January 30, 2010

Life handbook

An opera fan cum artiste sent me this life handbook. So I post it here for you to read. It might be helpful for you.



1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

5. Make time for prayer...

6. Play more games.

7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

9. Sleep for 7 hours.

10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.

14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.

16. Dream more while you are awake.

17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


25. Call your family often.

26. Each day give something good to others.

27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 &under the age of 6.

29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

30. What other people think of you is none of your business.

31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch...


32. Do the right thing!

33. Always speak the truth even if it leads to your death.

34. GOD heals everything.

35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

37. The best is yet to come.

38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.

39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least:

40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about.

January 28, 2010

A monk's tears

A cantonese operatic song

情淚浸裟 - 任劍輝

January 26, 2010

abalone . coffee


Last week I was strolling at a Fairprice Supermarket. I saw some canned Australian abalone on special offer at less than $30 a can. Cheap, I thought. I asked the girl at the counter to take down a can for me to see. When I saw the weight, I think I know why it was cheaper.

You see, the net weight of a can of abalone is usually about 425g and the drained weight is about 210g. That one I was looking at had net weight 425g and drained weight 120g. So it means there is less abalone and so it is cheaper.


I have tried several types of 3-in-1 instant coffee but they are too sweet for my taste.

At Fairprice a lady was doing promotions for an instant coffee. She offered me a small amount in a tiny paper cup.

I drank it. It is good, has coffee taste and is not sweet.
Actually it is bitter because this type is 2-in-1 without sugar. That means you can decide whether you want to put sugar or not or you can add one teaspoon or two teaspoons according to your taste.

I bought one packet, got a free mug too.

January 24, 2010

A Country's sorrow .....

..... a Cantonese operatic song.

Li Yu or Li Houzhu was the last ruler of the Southern Tang Kingdom. The powerful armies of the Song Dynasty invaded the Southern Tang Kingdom and took Li Houzhu and his family captive. Before they were taken away, Li and his second wife bade farewell to their subjects.



Do you know who the singers are?
For more songs, you may visit this site.

January 21, 2010



On and off you read comments about allowing singles to buy HDB flats.
The reasons for not allowing singles to buy HDB flats have been explained many times and I think older singles are allowed to if they satisfy certain conditions.

If you allow young singles to buy HDB flats, I think it could encourage more of them to stay single.

cold theatre

Friday night I was at the Drama Centre, National Library. It was cold. I didn't feel cold during my previous visits, but that night it was especially cold. I guess it was about 20 degrees. Many people also complained cold but many had also come prepared and put on extra warm clothing.

Later it was better, probably because of the heat from the bodies in the packed theatre.

plastic bags

If you go shopping in Hong Kong or Guangzhou, it is better you bring a bag along. In HK, some supermarkets don't give you bags or charge you 50 cents for it.

Once I bought some vcds from a shop in Guangzhou. At that time I did not have any bag, so I asked the cashier for one. She said they didn't have, so she used sticky tape to secure all the discs together. I had to hold the thing in my hand.

In Singapore, Wednesday is bring-your-own-bag day at some supermarkets and stores. At Fairprice and Shop-and-Save they don't charge you for a bag but you can deposit 10 cents in the donation tins. Not many people do this. But there are a few shoppers who bring their own bags every visit.

On any day, Fairprice gives you a discount of 10 cents on purchases of $10 or more if you bring your own bag.

January 18, 2010

Emperor Shun Zhi

This is Lou Mee Wah acting the role of the Emperor.

Lou Mee Wah seldom peforms. Last year she had only two performances, one of which was a full-length opera. Her full-length operas often take a long time in the making. Watching Emperor Shun Zhi we could see that a lot of effort and time has been put in. I think even those doing minor roles like guards and maids must have spent long hours practising and rehearsing.

Beside Lou Mee Wah, other veteran artistes are Christopher Choo, Chan Mei Yin and Ellen Li. Other than Gordon Choy and the artistes doing the action roles, most of the others are Lou's pupils. I was a little surprised that Leong Sau Fong played the role of huang tai hou, the emperor's mother. I thought she was a bit too young for that.

This is Chung Lai Yong playing the role of Dong E Fei, the Emperor's favourite concubine. This was the first time I watched her doing the lead female role in a full-length opera. I would say she did very well.

The beauty and the bearded. The bearded man is Christopher Choo

January 16, 2010

Some artistes in Troupe 2

The Guang Dong Yue Ju Yuan has 3 troupes - first troupe, second troupe and youth troupe. Since the second troupe will be coming to perform here, here are some of its main artistes.








January 13, 2010

Night of cantonese melodies

This is the first opera show I watched this year - by the opera group at Guang Dong Hui Guan.

The two main artistes, 温玉瑜, 戚超群 ...

Some of the performers ...

A 'gift' from a pupil (not the man in the picture). The man in in the picture is an opera enthusiast. I think he is the boss of a flower shop.


January 09, 2010


I am trying out how to draw a table. See the example below, hope it looks ok on your computer screen.
I learn it from this site:

03-01-10Woodlands CCCantonese operaLinda,........
05-01-10Tampines East CCHokkien operaAmai,........
13-03-10Braddell Heights CC薛丁山与樊梨花Miko,........

January 07, 2010

monk & umbrella

I was watching a Cantonese drama and there was this metaphorical phrase 'monk holds umbrella'. Do you know the meaning?

You see, a monk has no hair. And when he holds the umbrella above his head, he can't see the sky, right? So it means no hair, no sky. But in Mandarin or Cantonese, hair and law have the same sound (fa in pinyin and faat in cantonese).

So, the meaning is wu fa wu tian (無法無天) or lawless.

Don't pour your money into the sea

You know, there is a HK advertisement in which people carry boxes of money and pour it into the sea. What do you think it is about?

Actually it wants tell people not to gamble. It says 'gambling is like pouring money into the sea'. It makes use of two words of the same sound. Gamble and pour
have the same sound in Cantonese - doh.

January 03, 2010

打神 - 苏春梅

The following is from 李池湘's blog ...



佢唱嘅 "红腔" 十分出色,聪明嘅佢善于抓住最关键段落,运用精细独特嘅长腔,唱出嚟就显得韵味特别浓郁。好似唱 《打神》 呢首被广为传唱,脍炙人口嘅名曲,苏春梅就唱得好靓嘞。

“ 当日神前一柱香两家设誓言,他说到老两不相分我说黃泉情未了,他说中途若负阿娇,天地也难饶,我说信难饶。” 呢段唱系焦桂英对以前嘅回忆,想起两人曾经喺海神面前盟誓,永不负心。佢唱得好平静,哀婉动人,轻轻提气将声带出嚟,音色清亮。

到最后嘅一句:“ 焦桂英倒在海神庙,哭他个海沸山摇!” 苏春梅喺呢句唱腔入边,充分噉运用咗红腔以情带声嘅演唱特点,用饱含住怨恨嘅情绪拉咗一个长高腔,只见佢气沉丹田力贯头顶,唱出嘅声好有穿透力,好似吹箫噉响彻云霄,宣泄咗焦桂英对王魁负义忘情嘅悲愤心情,唱出咗红腔嘅神韵,令人陶醉。

January 01, 2010

yi ling yat ling

The title is 2 0 1 0 in Cantonese.

*** Happy New Year 2010 ***

This picture has artistes from both China and HK. The one on top is Lum Ka Sing; the first on the left, top row, is Ting Fan and the first on the right, bottom row, is Soh Choon Mui. How many do you recognize ...