Saturday, 19 July 2008

house of agbada daggers

This post is inspired by Afrobabe (babes, I know you say your mum is a prayer warrior but I said my own prayer for change for ‘3rd brother’).

Her latest post for a solution required! got all sorts of comments (babes, for being a good sport about it all, especially with the few that could possibly be viewed as negative, I salute you).

Anyway… my comment at hers was based on her concept of ‘3rd brother’. I chose to depict the chain of events in her post as a scene in a chinese film (yep for the sake of authenticity, I even threw in the out of sync voice over)… thankfully she took it as intended & saw the funny side!

In the same way, let me introduce you to my family… ours is the ‘House of Agbada Daggers’… I actually prefer the ‘House of Flying Jalabias’… it sounds way cooler but we are yoruba & correctly proud of it.

The ‘House of Agbada Daggers’ follows many rules. One of which is ‘honour’… it is key. The family honour must be protected at all times. As a result all members of our house do not take any criticism of any of its other members well from outsiders. To us it is a declaration of war. We have waged many successful campaigns because we follow the mantra of military ‘qi’.

We are not stupid though… in any situation after this has happened; ‘the defender’ will haul ‘the accused’ into the dock. ‘The jury’ is called & seated. Then judgement begins. I hated the family meetings because the sentences were quite demoralising. I learned a lesson from them sha… I got... correction… we all got smarter with our antics.

Anyway… ours is a house of six ruling members… I say ruling because it is rare for any of us to back down from our convictions. I digress...

There is Baba, Mãe, Ade, Ali, Shubby Doo and ATA.

Baba aka Emperor aka Old Master Bo
Baba was an air force officer. Despite his usual gra-gra, to all his children he would say ‘take it easy… fi ara ba le’. These words were always accompanied with a hand gesture that indicated the same. My father taught me the lesson of silence…a wise man takes time to listen…it is especially important if one has nothing intelligent to say.

Old Master Bo: Flying Snow, anybody can be heard; but to be understood one must to know right words to use. 1st acquire knowledge about your subject and then your audience. Remember ‘a little impatience will spoil great plans.’

My father once found out that Ade was caught sneaking out of school. He did not deal with this immediately; instead he ruined the holiday for my brother because Ade was left to stew in the fear of the unknown for its entirety. With 2 days to go, my father woke him up at 5:30am and told him to get dressed (note that he didn’t say brush, baff and get dressed o!). Ade was ready, at the front door, in less than 5 mins. They went out for a walk. While they were out he told him this.

Old Master Bo: Li Mu Bai, I am not happy about your behaviour because you should have been in school. But I am not angry that you snuck out. I am angry that you got caught. My son, now I hope that ‘a fall into a ditch makes you wiser’.

Mãe aka Empress aka Jade Fox aka The Governess
I am very much like my mother… we can smell a rat from a distance. However, our methods of execution are very different. She tends to act swiftly; setting up a cunning trap. The furore around her kill is normally quite dramatic.

My mother found out about the true nature of my relationship with Ludriness when she called me at school. I had a deal with my house mistress who decided to take that particular night off. Her substitute told my mother that I was spending the w/e away and that she had signed the form (yes o! I faked her signature). My mother made no fuss; she simply asked for a contact number and called. Luridness picked up. She never told my father of my deception but I was greeted with some serious slaps when I got home.

The Governess: Are you sleeping with him? Is this why I sent you to school? Your life is ahead of you or is it that you want to ruin it? By doing this you are ‘binding your feet to prevent progress’.

After my tears, there were more questions. With my answers she concluded that Luridness was not the best for me (does my Mãe have a spooky sixth sense or what?!)

Ade aka Crown Prince aka Li Mu Bai
Ade was the prime source of family meetings. As a young teenager, he indulged in the usual drinking and man chasing woman wrapper business. He always stayed out late and came back during the early hours of dawn. It drove my mother crazy; somehow my dad remained calm. He sat my brother down to explain something simple to him.

Old Master Bo: Li Mu Bai, you are young and your exuberance is telling you to seize every opportune moment but don’t over do this… a she ju man pa yon. It is not right to be ‘adding the legs while painting a snake’.

