Sep 05 2013

Classic Kungfu Series

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Recently talked to Aiyu about those 金庸 TVB kungfu series, because I have downloaded the Condor Heroes and shared with her and Piggy. It was the very classic ones, with main actors being 黄日华 and 翁美玲, the 1983 version.

Seriously, after so many versions came out, we had 1994 TVB 张智霖/朱茵, 2003 大陆 李亚鹏 versions, and still think of this 1983 versions as the most classic ones. It has 60 episodes, split into 3 parts (each 20 episodes): 铁血丹心, 东邪西毒, and 华山论剑. I think the casting for that series was perfect, although I am not fond of 黄日华 in that series at all, to the level of disliking that character. Although I dislike him, but that is the character of 郭靖 that I dislike, and he has interpreted the character perfectly. So does 翁美玲 in her act of 黄蓉. All other versions just can’t compare to this one.

Then we chatted about other books that Mr. 金庸 has written. I remembered the poem written by someone earlier:

These 14 words list all the stories he has written, missing 越女剑, if my memory serves me well (or one other?).

In case you are interested, these 14 stories are (in order of the poem, NOT in order of when he wrote them):


This conversation sparks our interest to find those ‘classic’ series from TVB back to 80s… Hmm… I wonder if this is also another indication of our age??!! :p

So I started the quest of searching for those torrents. It was indeed the toughest thing to do. You know, most Chinese movies/series, when you search, always end up at pornography sites, or promoting games. I have to do this when the kids are asleep, to avoid those questions and curious eyes. :(

Finally, found nearly all the torrents that we had interest in:
天龙八部 (黄日华/ 1997) –> am still looking for the 1982 version
射雕英雄传 (黄日华/ 1982)
鹿鼎记 (梁朝伟/ 1984)
笑傲江湖 (周润发/ 1982)
神雕侠侣 (刘德华/ 1983)
倚天屠龙记 (梁朝伟/ 1986)
碧血剑 (林家栋/ 2000) –> is there another older version?

I am still looking for 书剑恩仇录, I think I’ve watched before, but memory very vague. I remember I dislike that girl who acted as 香香公主, as she was not good in acting. But I could have mixed up with other movies, if this character also appears. Anyone to shed some light?

In the search, I also remembered of these oldies: 千王之王,网中人,上海滩,万水千山总是情,etc… Those ‘good’ series lately, maybe missing those great songs, cannot engage us so well. Those composers and the singers are great, but mostly already passed away ler…

Hmm… makes me feel old again. :p

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Sep 04 2013

How Do You Define OLD?

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Recently, I’ve heard many speakers trying to define ‘old’, as they began their speech, trying to engage the audiences. Depending on the speakers’ age, some used 40 years as cut-off point, and one used his own age –> 70 years old, some used other yardsticks, but mostly numbers.

Some people also like to say, ‘young at heart’, i.e. if you are young at heart, you are young… Hmm…??

I have been pondering this definition of ‘old’ lately, partly also because I am stepping into the 40s range very soon. Moses has three 40s in his life. The first 40, he lived as a prince. The second 40, he lived as a shepherd, a castaway. The third 40, he led his fellow people out of Egypt, wander in the dessert. So, 40 has been used a lot, as the mark of turning point into another life stage.

But I have lately figured out a way to define old. You see, by age, one might not feel old yet. You can be 50 years old, yet have a very young body and mind, very fit in every aspects, with good maintenance. You can be 20 years old, but the body and mind are pretty much used up, look many years older than actual age.

However, as I get more and more mature every day (ahem, refused to use the word ‘old), I realized one thing –> life experience, we can’t deny. I noticed ‘old’ has a lot to do with the people around us… Let me give some examples.

When we were young, well, when we were VERY young – all of our authorities are older than us. They are MUCH older than us. Authorities –> teachers, doctors, dentists, policemen, etc.

As we aged, we slowly see the age of our authorities getting younger and younger, then at one point, they are either only few years older than us, same age, or became younger than us! Oops, no, not that they got younger, but have to admit that –> we are getting older instead. So it is a transition period when we see a mixture.

Then, finally at one point, when all our authorities are younger than us, we are OLD. No way to deny that already.

As of current stage, my pastor is only 1 year older than me. My family doctor is only few years older than me. My favorite dentist (older) is too busy, and often have to settle with other dentists who are… YOUNGER than me.

