Showing posts from November, 2010

A Chinese Cabbage

You'd have seen one of these cabbages before in markets but it is never this big. This is a type of Chinese cabbage, the Napa cabbage or Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis - pekinensis - most probably because it originates near the Beijing region. The bok choy is a Chinese cabage too but it is darker in colour. The Napa cabbage is widely used in China, Japan and Korea and when the inhabitants of these countries migrated to other countries, they brought along the Napa cabbage with them. Now, it is readily found in many North American, European and Australian cities. Good things should be spread around!


An enactment of Korea's traditional state examination at Gyeongbokgug Palace in Seoul a month or so ago would no doubt, remind one of the Chinese Keju, that is the system of the Imperial Examination in ancient China which was introduced during the Sui Dynasty. The examination which lasted more than 1,300 years was held to select talented people for future positions in civil service. The examination purportedly influencedthe education systems in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. There are also similarities in the personnel selection methods employed in France, Britain and America today so much so that it has been said that today's education system is its successor.Not bad for such an old rigid system!


A Chinese adage goes Good son doesn't become a soldier. You'd probably think that only applies more to mainland Chinese. In Malaysia, during the days when it was called Malaya, Chinese along with the Indians have been known to fight the Malayan Communist Party. An Indian guy,Captain Shanmuganathan and a Chinese guy who went with the name Mat Isa bin Hassan, in fact died together while fighting the commies. Then of course, there were other guys like Sergeant Chong Yong Chin , Lt Lee Ah Pow and Lt David Fu Chee Meng. Sergeant Chong Yong Chin incidentally was the first Malaysian to be honoured with a medal for bravery. His name however, probably would not ring a bell unlike that of his Malay counterpart, Lt. Adnan who fought the Japanese soldiers during World War II. The latter's contribution had been inmortalised in a movie...

Chinese Soldiers in Malaya...

A Chinese Love Story

Remember Love Story, that 1970 film that starred Ryan O' Neal and Ali MacGraw? That's just in the celluloid world. Someone e-mailed me a sweet love story that occured in China. Liu Guojiang was 19 when he fell in love with Xu Chaoqin, a 29 year-old widowed mother. To avoid public disdain, the couple elope to live in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality. In 2001, a group of adventurers exploring the forest found the couple. It was fifty years later and the couple had not just grown old but Liu Guojiang had by then hand carved over 6,000 steps for Xu Chaoqin's convenience when she went down the mountain. One of his children, Liu MingSheng had said that the couple had loved each other so much that they had never been apart even for a single day.The local government has now decided to preserve the steps dubbed the love ladder and turned the place they lived in into a museum to preserve this love story. There is true love in real live!

Green Post: Mother Earth Would Be Pleased

It would be interesting to see how Penang cope without plastic bags next year. January 1, 2011 would see plastic bag being banned in the whole state. It used to be No Plastic Bag Day in shopping complexes and hypermarkets on Mondays in July, 2010 and later it was No Plastic Bag Day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday. Penang's Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had announced that the No Plastic Bag Day would now be extended to everyday and to almost all business sectors to reduce the state's carbon footprint. That's a noble aim. Mother Earth would be pleased!