Just for a Laugh: Shopping in China

Saw this is Sabrina's blog... funny... hahahah... culture sensitivity in play!

A man on a business trip to China wanted to buy some gifts for his kids.

He went to a shop and found a nice looking CD player. Wary of buying inferior goods, he asked the shopkeeper, 'What would happen if this does not work?'

The shopkeeper quietly pointed to the only sign in English that read, 'GUARANTEE NO SPOIL'.

Feeling assured, he paid for the CD player and returned to his hotel. He tried to use the CD player but it would not even switch on. He quickly returned tothe shop and asked for a refund or an exchange for another unit.

When the shopkeeper refused to give either, the man pointed to the sign assuring him of a guarantee.

The shopkeeper then said, 'Brother, you are in China. We read from the right to the left.'

Chinese and Christian Names

This is hilarious ....Why Chinese shouldn't have Christian names:

  • Anne Chang => Dirty (Mandarin)
  • Anne Chin => Keep Quiet (Mandarin)
  • Faye Chen => Dusty (Mandarin)
  • Carl Cheng => Buttock (Hokkien)
  • Monica Cheng => Touching your buttocks (Hokkien)
  • Lucy Leow => You are dead (Hokkien)
  • Jane Tan => Frying eggs (Mandarin)
  • Suzie Leow => Lose till death (Hokkien)
  • Henry Mah => Hate your mum (Mandarin)
  • Corrine Tai => Poor fellow (Hokkien)
  • Paul Chan => Bankrupt (Mandarin)
  • Nelson Tan => Bird laying eggs (Mandarin)
  • Leslie Tong => Rubbish Bin (Mandarin)
  • Carmen Teng => Leg hair long (Hokkien)
  • Connie Mah => Call your mother (Cantonese)
  • Danny See => Squeeze you to death (Hokkien)
  • Rosie Teng => Screws and nails (Hokkien)
  • Pete Tsai => Nose droppings (Hokkien)
  • Macy Koh => Never die before (Cantonese)

Shared by Lee Choo on 2009, April 30

Singapore in the 1930s

Video of Singapore in the 1930s - from ChannelnewsAsia. Click HERE to view.

Interesting made - from the perspective of the British - Singapore, then, was the British Colony.
Hear how the british describe the make-up of the country that was populated with less than half a million of the locals. Look at some of the landmarks and structures that shown there. It's the history before the history that many of us know.

I guess, it was really the report card to report on the progress of work done to develop the island since Raffles discovered it.

These are Amazing!

Extreme Sheep LED Art

T-Mobile Dance

Watch the moment Liverpool Street Station danced to create this special T-Mobile Advert. Life's for sharing.

Neck Exercise

Received from Poh Heng. 2009 April 1

Did You Know?

Did You Know 3.0 - From Meeting in Rome this Year

Did You Know 2.0 (SHIFT 2008 Edit)

Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante

2006 Artwork by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang Anjun (Top right).
Who are the famous people in the picture?
Check it out at

Source: The Straits Times. Life! Page E4