Dressing up a panda so the baby panda won't freak out being picked up away from its mom. Check out the pics and article anyway, it's a hoot.
(Source: The Guardian online)
This Chinese guy went into a dealership and paid for his car in small change!
Mr Zhao, a businessman, dropped bundles of notes, none worth more than one yuan - about $0.15 - at the dealership in Jining, in northern Shandong province.
(Via Billy Water's tweet)
So it's not just Dub that gets to witness this phenomenon... it's a common occurance in Shangai as well, so much so, that there's a clampdown on them. Seriously! As Billy said in his tweet, come on, DCC, clamp down on those jammie-wearing locals in the city.
It was fun watching Sweet Mandarin on the F-word and just wanted to see what else I could find on the site, and found Gordon trying his hand at making dimsum. Heh, you need a patience to make dimsum, and Gordon is not he kind of person that has patience to spare. :)
Following on from my last post, coincidently enough, I saw tail end of this programme called Take away my Takeaway on Channel4. It's about literally taking people away to different countries from where their particular takeaway food originated from. The one of most interest for me was the Hong Kong one. The girls maybe a bit annoying, but interesting to see HK again (since I was only back from HK in the last couple of days), and see that they are learning something about the food in HK. Check it out, it's funny that they picked everything from the market for their ingredients, although my tummy was rumbling thinking about the scrumptious food in HK.
Here's something cheesey on this fine Friday afternoon:-
Came across this and I thought it was funny. Now everyone make a funny and cute pose! :D
They are still at it, I think it'll take awhile to totally get rid of Chinglish.
Humorous with a Japanese twist, as it's actually Pocky!
More info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocky
For all those who are not versed in using chopsticks, maybe this might help. It's a chopsticks game called Japanese Chopsticks Practice Game, funnily enough.
Coincidence, or am I corrupted? Probably the latter. I'm not the only one who noticed this, given that I found it on this particular site: University of Hong Kong Offers CLIT Courses . Now the acronyms maybe easy to file and order courses, but maybe they should have passed it through other people's eyes before sticking with "CLIT". The courses are relatively tame to what we may think it is, "Ways of Reading: Film, Literature and Culture" and "Questioning Difference: Gender, Postcolonialism and Culture". Seriously, come on. Imagine having to note down the course ids on your resume, of course, in real life, it's just the degree/course name. It made me smile, Chinglish in a different light.
Andy pinged me about this. Hehe, I had to mouth the pronouciations once to make sure I what I was reading and what I thought it was are both the same.
Idea is there, but the Chinglish is too much, I cannot stop laughing! Check it out.
I've only recently noticed another annoying Halifax ad, even though it has a Chinese guy in it. It's pointed out by BurntBreadBoy as well, and he has the vid link, I'm gonna link it here and yes, the big warning of crap ad that has a tune that gets stuck in your head, so you have been forewarned:
I also noticed the latest Crunch Nut ad, an Asian lady wins the nutty race. And there is no annoying tune in this one:
...hahaha, they are all the same, wherever they are in the world. Japan's Agriculture Ministry's employees caught editing wikipedia articles on Gundam.
I especially like this quote:
"The Agriculture Ministry is not in charge of Gundam," ministry official Tsutomu Shimomura told the Associated Press news agency.
Came across another example of Chinglish.
Heh, came across this blog entry about someone chaperoning some Japanese students in the States. Heh, it's a funny read. He definately generalised alot of the more local attractions, like say the mullet, or Walmart with a good explanation as well to boot.
So if I was showing someone around here, pub, pub, pub... where the Irish all hangout. It's not really a generalisation, is it? And the Northside-Southside bashing, don't go there! Heehee.
Even RTE news gets to report on Chinglish!
[...]a petrol station might be called an 'oil gate' with warning signs like 'the slippery are very crafty' (slippery when wet).
This is really wierd to watch! I cannot believe they have a toilet training vid! Be traumatised with laughter!!! Japanese peeps are so funny.
Um, not sure about these stamps that celebrate the Year of the pig, lick and taste stamps! Um, yummy or plurgh.
It's a funny movie about Asian squatting. The thing is, squatting is a very country thing to do. But it's a funny vid anyway :
... or you cannot pass the school entrance exams in an all-girls high school. Strange isn't it? All because they want to see...
[...] if applicants have acquired the minimum levels of eating manners by checking their use of chopsticks
The Chingrish in found in BoingBoing was pretty shocking and from that post, it shows what happens if one is not careful in translating from one language to another.
HK can be strange. When it comes to beauty... stranger. I saw this in the local Jusco store, wait for it, a horse saddle and I think you sit on it, it moves. Um, I saw the ad on tv as well in HK. It's all girls wearing cowboy hates riding these things! It's not joke. It's just wierd! It just looks too dodgy for my liking.
Came across this in The Standard today. So did a search in YouTube, and OMG, what a complete eejit! Ok, he was provoked (um, a tap on the shoulder from the young man seated behind who as asking him not to talk to loudly on his phone). Well, ok, not really, but he went off the rails. The profanities (listen with headphones, folks) just came spewing out. The young lad just wanted to get to his destination, but this guy kept going and going. Here is the vid : Bus Uncle
If you do a search in YouTube for "Bus Uncle", you will find a follow-up (Bus Uncle's arrest), and parodies made (fairly lame though). Oh, and it even made it into wikipedia!
