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Chinese Restaurants

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I suppose there are many Chinese restaurant all over the world. There are definitely many in Asian countries, particularly in South East Asian countries. In Philipines, in Manila especially, besides having many Chinese restaurants there, I have seen dim sum, dumplings and yang chow fried rice being served in fast food chains. There are also many Chinese restaurants in UK and all over Europe. In the Middle East, I remember seeing one which was probably run by a non-Chinese in the new part of the town in Beirut, Lebanon and there was one with two big red Chinese lanterns near the Pyramids of the Cheops in Egypt. In fact, Niran and his wife, Somsi treated me to a Chinese meal in a Chinese restaurant run by a Shanghainese while we were in the land of the Pharoahs. I spotted one also in Istanbul, Turkey where the pillars with the twining dragons distinguished it from the other establishments. Chinese restaurants in Malaysia are so numerous and there are big, medium, small ones, posh and n…

Special Feature: Message From A Mother

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There are many Mother quotes. From the Internet for example you get quotes like:
Heaven is at the feet of Mothers - an Arabic ProverbHer children arise up, and call her blessed - Proverbs 31:28The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward BeecherLife began with waking up and loving my mother's face - George Elliot
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother- Abraham LincolnAdd another quote from Sichuan by an unknown mother - Read on the last installment of Sichuan Earthquake special...

This baby, after being buried over 24 hours, miraculously, was rescued unscratched. He is about 3-4 months old, and his mother kneeled down, pinned her head and hands on the ground to shielded him from the falling concrete, and milked him. His mother did not make it out. A rescue worker found his mom’s cell phone in his wrapper. It had a text message left by his mother: “Dear child, if you survive, please remember, Mom loves you forever…”

Special Feature: The Brave One

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Forget Jennifer Lopez's 2007 album, Brave or the brave American Native Warrior! Read on about the brave high school student from Sichuan ...
This high school student was rescued from the collapsed building. She lost both legs, and her both hands are broken. The rescue workers were all in tears when they saw this. She smiled to them: “Be Brave!”

Special Feature: Noble Teachers

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I read in the paper on 19 June that Fan Meizhong, a Chinese language teacher from a private high school had been sacked in China. Branded Running Fan, the teacher had run away when the 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sichuanon May 12 and since then 70,000 people including thousands of children had perished. Fan Meizhong had fleeced the classroom before his students during the earthquake and his action had not only caused him his job but the media in China and the Internet users had denounced his action. The ex-teacher had said wrote on popular online portal Tianya.cn. that at such a life-or-death moment, he would only consider sacrificing his life for his daughter, not for anyone else, even his own mother. Talking about noble teachers, the Sichuan Earthquake revealed many. Read on about Yuan Wentin(袁文婷) and don't mind that little human, Fan Meizhong...




Yuan Wentin(袁文婷), 26, first grade teacher. When the earthquake struck, she rushed to carry her stunned students from classroom on th…

Special Feature: He ain't heavy, she's my sister!

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There was this fat, obnoxious Malay boy whom I knew to be an annoying chatterbox in class. Once he took his equally fat little brother to his teacher's house during Chinese New Year. When it was time to take leave, the boys had to walk quite a distance to the main road to catch a public bus home. What the boy did touched the heart. He carried his little brother all the way to the bus stop on his back. It made me wish I have had that kind of brother! Read on about the Sichuan earthquake...


Zhang Jiwang(张吉万), 11, carrying his sister Zhang Han(张韩), 3,walked 12 hours straight to flee the disaster center.

Special Feature: Moved to Tears

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Smiling occurs in all cultures. A smile is a facial expression when the muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth flex but it has been said that a smile can be found around the eyes too. It has often been reported that it just take 17 muscles to smile but these 17 muscles can move one to tears... Read more about the Sichuan earthquake...




A 5 year old boy was rescued after being buried under rubbles for 24 hours. His left hand was broken, but he smiled and saluted to his rescuers. His smile made everybody cry.

Special Feature: Sichuan Earthquake: True Love

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There were times in the paper when one read about the death of all the members in a family. I am not talking about accident here but suicide. A father may get into financial problem or a mother has a quarrel with her husband and when the adults decide to take their own lives to end their misery, sometimes they will make sure their their children will die with them too. In Sichuan, there is another story... Read on...



Song Xinying (宋馨懿), 3, pulled out from rubble after being buried for 2 days.She was in critical condition and lost a leg, but survived.Her parents hold each other’s hands and shoulders face to face to make an arch to shield her from the falling building. Her parents did not make it out.

Now, who truly love their children, I wonder...

