A blog about my experience growing up with both Taiwanese and African heritage, and my love for classic Chinese music,arts and culture.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

some old and random pictures i found in the attic.

My Dad (first on your left) with members of the agriculture mission to Africa, my dad still work for the Taiwanese government in south africa today.

My dad first again on the left, with friends back in Taiwan.

Old family pictures of us in 1982, my dad is the first on the right, i am the one in shorts and a shirt, my brother is behind the bike. the picture was taken in Liberia, africa. the car in the back was my dad first car he bought in africa. my God that seem like a century ago.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tribute to the legendary Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng.

probably the best chinese singer to ever walk the surface of the earth, Teresa Teng, was a legendary singer from Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. She enjoyed immense popularity amongst all Chinese-speaking people and in the rest of East Asia, particularly in Japan, for some 30 years. Teng was known for her folk songs and romantic ballads, which remain popular to this day.Teresa Teng, was born in Yunlin county , Taiwan, on January 29, 1953. she had 3 elder brothers and one younger brother. Displaying her sweet singing voice as early as in her childhood, she had been popular in Chinese societies worldwide for three decades and truly established her status as a superstar after her melodies penetrated the Chinese mainland. At the height of her fame, Teresa even eclipsed the dominance of China's then leader Deng Xiaopeng. People were comparing the influence of senior Deng to "little Teng" of Taiwan.Besides her native tongue Mandarin, Teresa also sang in Cantonese, English, Japanese and Indonesian. Her Hokkien songs were of course quite popular, especially for those who could speak the dialect.

Long time asthmatic, Teng died from a severe asthma attack while on holiday in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the age of 43 on May 8, 1995. She was given a state funeral at home in Taiwan, with the Republic of China flag draped over her coffin and the ROC President Lee Teng-hui in attendance.
These music videos of her songs, are some of my personal favorite.

if there were any angels among us, she was truly one of them, i grew up listening to her songs, and whenever i hear them today it brings back tons of good memories, its going on 13 years since she left the world, but in the hearts of millions of her fans around the world, she will never be forgotten. may her soul rest in everlasting peace

just for laugh

A man suspected his wife of seeing another man. So, he hired a famous Chinese detective, Mr. Deng, to watch and report any activities that might develop. A few days later, he received this report:Image

Most honorable sir:

You leave house.

He come house.

I watch.

He and she leave house.

I follow.

He and she get on train.

I follow.

He and she go in hotel.

I climb tree-look in window.

He kiss she.

She kiss he.

He strip she.

She strip he.

He play with she.

She play with he.

I play with me.

Fall out of tree, not see.

A clollections of my favorite chinese proverbs.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

A book holds a house of gold.

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.

A fool judges people by the presents they give him.

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.

A nation's treasure is in its scholars.

A rat who gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Be the first to the field and the last to the couch.

Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.

Dig the well before you are thirsty.

Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.

Do not employ handsome servants.

Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet