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April 11, 2007



Hey, sounds like a good time. The videos weren't working for me and when I clicked the youtube link they were listed as private even when I have you subscribed on my account.


Yeah....I can't see them either! :(


Video fixed! Sorry about that!

Andy 美國土子

wow... looks like you guys had fun. Playing Teresa Teng on an Erhu is kick butt!

do they have paper tickets in Hong Kong? I think they are plastic when you buy the single journey tickets.

The last time I bought a single journey ticket in Hong Kong was in the 90's before the Octopus. but back in the days, the single journey tickets were plastic with a magnetic strip. After you used the ticket, the machine would collect your ticket on exit. same as shanghai.

Andy (美國土子)

I've never been to Singapore, but isn't all of Singapore Chinatown? It's it 75% Han Chinese there?

Sensei Michael

It's 70% Han Chinese there, to be exact, but 40+ years of nation building has changed us so much that we're possibly quite different from mainland Chinese. The fact that I'm much more proficient in English than in Chinese bears this fact out.

That patch of grass is the Istana, the residence and office of the President of Singapore.

Glad you enjoy Singapore. To most Singaporeans, it's quite a sterile place. :)

That "plot of grass" which is heavily guarded is the Istana, which is the office of the President of Singapore. LOL.


I guess you all have a different idea of chinatown than us singaporeans. Chinatown for us is not a place that is inhabited by predominantly chinese people, which is what Andy seems to imply. (of course, if that were the definition then the whole of singapore would be chinatown) Instead, Chinatown as a chinese quarter is an obsolete concept. Similarly a Malay quarter or an indian quarter. Chinatown for us is a preservation of the place that in those obsolete times was a place where chinese immigrants congregated to upon arrival in the british colony of Singapore. Therefore, Chinatown especially should not be like orchard road because the very existence of it to this day is as a preservation of the past and the culture that is centred there.
Hope this is informative. :)

p.s. those tall buildings with clothes hanging out to dry on bamboo poles... they are typical of residential blocks and hanging clothes like that is a common practice among all Singaporean households, by no means a mark of "chinese"ness

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