The Journey: Tumultuous Times

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The Journey: Tumultuous Times
Also known as Tumultuous Times
The Journey 2
Genre Period drama
Written by Ang Eng Tee 洪荣狄
Directed by Loo Yin Yam 卢燕金
Doreen Yap 叶佩娟
Starring Shaun Chen
Jeanette Aw
Romeo Tan
Felicia Chin
Andie Chen
Carrie Wong
Chen Hanwei
Opening theme 信。约 by Kelvin Tan 陈伟联 & Joi Chua 蔡淳佳
Ending theme 诀別书 by Jim Lim 林倛玉 and The Freshman 插班生
Country of origin Singapore Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 30 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Chong Liung Man 张龙敏
Running time approx. 45 minutes (exc. advertisements)
Original network MediaCorp Channel 8
Original release 24 November 2014 – 2 January 2015
Preceded by Three Wishes
Followed by You Can Be An Angel Too
Related shows The Journey: A Voyage (2013)
The Journey: Our Homeland (2015)
External links

The Journey: Tumultuous Times (Chinese: 信约:动荡的年代, also known as Tumultuous Times) is Chinese language period drama which aired on MediaCorp Channel 8. It is the second of The Journey trilogy which chronicles the history of Singapore through the eyes of immigrants during the pre-World War II era until contemporary times. Production began on June 2014.[1] It stars Shaun Chen, Jeanette Aw, Romeo Tan, Felicia Chin, Andie Chen, Carrie Wong and Chen Hanwei as the main casts of the series.It is known as the Best Drama Serial in 2015 Star Awards.[2] The series will be Channel 8's 2014 year-end blockbuster celebrating 51 years of television. It is also partly sponsored by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

The Journey: Tumultuous Times will depict the period of the Japanese Occupation where the adversity only served to strengthen the characters' survival instinct. When the British colonialists returned, stirrings of dissent became more apparent about their right to rule. In this period of uncertainty, there were vastly different ideals about how independence could be achieved. Yet despite all odds, they pulled through and survived.

This is the story of five young people unraveled over a period of 20 years (1940-1965) spanning World War II and Independence. Like its predecessor, Tumultuous Times will be the second periodical drama to use CGI. Major events that will happen in the drama include the Japanese occupation of Singapore, Hock Lee bus riots, student demonstrations, and social tensions.

The Journey will culminate in Singapore's nation building celebrations in 2015 with The Journey: Our Homeland, in time for Singapore's 50th National Day.[3]


In the wee hours of the morning on 8 December 1941, Japanese planes attacked Singapore by air under the cloak of the night. This is the beginning of the period of unrest in Singapore...


