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roddy

Complete Vancler

As promised earlier in the week, here's the 韩寒 advert for Vancl. Your quiz:

1) What is 大排挡?

2) Which of the two adverts is the more nauseating?

3) Are you looking forward to the excellent supermarket ad I've got lined up for early next week?

roddy

Cinema Tickets again

Realia collected on a recent evening out.

1) What film did we watch? Summarize the plot and explain for those of us who got confused.

2) Were these full price tickets?

3) Using a subway map and www.bjbus.com, plan a route home to the east gate of Tsinghua University.

skylee

Some random pictures

I took these last weekend. That triangle sign, I just don't understand why we need it, and would appreciate it if someone could explain it to me. And the red sign reminded me of a poem of 李白. Which one do you think it was? The last one is the name of a ruin up on a hill.

Enjoy.

roddy

Ireland's Potatos

A fine bit of marketing blarney.

1) What two things would an Irishman not joke about?

2) What two things does the company want to bring to the young of Taiwan?

and, er,

3) Which former US Vice-President am I emulating?

skylee

Osama Bin Laden

This is rare, in this age of telecommunications where people receive news on their cell phones, computers or on TV/radio almost instantly. I got this at about 4PM today whereas the announcement was made at 11AM (Beijing time). So it had taken about five hours for this news to reach me. Not too bad for paper medium.

The last time I saw such a thing I was in Tokyo. That day a man stabbed many people dead in Akihabara, thus the paper.

So what is this piece of paper called?

In it there is a term which is seldom used nowadays - 伏法. What does it mean?

I used an envelope to cover a gruesome picture.

skylee

This made me laugh ...

... and I was really happy. I took this in a big G.O.D. (Goods Of Desire; 住好啲) shop in Causeway Bay. I am kind of a fan of this brand, and I think the designer Douglas Young is quite talented.

Now just figure out what it is about. It is in Cantonese (some well-learned members might say it is not. But to me, a lesser Chinese who lives in Hong Kong, this is Cantonese enough). Thank you for reading this post. :P

PS - and I think that this item is for display only.

jbradfor

G-点套

Available for purchase in one of our hotels during our recent trip. I think there's some useful vocabulary here :mrgreen:

This is the first hotel I've stayed in for a long time that includes condoms for purchase -- and it wasn't a particularly cheap hotel! I assume it's not part of an anti-AIDS campaign or something like that?

I also appreciate the price being labeled in four languages.

skylee

沙士(示)汽水

I took this picture today at a supermarket. The first thing that came up in my mind was "Why is this called 沙士?" and it took only seconds for me to remember the reason. This soft drink has brought back some childhood memory.

No when I was little we didn't have soft drinks imported from Australia. But we had a root beer by Watson's called Sarsae, which is still available today. Its Chinese name is 沙示, which I think has to do with the ingredient Sarsaparilla. In Taiwan a similar drink is called 沙士. The wiki has more information. So this is why root beer is called 沙士/示.

Whenever I think of the Sarsae drink I remember the song George Lam (林子祥) sang for its ad. It was a cover version of

, and in place of "sunny" he sang "沙示". I can still sing the song today. :) Too bad I can't find that commercial online.
skylee

橡皮鴨 Rubber duck

The giant rubber duck parked next to the Harbour City in Kowloon has been a sensation during the past few weeks. And its flattening and removal for maintenance was "heartbreaking". Some friends have sent me different jpegs on the duck, and I am posting two here. I find the ID card very amusing.

skylee

Names

I had not noticed these plaques until today. I think some of the translated names are great, especially 沈弼 (Sandberg), 唐信 (Thompson), 浦偉士 (Purves) and 費樂怡 (Farrell). Sandberg and Purves were Taipans.

PS - 尤德 (Youde) is also pretty good.

skylee

From Sevilla - 出力

Sevilla is gorgeous. It is cold and sunny so a good way to spend some time is to sit under the sun and type up a blog post.

I have just done the obligatory visit to the Cathedral (the third time), and I took these pictures there. The first one is about the lack of Chinese, and the second one is about 出力.

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roddy

Signese Revival 5

One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.

 

Love of your own safety and respiratory health optional.

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roddy

Signese Revival 10

One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone. 

 

Because even the finest of us need to be reminded.

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roddy

Signese Revival 17

One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.

 

Early Internet slang?

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roddy

First world problems

Ah, the cost of a bowl of noodles in a bustling metropolis... not been here myself, but apparently worth a visit. Note your different noodle options.

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abcdefg

Top oranges

This is a Yunnan specialty orange which is not mass produced and it commands a slightly higher price. They have a thin skin and very sweet, juicy flesh. The seller stands behind them, as you can see. Not sure I've ever seen a similar sign on other fruits and vegetables at the market. I bought a bag of them yesterday.  Fine eating!

 

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