Showing posts from July, 2009

Shaws Starlets

While the Golden Age of Hollywood seems so clear cut, being said to from the late 1920s to the late 1950s, the Golden Age of Chinese movies would perhaps confuse people who are not familiar with Chinese cinema. When talking about Chinese cinema, one perhaps need to emphasize first whether one is talking about Cinema of China, Cinema of Hong Kong or Cinema of Taiwan. In the Cinema of China for instance, there were supposed to be two golden ages, one which began in the 30s in Shanghai which produce the first big Chinese movie stars like Hu Die, Ruan Lingyu, Zhou Xuan, Zhao Dan and Jin Yan. The second Golden Age was in the late 40s and produced classics like Myriad of Lights (1948), The Spring River Flows East (1947), and Crows and Sparrows (1949). The Global Times reported that there is another golden age presently as from 2002 to 2008, the annual film production rose from less than 100 to 406, while box office takings exceeded 4.3 billion yuan (US$629.09 million) from less than one bil…

Amazing painting

In my e-mail box, I received an amazing painting, touted as the miracle of computer. The painting features famous people discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante. If you were to run the cursor over a person, it will tell you who the person is and if you were to click on the person, you will get to know his life history. Among the famous people featured, only three are Chinese: Two of them, the late Bruce Lee and Deng Xiao Ping, lived around this century and probably are more recognisable to the Western eyes, compared to Guan Yu, a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms era of China. That seemed so long ago but Guan Yu had played a significant role in the civil war that led to the establishment of the Kingdom of Shu and his good deeds and moral qualities such as loyalty and righteousness had made him one of the best known and well respected Chinese historical figures. Since the Sui Dynasty, Guan Yi had been deified and till toda…

Feng Sui Fraud

Feng shui, sometimes defined as an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics uses the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi.The practice is still popular among Chinese all over the world and often, charlatans posing as learned Feng Shui masters prey on unsuspecting victims as in the case of a 36-year-old architect who bought a house at Lakefield, Sungai Besi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His girlfriend had recommended that he consult her feng shui master who had then told him that he had a spell of bad luck which needed to be turned around for a fee. The man promptly issued a cheque for RM29,260 to cover the feng shui expenses . After conducting some rituals , the master did not just tell the man to keep mum on the matter but had also demanded RM15,000 for an amulet which would protect the man and his girlfriend. Then, when the girlfriend said that the amulet was broken and asked for another RM30,000 to replace it, the man star…

Sekinchan's 31Billion Dollar Man

When DAP’s Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim accused Selangor's former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo of having spent an estimated RM24mil on a palatial home in Section 7 Shah Alam the other day, it was the word Sekinchan which rang a bell. Sekinchan is a small town in Selangor, Malaysia and is one of the major rice producing areas of Malaysia. Unofficially, an acquaintance of mine claimed, the little town had in fact, surpassed Kedah, the official rice bowl of Malaysia, in producing the most amount of rice in the country. My room mate and university mate when I was staying in Section 17, Petaling Jaya was from Sekinchan too and boy, wasn't that eons ago! Today, as I browsed through my e-mails, there among the forwarded messages was news on one of the brightest sons that have come from that little town - Pua Kien Seng, a former student of a Chinese primary school SJKC Yeok Kuan and Pin Hua Independent school. This son of Sekinchan had later pursued an engineering co…