Monday, February 23, 2009
We also had another "Pearly Gates" last week. Last time, we were at a boy scout camp--this time we were inside a school gymnasium. Ah, the glamour.
One student asked me where I was from and when I said "may gwok" (yeah, USA, I don't lie about that anymore) he said, "Really? como estas?" Muy muy bien. Apparently, he told another boy that I was American because he came up to me:
"You are American?"
"Do you have an AK47?"
"Oh, so you have a rifle? Maybe just a bebe gun?"
So, my fellow Americans, this is our image. Who do we thank?
b. George W. Bush
c. William H. Macy (guess he's part of Hollywood, but whatever)
d. all of the above
e. none of the above (you must provide an answer if you choose e.)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I had a Cantonese lesson yesterday, and I arrived about 20 minutes early. As the entire office chaotically bustled about trying to find my teacher, stressed at my early arrival, I attempted to calm them by saying in Chinese, "It's okay, I'm very early today."
Problem was, instead of saying the Chinese word for early, "jo"--I said the French word for early, "toe".
If only 'toe' meant nothing in Chinese...
As everyone was stressfully milling about, I kept saying, "It's okay, I'm a forest! I'm very much a forest today."
Monday, February 16, 2009
I really like the lions. I want to be one when I grow up. So does Japanimation voice guy. I told him I'll be his butt someday.
Monday, February 9, 2009
The theme of the Chinese New Year parade: World's Happiest Party: Romain, my French friend, met a Roman and had a sword fight:
James and I caught a glimpse of this amazing marionette artist at the giant mall near my flat (I'm not going British, it's just that "apartment" has too many syllables to be associated with the size of my residence)
Back at Fanling, a walled village:
Disney again. I think I know what my next performance job will be:
Disney. This was taken by a German guy. I didn't really talk to him because the only phrases I know in German are "I love you" and "I have no legs". I figured either one would cause an awkward situation:
My family was in the Disney parade:Chinese New Year festival. My best guess us poop dolls:
Juggler buddy Greg and I before the CNY parade:
Oh, I also had my first official Cantonese lesson. My venerable teacher, Susanna Ng, is a fantastic linguist, but she doesn't like my language jokes. And this morning, I went to the gym and worked out with the wife of the second-in-command ambassador of Ecuador to Hong Kong. You might say she's a fascinating woman.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
All's well---we did our first performance of an (anti) Internet Piracy show this morning--HO JO (so early) I had leave at 6:15 this morning. aiyah.
Well, anyway, it went great. I get to pick on high school students as this drama is "interactive". There was a girl named Kinky on the panel. Just thought that was interesting. Not judging or anything. I hardly have room to do so since I try to convince people that my Chinese name is Muk Kayooooooh (wooden penguin).
Anyway, I've only had time to upload a FEW of the plethora of photos I've taken in recent days and weeks.
James and I went to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery--an incredible place. They had amazing lion dancers there. Incredible. I'll upload a video of that in due time.
For now...a still shot:
The place was more populated due to the Chinese New Year holiday. Ringing the bells drives away demons. And evil mircrobes. I've got to say, I love this shot. Maybe I'll send it to NatGeo:
Inside the main temple at the monastery. Those are all little Buddha statues, each in a different pose:
That night, I had the privelege to participate in the Chinese New Year Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui. The theme of this year's parade was "World's Happiest Party". Was it ever. I got to be a clown for the first and hopefully not the last time. I was a superstar! I displayed no talent or intelligence, but the people loved me. Maybe it was because I was passing out free stuff. We did the route twice. Once as clowns, jugglers, acrobats, an hour before the parade began and another time as the opening of the parade, rolling giant 10-foot high inflatable balls through the streets. I had a hot pink ball with the letter 'L' on it. We spelled "WORLD". Although, by the end it was more like "RLDWO". whatever.
And here I am with Tony (who I know from juggling club). He has a pin on his costume that says "my last name is The Clown". He's brilliant:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
It's just that my formerly generous neighbor with whom I shared the internet has moved, shut it off, or suffered some ill-fated Chinese New Year-related disaster.
I write to you from my "office"--so I'll post photos of the last 3 weeks whenever I get back on my own computer.
Much has transpired. I saw Hulk Hogan again.
I saw him once in an NYC subway. Last night I saw him walking a dog near my flat. Guess he's settling down a bit.
James is back in India...and in case he's reading this--remember those annoying drummers from Lan Kwai theatre? They showed up at juggling club last night!! And wanted to invade our space. Also, a new guy came-an American who spent last semester in India...Delhi to be specific--and he's been to Mussorie (sp?). Did you ever see a tall, strapping, Swedish-looking dude wandering around with a bag of juggling equipment?