As Ade grew older he chose to hover in between the young and old because he felt that his duty as first born demanded it. He reigned supreme in the absence of our parents but shielded us a lot from our mother’s rantings. Ade got a thick skin for it. However, it was not bullet proof so like Neo he learned to dodge with skill. Suddenly, despite his usual exploits, the family meetings became more about Ali, ATA, and I. I paid attention and realised his plan; diversionary tactics. Egbon was taking style to betray us to our parents to keep the heat of him…Kai! It had to stop. I gathered the others together to discuss the situation.

Flying Snow: All we have to do is figure out his plan to know his next move. ‘When the map is unrolled, the dagger is revealed’. There are three of us. Eyin boys e ja ka so owo po. If we stand together united, ‘three people can make up a tiger’.

These days when Ade sees me he smiles. He calls out ‘ringleader don land. lil’ sis how now?’ or ‘kaisho, oyabun of all oyabun’. I laugh.

Ali aka 2nd Son aka Young Prince aka Jin
Ali and I are very very close but the guy knows how to wind me up…big time. There is this thing he does with his hands and eyes that still fucks me off till today. If anybody else tries it and I’m cool; totally unfazed but with Ali I loose it completely. My family finds the whole scene hilarious.

Ali terrorised me as a kid. In turn, I took great pleasure watching him being punished. I developed a particular wail that became universally recognised as a cry for help (a bit like the signal in batman…lol).

As kids, my presence antagonised him & I just didn’t understand why he always went for me. Apparently to him I was the younger sister who had betrayed him before I learnt to speak. The story goes that he came to play with me as a toddler and I smashed a battery over his head….LMAOOO (secretly I’m happy I got the first jab in but officially I’m still blaming muscle spasm). As kids, my parents always told me to leave him alone.

The Governess: Flying Snow we’ve bought you a new Ballerina Barbie doll. Leave Jin alone, ‘a rat who gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction.’

Barbie, Ken and Skipper were great distractions in the short term but in the end I just wanted to hang with my older bro.

One time, a day after ATA’s naming ceremony, I was outside playing and I saw Ali pick up a knife that had been used to kill the malu. It was clean. He put it into the fire. Then, with a devilish glint in his eye, he turned and called me…I skipped over. He placed the hot blade on my neck and burnt me. My mother beat the sheggae out of him (thank you again God for this skin of mine that heals really well because I don’t have a scar despite Ali’s assault).

Although I have always loved him dearly, Ali is one of my inspirations for taking up kung fu for a year with a real shaolin monk after uni (no joke!). I also learnt to run fast because of him and every time I see him, I remember my unbeaten season at 200m sprints with pride.

Shubby Doo aka Princess aka Flying Snow
You know me a little already… through my blog… this is my look inward within an enclosure of boundless space… it is my interpretation of me. I am not quite sure why I blog but I do know that ‘a bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song’. I am Flying Snow.

ATA aka 3rd Son aka Small Prince aka Shinobi aka Nameless
ATA and I are extremely close. His is my protégé. For my every action, ATA can describe the thought process behind my decision. He decided to study engineering too; although, our chosen dialects are different. He also took up martial arts (kempo karate) but he did it for many years. ATA is the silent assassin of the house.

When ATA was younger, to all his questions I would reply ‘I will tell you when you are older’ (yeah right!... like either he or I would remember… I just wanted the little brat out of my way... funny how history repeats itself but this time my intolerance of him was because he wasn't born a girl!). He too didn’t like being ignored/ or dismissed. I think it was one of the reasons that he consciously chose to be the best of all of us (as he saw us); he is brighter than me, he is stronger than Ali and he is wiser than Ade.

With time the age gap between all of us has reduced and we are all much closer. We are also quite close because Ade, Ali, ATA and I used to run around hitting each other as kids (and well beyond those years). The aim of this game of endearment was simple… strike the deadliest blow and then seek cover. While the victim writhed in pain, the assailant would comment hysterically on the effectiveness of the strike.

Due to my gender and his youth, ATA and I played tag team… but not always… within the ‘House of Agbada Daggers’ when the heat was on you were on your own. One day, I landed one on ATA just after we’d just dealt with Ali together. When I saw the confusion in his eyes, I could no longer keep a straight face… I collapsed laughing. ATA calmly walked over, picked me up and floored me. I was stunned… my 13 year old little brother ke?… na lie!... I wanted a rematch (very dumb idea I know but the small boy had just chanced me!). ATA did it again. His take down was just too quick so I cannot tell you his exact move (perhaps some sort of suflex). I can tell you that Ali just stood there, and nearly pissed himself with laughter. Ade learnt about this and sat me down.

