::every cloud has a silver lining:: @ ::天無絕人之路 ~:~ 明天會更好:: @ ::tiān wú jué rén zhīlù ~:~ míngtiān huì gènghǎo:: @ ::天無絕人之路 ~:~ 明天會更好:: @ ::tiān wú jué rén zhīlù ~:~ míngtiān huì gènghǎo:: @ ::every cloud has a silver lining::


Apr 24, 2011

இ Random facts III ~ Blue or Red Pill¿

The Matrix
As Morpheus says to Neo, “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” It’s time to take the red pill and continue reading..

The above is one of the famous quotes in the movie 'The Matrix'. Unfortunately just too bad Bananaz cannot be the 'chosen one' for the most obvious reason he picked the wrong pill. Moment of Truth ~ Bananaz is colour blind or a more precise term is colour vision deficiency (CVD). According to Wikipedia ~ "Colour blindness or colour vision deficiency is the decreased ability to perceive differences between some of the colors that others can distinguish. It is most often of genetic nature, but may also occur because of some eye, nerve, or brain damage, or exposure to certain chemicals."

Example of an Ishihara color test plate. The numeral "74" should be clearly visible to viewers with normal color vision. Viewers with dichromacy or anomalous trichromacy may read it as "21", and viewers with achromatopsia may not see numbers. Source: Wikipedia

During our very first meet up with bloggers up north in April 02 2011, Eugene commented that Bananaz is so fit but wait till Bananaz peel off the skin then shall see all the holes & flaws inside. Here are some of the ugly experiences Bananaz faced with blogging, starting with Reanaclaire when she posted 'My Saree And Sari'. Bananaz can only remain mum on which is a nicer colour for the red or glowing green sari?. Huh oh no! Which is red and which is green both looked like black? Then Mei Teng posted 'Just Chilliing Out Part 2' with her pale yellow gecko huhhhhh! Bananaz could not think of any colour for the gecko. Our foodie Pete gave us some tips how to 'How to Choose (select) Nice, Sweet, Ripe, Juicy and Tasty Watermelon'. Bananaz flunk the test and can only do one test out of the four ie the thump (knock) test. Sorry before proceeding further Bananaz got a confession to make regarding how 'Bananaz' got its name about being yellow from the outside and white inside? Actually Bananaz does not even know he is yellow just read and heard about it thus assumed the skin is yellow and when Annie Q posted 'Brown and Peach' that confused Bananaz even further with more complication of colours.

At this juncture we have to be very careful with Chinese words for colour blindness which is 色盲 *sè máng* sounds very close to lecher 色狼 *sè láng* lit. means colour wolf. The Chinese word 色*sè* colour has a dual meaning colour or sex. Like I mentioned before beware of the knife on the word 色*sè* [here] that Chinese talk about 'yellow' colour for pornography where else English uses 'blue'. No wonder with all the confusion and blindness Bananaz is at a total lost.

Special thanks to
Have a go on the colour vision test with three pictures of which Bananaz could not see anything at all other than the multiple dots of various unknown colours. Its the blind leading the blind and would appreciate it very much if you could tell me what you see from the pictures. More test can be done [HERE] and [HERE].

Image courtesy of Wikipedia
By now quite a few would be thinking how on earth Bananaz survived all these years? Let's rewind the clock to take a trip back memory lane. Bananaz was not aware of his colour blindness until the mastermind board game during his teens brought up the issue that he was accused of cheating in the game and then only realised of his colour deficiency as the rest is history. What a joke! A colour blind Bananaz playing a mastermind colour game no wonder why he never win a single game at all. During the snooker craze in the late 80's Bananaz often had a wrong cue shot of the brown and red ball. Need to ask opponent where is the brown and red balls across the snooker table. Sick of wearing only whites to office made a bold move to have various colour shirts but must write inside the collar the colour of each shirt. Can remember vividly one incident where one colleague was so agitated with my colour combination,  a maroon shirt with dark black dotted tie during the presentation. She walked right to my face outside the conference room and blasted at me and said "For goodness sake please don't you ever wear that green tie with your maroon shirt anymore". Oh dear! Green??? Bananaz will occasionally not seeing colours with the eyes but with his mind. Wow so profound? How?

Hot Bananaz in chilly red? 
We learned from school, sky and sea are blue, maple leaf is red, most other leaves and trees are green, chilly is red just like hot Bananaz pix or the post office mail box in front of any post office. Even the song lyrics goes like this ~ 'Roses are red my love violets are blue..' Well Bananaz just need to increase his RAM to memorise all these colours and not actually seeing them crystal clear. Another blunder happened in one company seafood dinner in Klang when the enthusiastic Bananaz asking around the table who wants red chillies when actually its green chillies oh oh..Ever since then my CEO often walked past me teasing why am I wearing purple socks.  The major frustration Bananaz would faced in the everyday living is when asking for direction over the phone when meeting up with clients. More than often the receiver tells you what colour house, gate or building you should look out for. Thanks to GPS no more colourful torturing. Have you ever had this experience when ordering your food from a hawker stall in a coffee shop and it took much longer than expected? Overheard a conversation of d'bozz and his assistance arguing on the customer wearing a red shirt and his assistance just cannot locate and had taken the food for a joy ride going in circles. From my personal experience either d'bozz is colour blind or his assistance or both. Apparently majority of men would suffer from colour blindness and the ladies, you are saved.

