We Njangi, Do You?

My first Pilot article for the week, published on May 23, 2014, featuring the visit of Bishop Andrew Nkea, Father Maurice Ashley and Father Augustin Vondou from the Diocese of Mamfe, Cameroon.

Our Pilot article with Bishop Andrew Nkea's story from Cameroon

Our Pilot article with Bishop Andrew Nkea’s story from Cameroon

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Cantonese Proverbs in One Picture by Ah To

Ah To has done a very good job illustrating 81 Cantonese proverbs (among them, some are 歇後語). It is very enjoyable to look at all the details of every single corner of the drawing. It is also very educational in reading the captions about the proverbs. Great work in the drawings and the translations.

廣府話小研究Cantonese Resources

阿塗(Ah To) , a graphic designer and part-time cartoonist who concerns about the survival of Cantonese in Canton and Hong Kong, has just published a comic called ” The Great Canton and Hong Kong Proverbs” on Hong Kong independent media “ Passion Times “. The cartoon contains illustrations of 81 Cantonese proverbs.
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“The Great Canton and Hong Kong Proverbs”
In 1559, Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel created the oil painting “Netherlandish Proverbs” which illustrates many Dutch proverbs to praise the Dutch culture. In 2014, Ah To imitated the idea and created “Great Canton and Hong Kong proverbs” illustrating 81 Cantonese proverbs to propagate the Cantonese culture and defend Cantonese.

81 Cantonese Proverbs 

(I attempt to finish the table in this week. And I will fix mistakes as soon as I finish it.)

 Cantonese Proverbs  Meanings
 cantoneseproverb1 鬼揞眼[gwái ám ngáahn](a ghost covers one’s eyes)

1. to fail to see something

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Unbound Visual Arts Members Exhibit

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I am happy to invite you to the opening of the Unbound Visual Arts Members Exhibit. It will be at the new location – Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA 02134. I have two of my cat drawings there. Please come to the opening this Thursday starting from 5:30pm. Or, come see the show when you are around the area. The exhibit stays till June 30th. For more info, please go to the website of Unbound Visual Arts Inc.

I’ll see you there!

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Start Hitting Spacebar Now

Stick figure diving

Stick figure diving

As soon as I knew the new theme of the artwork exhibit at the building is “Art in Sports”, I already had something in my mind – the photo I took in 2008 at the Boston Marathon, close to the finish line. However, the committee members thought that it is still very sensitive now to put up artwork relating to Boston Marathon, especially it’s at the very spot. I have to put this particular photo on hold.

At the same time, I thought that it may be nice if we can have something more cheerful. I remembered a series of action created with a stick figure which I received long, long time ago. I have converted the pages into flash movie, and gif for this post. Hopefully it can bring viewers more happy memories about sport.

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Outdoor in Spring Time

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“The Moment” taken in 2008 Boston Marathon

Spring sure is blooming for sports, just like the flowers at the garden. MLB has just launched the opening. NBA is rounding up for the playoffs. NHL is not far down the road as well. We are still gluing ourselves with The Masters at Augusta, GA, wondering if Adam Scott can get the green jacket for his first time. And, tomorrow is the annual marathon in Boston, which is one of the oldest sports event in Boston.

I regard myself as an outdoor person. Although I am nocturnal as well, I love to stay under the sun during the day. Even when I am drawing or reading at home, I love to stay by the window so that I can see the blue sky and hear the bird chirps while I’m at work. I would feel more lively to walk outdoor, than inside a mall; or just to sit at the porch with the sun shining up in the sky. Staying indoor too long without any connection with the nature can drain my energy level. However, in Spring time, the sun can be too shy to come out. I saw frequent rainstorms at the Golf channel lately. Just like The Masters we are watching right now, it’s been raining since I forgot when. It’s gloomy, but yet, somehow when I see the green grass, it’s not too bad. At least, staying indoor with the connection with that piece of green golf course makes me feel better about the absence of the sunny day. Let’s hope the Boston Marathon is blessed with a beautiful weather tomorrow.

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Superbowl Commercials 2013

We all have high expectations about the superbowl. Although the Patriots didn’t make it this year, we still would like to watch an exciting game, funny and surprising commercials, and of course, a stunning half-time show.

However, the game this year was BORING until after the blackout. You didn’t miss anything if you didn’t watch it.

We went out for the night, just like other superbowl nights, hoping to have a good time in the midst of the crowd. The superbowl starts with the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary School singing the National Anthem, joined by Jennifer Hudson. I enjoyed watching it and thought it was a very good idea for the kids to come out to sing. I hope they can forget about the tragedy. That is the only nice thing to watch for the whole superbowl night.

There was nothing much to mention about the superbowl commercials this year. Now, I can see why there was no preview of any of the superbowl commercials this year before the day of. There are a few funny ones and some touching ones.

I personally like the Bud Light voodoo commercial. They call it “Journey”. It speaks what a fan would do when rooting for one’s favorite team. At the beginning of the commercial, one may wonder what the guy was doing while he went from places to places; seeing different people. In the end, when he was sitting at the stadium bench, taking a voodoo out from his jacket. But wait, he’s not the only one. The guy sitting next to him has one, too. That is hilarious!