Li Mu Bai: Flying Snow you are older but you are a girl… your age made you forget that he was learning new techniques to prove himself as a match for us in various ways… your attitude towards Nameless was wrong… remember that ‘the arrogant army will lose the battle for sure.’ My approach to him will now be different thanks to you. Senior boy thinking is now needed for the kid to ensure he does not ‘out-gun’ us.

How very true… last week ATA sent me a text and then I called him.

ATA: Na wah for this your need to bond o!
Shubby Doo: Eh?!
ATA: Why do you always call me when I text you?
Shubby Doo: You asked me for some info and you are now opening your mouth to complain about my method of delivery. This kid, you’re not a serious human being.
ATA: Hahaha… cheers sis. But you know that once I have this PhD, you must start calling me Dr ATA sha.
Shubby Doo: Love you lil’ bro but dream on... no forget say ‘okra no dey grow pass im master’ … hahaha.

You now have an insight into the members of the ‘House of Agbada Daggers’.

Proceed & comment but beware of our ‘honour’.

58 comments:

archiwiz 19 July 2008 at 17:12  

FFFFFFIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

archiwiz 19 July 2008 at 17:13  

En heennhhh... I don land....


Flying Snow...That was HI-LA-RIOUS!!!!!!To the 8th power ni, it was hilarious...LOL...Nice insight into your fam. You should keep this post for posterity joo...IT was just like a novel.

Jaycee 19 July 2008 at 20:12  

Lollllllllll....awww, mennnn. Ur household was sure interesting. Lolll...

I loved it when u said "I am not quite sure why I blog but I do know that ‘a bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song’. I am Flying Snow"

NigerianDramaQueen 20 July 2008 at 05:53  

House of agbada daggers indeed! Too funny!!
Your parents sound like very wise people. I liked this: "a wise man takes time to listen…it is especially important if one has nothing intelligent to say". Very true.
Thanks for the good laugh!

Afrobabe 20 July 2008 at 07:47  

lmao...i haven't even started reading the story yet I already know my jaws will hurt..

girl, your crazy like me...

Afrobabe 20 July 2008 at 08:03  

Dont know who I like most in ur family...

The emperor is very wise..one must definately keep quiet when there r no wise words...

The empress I wish I had as a mother, my embress relayed everything to the emperor who delivered the slaps himself..

Ade was pretty cool, lol..yep, wish I learnt evasionary techniques sooner..

lmao @ all the skills aquired cos of Ali..

Ata chanced you yeeeeeeeee..babe, dont u know u fight with tatics? and if all else fails the good old...I will report you to Daddy should have worked...lol..

I swear I just find chinese movies hilarious...

30+ 20 July 2008 at 18:07  

Your family is quite interesting, I like your mum 'binding your feet to prevent your progress’ - that should be engraved.

Okra no dey grow pass him master, na lie what if it's cross breed genetic modification works wonders, so Dr Ata to you please - Lol

Chari 21 July 2008 at 09:20  

words of wisdom aaaaalll over....ur fam is too peng abeg!

Shubby Doo 21 July 2008 at 10:27  

@30+ - GM ko, GM ni! …lol… I’m very proud of him but omo ano shouldn’t try it.

p.s
the actual chinese proverb is ‘binding your feet to prevent progress’… I have updated it to read as such

ibiluv 21 July 2008 at 10:36  

love ya dad....very similar to mine..hilarious one!!!!

Free-flowing Florida 21 July 2008 at 11:44  

this is beautiful. 4rm d way u told d story, 2 ur description, 2 d proverbs, 2 everything!!!! am seriously impressed with ur writing skill. u should think 2 do a novel & write it n d manner u wrote dis post. so dramatic, so african!

& ur family sounds like fun!

* i've updated though *

Free-flowing Florida 21 July 2008 at 11:45  

"The empress I wish I had as a mother, my embress relayed everything to the emperor who delivered the slaps himself.." lmao @ afrobabe! na so e dey be!

Twix! 21 July 2008 at 11:55  

This is so hilarious, youre a good writter

rethots 21 July 2008 at 12:03  

....men of honour can never but infiltrated.

