November 29, 2010


Backstage scene at Kreta Ayer People's Theatre - in this clip there are 2 male shengs, 1 female sheng and 1 female dan. The others are inside the rooms.

November 27, 2010


Chinese opera artistes at Kreta Ayer People's Theatre to raise fund for the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital. It is the first of three nights. Here they are receiving souvenirs from Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee. The first artiste in the clip is 陈楚蕙, a famous Teochew sheng.

November 17, 2010

yin zhi pai


Yin zhi hua pai is usually a heart-shaped or star-shaped bouquet with money notes attached. The notes are usually of denominations 50, 100 or 1000 dollars.

Last week I saw some stagehands putting up these bouquets at the street opera show at Chinatown.

I talked to a woman who came almost everyday. She said Long Koon Tin (the lead sheng in the shows) received 13 'pai' during the period of his performances. For example, in this picture he got 3 'pai' which could be given by 1 or more persons.

The other 2 'pai' are for the first dan and the second dan. You can see them in the video in the post below this.

and one for the second sheng.

November 14, 2010


Opera artistes doing their bit for charity at a street opera show in Chinatown. Do you recognize three of them who walked close to the camera. One even smiled at it.

November 12, 2010

November 08, 2010


Are you aware of this? A blogger said Photoshop can make some clothing material transparent.
I don't have
this Photoshop. My photo-editing softwares are quite elementary.

November 05, 2010

a horror story

The Surgeon's Tale by J.P.Dixon is one of the stories in this book.

I have read a lot of horror stories, but I forgot most of the stories soon after. However, I still remember this story although I read it many years ago. It is quite a unique story.

The story took place towards the end of the 19th century in a sleazy district in London with its seedy pubs, music halls and theatres where you could see bizarre and freakish shows. The story is about a woman performer who had a morbid fascination with the mutilation of her own body.

With every show, a part of her body (a finger for example) would be cut off. So, after ten shows all her fingers and toes would be gone. She had a perverse obsession to see how far she could go. The Surgeon came to know her and gradually got himself involved in the heinous and immoral experiment.

Perhaps this passage will give you a clearer picture of what I said.

November 03, 2010

ho wai

好位 and 好威 are pronounced ho wai in Cantonese with a slight variation in the intonation of the second word. The first ho wai means good seat while the second means very grand.

A friend related this little little story. A lady called him to say she would be performing and asked him to support. OK, he said and mentioned something about giving him a good seat (the first ho wai).

But the lady seemed to have heard the second 'ho wai'.

Depending on the situation and the way you say it, 好威 can mean a praise or a sarcastic remark.

She repeated the words inquiringly. So the friend had the chance to clarify.

It would be unfortunate if she had kept quiet but keeps it at heart, thinking he was being sarcastic.