Main cast[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Shaun Chen
Hu Jia/Zhang Jia
Ruffian (大流氓), Brother Jia (佳哥)
Younger version portrayed by Damien Teo
Teenage version portrayed by Zong Zijie
  • Siu Yee Tong's ex-chief
  • Hong Minghui's husband
  • Zhang Tianying and Zhang Huiniang's son
  • Zhang Tianpeng and Bai Mingzhu's nephew
  • Zhang Yan's cousin and rival in love
  • Hong Kuan and Hong Rui's maternal uncle
  • Hu Weiren's adopted son
  • Zhang Min's adoptive younger brother
  • Bullethead's best friend
  • Bai Lanxiang's childhood sweetheart
  • Fell into a river with Hu Weiren in Episode 3, and acknowledged the latter as his father and changed his surname after losing contact with Zhang Min
  • Insulted and slapped Bai Lanxiang on the street due to being forced by Zhang Yan in Episode 11
  • Rescued Hong Dangyong discreetly and hid him in a hut in the forests in Episode 16
  • Confessed to Hong Minghui that he was Zhang Jia in Episode 18
  • Shot Zhang Yan in Episode 20, which injured him
  • Destroyed Bai Lanxiang's stall in anger in Episode 23
  • Swore that he would avenge for Bai Lanxiang in Episode 24
  • Killed Jaws as avenge for Bai Lanxiang in Episode 27
  • Reunited with Zhang Min in Episode 28
  • Promised to leave the underworld after Zhang Min's advice in Episode 29
  • In love with Hong Minghui and had a child with her in Episode 30
1-4 (Younger version)
8, 17 (Teenage version)
Jeanette Aw
Hong Minghui
Parson's nose (鸭屁股), Kick Your Bum (踢你屁股)
Younger version portrayed by Valere Ng
  • Nurse
  • Hu Jia/Zhang Jia's wife
  • Hong Shi and Lin Yazi's daughter
  • Hong Dangyong's younger sister
  • Hong Rui's paternal aunt
  • Bai Lanxiang's best friend and rival in love
  • Zhang Yan's ex-wife
  • Indirectly rescued Xiaoping in Episode 7
  • Married Zhang Yan in Episode 22; knew that he wants to arrest Hong Dangyong
  • Took a bullet for Zhang Yan in Episode 25, later admitted to the hospital
  • Divorced with Zhang Yan in Episode 29
  • In love with Hu Jia/Zhang Jia and agreed to marry him in Episode 30
3, 8, 17 (Younger version)
Romeo Tan
Zhang Yan
Main Villain
Steven Chong
Younger version portrayed by Amos Lim
  • Lawyer, politician, inspector
  • Corrupted, overconfident, and willingness to betray for achieving his goals
  • Zhang Tianpeng and Bai Mingzhu's son
  • Hong Kuan's biological father
  • Zhang Tiangeng's nephew
  • Hu'Zhang Jia's cousin and rival in love
  • Hong Minghui's ex-husband
  • Hong Dangyong's enemy and rival in love
  • Escaped to Sumatra with his parents in Episode 2
  • Came back to Singapore in Episode 4 after finishing is overseas studies in England
  • Became foes with Hong Dangyong in Episode 18
  • Injured by Hu Jia in Episode 20
  • Married Hong Minghui in Episode 22
  • Locked up Zhang Min in a house in Episode 25
  • Divorced with Hong Minghui in Episode 29
  • Set fire to Hong Dangyong's house in Episode 30; strangled Fang Lulu to her death after learning about Zhang Tianpeng's death
  • Arrested and locked in British prison for multiple infractions, while attempting to escape from Singapore in 1959
1-2 (Younger version)
Felicia Chin
Zhang Min
Younger version portrayed by Lieu Yanxi
  • Ex-teacher at Zhong Ren Secondary School
  • Hong Dangyong's wife
  • Hong Kuan and Hong Rui's mother
  • Zhang Tianying and Zhang Huiniang's adopted daughter
  • Hu Jia/Zhang Jia's adopted elder sister
  • Zhang Yan's love interest
  • Did not managed to get on the boat to Sumatra on time in Episode 1
  • Lost contact with Zhang Jia in Episode 3
  • Suspect Hu Jia is Zhang Jia from Episode 9 onwards
  • Sent to the hospital in Episode 21 due to injury on her head
  • Locked up and raped by Zhang Yan in Episode 25 and 26 respectively
  • Reunited with Zhang Jia and married Hong Dangyong in Episode 28
  • Pregnant with Zhang Yan's child; gave birth to Hong Kuan in Episode 29
  • Gave birth to Hong Rui in Episode 30
1-3 (Yonger version)
4-6, 8-17, 19-23, 25-30
Andie Chen
Hong Dangyong
Big Dud (大狗熊), Hong Tian (洪天)
Younger version portrayed by Gary Tan
  • Lawyer, ex-leader of a left-winged political party
  • Zhang Min's husband
  • Hong Shi and Lin Yazi's son
  • Hong Minghui's elder brother
  • Hong Rui's father
  • Hong Kuan's stepfather
  • Zhang Yan's best friend, later enemy and rival in love
  • Accepted Hu Jia's challenge on behalf of Zhang Yan in Episode 6
  • Married Zhang Min in Episode 28
  • Went to jail in Episode 30; studied Law in cell and later became a lawyer after releasing from prison
3-4 (Younger version)
4, 6-30
Carrie Wong
Bai Lanxiang
Sweet Soup Girl (糖水妹)
Teenage version portrayed by Alicia Lo
  • Uncle Sweet Soup's daughter
  • Hu Jia's childhood sweetheart
  • Hong Minghui's best friend and rival in love
  • In love with Hu Jia
  • Saved Xiaoping in Episode 7
  • Insulted and slapped by Hu Jia on the street in Episode 11
  • Died after being gang raped by Jaws and his men in Episode 24

(Deceased - Episode 24)

3-5 (Teenage version)
4-12, 15-19, 21-24
Chen Hanwei
Hu Weiren
Old Hu (混老头)
  • Hu Jia/Zhang Jia's adoptive father
  • Caused the deaths of Zhang Tianying and Zhang Huiniang
  • Died from drowning in the sea after his ear is being cut off by Bai Gou in Episode 18

(Deceased - Episode 18)

1-5, 7-12, 14-18

Zhang (Tianying) Family[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Allen Chen 陈祎伦 Zhang Tianying 张天鹰 Zhang Huiniang's husband
Zhang Tianpeng's younger brother
Hu Jia/Zhang Jia's father
Zhang Min's adoptive father
Zhang Yan's paternal uncle
Bai Mingzhu's brother-in-law
Hong Shi and Lin Yazi's best friend
Member under Tan Kah Kee's association
Hu Weiren's previous boss and enemy; death caused by Hu Weiren
Died in the Sook Ching operation after Hu Weiren reported him to the Japanese
(Deceased - Episode 2)
Joanne Peh 白薇秀 Zhang Huiniang 张蕙娘 Zhang Tianying's wife
Hu Jia/Zhang Jia's mother
Zhang Min's adoptive mother
Zhang Tianpeng's sister-in-law
Hong Shi and Lin Yazi's best friend
Death indirectly caused by Hu Weiren
Died from injuries suffered from rape and torture by the Japanese
(Deceased - Episode 2)
Felicia Chin 陈凤玲 Zhang Min 张敏 See Main Cast
Shaun Chen 陈泓宇 Zhang Jia 张佳 See Main Cast