OluwaDee 21 July 2008 at 12:40  

Love this piece.

The agbada daggers must not be messed with @ all.

Your dad is a very wise man.

I also have 3 brothers, n am 3rd in line.

Shubby Doo 21 July 2008 at 13:58  

@archiwiz – you are 1st…you landed at the correct time! thanks… it was really fun to write

@jaycee – it is true… but will admit that the flying snow bit cracks me up… tried to pitch just as they would in a chinese film… to make it very profound… hope it worked…

p.s
visited your blog over the we/e and it is very inspiration. kudos to u

@NDQ – welcome to mine – glad you enjoyed it

@afrobabe – you know you like me best jare… going old is the only thing that works e.g.‘am I your mate?’ usually gets him to stop but threatening him to the folks only incurs his full wrath…

p.s
love chinese movies too… funny didn’t have to re-watch any to write this. The stories must be burnt in2 my mind…

pp.s
sweetie thanks for 2day’s link back to mine…

@30+ - shhhh…abeg please don’t confuse the boy…lol

@lil’ chari – thank you

@ibiluv – good to know that there are more of them around…funny tho, I feared facing him more than my mother’s slaps… we all did.

@FFF - thank you – just came back from yours

@twix – thanks

@rethots – history is made by those who break the rules…just don’t break ours or we will re-write yours!!!

@oluwadee – thank you... yes he is. Been planning to sit down with him to write down all the Yoruba proverbs he knows…

p.s
very interesting…were you like me growing up? Sometimes I wish I did have a sis but I wouldn’t swap one for any of my bros

Sting 21 July 2008 at 14:18  

First time here and i truly enjoyed it.

Honeywell 21 July 2008 at 15:59  

i can't believe i am just finding this blog..... i loved this post!

AlooFar 21 July 2008 at 16:40  

Ha!

You write like fire!

Na wa o Afrobabe just dey inspire everybody ;)

Lighty 'neferet' Kopearl 21 July 2008 at 17:41  

lol @ all ur chinese proverbs. this was one funny piece lol.

i love the chinese concept, that was too mawdddd.

lol.

Ms Sula 21 July 2008 at 19:11  

That was so beautifully written... You should show it to the counsel at the next reunion of the House...

Flying Snow? Love it!

I am also a fan of Chinese movies, old and new.

Your post was delectable!

naijaleta 21 July 2008 at 20:36  

I wonder where you got all those Chinese proverbs from. *sighs* Wish my family was that interesting.
That reminds me, you said something about a hug in your comment on my post. When can I come for it?
Abi it wasn't you?

Mz. Dee 21 July 2008 at 21:28  

LMAOOOOOOOOO!!
omo... ur family na sumthin o!

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Shubby Doo 22 July 2008 at 11:31  

@Sting – Thanks and welcome.

@Honeywell – Thank u and welcome 2 u 2.

@Aloofar – like fire! wow …that compliment has me simply radiating!… *blushing* …thanks ;-)

@Lighty – sweetie, thanks a million.

@Ms Sula – what a delicious compliment…thank you. I like the name 'flying snow'… I think it belongs to an assasin in the film ‘Hero’

@naijaleta – We all had mad fun growing up together.

p.s
Re: Chinese proverbs - got some from Adeline Yen Mah’s books… read them cover to cover about 3 times on the commute to work… before I got a car. Couldn’t use my favourite one… ‘falling leaves return to their roots’… I’m sure I’ll be able to on another post sha!

pp.s
went to yours yesterday and thought ‘oh no naijaleta did a Chinese post too’. But your post was so different and so funny.

ppp.s
Yes it was me about the hug… I do think you need it after the 8yr old boy incident and the chinese food statement but laughing at the fact that you are coming 2 ask me 4 it… i.e. a woman that has a sword as a prominent item on her profile pic!!!LMAO… hmmm… you like trouble small sha?… dangerous guy!!!

@Mz. Dee – she no bi indirect challenge be dat?!… lol… we are o!… but in a good way… when we are together it really is a laugh a minute.

@Blogville idol – ok… heading over

Allied 22 July 2008 at 17:03  

Love ur family. Like urs, we also do family meetings. (I really really hate them). Another thing I like in the post is proverbs. We grew up on proverbs.