So the phrases of the day (in Cantonese anyway) stemming from this:
* "I don't know you. You don't know me. Why do you do this?"
* "I face pressure. You face pressure. Why did you provoke me?"
* "This is not resolved! This is not resolved! This is not resolved!"
Heh, I found this very amusing... four friends in HK decided to get together and create a boy band to go undercover for their documentary, The Heavenly Kings. Brilliant! Apart from the HK media trying to boycott their band, Alive. Well, I have to say, fair deuce to the guys, and they did not do too badly out of it either. All still continuing on with their careers and making their bucks. Well, I did not like them as actors (never heard them sing), but I sure would love to see the film and see what it is like. If it is anything like Spinal Tap taking the mickey out of the industry, I'd say it would be good.
You know, MMORPGs have come along way. I,myself, am a big fan off World of Warcraft. My fiancé pointed something out the other day, WoW are holding a celebration called the Lunar Festival and it just so happens to coincide with Chinese New Year. And what went through my mind was, I thought it was inauspicious to mention the following: die, kill, use of any sharp objects, swearing, war etc... You get my drift? It's just so funny to see that it celebrates something yet go against culturally what the New Year means. I wonder if the Asian WoW players mind? But it's all harmless fun. Heh, the Lai Sees can help buy another few months for the lucky few.
Oh, on a related note (Chinese New Year, not MMORPGs ), BigWhiteGuy has a condense description of what it's all about. Browsing through the Jan archives (since I have not been reading them for awhile), I found an entry about the Wishing Tree and it seems that the tree will get further abuse leading upto the New Year. And probably a reason why I want to go to Hong Kong for Chinese New Year before I get married is because of the cool firework displays. (Hmm, probably next year.)
I came across this and indirectly found engrish photos at Flikr. In my previous blog entries, I called it Chinglish. I find it funny sometimes, but sometimes I find myself cross-eyed trying to figure out a long sentance. But it's a chuckle anyway.
Oh, and here is wikipedia's entry on Engrish.
Hanzi matters is a funny site where Chinese words are misused/duped in the West (like tshirts, tattooes). Good laugh. It's like when you see Chinese t-shirts misuse the English words with hilarious results, although not intentionally.
Really now? Well, yes if you are willing to spend the dough on a virtual girlfriend on your 3G phone in HK. The virtual girlfriend is an animated person, but needs all the love and attention adorned on her by gifts and flowers. But it's not cheap, when I mean spend, I mean literally spend "real" money. A boyfriend version is in thw works. Heh, what will they think of next!
So is it true that alot of Asian women like Beckham? The highlights of the euro 2004 have reminded me of the last time I went HK and someone asked me if I had met Beckham before (gosh they think that Ireland and Britain are 2 minutes away from each other)
So there were these women going crazy because Beckham was on screen at the hairdressers. If they had gone anymore mad they would have cut something other than hair. Also sounds like the Japanese went CRAZY when he visited it. I'm not surprised. Good looks, loads of money and an amazing talent, wouldn't he be a catch (oh lucky Victoria).
So what's the big fuss all about? After watching the Croatia and England match just now, well Beckham is treated like royalty, his foot is too good for the ball? Foul for a minor touch? What's your view on this?
post your replies and ideas here!
Irish Echo Online - News has an article about folks having their say online with blogs. If you scroll down near the end... here is an extract :
Outside of the political, religious or war-focused blogs are some off-the-wall blogs dealing with a myriad of topics. Irishbornchinese.kaykays.com, is a blog about what its web address says, Irish-born Chinese people. On that the site, the Irish-born Chinese author notes with curiosity that mainland Chinese immigrants tend to live on Dublin's north side, whereas Hong Kong immigrants and Irish-born Chinese tend to be on the south side of the Liffey.
Only found this by chance! :)
From Boing Boing: McDonalds trademarks phrase "I am Asian"... this is so wierd.
Here is a blog site called A Big White Guy in Hong Kong. Have a goo at the site. Stories of what it is like for "A big white guy in HK", and some nice photos as well.
From Asian Business Strategy - A big guy in Hong Kong and Project Chopsticks
From "Place your bets NOW!!!" to "BETTING ENDS!", I think that Bonzai is the funniest load of rubbish on t.v. at the moment.
My BF was in Japan before and he says that the game shows are much more sillier, and I would like to comment on "Super Gameshows" in HK are quite close behind Japanese gameshow sillinesses... My BF made a point that they actaully do put effort in filming the show in NTSC and converting it to PAL, which is why it results in the colours you would get from watching Japanese tv, or imported games.
And getting so many washed-up stars (probably those that could not get onto Graham Norton's shows) and do really stupid things. What a laugh.
You would think that I would find these types of shows offensive, don't you? Well, I think Bonzai is different and it carries itself out fine. Now, I wonder where "Cheeky Chappy" is?