4 years ago, when I learnt swimming with a group of friends, the instructor is (I guess) few years older than us (or probably same age). But a year later, if I were to learn again, all available instructors in this area, are younger than me!

When my gang and I tried to register a 10km run, oops, I am going into the VETERAN category! (for women 35 and above!) Hmm…

I picked up skating 3 weeks ago, joined the open classes. The instructors are at least 10+ years younger than me. So, people that I am learning a new skill from, are mostly younger now.

So, how not to be old and admit that I am old? I can say that I feel young at heart, or I can put make up and dress up younger, but the fact is, I am going to be 40 soon, and I am at the transition period of getting OLD. Time to adjust my mind to live like a 40 something soon… A mixed feeling leh!

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Aug 26 2013

Wish I had Learnt To Live In ‘Current’ Earlier

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Looking back at the days of my university life, I felt that it was really a waste of my 4 years (3.5 years to be precise). Not that I learnt nothing, or done nothing, but I did not live it to the fullest. It was my attitude problem.

To begin with, my heart was not ready nor prepared to go there. I was sort of escorted to the U, on the day I returned from my island holiday with a group of friends. I nearly missed the orientation day, but managed to reach there on time, with last minute packing. I went with a reluctant heart (although from a hind side, it was the best move my parents have decided for me then).

Because of that reluctance, I resented everything. I refused to blend in to the culture. I stick to only a few friends, especially my course-mates only. Every activities I took part, were with motives – just to score enough merit to be able to stay in the hostel. Ya, I wasn’t even interested to find a place outside, which was seen as exciting experience for most.

In fact, whenever I could, I would just stay inside my room. If not forced to, I won’t go out of my cocoon.

I still remember the morning runs that we had to endure during orientation days, that I would fake ill, nearly all the time. I probably was ill, from the illness of laziness and reluctance to workout. I hated being active.

As a result of that, when I think back of my uni-days, I don’t have much memories. I don’t remember many things. Not names, not faces, not activities.

My attitude at that time was — to get pass that 4 years, so I could leave that place. I didn’t try to blend in or learn to like that place. I was only thinking of the FUTURE, and saw CURRENT as a stepping stone that I did not want any part of.

Now, as I learnt to live my CURRENT, and as I learnt to pick up sports for 3 years, I slowly understand and enjoy my CURRENT better. I wish I had learnt this earlier, and if I have had this kind of attitude, my university life would be much more colorful and more enjoyable, like many of my friends.

I can imagine those morning runs, those fun activities (which I regarded as dreadful last time) would be so interesting with the right attitude.

I can’t live my PAST again, although I imagine them being better with new view now, but I urge everyone who chance upon this post, to change your attitude to live your CURRENT life to the fullest. No matter how reluctant you are to a situation, when God put you in it, just accept and be obedient, live in it and work at it with all your heart. You will find it more enjoyable – you are doing good for yourself and for all people around you. Bitterness is a very dangerous enemy for our lives, remember that. :)

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Aug 23 2013

I am learning to skate with my children

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Isabel’s birthday was in May, and I knew she has been wanting a pair of skate shoes, so after discussed with DH, we decided to get a pair for her, and to give her skating lesson, to equip her with the skill to use the shoes.

Many years ago, maybe around 4 years, I bought a pair of inline skates, joining my friends Aiyu and Charsiu.

k2 inline skates and alexis gear set

Somehow, due to the amount of $$ we spent, we didn’t join any classes, but tried to learn from Youtube ourselves. It started okay, but after many weeks, we never got really confident at it. As we were trying to learn A-frame turn, I had an unnatural fall, and twisted my knee. It took me more than 10 months to recover. I couldn’t walk, swim, etc. my knee was so swollen that I couldn’t even bend it. And since then, I never went onto the skate shoes any more.

Now since we are giving Isabel this gift, Ian also benefited from it. We have decided to delay the purchase of the shoes a little, let them learn first. Skateline offers to lend shoes and all equipment for level 1 and 2 students during lessons, so I took the advantage of that. However, after 1 lesson, I’ve decided to buy the kids their own protective gears, coz the loan units really stink. For hygiene purpose, I think better this way.

Only after they learnt nearly 2 months and see that their progress is a little slow, I then decided to buy them the shoes. Of course, they showed strong interest in it. :)

At this point, my itchy heart got stirred up, and I also signed up to learn with them.

