一年後的都江堰 Du Jiang Yan, one year after

都江堰 Du Jiang Yan

One year after the earthquake, a lot of the buildings in DuJiangYan are still waiting to be demolished or repaired. Many of the temples inside the historic Dujiangyan Irrigation System were damaged and are off-limited to tourists as of June 2009 when I visited. I have heard rumours that the construction of the Three Gorges Dam might have led to the violent earthquake. Whether it really caused the earthquake or not is not the primary concern now but I hope no further environmental mistakes will be made.都江堰在地震後一年多還沒有完全修復好。我曾經聽說三峽的工程可能間接造成地震的發生。無論如何,對環境的保護是很重要的,要不然不幸的事可能再發生。




maison française à Tianjin 法式洋房在天津

Les Européans ont laissé beaucoup de traces en Chine, notamment à Hong Kong. Néanmoins, Tianjin est doté avec des maisons de style européanne, si on pourrait la surnommer comme ça.

Donc, ce n'est pas Hong Kong où l'on peut voir les invasions barbares, mais dans les plusieurs grandes villes chinoises aussi. Celle-ci est située dans le quartier qui s'appelle Wu Da Dao 五大道 (les cinq grands boulevards).



Infomercial running wild

A friend of mine pointed me to this article reporting an "extreme" deodorant if you will. One must wonder if this is an American obession with (or the absence of) body odor? A "must-see-TV" on youtube featuring "Aspray".

Can you BELIEVE where those people are spraying their body parts?!?!? Beastly butt odor? Gee, this has become the nastiest blog entry on here to-date! hahaha. As commented by someone from his blog, this looked more like an SNL skit then a real commercial. On a second note, how about eating less meat or showering? Ain't those alternatives to the omnipresent Aspray? And what would people in the Victorian era think of this? hahaha


巴閉 bapre




李小龍 + 007 + 外星人...




Corazon Aquino

The passing a pioneer in Asia, the first female president in the Philippines and in the same league as first female Asian prime ministers such as Indira Gandhi or Benazir Bhutto or Tansu Çiller.

Corazon did not bring about stable and better social, economic and political changes as remarked by Marites Vitug. She did however, influence her countrymen and countrywomen with her humanity. Almost all the subsequent presidents of Philippines wanted her stamp of approval since she represented someone free of corruption and scandal. Her country seems to have a longer way to go since ALL of her successors had at one point or another be suspected or tainted by political wrongdoings.

It seems Philippines is still stuck in the post-Marcos era. Only when the number of haves and have-nots redistribute significantly in this country, will there be real progress made.

She might also be a barometer test for all the overseas Chinese with political ambition. She was more at ease than the former Canadian figurehead "head-of-state" Adrienne Clarkson who did not even dare to land on Chinese soil during or after her tenure. Mrs Aquino visited China when she was president of the Philippines. Although one could always stipulate, as a head of state of a developing nation, her meeting with China's Deng Xiao Ping, the leader of a emerging power in Asia back then, was a nothing-to-lost but everything-to-gain situation for her country. Nevertheless, apart from the Singaporean prime ministers who visited China, she was the only head of state with Chinese roots who was not ashamed of her origins.
Steven Chu or Gary Locke wouldn't even come close in 2009, let alone they are not regional, provincial or national heads when they visited China. I bet you, without looking at the various Chinese language press in the United States that gave big fuzz about it. Oh, com'on (Chinese) Americans, make up your mind. You can't be both, just look at Obama.


dog ate the sun

With the solar eclipse fever in East Asia came and gone, here is my version of it, as seen through a very primitive pinhole made on cardboard in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. I went to the Planetarium but the queue was too long so I did not make it to the rooftop to use the telescopes provided to public. The last time I saw and paid attention to a solar eclipse was either 1992 or 1993 when I was on my college campus. Time flies !

您來自哪里? D'où venez-vous? Where are you from?

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