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  • Another 2 months in New Orleans

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 7:54AM / Members only

    Just got back from another two months of shooting in New Orleans.  I was lucky enough to catch the Jazz Fest which was two weeks of wonderful music with top liners like Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Santana.  Actually the most interesting are the local Jazz and Zydeco music.  It feels like a combination of blues and country music with a French accent.

    May is also crawfish season.  I went to a couple of Crawfish boils, which were crawfish parties where spiced crawfish were boiled in 10 gallon caldrons.  When it's done, all the crawfish were dumped onto tables covered with newspaper and everyone just dig in with both hands.  Crawfish looks like little lobsters and the aficionados claim they taste better than lobsters.  The best part was sucking out the heads.  Well, eating crawfish, drinking cold beer and listening to Cajun music was one of my best Louisiana experiences.  

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    Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 3:51PM / Members only

    I was blown away by my first NASCAR experience last week in Las Vegas.  I have seen NASCAR races on TV, but nothing can compare to 170,000 screaming fans on their feet cheering for their drivers.  They even drown out the roaring engines of over 40 super souped up "stock cars".

    The race covered 400 miles on a 1.5 mile oval course which means 267 laps.  The average speed was 170 mph.  Cars were crashing into walls and each other.  Surprisingly, all the drivers walked away a little shaken up but otherwise unhurt.  Why can't our cars be safe like that?

    Stock cars racing started in the 1930s when country folks were running moonshines.  They souped up their cars to out run the police.  Nowadays, the cars are altered so much that they bear little resemblance to the "stock" they come from.  It is a big business and a sub culture that is no longer limited to the rural South.  Some of the fans came all the way from Canada and Europe.  It is a high testosterone and beer chugging crowd.  A true slice of Americana.

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  • Cambodia and Vietnam

    Thursday, Feb 7, 2008 7:03AM / Members only

    Just got back from a trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.  Angkor Wat was simply amazing.  I was awed by the majestic beauty of the temples.  Thousands of artists and craftsmen must have sacrificed their lives for this project.  And yet at the end nature is ready to reclaim this jungle.  Evidenced by the trees that simply overwhelmed the buildings. 

    Vietnam is a country of stunning natural beauty.  From fields of flowers in Dalat in the highland to the lush green rice paddies in the deltas, everywhere I turned there was a perfect picture.  Cruising in Ha Long Bay was like floating in a Chinese landscape painting.  Nature is still the greatest artist.  Everything we do pales in comparison.

    I really felt affinity with the Vietnamese.  Historically and culturally they have been very close to China.  We can see it from their Confucius temple to all the old writings on stone tablets.  70% of the Vietnamese language have Chinese roots.  And in Cholon, one can conduct business in Cantonese.

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  • New Orleans

    Sunday, Dec 9, 2007 7:43AM / Members only

    I have been in New Orleans for the last couple of weeks shooting a new TV series.  New Orleans has always been one of my favorite American city.  With all the French, Spanish and African influences, it almost feel like a foreign country.  It has the seedy and decadent charm of a party town that never stops.  As the locals say: Laissez les bon temps rouler!  Let the good times roll!

    At night the streets of the French Quarter are packed with people drinking and partying.  They actually close Bourbon Street so people are literally dancing on the street.  Music would be blasting from all the bars and clubs.  From traditional Jazz to Hip Hop to rock 'n roll to zydeco.  If music is not enough, there are always the strip clubs with naked dancers.  In other words, it is one BIG PARTY every night.

    The Cajun and Creole cuisines are to die for.  Gumbos, jambalayas and etouffees are my favorites.  Even a po boy sandwich is tasty.  It is hard to have a bad meal here.

    This morning I drove around the lower 9th ward, which was totally destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  Now, two years later, it is still not rebuilt.  The desolation is heart breaking.  The delay is not for the lack of resources but because of mismanagement and politics.  Now Brad Pitt is jumping in with the "Make It Right" project which is supposed to help local residence to rebuild.  Let's hope it's not another publicity stunt.

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  • Athens

    Thursday, Nov 15, 2007 1:01AM / Members only

    I have been in Athens for two weeks now consulting on a Greek TV series.  It is very exciting to be in the birthplace of theater and very humbling to realize that whatever we do on stage had been done before by the Greeks.

    The Greek people are very warm and friendly.  They love to sit for hours in cafes and bars talking, arguing or just people watching.  The night life is great.  Dinner starts after 10pm and usually lasts for 3 hours.  Then it's onto the bars and night clubs.  My favorite is the rembetatiki which is like a blues club with heartbreaking Greek ballads.  When the mood strikes, people would start singing and dancing.  I think we should all do that more often.

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    M3GA <3
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    I like your work very much
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    Poetry for Peace

    When all the rain runs to rivers
    dark shadows fade away
    If storms of sorrow fill your soul
    may sunshine brighten up your days.

  • posted on Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 2:12AM  [Report]
    Poetry for Peace

    I love chinese food
    hot rice and fresh soy bread
    keeps me always healthy
    so I'm alive not dead.

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    thanks so much! =D
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    Happy New Years from everyone at alivenotdead.com!
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    posted on Saturday, Dec 25, 2010 11:13AM  [Report]
    Mr. Chan, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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    posted on Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 3:55AM  [Report]
    Henry, It really was great talking with you. And your lovely wife too.
    I think a lot of people who want to be actors think it is easy and of course it must look easy but we know what it takes to make it look easy. Like the duck on the pond but underneath those web feet are going as fast as they can!!
    Hope we can talk again.
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    posted on Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 3:42AM  [Report]
    oh thank you so much Henry

    im glad to hear all is well with you

    and thank you for your wishes

    maybe one day i work for you :)
  • Official artist 
    posted on Monday, Jun 28, 2010 5:51AM  [Report]
    hello Henry

    how are you???

    are you in China now???
    posted on Monday, Jan 18, 2010 9:26PM  [Report]
    thanks so much for the birthday wishes! =D
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    Hi Henry! I hope you have a great 2010 filled with happiness, prosperity, success and good health! =)
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    Happy New Year Henry. Hope to see more of you in 2010 and the decade following.
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    posted on Friday, Dec 25, 2009 11:35AM  [Report]
    Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with happy surprises.
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    posted on Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 2:56PM  [Report]
    You visited Cambodia? I'm so jealous hehe

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've never been back since the war.
  • posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:19PM  [Report]
    yeah, i totally agree with u ~ nature is the best artist...the pics u took are pretty interesting !
  • posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:11PM  [Report]
    oh Canadian Rockies Mountain is one of the prettiest place .... hopefully i be there soon. DId u drop by ALaska? R u goin there by cruise? If u haven't , i wud suggest u go on cruise. Trust me, it will be like no holiday on earth! cheers!
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    hihi, nice to met you, your blog is too much interesting!!
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