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HK Girl In France

Chip Tsao interviews Sony Chan. Sony Chan went to France with her family when she was just 11. The best way to learn French, find a French boyfriend. An interesting observation is that mundane French words are co-opted into the English Language to stand for something high class. Are French people romantic? Does cooking count? […]

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Leaders & Umbrellas

A true leader is like an umbrella. He is one who charts the course and takes ownership of problems faced by the team. He may even have to shield his team from all kinds of harmful distractions. Someone who focuses his energies on destroying his opponents or blaming them for problems faced by the team […]

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Where The Real Crazy Rich Asians Are

The real crazy rich Asians are not in Singapore. They are in China. And they don’t get any crazier anywhere else in the world. So why was Crazy Rich Asians not set in China? Because both the book and movie would have been banned. Dewdrop Books – Fiction and non-fiction with a focus on the […]

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The Legendary Ni Kuang

At a public conference, university students studying literature once asked Ni Kuang for advice on writing. He said that if one needs to ask that question, then he shouldn’t be a writer. A writer would be at home writing instead of trying to learn how to write. Ni Kuang did not even finish secondary school. […]

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Brilliant Masterpiece

The reading habit in Singapore is dying if not already dead. From what I’ve observed, the situation in HK and China is probably not as bad. Bookshops there are still big and well-stocked. The compounding factor for the slump here in Singapore is that we are a single -minded , simple-minded and narrow-minded society that […]

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Beyond Forgetting

It is far less painful to forget what you wish to remember than to remember what you wish to forget. Chinese folklore has it that when all of one’s debts in his previous life are paid, he/she would be given a bowl of 孟婆汤 before he/she is born in the next life. 孟婆汤 is a […]

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Sammo Hung Interview

Sammo Hung is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film producer and director, known for his work in many martial arts films and Hong Kong action cinema. He has been a fight choreographer for other actors such as Jackie Chan. My first “encounter” with Sammo Hung was during my secondary school days around 1978-1979. Like […]

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April Fools Fake News Test

To celebrate April Fools day, here are some of the fake news that have gone viral and made their rounds on social media in China. Enjoy. Urban legend or news? A woman sprayed perfume in a car. Someone lighted a cigarette and caused an explosion. Ans: An urban legend that once went viral in China. […]

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Live Well, You’re Just Passing By

My friend shared this very meaningful video on Facebook. We can’t choose whether or not to come to this world. We are already here. We can’t choose to stay on for as long as we like. We need to leave when the time comes. Nothing is permanent. When your life is in the pits, tell […]

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Casting & Audition

For a country as vast as China, castings and auditions are incredibly competitive. The young and pretty from all over the country descend on these events like a hive of bees. Their dream – to star in TV programmes and become household names. Coulee Nazha (born 1992), an unknown Uighur woman from Urumqi, shot to […]

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