"Disappearing Hong Kong" will have less contents as it is in the midst of settling administration issues with Google.
Google, being the parent company of Blogger has the strictest requirements that, to many whom treasure editorial freedom, will find it hard to comprehend.
I do respect copyright holders and understand how Google, as the vendor, is just the middle man.
But, my blog is the avenue to share translated content from Cantonese or Mandarin to the English reading audience. To leave a digital footprint through Youtube videos and other online sources and display it for Hong Kong before it disappeared forever.
To disabled account when it is on application process, is just too much.
Now what does that says for you readers.
1. Editorial will source for sites that allows revenue generating content while there is no compromise in third party contents sharing. And that is Youtube. (The irony is Youtube and Google are one big family).
2. Once a suitable site is found, Editorial will announce the new URL on Facebook page and at this blog.
3. At the meantime, "Disappearing Hong Kong" Facebook page will update the status regularly. Please do like the page:
For a passionate blogger and a Hong Kong lover, it is a sad decision to leave blogger if the issue is not settled. I can not post anything that have Youtube content in future,just for the sake of joining their Adsense.
This is to Editorial,is plain absurd.
I do seek understanding from you readers whom have been reading regularly since October 01, 2012.
Disappearing Hong Kong
31st October 2012
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
香港经典电影《无间道》第3度被外国人翻拍，这次是日本两家电视台WOWOW和TBS 联合摄制的《Double Face》，刚刚在本月27号于日文播映完毕。
Hong Kong Classic film Infernal Affairs had a third remake.
This time, 2 Japanese TV stations, WOWOW and TBS remade the 2002 classic hit into a drama, titled Double Face. It just ended its run in Japan on 27th October.
As I have not seen the drama yet, no review is published at this time. I will update this space once I accessed the drama.
Also, this December is the 10th Anniversary of Infernal Affairs.
Monday, 29 October 2012
As Hurricane Sandy made her way to USA, the magnitude reminded me of a Cat 10 typhoon that hit Hong Kong in 1962. It was Typhoon Wanda.
Typhoon Wanda hit Hong Kong during Aug 29th and Aug 30th that year. As the storm intensified, nothing can stop her destruction. The storm left 434 dead and 72,000 dead. An entire fishing village in Shatin was destroyed.
The destruction intensity was ranked 6th Worst Typhoon in Hong Kong of all time. The worst typhoon that recorded the most number of death was the "1906 18th Sep Typhoon". 15,000 were dead and 1.349 were missing.
Picture from Hong Kong Observatory
"As I am troubled with work, hence off to the plains. Although the sun set is nice, it is sad to know evening is near."-A Tang Dynasty poem.
Photo taken last year when I went to Sky 100. Seeing this scene, it reminds me of this poem.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
I will translate the story of success of Nicholas Tse later. He was on headlines recently for battling skin cancer. A tough guy as he faced with his wife, Cecilia Cheung's scandal as well as impending divorce.
It is hard to find actors like him.
Saturday, 27 October 2012
由画香港政治漫画而在当地出名的Cuson，“咳神”，通过冯振超的故事，两个男人通过生活上的点点滴滴，刻画出香港都市男女朋友，在同居的当儿，也列明现代香港都市人，在从生活到政治的观点。这就是《Mary & Paul》了。
《Mary & Paul》不可能会晋级像《风云》，或者《FEEL100%》为经典香港漫画。它的可贵之处，便是总结了过去两年，香港中产阶级的男男女女的生活观，以及香港的社会面貌。
书名：Mary & Paul
There are four Hong Kong books just arrived in Singapore's bookstores and two caught my attention.
I Love Hong Kong talked about Hong Kong Brands. As a metropolitan city, Hong Kong is swarmed with many overseas brand. At the same time, Hong Kongers developed a love-and-hate relationship with the society. The author, Ng Pok Lam, tried to go deeper into it, including analyzing social media to help Hong Kong bosses to promote their brands.
Novel Hong Kong Shutdown talked about in the near future, Hong Kong faced an apocalyptic future. Its population dwindled from 7 million to a mere 25 thousand in a year. What happened during these 12 months.
What makes it interesting is the following paragraph at the back cover.
"What will happen to Hong Kong's future, or will Hong Kong have her future, it really depends whether do we embrace rationale, or gets defeated by fear and distrust!"
It sure brings out the message that what Hong Kong is facing politically and socially right now.
