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Changes

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Oh, so I've read many times, Chap Goh Meh, the last day of Chinese New Year, being  Chinese Valentine's Day and single women throw oranges with their names and telephone number written on them in the hope that some young men may pick them up. But really, I do think  that's a thing of the past. I don't see or hear of people practising it nowadays and even the years before that; at least not here in Taiping whereas in Penang, it is treated more like a game. Nowadays, there's always dating websites or even Facebook in the Net where one can get connected and then, for a long time, Chinese girls have not been forbid from venturing out of  the home; they go to public schools and elsewhere freely and get too meet boys and get close even if they choose to. Time changes and I suppose it's the same thing too when it comes to tossing Yee Sang. It used to be done on the seventh day to celebrate the Day of Humankind 人日 Ren Ri; but this year, my family, friends and I tossed …

A Chinese Movie : New King of Comedy 新喜剧之王

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New King of Comedy 新喜剧之王, one of the Chinese New Year offerings in the local cinema circuit, I would say, is not a sequel to the  1999 Hong Kong movie King of Comedy. A remake, may be; The 1999 comedy drama follows the trials and tribulation of an aspiring actor played by Stephen Chow and introduces Cecelia Cheung as his love interest. The new version tells the story of a young aspiring actress instead, played by Chinese actress, E Jingwen; and there isn't a love interest at all, not even a hint of it. The movie directed and written by Stephen Chow has his trademark 無厘頭 Mo lei tau nonsensical type of slapstick which still draws laughter from the audience and while the movie has just a simple story, it's still a pleasant watch. My nephew, an avid fan of Stephen, thought the movie would make a tidy profit considering its low butget and it did.
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Directors and Actors

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Just the other day, I happened to read about some famous Chinese movie directors who also acts in movies. Top on  the list must be Zhang Yimou. After studying cinematography at Beijing Film Academy, he worked as a cinematographer and then played his first leading role in the  film Old Well. The 1987 film won the 8th Golden Rooster awards for Best Picture, Director, Leading Male Actor, and Supporting Female Actor and at the Tokyo International Film Festival, it bagged the Best Feature Film and Leading Male Actor awards . Feng Xiaogang who directed the 2010 disaster drama Aftershock, also won the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for the movie Mr. Six. Chen Kaige who directed Farewell My Concubine appeared in Bertolucci's The Last Emperor and two other famous directors from Mainland China and Hong Kong respectively, Jia Zhangke and Tsui Hark acts too. Jia Zhangke who won Venice Film Festival's top award Golden Lion for Still Life appeared in several movies since 2002 and Tsui Ha…

Spring Festival

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It's always fun visiting shopping malls during Chinese New Year, Christmas, Deepavali or Hari Raya Fitri or any other festive seasons in Malaysia. Shopping malls are always without fail, specially decorated for each festive occasion. I remember even in Kelantan where Christmas songs are not allowed, a Christmas tree or two may be put up to decorate the place.Not sure if the same thing happens during Chinese New Year but in Taiping, Chinese New Year songs will be blared out for all to hear and enjoy and the mall will be splashed red with Chinese New Year decorations - bright red Chinese lanterns, red Chinese fans, kumquat plants and lots and lots of pink plum blossoms to signify the arrival of spring for that is partly what Chinese New Year is all about; 春节 spring festival; that's what it is known as in Mainland China. Chinese New Year Past....








Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 5 February this year. It's the year of the pig but whether it's the year of the pig or not, many will pig out on Chinese New Year eve when family members gather to have a reunion dinner. A reunion dinner is  an important aspect of Chinese New Year. Traditionally, every Chinese, young and old, male and female will make it a point to return home to have dinner with family members especially when the parents are still alive and present. The grandparents, great great grandparents, even if deceased, are not really forgotten. There's a prayer dedicated to them and a feast, too. I suppose it is a known fact that Chinese practise ancestor worship but it's not the worship accorded by a man to a God as some may be led to believe. It's more to cherish the memories and pay respect to loved ones long gone. I suppose on Chinese New Year, one can wish everyone, the departed too, a happy and prosperous New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai!