Google Honors Teresa Teng

Teresa Teng’s 65th Birthday

 

Today’s Doodle pays tribute to one of Teng’s most well-known songs, “The Moon Represents My Heart.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtGKEMCzCD4

Meaning of the Song (As seen on Edonn.com)

Like magic, love appears is replenished through time. And like magic, the moon appears to change through time. But does the moon really change over time?

It’s always the same moon, it’s only how it is viewed that makes it seem different. From certain angles, the moon reflects light in a certain way, from other angles, it reflects light in other ways.

And yet love, though seemingly different, never changes. Underneath the veil of a half-moon, or crescent moon or moonlessness, there is a full moon just waiting to appear.

Add to all this the significance of the moon in Chinese culture, and you get a great song.

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Who is Teresa Teng?

Born in Yunlin, Taiwan, on January 29, 1953. Teng was able to move her audiences as much with the sweetness of her voice as with the power of melancholy emotion

She started her singing life as young as the age of 5. At the early age of 11 (1964), she won the Chinese Radio Station Huangmei Singing Contest by the song “Visiting Yingtai.” by 14 Years old, she hosted the show “Everyday One Star.”

In 1969, she played the leading role in the TV series “Thank You, Manager.” She was also invited to perform at a charity concert in Singapore.

In the same year, she sang the theme song for the first Taiwan TV series.

In 1970, Teresa’s first performance in Hong Kong was held. In 1971, she became the youngest person ever to be awarded the title of the Charity Queen of the Bai Hua You Arts Auction for making charity sales. She also signed to Life Records of Taiwan.

Teresa Teng

In 1972, she was filmed in the movie “Ms. Music Fan” with Mr. Chang Chung. In the same year, she made the Top 10 Singers list in Hong Kong.

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Teresa decided to start singing in Japan in 1973, when she signed to Polydor Records of Japan, so she was determined to try her best in studying Japanese.

However, within a short period of 6 months, she was already able to communicate in Japanese with the staff of the company and during meetings. Her first Japanese Album “KONYA KASHIRA? ASHITA KASHIRA?” (Should it be tonight or tomorrow?) was released on March 1, 1974.

Her second Japanese album “KUUKOO” (Airport) was released on July 1, 1974. Through this song “KUUKOO” she won the Best New Singer award of Japan that year. She also signed to PolyGram Records of Hong Kong and released the album “Good Bye, My Love” in 1975. The following year, she held her first HK solo concert at Lee Theatre.

In 1977, she held her solo concert in Tokyo, Japan and won a television award for her song “I live for you.”

Teresa held her second solo concert of Hong Kong in 1978. In 1979, she held her first solo concert in the US and Canada.

Teresa also studied English at USC (University of Southern California) in California, USA. On the same year, the album “Small Town Story” was released.

In 1980, Teresa performed in the US at the Lincoln Theatre in New York and became the first Chinese to ever perform at the Los Angeles Music Center.

She held her third Hong Kong solo concert. In addition, she went to Taiwan to visit the Kinmen Island troops and performed at the Sun Yatsen Memorial in which all funds from tickets went to the Patriotic Fund.

Teresa won the Best Female Singer award in Taiwan. In the same year, her first Cantonese album was released.

In 1981, Teresa held 7 consecutive solo concerts in Hong Kong, breaking the record for the number of consecutive solo concerts by a single artist. Also, she won the record-breaking number of 5 platinum records in a single year in Hong Kong and also received the Patriotic Artist Award in Taiwan.

In 1983, Teresa became the first Chinese to ever perform at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, USA. In the same year, she received an award from PolyGram (Hong Kong) for reaching top sales, being the top-selling singer ever in the music industry of Hong Kong. She released her second and famous Cantonese album “The Steps of the Road of Life”, which got the Double Platinum figure after a few days of its release.

Teresa Teng won the Annual Cable TV Award of Japan for 3 consecutive years (1984, 1985, and 1986) by the song “TSUGUNAI” (Love Compensation) in 1984, “AIJIN” (Lover) in 1985, and “TOKI NO NAGARE NI MI WO MAKASE” (Let It Depend On The Flow Of Time) in 1986. No other singer, even to this date, was able to achieve this.

The song “AIJIN” (Lover) also set a new record for staying on top of the broadcast charts in Japan for over 10 weeks. Her song “TOKI NO NAGARE NI MI WO MAKASE” sold over 5 million copies in the Japan market in 1986.

Unfortunately, she left us on May 8, 1995 due to an asthma attack in Chiang Mai, Thailand at age 42. Her coffin was wrapped with the Taiwan flag and was carried by military officers and family members. Indeed, during the funeral, Teresa was given many awards for her large contribution to the nation and society.

Legacy

Her music and talent was a dominant and influential force in Asia throughout most of the 1970s and 1980s. Teng was able to move her audiences as much with the sweetness of her voice as with the power of melancholy emotion.

One of the “Five Great Asian Divas”, she was known for driving her audience into rapture, and often tears, over a career that spanned three decades.

Personally- she is one among my favorite singers of the past, present and future era.

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Listen Teresa Teng Songs

Teng’s widespread popularity was also driven by her ability to sing in several languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Indonesian, and English.

Evoking for many precious memories of childhood and happier times, her legacy endures to this day.

By providing an alternative to the most revolutionary songs then prevalent in mainland China, Teng’s emotional rendition of this old Mandarin favorite catapulted her to instant and long-lasting fame that lingers to this day.

Happy 65th birthday, Teresa Teng!

Doodle by Cynthia Yuan Cheng

Credits: Content from Google Doodle page and teresateng.org

Blockchain + Gaming

LAST UPDATED: December 15, 2018 | By Mighil

Nb: This article needs further update. Feel free to reach out if you want to list your blockchain gaming platform here. 

Yes. everyone online is talking about how blockchain can transform the gaming niche.

A lot of blog posts, articles, and videos out there definitely prove blockchain and gaming industry together can do wonders.

From esports, digital goods monetization to game distribution platform, blockchain will change the outlook of the game industry.

But…

Only a few are actually mentioning up and coming blockchain gaming platforms and blockchain gaming projects on their blogs.

There’s a whole bunch of gaming community out there who want to learn more about new blockchain based gaming projects.

And that’s my motive for writing this post.

Here’s the complete list of  blockchain gaming platforms and projects

ugChain 

Singapore based ugChain; powers ecosystem consisting of a series of decentralized applications.

ugChain’s core is a decentralized account system (DAS) based on blockchain technology.

The system has built-in exclusive token UG Token (UGC).

UGC simultaneously has the equity attribute and monetary attribute.

I’m currently associated with ugChain as well.

Token: UGC

PLAYKEY: Decentralized Cloud Gaming Platform

Playkey is a brilliant game-virtualization service dedicated to providing gamers around the world with the resources of a distributed network of powerful home computers (“miners”).

They are basically a cloud gaming platform, allowing gamers to play top-rated games on obsolete PC and Mac.

With Playkey’s service, owners of weak PCs, laptops, and MacBooks can play modern games on their own devices. The games themselves run “in the cloud” on the hardware of the miners.

They have a team of 45 experienced R&D specialists collaborates directly with leading game publishers including Ubisoft, Bethesda, and Wargaming and is backed by a large European VC fund.

Token: PKT

Chimaera

The Chimaera blockchain acts as a decentralized gaming backend that is scalable, secure and reliable.

It’s a solid game dev focused platform which lets developers create fully decentralized, autonomous games where players can expect 100% uptime and have provably fair gameplay with true ownership of their in-game items.

Chimaera team is behind Huntercoin– which is still the only game that runs entirely on the blockchain. (That was quite an interesting find)

Token: CHI

Funfair

With a range of prototype casino games powered by their game-changing technology, Funfair team claims they are way ahead of the competition.

Blockchain powered FunFair simply enables anyone, anywhere to run their own online casino.

The FunFair platform also offers unrivaled levels of transparency and player protection and is set to open up gaming globally.

Token: FUN

Xenio Blockchain

Similar to ugChain, The Xenio gaming ecosystem uses distributed computing to solve systemic problems inherent in existing game distribution and asset management systems.

According to their whitepaper, Xenio runs on their own blockchain.

Which is optimized for gaming and which uses a combination of a modified Delegated Proof-of stake and Proof-of-Authority consensus protocol they proudly call “Proof of-Networking,” or PoN.

The Xenio ICO is currently underway.

Presale: https://xenio.io/register.php

CryptoKitties

Not a platform but this is something you’d like!

