《閒談·其二》a.k.a. 再來一篇(騙)

中秋既過,接踵迎來九月三秋。適逢印度同胞慶祝屠妖節,而恰巧所就讀學院為印裔同胞所有,印裔學生也多,故得一個星期的假期。

然而這所謂假期,實為“偽假期”,assignment題目一出,難免犧牲睡眠時間,“偽假期”唯一好處就是可以睡到中午自然醒。除此,moot的題目也已經出爐,是時候開始準備。

做assignment用電腦,欠打的手指難自控地打開了youtube,又恰巧遇上周星馳04年的電影《功夫》裡所用的民樂配樂。一聽,就被勾上了,難以自拔。尤其甚愛《東海漁歌》與《小刀會序曲》聽了這兩首歌十餘次,乾脆把它下載到手機裡,聽個百餘次也不錯。

想到描寫好音樂的文章,必然能見膚淺之徒以杜工部《贈花卿》的“此曲只應天上有”來形容。凡見用這句詩來讚揚音樂,我都嗤之以一笑,可嘆讀書人讀書少,連杜工部在諷刺花卿的高傲也不以為然,以為工部真在讚揚。真所謂 不學詩 無以言。

撰寫閒文,好處在於無需像過去求學時期所撰的文章,擔心格式、字數、構造、等,何等自在。所以我的文章我做主,每段的內容可以毫不相干,離天隔九州,無所不可寫也。

談及姓, 名, 字, 號,甚羨古人都有所區分,如 姓諸葛名亮 字孔明 號臥龍,無比的浪漫與瀟灑。故,我也逐漸不知羞恥的學古人取字號。哈哈。 古人字號,必與其名有關,名亮 字孔明, 明與亮有關;故 名健鴻 取字景羽,‘鴻’與‘羽’ 勉強可扯上關係,但也可理解成 ‘景慕關羽’ 也可以理解成,抄襲沈慕羽老前輩的名字。

然而號玉樞,就完全沒想過理由,覺得好聽就用罷。然而近來又取號湛源,湛字處於詩經小雅,當念成zhan時有清澈、飽滿之意。故取之代表清澈的源泉,好靈感長湧不止。若念成dan 或 jian 或 chen就感覺意思比較消極。。所以,取名之類最好先翻閱辭海,中文字,博大精深。

雖然最近極為忙碌,也在爭取時間重讀魯迅先生的《朝花夕拾》發現魯迅先生諷刺的手法非一般人之所能及。

閒暇再撰《閒談·其三》

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《閒談·其一》a.k.a. 一篇(騙)閒談

上了大學,生活基本上是離不開英文。天天皆須說英文讀英文,有時甚至以英文思考,故難免回味過去于華文獨中求學的日子。

我向來皆愛中國歷史與中國文學,尤其鍾愛閱讀中國詩詞與文言文。我此項特徵在同年同學看來,是個怪癖。每逢默寫唐詩宋詞(元曲較少,記得只有一首馬致遠的《天淨沙·秋思》)都得滿分,此非自誇,縱然不得滿分,也是由於寫錯字扣分。默寫宋詞固然比默寫唐詩稍有難度,因為各詞牌字數皆異;然而有的詞牌我本身背得滾瓜爛熟,自己也寫過幾首,默寫起來當然感覺比較得心應手。至於默寫唐詩,甭管五言七言,絕句律詩,對我來說都易如反掌,哈哈。唯悔未能默寫高三課程的《將進酒》就離校就讀Alevel去了。

每週作文課,有一個小時半供學生寫作文,大多數同學討厭的很,我嘴上逢迎他們,心裡卻暗自大喜,因為我又有機會發揮我的“文棍本色”了。

中學時期,甚少閱讀長篇書籍與英文書籍,皆讀散文居多,短篇故事之類的書籍,因緣巧合遇上梁實秋的《雅舍》,至今未能自拔。英文讀物唯數英版《讀者文摘》矣。偶爾也有稍讀金庸小說。在中華上課有兩次下課,第一次時間較短,但也足夠讓學生填飽肚子;第二次下課時間較長,就乾脆與同學結伴到圖書館消磨時間。中華獨中的圖書館,別有洞天,非常多的絕版書。喜歡看武松,但懶得看完整本《水滸傳》的,此處有不下三本的《武松轉》。不喜歡看字的,漫畫種類毫不遜色於漫畫書局。英文與馬來文書籍也不少。離開母校後,最讓我想念及回味的就是中華的圖書館,當真不負校友所贈之墨寶:“圖書萬卷催古意”。

除此,中華到處都藏有名家國畫墨寶,例如圖書館外排隊複印處的一幅“蒼松添壽圖”就是筆者非常鍾愛的一幅。所以每當有人需要複印文件,筆者都毛遂自薦,為的就是一覽此畫。

時已夜深,擇日再撰《閒談·其二》

《论粤剧》

《帝女花》里,周世显因不像其他七百应征凤台求侣之士,对公主阿谀逢迎,而是一开口就话入青锋剑的讽刺长平公主,就获得公主“玉手赐琼浆”,“于含章树下设诗坛”,互相于含章树下赠诗定终生。
例: “奈何人不以真诚待我,我又何必以诚信相投?” 《帝女花·树盟》

