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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chinese Proverbs and Idioms





I've never been the awesomest student when it comes to Mandarin. And somehow I suck in Chinese if it were to be compared with my English and Bahasa Malaysia. But there is something that attracts me about Chinese. It is the idioms and proverbs. Unlike many English idioms and Peribahasa (Malay proverbs), many of the Chinese proverbs are accounted for, in terms of who uttered it and the source of document it came from.

And Chinese proverbs can be so artfully describe, as ancient China emphasizes a lot in the beauty of their language. Whether if it is about love, scenery, words of advice, or even artful swipes, there IS always a suitable idiom to be used.

But sad to say that Chinese language itself is under threat. The only majority speaking Mandarin countries are just China, Taiwan and Malaysia (if I'm not mistaken, and judging by the articulate Chinese they use).

I know there are quite a number of Chinese who had never received proper education in Mandarin. So since I'm quite free, I basically translated the idioms that are introduced in the secondary syllables.

As to help those with an insight to Chinese proverbs, and also for myself to refresh the idioms I've learned, and also to be taught again on the values it has.

Here we go~! (THIS IS JUST PRE-FORM ONE aka PERALIHAN STANDARD!)

1)君子绝交,不出恶声

Literal meaning: Even when a gentleman dislikes someone, he doesn’t talk bad about him or her

2)祸莫大于不知足

Literal meaning: The root of all problems is because human’s greed


3)不经一事,不长一智

Literal meaning: If you never experience something, you’ll never learn something

4)三人行,必有我师焉

Literal meaning: Even among three people, there is always something an individual have that can be taught to the other two.

5)劝君莫打枝头鸟,子在巢中望母归

Literal meaning: Do not disturb the birds in their nests. They are eagerly waiting for their mum to be back.

6)己所不欲,勿施于人

Literal meaning: If it is something that you don't want, then don't expect others to want it by giving it to them


7)亡羊而补牢,未为迟也

Literal meaning: It’s not too late to mend a broken pen keeping goats when one goat is missing from the pen

8)业精于勤,荒于嬉

Literal meaning: Studies are improve because of hard work, neglected because of slacking

9)一日不见,如三秋兮

Literal meaning: The time of going through a day without you is like spending an unbearable three years.

10)投我以桃,报之以李

Literal meaning: For showing gratitude of the peaches, I’ll give you pears

11)小时了了,大未必佳

Literal meaning: A kid may be smart, but that doesn’t promise him a bright future.

12)一语为重百金轻

Literal meaning: A word or a promise, is heavier or more precious than a hundred gold bars

13)近朱者赤,近墨者黑

Literal meaning: You’ll turn red when you touch red dye; you’ll turn black when you touch black ink

14)记人之善,忘人之过

Literal meaning: Remember the good deeds people have done, forget and forgive the sins that they’ve commit

15)敏而好学,不耻下问

Literal meaning: If one really does intend to learn, it is no sin for him or her to ask someone who is from the lower status

16)温故而知新,可以为师也

Literal meaning: The secret of mastering something is to keep on repeating doing it

17)本是同根生,相煎何太急

Literal meaning: We come from the same roots, why must be kill or harm each other?

18)名不正,则言不顺

Literal meaning: If you’re not a good example, don’t expect others to follow or listen

19)口惠而实不至

Literal meaning: Promising someone verbally but in the end not doing or achieving it practically

20)尽的大的责任,就得大快乐,尽的小的责任,就得小快乐

Literal meaning: If you’ve accomplished something big, your happiness is definitely “bigger” than those who accomplished something smaller

21) 一日曝之,十日寒之

Literal meaning: Hot for a day, cold for ten days. Meaning no discipline or determination

22) 人逢喜事精神爽,月到中秋分外明

Literal meaning: During a joyous occasion, people tend to have happier mood, during moon cake festival, the moon will be rounder than other times

23) 欲穷千里目,更上一层楼

Literal meaning: If you want to see more of the view, then you’ll have to climb a higher level of the tower

24) 慈母手中线,游子身上衣

Literal meaning: Each strand of thread or yarn that a mother knits is to make a sweater for her outgoing children

25) 富贵本无根,尽从勤里得

Literal meaning: There is no secret ways to be wealthy or accomplished rather than to be hard working

26) 以子之矛,攻子之盾

Literal meaning: I’ll attack your shield with your spear. Meaning one’s word are contradicting.