TheAfroBeat 23 July 2008 at 01:20  

amaaazing!!It's almost 2 am and i have to be up in 5 hours but i couldn't stop reading this (and laughing out SO loud to myself!). You and your family sound like great fun...a right hoot, but extremely passionate about each other. The house of agbada daggers would be a great place to visit sometime (once i've gone and studied kung fu under my own shaolin monk too of course!).

Thanks for stopping by tAB, and i'll definitely drop by again!

TheAfroBeat 23 July 2008 at 01:21  

ooh, and have to give a shout out to those amazing proverbs. Okra no fit grow pass im master...classic!

Shubby Doo 23 July 2008 at 15:27  

@allied – they are the pits aren’t they?! Initially, they were billed (2 the kids) as a forum for 2 way dialogue between parents and children. In actuality, communication tended to always be downwards!!!

p.s
I’ve always loved simple sayings that express a truth. Some I use as my maxims.

@tAB – glad you enjoyed it. Hope you got some sleep sha!!

isha 23 July 2008 at 20:33  

'Agbada Daggers" very genius. i have to find a name for my family o. lol. Very interesting read. Like a lot. I'll be back more often.

ablackjamesbond 24 July 2008 at 10:37  

Flying Jalamias...very funny...

luv ur Dad!

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SOLOMONSYDELLE 24 July 2008 at 14:58  

lol! just the title of this post had me cracking up!!!!!! Too imaginative!!!!

Thanks so much for your great comments during Talk To The Easier Crew Week.

kay-shawn 24 July 2008 at 15:37  

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zara (my alter ego) 24 July 2008 at 16:58  

WOW.. flawless delivery, now i know to stay out of all of y'all's way with ur flyink kicks and the likes.. first time here goin back to read older posts.. hehe

Smaragd 25 July 2008 at 16:23  

this made for a fantastic read!

lemme point out our similarities:
1. family of six

2. i have three brothers as well, though second in line.

3. first time my elder brother came to say hello to his baby sister, i slapped him hard! lmao

4. my youngest brother almost broke my arm once "a la ATA style", i was shocked!

i love the Chinese proverbs! and u learnt from a shaolin monk for real? that's one thing I'll love to do.

Shubby Doo 25 July 2008 at 22:03  

@isha – hahaha… when you’ve got a name please do let me know!

@007 dudu – I watched kung fu panda about 2 weeks ago & liked it a lot… master oogway reminded me of my dad.

@vote – vote just like that… & everyday… hmmmm… let me think about it…

@SSD – loving Talk To The Easier Crew Week. Really great concept!

@kay-shawn – have replied @ yours…

@zara – haba, it is not like that o! none of us are quick to anger (well maybe my mother more than anybody else). Anyway couldn’t do a flying kick now to save my life.

p.s
hope you’ve enjoyed whatever else you’ve read here

@smaragd – wow… you 2… as in another 'gbosa' giving baby!!! LMAO…

Those younger brothers!!!… to be honest after that day I would still trouble Ade and Ali but not ATA… my ego was too bruised!

p.s
nice to know i have a bit more in common with a fellow blogger.

pp.s
Yes I did. My shifu (master/teacher) left the monastery hoping to be the next Jet Li. Back then he got a part as an extra in Die Another Day (James Bond) but I couldn’t see him when I watched it.

If you ever see the front cover of the DVD Shaolin Wheel of Life (2000 edition I think), it is him being held up in the air just with the points of the spears.

Shifu was a year younger than me but he had all my respect when he broke bricks (note I’ve used the plural here) with his head on the 1st week. Warm up alone took 20mins. I learnt one style of the form very well (same one as shown in Jack Osborne Adrenaline Junkie). @ the time I left I was learning how to do the form with a stick. He promised that he would teach us 2 use the sword next.

Anyway I gave up cos I was going to 3 sessions a week. Shifu wanted us to go to 4 sessions a week… I couldn’t. I was already dropping £120/month @ that point. It was cool while it lasted.

Sometimes i kinda wish I had kept it up… like today when watched the film ‘shadowless sword’. The way the heroine (soha) worked the sword with such style and grace was just beautiful!!!

Standtall 26 July 2008 at 10:40  

A together, funny and interesting household

Jinta 26 July 2008 at 21:22  

"My father taught me the lesson of silence…a wise man takes time to listen…it is especially important if one has nothing intelligent to say"

can you beat the wisdom of parents?

