Sunday, 18 March 2012

Married Life - Humorous Quotes




                     Lee Major aka Steve Austin aka The 6 million dollar man
婚姻幽默(中英文)
"When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her."
如果有人搶了你的老婆,最好的報復就是讓他留著。 Lee Majors (美國電影明星 - .梅爾)


"After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can't face each other, but still they stay" together.
結婚後夫妻就像一個硬幣的兩面·;他們不但不能面對面,而且還分不開。 Al Gore (克林頓當總統時的副總統 - 阿爾·戈爾)
                 Greek Philosopher Socrates surrounded by his many disciples
"By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."
不管怎麼樣,還是結婚的好。如果你找到一個好太太,你會很幸福。假如你找到一個壞的,你會成為一個哲學家。 Socrates (古希臘的思想家、哲學家,教育家 - 蘇格拉底)
 Mike Tyson's more subdued, docile pix - now this retired boxer has a new hobby-rearing homing pigeons.
      Gone were the days when he was an intimidating world champion and a convicted rapist

"Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them."
女人給了男人做大事的激勵和靈感,同時又給了男人完成大事的阻力。 Mike Tyson (前美國拳王 - 麥克.泰森)
                                            Handsome and suave George

"The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, "What does a woman want?"
有一個好問題我總是沒答案;那就是 女人到底想要什麼? George Clooney (美國著名演員 - 喬治·克魯尼)
          One has got to admire this man; he could overcome his sex scandals
          and move forward to remain in limelights
          even after he stepped down as The President of USA.

"I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me."
我跟我太太才了幾個字,她卻回了我一段長篇大論。 Bill Clinton (美國前總統- 比爾.克林頓)
 Thank the Lord, Saddam Hussein went bust first before I finished my term as The President

"Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays."
有人問我婚姻能維持這麼長的秘密。我們每個星期去餐館兩次。晚餐有燭光,音樂,和跳舞。她星期二去,我星期五去。 George W. Bush (美國前總統 - 小布希)
                                                                               
"I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years."
我不怕恐怖分子。我已經結婚兩年了。 Rudy Giuliani (前紐約市911事件時的市長 - 魯迪.朱利安尼)


"Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming
1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
2. Whenever you're right, shut up."
有兩個秘密能讓你的婚姻圓滿:
1. 當你錯時,馬上認錯。
2. 當你對時,閉上嘴巴。 Shaquille ONeal (美國籃球巨星 - 沙奎爾.奧尼爾)

                     
"The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once..."
最有效的方法記住你太太的生日就是先忘掉一次。 Kobe Bryant (美國籃球巨星 - 科比·布萊恩特)


"My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met."
我太太和我都高高興興的過了二十年,然後我們相遇了。 Alec Baldwin (美國電影明星 - 亞歷克.鮑德溫)


"A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong."
一個好太太當她是錯的時候總是原諒她的丈夫。 Barack Obama (美國總統- 歐巴馬)


 
"First Guy (proudly): "My wife's an angel!"
Second Guy: "You're lucky, mine's still alive."
有個人驕傲的 我的太太是天使! 另一個聽到的人 你真幸運!我的還活著! Jimmy Kimmel (美國著名電視節目主持人 - 吉米.金米爾)

Honey, what happened to ladies first? Husband replies, Thats the reason why the worlds a mess today, because a lady went first!
親愛的,女士優先又怎麼了?丈夫回答今天世界亂成這個樣子就是因為有女的先來了! David Letterman (美國電視著名口秀主持人 - 大衛.萊特曼)
 This piece of humourous quotes were obtained from emails received
 through the net.



Alan CY Kok

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Chinese Heritage Museum of Johor Baru


The museum building is not majestic; it is a 4 storey shoplot among a row of shop houses along Jalan Ibrahim, JB.
The Main entrance of the JB Chinese Heritage Museum from Jalan Ibrahim                             
A long giant poster at the ground floor introduces the chronology of historical events.



This map depicts the trade wind routes during the early years

During the Chinese New Year festive days I managed to hole up in Johor Baru for close to two weeks! I was actually down with a chronic cough that everybody around me thought I was going to be a goner; most of them urged me to go for an X-Ray scan. Being a non-alcoholic and never a smoker, I was confident that I would recover from the disturbing ailment, as I ruled out TB or Big C of the lung and other possible sickness severe enough to kill me off. Well, it took me two long months to rid the dreadful disease to return to my own self. Guess I was getting old and losing some of the necessary antibody, thus weakened my immune system to fight sickness in harm’s way.

               The father of modern Johor - Sultan Abu Bakar (1833-1895)
This portrait of an officer in Qing Dynasty regalia is in permanent display at Sultan Abu Bakar Museum in JB

Early immigrants from China had meagre belongings when they arrived at the shore of Malaya
                  Ah, this looks so familiar; need I explain, what is it for?