27) 谁知盘中餐,粒粒皆辛苦

Literal meaning: Who knows the rice taken during meals, each and every grain is the fruit of a farmer’s hard work

28) 清明节时雨纷纷,路上行人欲断魂

Literal meaning: During Chengbeng it drizzles, the people walking all look so sullen and sad. Used to describe Chengbeng occasions

29) 路遥见马力,日久见人心

Literal meaning: Only a long journey may we know whether a horse is strong; only going through days and years we know what’s inside a person’s heart

30) 明日复明日,明日何其多;日日复明日,万事成蹉跎

Literal meaning: Keep on delaying tasks for tomorrow, how much tomorrow you have? Every day you keep on delaying for the other tomorrow, you’ll end up with everything undone.


There you go. 30 of'em. =)




Monday, May 30, 2011

Sometimes I just don't know what to say...

Talking to you is different than talking to other girls. I need not really think or plan when I talk to other girls. But with you, I really need to plan what I wanna say the next time we chat.

Girl you just shut my mind down if I were to chat with you spontaneously.

I would have love to chat all day. But hmm.. sometimes I just run out of things to say.

Or sometimes, I'm scared that you might be terrified of me... =/

....

*The only thing I CAN do is to wish you good morning and good night princess. Cause it's one of the ways I want you to know that you're ALWAYS on my mind, without needing to say IMY...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

UEFA Champions League 2010-2011 Season Finale Review - F.C. Barcelona versus Manchester United F.C.



So hence end another season of football. The Champions League has always been a perfect way to end a season.

However, not so perfect if you are a Man United fan. If you haven't know yet, F.C Barcelona thumped Man United 3-1 to get hold of the Ol' Big Ear trophy - the holy grail of European club football.

So as a Man United fan, it is a heartache to watch the whole match, where we couldn't really match Barca's style of play.

True that the referee was sometimes more prone to make decisions in favour of Barca, but even if we were to put in the best referee in the world, it would not have helped much either. Barca are truly a masterclass.

But then again, the happiest thing about watching Manchester United is not that they are always winning. It's when they get beaten, tossed and turned over, you still love them and are willing to get heartbroken over and over again when they fail to win. I always say I love Man United like a man love his wife.

And I think I've proven that... =)




Saturday, May 28, 2011

Evolution, or Mutation?




One theory has stated that men evolved from apes, our precursors. I don't quite believe in this theory, but compared to believing God created everything, then I'll just stick to the previous theory.

This post is not about God or religion. Rather a way to start my topic. Evolution. A change in physical or mental for the better; in someways also creating a new species if we look from the point of view of science. Birds evolving from dinosaurs, men evolving from apes.

Mutation? A change too. However, rather a forced one due to circumstances. From the point of view of sciences, mutation is caused by radioactive compounds that somehow temper with the DNA or nucleic acid arrangement.

Evolution.

Mutation.

Evolution of the human race. No doubt that we have become more and more advance if compared to the past. In the past, Icarus was treated as a joke and died when he tried to fly. Now flying seems to be a norm. Yes. Though the evolve is rather the evolve of science and technology, but in the end, it must be credited to the human brain that made this all possible.

However, although Science has been evolving all this years, sadly to say that the human nature is mutating all the time (for the worse). Kids nowadays are showered with more than what they need. And yet for them its still not enough. And also regarding moral values. Bullying your own friends, posting your heroic deeds on facebook, only to be condemned by the whole world.

C'mon. CUT YOUR FRIEND'S HAIR?? YOU KIDS ARE SINFULLY SICK TO THE CORE.

SICK!

And for what you wanna take handphones to school? And you create a page to counter the ban the school places on handphones... WTF...

Kids nowadays.... are MUTATED!


IPHONE SOME MORE...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Home




Some say that home sweet home. Home is everything. Home is where you don't need to hide yourself. A place where you can do what you want.

Not always for me. Sometimes, a home is just like a big cage with love. You mostly get what you want, but in the end you don't have much freedom. You can feed a bird in it's cage with the best food in the world, drink the freshest water, but in the end what matters most is to be granted the freedom to soar above the skies.

Maybe I was brought up in a "cage" where I was given more than enough. I never knew how "flying in the sky" was all about. Internship life changed me. Freedom given to a point where I could misused it, but ended up utilizing it to almost full potential.

Once you get the feeling of flying. Haha. You'll end up wanting to stay in the skies. I start to question the weekends I purposely came home during my university days. In the end, I realised I made a big mistake. Those were the time for me to fly up high. To test myself. To enjoy myself. To grow myself.

Not to say the feeling at home is torturous. But what I want to say is, when the time to fly comes, don't hang on to the cage. Lift your head high and spread your wings.

You'll be amazed by the height and view when you're up there.