On the first lesson, I had the advantage of being on skate shoes before, and also no other students (I had the solid 60min with the instructor), I passed the IFS (inline fun start, I.e. theory and basic), as well as the stride 1. So, my 2nd lesson I could join my kids in learning Heel Stop.

It was a great start for me, but I soon experienced nightmare…

The week we were waiting for my second Saturday lesson, was a school holiday week. As I tried to bring the kids to the basketball court to practice, the security guard shooed us away. In order not to disappoint the kids, I allowed them to move to the park, which was a big mistake for me…

There were so many up and down slopes. For someone like me, who have just learnt stride in 1 lesson, and who is so clumsy with the skate shoes, I really shouldn’t have done that. In one of the long downhill slope, I fell 3 times very badly. Not only I bruised my backside very badly, I also scraped them. When I showered only I realized the bleeding.

And that week’s lesson on Heel Stop became more important for me, but I am too scared to skate, I just couldn’t do it well. I wonder if I could ever learn up the skill to skate.

Now think again, at age of 40, trying to pick up a new sport, which I could hardly do when I was younger, is this something stupid to do?

But… I just feel like doing something with my children. I wish to do this with them! Well, maybe they don’t really want me to do with them, so what’s the point? I don’t know… Just hope I could survive Level 1 and get my money worth.

I hope there are more mothers learning to skate together with me, to help encourage one another!! Come lah, whoever reads Suzette, come and let’s meet up and learn to skate together! :)

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Aug 21 2013

I should have done this more often

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Ever since Isabel goes to P1, she has no problem coping with homework, unlike Ian. She finishes her works, usually in an hour or so, whilst Ian takes 3-4 hours (from the day he started primary schooling).

But it has been boring for Isabel, coz after she completes her homework, she has nothing to do. I have tried to allow her to go out to play, but I am a lazy person, I don’t like to sweat and I don’t like to go out, so I rarely play with her. So for safety reasons, she is not allowed to go out alone.

Lately, since we started taking skating lessons, I thought maybe today we will go practice skating at the park. This also helps to encourage Ian to do his homework faster. But… The sky didn’t allow us. At 4 something in the afternoon, it started raining. Ian continue to drag on his homework, and we knew our plan is ruined (you can’t skate on wet surface).

At 5:20pm, rain stopped. Seeing the road is still wet, Isabel suggested that we go run at the park. For the first time, I agreed to it. And it is the greatest thing I’ve done for her! She was so excited, and through out the whole session, she kept smiling and laughing. Ian refused to follow despite finishing his homework already and I couldn’t persuade him.

We did all sort of crazy thing, just Isabel and I. Just soon after we arrived at the park, she wanted to pee! I gently told her that we could use the toilet the, and I was a little heartache when she kept apologizing for not using the toilet earlier (I have been strict and upset about that in the past!). We ran and laughed all the way to the toilet, chit chatted and holding hands occasionally.

When we were out, we changed our course, going a different direction. We pretended that we were skating, we did striding, ready roll, braking, etc. I pretended that I lost balance and she came to my rescue… She ran and she panted, and she laughed, and she complaint of pain at her stomach, and we walked and chit chatted, talked all sort of silly things.

Through out, she kept looking at me, and kept saying’I love you, mama!’ to me. Every time she says that, I can’t help but to think she is really grateful for the time we spend together.

When we decided to stop, she asked if she could play at the playground, though she also concerned that it might be still wet. I let her do that, telling him that we are going to wash her clothes already anyway, so go get wet, it is alright! She played and played and not forgetting to keep telling me that she loves me very much!

When we reached home finally, I offered to shower for her. As I was washing her hair, she said it again that she loves me very much. My heart melted and ached at the same time. I should have done this more often with her.

This, is the true Special Moments that I should be giving to the kids, and not the eating or dessert trip. In those trips, they usually occupied with the food, don’t even bothered to talk or to look at me. Maybe once a while is okay, but I truly benefited more from this.

I’m glad that Ian didn’t join us this time. Now I know, my best Special Moment with Isabel is this. It was soooooo sweet. My best time spent with her in recent months.

Oh ya, she is a little more outdoorsy than Ian by nature. I did not expect to be this, given her weaker legs and like-to-sleep nature. But lately she has been begging to go out, running, cycling, playing, etc, whilst Ian begged to stay at home instead.

I will still need to find out what’s the best time spent with Ian, I believe what works for Isabel might not work for him.

Ah… I love today very much. It was so lovely…..

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