Zhang (Tianpeng) Family[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Li Nanxing 李南星 Zhang Tianpeng 张天鹏 Bai Mingzhu's husband
Zhang Tianying's elder brother
Zhang Yan's father
Hu Jia/Zhang Jia's paternal uncle
Zhang Huiniang's brother-in-law
Hong Shi's sworn brother
Lin Yazi's best friend
Member under Tan Kah Kee's association
Hong Kuan's grandfather
Died from a heart attack upon learning that Zhang Yan sold his company
(Deceased - Episode 30)
1-2, 4-5, 13, 17, 20, 24, 29-30
Chris Tong 童冰玉 Bai Mingzhu 白明珠 Zhang Tianpeng's wife
Zhang Yan's mother
Hong Kuan's grandmother
Zhang Tianying's sister-in-law
Hong Shi and Lin Yazi's best friend

Migrated to Sumatra prior to Our Homeland

1-2, 4-5, 22-24, 29-30
Romeo Tan 陈罗密欧 Zhang Yan 张晏 See Main Cast

Hong (Shi) Family[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Desmond Tan 陈泂江 Hong Shi 洪石 Stone (石头)
Lin Yazi's husband
Hong Dangyong and Hong Minghui's father
Zhang Tianpeng's sworn brother

Bai Mingzhu, Zhang Tianying and Zhang Huiniang's best friend
Hong Rui's grandfather

(Died prior to Our Homeland)

3-4, 13, 16-17, 19-23, 29-30
Jeanette Aw 欧萱 Lin Yazi 林鸭子 Hong Shi's wife
Hong Dangyong and Hong Minghui's mother
Zhang Tianpeng, Bai Mingzhu, Zhang Tianying and Zhang Huiniang's best friend
Hong Rui's grandmother
(Deceased - Episode 29)
3-4, 19, 21-23
Andie Chen 陈邦鋆 Hong Dangyong 洪当勇 See Main Cast
Felicia Chin 陈凤玲 Zhang Min 张敏 See Main Cast
Jeanette Aw 欧萱 Hong Minghui 洪明慧 See Main Cast
Uncredited Hong Kuan 洪宽 Zhang Yan and Zhang Min's son
Hong Dangyong's step-son
Zhang Tianpeng and Bai Mingzhu's grandson
Hong Rui's elder half brother
29-30 (Toddler)
30 (Young)
Uncredited Hong Rui 洪锐 Hong Dangyong and Zhang Min's son
Hong Shi and Lin Yazi's grandson
Hong Kuan's younger half brother
30 (Infant)
30 (Young)

Bai Family[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Louis Lim 林泳锟 Uncle Sweet Soup 糖水叔 Sweet Soup Lass's father 4-6, 8-12, 14-16, 23-24
Carrie Wong 黄思恬 Bai Lanxiang 白兰香 See Main Cast

Siu Yee Tong[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Zheng Geping 郑各评 Liang Sihai 梁四海 Semi-Villain

Siu Yee Tong's deceased chief
Hu Jia and Bullethead's boss
Died after being shot by Bai Gou
(Deceased - Episode 21)

6-9, 13, 21
陈翔 Old Cai 老蔡 Liang Sihai's assistant
Died after being killed by members of Seventh Gate of Loyalty
(Deceased - Episode 21)
6, 9-13, 19-21
陶樱 Ling-jie 玲姐 Liang Sihai's assistant
Died from injuries suffered from torture by Bai Gou and his men
(Deceased - Episode 21)
6, 10-13, 19, 21
Shaun Chen 陈泓宇 Hu Jia 胡佳 See Main Cast
Dissolved the triad after Episode 28 and went to start up a laundry shop business
Ernest Chong 张顺源 Bullethead 弹子头 Original name Lin Datou / Lim Tua Tow (林大头);

Mentioned by Mr. Foreman's mistress as Mr. Tow
Siu Yee Tong's triad member
Hu Jia's best friend
Arrested after declaring the killings in Episode 7, sentenced to death in Episode 12
Died after Hu Jia rescued him from the police
(Deceased - Episode 12)

4-7, 9, 12
Zakk Lim 林绍凯 Cannon 大炮 Siu Yee Tong's triad member
Hu Jia's good friend, stutters when talking
4-6, 9, 12-15, 17-28

Seventh Gate of Loyalty[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Alan Yeo 杨添福 Hei Gou/Black Dog 黑狗 Villain
Original name Bai Shu/White Rat (白鼠)
Bai Gou's older brother
Seventh Gate of Loyalty's deceased chief
Died after fighting with Hu Jia and Bai Lanxiang, and was being stabbed by his own knife
(Deceased - Episode 5)
Brandon Wong 黄炯耀 Bai Gou/White Dog 白狗 Villain
Brother Long (龙哥)
Hei Gou's younger brother
Seventh Gate of Loyalty's chief
Died after being stabbed by Hu Jia when he tried to kill him
(Deceased - Episode 30)
4-5, 7, 9, 14-15, 18, 21, 24, 27-30
小孟 Boar 山猪 Supporting Villain
Big Fat Boar (死山猪)
Seventh Gate of Loyalty's triad head
Seth Ang 翁兴昂 Jaws/Ironteeth 铁齿 Villain
Former member of Siu Yee Tong
Rapist, murderer of Sweet Soup Girl
Died after Hu Jia shot him in the back
(Deceased - Episode 27)
4-6, 9-10, 12-15, 17-18, 20-22, 24, 26-27
James Fong 方伟豪 Ah Wei 阿威 Former member of Siu Yee Tong 9-10, 14-15, 18, 22, 24