*I know I'm still learning. I know what I do probably won't fit in your mind as perfect. But in the end, I'm learning. Learning does not mean following what comes out from your mouth as critics, advices or guidance. It is what I've gone through and realized, that actually makes me learn.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pirates Of The Caribbean IV - On Stranger's Tide Review





Finally, another movie worthy on a spot on my blog (LOL!). The forth installment of Jack Sparrow's swashbuckling antics definitely fulfill it's promises for those who yearn for a pirate's life (that will be me~!)

Ready for the synopsis? Here we go~! Don't worry about potential spoilers. The plot is straightforward. Proceed to read all about it.

Story kick starts in a scene where Spanish fishermen caught a man, who claimed to be the crew of Juan Ponce de León in their nets. The man seemed to be alive (after 200 hundred years since Juan Ponce) so they brought the man to their King. Upon meeting the king, the man saved from the sea passed a battered note book to the King, displaying the details of the ultimate location of this movie - The Fountain of Youth.

Words then spread like fire that the Roman Catholic Spanish began their search for the fountain of youth. Meanwhile Captain Jack Sparrow came into the scene as a prisoner who was doomed for the gallows. Never thought Josahmee Gibbs appeared as a replacement while Jack imposed himself as the Head of Justice of the trial. He sentenced Gibbs to life imprisonment so that he could break Gibbs out during the journey. Never thought that the crown forces held him as captive to foil his plans.
Caught~!

Jack was then led to see King George II, who is enraged that the Spanish are actually going to seek the Fountain of Youth. So he pledge Jack help guide an expedition to the location, knowing that Jack has the map. Jack then meets his old nemesis, Barbossa, who turned into a privateer in service of the king and as the captain for the expedition.

Jack escaped from custody and began searching for an imposter that was using his name to search a crew destined for the fountain of youth (which led his location to be known and to be captured before this). He soon finds out that the imposter was actually Angelica, his old love.
The pretty Penelope Cruz as Angelica (Angel in Spanish)



Blackbeard - The pirate all pirates fear

Angelica then set Jack up and brought him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's ship. Angelica is actually the daughter of Blackbeard, the antagonist of this film. Suspecting that Angelica is lying, Jack plots a mutiny with the crew, but foiled at the moment Blackbeard stepped out of his cabin.

"I can point names and say fingers!"

It was then be known that the ritual for the fountain of youth requires the water from the fountain and a tear from a mermaid, drank from the silver chalices of Pounce De Leon. Hence the hunt for a mermaid commences. At Whitecap Bay, Blackbeard and his co managed to capture a mermaid named Syrena after a series of fight with a swarm of man eating mermaid.

Then when all was set, the search for the fountain of youth began. Blackbeard's crew were somehow later than the Spanish when Jack found that the Silver Chalices were missing. But never did he know that Barbossa had already been there waiting for the right moment.
Fountain of Youth, here we come!

Both Barbossa and Jack sneaked into the Spanish camp and stole the chalices. And then Jack led Blackbeard to the fountain of youth with some luck. While Jack surprised Blackbeard by teaming up with Barbossa, who is prophesied to kill Blackbeard, the Spanish arrived to destroy the Fountain of Youth, claiming that no one should live eternally other than God.
Stealing the chalices... SHHHH~~!!

Barbossa stabbed Blackbeard with a poisoned sword, and while Angelica tried to save her father, she accidentally cut herself with the poisoned blade. Jack however saved Angelica in time by tricking Blackbeard into drinking the water that was destined to give up one's soul.

Scene ends where Jack dumps Angelica on an island, while Gosahmee Gibbs got back The Black Pearl from Blackbeard's ship.

The best of the best, has got to be Captain Barbossa. He claims Blackbeard's ship and re-lived his pirating days once again. =)
Captain Barbossa
Plot ***
Acting ***** (Johnny Depp rocks)
Scenes **** (Cool graphics)

Overall ****

Not fantastic, but good enough. Plenty of sword fighting and cannon. Not to mention Queen Anne's flamethrower~!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Amazed - Lonestar



One nice song, with beautiful lyrics...





Every time our eyes meet
This feeling inside me
Is almost more than I can take
Baby when you touch me
I can feel how much you love me
And it just blows me away
I've never been this close to anyone or anything
I can hear your thoughts
I can see your dreams

I don't know how you do what you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by you

The smell of your skin
The taste of your kiss
The way you whisper in the dark
Your hair all around me
Baby you surround me
You touch every place in my heart
Oh, it feels like the first time, every time
I want to spend the whole night in your eyes

I don't know how you do what you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by you

~music~

Every little thing that you do

Every little thing that you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
ooohh~
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by you

Sunday, May 8, 2011

-Untitled-

A lot has happened since yesterday. Yes. Yesterday since I went up the Genting with my friends for a final get together session, before I finally end my internship life for good.