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/sports/super-bowl-ads-2013/?hpid=z2#/69fbfaa8-6c97-11e2-8740-9b58f43c191a/bud-light-journey-%14-super-bowl-ads-2013

Taco Bell’s “Viva Young” is also a funny one with the old folks staying young, doing all kinds of things wild youngsters would do. It has nothing to do with superbowl, but it definitely is a funny one to watch while the game was BOR~RING!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/sports/super-bowl-ads-2013/?hpid=z2#/bf53dd92-6a51-11e2-ada3-d86a4806d5ee/taco-bell-viva-young–super-bowl-ads-2013

Got Milk’s first superbowl commercial “Morning Run” did a good try and captured our eyes when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starts chasing the milk truck despite everyone on the road needs his help. And, yet, the game was still BOR~RING!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/sports/super-bowl-ads-2013/?hpid=z2#/e927105a-6bb7-11e2-ada0-5ca5fa7ebe79/got-milk?-morning-run–super-bowl-ads-2013

There are some touching ones, but I guess I prefer the lighter side. Especially with a bor~ring game, who doesn’t want some funny commercials. Luckily the game became a bit exciting when the 49ers made a dramatic come back with 17 unanswered points.

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Looking Forward Not Back

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Our 2013 started by joining the big crowd counting down 3, 2, 1 in the Times Square. At the beginning, it sounded like a mission impossible to have a family of seven, with a bouncing 6-year-old, an energetic 13-year-old, and a thinking-I-am-mature-enough 17-year-old in the group. We were fear that somehow, someone was going to be missing and we had to call the police and search for the little missing lamb. Luckily, we went out in a pact, got ourselves anchored in the crowd, facing directly to the New York Times Square Ball Drop.

“3, 2, 1. Happy New Year,” said my love to me, and from me to him. Then, we kissed.

We exchanged greetings to our family.

It was once in a life time things-to-do, and we made it. We went to our hotel safely, with everyone stay intact. The most important thing was, we all had a good time.

Mission accomplished.

May we have more good times in the year 2013.

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Best Moments in 2012

We survived through all those rumors about the end of the world. And now, it’s time to review the year of 2012, and look forward for the new year.

It’s been one of the best moments I have had with Charles and my parents at Martha’s Vineyard. It was a wonderful weekend we had in August, with the summer breeze, waterfront and sunshine. Although we didn’t plan much for this trip, we managed to enjoy ourselves during our stay for the two days.

The drive to Cape Cod, then, taking the boat ride to the island marked the opening of our weekend vacation. We were lucky enough to get a homy hotel which made us feel comfy; had dinner at a dinaer which was filled with interesting decor reminding us the time when the movie “Grease” released. Walking along the neighborhood where the summer beach/ waterfront atmosphere at the home of the movie “Jaws” added a spice of excitment during our exploration at the island. The gingerbread houses at Martha’s Vineyard were also something to enjoy watching.

This Martha’s Vineyard trip was short, yet filled with happiness, excitment.

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12/21/12

I am not trying to tell stories about the end of the world. Besides, I don’t believe that by tomorrow, we are all going to die. In fact, the Mayans are going to celebrate a new era tomorrow. On a special day with another interesting combination of the digits: 12/21/12.

A new era, which means there are going to be a new start. Look at the South Koreans, they just have a female leader, who happens to be the first female leader ever in the Asian continent. That marks the new era!

As for myself, I am going to have a new office. That is my new start!

If you are still interested about the end of the world, how about reading some articles. This is a good one from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/20/world/doomsday-coming/index.html.

The end of the world? Not so soon. We can never predict when God comes to give us the final judgement! So, be prepared.

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Halloween Entertainment

Although trick-or-treating is not my thing, nor I had any plans for Halloween, the moment I heard the movie theme song, “Ghost Bride” of Mr. Vampire at Commercial Radio 2 on October 31, I decided to go home and see if I can watch that movie at youtube.

Mr. Vampire Trailer in English

That night, I managed to find the full version of the movie online and finished watching it. Mr. Vampire was released in 1985. One of the first horror-comedy movies about Chinese vampires or zombies. I have watched it before on TV. I believe if someone watches it in a theatre. The dark environment with a big screen in a theatre makes the movie more scary. What I remember the movie the most are the theme song, “Ghost Bride”, and the signature hopping move of the vampires.

The unique theme song with the Chinese melody sung by the children’s choir is playing when the movie shows the she-ghost comes out from the sedan, then flies and sits behind the young guy who is riding his bicycle home. When she looks back to her four strangely dressed carriers, they all waves her back and disappear in the bush! That is the scary part. That particular melody of the song plus the children’s choir, from there on, became the symbol of horror movie.

I googled Mr. Vampire and found that it is one of the first horror-comedy on Chinese vampires or zombies. It created a big success that it grossed HK$20,092,129. And then, I googled the all time box office in Hong Kong, the top movie is Transformers 3 (2011), with the total gross HK$10,883,894. The top made-in-HongKong movie, Kung Fu Hustle (2004), total gross HK$8,100,201. Both are not any closer to Mr. Vampire.

I guess, movie-goers are now prefer staying at home, watching movies from Netflix, or on demand. No wonder one of the biggest movie theatre in Hong Kong was recently closed down and give way to LV as another flagship store.

Mr. Vampire Original Hong Kong Trailer

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