Zhong Ren Secondary School[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Felicia Chin 陈凤玲 Zhang Min 张敏 See Main Cast
Retired after episode 21 and went to work for Zhang Tianpeng's company
Eric Lee 李永和 Chen Anguo 陈安国 Zhang Min's student
Badly injured after fired at by the British, died after being marched continuously for three hours in a lorry in the protest
(Deceased - Episode 15)
5, 8, 10, 13-15
Chia De Zhong 谢德忠 Pan Zhiming 潘志明 Zhang Min's student 5, 8, 10, 13-15, 19-21
Jay Goh Jun Hui 吴俊辉 Li Xiaowen 李小文 Zhang Min's student 5, 8, 10, 13-15, 19-21
Tan Mei Kee 陈美琪 Lin Meiyan 林美燕 Zhang Min's student 5, 8, 10, 13-15, 19-21


Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
陈志强 Uncle De 德叔 Zhang (Tianying) family's chauffeur 1-3
赵家贵 Tan Kah Kee 陈嘉庚 Head of the association 1
廖永辉 Japanese Officer 日军官 Supporting Villain of part one
Chief of the killings during the Sook Ching operation
Retreated from Singapore in episode 4
Welyn Ang 翁慧霖 Ah Yin 阿銀 Zhang (Tianpeng) family's previous amah from A Voyage 5
许纾宁 Yu Jie 玉洁 Zhang Min's ex-student who is sold by her father and brought by members of "Siu Yee Tong" to become a hostess 5-6
陈萱恩 Xiaoping 小萍 Bullethead's younger sister
Curry-puff seller
Kidnapped by Bai Gou in episode 6
6-7, 9
郑文 Luo Xin 罗新 Hong Dangyong's comrade who is also being followed
Arrested by the police in episode 19
(Arrested - episode 19)
8-15, 17, 19
Kristina Pakhomova Mr. Foreman's mistress 洋女 Mr. Foreman's mistress 9-10
Andrew Thomas Hillyard Mr. Foreman 福尔曼 Prosecutor
Zhang Yan's subordinate
Ray Nu D/O Su Wan Siti 西蒂 Nurse; Hong Minghui's colleague 7, 10, 14-15
叶进华 Subordinate Lim 林高官 Zhang Yan's subordinate 13-16
陈志光 Bus company manager 车厂经理 Manager of Hock Lee Bus Company 13
丁森炎 Lin Yougui 林有贵 Ghost Lin (林有鬼)
Bai Lanxiang's ex-fiance
Suffers from venereal disease
徐啸天 Ding Hao 丁浩 Hong Dangyong's comrade
Betrayed Hong Dangyong in episode 27
15, 21, 25-27, 30
郑扬溢 Xiao Fang 小方 Hong Dangyong's comrade 15-16, 21-22
陈天赐 Liu Qiang 刘强 Hong Dangyong's comrade 15, 21, 26
欧宗强 Subordinate Liu 刘主任 16
Nic Lee 李顺利 Xiao Gao 小高 Zhang Yan's assistant 21-27, 29
刘慧娴 Fang Lulu 方露露 Zhang Yan's extramarital partner
Strangled to death by Zhang Yan after he learned about Zhang Tianpeng's death in episode 30
(Deceased - episode 30)
23-25, 29-30
郑瑞和 Wang Dexiang 王德祥 Assistant treasurer of a foreign firm
Bai Lanxiang's fiance
Bryan Chan 陈国华 Wan Shan 万山 Hong Dangyong's neighbour
Wan Zicong's father
Uncredited Wan Zicong 万子聪 Wan Shan's son 30

Deceased but mentioned[edit]

Cast Character Description
Elvin Ng 黄俊雄 Zhang Dong'en 张东恩 Zhang Guangping's son
Old Madam Zhang's grandson
Huang Zhenniang's stepson
Zhang Huiniang's stepbrother
Zhang Tianying's best friend and rival in love
Zhang Tianpeng's best friend
In love with Zhang Huiniang
Poisoned to death due to mercury poisoning by Zhang Guangda
(Deceased - A Voyage Episode 31)


Song title Performer
信。约 Kelvin Tan 陳偉联 and Joi Chua 蔡淳佳
诀別书 Jim Lim 林倛玉 and The Freshman 插班生

Episodic synopsis[edit]

For a more comprehensive synopsis, see List of The Journey episodes.

