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Dali: Where Christmas is not Only Santa | Happy Jellyfish

Dali: Where Christmas is not Only Santa

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Jesus hovering over the Great Wall? Why not. Jesus is everywhere so why not the Great Wall? It just looked so incongruous to see the cross in the middle of Dali’s old city as we were sauntering through that venerable entity, a bit quickly as it wasn’t exactly warm.

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I felt heartened seeing the cross and we went into the church, its entrance festooned with shiny pictures of Santa and lots of tinsel. Christmas can’t be all about Christianity in a church after all.

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That was yesterday and this morning I heard on the radio that China has recently removed 1,800 crosses from churches “because drivers might be distracted by them as they drive past.”

I’d say!

Merry Christmas.

耶穌 – Ye Sou (Jesus)
教堂 – gao tong (teaching hall/church)
大理 – Dai Lei (Dali, place in Yunnan)

Who Speaks More English, Hong Kong People Or Belgian People? | Happy Jellyfish

Who Speaks More English, Hong Kong People Or Belgian People?

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Here’s one of my students, let’s call him X, taking the gun off some local on one of our outings to southern China. He’s been studying for a while now and has always done very well, but last week something happened. He was in a taxi explaining where to go to the taxi driver, who was of the particular “no foreigner should ever speak Cantonese” kind and wouldn’t listen but kept talking to him angrily in English, etc.

When we met up later that night, he said: “As I stepped out of the taxi, I almost thought Screw This Cantonese Crap.”

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I said “yes, I understand you only too well! I’ve been through it all, and it still continues every single day and it will probably never stop.”
But I won’t let that kind of taxi driver get me down, because the next person I meet will be delighted that I speak Cantonese so she won’t have to struggle with the English. Or just in general.

But in this week’s lesson, X did better than ever; in fact the whole hour’s conversation was more than 90% Cantonese. X had decided once and for all to win this war, I could feel it!

The barrier of Cantonese really only exists in the mind. If you speak with confidence, it doesn’t matter if the tones and syntax aren’t perfect. People will be carried off on your wave of enthusiasm and be forced to understand whether they want it or not.

Honolulu

On the pavement in Stanley street outside the venerable Honolulu where I teach my victims, X told me that he had lived in Belgium and the people there had answered him in English when he talked to them in Dutch.

“What, you mean the Belgians are just like Hong Kong people?” I asked, taken aback.
“Oh, no no no,” X said. “No one is like Hong Kong people when it comes to the desperate fight against other people learning their language.” Phew!

檀島咖啡餅點 (Tan dou ga fei beeng dim – Honolulu Coffee Shop)
士丹利街 (Si dan lei gai – Stanley street)
比利時 (Bei lei si – Belgium)

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Why Move? | Happy Jellyfish

Why Move?

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USA! A land of Christmas and interestingly decorated cafés. A land of truck stops and rolling hills, big roads, big cars and big trolleys for people who are too fat to walk.

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The first time I went to the US was in 1979. I went to “see if it was as awful as they say”. Yes in those days I was like everybody else; America-hating, PLO-loving, kill-the-rich, down with everything pretty much like the “Occupy” movement. Now I can’t see what’s so attractive about 1970s radical thinking. It certainly isn’t radical anymore.

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Wonder what Martin Luther King would have said if he woke up in Birmingham, Alabama and saw a statue of himself

Anyway, I love America now, naturally. It’s so beautiful and everybody’s friendly. People there think I’m from London OR Australia. But my trip there was a holiday, that’s all. So why is it that since I’ve been back to Hong Kong, no fewer than five people have asked me if I’m moving to the States.

Not “would you ever consider living there?” but “are you going to live there?”

A lesser person would feel slightly paranoid. Do they want me to move? Surely, that can’t be the case. Can it? But I never hear of anyone going on a long weekend in Manila and people asking them: “So, are you moving there now?”

No, maybe I should take it as a hint. I also noticed at my last birthday a disproportionate amount of presents was about personal hygiene. OK, perfume. No, I won’t take it as a hint. But for everybody’s information, I love Hong Kong and I’m staying right here.

美國 (Mei Gok – USA)
留o係度 (Lau hai dou – staying here)
去旅行 (Heui leoi haan – go on holiday)
澳洲 (Ou Jau – Australia)

P.S: Americans! Want to learn Cantonese the natural way – from a Norwegian? Now you can take Skype lessons from me. Your morning or your evening, one hour a week.
Here is a film about the USA I made before:

Why Move? | Happy Jellyfish

Why Move?

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USA! A land of Christmas and interestingly decorated cafés. A land of truck stops and rolling hills, big roads, big cars and big trolleys for people who are too fat to walk.

IMG_7084

The first time I went to the US was in 1979. I went to “see if it was as awful as they say”. Yes in those days I was like everybody else; America-hating, PLO-loving, kill-the-rich, down with everything pretty much like the “Occupy” movement. Now I can’t see what’s so attractive about 1970s radical thinking. It certainly isn’t radical anymore.

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Wonder what Martin Luther King would have said if he woke up in Birmingham, Alabama and saw a statue of himself

Anyway, I love America now, naturally. It’s so beautiful and everybody’s friendly. People there think I’m from London OR Australia. But my trip there was a holiday, that’s all. So why is it that since I’ve been back to Hong Kong, no fewer than five people have asked me if I’m moving to the States.

Not “would you ever consider living there?” but “are you going to live there?”

A lesser person would feel slightly paranoid. Do they want me to move? Surely, that can’t be the case. Can it? But I never hear of anyone going on a long weekend in Manila and people asking them: “So, are you moving there now?”

No, maybe I should take it as a hint. I also noticed at my last birthday a disproportionate amount of presents was about personal hygiene. OK, perfume. No, I won’t take it as a hint. But for everybody’s information, I love Hong Kong and I’m staying right here.

美國 (Mei Gok – USA)
留o係度 (Lau hai dou – staying here)
去旅行 (Heui leoi haan – go on holiday)
澳洲 (Ou Jau – Australia)

P.S: Americans! Want to learn Cantonese the natural way – from a Norwegian? Now you can take Skype lessons from me. Your morning or your evening, one hour a week.
Here is a film about the USA I made before:

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