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Dedicated Engineers

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Li Ming, I know. One is a famous male HK star and the other an established female Malaysian actress. Lin Ming, however is different. His name isn't really the same as Li Ming and doesn't ring a bell. His contributions however should be immense nothing that he's the chief engineer of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge(HZMB); that is if news circulating in Whatshap is to be believed. I saw a clip of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, announcing the opening to the public the 100 billion yuan bridge which by far is the longest cross-sea bridge in the world. Consisting of a main bridge with three cable-stayed spans, two artificial islands, one undersea tunnel and link roads, the bridge has been appropriately dubbed one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The bridge naturally was built with much difficulty and it was how Lin Ming went about building the immersed tunnel that made him and his team shine bright, considering that China has practi…

Blue Moon

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I don't know if we should laugh or cry over China's Chang’e-4 lunar probe, the space programme named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology. In the space race with other superpowers, the United States and Russia, China reportedly plans to launch its own artificial moon by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas. Illumination satellites which reflect light from the sun will be developed by Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province. The satellites which will shine together with the real moon but which will be eight times brighter will save an estimated $170 million a year in electricity costs for the city. The moon has long been known to affect the earth; its pull slows the Earth's rotation; thereby increases the length of the day by 2.3 milliseconds per century and its gravitational force changes the tides of oceans and lakes. Artificial moon may not bring such drastic effects perhaps but the story of Chang'e 's 嫦娥 husband,…

Booze in Chinese Wedding Banquets

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A wedding planner in Singapore proposed this, that for a Chinese wedding banquet, the amount of the different beverages to buy would be in the ratio of 30% soft drinks, 35% wine, 15% hard liquor and 20% beer. Not every guest take alcohol but booze is a must for a Chinese wedding banquet, I suppose; not just for merry making purposes but also to cater for guests who choose to drink. In Singapore and definitely Malaysia and elsewhere too, Chinese couples getting hitched may get a headache deciding on the amount of alcohol to be bought. Just recently, I read about Malaysia's PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang criticising the government for not prohibiting Oktoberfest celebrations this year, saying that the Bavarian festival was against Muslim culture, claiming too that non-Muslims are free to celebrate any events that are not against their religious principles but that events must be reconciled with Muslim sensitivities and respect of Islam. Well, with due respect, what do you…

A Chinese Song: 我要你的愛 I Want Your Love

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Ge Lan (葛蘭), or Grace Chang, the Hong Kong actress, singer and a popular idol of the 50s may be in her eighties and have retired long ago in the 60s but in the latest Hollywood hit, Crazy Rich Asians, you could hear her belting out one of her catchy, fast paced evergreens, 我要你的爱 I Want Your Love. Caught some of her movies in the Net and like especially the 1961 epic two parter,  Star, Moon and Sun 星星月亮太陽 and the 1957 Mambo Girl 曼波女郎. The latter has an all too simple plot but there is a strange feel good feeling when you listen to the catchy songs and watch especially the dance scene between Ge Lan and the male lead, the late Peter Chen Ho which reminds of Grease's John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Ge Lan's 我要你的爱, I heard, is a cover of Louis Jordan's I Want to be your baby but really, the two songs do really sound as different as night and day to me. I would think that it's a cover of Georgia Gibb's  or Louis Prima's I want to be your baby though. What do y…

A Man Most Honoured

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In the heart of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, there is a road called Yap Ah Loy Road. In school, we learnt that Yap Ah Loy,the Hakka man  who hailed from  Guangdong  province in southern China became the founder of the Malaysian capital. Yap Ah Loy was the third Kapitan of Kuala Lumpur, the leader of the Chinese community; and some men in the the street in a passing statement stated the third kapitan couldn't possibly be the founder; expecting the first kapitan to be the one, I suppose. A new book with supposedly new evidence; documents, maps, old pictures; however claims that Sutan Puasa, a prominent and influential Mandailing merchant was the actual founder.The history of Kuala Lumpur did not begin until the middle of the 19th century and that probably is not a very long time as far as world history is concerned and obscurity shouldn't have set in. The great-grandson of Yap Ah Loy, James Yap Mook San, said people were free to debate whether Yap was the founder of Kuala Lumpu…