Episodes 1–24[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date
32 1 "Episode 1" November 24, 2014 (2014-11-24) PG


In the 1940s, Zhang Tianying (Allen Chen) and Zhang Huiniang (Joanne Peh) are married with a son named Zhang Jia (Damien Teo) and adopted daughter called Zhang Min (Lieu Yanxi). As an adopted child, Zhang Min often intercedes when Zhang Jia is naughty and begs for mercy on his behalf. Tianying enjoys a comfortable life. Business in the pharmaceuticals factory is good, and Huiniang is a good wife. However, word that the Japanese are nearing Malaysia leaves him worried that war will soon break out. Indeed, on 12 Dec 1941, the people are awakened by an air raid. When Singapore is under siege, Tianying offends a hooligan, Hu Weiren (Chen Hanwei), while attending to the injured with Zhang Jia. When the war worsens, Zhang Tianpeng (Li Nanxing) and Tianying decide to flee Singapore by boat with their families but Tianying's family encounters delays en route to the harbor.
33 2 "Episode 2" November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes


Tianpeng has no choice but to leave when Tianying and his family fail to turn up at the pier. In February 1942, the Japanese enter Singapore. On New Year's Eve, Tianying and his family eat a simple meal. He wants Huiniang to go to the village to hide, while he stays to protect the company. Huiniang refuses to leave, and suggests they send the children to Hong Shi (Desmond Tan) and Lin Yazi (Jeanette Aw) when the situation stabilises. The Japanese military orders all healthy men to get a check-up at a designated zone. Traitor Hu Weiren discovers Tianying in the crowd and exposes him to the Japanese, causing Tianying to be detained. To save Tianying, Huiniang spends a huge sum of money and even gets herself injured in the process. On her deathbed, Huiniang asks Zhang Min to bring Zhang Jia to look for Hong Shi and Yazi.
34 3 "Episode 3" November 26, 2014 (2014-11-26)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes


After Huiniang's death, Zhang Min disguises herself as a boy and sets off with Zhang Jia to Hong Shi's place. Along the way, Weiren tries to capture Zhang Min to offer to the Japanese military. While trying to rescue Zhang Min, Zhang Jia falls into the river with Hu Weiren. Hu Weiren rescues Zhang Jia and forces him to acknowledge him as his father. In order to find out the whereabouts of his father, Zhang Jia reluctantly agrees and changes his name to Hu Jia. In Ipoh, Hong Shi and Yazi are anxious about Tianying and Tianpeng. They remind their children, Hong Dangyong (Gary Tan) and Hong Minghui (Valere Ng), how the two brothers had helped them. Zhang Min turns up at their door and tells them Huiniang has died, while Tianying and Zhang Jia are missing.
35 4 "Episode 4" November 27, 2014 (2014-11-27)
PG Some Violence


Weiren tells Hu Jia that like him, his son was smart and very filial. It has been six years since he died shielding his father from a stab wound. Weiren believes his son's soul has possessed Hu Jia and wants him to be his son. Hence, he lies that Tianying has been sent to build the railroad in Siam and only he can help save him. He promises that once Tianying returns, their own ties will be severed. Many years passed by, Zhang Tianpeng's son Zhang Yan (Romeo Tan) returns from his studies abroad. Hong Shi's daughter, Hong Minghui (Jeanette Aw), looks forward to seeing Zhang Yan returns. Zhang Min (Felicia Chin) is also in a relationship with Minghui's brother, Hong Dangyong (Andie Chen). Hu Jia (Shaun Chen), on the other hand, has become the head of a gang.
36 5 "Episode 5" November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28)
PG Some Violence


Hu Jia tells Sweet Soup Lass (Carrie Wong) he is repaying her for saving him in the past. Black Dog died during their tussle years ago. Since then, White Dog (Brandon Wong) has been trying to avenge him. Fearing that he will implicate Tianpeng's family and Zhang Min, Hu Jia decides not to acknowledge them. Dangyong fights for rights for workers to get more benefits and Zhang Min fully supports him. She also tells him that Zhang Yan has taught her a lot which gives her more insight into the societal climate. Hu Jia falls into White Dog's trap. Sweet Soup Lass tips Hu Jia's lackeys off, and Bullethead leads a band of men to save their chief. Hu Jia returns to his hideout. Weiren has become slow-witted after a bout of fever and often imagines people are in pursuit of traitors like him. Ten years ago, Hu Jia had saved Weiren, who was ill.
37 6 "Episode 6" December 1, 2014 (2014-12-01)
PG Some Violence


Zhang Yan asks the Caucasian police official to help him. Hu Jia saves Bullethead, but get into trouble after hitting the Caucasian police official while leaving Zhang Yan injured as well. Zhang Min and Dangyong rush to aid Zhang Yan. Meanwhile, Hu Jia and Bullethead challenge Zhang Yan to a fight. Hu Jia's quick reflexes leave a deep impression on Dangyong. Hu Jia's boss, Liang Sihai (Zheng Geping), wants Bullethead to take the rap. Hu Jia is reluctant to inform Bullethead of his decision as he remembers Bullethead still has a family to feed. In reality, Bullethead is aware of Sihai's decision and intends to give himself up after getting Hu Jia intoxicated but later realises his sister, Xiaoping, is missing...
38 7 "Episode 7" December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02)
PG Some Violence


