bueno bonito barato 平靚正

Bueno, bonito y barato 平靚正 也許這是無懈可擊的西班牙話-廣東話翻譯
完全沒有連貫性嘅 good, nice & cheap 或是勉強地三個b取兩個ch的cheap and cheerful。較有創意的三a 湊成adequate, attractive and affordable,但相對一拍即合的廣東話版本“平靚正”仲係輸咗成條街!
no tengo “lost in translation” aqui!


Sometimes expressions are separated at birth. the Spanish expression “bueno, bonito y barato” is best said in Cantonese as 平、靚、正. I learnt of the phrase when recounting my experience in Cuba and Mexico with my friend S.  Having told her that I said “más económica ” when I wanted something “less expensive” or “for a good deal”. Friend S’s uttering of “bueno, bonito y barato” was almost immediately interpreted by my other friend V as “平、靚、正”. What was separated at birth got reunited at a street corner in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong on an early autumn night!

Parfois des expressions idiomatiques sont nées ou créées comme des jumelles une pour l’autre. Prends par exemple
“平、靚、正” + “bueno, bonito y barato”, qui font un mariage parfait. Il faut souligner que ça marche seulement en expression cantonaise, car d’autres variations chinoises ont besoin plus des mots que trois. Alors, je vous propose un défi pour traduire
“métro, boulot, dodo” dans une langue étrangère. existe-il un “perfect-match” quelque part?

懂法語的你,有無辦法把“métro, boulot, dodo”翻譯成完美的中文版?



partie 3 sur 3  des contes de mars 2018  texte original chinois par ‘oncle hung jai’

中文作者:雄仔叔叔    三月開古 原文 三之
ça donne l’air de grande amitié
ce petit terroir de voisin
en le passant, il me demande
ça va aujourd’hui?
peut-être un peu mieux
je débarrasse plus ma mère comme avant
m’arrête et la réponds prudemment
avec vieillissement on se sent fatigué
le scrutin supplémentaire d’aujourd’hui est franchement
une mauvaise nouvelle sans la dire
visant un tombe couvert de sol noir
il semble que un autre voisin
essaye de planter des gingembres
c’est vraiment une question de choix
quelqu’un a déjà coché ce p’tit terroir
bricoler sur place changeant du terroir à la maison
devient une affaire de millionnaire
je vois que leurs p’tits neveux
ne chassent plus parmi les terroirs et les eaux
je sais qu’il ne faut pas les forcer
mais je veux encore qu’ils sachent
ce vocabulaire qui le rend debout et inspiré
quel beau paysage
… … …

老之將至 人就是累




qui croit en toi? 邊個信你?

un petit exercice pour un atélier que j’anime…

quelques lignes de paroles traduites pour les participants


texte original:

Tout seul
Tu t’en iras tout seul
Coeur ouvert
A l’univers
Poursuis ta quete
Sans regarder derriere
N’attends pas
Que le jour se leve
Suis ton etoile
Va jusqu’ou ton reve t’emporte
Un jour tu le toucheras
Si tu crois, si tu crois, si tu crois en toi
Suis la lumiere
N’eteins pas la flamme que tu portes
Au fonds de toi souviens-toi
Que je crois, que je crois, que je crois en toi





adieu 2014

Le dernier article 2014 est consacré pour deux personnes qui m’ont quitté.

Giuseppe from Long Island.
A big guy with a kind heart.
I wouldn’t even want to ask if his mom out-lived him, for sure he died young.
I will miss the late night conversations at his home-office over trashy TV programs, and at times pizza and beer.
I will miss his calm and composted recollection of personal setbacks and joy. I could never have his patience!
I will miss his sympathetic ear.
I will miss tales of his childhood adventures, poking fun with other kids and cousins.
I will miss the jucier-than-daytime-drama-gossips as told by him hehe.