I love the post, though i'm sure i aged the time it took me to read it

Chari 27 July 2008 at 19:24  

I jus got back jare...the party was aii...jammed a coupla exes there...shish

Chari 27 July 2008 at 19:42  

refresh ma blog and reread the post u'll see why...

ok I am starting to think ur a witch or sth...how u knew it was 4 exes I saw there I dunno...and am not joking...

Chari 27 July 2008 at 19:44  

uhmm chillax me thinks we be wasting time flying between blogs y dont we jus switch to messenger?

Chari 27 July 2008 at 19:56  

now u tell me!!!

where were u four years ago?

I kinda learnt that the hard way...I was a exuberant youth, what did i know....

so what do u say?

charizardonfire@yahoo.com

Shubby Doo 27 July 2008 at 20:00  

LMAO@chari - 4 years ago i had the common sense not to be doing that...probably at your age.

eya pele.

thanks but i have to decline...the only messenger account that i use has my real name on it and i prefer to keep that outside of everything bolgville.

Shubby Doo 27 July 2008 at 20:25  

@standtall - thanks. i sent you an e-mail...did you get it?

@jinta - i'm going to ignore the last bit...i make no apologies for this one being long...glad you loved the post sha.

Chari 27 July 2008 at 20:26  

ehn no shidd....we will be using blogger msngr then...

yeah it does...even if I was told I'd still have done the same...stupid init?

Shubby Doo 27 July 2008 at 20:33  

@chari - if you were ATA i would have knocked you on the head...don't go and make it 5 sha!

ynot! 28 July 2008 at 09:14  

phhew!
This is one Llllong post.
Omo, u get muscle o!
d scope i used: divided d post in2 5 sections; took breaks in betwn each section - a glass of H20, press-ups, sit-ups, short distance jogging...
lmao!
unno m playn, right?
nice piece of writing. will return 4 more. mos def

Shubby Doo 28 July 2008 at 10:07  

@ jaja – thanks.

LMAO@ynot – what?… you’re not serious!!! this was one of the short ones… fine…I get the message!

p.s
did you not read the line ‘my look inward within an enclosure of boundless space’… in real life I’m always sharp and to the point but here… please allow me small jo!!!

Naapali 30 July 2008 at 05:02  

Okay Shubby, so I have been away and missed your screen play. My only pedantic niggling critique is you have borrowed characters from Ang Lee (Jade Fox, Li Mubai) as well as Zhang Yimou (The Emperor). This suggests to me your family tale is one of angst ridden sadness. As someone once said to me, the only way to understand Chinese Movies (not the kung fu stuff that probably still plays at the Sheila Cinema) is that they start sad, and end sadder.

Now, back to read the rest.

Naapali 30 July 2008 at 05:09  

"Shubby Doo aka Princess aka Flying Snow
You know me a little already… through my blog… this is my look inward within an enclosure of boundless space… it is my interpretation of me. I am not quite sure why I blog but I do know that ‘a bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song’. I am Flying Snow."

Love it, love you.

tobenna 30 July 2008 at 10:08  

PHEW!
That was a difficult read.
You should have seen the concentration on my face.
Ah ah.
O try gaan.
So, you are a tomboy?

Shubby Doo 30 July 2008 at 10:31  

@Doc Naps – awww thanks…I’m feeling the love. I hope you thought of this as more of a humorous parody by the time you finished e.g. Kung Fu Hustle!!!

@tobenna – I was but not anymore…I grew out of it…think swan! ;-)

Miss definitely maybe 31 July 2008 at 22:03  

You are so talented I could almost picture your family as I was reading your post

shalewa 1 August 2008 at 06:43  

1st time here.you're a good writer .i like the way you put in the proverbs.u must know every line of the movie.how many times did u watch it?though ur post was quite brain-tasking.am glad i finished it.
the best thing u can have is a great family.every family is unique with its own drama.loved this post.brought loving thots of my family.

Shubby Doo 1 August 2008 at 09:41  

@miss definitely maybe – thanks…just came back from yours. Here’s hoping u enjoy the move to blogville :)

@shalewa – thanks

p.s
Apart from the aliases nothing in this post is from an actual Chinese film

Buttercup 5 August 2008 at 13:52  

wow, im in love wit ur fam! y'all sound like characters from a novel or movie...i LOVE the names!

i thoroughly enjoyed this!

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