Bai Gou wants Bullethead to join their gang to get rid of Hu Jia and uses Xiaoping's life to threaten him into doing so. Refusing to accede to Bai Gou's request, Bullethead gets into a fight with Bai Gou's men. Hu Jia appears in the nick of time, subdues Bai Gou's men and rescues Xiaoping. He bumps into Minghui again in the process.
39 8 "Episode 8" December 3, 2014 (2014-12-03) PG


Zhang Min leads her students on a protest and Dang Yong brings workers to support her. The situation goes out of control and the students go head on with the police. Minghui pulls the injured Zhang Min away and both get pursued by the police. Hu Jia rescues them and brings Zhang Min home to rest. Zhang Jia (Hu Jia) recognises Zhang Min as his sister, and Zhang Min seems to recognise Hu Jia as her brother before she falls into unconsciousness.
40 9 "Episode 9" December 4, 2014 (2014-12-04) PG


Zhang Min finds Hu Jia very familiar with an uncanny likeness to Zhang Jia. Minghui declares Hu Jia is a gangster and insists that he cannot be Zhang Jia. Zhang Min feels very strongly that it was Zhang Jia she saw before she became unconscious. Minghui tells her it is just her hallucination.
41 10 "Episode 10" December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05) PG


Zhang Min tries to convince her students' parents to support her students' movement but without success. Hu Jia uses another method to persuade the parents. In the process, Zhang Min realizes Hu Jia resembles her brother a lot.
42 11 "Episode 11" December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08) PG

为了救弹子头,胡佳约Steven Chong见面,没想到对方竟然是张晏。张晏除了向胡佳狮子开大口之外,还要胡佳帮他做一件事。胡佳被逼在明慧面前糟蹋糖水妹的名声,甚至动手打她,令明慧对胡佳大感失望。

Hu Jia meets Steven Chong to get help to save Bullet Head and is surprised to see Zhang Yan is actually Steven Chong. Zhang Yan wants Hu Jia to insult and hit Sweet Soup Lass in front of Minghui to make Minghui hate him.
43 12 "Episode 12" December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)
PG Some Sexual References


Dangyong and Zhang Min support Zhang Yan's decision to join the Legislative Council election. Dangyong advised Zhang Yan to pick the party which has the potential to lead the people out of colonialism. Zhang Yan suspects Dangyong has joined an underground organization and both argue due to differing political views.
44 13 "Episode 13" December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10)
PG Some Violence


Dangyong leads workers from a bus company on a strike for better benefits. The bus company sacks those workers who went on strike, creating a tense situation. Zhang Min brings her students to support the workers. Workers on strike form a human wall in front of the bus depot to prevent buses from leaving. Dangyong accuses Zhang Yan of being a colonial lackey when he arrives to provide instructions to the bus company manager on handling the situation.
45 14 "Episode 14" December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)
PG Some Violence


The bus strike ends with the intervention of the Chief Minister. Dangyong and his team from the underground organization plan for another strike on an even larger scale that almost paralyses the city. Zhang Yan suggests having Dangyong arrested for leading the workers on strike.
46 15 "Episode 15" December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) PG


Zhang Yan bumps into Minghui when looking for Zhang Min. They heard of a riot ahead and that a Caucasian police officer intends to shoot. Minghui sees a Caucasian police officer trapped in the police car surrounded by civilians. She tries to dissuade them not to harm the innocent but to no avail. Seeing the situation worsening, the police officer draws his gun and a gunshot is heard...
47 16 "Episode 16" December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)
PG Some Sexual References


Hu Jia hides Dangyong in the forest when a spy tries to arrest him. Hu Jia feels strongly towards Dangyong's cause and decides to help him and Zhang Min and declares he sees them as his sister and brother-in-law. Zhang Min is puzzled by Hu Jia's actions.
48 17 "Episode 17" December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16) PG


Minghui invites Hu Jia to join in the road repair works for the villagers. Hu Jia agrees and asks her to bring Zhang Min along, revealing that Dangyong has returned secretly and he wishes to see her. Minghui discovers that Hu Jia displays many similar traits as the young Zhang Jia and starts to suspect his identity.
49 18 "Episode 18" December 17, 2014 (2014-12-17)
PG Some Violence


Hu Jia rescues Hu Weiren from Bai Gou and intends to kill him to avenge his parents. Minghui suddenly appears to stop him. It turns out that Minghui has suspected Hu Jia to be Zhang Jia and has been following him. The demented Hu Weiren suddenly pushes Zhang Jia away, jumps into the sea and drowns.
50 19 "Episode 19" December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18) PG


Zhang Min decides to move to the school hostel to avoid Zhang Yan. Zhang Yan objects to her decision and declares again that he will do what it takes to bring Dangyong down if he sacrifices her for his cause. Zhang Min sees Zhang Yan becoming more and more ambitious.
51 20 "Episode 20" December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) PG


