Showing posts from August, 2010

Of Noodles and the Bad Guy

It is said that Mie Pangsit is rather popular in, Pematangsiantar or Pematang Siantar, Indonesia. Mie Pangsit is said to be Chinese in origin and in English, is called Wonton Noodle. I suppose then, Mie Pangsit is just another version of the ever popular Wanton Mee (inset) which is widespread in Malaysia. Food aside, it is interesting to note that the late kung fu star, Lo Lieh was born Wang Lap Tat in Pematang Siatar. His parents had sent him back to China and in the late 60s and70s. he became one of the most famous actors in Hong Kong kung fu films .

Watch the late Lo Lieh in the 36th Chamber of'd recognise him. He was always the bad guy...

Chinese Torture Devices

Kee Thuan Chye's piece on What will they do about racism now? had had a swipe at Siti Inshah Mansor, the principal of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Kulai, who allegedly spewed racist remarks during an assembly in her school. The noted Malaysian dramatist, poet and journalist suggests among other things, having the educator put in a cangue. A cangue is a small device used to contain criminals in not only China but also in some parts of East Asia and Southeast Asia and is similar to the pillory of the Western world. That inevitably reminds of some of the many different torture devices used in old Chinese courts, most notably, Tean Zu, the ancient Chinese torture device often featured in old Chinese costume movies. Contemporary movies often have police extracting information from criminals with plain brute force. If there is any torture device used, it would be the modern electric lamp and that's nothing compared to Tean Zu. If a criminal were to put his o…

Cool Sport

You'd probably have heard of a bicycle built for two but I don't know what you'd have said for these couple paddling away in a river in China (inset). It would not be a boat or a raft for two definitely; not even a log or a stick for two. Suffice to say that there are some Chinese in Mainland China indulging in some cool sports! Perhaps, these could be considered for the Olympics in future!

Cool, aren't they?