Something unexpected happened. Something that led me to rethink. Reconsider. And also changed part of how I feel, and think.

Why can somebody treasure and appreciated you so much, can talk and chat about so many things, while the other can just treat you as nothing, even when it comes to caring.

Why what we talk in one day, be more than what I talk to you in a year?

I have been waiting and waiting for you to change, and somehow mend the ties that was severed due to unforeseen circumstances. But, in the end, it did not kinda happen.

Why did I went and took her number, and changed my 4 month life and perception?

Perhaps it's really time to let go...

Perhaps, you were right...

I deserve better....

*A miracle happened. It changed my perception and the reason that I have been living through this 4 months. Yesterday's night, was undoubtedly, the HAPPIEST DAY for me, in the year 2011...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Grenade - Bruno Mars (Piano Arrangement)

Alright! This is the 1st of the 1st piano arrangement of mine. All time favourite song. Self arrangement. For me, not bad for a 1st try. A few flaws here and there. Sorry for that. Am a nervous person when I play for people and even the camera. Anyway, enjoy!


video

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

妳不知道的事

1. 想妳已经是一种习惯。眼睛一打开,脑海一定是关于妳。还没入眠的那一刻,脑子里,还是妳。

2. 女人有七十二变。男人也有。为了妳而改变自己该改的地方,不容易,不简单。但,我愿意。

3. 我不怕喝了咖啡因而不能入眠。是怕想妳想太多而不能入眠。就算入了眠,也不好睡!

4. 我一直在想,妳到底是不是在逃避我,还是不理我之类的可能性。毕竟我觉得我没有怎么烦妳,或者打扰妳。也没有做出什么很令人出乎预料而妳不喜欢的事。就一直相信,妳有妳的东西忙。我不应该打扰妳。但假期的妳,怎么可能没有时间,来给我那一点点的回应??? T-T

5. 我不想在这四个月的假期无所事事。因为无所事事的我,会更胡思乱想。我真的怕我会想到发疯!!!

6. 美女,我活了二十二年看得多。令我要回头望多一次的多得很。但看了一次却一直出现在我脑海里的却寥寥无几。目前那一位,就是妳。

7. 我也不知道为什么会喜欢妳。而且还喜欢到如此地步。但有时候,靠感觉,不会错到哪里去。

8. 对于未来会发生什么,我自己也不清楚。但我觉得,还是要未雨绸缪。我还真的在为我理想的未来,筹备着。

9. 其实,我是一个很想和你聊天谈笑的。还没让妳知道我喜欢妳的那段日子,还过得蛮愉快。我就会那么的傻傻等妳上网聊天。

10. 就算我追不到妳,当我选择或逼不得已得放手时,我也会给一声交代。毕竟都喜欢过一个这样的妳,并且会亲口,面对面地送上一句待在我心里很久的那三个字...

我爱妳...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

What I dislike and perhaps hate



1. Liars - Even if you lie for the better good. It's still lying. And lying is ALWAYS BAD!

2. Cutting queue - This scenario is most seen in USM when students are getting on the shuttle bus. How I wish I can shout out loud:" EH TAK TAU BERATUR KAH???!!!" and stun all of them.

3. Cheaters - In context to relationship. You have a girlfriend and boyfriend. Then be content and do not flirt around.

4. Weak self defense - It is one's duty to fend off attention of the other sex, when you're already in a relationship. The best way is to totally not let oneself fall to deep when one sense a possibility to run astray.

5. Complicity - When things like 1+1 = 2, you still have people second guessing thinking it as a trick question.

6. Negativity - HATES IT A LOT when people ALWAYS give negativity instead of looking to the positive side. Remember! Positivity creates DRIVING FORCE to move FORWARD! Negativity only halts your improvement.

7. Scandals - Dislike this quite a lot too, when you already have someone special in y0ur mind. And also, if you really wanna pair me up scandalously, do find someone better... Sometimes this does give me nightmares and goosebumps...

8. Bossy - Sometimes there are people who are born to be leaders. But then again, good leaders are also good listeners. Sometimes people just want things their way instead of listening to other people's opinion and feelings.

9. Ignored and neglected - Although I may not be the world's smartest guy, handsomest guy or what so ever, I need no respect, but attention nonetheless. Hates it when you're the last to know everything and ignored when you inquire or do something.

10. Disliking what is above and sometimes doing them - Double standard. Hypocrite.

Rest assured that the only thing I ever do above is cutting queue while waiting for bus. That also is when I'm late for class and with everyone cutting. And again, I DO NOT do it all the time. Most of the time I find myself squeezing in as the last passenger.