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We had a family gathering over the weekend; thanks to the public holiday, my sister (with hubby and kids) managed to travel from Penang to visit us in KL.

Where could be better place than a zoo to bring a bunch of kids for outing?

Elephant, Zoo Negara

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Watched “Hotel Rwanda,” an inspiring (or rather disturbing) movie about the Rwanda Genocide in 1994. It makes me wonder… what it took for a person to take the other life; what could trigger a massacre; what can you do to prevent something bad even if you saw it coming…

It reminded me that despite lots of unfairness and stupid stuff in Malaysia… we are still a lucky bunch of people to be born on this land. It’s a pretty rare occasion that I felt really good to be in Malaysia, or to be a Malaysian… lots of the other time I was rather pessimist about our future, couldn’t help it.

Btw, I watched the movie in a hospital… any other weirder places to watch a movie?

Like the flower, not because of its beauty, nor colour, nor fragrance… like it, simply because of its name… Forget-Me-Not.

Forget me not

喜欢这花,不因其美,不为其色,不恋其香… 喜欢它,纯为其名… 勿忘我。

[Photo by Jonas Bergsten]

My uncle had hired a lion dance group to perform at his house during Chinese New Year, cost a couple hundreds of Ringgits.

Lion Dance

When I was a kid, lion dance was quite often seen… during CNY or any Chinese organization’s related events.

Although Malaysia is world renowned for lion dance, it’s not as easily seen as those days. When I was a kid we could get a ‘lion’ performing at our house for RM10 or less; now it cost much more and needs advance booking.

Some people like to relate this to government’s sanction etc., but fact is it’s hard to maintain a lion dance group… it’s not financially sound and youngster these days are not as passionate about these kind of activities; they prefer TV or PC games perhaps.

I wonder 50 years from now on… will people still be seeing lion dance in Malaysia.

Sissel Kyrkjebø, better known as Sissel, is a famous Norwegian singer.

I first heard about Sissel’s music from Japanese drama “Summer Snow” (starring Tsuyoshi Domoto and Ryoko Hirosue) in 2000/2001. Her voice was simply mesmerizing.

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