Saturday, 24 September 2016

Xuan Zhang 2016

Xuan Zhang 2016 is not your usual “Journey to the West” movie. You won’t find flying monkeys there. Instead, you’ll find a realistic journey of an amazing Tang monk across the treacherous deserts, who spoke fluent Hindi when he was already in India and addressed the Indian monks/gurus as “Acharya” in such a respectful way. Copied to my Jianghu blog because it relates to Li Shimin (Tang Dynasty) and it gave me a thought about LOCH 2017.

I found Xuan Zhang when I was on board Singapore Airlines from Hong Kong to Singapore (part of my lag from Washington DC to Jakarta). The good thing about flying with SIA is that you’d be guaranteed to have a wide array of Asian movies to watch. This journey was not an exception. I was weighing between Xuan Zhang and another Asian movie, and in the end, boy I’m glad that I watched Xuan Zhang.

The Chinese-Indian movie was directed by Huo Jianqi, produced by Wong Kar-wai (that name I know!) and starring Huang Xiaoming as the titular character. Never seen HXM in action before, but I was very impressed with his performance as Xuan Zhang that he’s one of my favourite Mainland actors now. HXM made me thought that he was actually channelling Xuan Zhang in the movie; his serene face and wisdom were so palpable, I wondered if he actually set aside time to meditate every day before filming. Actually, I would be glad to just sit next to him, listening to him chanting the sutras...

Sloppy updating of the Jianghu site

Well, I did say in early August that I'd announce the update of my Rivers and Lakes site here irregularly... and apparently I went overboard! It's 8 weeks already when I realised that I had not announced my updates for a while here. So yes, dear readers, for the Jianghu updates, just head on to my Realm of Rivers and Lakes. I try to post something new every weekend, and usually I can do that. If not, then I usually would post in the midst of the following week...

Anyway, since writing an article about me visiting Barbara Yung's grave (I still miss her...), I've written a post on Yang's Saga, made a Chor Lau Heung 1984 MV with Faye Wong's "Eyes on Me" as the BG music, wrote two impressions of the Legend of Condor Heroes 2008 (first and final), wrote a review on Michael Miu's 2014 Line Walker, review Barbara's letters about Chor Lau Heung (she seemed to like the series), and last but not least, writing another fan-fiction about CLH and Song Siu Ching.

Phew! Can't say I haven't been busy... and that's on top of my real-life work and agenda...sigh...

Baigan and bhindi masala

I forgot to take a photo cos the dish tasted so good, hence the bad photo.
Will change the photo when I make the dish again and I remember to take photo!

This recipe is using my two favourite vegetables: eggplant (brinjal/baigan) and okra (bhindi). Original recipe from Yummy Tummy, I alter it quite a bit and I also omit water, but since I used her spice suggestions, I still put her link here. I've experimented with several baigan masala recipe before, but it never really got close to the baigan masala that I love from Bayleaf/Mint in Townsville. This one though is good enough for me to be proud as the chef!


1 large brinjal/baigan/eggplant, chop small
A handful of bhindi/okra, sliced

4 tbsp ghee

1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 bayleaf
5-6 curry leaves

1 onion chopped
Green chili chopped

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Updating my Jianghu blog

I usually just do bulk updates these days, so wuxia readers better off to my Jianghu blog for regular updates there. Anyway, since the last update, I have posted two episode guides of the Legend of Dik Ching 1986 (Eps 1-10 and Eps 11-20), one visitor statistics, the second part of the Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre 1986 summary (Eps 23-40), and more photos of Michael Miu as Huang Yaoshi. I plan to make an MV of Michael as HYS later, so just go to my Jianghu blog for quicker updates...

Update 3 August 2016: I posted the MV of Michael Miu as Huang Yaoshi on 26 July using the third theme song of the Legend of Condor Heroes 1983. And yesterday (2 August), I posted an article about my visit to Barbara's grave in Cambridge UK on Thursday 28 July last week. It was a very special visit for me, hope you like reading it.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Updating my Rivers and Lakes

First post last Sunday was a fan-fiction; a cross-over between Nirvana in Fire and Chor Lau Heung 1984. Second post was last night, a Michael/Barbara wuxia MV. Enjoy!

Also, I injured my left wrist yesterday afternoon, but I hope I can make another MV for this weekend cos Saturday 18 June is Michael's 58th birthday!!!

Edit 18 June: the MV for Michael's 58th birthday is here.

Edit 26 June: I made another Chor Lau Heung 1984 MV with Danny Chan's oldies ballad "Ripples" for the song. Also uploaded my first Legend of Condor Heroes 1983 MV, on Wong Yung versus Yeung Hong (!!) here.

Edit 3 July: I wrote about Huang Yaoshi's characters based on the LOCH novel here, wrote a review on the 1986 Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre series here and made a Michael/Barbara wuxia MV for YouTube etc here (the song is Olivia Ong's L-O-V-E).

Monday, 6 June 2016

Updating my Rivers and Lakes

Two updates since Sunday: The first one is the review of Langya Bang (Nirvana in Fire) 2015 starring Hu Ge, Liu Tao, Wang Kai, Chen Long, Jin Dong, Victor Huang, etc. The second one is the historical accuracy of the 1980s wuxia costumes. 


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Updating Rivers and Lakes

Two updates this Sunday afternoon: a new fan-fiction for The Foundation 1984 featuring Li Sai Man and his sister Li Lok Wan (dedicated to Tamuyen Truong) and more of the Behind the Scenes GIFs of Michael and Barbara.


Oreo-based espresso ganache tart

The Oreo-espresso-chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream and boiled quince

I love coffee-infused chocolate dessert, and when it's accompanied with an Oreo cookies base, it's double true love coming true! This recipe is not mine, but I changed it slightly by changing the base to Oreos instead of Nabisco, omitting the sugar, and freezing the base instead of baking it. I took the original recipe from the amazing site of the View from the Great Island, who in turn adapted it from Epicurious. I just put it here for my collection. 

The crust:

250 grams of Oreo cookies, crushed
5 tablespoons (75 grams) of unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

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 1983 here.  And I made two new gifs of MB at the LOCH 1983 BTS

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.