再论,《紫钗记》里,李益听闻洛阳霍小玉才貌双全,特至洛阳碰碰运气,结果就在这晚霍氏因缘巧合之下,或有意或无意,遗下珠钗,又在因缘巧合之下被李氏拾得。还钗之后,两人十月芥菜,春心顿动,私定终身。
例: “半遮面儿弄绛纱,暗飞桃红反赤霞,拾钗人会薄命花,钗贬洛阳价,落拓江州会司马。” 《紫钗记·花园盟香》

虽然粤剧故事内容却是有其荒谬之处,但粤剧终究有其能够吸引笔者之处,于此略列:
1. 文化底蕴丰富-《帝女花》与《紫钗记》经唐滌生先生编词曲,善巧捕捉了唐诗宋词元曲的精华在内,以古诗词为歌词台词,配上古曲,堪称绝配。不仅仅如此,唐涤生先生自身的国学功底也堪称一绝,写得出能够媲美古人的五言七言诗。
例:“鹤楼高处弄云霞 宝马香车亲伴驾 马蹄踏碎禁城花 风动玉樵更处打” 《紫釵記·燈街拾翠》
:“莫道樓前無官衛 原來巷口有民兵 花前葉下早藏刀 樓底蕉林皆劍影” 《再世紅梅記·蕉窗魂合》

2. 善用古曲- 非常多古曲被编上词后成千古不朽的名曲。《帝女花·香夭》用了《妆台秋思》, 《紫钗记·剑合钗圆》用了《春江花月夜》,还有更多例子,恕难一一尽诉。

3. 仙凤鸣剧团~任剑辉,白雪仙,靓次伯,梁醒波,任冰兒, 統稱“任白波伯冰” – 粤剧到今天的发展,“仙凤”功不可没。别的剧团都没有彩排練戏的习惯,祭白虎后就立刻登台表演,难免给人看到不专业之一面。仙凤带头改革,为剧团请来导演,多次排戏,为观众带来专业,高水准的表演。由此可见为何南洋一带富商不惜重金聘请仙凤鸣由香港远渡重洋来登台。
不仅如此,据说,别的剧团开戏,观众多为家庭主妇和马姐等;仙凤鸣开戏,座无虚席,观众包括学生与白领一带。由此可见仙凤鸣受欢迎的程度。

无奈何,出色佬官接踵的仙游,年轻一辈甚至唾弃粤剧,认为粤剧落后脱节,使得粤剧式微已久。加上近年来的崇洋,崇韩,粤剧更是少人问津。

笔者至今尚在寻找同爱粤剧的知音,找了快十年尚未找到。🙄😂
可是笔者仍心存希望,粤剧今虽叶落枝枯,只要守得住严冬,阳春一到,必定能梅开二度,重获昔日光辉。

玉枢随笔。

Some law school musings~

Again, it has been a long time since I last posted, to explain, I quote Shakespeare, “hereditary sloth instructs me”.

After a long break (3 months), not having been able to find a job, I am now in the 2nd year of my Law degree. Just thinking about how quickly time flies by makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up… it seems that I have just started to read law not too long ago. The subjects for this year are :

  • The Law of Evidence;
  • Land Law;
  • Company Law; and
  • Tort Law.

I shall, as I did last year, participate in the mooting competition again as I seem to have grown to enjoy the fruits of labour it produces, and I shall write quite a bit about my experiences about it below.

To prepare for a 20 minute submission in a moot, hours and hours of research and reading is essential, though wearying, it is a great opportunity for one to hone one’s research and reading skills, skills which are of utmost importance for both law students and practitioners.

The way a mooter drafts his skeleton argument is also a valuable skill, a good draft would allow the opponent to get a grasp of his points of submission but does not reveal the foundations of his case.

Lastly, and the most important part is to keep calm and maintain concentration during submissions. No matter how well prepared a mooter is, standing in front of a ‘judge’ alone is nerve wracking, let alone speak. When I stand in front of a judge, thousands of thoughts run through my mind and inevitably, draws my attention away from my submission. You might be thinking of the accent you are using, your attire, what questions might the judge later ask you, or how your opponent might rebut your points, etc. The aim is to maintain clarity of mind for as long as possible, build your case according to your written submission, speak clear and loud, and systematically navigate through the points. (Some judges get upset when mooters fail to answer question posed by them, and they can ask you any questions, anytime during your submission), and to be able to answer all such questions requires practice. I still remember how the adrenaline started to kick in, chills sent down the spine constantly, the heart starting to race, perspiration started to increase when I mooted for the first time last year. Hopefully I’ll do better this year.

As they say, ‘half the fun in law school comes from mooting’.

Till next time.

 

Hospitality, a.k.a. rediscovering spirituality.