It is a blockchain-based virtual game that allows players to adopt, raise, and trade virtual cats, and it represents one of the earliest attempts to deploy blockchain technology for recreational and leisurely purposes.

The game’s popularity in December 2017 caused the Ethereum network to slow down.

Whereas CryptoKitties is not a cryptocurrency, it does offer something similar to one: each CryptoKitty is one-of-a-kind, 100% owned by the user, validated through the blockchain, and the value can appreciate or depreciate based on the market.

Cryptokitties cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed. The game involves digital cats, and users who buy, sell, and sire (breed) them.

CryptoKitties operates on Ethereum’s underlying blockchain network.

A test version of CryptoKitties was unveiled at ETH Waterloo on October 19, 2017, the largest Ethereum hackathon in the world.

Wanna play? visit their website now!

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Life in Chengdu

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LAST UPDATED: January 01, 2019 | By Mighil

Thinking about moving to Chengdu? You’ve reached the right place. This QnA format blog post is an ultimate expanded guide based on my previous article, “expat life in Chengdu” (archived).

Life in Chengdu

Moving to Chengdu or China, in general, can be both exciting and frustrating. I’m a Chengdu resident since 2015. I chose to live Chengdu because of the quality of life here. Another reason is my wife, who’s a Chengdu local. A lot of people think Chengdu is just a tourist city, but that’s not the truth.

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Chengdu is evaluated as a city with great economic vitality, a superb business city, right tourist destination and a national model city for environmental protection. It has won the UN Habitat Award and International Thiess River Award. Moreover, Chengdu is one of the booming cities in China when it comes to IT and development. Chengdu government is continuously working on new schemes and plans for the overall development of the town and its suburbs.

Alright, let’s jump to the topic. Here are the frequently asked questions about life in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan.

What is living in Chengdu like?

Chengdu is a beautiful city to live in when you compare it to other big Chinese cities like Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing. Quiet overnight, Chengdu is transforming itself into a huge modern city. New subway lines pop up almost every year. Chengdu Locals are fun loving and relaxed. I usually spend my weekends in Qingchengshan Town, Dujiangyan though.

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You’ll find lots of places to hang out here. There’s a handful of Western restaurants in the city, and new ones are popping up left and right. Without a doubt, Chengdu is a convenient place to live as an expat. If you like to chill a bit in the evening with friends, there are a handful of pubs and bars in Chengdu. The city has garnered a reputation for its LGBT scene also.

What is the realistic cost of living in Chengdu, including rent?

A lot of people who read my previous post added me on WeChat to clarify this part. The truth is I can’t give you an exact answer. To be honest, the cost of living in Chengdu is something often misunderstood. It entirely depends on your lifestyle.

However, the majority of expatriates can earn much higher than that provided to the locals in Chengdu. I’ve heard English teachers are paid well if they choose to work at a reputed school in Chengdu. Since I am a minimalist freelancer who’s inclined to the IT niche, I do not know a lot about the “life as an English teacher” scene in Chengdu.

Anyway, here’s a ballpark figure:

  • Shared apartments range from 1000 RMB to 4000 RMB.
  • 15 RMB to 30 RMB for one inexpensive meal.
  • 5 RMB for domestic beer.
  • 1 RMB or 2 RMB for buses within the city limit.
  • Electricity and water are prepaid. You’ll be sharing this with your roommates. Together it may cost around 100 RMB maximum per month.
  • Internet fee is around 100 RMB per month.

Verdict: If you’re a bachelor, consider moving to Chengdu if your employer offers 7,000 RMB net salary, at least.

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What is the best and easiest way to find a house for rent in Chengdu for a foreigner?

Trust me; this won’t be easy if you can’t speak Chinese. There’s ChengduLiving.com forum (that I moderate) and GoChengdoo forum where you can address your query and find expat roommates.

Best Practices

1. Be sure about what kind of apartment you need for rent.

Your choice varies according to who you are. During my early days in Chengdu, I preferred not to live with students. So I had to refine my search for roommates and apartments based on that. Set your standard before apartment-hunting.

2. Talk to other expats.

Chengdu Living and GoChengdoo are the active expat forums here. There are countless WeChat groups as well. Join an expat community WeChat group before moving to Chengdu. Get insights from long-term expats.

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3. 58.com

Undoubtedly one of the top classified sites in China. If you speak Chinese, use this one right away to find new apartments. If you are on PC, visit cd.58.com right away. Only seek help from agents and third parties when best practices aren’t working. There are a lot of shady agents and landlords here. Be careful.

