April 29, 2010

鳳燭燒殘淚未幹 - 鄧志駒

kid's photo

Found this kid's photo. How does he look like when he grew up? He is the man in the two pictures below. Do you see any likeness?

April 25, 2010


Sometimes I read blogs belonging to youths. Occasionally they wrote about sumptuous feasts they had with friends at high-class eateries or lavish restaurants. There were photos of the dishes too. Aren't they fortunate? Singaporeans are rich, right?

During their grandparents' time, even eating chicken was rare - usually during festivals. For myself, I didn't eat at expensive restaurants with friends during my schooldays.

Singaporeans are richer now and our youths are fortunate in that they have more money to spend and are given more freedom but I believe they are more stressful than youths in their parents' time. Whether youths of today are better off or happier than those in other generations is hard to say because circumstances are different.

Here is a delicious-looking chicken to brighten up the post.

April 22, 2010

washing machine

Not long ago my washing machine conked out before it could finish the job it was doing. The clothes were not dried yet.

Do you know that wringing water out from the clothes needs a lot a strength, especially if there are more than a dozen pieces. I think housewives in olden days must have very strong hands and arms. They were wringing clothes for years and probably 365 days a year. I suppose they also had to lift water from the well and carry heavy pails of water.

About two decades ago, the washing machine was still not an indispensable item in the house. Some people were still washing clothes using their hands and with the help of a washing board or scrubbing board.

If you have not seen a washing board before, here is a picture of it and a girl showing you how to do the washing.

The picture is the header of this blog - http://moonlightnightsstarryskies.blogspot.com/.
(The blogger has changed the header picture when I visited today 23/04/10)

April 20, 2010

beautiful actresses of yesteryears

While looking for old movie flyers I came across some beautiful/sexy actresses of old Chinese movies (Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien). I don't know quite a number of them; neither have I seen their movies before. Nonetheless, from the photos they looked pretty enough. Below are some of them. I can remember the first four - they acted in Cantonese movies.

Lam Fung

Chan Chai Chung

Bai Lu Meng

Yu So Chow

Ting Lan

Chung Ching

Yu Chien

Tu Chuan

Grace Chang

Dianna Chang Chung Wen

Lan Ying Ying

Xia Moon

Han Ying

There are information and more photos at this site:

April 18, 2010

old movie posters

While looking for pictures of MPs of my constituency, I found some nice old Chinese movie flyers. Here are a few of them:

This movie was showing at the old Jubilee Cinema at North Bridge Road.

The cinemas were Happy (inside the Happy/Gay World Amusement Park), Grand (inside the New World Amusement Park) and ... I don't know the English name of the third cinema or where it was.

This flyer was not from Singapore.

The cinemas were Grand, Oriental (in Chinatown) ... I think the third cinema was called Globe but I don't know where it was.

Grand and Oriental

I don't know the English name of the cinema or its where-about.

April 16, 2010


See the picture below. The man on the right is Professor Simon Tay, a lawyer and a former NCMP. Last week he was a guest in a news bulletin to give his view about the protest violence in Thailand. It struck me that from the side profile he looks like the Thai King.

So I looked for a photo of the Thai King with his side view. I found this - the Thai King in his younger days.

I also searched for photos of MPs for my constituency. I found only two - one past MP and the present MP.

This is the present MP, Mr Matthias Yeo.

April 04, 2010

The last day ...

of the Guangdong Cantonese Opera Troupe's performance in Singapore

The show on the last night was about Wang Zhao Jun, one of the four beauties of ancient China. At first I thought it was the same as the opera 昭君出塞 or 昭君公主. However, it was not the same although in the opera the scriptwriter uses the famous song
昭君出塞 which Mak Yook Ching sang very well. There was another nice song - Zhao Jun playing the pipa and singing a sorrowful song under the moonlit night and this attracted the attention of the emperor.

There was one thing that I find not convincing.

Huhanye, the ruler of the Xiongnu tribe, liked Zhao Jun and accepted her as his wife but Huhanye's brother was unconvinced that a Han girl could be the wife of the tribe's ruler. So he asked Zhao Jun to shoot an arrow with the bow. Zhao Jun did that and he was convinced and accepted her. It looks too simplistic.

But overall I find the show better than I had expected.

Below are some photos taken after the show and during interval. No video.

中国广东粤剧院二团莅新演出最後一晚 : 一曲琵琶动汉皇

Emperor & empress 皇帝, 皇后 - 梁耀安, 岑海雁

公主 - 麦玉清

female make-up room 女化妝室

Palace maid 宮女 - 黃玉玲

Curtain call 謝幕

Group photo 合照

April 02, 2010

華山聖母, 洛水仙子

中国广东粤剧院二团 莅新演出


華山聖母 - 梁淑卿


洛水情 - 麦玉清