Special Feature: Pennies and Dimes

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Many years back, I remember reading about Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, the James Bond girl from Malaysia,making a RM10,000 donation for some causes. That was of course, a big amount by Malaysian standard. When famine hit North Korea in the late nineties, a student collecting donation in a school, complained that a religious teacher just gave a meager 20 cent and the latter even tried to hide the coin with his fingers when he dropped it into the donation box. Read on about the Sichuan Earthquake and decide on whether the amount of donation is important...



People are rushing to donate money. Many rich people donated in millions, but no one can match Xu Chao(徐超), 60, on the right (in this case, above). He is a homeless in Nanjing, 1000 miles from the disaster area.He saw the news and went to donate 5 Yuan in the morning.He said people in the disaster area were worse off than him because their lives were threatened.He came back in the afternoon, donated another 100 Yuan ($14).Heexplained t…

Special Feature: Sichuan Earthquake: Back to Basics

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When one wonders over the wonders of the world like the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China, one wonders how on earth the ancient people come to build such great monuments. How on earth do they move such great rocks to such faraway places to build such colossal structures? In Sichuan , people go back to the basics. They used their hands! Read on...






Soldiers and rescue workers working around clock to rescue people still buried. Unable to transport heavy machineries to the remote areas since roads are buried by landslides, they often have to use hands to move tons of concrete.

Special Feature: Sichuan Earthquake - Uncalled for Adventure

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All the world over, especially in well to do countries, one would sometimes see some sort of Adventure Team organsing 4-Wheel Drive and motorbike expeditions taking on diverse environments around the globe – from hostile deserts and snow-capped mountains to pristine rainforest and ancient trails of old civilisations all for the sake of fun, entertainment or a test of physical power. The scenario during the Sichuan Earthquake made me wonder how such team would fare when confronted with an earthquake. I suppose people who risk life and limbs for fun would do so too for people in need of help... Just read on...



With roads buried by landslide and bad weather hammering airborne operations, a group of 600 soldiers and medical teams, let by Major General Xia Guofu(夏国富), 57,Commander in Chief of Sichuan Military District, walked 21 hours straight on foot in mountain area, carrying heavy relief supplies, risking landslide and falling rocks.They became the first group to arrive at the epicenter…

Special Feature: Sichuan Earthquake: Selfless Rescuers

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You'd probably think these are scenes from Pearl Harbour or some other Hollywood pictures..The scenes below are from Sichuan, the site of a big earthquake on 12 May. It makes you wonder, while man can create destruction, can Mother Nature... or rather the Almighty be as - you just read on....
1,1000 paratroopers started boarding airplanes 2 hours after earthquake. Despite heavy rain, high wind and thick cloud, they jumped from over 20,000 foot high to remote mountain areas where they did not even know if there would be a place for them to land. The first jumped off plane was Senior Colonel Li Zhenbo(李振波), 51.

Special Feature: Sichuan Earthquake: A Real Leader

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Years ago, I heard, or maybe read of a case where a leader sped off to another country where the air was clean and fabulous when disaster struck a country. I heard of leaders of institutions and saw too these leaders delegating the dirty work to the people under their care and when I went through the PowerPoint presentation of Hero, I wish there were more leaders like Wen Jian Bao... Read on...
Wen Jiabao(温家宝), 66, Chinese Prime Minister, boarded on a plane 30 minutesafter the earthquake, and arrived in disaster area in 2 hours.Hehas been the chief of the rescue operation since then, working almost around clock at the frontline with rescue workers.

Special Feature: Sichuan Earthquake: Open Hospital

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Sometimes , while we were at the air-conditioned waiting room in the hospital in town,we scream and complain about the crowd and the long queue. We heard too of doctors in government hospitals leaving for greener pastures in private sectors, opening their own clinics or getting lucrative deals in private hospitals. I wonder if we would scream and complain in Sichuan and would money minded doctors lift a finger to help... read on...
Medical workers provided care under extreme conditions; they even delivered many new born babies on the parking lot.

Special Feature: Sichuan Earthquake: The Awakened Human

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Was it in the movie or in the novel, City of Angel? Well, I don't know. Somewhere, I heard, it has been documented that some people, probably because of poverty, sell their blood. In the recent Sichuan Earthquake, some people could probably earn a fortune... Read on....


Within hours, people rushed to rescue.Blood donation lines run for 100 yards, and people waited hours todonate blood; within 24 hours, all major blood banks ran out storage space.The highway to the earthquake struck city Dujianyang (20 mile from Chengdu) was almost jammed one hour after the earthquake, not by people fleeing the aftershocks, but by volunteers, led by over 1,000 taxi drivers, came from Chengdu to rescue. Chen Guangbiao(陈光标), owner of a big construction company 1,500 miles from the disaster area, just 2 hour 30 minutes after the earthquake, started transporting 60 construction machineries and led 120 volunteersto rescue. They arrived at the disaster area 24 hours later, almost the same time as Ar…