Monday, 23 May 2016

Another update for my Jianghu site

I thought I'd be able to produce a fanfiction and an MV this weekend, but not a chance... Hence this weekend I only uploaded one MV of Chor Lau Heung 1984. The MV is titled "Kindred Spirit". 

Music is "Strange Species" or 異類的同類 (Yìlèi de tónglèi) from Tanya Chua's Aphasia (蔡健雅, 失語者) album. That's her latest album, and I love the techno tracks in it. Enjoy!

Edit: in the excitement of the upcoming LOCH 2017, I posted the OSTs of the Legend of Condor Heroes 1982 here

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Remembering Barbara Yung

I wrote a post about a remembrance for Barbara Yung, for today, 31 years ago, she left us...

On a happier note, Michael Miu is going to play Huang Yaoshi in the 2017 remake of the Legend of Condor Heroes. Click here for the news.

Have a nice weekend. All is well.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Updating my jianghu blog for Barbara Yung's birthday

Barbara Yung (7 May 1959 - 14 May 1985)

Today (7 May 2016) would be Barbara's 57th birthday had she not died young. I made three posts for her birthday at my Rivers and Lakes blog. The first one is some of Barbara's hair styles she had in her series, the second one is some LOCH 1982 BTS screen shots with Michael Miu, and the ultimate birthday post is an MV for BarbaraI uploaded it to YouTube and will also upload it to Dailymotion and Vimeo as well just in case YouTube ask me to delete it.

Happy birthday, Barbara. We miss you...

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Seven Daughters of Eve

I finished this book in two nights...

A friend of mine asked me years ago (perhaps almost ten years ago) whether I had read a book called “The Seven Daughters of Eve”. I said, I haven’t. And apparently, I would still not read it had I not visited a small second hand bookshop in Devonport, north of Auckland, last weekend. I love second hand bookshops; you’ll never know what treasure you find in such a shop. Two Christmases ago I found “Ashoka” by... in such a shop in Hobart Tasmania; I finished the book during the year end holiday. This time, I finished The Seven Daughters of Eve in two nights. I got vertigo afterwards; a combination of holiday flu and reading in poorly-lit environment inside the airplane (not a good thing for my eyesight...). But despite all that, I certainly cannot ignore the a swirling notion of DNA, mtDNA, Y-chromosome, anthropogenesis, Ice Age and so on and so forth. Despite my hammering vertigo, I cannot shake off the notion that The Seven Daughters of Eve (or 7DE) truly woke me up of my very long ignorant sleep about the origin of humans. Or Homo sapiens, as we know it. And why I should respect the early explorers, the “Out of Africa” bands who traveled where no one had gone before.

Stir-fried okra Chinese style

This was my lunch today

I love simple dishes. They are easy to make, yet always manage to warm my heart and hearth. Nigella Lawson's mushroom, garlic, thyme and lemon pasta is one of them. Or just a simple spaghetti with lightly-coated pomodoro sauce (I haven't nailed the perfect sauce yet, but I will, one day). Or, when I want a touch of Orient, the stir-fried okra Chinese style.

Okra is a vegetable that you either hate or love. I'm in the love team, and I love the Indian-style okra (bhindi masala, they call it). Recently, I tried the Chinese style okra as well, and I love it too. The recipe below is not mine; it's from The Big Fat Noodle. I love it so much tho that I decide to copy it here, so it's easier if I want to check the ingredients before cooking it. Instead of eating it with onion rice, this afternoon I opted for brown rice and quinoa. Love it!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Updating my Rivers and Lakes

Beautiful art I used for the MV, by Xuedaixun, Deviant Art

Two Three posts: one is my final impressions for Return of Condor Heroes 1983 here. Don't read it if you're an avid fan of Yeung Gor/Dragon Girl...

Two: Made another CLH MV titled "The Wandering Life Before You", this time without Siu Ching for the majority of the scenes. She only appeared in the last scene. The song is from the 1979 CLH sung by Adam Cheng. Hope you like the new MV!

Three: Posted a review on The Academy 2005 starring Michael Miu. Not a wuxia series, but it's Michael, so it's there...

Friday, 15 April 2016

Updating my Jianghu blog

I have found the third OST of Chor Lau Heung 1984. It's a beautiful song titled 情到濃時休說痴 (Love Makes a Fool of None), performed by Liza Wang. I have accordingly made an MV based on that OST; the MV can be viewed here

I have also posted my second interim impression of ROCH 1983 here.

Drop me some thoughts in my River and Lake blog please!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Updates on my Jianghu blog

Beautiful magnolias by Ella Saridi, Etsy (I used two of her arts in the new MV)

I just uploaded a new MV for Chor Lau Heung 1984 using "Undying Love", one of the OSTs for Return of Condor Heroes (ROCH) 1983. You can listen to and watch the MV here

Speaking of ROCH 1983, I started watching the series last week. I decided not to make episode summaries for this series, but I will (and have) post my interim and final impressions. The first interim impression was posted here


Sunday, 3 April 2016

New updates for my Jianghu blog

Wong Yung's gorgeous bright yellow tunic, Ep 50

I have added some screen shots of the last episodes of LOCH 1982 from ep 55 to 59, particularly during the Yeung Gor/Yang Guo baby naming scene. Might add more screen shots for other episodes too and will keep you posted if I do.

I posted a new article on the costumes worn by Michael Miu and Barbara Yung in Legend of Condor Heroes 1982.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Updates for my River and Lake blog

First update: I posted a series of sketches of Chor Lau Heung and Song Siu Ching here and sketches of Wong Yung and Yeung Hong here (thanks Cynthia from the MB Forum for the new sketches!).

Second update: I finished an LOCH fan-fiction (The Dragon's Repentance) with the following snippet:
What if Yeung Hong managed to escape death... at least until Yeung Gor was born? 
Inspired by the 2008 LOCH which gave YK the chance to be with his son and wife for a few months... and born of my wish of Yeung Hong having a closure with Wong Yung... 

I've also linked individual Michael/Barbara wuxia posts here to their counterpart posts in the River and Lake Realm. I haven't finished all of them, but I hopefully will during the weekend. 

Enjoy and see you at the River and Lake!