Monday, March 30, 2009
A Brief Memoriam for the March 29 Yellow Flower Hill Uprising in 1910
It was almost a century ago, Dr. Sun Yat Sen led the Revolution that overthrew the Manchu Dynasty. In the course of Revolution, many heroes died. On March 29, 1910 (Lunar Calendar), the “Canton Uprising” ( 廣州起義) or more popularly known as the “Yellow Flower Hill" Uprising (黃花崗) in Canton was the most famous and gallant one. It was led by Wong Hing or Huang Xing (In Chinese, 黃興). My grandma, who was the sister of Hu Han Min (胡漢民), and her sister-in-law 陳淑子 disguised as brides and smuggled weapons from Hong Kong for this uprising. The revolutionaries made the ultimate sacrifice for their people. The uprising turned into a catastrophic loss.
Most revolutionaries were killed, only few managed to escape. Only 86 bodies were found (only 72 could be identified), and the bodies of others could never be found.
The ones that were found became known as the 72 Martyrs (七十二烈士). They were buried by a brave businessman in the Yellow Flower Hill (originally called the Red Flower Hill). The dead were mostly youths with all kinds of social backgrounds, students, teachers, journalists, rich merchants, and oversea Chinese.
Before the battle, most of the revolutionaries knew that the battle would probably be lost, since they were heavily outnumbered, but they went into battle anyway. Their letters to their loved ones were later found. One named Lin Jue Min 林覺民 wrote a farewell letter to his young wife, which became the poignant, heartrending 別妻書. A must read in the old days.
But the defeat roused up everyone in China and on October 10th the next year, the revolution became an all out event. Soon after the gun fired its first shot in Wu Han’s Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓, the Republic of China 中華民國 was born. The day October10th was the original National Day for China, known as the Double Ten Day (雙十節).
The Yellow Flower 72 Martyrs’ tomb is in Canton. Although the Communist could not erase this part of the Chinese history, they tried. They have erased all the writings bearing the original name “Republic of China” or “Kuomintang” that were etched in the stone. Have they put them back by now? And their tour guides never mention the most famous day of the Yellow Crane Tower.
We should never forget history but time has changed and so much of our history was distorted by the Communist. But I for one will not forget the truth. Even if I am standing all by myself.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
> Judy Fan (早D返), Andy Fan (晏D返), Jack Cheung ( 即將), Judy Heung (早D
> 香),Trendy Lam(趁地稔)
> Robert Ko (蘿蔔糕) Albert Yip (牛柏葉), Barbie Kiu (Barbecue), Rita Lai
> (維他奶), Frankie Tong (蕃茄湯), Jeffrey Tong (豬肺湯)Pinky Lam (冰淇
> 淋), Mic Kong (米缸)
> Ben Chu (笨豬, PaulChan (破產 ), Annie Mo(Animal), DanielWu (訂尿壺), Joe Yeung(遭殃).
> Marble To(馬寶道), Suky Wan (筲箕灣), Polly Cheung (玻璃窗), June
> Billy Chun (比你蠢), Billy Chow (比你醜), Ken Lau (簡陋), Ivy Yan (矮肥
> 人), Ken Chan (驚青 ), Brain To(不仁道)
> Mick Tso (咪嘈), Daisy Hui (打死佢), Peter Siu ( 俾得少), Ida Chan (捱得
> 慘), Molly Yau (冇理由), Joe Ko (糟糕)
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.
8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a damn word you're saying.
10. Ahhh...I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.
11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?
20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.
22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be...?
24. Do I look like a people person?
25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
26. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.
27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?
29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.
33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?
34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
36. Chaos, panic, & disorder-my work here is done.
37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.
39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?
40. Oh I get it... like humor... but different.
41. I tell my boss, "I just won the lottery. I bought the company and you're fired."
42. I do not care what every one talks about you, you're still OK in my book.
43. You dress like a hooker. I enjoy it, but my performance goes down the drain.
44. From the way you act, I know how you got promotion last year.
45. Do not tell me you're really sick every time we have a nice, sunny day or we have a baseball game in the weekday afternoon.