Si Hai instructs Hu Jia to capture Dangyong and turn him to Zhang Yan else he will be going against Xiao Yi Tang. Hu Jia agrees to do so reluctantly but decides to help Dangyong escape once again.
52 21 "Episode 21" December 22, 2014 (2014-12-22)
PG Some Violence


Zhang Yan sends people to raid Liang Si Hai's businesses to threaten him in handing over Dangyong to him. Si Hai is well aware that Siu Yee Tong will be finished if he does not hand Dangyong over and thus forced Hu Jia and Old Cai to capture Dangyong. Hu Jia hurriedly informs Zhang Min when he learns that Old Cai has discovered Dangyong's whereabouts.
53 22 "Episode 22" December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23)
PG Some Violence


Zhang Min goes secretly to meet Dangyong on the day of Zhang Yan and Minghui's wedding. Zhang Yan gets someone to trail her and discovers Dangyong's hiding place. He gives orders to arrest him and to kill him if he resists arrest. Minghui is shocked when she overhears Zhang Yan giving orders to kill her brother.
54 23 "Episode 23" December 24, 2014 (2014-12-24) PG


Tang Shui Mei and Hu Jia/Zhang Jia quarrels and he wrecks her stall in anger. Tang Shui Mei's father tells her that Hu Jia/Zhang Jia will never like her. Tang Shui Mei decides to give Hu Jia/Zhang Jia up and to marry someone else according to her father's wishes.
55 24 "Episode 24" December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25) PG


Tang Shui Mei decides to get married. Hu Jia/Zhang Jia intends to acknowledge Tang Shui Mei as his sister and to give her a wedding present. Tang Shui Mei refused his offer. Zhang Yan decides to use Bai Gou to deal with Hu Jia/Zhang Jia but Bai Gou's henchmen are all afraid of Hu Jia/Zhang Jia. Jaws suggests using Tang Shui Mei as bait instead.

Episodes 25–30[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date
56 25 "Episode 25" December 26, 2014 (2014-12-26)
PG Some Violence


Zhang Yan imprisoned Zhang Min in a house up the hills to prevent her from meeting Dangyong. Tang Shui Mei dies after being tortured by Bai Gou's men. Hu Jia/Zhang Jia vows to avenge her death but is unable to locate Bai Gou and his men. Zhang Yan gets ambushed by an assassin. Minghui gets shot while protecting him and is sent to the hospital.
57 26 "Episode 26" December 29, 2014 (2014-12-29)
PG Some Violence


Zhang Yan gets someone to imitate Dangyong's handwriting to forge a letter to Zhang Min. The letter states for Zhang Min to forget Dangyong and to seek her own happiness. An upset Zhang Min begs Zhang Yan once again to save Dangyong. Zhang Yan asks her to be together with him and she agrees without hesitation. Zhang Yan's hatred for Dangyong deepens when he sees Zhang Min willing to sacrifice herself for Dangyong.
58 27 "Episode 27" December 30, 2014 (2014-12-30)
PG Some Violence


Jaw asks for money from Bai Gou to escape from the country. Bai Gou looks for Hu Jia and expresses his wish to work with him to earn more money by helping Zhang Yan to win the elections. Hu Jia finally avenges Tang Shui Meis death when Bai Gou reveals Jaws whereabouts.
59 28 "Episode 28" December 31, 2014 (2014-12-31)
PG Some Disturbing Scenes


Minghui overhears Zhang Mins nurse informing Zhang Yan about Zhang Mins pregnancy. Minghui looks for Zhang Min and discovers her battered body as a result of trying to induce a miscarriage but the foetus is unharmed. Dangyong visits the deranged Zhang Min and the couple decides to get married after a tearful reunion.
60 29 "Episode 29" January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)
PG Some Violence


Three years later, Zhang Yan and Zhang Min's child, Hong Kuan, is now three years old. Zhang Min is also expecting Dangyong's child. Zhang Min bears a grudge towards Zhang Yan and thus hates Hong Kuan, often being very strict with him. Hong Kuan could feel his mother's dislike for him though Dangyong treats him like his own son.
61 30 "Episode 30 (Season Finale)" January 2, 2015 (2015-01-02)
PG Some Violence

张晏得知当勇一家住在木屋去,前来窥探,见他们一家其乐融融,怒火中烧,决定放火。他的形迹被洪宽发现,张晏说自己才是他的爸爸,要带他离开,洪宽挣脱。张晏的打火机掉在煤油上,顿时引起大火!张晏下场如何?胡佳和明慧是否能成眷属? Zhang Yan learns Dangyong and family are living happily in a wooden house and decides to set the house on fire with them in it. Hong Kuan discovers Zhang Yan and he reveals to Hong Kuan that he is his real father. Hong Kuan breaks free when Zhang Yan tries to take him away. Zhang Yan's lighter dropped onto the kerosene, causing a huge fire. Dangyong frees Zhang Yan but Zhang Yan accuses Dangyong as the arsonist. Dangyong is imprisoned. Some time later, Tianpeng learns that his son Zhang Yan has sold Brothers Balm and dies of a heart attack. Upon learning of his death, Zhang Yan breaks down in tears. Zhang Jia and Minghui are ambushed by Bai Gou and Hu Jia kills Bai Gou in the resulting fight.