Oh how I love and really at ease to read Globetrotter's post about how freely the people in Japan would dress regardless of colours. She wrote 'I will wear an orange tight with green jacket if I LIKE IT! And no one judge you on this. Love the SELF-CONFIDENCE!'

This year the Rabbit will be having a double celebration in Year of the Rabbit 兔tù and Easter 兔tù-gether. HAPPY EASTER!

Emoticon Banana bailando
Meet my cousin Bluey Bananaz from Jupiter. Or is it really blue hmmmmm?

Apr 15, 2011

இ Random facts II ~ Have Wheels Will Travel

Meichun Jones aka Jeannie
First and foremost my special gratitude to my lǎoshī Jeannie who has been instrumental in getting Bananaz fired up with the creation of this blog, learning Chinese the hearsay way. The saying goes when the student is ready the sifu will appear and what a perfect timing with conditions ripening. Also to my dear soulmate Mango aka KF for all her kind assistance in reconfirming my thoughts and choices of words and Chinese spelling. Not forgetting, Bananaz would not have done it without the introduction by Jeannie, this ever ready silent professor MDBG to stand by me 24/7.

The Wheels of Life
Life is impermanent and death is certain. They say there are two things you cannot escape in life 1. Death 2. Taxes. (BTW just a friendly reminder have you submitted your income return to IRB?) The old Chinese saying 生老病死 *shēng lǎo bìngsì* birth, old age, sickness and death is an inevitable cycle 人生必經之路 *rén shēng bì jīng zhīlù* a path where all of us will have to go through. Thanks to [SK], my scriptease sifu for reminding me to include this and for sharing the wonders of scripteasing below.

There is this little boy who went for a movie and after the movie has been thinking over it three days three nights 三天三夜 *sān tiān sān yè* so obsessed with what he saw and prayed that his dream comes true as in that caper film. It is about a team of thieves who plan to steal gold bullion weighing 3200 kg and escape in their trio of Mini Cooper S. The heist plan calls for hacking the computerised traffic control crippling the system, paralyzing the traffic. Three Mini Cooper Ss, maneuvering superbly in the gridlock through sewer pipes in an action packed high speed chase. Okay okay please don't get me wrong, Bananaz is not talking about planning a heist but just cannot let go of the thought that one day he would be driving his very own Mini Cooper.

By now you guys would roughly know the title of this movie - its 'The Italian Job' (1969) with a remake later in 2003 using the same name 'The Italian Job' (2003) is set in Los Angeles and stars Mark Wahlberg. Ain't the three Mini Coopers awesome?

Make a wild guess what's Bananaz first dream car, sorry folks no prize for guessing ..

Bananaz's First Car? : Click Here Exit

EM Banana angel dancing

Apr 9, 2011

இ Random facts I ~ The Beginning 人之初

Image courtesy of KidsHealth
This would be the very first part of the 7 random facts of Bananaz..

When I was small and banana trees were tall I used to sleep while others used to blog. As babies we slept through more than averagely 16 hours per day. Many new moms and dads are questioning how long the newborn baby should sleep. Should the newborn needs more sleep or to feed more frequently? Can check some of the answers here. Many pediatricians recommend that a parent not let a newborn sleep too long without feeding.

Just look at the baby so cute, peaceful, pure and innocent. The old Chinese saying..人之初,性本善  rén zhī chū, xìng běn shàn *lit. man of beginning, character originally virtous*. The six words comprises of the two Three character classic 三字經  sānzìjīng dated way back to the 13th century consisting of Confucian tenets in lines of 3 characters. They say to learn to be good takes three years but with merely three days can make you turn bad. Since touching on the subject of Confucius 孔子 pinyin: Kǒngzǐ, just wonder during that time the students then do not suffer from any stiff neck at all. Why? Perhaps the video below could give you the clue.

I was supposedly be doing the same thing rotating my head in one of the Chinese medium school but with one stroke of the pen, transformed me into Bananaz after I got uprooted from the registrar which changed my destiny and my whole life completely. Could it be better or may be worst if I was not uprooted to English school remains a one million $ question? My Papa bought the idea from his buddy to transfer me to English medium school so that I could be of great assistance to his business where all correspondence were in English then and that seemed like a brilliant and perfect decision and the rest is history. Nevertheless have to learn and pick up Chinese the harder way keeping my ears wide open at the least no need to *steal listening* 偷聽 tōutīng  eavesdrop to my elder sister as she would read aloud where you can hear her half a mile 100 feet away shouting her lungs out 客人來看爸爸 kè rén lái kàn bàbà... ;  小小狗玩皮球 xiǎo xiǎo gǒu wán pí qiú... and many many more..

Late Mama & Papa, Sistar & Bananaz

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” ~ Rita Mero

EM Banana baby dancing

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