An interesting read to accompany this weekend. Books review soon.
Friday, 26 October 2012
|This is where New Island Cafe used to operate|
Due to increasing rent from owner, the last remaining eatery, New Island Cafe (新金島魚蛋王) at the upmarket Canton Avenue has closed. What replaced the eatery is the upscaled Puyi Optics.
News from Apple Daily Hong Kong reported that as rent from that small shop has scaled to HKD1.8 million (SGD283,000/USD 233,000) per month, it is impossible for the eatery to carry on operations.
As rentals along Canton Avenue soared, other eateries such as "China Kitchen" has closed. The primary reason is owners has invited branded goods to set up shop to cater the demand of rich Mainland Chinese visiting Canton Avenue. However, the recent October holiday has recorded a slump of earnings as the rich holidayed in China and South Korea.
|Author's photo of China Kitchen before it was closed|
I will suggest if you have the chance to visit Hong Kong, please patronize the eateries. They represent the Hong Kong spirit and yet, became the victims of Hong Kong's 'progress'.
Picture: Apple Daily, Hong Kong.
News Link: http://hkm.appledaily.com/detail.php?guid=18049126&category_guid=15307&category=daily
Thursday, 25 October 2012
If you ask me what are the songs that talked about Hong Kong, I will normally refer Roman Tam's "Under The Lion's Rock" (1976), Beyond's "Broader Seas Under The Sky" (1991) and the following "Pearl of the Orient".
There is a history behind this song. Mainland China and British decided to have talks with regards to Hong Kong in the 1970s. Coming to the 1980s, under the helm of the late Deng Xiaoping, China has a vision and direction to the control of Hong Kong. They will not allow the sovereignity to be compromised. Hence, the 1984 "Sino-British Joint Declaration" was signed. But it sparked a massive migration among Hong Kongers, and the 1989 June 4th Incident at Tiananmen Square did not put a stop to it.
"Pearl of the Orient" was composed against this historical backdrop. It was first sung in Cantonese by Michael Kwan in 1986 and had 2 versions in 1991. The first was sung by Luo Dayou himself, with a tinge of sadness and the more upbeat version by many pop stars from Rock Records.
Nevertheless, we can give our blessings to Hong Kong as we listen to the song. We hope that no matter how adverse their situation is, the people live to the best that they could.
Picture and MTV source: CCTV, Rocks Records, TVB Hong Kong
|Romantic Villa, Bruce Lee Residence turned Love Hotel|
Reports coming out from Hong Kong on Wednesday suggested that, the late Bruce Lee's residence in Kowloon Tong will be on sale.
Current owner, Mainland Chinese Philantrophist Yu Panglin, decided to sell it away as talks with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to convert Romantic Villa, a love hotel, into a Museum failed. As the love hotel is in need of refurbishment and no rent has been collected for 2 years, Yu decided to sell it away.
Yu's intention to add on three storeys of cinema, library and martials arts centre before he donated the land to Hong Kong SAR Government. But this was turned down. Local authorities do intend to set up a gallery in honour of Bruce Lee at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
|Bruce Lee (1940-1973)|
As an avid Hong Kong and kung-fu film lover, I will say that the fingers will point to the Hong Kong government to allow such situation to happen. People will be reminded how the century old Queen's Pier was torn down and they will fear the same for the late Bruce Lee's residence.
Bruce Lee's achievement transcend time. He turned the world view how Asians, especially Chinese, were portrayed in cinemas. A museum was fit for him and with the 40th death anniversary is coming in 2013, without a decent place to showcase his legacy is just too much for the Chinese community, and way too much for the Hong Kongers.
I do hope both parties, local government and philanthropist, can settled amicably for a solution soon. Many Bruce Lee fans round the world, as well as overseas Chinese, wish to visit a Bruce Lee Museum at his residence, to remember this Master.
If you wish to visit Romantic Villa before it was torn down, please go to:
41, Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Kowloon Tong
If you have not catch any good romantic Hong Kong films, besides "blaming" Hong Kong-China CEPA for not allowing Hong Kong to have so many genres movies, the other reason is there are not many talented directors left.
If there is one director's works to recommend, I will say is Pang Ho Cheung (2005 AV)'s latest offering, Love In The Buff.