It was during my sojourn in JB where I stayed with my in-law’s family, when I got to know the existence of the fairly new (opened in late 2009) Johor Baru Chinese Heritage Museum. The Museum is housed at a 4 storey building previously occupied by the JB Tiong-Hua Association since 1948, along Jalan Ibrahim, facing JB’s popular water front. Visitors could also enter the museum via the rear entrance at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. The museum charges a RM5 entrance fee; as for students and senior citizens, it is only RM2 per person per entry. 



Many of the Chinese children of the 50s, 60 grew up with this condensed milk, until milk powder formula took over

Hey it's dark in here. No fear, once you get near, the light will be turned on by itself.

     Don't you think the mini-skirt worn by this charming lass is too short?

The well-renovated 4 storey building adopts the state-of-the-art modern technology for its effort in saving energy bills, using sensors to turn on and off the lightings at every floor. The first, second and 3rd floor showcase the history of Chinese immigrants into Malaya in the 1800s and 1900s, the founding of the triads, clans and eventually associations of the ethnic Chinese area groups, (Hokkien, TeoChew, Cantonese, Hainanese, and Hakka). Records of the well-known Chinese Clan heads, and their beneficial, philanthropic deeds (Like building the Foon Yew Chinese schools, temples and clan houses etc.) were documented well to brief visitors of the tough founding years. The museum also displays photos of the then livelihood when early Chinese immigrants by the ship loads arrived at the peninsula to find jobs waiting for them in tin mines, rubber plantations, and other agricultural fields ( cash crops like pepper and gambir), as well as other minor industries. As years went by, some of them and their descendants became big time traders and large land owners, and eventual tycoons.



Early Chinese republican money notes with Sun Yat Sen portrait
Children were forced to learn Japanese during the Japanese Occupation in Malaya
The fearsome, cruel General Yamashita inspecting a captured ground. In Feb. 1946 Yamashita was hanged near Manila for his war crime
All smiling faces in Oct 1941. It was no use as by December 1941, Peninsula Malaya fell to Japanese hands.
 After the WW2, temples, clan associations, schools were built or refurbished



                                    Open cast mining for tin ore in the 50s



The pictorial displays showed that Ngee Heng triad leader Tan Kee Soon had helped Temenggong Abu Bakar (1833-1895) to quash some disturbance in the Muar district, thus enabling the latter to become effectively the ruler (The Sultan) of the state. Abu Bakar was challenging Tengku Alam (son of his uncle Sultan Ali) for the throne after the death of Sultan Ali in 1877. He was not satisfied with the title of Temenggong or Maharajah. Eventually The British Empire accepted him as the sultan. The museum also recorded the invasion of the Japanese Imperial Army into Singapore during the Second World War, as Johor Baru stood strategically close to Singapore, separated by the Johor Straits and was linked by the causeway. The Japanese Occupation of Malaya (Including Singapore) inflicted unprecedented, massive misery, suffering and devastation to the people during those turbulent, desolate warring years (3 years 8 months). A pictorial poster features the contribution of the Chinese in Johor in fighting the Japanese by raising funds and taking up the arms.



















 The night school of Kay Tee in Muar was the centre of education for many children from poor families






Some of the Malayan fighters against Qing Empire were remembered at the 72 Martyrs Memorial at HuangHuaGang,
GuangZhou, China. 


The top floor of the 4 storey museum devotes its exhibiting space totally for the chronicle of Dr Sun Yat Sen, (1866-1925) the father of republican China. This great man of modern China was known to have visited Johor Baru during his many travels overseas to appeal for support and funds to overthrow the despicable, rotting Empire of Qing Dynasty and its draconian Manchu ruler. There was some doubt about the actual occurrence of his visit; but since Dr Sun was confirmed to have visited Singapore (Penang too) and Johor Baru was just a causeway away, it was likely to be a true event. Dr Sun probably had a hard time to convince the then Johor Chinese chieftain (Known as Kapitan during those years)) Wong Ah Fook to join him fighting for a republican Chinese nation, as Wong was a conservative loyalist to the Qing Empire. Upon Dr Sun’s earnest appeal followed by his numerous visits, many brave, eager Malayan Chinese were inspired to leave for China to become revolutionaries to fight the corrupted, diminishing Qing Empire. In their endeavor to pursue a just democratic nation, many of them lost their lives while in action. The JB Chinese Heritage Museum has a detailed pictorial display of the martyrdom of revolutionaries from various parts of Malaya (and Singapore) before 1911 (This was the year when the Manchurian regime was overthrown).








If you have any artifact or item to contribute to the museum for the Chinese Heritage cause and theme, you can contact the museum via e-mail:

heritage_museumjb@jb-tionghua.org.my  

Contact tel. no: 07-2249633

It was during the Chinese New Year festive day I saw this poster; briefly translated, it meant: Wish your dream come true.


Visitors are urged to sign the guest book and write some comments on the way out. It is a fruitful and rewarding visit for any one who wants to know about the historical Chinese presence in Johor in the 1800s and 1900s.



Pics were taken by alancykok
Alan CY Kok