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Happy Chinese New Year 2011!

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It is that time of the year again! Chinese New Year is around the corner and while the house has been springcleaned and the cookies made, I was only just reminded of the now stale news of the appeal made by some supposedly animal lovers to help rabbits in the year of the bunny. Apparently, teenagers and college students in China and elsewhere in Asia have picked up bunnies ahead of the New Year come this 3rd February. According to a certain activist, Maggie Chen from People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), one can help the rabbits by not supporting the pet trade as this will cause many animals to suffer. Rabbits are said to be high-maintenance animals which require significant resources, equipment, attention and veterinary care. Thai veterinarian Thosaporn Anuntakulnatee from the Faculty of Veterinary Science in Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University added that some people don't know how to take care of the rabbits and end up throwing them away in the wild or leaving th…

Green Post: Green City

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Can a city rely solely on solar energy? There is this planned city in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates called Masdar City which purportedly rely on solar energy that is being built by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Comany. The city is designed by a British architectural firm, Foster and Partners and aims for a zero carbon, zero waste and other environmentally friendly goals. While the project has been supported by World Wide Fund for Nature and the BioRegional, there are sceptics who fear that Masdar City will just be another luxury development for the wealthy. Nicolai Ouroussoff, an architecture critic for New York Times calls Masdar City the ultimate gated community. You would not be reminded of the dome city in Logan's Run, would you?Logan's Run, by the way is a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson about a future society in which both population and the consumption of resources are maintained in equilibrium by requiring the death of everyone who reaches thirty…

Dishy Men

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Hong Kong heartthrob, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai who starred with the late Leslie Cheung in a 1997 Wong Kar-wai's movie, Happy Together that depicts a turbulent romance between two men is the only Asian who sets Western mens' heart on fire. According to American gay magazine, Out, he is the only Asian among a list of international celebrities that gays would love to be with if they cheat on their lovers. Others in the list are Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ricky Martin, James Franco, Keanu Reeves and Cristiano Ronaldo. That Tony Leung is the only Asian in the list is understandable. Leslie Cheung has long passed away after taking a leap from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong and probably, people do not crave dead men. Lust Caution, Ang Lee's 2007 Chinese espionage thriller had Tony Leung engaged in explicit steamy scenes, probably attracted viewers. Then of course, Out's readers have not seen other gorgeous Asian…

Chinese Sayings and Proverbs

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Chinese sayings and proverbs are aplenty but I suppose young people nowadays rarely use them. Sometimes I would hear a friend or an elderly person utter a saying or a proverb and normally these sayings or proverbs are very profound. So, here I would like to share some of these Chinese sayings and proverbs:

*There is no wisdom like silence.
*Pick the flower when it is ready to be picked.
*Fight poison with poison.
*Behind an able man there are always other able men.
*Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.

The Fan

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I attended a wedding ceremony the other day and got from the host, a hand fan - the folding type which you often seen carried by gentlemen in kung fu movies. Fans were already in existence in China since the 2nd century BC. Then, Chinese fans were made of bamboo but today, you could probably find some made of ivory, bone, mica, mother of pearl, sandalwood, tortoise shell or any other materials. Fans were already fashionable during the Ming dynasty and I would believe it was fashionable in Malaysia too for a brief period during the 19th century. As a child, I remember seeing them being distributed during Chinese weddings to the male entourage who accompanies the bridegroom to fetch the bride from her house. The practice probably stopped or if it persists, I suppose I didn't attend many wedding to bear witness. Anyway, just like to inform you that the the hand fan was rather handy in a hot and humid place like Malaysia!