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Shu Qi's Lips

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Not too long ago, I watched the 2-D version of the movie Fast and Furious 5 in the local cinema in Taiping and the normal version in Kuala Lumpur some time later. Each time, I thought Shu Qi was in the first instalment of the action series when actually she was in a French blockbuster, The Transporter which was co-directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen, the latter, a famed Hong Kong actor, filmmaker and producer. The Fast and Furious movies were directed by Justin Lin, a Taiwanese growing up in America. Shu Qi, incidentally is also a Taiwanese and at the age of 17, had moved to Hong Kong to carve a career in the softcore porn modelling industry, appearing in Penthouse Hong Kong and the Chinese edition of Playboy magazine, before finally graduating in softcore Hong Kong movies like Sex & Zen II. Shu Qi is particularly conspicuous with her bee-stung lips and you'd think her lips would keep her forever in the porn industry, never perhaps thinking that she would have made it b…

Chinese Sayings

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*Water and words are easy to pour but impossible to recover.

*A genius always presents himself as a fool
*There is no wave without wind.
* A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
*If you don't go into the cave of the tiger, how are you going to get its cub?




Circus

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Probably, children today cannot scream: The circus comes to town!; at least, not children in Malaysia. It would not be surprising if many do not know what a circus is too considering that the circus never comes to town these day and whatever circus one probably sees is just from the idiot box. A circus, by the way, is a travelling company of performers that may include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, jugglers, tightrope walkers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists. Their acts are often performed in a big tent called the big top, more specically in a circular arena called a ring which has tiered sitting around it.Foreign circuses had come to perform in Malaysia before, more notably The Royal Circus of India which had in fact made its way toTaiping a long time ago. Foreign acts are actually a rarity. In the 60s and early 70s, there was actually a local Chinese circus that toured the whole country called Tai Thean Kiu which probably translates into th…

An Interesting Story

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The local paper carries the story of Norazirah Abdul Ghapar, a Malay lady who once studied in a Chinese school, SJKC Chen Min in Klang. The lady had, as a result of her love for the Mandarin language, taken up Mandarin at the Federal Teachers Training College in Penang and had since become a teacher in a Chinese school, SJKC Pei Hwa in Alor Setar, Kedah. That Norazirah Abdul Ghapar made an interesting story in the newspaper is understandable. The majority of Chinese in Malaysia could not just speak their mother tongue, i.e their own Chinese dialect such as Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka or Teochew but many can speak Mandarin and one or two other Chinese dialects and English and Malay, too which they learn in schools or pick up from friends. Their Malay counterpart however is different. Most of them, especially those in the kampungs or villages could only speak one language whic is Malay. If there is an extra language, they could speak, most of the time, it is just English and perhaps Arabi…

Happy Duan Wu Jie

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Just the other day, I was in Ipoh with my nephew and his friend. It was already half past eight and dinner should have long been over but then, we had just arrived in Ipoh after a gruelling trip from Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Besar, Teluk Intan, Sitiawan and now, here- Ipoh- the capital of Perak. My nephew's friend had wanted to take us to Pasir Pinji to savour the famous Nga Choy Kai, i.e. chicken with bean sprouts, a dish synonymn with the city but unfortunately when we arrived at the eating shop, it was closed! And why of course, it was Duanwu jie or the Dragon Boat Festival. Many Chinese eating shops are closed on this day since people will be eating zongzi (or zong) () at home. Duanwu jie, by the way is a festival which commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet from the kingdom of Chu who lived during the Warring States period. The festival is celebrated each year without fail on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar and this year, it fell on …