A few weeks back I stumbled upon the videos of Ajahn Brahm’s (a British Buddhist Monk) talks on Youtube. This monk is known for his humour and wit which makes Buddhism accessible and approachable. His talks focuses more on how one improves oneself and has minimal aspects of RELIGION per se.

One of the best stories from the great monk is called “Opening the Door of Your Heart” inspired from what his father told him before he left home to become a monk. This story teaches oneself to make peace with one’s faults and mistakes, and instead of being ashamed of them, to “open the door of one’s hearts” to them, to make peace with all aspects, regardless of good or bad, of oneself.

When one accepts everything of oneself, there is no need for the constant endeavour to improve, and life becomes much more relaxing and peaceful. It is this hospitality that we give to ourselves, that we can liberate ourselves. And after opening the door of your heart to yourself, you extend that hospitality to others and open the door to them. According to Ajahn Brahm, people show you the side of them which you want to see, hence, if one sees kindness in another, kindness will be showed by the other to him.

#ajahnbrahm Hospitality

via Daily Prompt: Hospitality

Acts of folly

via Daily Prompt: Folly

More often than not, doing acts of sheer Folly now and then bring light and colour into our otherwise dull and boring lives.

For instance, a good friend of mine was having some troubles with the girl he was courting, and me being the nice chap I am, offered to offer my assistance as his draughtsman and strategist in ‘tackling’ that fair maiden of his.

One may ask, why do I even bother? And why would I mess with the lives of two lovers who have absolutely nothing to do with me? Well, my defence would be, I like to have fun and I sincerely wish to help others, especially friends of mine with their troubles if I have the leisure of time and the ability to do so.

If people were to regard me as nosy, I would plead guilty as charged, haha.

I believe that all these incidents will make good topics to be brought up during reunions in the distant future, and what is more, you’ll feel that you have made the lives of two better, and knowing that there are two less lonely people in the world is an extraordinary feeling.

Lastly, being the pious Buddhist I am, I strongly believe in the law of Karma, helping lovers get together, in my opinion are acts of kindness and hopefully some kind soul would do me the same in the future when I have such troubles.

Yours faithfully,

CHAIW KIN HOONG.

Conflict resolved

via Daily Prompt: Conundrum

Apologies for the long gap since the last post.

Boys, young innocent boys during adolescence, transform into or become hot blooded young men. Many would suggest that a boy leaps into manhood straight away after puberty, I personally feel that that is not the case.

I feel that before a boy becomes a man, he would have to go through the most difficult or challenging phase of his life, and that is the phase of being a ‘hot blooded young man’. In this phase, the challenge is not so much physical but more so emotional, it is inevitable that guys in this phase would develop strong feelings for members of the opposite sex, which is entirely natural and healthy, speaking biologically and psychologically.

What contributes to the challenge of developing such feelings is the misconception between the feelings of lust and love, on that I wish not to dwell too much upon.

I have never been in relationships with girls, but I have longed to. To be specific, there were two girls who troubled me deeply……and CONSECUTIVELY.

The first one I have known for three years maybe? Maybe the feelings I had towards her did sprout from lust, but I believe that it has gone passed that and maybe even into love. I wrote her a letter, (yes, who even writes letters these days?!) telling her how I felt. Writing the letter was a stroll in the park, actually giving the letter to her was hell.

It was indeed decent of her to reply, because I had feared that she may actually not even reply. Her reply was devastating as it is warm. She apologised, saying that she too has a crush on someone in her college, which I respect fully. I did not get the reply I wanted, but at least I got liberated. All I wish now is for all her best and to remain friends.

After so severe a blow to the head, recuperating, I thought I could finally stop falling for girls and allocate all my time and concentration towards my studies, I was dead wrong, haha.

I tried doing things to keep me occupied i.e. attending public lectures, talks, participating in moot courts. But soon again there came a strong tugging at my heartstrings by one of my classmates, this time the torment it caused me was way worse than the first.

I got false hopes that I might have a chance to successfully woo her, but a while later it came to my knowledge that she is already in a relationship with another guy, and such knowledge set a flame alight within my bosom. The details of this encounter I wish to keep private, hahaha because I am still not sure what my next course of action will be.

What I’m trying to say is, it is perfectly normal to experience these types of Conundrums which make you question yourself, whether you should fight on foolhardily or to gracefully withdraw from the race. Whatever your option, no one on earth can criticise that option for being wrong. Whatever your option, you grow, you understand how life works in its mysterious ways better. After quitting from two ‘races’ , and counting, I find solace in the fact that I have learnt to cope with losses and rejection, which is something that people should learn, failing which might lead to severe depression and even the tendency to commit suicide.

In short, embrace these conundrums, be mindful of such feelings, and once you get pass them, you’ll be sure to look back on them with a smile on your face.

Yours faithfully,

CHAIW KIN HOONG

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Image, one of the many waterfalls taken at Jiu Zhai Gou National Park, Szechuan China during my 2015 trip.