Chinese Character: Dragon in the Home

August 16, 2009 / Culture / 19 Comments

Despite being mostly ethnically Chinese, Chinese has always been a second language. I never really learned how to read until I was in university where, I forced myself to enrol in those excruciating classes for 4 consecutive years. I’ve never been fond of the language since I have to struggle to memorize the thousands of…


Why Do You Blog?

March 29, 2008 / Daily Life, Opinion / 26 Comments

EDIT: To read the post above, please request for password, as the post may be sensitive to certain people. All requests from regular commenters will be accepted. The rest will be based on my discretion. Sorry for the inconvenience. I was reading Mr. Javo’s post on why blogs have taken over the internet, and it…


One Thousand Blood Sweat Words

March 3, 2008 / Daily Life / 26 Comments

Disclaimer: This entry is my first entry written in Chinese. The English translation is kinda awkward and contrived, akin to a second-language English speaker. It’s because I wrote the entry in Chinese first, then translated it back to English. I purposefully did so to show non-Chinese speakers the level of my Chinese. And yes, that…


White like Paper

January 31, 2008 / Daily Life / 7 Comments

In Chinese class, we were discussing about the involvement of elementary and middle school children in business transactions and its consequences on their moral character. Apparently, children in China have been renting out their GameBoys, PSPs, books, magazines to their classmates for a fee. They have also be charging for help with homework. My textbook…


Chinese Condoms and Favorite Animal

January 10, 2008 / Daily Life / 13 Comments

No, they have nothing to do with each other. So, about the Chinese condoms, I learned how to say condom in Chinese in class yesterday. For those who want to know, it’s “保险套” correctly romanized as “bao xian tao”. Pronounced like “bow shien tau” for those who can’t read Chinese-style romanization. Our textbook chapter was…


Beautiful Love Song

December 31, 2007 / Daily Life / 5 Comments

I’ve never really been a big fan of the contemporary Chinese music scene. Most of it is trash – overly ‘inspired’ from Korean and Western music or overly sappy love songs. Stuff I really don’t need in my life. But I came across Khalil Fong yesterday. He’s something like Hong Kong’s answer to the Taiwanese…