Monday, 18 July 2016

July in Nanyang

Nanyang tea master's best pick - 木槿花水仙 (The Hibiscus)
July in Nanyang
The hibiscus flowers red
Rain or shine
The tearoom forever full
Day or night
Tea master is always busy
Oh! Why?
In search of the best brew

July in Nanyang
The night is dark
Busy or not
With books I prefer
Warm or cold
A cup is always around
Oh! Why?
To enjoy tea master’s best pick  

                                              Written on a July night somewhere in Nanyang 

Saturday, 16 July 2016

The thought provoking Sapiens

The first two weeks of July 2016 passed with a blink. I was so consumed with the never ending meetings, paper work and travelling that I have limited time for the three pleasure of life – books, bonsai and tea. Tea drinking, laughter and gossip session with close friends have to wait for another day when the schedule is less punishing (thanks Little Q for inviting). A dinner plan with my dear friend Foon Ngok is still ….in the plan (I am so sorry Foon). Two of my mini Juniperus Chinesis plants died a premature death, possibly due to over fertilising by the maid (Lesson: Give clear precise instruction to subordinates).

Arrghhhh…….but this is life!

However, in the midst of these, I’ve just completed reading the 443 pages Sapiens – A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It is one of the most interesting book that I’ve read so far in 2016, besides the gripping When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a little over promising futuristic Connectography by Parag Khanna and the amusing Conversations with Tunku Abdul Rahman by the late Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad. All these are on top of the even more amusing political satire around the world from Donald Trump’s penis size to Brexit to Lim Guan Eng’s “Bungalowgate”.

How all these are happening around us? (from the back cover of Sapiens)
About 13.5 billion years ago, matter, energy, time and space come into being in what was known as the Big Bang. The story of these fundamental features of our universe is called physics.

About 300,000 years after their appearance, matter and energy started to coalesce into complex structures, called atoms, which then combined into molecules. The story of atoms, molecules, and their interactions is called chemistry.

About 3.8 billion years ago, on a planet called Earth, certain molecules combined to form particularly large and intricate structures called organisms. The story of organism is called biology.

About 70,000 years ago, organisms belonging to the species Homo sapiens started to form even more elaborate structures called cultures. The subsequent development of these human cultures is called history.

Above are the first four paragraphs of Sapiens – A brief history of humankind. To know more and to give yourself a good mental stimulation, get your copy today!! This is one of the most thought provoking book I've ever read. Origins, religion, myth, revolution and the future all in one ! 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Falling in love with Wrightia Religiosa


Wrightia Religiosa, commonly known as water jasmine or 水梅 in Chinese was never in my consideration when I started collecting bonsai. Compared to my all-time favourite such as the Juniperus Chinesis, the banyan  榕树) and water jasmine are adaptable to the hot tropical weather hence making them easier to care and shape. Due to these factors, they became the natural choice for bonsai in this region. Besides that, I remember my bonsai master, Uncle Hooi once said that amateur cultivate banyan while the pro deal with the juniper.

Thus, it goes on for years that I am without any water jasmine in the collection as I prefer the juniper challenge. It is in my character that if I am going to get myself into something, let it be something worthy. However, recently,  a few extremely old, rare and well trained water jasmine trees arrived in my collection unexpectedly. Looking at them sitting majestically, with their masculine branches and root, I can only say, I have fallen in love with Wrightia Religiosa, the water jasmine too. I wish I can accumulate more..........but I know the water jasmine that seduced me are not easily available (as rare as you, the giver). What else can I say besides enormous gratitude and thanks.....感恩!! 

Here are the water jasmine trees in various styles that arrived recently:










P/S: All they need next is new pot after acclimatization to the weather in Malaysia having come all the way from afar. 











Friday, 1 July 2016

DAP’s double standard between Wong Ho Leng, Selvam & LGE

How many of us still remember the former Sarawak DAP Chairman, the late Wong Ho Leng and his story? What about the late Karpal Singh’s driver C. Selvam? Or maybe you have not heard of them but it is important to know their story.

For a start, the two of them are so call “servant to the DAP” in different capacities. 

C. Selvam was Karpal Singh’s driver in the tragic accident that killed the Tiger of Jelutong in 2014. He was arrested and charged for dangerous driving. He spent many days in jail because none of the hundreds of thousands of DAP leaders, members and supporters could be bothered to post his bail of just RM 5000.00. He was completely forgotten or choose to be forgotten. The reason? It is simple. He is no longer of use to the DAP. Besides, he was deemed as the one directly or indirectly responsible for their dear leader’s death. There is no such thing as innocent until proven guilty when it comes to dealing with Selvam’s case.

It took Datuk Huan Cheng Guan, the vice president of Parti Cinta Malaysia to post the bail of RM 5000.00 so that Selvam do not need to spend his days in the prison awaiting trial. In the end, Selvam, with the help of lawyer Baljit Singh from Gerakan who took up the case pro bono was acquitted 14th June 2016.

The late Wong Ho Leng was a sort of a hero to the DAP in Sarawak. He was also dubbed the giant killer for sending SUPP’s leaders into retirement after beating them in the state election. However, the late hero, during his last moments after suffering from brain cancer was forgotten by the DAP. His family was struggling to foot his enormous medical bill. There was no donation drive by the DAP to collect money to help to ease his family’s burden. The reason? Just is simple, just like C. Selvam - Wong can no longer contribute to the DAP. Besides that, Wong was dying. Why help a dying person who can no longer contribute to the DAP? In the end, the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem contributed RM 1 million to the family.



Two days ago, DAP supremo’s son, party’s secretary general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in court. I need not elaborate the huh hah that resulted from it but immediately, DAP went into nationwide campaign to ask for RM10 donation from Malaysian to fund Lim Guan Eng’s bail of RM 1 million. 

Well, there are more double standard practices by the DAP towards its MPs or their family. Just ask the family of the late Seah Leong Peng, the former MP for Teluk Intan. Or better still, ask Wee Choo Keong, the former DAP MP for Bukit Bintang. 

Conclusion is: if you are useful to DAP, if you are the privileged son or daughter in DAP and if your plight is beneficial for the DAP’s agenda, you will get the help. Otherwise, you rot in jail like Selvam or you look for your own fund.