April 26, 2007

Song clip

I was trying out how to combine pictures with audio so I used only a short clip. Hope you like the resulting song clip below. The pictures have nothing to do with the song, they are there to fill up the screen.

I think lovers of cantonese opera songs would know the name of the song and the singer.

April 25, 2007


Do you read this comic strip Peanuts? The untidy girl with freckles is Lucy. She is always reluctant to go to school, irritates the teacher in class, copies answers, gets D- for tests and always talks nonsense. But she is very cute. The girl behind her is a bookworm. Hahaha...

April 23, 2007


This is my savings, all 10-cent coins. But this is nothing......

compared to what this man did. (Click on picture to enlarge.)

April 21, 2007

Lesser-known artistes

From the all-time superstars 紅線女, 新馬師曾, 白雪仙, 任劍輝 to two lesser-known young artistes - 土观, 邱小娜. The sheng is from the Zhanjiang Cantonese Opera Troupe and the dan is from the Zhuhai CO Troupe.

April 20, 2007

Some photos

first three from right 陈惠婵, 钟丽容, 黄莉莉

钟丽容, 陈惠婵

朱振邦, 钟丽容, 戚超群


April 19, 2007

Taiwan drama

These few days I was watching this late-afternoon Taiwanese drama serial. I have not watched this for many weeks already. Wow! More than 200 episodes already and a lot of changes…

A man was united with his wife whom he thought has died. But she is blind now.

Another man built a hospital to fulfill the wish of his wife. But his wife has run away with their son.

A former character in the criminal underworld has become a politician, some sort of MP or mayor.

A woman has remarried another man and borne a child which belongs to her former husband. The present husband does not know the truth yet.

Plenty of drama and very long-winded.

Anyone seen the whole story already? Wonder how many more episodes before it ends. I don’t quite like dramas that drag too long.

Found some Nanyin videos at YouTube: Nanyin performance at Thian Hock Keng Temple

April 18, 2007

Love our Earth

22 April 2007 is Earth Day

Today, 18 April 2007, is BYOBD. (bring your own bag day) And the first Wednesday of every month will also be BYOBD.

Using plastic bag excessively is a waste of resources and do you know why our climate is getting warmer and warmer….

Plastic is made from Polyethylene which takes up to 1000 years to biodegrade. Most of these plastic bags end up in landfills that emit harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2). Now, CO2 and other heat-trapping gases are responsible for retaining the heat in our atmosphere and thus, contributing to global warming. There's no doubt about it. The Earth is sick, very sick. We read about global warming and how it's affecting the earth everyday in the papers. (This paragraph is extracted from Chris’s blog.)

Let’s do our part to support a worthy cause and help the environment. So don’t forget to bring your bag when you go shopping at the supermarket today and make every day a BYOBD.

April 12, 2007


I am thinking about freedom. Not about marching on the street shouting or running about throwing stones. It is about the feeling you get when you are released after a period of confinement.

At the time I was called up to do NS, we the recruits were not allowed to leave camp during the first few weeks of our BMT. On Sundays, those who wanted to go to church would be taken in a military truck to a dispersal point in town from where they would go their different churches. They would have to report back at the DP at a certain time.

I still remember the first weekend when we were allowed to go home. My friend and I took a bus to Chinatown for dinner. We sat at an open-air hawkers’ center. It was dusk, crowds were walking along the road, neon signs started to light up and there were advertisements on two big billboards on the wall of the building near where we sat. I had this happy, comfortable and thankful feeling.

The weekend was spent at home. Waking up and then lazing around on the bed till 9am was a luxury. For the first time in days I didn’t hear the dreaded word ‘Fall-in’. The home-cooked food tasted more delicious, even the plain cold water was tasty and refreshing.

I began to value ordinary things I had taken for granted a bit more.

April 10, 2007


I have deleted these videos from YouTube accidentally:

廣東小調 - 換到千般恨
抗旨 Opposing the imperial decree
合兵破曹 - 新劍郎, 李龍
鬼怨 A ghost's grievance
香港名旦 - 吳美英

April 05, 2007

Beijing 2008

I am not much of a sports person but I do watch sports and games.

The news said Chinese athletes were under great pressure to get medals in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

I remember this news feature about how one coach in China, Ma something, trained his marathon runners. The athletes were confined in their training camp. They could not contact the outside world; no recreations, not even television Their daily routine consisted of running, eating, attending lectures, going to toilet, sleeping. Humdrum and rigid. Every day the same thing for 2 to 3 years and they ran 40km everyday. Terrible isn’t it, and they were only teenage girls.

That was quite some years ago.

I remember watching Li Jia Wei’s game in the table-tennis live telecast a few years back. I don’t know about techniques and skills but I liked to watch their faces, concentration, sweat, emotions and the little yelping noise they made when they scored a point or made an error. I took a picture of Jia Wei off the television screen – the emotional one, with tears in her eyes.

It is more exciting if you support one side and you see the score goes up.

The Olympics is still more than one year away. Singapore has won one and only one medal in the Olympics and that was 47 years ago. Hope we will win some medals including gold in Beijing. Too optimistic?