More Singapore pics.

November 15, 2009

Oookay, I am sorting out all my pics from the trip for filing – you know, burn them onto DVDs blah blah blah….

I thought you might like these taken in Singapore.

Taken at the (in)famous Orchid Road where every available space is either a mall or billboard, we took some time to visit the latest “Ion” shopping mall that got many tongues waggling with the facade……..

ion1 I know I know, looks like something out of a sci-fi movie…..

ion3 You can check out anytime you like but you can’t never leave.

ion4 I have this “conspiracy” theory – all shopping malls are  the same     everywhere, put up by the “Illuminati” as monitoring posts to study human behaviors for devising control methods.

sj Chas….ooops….I mean Scarlett Johanssan on a billboard.

chas “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – the real apple Chas & not the Iphone……

And before anyone goes thinking it’s all kung fu, kung fu and more kung fu in Penang….. Here is a clip to prove you wrong.

Like I mentioned, Peter Lum, my Zhou Jia sihing manages a café along the famous beachfront Gurney Drive where the beers are cold and the ladies are hot!

In the clip, you’ll hear me yelling “What is tiu tiu?” in Fukien, 2 words that are heard all over the song.

Well, believe it or not, Carnation Café like wine shops you see in wuxia movies, also doubles as a meeting ground for Wulin high hands…

It was there that I first met many masters and discussed our 2007 Martial Arts Gathering that was held in Penang town.

Anyway, I still got no clue what is “tiu tiu”……….guess I shall have to go back again to investigate…….hahahaha….

P1070212 Peter Lum, my Zhou Jia sihing.

P1070252 Chas looking all “drunk”…..eerrh maybe not with the beers …………..

Since uploading the Cho Gar Bun Chung WCK clip on to youtube, I’ve gotten a few emails from folks asking me a bunch of questions?

Questions such as:-

  • History of this system?
  • Is this a variant of Yip Man WCK?
  • Is this a uniquely Malaysian evolution?
  • Are the forms the same as in other WCK lines?
  • Where can one learn this?

And so on and so forth…..

I even got a mail saying that I seem to spotlight the most on Cho Gar and whether I think this is the most “effective” ………

Ooookay……..

Por Suk, the present custodian of this system in SE Asia has got his own blogsite which caters only to those who understand Mandarin.

Talking to him in Penang last week, we agreed for me to work on translating his site into English so give me some time to work on it.

And no, I don’t think any system is the most “effective”.

That is completely up to the person.

I firmly believe that the man makes the art and not the other way around, regardless of which style we may be talking about.

I guess you could say that I have a special predilection for Por Suk’s Cho Gar because of the lucidity shown in his techniques that reflects the history so visibly.

This system, which dates back some 200 – 300 yrs ago, recognizes Shaolin’s Jhee Shim as the founder.

During that tumultuous period of Shaolin’s history, the art found shelter with the red boats opera troops and was later brought to Poon Yu – the ancestral home of the Cho family where it remains until today.

Fundamentally based on Shaolin Crane and Snakes fighting, the art took on distinguishing “opera” postures and movements during the hideout days on the boats.

The main form or “mother form” is something known as 108 techniques Siu Nim Tau using clearly identifiable Shaolin’s “Praying to the Buddha 3 times” Ming salutation.

The “Crane” techniques, personally, are standards used by Crane styles all over Fukien and Zhejiang.

Karate folks will find many techniques common to your “Tensho” kata, for instance.

The Snake is also defined and for those familiar with southern Snake, you’ll see much overlapping.

Then there is the “opera” component and nowhere is this more pronounced that in the closing posture.

With one hand on the waist and the other held above the head, this is something that you’ll see in many Chinese operas.

But just like in Chinese cooking, knowing the “ingredients” is just but one pre-requite.

To cook well, you’ll need the “art”.

Or Kung Fu.

And in this case, Cho Gar Siu Lum Ban Chung Wing Chun Kuen.

Here’s a clip showing the closing segment of 108 Siu Nim Tau and you’ll see the “snake” and closing sequence with that signature “opera” posture.