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Chinese Kung Fu

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The photo accompanying Blogmaster's post titled Jewish Martial Art? reminds me of Chinese Kung Fu. My earliest memory of this art of self defence stemmed back to the seventies when the Shaw Brothers' movie from Hong Kong, The Chinese Boxer hit the local cinema. This movie which starred Wang Yu, Lo Lieh and Wang Ping is not to be confused with the movie The King Boxerwhich starred Lo Lieh. Besides being the first action movie to become an international success, The King Boxer had also spawned a world-wide fascination for Kung Fu, which I believe never really stop! Enjoy some kung fu fighting!..

Chinese Boxer Trailer...


King Boxer Trailer...



Chinese Kung Fu!

In Memoriam: Remembering Lydia Sum

Lydia Sum with Tung Piu singing an opera number....



Lydia Sum hosting a gameshow...



Lydia Sum's farewell party after leaving the variety show, Enjoy yourself tonight...



Lydia Sum's last interview...

In Memoriam: Lydia Sum: Tears Were Flowing Even Before She Went

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Lydia Sum or Sum Dim Har or Tsen Dhin Hsia, the popular Hong Kong actress and comedienne passed away on Tuesday, 19 February 2008 at the age of 60, after a protracted battle with liver cancer. I heard the news late in the afternoon which was actually a bit late since news of her death at 8:38 a.m. had already been broadcasted in TV earlier. Her death was however already expected since she was going in and out of hospitals lately. Just late last year, Lydia had collapsed at home and was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong for emergency treatment and I heard people saying that that was because she had eaten about 20 crabs! I wouldn't be surprised that this bubbly actress with an infectious laugh did just that. In the variety shows which she hosted, she had been known to put on bikinis and ballet tutus despite her plump stature. No doubt, this plucky, plump lady had a zeal for life and I would not be surprised too if people say that she had cancer because of havin…

Tell Tale Face

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There was a report on China women auditioning to be one of the 380 Olympic hostesses or medal presenters during the Beijing Olympics having to go through some stringent requirements including some bizarre rules on facial features. The length of the candidate's eyes for instance should be three-tenths the length of the face and the distance from the forehead to the base of the nose, from base to tip of the nose and from tip of nose to chin should all be equal! Now, I wonder if that has to do with Mian Xiang, the Chinese art of face reading, where a person's character or fortunes could be predicted. This art has dated back to many thousand of years and besides influencing the development of Chinese culture, it has itself developed over the years through the gathering of information and statistical findings. The technique of face reading has accordingly been refined. While the basic priciples of reading faces has remained more or less the same, there have been changes made to ref…

A Hokkien Thanksgiving 2008

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Valentine's Day coincide with the ninth day of the Chinese New Year this year! Lovers must be kept pretty busy! Some lovers would most probably fumed too for they could not possibly get one hundred per cent of their partner's time. Each partner, unless they are Christians or of other faiths rather than the Taoist faith , would have to go home for the annual Thanksgiving. As usual, to remember an important incident in the past, special prayers would be performed at midnight and the family would then gather to have a midnight feast. There shouldn't be any harm though if lovers want to celebrate a merry Valentine's Day with the family instead of having a quiet Valentine's Day for two!

Related Post: A Hokkien Thanksgiving

Sugarcanes for sale in the streets of Taiping, Malaysia...





Fireworks at night...

Praying to the Jade Emperor ...



Food on the altar...
Joss papers for the Gods...





Time to clear up...

and have a midnight feast!

Kung Fu Tea

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I met my nephew's house mate not long ago and found out that he was a tea lover. When he was over at my house, we had Chinese tea together, using my little tea set. I have known all the while that teas are enjoyed using special small, very fine pots and cups like mine. Mine is a cheap version and some tea sets could really cost a bomb. Anyway, it is only now that I learned that such tea sets are known as Kung Fu tea sets and there is a special tea ceremony in the Chinese community called Kung Fu tea ceremony, said to be a refined way of drinking tea and a specialty of Fukien, which incidentally is my father's dialect and mine, of course! Oh! I am so ignorant! There are steps involved in drinking tea, from washing the pot, washing the cup to making the tea, pouring the tea and so on and so forth. Tea drinking was originally an outdoor pursuit, an informal affair and over the years, Chinese imperial court adopted a custom of drinking tea. Tea were then drank in ornamental garden…

A Thousand Horses For A Book

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I doubt all tea lovers know about Ch'a Ching. It's such an old book for one thing. Written by Lo Yu, a tea scholar (A.D. 733 -A.D 804), its fame spread out of China as early as the Tang Dynasty. A Muslim emissary to China purportedly offered 1,000 battle horses in exchange for a copy of the book but the Tang emperor had not heard of the book. He spent a long time looking for the book and eventually found a copy. That was the time when the Internet was not in existence!

Asia's King of R and B

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When I first saw Asia’s King of R & B, Jay Chou Chieh Lun in March 2007, I was rather disappointed. My current idol who hails from Taiwan was a real let down. First, I have thought that he was not well dressed enough and then he was also far too short for a star. But then, he was in wax. It was in Hong Kong's Madame Tussaud when I saw him. The Jay Chou I saw in magazines and music videos of course, was of a more superior quality and needless to say, the man was talented! His mother, having noticed Jay's sensitivity to music, had sent him for piano lessons when he was 4 and today, he combines Chinese and Western music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock, and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization. Jay presently is not just an accomplished musician and singer but he is also an accomplished producer, actor and director. And he is also coming to town! He will be appearing live on Feb 23 at 8pm in his Jay Chou World Tour 2008 Li…

Getting Ready For Chinese New Year

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Just the other day, it was reported that the train service in China was disrupted by the worst snow and ice storms in decades. When the service returned to normal, some passengers purportedly sobbed. I was not at all surprised by the news because it was one of those days when Chinese rushed back to be at home with their families and loved one . The year of the rat is coming and every Chinese is rushing back to have a reunion dinner. Back home, preparations would be almost complete. Mothers would have already spruced up the homes, dressing it up with lanterns and decorative plants like kumquat and getting the food ready for both the Gods and man! In Malaysia, a trend of giving hampers to family members and friends had been going on for sometime and on New Year Eve, everywhere in the world, Chinese should have a grand dinner. At midnight, there would be a prayer session and Chinese God would be going back to Heaven to report on any wrongdoing! So, be careful of what you are doing!


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Green Post - Panties from Different Eras

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Just the other day, a blogger in Canada lamented that the weather is getting hotter! I said it is getting hotter in this part of the world too and now, there is proof...