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POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 220 & 221

 

OBDURATE OMNIVORE

   (固执的杂食者)

 

not give in but shif

不弃,但转变

self-righteousness bore silly

自以为是的愚蠢

lifestyle survival

生活式存活

 

food chain and meatscape

食品鏈食肉

uncertain on sentience

不确定的感觉性

hook to taste habits

習惯的口味

 

crave for carcasses

渴望兽尸体

animal lives and short span

短暂的動物生命

fat, salt and spices

脂、盐和香料

 

 

awful appetite

可怕的胃口

hunger and humanity

飢餓危害及人类

direct diet niche

生态的飲食

 

MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

   (没有神话的食物 )

 

food, fuel and fun

食物、 燃料樂

turn the table, joy is ploy

转局面,喜悦伎俩

whine and wine unmatched

鬧和酒無敌

 

 

best cuisine culture

最佳肴文化

balance, not binary meal

平衡,不是二元餐

delectable choice

美味的选择

 

 

menu minus myth

减去神素菜

focus on health or hazards

關注健康或危害

toxic excesses

毒素的過度

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 221: MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 221: MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

 

food, fuel and fun

turn the table, joy is ploy

whine and wine unmatched

 

best cuisine culture

balance, not binary meal

delectable choice

 

menu minus myth

focus on health or hazards

toxic excesses

   

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU 220: OBDURATE OMNIVORE

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU 220: OBDURATE OMNIVORE

 

 

not give in but shift

self-righteousness bore silly

lifestyle survival

 

food chain and meatscape

uncertain on sentience

hook to taste habits

 

crave for carcasses

animal lives and short span

fat, salt and spices

 

awful appetite

hunger and humanity

direct diet niche

DAY 4 SHANDONGTRAVEL: TAIAN

DAY 4 SHANDONGTRAVEL: TAIAN

 

MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 50: MANDATE

 

leader deified

monarch pleaded at jade peak

mandate at foothills

destiny changes with time

great haven under heaven

 

We had dinner at Taierzhuan; the shop with lots of large over hanging paper lanterns,  with words depicting a rest place in Chinese. After dinner we spent a night at the Grand Barony Hotel at Zaozhuang. It was a five star hotel, but it’s shine was somewhat diminished over the years, judging by lack of maintenance. However the room was large clean and comfortable. After a good breakfast, the bus took us to Taian, a three and half hour drive. It was lunch hour, and we were driven to a Mao Restaurant. Promotion meals were displayed at the entrance, and was real cheap. On entry was a gold plated bust of Chairman Mao, with joss and urn. It inspired me to composed the above tanka after the trip. The restaurant was decorated with Mao’s poetry, calligraphy and quotation. The non-smoking sign with a picture of Mao above was amusing, as the Foundation Father was a heavy chained smoker.  Food at Mao Restaurant was fairly good, at least at par with the good image of the leader. He was widely respected by the Chinese people, for, without him, modern China would not be what it was today.  I asked the local guide to name me a great Chinese thinker in modern times, and she mentioned her revered Chairman Mao. Well, he was an original thinker, thinking outside the box, but he lacked experience in good governance. Another thinker, Teng, brought China into newer heights, with capitalism in a locality and then the economy spread nationally. Today President Xi brought China to even greater heights. Corruption has been pandemic in China over the dynasties, worsen as the economy arisen. How would China cope, if it’s president, vice presidents , governors, judges, generals, were all corrupt? It would need separation of power, check and balances, and a radical facilitative mind set change; not only for leaders, but also for the people in the street. It’s not an easy task, even America and the West were far from right. History would testify whether the current leaders could achieve this, and that would be the envy for the world.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU ECHOES 202: CUTE CUISINE

MALAYSIAN HAIKU ECHOES 202: CUTE CUISINE

 

Claudia responded to pictures on Lu Cuisine thus:

 

Dishes incognito

confront wary travellers

missing home cooking

 

This is my response:

 

strange food as a scene

rough ride on odd taste and smell

nostalgic craving

 

 

The peony was in full bloom in Henan. We thought it was a black and white chicken soup, but when the waitress broke the shell, we realised it was a small cooked turtle. Many of us refused to partake that dish, but I drank the soup.

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 199: FOOD FOR NON HUNGRY

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 199: FOOD FOR NON HUNGRY

 

 

This is written in appreciation to Claudia and others who liked the post on Shandong Cuisine.

 

dislike food wastage

hungry does not get the food

saved for own good health

 

The first picture was taken on the stairs of the restaurant. The second picture was taken from a food vendor in a tourist centre. We are advised not to consume food from the street due to hygiene reasons. Well, this was a pancake friend on a hot plate, with added raw shallots, spices and some crunchy titbits, and rolled over. An egg could be added, but I turned down. It cost about RMB 5.  I find hawkers’ food has their own distinctive taste.