Channel 8 wants to improve on the quality of its shows nowadays, it should take a few leaves out of Holland V's book instead of always copying Korean or Hong Kong dramas. Long live Holland V!

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