Destiny in Her Hands

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Destiny in Her Hands
Genre Temptations
Starring Jeanette Aw
Steve Yap
Ernest Chong
Opening theme 斷掌 by 涂晓琴
Ending theme 斷掌 by 涂晓琴
Country of origin Malaysia
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 30
Location(s) Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru
Running time 60 minutes (approx.)
Distributor ntv7, MediaCorp TV
Original network ntv7 (Malaysia)
Mediacorp Channel 8 (Singapore)
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release 9 June 2011-1 August 2011 (Malaysia)[1]
18 April 2012-29 May 2012 (Singapore)
Preceded by The Seeds of Life
Followed by The Quarters

Destiny in Her Hands (断掌的女人) is a Malaysian/Singaporean television drama series and the 21st co-production of MediaCorp TV and ntv7. It is also the first production by MediaCorp Studios Malaysia Sdn Bhd.[2] The ntv7 anniversary blockbuster was scheduled to air from every Monday to Thursday, at 10:00pm on Malaysia's ntv7. This drama will be broadcast on Mediacorp Channel 8 from April 2012, at 7pm every weeknight.
This is the 17th Mediacorp drama to be filmed in 16:9 HDTV although being aired in 4:3 SDTV on ntv7.[3]


This is a story about a lady who was born with broken lines on both her palms. It seems according to Chinese cultural beliefs, if a person is born with broken lines on his/her palms, especially if the person is a female, she would face a life of extreme hardship and bad luck.

The story begins with the main character Luo Jin Yu (Jeanette Aw) was born to a fried mee hoon seller mother and a gambling addict father. She was born at the backstage of a Cantonese opera travelling troupe that was coincidentally was in town for a performance. Jin Yu's mother was devastated to find out her firstborn daughter was born with broken lines on both of her palms. She had wanted to abandon Jin Yu but an opera performer who found her at the backstage had advised her to instead bring up her daughter as best as she could.

Life proved to be incredibly a long and hard journey for Jin Yu as she experienced indescribable hardships and challenges in life right into her adult life. Adding more misery to her life were the births of her three younger brothers and one younger sister, where her mother favoured them over her as the eldest child in the family.

Jin Yu was denied the basic right to education although she was an above average an conscientious student, she had to stop schooling and was forced to work in a factory at the age of 15 to support her family due severe poverty. After she got married to a colleague working at the same factory, she later discovered that she has the talent for writing and she decided to venture into it to earn extra income to support herself and her family. However, her husband was never supportive of her ventures to keep their family financially afloat.

Jin Yu's husband was a womaniser and also hot-tempered and abusive towards her and their children, a mentally-challenged son and a daughter, which led Jin Yu to become independent to achieve her ambition to be a famous script writer and the best possible wife and mother to her husband children. However, there was a time that Jin Yu even contemplated suicide because she believed the broken lines on both of her palms meant that she be destined to fail in her life.

A prolific journalist Pan Li Hua, who later became her best friend, advised her that her life is still worth living, and suicide would not solve the problems she was facing in life. Jin Yu then decided from then on to be in control of the direction her life would take but not at the expense of her family and ambition. She finally managed to take control of the destiny of her life but not without facing some of the most horrendous challenges life has imposed on her. Jin Yu's story ends as how it has begun, i.e. at a Cantonese opera travelling troupe stage but this time she was married to a man as her second husband who shared her passion for script writing and performing in the Cantonese opera.


Wang Family[edit]

Cast Role Description
Jeanette Aw Luo Jin Yu[4]
Steve Yap Wang De Cheng Jin Yu's husband
Ernest Chong Wang Jie Ming De Cheng and Jin Yu's son
Shan Shan's brother
Joey Leong Wang Shan Shan De Cheng and Jin Yu's daughter
Jie Ming's sister

Luo Family[edit]

Cast Role Description
Jess Teong Li Xiu Zhi
Hong Guo Rui Luo Jin Hua Xiu Zhi's husband
Mers Sheng Luo Jin Liang
Monday Kang Luo Jin Feng
Moo Yan Yee Luo Ying Yu
Tate Chan Luo Jin Guang
Soo Wincci Hu Hui Ying Jin Guang's wife

Other cast[edit]

|| Guo Tong ||

Cast Role Description
Goh Wee Pi lover
Wee Ri Ming Wen Qi Bing
Brenda Can

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