Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Our Local Variety Show

Watched a very interesting variety show on Channel 8 this evening. I don't usually like variety shows and most especially chinese ones produced locally. I don't think they do a very good job on the originality front. Most of the shows copy the more creative Taiwanese or Japanese ones.
However, the one this evening was hosted by Mark Lee and was all about foreigners speaking our Mother Tongue, Mandarin. It was jaw cracking hilarious! I was amazed by the talents of the foreigners. They could speak Mandarin so well and most of them could even "get" our colloquail words and phrases. Phrases like "gila"(crazy), "salah"(wrong), "ponteng"(skip school/work) were used to test the foreigners knowledge of our local words. It was so funny watching them guess the words and form sentences based on what they had guessed.
I was impressed by the fact that these were people from Isreal, America, Germany, Korea, Japan etc and they made the effort to learn Chinese even though many of our locals are fluent in English and some can even speak 2 or more foreign languages.
Our local children have much to learn from them. I told Brandon that the American guy on the show speaks better Chinese even though it wasn't his 1st language and Mandarin is really not an easy language to learn. They could even read the Chinese characters!! That really impressed me.
Finally, towards the end of the show, the Isreali guy took out his local drum and started beating out a beautiful rythmn and our local Indian dance instructress danced a perfectly matched Indian dance to his Isreali drum beats! This is beyond language and shows how music transends all barriers.
I am now going to make time to watch this variety show every Tuesday at 8pm. And I should also revise my biased opinion of local variety shows. Maybe if Brandon watched more of it, his spoken Chinese may then improve..... I can only hope..... and watch more Mandarin variety shows!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A photo laden post

I started making this mini album at G's hse 2 weeks ago. Together with Ed, G and myself, I managed to complete 3 pages! When I got back, I was so enthusiastic about this project that I actually completed it in one week! That must have been something like a speed miracle for me! Heh heh heh!
Anyways, I seem to have inspiration at other people's house! G's place, Jaz's place.... Everywhere except my own place!! Hahaha! What a laugh!
Every scrapping session at G's house is always food, laughter, drinks, more food, louder laughs, bigger cups of drinks! And of cos the scrapping too! G's so happy to share that sometimes I'm afraid that I'll take advantage of her generosity.
It's often easier to scrap with friends and make merry with gossips, idle chats and makan. I love to pop by Jaz's place with a bagful of scrap stuff. And very often, my very generous friend would slip papers, bellies, flowers into my scrap bag. Where to find a friend like that?
Thank you all, dear friends! I'm glad that scrapbooking has let me find my passion and my passionate friends!

The Many Faces of You

I thought that putting this pensive look at the last page ended the whole album quite neatly!

Memories of Home

This box was done up quite some time back but I never had time to take pics and upload. Since today appears to be a free day for me (kids taken care of by mummy. Thankx Mum!) I thought I'd take some time to look through what stuff I can upload into my very pathetic blog! Hee hee hee!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I'm not missing in action, yet......

Is That All?

Hee hee! Here's a long overdue LO that was inspired when I visited Jaz 2 weeks ago. I completed it 2 days after I came back from her place ( a very inspiring place, to be sure!) but was lazy to take photos and upload!
So, here's Brianna with her very first stash of birthday pressies!