Summer totally crept up on me this year, probably because the weather has been unusually chilly with the June gloom. Summer is usually a jam-packed entertainment season since when the students are out the entertainment industry loves to throw more goodies at them. Soon Taiwan entertainment will get back one very delicious goody in the form of Joe Cheng, who has been serving his mandatory military service for the past year (he enlisted last August) and will be getting discharged on July 20th. Mandatory military service has gone down from two years to one year recently (and going down even more to four months) so these latest enlistees including Ethan Ruan and Ming Dao all got a big break. Two years is a looooong time to be away from the public eye, and if the two Koreas weren’t in a state of war I’m sure South Korea will be lowering their military service down from two years as well. Joe will be coming back to a different landscape than when he left, the tide is always pushing and this time he’ll be striking out on his own since he left Catwalk before he enlisted and started his own agency. That’s always a smart thing to do when one has built up the resume and connections, Ethan also left Catwalk and started his own agency two months ago. Joe has been relatively low key these past few months since he hurt his leg and needed surgery, which prompted some to think he might get a medical discharge. That didn’t happen as Joe wanted to serve his full term and he got the cast off a few months ago and has been in rehab for the injury and working out to get back in shape. He looks fantastic at this past weekend’s World Ocean Day celebration in Keelung port in Northern Taiwan, where Joe has been doing his duty as part of the Coast Guard there. His fans from all over Asia showed up and Joe had to do a autograph session that was totally jam packed. In the last year Joe has two projects air, the C-drama Love Actually with Lee Da Hae, and the TW-movie Ripples of Desire with Michelle Chen, Jerry Yan, and Ivy Chen. I’m stoked for his return and hope he picks a great project soon!