What is the weather in Chengdu like?

Since ancient times, Chengdu has been known as “the Abundant Land” owing to its fertile soil, favorable climate, and famous Dujiangyan Irrigation System.

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But in reality, “Sichuan’s basin” Chengdu is quite cloudy. Winter can get very dark and cold. Summer can be annoyingly humid.

How is the Pollution in Chengdu?

Pollution in winter can get hazardous for the sensitive group. According to 2016′ data, Chengdu just barely edged out Beijing for highest PM2.5. You should think twice before moving to Chengdu if you have a toddler. Take precautions like buying an air purifier, filters etc. Always check the air quality index (AQI) and wear masks whenever its necessary. Better safe than sorry.

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What is the food in Chengdu like?

Chengdu food falls under the banner of Sichuan Cuisine, which is one of the Eight Regional Cuisines of China. One main thing I noticed is that a lot of places serve oily food. Be careful if you suffer from GERD or if you’re someone who quickly gets gastroenteritis.

Other than that, Chengdu is famous for its cuisine. You should try hot-pot when you’re here. You can either have the extra spicy hot-pot or the non-spicy one. There are a few Auchan, Carrefour, Walmart outlets in Chengdu. Most of them sell imported items as well. So yeah, you can cook at the apartment if you’ve got time. It will save your money as well.

What is the music scene like in Chengdu?

Chengdu is home to several local and international artists, DJs and performers. Music scene won’t be majestic as in Shanghai, but yeah it’s fantastic out here.

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Chengdu is one of the cities that hosted STORM Electronic Music Festival 2017, China’s first and most prominent international electronic dance music festival. The city is home to The Sichuan Conservatory of Music (Chinese: 四川音乐学院), founded in 1939, one of the leading music institutions in China, and is considered to be the largest conservatory in the world.

How to open a bank account in Chengdu?

It is pretty straightforward if you speak Chinese. Otherwise, you might need help from a local friend or colleague. Different banks have different rules for signing up an account. Do check with your employer and open a bank account according to that. Keep in mind that the regulations have changed recently. Now you need to submit more paperwork to apply for a bank account in Chengdu. Once your application goes well, you have to make your first deposit in cash. It’s often up to 100 CNY at once. After that, you’ll need to set up a six-digit password / PIN for banking in China. After the whole process, they’ll give you a UnionPay ATM card.

Buying a SIM card in Chengdu

You need to submit passport as identification for buying SIM card in China. Make sure that your phone is already unlocked, and you will have no trouble using a new SIM. China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom are the big three carriers in China. You can buy SIM card either from a retail store or by visiting any of the official stores of a carrier I listed above. The language barrier will be a problem so take your Chinese friend when you decide to buy a new sim card.

How about the traffic in Chengdu?

It’s pretty convenient if you ride a bike. Chengdu is notorious for bad traffic during rush hours due to its centralized layout. Subway lines are expanding now and then, which is a good sign. And yes, you can quickly grab a green taxi cab from downtown. DiDi is another option. I’ve heard DiDi has an English interface now.

How about Railway Stations in Chengdu?

There are three major railway stations in Chengdu. Chengdu North Railway Station, Chengdu East Train Station, and Chengdu South Train Station. The city is going to build the fourth train station – Chengdu West Train Station. Booking a train ticket is pretty easy online. However, foreigners have to show their passport to collect physical tickets after booking online.

Which VPN should I use in Chengdu?

I’d suggest ExpressVPN over any other VPN providers. Their services have been stable over the years. Feel free to use my affiliate link if you’d like to support this blog.

Do this before moving to Chengdu

Now that you’ve got a clear idea about life in Chengdu, take a look at the apps you need for living in China.

Do you have more questions?

Got some general questions about the life in Chengdu? Wanna join expat groups in Chengdu? Feel free to email me webmaster [at] mighil.com or add me on WeChat (mighil). Alternatively, you can ping me on Facebook. I’m quite busy these days, so please don’t expect a swift response. I do offer relocation consulting and assistance, get in touch with me if you’re interested.

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  • I’ve analyzed answers from a Chengdu related thread on Quora.
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  • All images (except the cover image, FB group image, and WeChat QR code) as seen on justcharlie.com, seriouseats.com, and chengduplaces.com

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