New Gen Spice Girls!

Say hello to the new generation of Spice Girls – the Five Spice Girls!

In this new generation of Spice Girls we have 桂桂, 茴茴, 角角, 丁丁 and 麻麻!

The Five Spice Girls each correspond to one of the spices in the Chinese Five Spice mixture, in case you didn’t work that out already:

Fennel seeds (小茴香)
Chinese cinnamon (肉桂)
Star anise (八角)
Cloves (丁香)
Sichuan pepper (麻辣花椒)

A totally random idea that came up in conversation with a friend on the topic of herbs and spices.

Maybe they’ll feature in more of my upcoming comics, or perhaps they’ll just remain a tribute to the wonderful Spice Girls (and cheap Chinese knockoffs).

Maybe I should use Five Spice in my cooking more…

阳光的陪伴 歌词与吉他普 by Sunnee 杨芸晴

阳光的陪伴 歌词与吉他普 (Sunnee 杨芸晴)

Lyrics and guitar chords (Original Song by Sunnee 杨芸晴)

Capo 3rd fret

Intro
Cmaj7 – Am7 – Dm – G

Cmaj7_____Am___________Dm
在傍晚阳光里 又把我们故事说起 yeah
______G
从没有忘记过 whoa
Cmaj7______Am__________Dm
走在云和雾里 让你感觉疲惫到快无法呼吸
____G
不想坚持走下去

Em__________Am___A7____Dm
太多事情让我们错过 很多美好
_______G
一直不停的向前跑
Em_________Am___A7
现在我想好好享受 这时光
____Dm_______G
抛开外界 这一切混乱

Cmaj7________Am________Dm
你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖 其他我都不管
G_____________Cmaj7
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
_____Am_________Dm
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
G________________F_C_G
天塌下来我们一起依靠

Cmaj7_____Am___________Dm
请你别离开我 我还有事情没有做 yeah
______G
再给我点时间 oo whoa
Cmaj7
想牵着你的手
Am_____________Dm
让你能够感受我就在你身边
______G
一起度过这快乐

Em__________Am___A7____Dm
太多事情让我们错过 很多美好
_______G
一直不停的向前跑
Em_________Am___A7
现在我想好好享受 这时光
____Dm_______G
抛开外界 这一切混乱

Cmaj7________Am________Dm
你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖 其他我都不管
G_____________Cmaj7
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
_____Am_________Dm
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
G________________F_C_G
天塌下来我们一起依靠

F_______Em
看着我的双眼
___Am
你会慢慢的看见
C______G____F
你和我那些浪漫画面
______Em
静止在这瞬间
____Am___C
我就在你面前
____G
向着你说我很爱

Cmaj7________Am________Dm
你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖 其他我都不管
G_____________Cmaj7
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
_____Am_________Dm
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
G
Na na na na na

Capo 4

你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖 其他我都不管
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
天塌下来我们一起依靠

Sunnee杨芸晴加盟环球音乐!26日零点发新曲《阳光的陪伴》 | 聊八卦 | xuan.com.my
Sunnee in the flesh, apparently

And here are the translated lyrics in English:

In the rays of the setting sun
You recount our story together yeah
You never forget whoa
Let’s walk through the mist and clouds
Until you’re exhausted and can barely breathe
Until you can’t walk anymore

We’ve been so busy that we’ve
Missed so many good things
Always pushing ahead in life
I just want to enjoy the here and now
Escape the chaos of the outside world

Oh your embrace
Filled with the warmth of love
I care not about anything else
You are my sunniest companion
And your smile
Is the most effective medicine
If the sky falls we’ll lean on each other

Please never leave me
There’s still so much I want to do yeah
Please give me more time whoa
I yearn to hold your hand
To reassure you that I’m by your side
To enjoy our happiness together

We’ve been so busy that we’ve
Missed so many good things
Always pushing ahead in life
I just want to enjoy the here and now
Escape the chaos of the outside world

Oh your embrace
Filled with the warmth of love
I care not about anything else
You are my sunniest companion
And your smile
Is the most effective medicine
If the sky falls we’ll lean on each other

Look into my eyes
You will gradually realise
That our romantic fantasies
Grow still in this moment
As I turn to you
And tell you that I love