Continuing the last installment Love In The Puff (2010), Jimmy (Shawn Yue) and Cherie (Miriam Yeung) got together. Half a year later, the differences for the two of them is shown and resulting them to split. Jimmy goes to Beijing to work in the advertising firm whereas Cherie follow later as her company decided to close shop in Hong Kong. Cherie never expected to meet Jimmy in Beijing but they did. Their love rekindled in this ancient city, not without choices have to be made.
Pang's Love uses the current "north drifting" issue to voice the love tribulations that the lovers have to face. As China's economic poweress grows, many Hong Kong men have to work in China, creating social and love issues in the progress. Many Hong Kong women have to decide whether to stay behind or be with their loved ones. Those who stayed will have to endure the infidelity of their partners, if their men decided to get a lady. It is similar to what Singaporean men face when their companies decided to transfer them to China to work.
Just like Love In The Puff, Pang cinematography adopted the French romantic style to bring out the romanticness of Beijing. The beautiful colours used in the Qing Hua University and Beijing countryside scene, let audiences be mesmerized in the illusion that there is a Paris in Beijing. It follows the same theme when movie goers was surprised that Hong Kong metro can be another Paris. I will have to say, the film scores do a great part in both installments.
But Pang is not a director to be content with what he had. Hence, Love In The Buff is the last decent film before he directed Vulgaria (2012), a comedy to mock the behind-the-scenes of China cinema and proclaimed his love for Hong Kong talkies.
I will end this with a film trailer and a short spoof video as a tribute to his childhood idol, Linda Wong.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
|From Encore Films Facebook|
Encore Films released the Singapore opening date for Cold War. It is refreshing to hear Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung speaking in Mandarin. But still, I prefer this movie to be presented in Cantonese.
See the below trailer in Cantonese and you compare the above dubbed in Mandarin.
Watch the below and you will not feel stressed.
A write-up on the 2 spoof program follows later. They are Fun With Liza and Gods (
荃加福祿壽) and Hong Kong Gossip (香港亂噏).
Wong Cho Lam as Handelababy.
Lo Hoi Pang as Takuya Kimura.
|Hong Kong Bus Uncle revealed to stand in as candidate for "Chief Executive Officer".|
Video is not suitable for work and on public transportation. Please put on headphones if you decide to watch the below video on MRT and bus, as it is laden with expletives.
|"I want to commit suicide"|
As I am listening to Hong Kong U Radio (U Radio) programme discussing about stress, I was reminded of "The Bus Uncle".
6 years ago, Chan Yi Dong, known as "Bus Uncle" talked too loudly on the mobile phone, resulting the passenger behind him, tapped him gently to remind him to talk softly. What happened next, was Chan belittled the passenger for full 6 minutes, laden with expletives. A passenger took the video and shared it online. It became viral, attracted media attention which our very own Channel News Asia tried to interview him.
Later on, it was revealed that Chan was imprisoned for years overseas and tried to get himself employed for 12 years. He was being offered employment and at the same time, his vices like seeking prostitution was revealed in media. The whole incident ended in anti climax as all talks on him stopped.
"The Bus Uncle Incident" revealed Hong Kong as a stressful society, its media coupled with misconduct and the power of social media. As for the onset of Singapore social media issues that the Lion City is facing, it is nothing as compared to this 2006 Hong Kong incident.
What happened to "Bus Uncle"? He disappeared without a trace.
Monday, 22 October 2012
Tomorrow is the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. To the Hong Kong Chinese community, it is known as Chong Yang Festival, a day when the weather is cool enough for climbing the mountains.
Even though I have been to Hong Kong many times, I have not tried climbing the mountains. I should start training in Singapore, so that I will not punish my body if I decided to climb Lion Rock next November or December.
Happy Chong Yang!
Picture: Hong Kong Tourism Board.
|Drama Still. From left: Chow Yun Fat, the late Veronica Mudd and Ray Lui|
"Pearl of the Orient" was a 1981 song by Macau born Jenny Tsang. She is the widow of the late Shaw Brothers Kungfu Star, Alexander Fu-sheng.
Adapted as a theme song for TVB drama serial, it is so coincidental to fit into the general sentiment for normal Hong Konger now. The drama talked about mainland Chinese migrated illegally into Hong Kong, vowed to walk hard but fate seems to play a joke.
With current adversity face by middle and lower income group, the song actually plays a part to motivate them but yet, tells the reality of 600k plus Hong Kong residents living under poverty line.
The MV for the song is below.
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