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Lost Innocence

Another almost 20-year-old music video. I like the way MV directors back then incorporated touching and coherent stories into the videos. This is one of Malaysian singer 梁靜茹’s earlier songs. It’s also one of my…


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Lasting Bitter Sweetness

I’m finally satisfied with the manuscript for Spellbound In Chiangmai. The book is now being “typeset”. At long last, I’m repaying my sleep debt and putting on my running shoes again. After printing, which is…


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Heart And Not Ears

Many years ago when Hougang Mall first opened and business was just beginning to trickle in, they held a karaoke competition to attract shoppers. No, I didn’t take part, neither did I judge, but I…


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In A Different Light

The long, 36W fluorescent tubes in my office are now 7 years old. Not surprisingly, they are beginning to fail; one by one. So I went down to the electrical shop and the owner recommended…



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Chinese Fantasies

This genre in Chinese literature has probably remained unknown to the Western world until Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon hit the big screens in Hollywood. Going by Western classification, this genre would probably go under fantasy….


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Chua Lam’s Unfulfilled Wish

Chua Lam has lived his life to the fullest. What unfulfilled wish would he have? The above video answers that question. It shows Chua Lam addressing his readers in Malaysia and he was his usual,…


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Chua Lam Looking Back

Q: You were born in 1941. What can you say about life? Chua Lam: Time flies. It really does. When I was 30, I watched a movie 2001 Space Odyssey based on Arthur C Clarke’s…


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Off-Guard Tonight 今夜不设防

今夜不设防 or translated as Off-Guard Tonight, was a shocking TV programme first telecast in Hongkong. The hosts in the programme were science fiction writer Ni Kuang, talk show host, lyricist, film director James Wong Jim…


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Off-Guard Tonight 今夜不设防

Leslie Cheung on Off-Guard Tonight. If you can read between the lines, the guys seemed quite aware of Leslie’s orientation. The beginning part was all laughter and jokes. Then, he got a little more serious…