I hope you are happy where you are mio amico!

ma tante ainée


一輪準備儀式後 唱詩歌的就位
親戚亦坐下 朗頌、唱詩
燦爛人生 簡單落幕 點點情懷 銘記於心

D’ailleurs, le monde en 2014 n’était pas si heureux, trois vols reliés de la Malaisie ont été écrasés. La révolution des parapluies n’a pas encore porté de fruits. Les plusieurs fusillades concernant des jeunes afro-americains qui se sont produites ironiquement sous le premier président américain noir!

On tourne la page, espérant que 2015 sera mieux!


from capitalistic middle and uppper class hipster sh*t to civil disobedience rage.

So this has been a weekend loaded with activities I attended haphazrdly. The Kowloon City Bookfair, which is running its 6th annual leg, finally fit into my junky, over-the-head, boisterous music-by-the-habourfront weekend. Organised by young literary connoisseurs, back by a creativity-oriented high school, a think tank, etc., the bookfair is a mélange of talks, roundtables, flea market, mini-bookfair and a mini-concert. Free of charge to everybody, coarse but ever-evolving, it’s what this overcrowded and over-developped city needs if Hong Kong were to slow down and smell some roses, or fresh air!

Thanks to a random gift of kindness, I set foot in West Kowloon waterfront for Clockenflap, probably the last time in a while by the West Kowloon waterfront since constructions will be swung into actions in the coming years.

My previous impression of this “music festival” has been some gweilos replicating rock concerts spiced with burning man. Upon entering I was upset with the overfloated plastic recycle bin with all types of trash. A day later however, a politically charged performance by “my little airport” sort of eased my displeasure. Well, in a non-perfect world, room for improvement is the key!



ole ola, mas nenhuma força

ole ola….

The dust has long settled after the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Football aside, the theme song and its video really sounded and looked heavily American, albeit international production. So much for Brazil’s backbone of photographing and fingerprinting Americans visitors knocking on their doors on arrival, when it comes to big money, multinationals still dictate how events are run or sponsored. This couldn’t be truer weird and somewhat vulgar and definitely violent (towards the end) parody which par hasard caught my attention today:

So the Brazilians spent all that money, threw in some false pride, garnished with cultural absence and misrepresentations and topped off with some posh infrastructures, et Voilà! Who eventually would benefit? Wait, Rio will host the Olympics in less than 48 months and the story keeps on fermenting itself.

and here’s the NFL or Miami-like original jingle.

cloning music – musical cloning

What is WRONG with this picture?

girls generation

girls generation

The next generation of Korean songstresses? Freshly or not freshly under-the-knife delivery from some plastic surgeon in Seoul? Well I hope I am not getting some calls from their lawyers any time soon. And I certainly hope this is / they are NOT a mutation of “The Shape of Things”, in cinema or on stage! Ouch!

自娛 馬拉松 s’amuser au marathon

Did I record this because of music or because of  marathon? Like most things in life,  it doesn’t have to be laid out in advance with precision.

So old your camera for some acoustic good vibes, even with few bystanders because it’s past 4 hours 3 minutes from the beginning of time and Indian summer took a day off because it was Sunday. Eventually, just eventually, if you are a patient observer, time, space, people, gesture, moves would fit into this three dimensonal jigsaw puzzle of fun.

hmmm something that MasterCard CANT buy, nor the numerous Olympic Gold medals would compare.


Avec une musique super conviviale qui chasse le froid et la fatigue, meme si c’est déjà 4h30min après le départ, un moment drôle et charmant nous arrivera, si l’on a assez de patience!

if you leave – Pretty in Pink

if you leave (80s)

if you leave

came from the movie “Pretty in Pink”

fore more clips

or a soundtrack without video? some typed up lyrics plus still photos…


if you leave, a number plays its visits from time to time in the airwaves resembling a not-so-distant relative. Whether it’s from the radio or boombox, in the car or at a fast food joint, I always allowed its melody in to my unsuspecting ears. Although I have never watched “Pretty in Pink“, the electronic 80s never fall out of favour. I wonder if it has anything to do with the above PG-13 but not risqué at all lyrics.

Coming of age, Cult, Classic 80s, words that thrown around to discribe the film, don’t really matter to me. My simple weakness for replaying the song or turned up the radio whenever it was on, was hinged upon the melody, and maybe the lyrics.