46. From your smell, I can tell your house does not have AC and you rushed to work without taking a bath.
47. Seems a bomb in the building, so we can leave earlier.
48. May I demonstrate how to perform sexual harassment correctly (i.e. without any lawsuit) on you?
Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a , and it gives new meaning to the names of ' cocktails', 'highballs' and just a good old-fashioned 'stiff drink'. will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT & DO.
Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them. If you don't send this to five old friends there will be five fewer people laughing in the world.
Friday, March 27, 2009
We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping
it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how
and when to eat.
What is the correct way of eating fruits?
IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! - FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN
EMPTY STOMACH. If you eat fruit on an empty stomach, it will play a major role
to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight
loss and other life activities.
FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD - Let's say you eat two slices of bread and
then a slice o f fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the
stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.
In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute
the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices,
the entire mass of food begins to spoil.
So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have
heard people complaining - every time I eat water-melon I burp, whe n I eat
durian (fruit from Asia with a foul smell yet delicious flavor) my stomach
bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet etcâ€¦ -
actually all this will not=2 0arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The
fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will
Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all
these will not happen if you take fruits on an emp ty stomach.
There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because
all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did
research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits,
you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal
When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the
cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits
because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking
destroys all the vitamins.
But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink
the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix
with your saliva before swallowing it.
You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink
fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends
tel l you how radiant you look!
KIWI: Tiny but mighty.. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin
E & fiber. Its vita min C content is twice that of an orange.
APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low
vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity
of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack &
STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant
power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood
vessel-clogging free radicals.
ORANGE: Sweetest medicine, eating 2 to 4 oranges a day may help keep colds
away, kidney stones as well as lessens the , prevent & dissolve
risk of colon cancer.
WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. &n bsp;Composed of 92% water, it is also
packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system.
They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other
nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.
GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their
high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent
constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for yo ur eyes.
Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can you believe this??
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is
nice to have a cup of cold drink afte r a meal. However, the cold water will
solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the
digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be
absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the
intestine. Very soon, this will tu rn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best
to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks
HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE: (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!)
Women should know that not every is going to be the left
arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the
first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense
sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart
attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from
a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better
chance we could survive...
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you
can be sure that we'll save at least one life.. Read this...It could save your
Let's say it's 6.15 pm20and you're driving home. Suddenly you start experiencing
severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into
your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home.
Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have
been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to
perform it on yourself.
'HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE':
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the
person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only
about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselve s by coughing repeatedly and
vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, deep and
prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up
until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart
and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps
it regain normal rhythm. This allows the heart attack victim to get to a
> 香港譯名: 蟻哥正傳
> 大陸譯名: 無產階級貧下中農螞蟻革命史 (完全睇唔出同'無產階級'、'貧下中農'
> 英文名: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
> 香港譯名: 魔戒二部曲: 雙城奇謀
> 大陸譯名: 指環王2: 兩座塔 (金塔定屎塔? )
> 英文名: 007: Die Another Day
> 香港譯名: 新鐵金剛之不日殺機
> 大陸譯名: 新鐵金剛之擇日再死 (死都要擇日?駛唔駛搵蘇民峰算一算?)
> 英文名: Catch Me If You Can
> 香港譯名: 捉智雙雄
> 大陸譯名: 來找我啊，如果你可以 (擺明直譯無經過思考)
> 英文名: Pretty Woman
> 香港譯名: 風月俏佳人
> 大陸譯名: 漂亮女人 (咁你又吹佢唔漲，因為照字A2真係咁解)
> 英文名: Indecent Proposal
> 香港譯名: 不道德的交易
> 大陸譯名: 不道德的建設 (起雞竇呀而家......?睇過套戲o既人都知唔關建設事....九唔搭八!!!)
