Being away from one’s family for extended periods of time undoubtedly increases the desire for a getogether. Joe Cheng was in the military for the past year and recently got discharged in early July. His service wasn’t completely cut off from the real world, it’s more like a out of town job with weekends off and shore leaves since he was part of the coast guard service. But he must’ve missed his family, if not his real life one then his most famous television one, because recently Joe hosted pretty much the entire cast of It Started with a Kiss (and the same cast did the sequel They Kiss Again as well) at his restaurant Destino. The main getogether happened right after he got discharged and included his co-star Ariel Lin, famed Director Winnie (who reportedly is working on a drama that is going to star Joe), and his adorable onscreen and offscreen parents Chang Yung Cheng and Cyndi Chaw. It wasn’t just the Jiang family attending, perpetually impish looking actor Tang Tsung Sheng who played Ariel’s dad in ISWAK was also present.
It was nice to see Ariel with Joe since they haven’t hung out in what seems like ages with the conflicting and busy schedules each has. Ariel jetted off after this dinner for her unending slew of endorsement shoots plus promotional events for her upcoming period C-drama King of Lan Ling. Missing from the warm and fuzzy main cast reunion were the second leads Jiro Wang and Tiffany Hsu (and Bianca Bai but she was more of a guest star swooping in at the end to give one final big obstacle for the OTP to getogether). I give Jiro the pass since he’s supremely busy right now having hit television ratings gold again this year with sequels to the silly drama K.O. One (the sequels being K.O. One Return earlier this year and the currently airing K.O. One Re-act). Tiffany has been enjoying a nice career year getting her first major leading lady role in the drama Love Me or Leave Me with Chris Wang, and she might’ve missed the first ISWAK reunion but this week she hit up Joe’s restaurant with her girlfriends on Chinese Valentine’s Day and he spend the entire lunch hanging out with her group.