Your embrace
Filled with the warmth of love
I care not about anything else
You are my sunniest companion
And your smile
Is the most effective medicine
If the sky falls we’ll lean on each other

And in Chinese:

在傍晚阳光里 又把我们故事说起 yeah
从没有忘记过 whoa
走在云和雾里 让你感觉疲惫到快无法呼吸
不想坚持走下去

太多事情让我们错过 很多美好
一直不停的向前跑
现在我想好好享受 这时光
抛开外界 这一切混乱

你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖
其他我都不管
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
天塌下来我们一起依靠

请你别离开我 我还有事情没有做 yeah
再给我点时间 whoa
想牵着你的手
让你能够感受我就在你身边
一起度过这快乐

太多事情让我们错过 很多美好
一直不停的向前跑
现在我想好好享受 这时光
抛开外界 这一切混乱

你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖 其他我都不管
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
天塌下来我们一起依靠

看着我的双眼
你会慢慢的看见
你和我那些浪漫画面
静止在这瞬间
我就在你面前
向着你说我很爱
你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖 其他我都不管
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
Na na na na na

你的拥抱 充满爱的温暖 其他我都不管
你就是我最阳光的陪伴
还有你的微笑 是最好的疗效
天塌下来我们一起依靠

And here’s a lyric video so you can listen and sing along:

Every Friday Evening

Regular people vs Runners on Friday evenings!

You’ll get this if you’re a runner or cyclist. Perhaps I should include those guys as well…

And now it’s time to sleep so I wake up before dawn to hit the road, to crunch that tarmac, to burn those calories!

#Runnersworld

And now a Chinese version for our good friends!

太多书看了! Too Many Good Books to Read!

It’s always nice to see a saying that has withstood the test of time and still holds up nicely today.

  1. 开 – Kai1
  2. 卷 – Juan4
  3. 有 – You3
  4. 益 – Yi4

So what does 开卷有益 mean? Let’s break it down!

  • 开 means to open
  • 卷 translates to scroll, but means any book or literature
  • 有 is the character for possesses
  • 益 means beneficial

This idiom means reading is good for you! Because you absorb and learn things!

Sure you don’t exactly get social skills from books, but knowledge is power and theoretically you could learn anything from books. It’s a matter of applying it, that’s all!

Have fun reading!

From Nothing Samtoki Appears

Just like how this recent outbreak materialised out of nowhere, today’s idiom is about creating something from nothing!

  1. 无 – Wu2
  2. 中 – Zhong1
  3. 生 – Sheng1
  4. 有 – You3

So 无中生有 can mean to conjure something from nothing, to make up malicious rumours or fake news. Or it can also mean to create something from nothing, to materialise something where there once was none.

Take it however you like, I just like creating stuff.

Conservation of energy side, sometimes something can come from nothing. You just have to dream it into being.

不用害羞 Shamelessly Ask Away

Ask without shame, for it is better to ask and learn, than to abstain and forever be none the wiser.

That is today’s idiom:

  1. 不 – Bu4
  2. 耻 – Chi3
  3. 下 – Xia4
  4. 问 – Wen4

Literally it translates to “ask without shame”.

耻 is shame and 问 is inquire.

This idiom promotes a lifetime of learning, always asking and always improving, much like the Chinese spirit.

Never be afraid to ask! For only then shall you receive.

Even if you think it is a stupid question, at least you will know not to ask it again next time.

天天吃美食吗? Eating Fancy Every Day?

Hey, good looking! What’s that you’re cooking?

  1. 山 – Shan1
  2. 珍 – Zhen1
  3. 海 – Hai3
  4. 味 – Wei4

Or I suppose I could write it out like this: shān zhēn hǎi wèi.

So today’s idiom literally translates to:

The treasures of the mountains and the taste of the seas

Pretty florid to describe fancy food! This idiom is used to describe delectable dishes and mouth-watering morsels, presumably all imported. Just kidding, you can still eat fancy and support your local farmers and growers, yeah?

Eat up, guys!

[叁多级 成语乱写 第二课程] 今天谈什么? What Shall We Chat About Today?

The images give it away a little, so I’m sure you can guess what this idiom is getting at. Here are the individual character pronunciations:

  1. 谈 – Tan2
  2. 笑 – Xiao4
  3. 风 – Feng1
  4. 生 – Sheng1

So what does it mean?