> 英文名: The Passion Of Christ
> 香港譯名: 受難曲
> 大陸譯名: 耶穌的激情 (老實講我覺得似鹹片名，唔知教廷知道呢個名之後有咩反應?)
> 英文名: Finding Nemo
> 香港譯名: 海底奇兵
> 大陸譯名: 海底都是魚 (咁又未必，仲有珊瑚、水母、海參、鯨魚...)
> 英文名: Top Gun
> 香港譯名: 壯志凌雲
> 大陸譯名: 好大的一支槍 (聽到o個刻係想死...我覺得似係葡京鹹片o的低能對白。)
> B文名:The Day After Tomorrow
> 香港譯名: 明日之後
> 大陸譯名: 後天 (真係'啤'一聲.....明日之後o個日即係後日，合乎邏輯，WellDone!!!)
> 英文名: Aliens
> 香港譯名: 異形續集
> 大陸譯名: 珍奇異獸之風華再現 (你睇到呢名仲以為動物園PROMOTION.....)
SCROLL DOWN PLEASE
This is a poem
written by a teenager with cancer.
She wants to see how many
people get her poem.
It is quite the poem. Please pass it on.
poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a
It was sent
a medical doctor - Make sure to read what is in the closing statement
AFTER THE POEM.
Have you ever
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a
butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading
You better slow down.
Don't dance so
Time is short.
The music won't
Do you run through each day
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the
When the day is done
Do you lie in your
With the next hundred chores
You'd better slow down
Don't dance so
Time is short.
The music won't
Ever told your child,
We'll do it
And in your haste,
Ever lost touch,
Let a good
Cause you never had time
You'd better slow down.
Time is short.
The music won't
When you run so fast to get somewhere
miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry
through your day,
It is like an unopened
Life is not a
Do take it slower
Before the song is over.
FORWARDED E-MAILS ARE TRACKED TO OBTAIN THE TOTAL
Dear All: PLEASE pass this mail on to everyone you know -
even to those you don't know! It is the request of a special girl who will soon
leave this world due to cancer.
This young girl has 6 months left
to live, and as her dying wish, she wanted to send a letter telling everyone to
live their life to the fullest, since she never will.
never make it to prom, graduate from high school, or get married and have a
family of her own.
By you sending this to as many people as
possible, you can give her and her family a little hope, because with every name
that this is sent to, The American Cancer Society will donate 3 cents per name
to her treatment and recovery plan. One guy sent this to 500 people! So I know
that we can at least send it to 5 or 6. It's
not even your money, just
PLEASE PASS ON AS A LAST REQUEST.
Dennis Shields, Professor
Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology
'You have no idea what I had to do to be able to come out golfing this weekend.. I had to promise my wife that I will paint every room in the house next weekend.'
'That's nothing; I had to promise my wife that I will build her a new deck for the pool.'
'Man, you both have it easy! I had to promise my wife that I will remodel the kitchen for her.'
They continue to play the hole when they realized that the fourth guy has not said a word.
So they ask him, 'You haven't said anything about what you had to do to be able to come golfing this weekend. What's the deal?'
'I just set my alarm for 5:30am. When it went off, I gave the wife a slap on the ass and said: ' or intercourse?' She said: 'Wear sun-block’.
佬 is a guy (in a language for lower class society, or usually not a good guy like Ham Suck Lo, Fei Lo...).
麻 a skin disease in the face, so not a good-looking guy.
甩 making a la la sound
So, it is a ugly, talkative guy just like me. :)
Most likely Ding Bai is correct:
I heard that it was someone who has the look of a 披麻帶孝 guy whose 麻 was
falling apart (甩)。 That's quite a look and no laughing matter.
Seriously, no offense and my sympathy.
Cantonese is quite interesting and some slang are being forgotten.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2009 when...
1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7 Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile.
12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list
AND NOW YOU ARE LAUGHING at yourself.
Esther always replied, 'I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars'
One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, 'Esther, I'm 85 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.'