On 9 August 1965, Singapore separates from Malaysia. Years later, Dangyong, Zhang Min, Zhang Jia and Minghui attend a National Day Parade.


  • Jeanette Aw's third dual role after The Little Nyonya, Breakout (TV series) and Precious (triple role).
  • There are three variations of the opening sequence (i.e. images of the theme song). The third opening sequence (episodes 25-30) uses the ending song, 《诀别书》, instead of the original theme song, 《信。约》, unlike the first two opening sequences, used between episodes 1-4 and episodes 5-24 respectively.
  • Chen Hanwei's second villainous role after A Song to Remember, where he plays a villain in the earlier parts of the show.
  • Romeo Tan's second villainous role after Joys of Life, where he plays a villain in the later parts of the show. It is also the second time he will portray a lawyer, after Sudden.
  • This series is child actor Damien Teo's debut drama series. He once appeared in The Sheng Siong Show. It is his first drama series
  • Shaun Chen first collaboration with Damien Teo & Zong Zijie as younger & Teenage version of his character
  • Romeo Tan first collaboration with Amos Lim as younger version of his character
  • Andie Chen first collaboration with Gary Tan as younger version of his character
  • Jeanette Aw first collaboration with Valerie Ng as younger version of her character
  • Felicia Chin first collaboration with Lieu Yanxi as younger version of her character.
  • Carrie Wong first collaboration with Alicia Lo as teenage version of her character.
  • The Series is repeated at 5.30pm on Mediacorp Channel 8
  • This series was adapted as a comic and has been selling at Popular Bookstores since November 2015, targeting at upper primary and secondary students. The comic showcases the best of the series, and is promoted by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language.[4]


It will begin on 24 November 2014 with a total of 30 episodes.

2015 Accolades[edit]

Tumultuous Times garnered 18 nominations in 15 awards, the most nominations for a drama in Star Awards 2015. It won 8 of them, including Best Drama Serial. It also garners 2 nominations in 10th Seoul International Drama Awards under the Best Drama Series and Best Director categories. The other dramas nominated for Best Drama Series and/or Best Theme Song include Against The Tide, Blessings, C.L.I.F. 3, Three Wishes and World At Your Feet.[5]

Star Awards 2015[edit]

Nominee / Work Award Accolade Result
Damien Teo 张值豪 Star Awards 2015 Show 1
Young Talent Award
Gary Tan Yi Feng 陈毅丰 Nominated
《信。约》 by Joi Chua and Kelvin Tan 蔡淳佳, 陈伟联 Best Theme Song
Doreen Yap Pei Kiang 叶佩娟 Best Director
Loo Yin Kam 卢燕金 Nominated
Ang Eng Tee 洪荣狄 Best Screenplay
Xu Ying Ying 徐盈盈 Best Costume and Image Design
Steve Wong 黄国钟 Best Cameraman for Drama Programme
Gao Jun Wei 高俊瑋 and Zheng Kai Hua 郑凯华 Best Music and Sound Design
Romeo Tan 陈罗密欧 Favourite Male Character
Jeanette Aw 欧萱 Favourite Female Character
Shaun Chen 陈泓宇 Rocket Award
Jeanette Aw 歐宣 Social Media Award
Shaun Chen 陈泓宇 Star Awards 2015 Show 2
Best Actor
Felicia Chin 陈凤玲 Best Actress
Chen Hanwei 陈汉玮 Best Supporting Actor 最佳男配角 Won
Carrie Wong 黄思恬 Best Supporting Actress
Joanne Peh 白薇秀 Won
The Journey: Tumultuous Times
信约 : 动荡的年代
Top Rated Drama Serial 最高收视率电视剧 Nominated
Best Drama Serial
Carrie Wong 黄思恬 BottomSlim Sexiest Legs Award
The Journey: Tumultuous Times
信约 : 动荡的年代
10th Seoul International Drama Awards Best Drama Serial 最佳电视剧 Nominated
Loo Yin Kam 卢燕金 Best Director 最佳导演 Nominated

Asian Television Awards 2015[edit]

Award Category Recipients (if any) Result
Asian Television Awards 2015 Best Actor in a Leading Role 最佳男主角 Chen Hanwei 陈汉玮 Nominated
Best Drama Serial 最佳电视剧 The Journey: Tumultuous Times


The Journey Tumultuous Times DVD has been released in Poh Kim Video Stores.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Journey: Tumultuous Times begins filming". TODAYonline. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "New faces, new characters for The Journey's sequel". xinmsn Entertainment. 22 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Seah, May (3 February 2015). "The Journey: Tumultuous Times leads Star Awards 2015 nominations". Today. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  4. ^ "MediaCorp launches comic book version of The Journey: Tumultuous Times". Today. 13 May 2015. 
  5. ^