Well like I said earlier, these last few weeks had been crazy….. Work ,work and more work …..No letting up in sight too!!!

But anyway, did managed to squeeze in some “fun” that came in the shape of a DVD entitled “It might get loud”; 3 guitar icons coming together and just “touch hands”.

Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White – 3 of the most important names in the world of 6 strings just sparring, sharing and shaking up everything around them – what can I say?

Except maybe that Kung Fu folks should take a leaf from these guys.

Let the hands and not egos do the talking – then maybe then, we will rock n’ roll……..

“Hey hey mama said the way you move,
Gon’ make you sweat, gon’ make you groove.
Ah-ah child way you shake that thing,
Gon’ make you burn, gon’ make you sting.
Hey hey baby when you walk that way,
Watch your heartache drip, can’t keep away. “

Tsk tsk tsk,what is this world coming to …. and where is Jacky (Karate Kid) Chan when you really need him   😐

SIR, yes SIR ……

June 20, 2010

Now remember who is Boss !!!

Another illustration of how kung fu training might come in handy in ….your occupation.

The other half….

June 19, 2010

Remember guys, don’t trust  anything (1) that bleeds for a week and still lives or (2) kicks higher than you……don’t say I didn’t warn you grasshopper…… hehehe…

A day at the office.

June 18, 2010

So you don’t like my proposal ……

Full story here.

Orchard Rd area has been deluged by floodwaters after heavy rainfall. Read all here.

Now pay attention!

June 16, 2010

Okay class, this technique is separately known as :-

  • Pulling tiger tail
  • Returning horse to stable
  • Old man casting net
  • Fairy scattering flower

Whatever you call it, you catch your opponent kicking leg and throw with all your might …..

If that don’t work … go pick up Photoshop 🙂

Right, it is starting to look like this is the best I could do – update this blog once or twice a week.

With 2 books scheduled to be launched this year and both entailing extensive research and interviewing folks from all over Sarawak, proper time management is critical – aaarrgghh, “deadline” was just a word before but now …… I understand the “dead” in “deadline”…. Geeeze, this is cramping my style tsk tsk tsk….

Ahem, anyway ….. In the middle of all these excitement, Penang called and now I got to review my schedule.

Firstly, Peter (my Zhou Jia sihing) called about a week ago to tell me that one of our Zhou Jia schools is celebrating their 15 years’ anniversary with a dinner cum performance. My sibakgong will be the guest-of-honor and he wants me to be there for this event.

Then Por Suk rang and spoke to me about recording his entire Cho Gar Ban Chung Wing Chun syllabus onto DVDs. Now this is a breakthrough … so far I’ve only managed to record his Wing Chun partially. The whole thing …. Wow …… what can I say?

And just last evening, our other contact there want to know if we are able to be in Penang on the 25th of this month to meet the Minister of Tourism to discuss some of our proposals submitted. The Minister don’t do impromptu meeting, everything got to be penciled into her appointment diary….

Now if only all these are in the same time window but unfortunately there are not. So its either I shuttle back and forth or stay in Penang for 10 days to cover them all … decision, decision, decision……

Well, that is “work” …. And you know what they say …. “Deal with it!”

Now back to kung fu – something that I spoke about awhile back; how many folks misconstrue “Ancestral” for “Vibrating” Crane because in the Fuzhou dialect, both these are pronounced as “Zhong”….

I have yet to see any “Ancestral” Crane clip on-line except for the one I put up about 3 years ago.

There are, however, quite a number of “Vibrating” Crane clip posted on many mainland sites; typically performances by either Taiwan or Putien schools.

After watching these, I noticed something that both “Ancestral” and “Vibrating” Cranes seem to have in common; many “reeling cloth” and “washing hands” techniques.

Could be because producing colored cloth was, at that time, a big local industry; so there you go, something that very few historian talks about. Most records would explain histories, events and personalities and all that but how many probe into the development of the arts vis-à-vis daily lifestyles and practices?

Just like many Hakka styles around here are referred to as “tofu hands” and Fukien styles are known as “farmer’s kung fu”…. All for good reasons….