谈笑风生 isn’t too deep of an idiom, it simply describes a jolly atmosphere where everyone is conversing merrily and chatting in a relaxed fashion, like a soft, jovial breeze blowing outwards.

Been a while since we had the chance to all sit down and chat, isn’t it?

Samtoki First Chinese Idiom Lesson – We’re All In This Together! [叁多级 成语乱写 第一课程]

Welcome to 叁多级’s 成语乱写 inaugural first class!

Alright, let’s start on some Chinese now that you’ve got some Korean down pat. But not just any regular ol’ mandarin – we’re going to do Chinese idioms, 成语 to be precise.

If you’ve heard of 成语, they are a partially poetic and cultural part of the Chinese language, because they all conform to the same pattern – they all consist of four characters.

Of course there are longer idioms and sayings in Chinese culture, but somehow this pattern of concise four-syllable pragmatic knowledge bombs became popular and naturally became a integral part of the Chinese culture and spoken language.

I won’t go too much into the history of it all, at least not now.

I will elucidate the pronunciation and meaning of the idiom up top, of course, otherwise this is going to become one of those inane recipes with a novel wrapped around the actual recipe that you have to hyper scroll to find.

As you may know, the Chinese phonetic alphabet (known as pinyin 拼音) comes with four inflections. I will follow the standard way of indicating the inflections with the numbers 1 to 4, but traditionally they have symbols above the vowels for inflections, like so óōǒò.

So that’s:

  1. ó
  2. ō
  3. ǒ
  4. ò

If you’re not sure how these inflections sound, check out this video.

Today’s idiom is:

  1. 同 – Tong2
  2. 舟 – Zhou1
  3. 共 – Gong4
  4. 济 – Ji4

Alternatively it can be written tóng zhōu gòng jì, but I’m too lazy to find the letters with the right symbols.

Anyway, this idiom means “we’re all in the same boat” ergo “we’re all in this together”.

I thought it would be fitting for the current situation we’re in, all being stuck at home, hiding from the virus and its putrid carriers.

Now if you’re familiar with the Chinese language, you’ll know that each character is unique and bears its own meaning, so let’s break it down!

  1. 同 – Together, united
  2. 舟 – Boat (I’ve got to stop riding this Titanic meme)
  3. 共 – Overall, together
  4. 济 – Assist, aid

So it translates to “we’re in the same boat and we should help one another“. Instead of, you know, burning down our communication towers and spreading hoaxes and deception.

Because let’s face it, April Fool’s is over, guys.

A Kind of Sorrow 有一種悲傷(Male Acoustic Guitar Chords)

The chords for this acoustic male version of the song are in a different key to the one by A-Lin. I kind of prefer this version better.

Eb _______ F
我不羨慕 太陽
Dm _____ Gm
照不亮你 過往
Eb _______ F _______Bb Bb7
有些黑暗 我們 都一樣

Eb _______ F
我太嫉妒 時光
Dm ______ Gm
能離開的 大方
Eb _______ F ________ Bb Bb7
不用開口 也就無需躲藏

Eb
有一種悲傷
F ________________ Dm
是你的名字停留在我的過往
Gm ______________ Eb _____ F
陪伴我呼吸 決定我微笑模樣
F ___ Bb Bb7
無法遺忘

Eb
有一種悲傷
F ______________ Dm ___________ Gm
是笑著與你分開 思念卻背對背張望
Eb _______ F ________ Eb
剩下倔強 剩下合照一張

The chords are for this version of the song

Alternatively, here is a version of 有一種悲傷 with capo

Capo on 3rd fret

C _______ D
我不羨慕 太陽
Bm _____ Em
照不亮你 過往
C _______ D _______G
有些黑暗 我們 都一樣

C _______ D
我太嫉妒 時光
Bm _____ Em
能離開的 大方
C _______ D _______G
不用開口 也就無需躲藏

C
有一種悲傷
D ________________ Bm
是你的名字停留在我的過往
Em ______________ C _____ D
陪伴我呼吸 決定我微笑模樣
D ___ G
無法遺忘

C
有一種悲傷
D ______________ Bm ___________ Em
是笑著與你分開 思念卻背對背張望
C _______ D ________ C
剩下倔強 剩下合照一張