To this, Esther replied, 'Morris that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.'
The pilot overheard the couple and said, 'Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny! But if you say one word it's fifty dollars.'
Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word.
When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, 'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!'
Morris replied, 'Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars! every year, and every year Morris would say, 'Esther, I'd like to ride in that helicopter..'
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Jane and Arlene are outside their nursing home, having a drink and a smoke, when it starts to rain. Jane pulls out a condom, cuts off the end, puts it over her cigarette, and continues smoking.
Arlene: What in the hell is that?
Jane: A condom. This way my cigarette doesn't get wet.
Arlene: Where did you get it?
Jane: You can get them at any pharmacy.
The next day, Arlene hobbles herself into the local pharmacy and announces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms.
The pharmacist, obviously embarrassed, looks at her kind of strangely (she is after all, over 80 years of age), but very delicately asks what brand of condom she prefers.
'Doesn't matter sonny, as long as it fits on a Camel.'
The pharmacist fainted.
蕃 茄咖哩、烏賊咖哩、印度咖哩、日式咖哩、洋蔥咖哩等，街上新開了許多咖哩餐飲店。即使不是專賣咖哩，其他餐飲店也不希望在這波咖哩熱中缺席，知名的甜甜圈 專賣店，發明咖哩口味甜甜圈給客人嚐鮮；便利超商提供咖哩飯、藍帶咖哩三明治等熟食供消費者選擇；火鍋店也有提供咖哩湯頭；便當店也跟著趕時髦，門口特別 標示「咖哩飯」……似乎只要在食物裡加點咖哩，就容易得到消費者的青睞。
如果用在預防癌症方面，劑量就比較高。 美國癌症醫學中心就有專家建議，「給癌症病人一天吃5〜7克的薑黃素」（在美國一般超市可買到顆粒狀的萃取薑黃素），效果還沒有明確結論，不過，根據台大 醫院先前所做的第一期臨床試驗發現，就算連續幾個月吃這麼多，也還沒出現明顯的副作用，陳惠文表示：「目前為止，還沒有『吃太多薑黃素不好』的報導，不 過，還是提醒大家『再好的東西』，吃過量都是不好的。」
如果沒有以上問題，多數人都可安心享受 美味咖哩料理，為了讓咖哩具備更多健康食物的條件，薛安栗建議：「搭配抗氧化的食材更好，像是花椰菜、胡蘿蔔、洋蔥、蕃茄等，既美味又健康。」如果以主食 類來說，「加點牛肉，含鐵量高，抗氧化功能較好；如果擔心膽固醇問題，那就選擇雞肉和海鮮。」
Monday, March 23, 2009
Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in O'Leary's apartment when Paddy Murphy loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest, and drops dead at the table.
Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue playing standing up. Michael O'Conner looks around and asks, 'Oh, me boys, someone got's to tell Paddy's wife. Who will it be?'
They draw straws. Discretion is me middle name. Leave it to me.' Gallagher goes over to Murphy's house and knocks on the door. picks the short one. They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad situation any worse. 'Discreet??? I'm the most discreet Irishmen you'll ever meet.
Mrs. Murphy answers, and asks what he wants. Gallagher declares, 'Your husband just lost $500, and is afraid to come home.'
'Tell him to drop dead!', says Murphy's wife.
'I'll go tell him.' says Gallagher.
Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he'd just been run over by a train. His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut, and bruised, and he's walking with a limp.
'What happened to you?' asks Sean , the bartender.'
Jamie O'Conner and me had a fight,' says Paddy.
'That little O'Conner ,' says Sean , 'He couldn't do that to you, he must have had something in his hand.'
'That he did,' says Paddy, 'a shovel is what he had, and a terrible lickin' he gave me with it.'
'Well,' says Sean , 'you should have defended yourself. Didn't you have something in your hand?'
That I did,' said Paddy, ' Mrs. O'Conner 's breast, and a thing of beauty it was; but useless in a fight.'