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

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Timi Zhou 卓依婷 出水芙蓉(舞女) Waterlilies dancers....

Old picture of us in Liberia, Africa in 1982, my dad is the first on the right, i am the kid with the red or orange shirt and short black pants, with my uncle holding me, my brother is behind the bike, and my cousin mei mei is infront the bike.

Here is one of my favorite song from my childhood. I remember this song playing in the house so many times in our house, i used to follow my Dad while he inspects the crops in the field under the the hot African sun. man this song brings back a lot of good memories, how i miss those times. I don't know who the original singer is, but Timi Zhou 卓依婷 sound just as good as the singer i used to hear on the stereo.

卓依婷 出水芙蓉 (舞女)

Its an old classic, but i tell you it sound good today just as it did so many years ago under the hot African sun, in my father's house.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The magnificent Twelve Girls Band of China......

Hailing from the People’s Republic of China, the Twelve Girls Band can only be described as a real treat, these women all in their twenties, are all seasoned musicians and are all veterans of the People's Republic of China's top orchestras.the women were inspired by the art of the Yue Fang, the female ensembles made out of twelve young women that played in the royal courts of the Tang Dynasty in the 13th century.
Those same string instruments and flutes are used today by China’s foremost world music ensemble, 12 Girls Band.

12 Girls Band, which is actually comprised of thirteen female musicians (so there is always a substitute ready to perform), were formed in 2001 after extensive auditions. More than 4000 contestants, all studying music at the most prestigious schools in China, were finally narrowed down to the current group. Their debut, "Beautiful Energy," was released in Japan in 2003, and the group still holds the record for the highest sales of any Chinese musical artist in that country, with nearly two million copies sold.
What an amazing group of beautiful young Chinese musicians. They play everything from traditional folk songs, to pop chart favorites, all on ancient Chinese instruments.

Beautiful chinese folk song play on instruments.......

If you like the Chinese group 12 girl band from shanghai you will definitely like these guys, check them out as they play a beautiful and famous Chinese folk song called Jasmine 茉莉花.

The music just sound so heavenly, it is so beautiful.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My Little Princess at two............

Yesterday was my daughter's second birthday, here are some pictures of yesterday celebration highlights.

With Grandma, and cousin Gavin before the party.

Keira getting ready to blow out the candles..

Some of the Kids at the celebrations...

Can you believe how fast kids grow these days? here is a home video of Keira and her Mom about a year and a half ago when she was about 6 months old.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The day a star fell from the heavens........

The dreadful day was May 8, 1995, the place Chiang Mai, the kingdom Thailand. at the very young age of 43 Teresa Teng the Nightingale of the Chinese speaking world, was silenced forever.
Long time asthmatic, Teng died from a severe asthma attack while on holiday. Miss Teng was known for her folk songs and romantic ballads, which remain popular to this day, and can still be heard in allay ways and on the streets of China towns all over the world.

The legendary singer from Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, was probably the best Chinese singer to ever walk the surface of the earth.


Besides her native tongue Mandarin, Teresa also sang in Cantonese, English, Japanese and Indonesian. she was born in Yunlin county , Taiwan, on January 29, 1953.
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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Teresa Teng patriotic songs

In 1981 Teresa Teng 鄧麗君 made a couple of patriotic songs for the video series called Jun in the out post. she visited the Taiwanese troops on the front line.the service men were excited to have her among them . here are two of the videos from that series.....

In the outpost...

鄧麗君歌友會 視像 鄧麗君1981 君在前哨特輯..

She was such a down to earth person, no wonder she was so famous in Taiwan, and the entire Chinese speaking world.

Best of Teresa Teng 鄧麗君.............

Some of the best songs from the legendary Teresa Teng all in one video.
the song are some of my all time favorites.

路邊野花不要採 / 小城故事 / 甜蜜蜜 / 我怎能離開你 / 奈何 / 原鄉人 *** 鄧麗君 *** or
Roadside wildflowers not mining / Tales of a Small Town / sweet honey / How can I leave you / her original Xiangren *** ***

Yep she was that good and will never be replaced.