Saturday, August 29, 2020

Beijing 2020

The last time I was in Beijing, China was in July 2012. 

Time flies because Beijing today is vastly different. Indeed, China has changed so much that you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know that the above pic is that of the Beijing skyline. 

I got too many things on my bucket list and China is one of them. I would dearly love to make a return visit to Beijing. And if I do get that opportunity, I want to also include these places: Qingdao, Shanghai, Ürümqi, Zhangjiajie, among other locations. 

Yesterday’s Kelab Pidato Perdana meeting was particularly engrossing because we learned about “pantun” and how to craft it. 

"Pantun" is a ‘poetic’ verse that often consists of a stanza of four lines with a rhyming “a-b-a-b” scheme. The first and second lines are figurative, i.e. they do not refer to the purpose or meaning (“pembayang” in Malay), while the last two contain the actual message (“makna”). 

It’s traditional poetry, akin to haikus, sonnets, limericks and rhyming poems. As opposed to the free verse poem that obeys no rules whatsover. 

At the meeting, I was an evaluator as well as one of the five speakers. And yes, we were required to incorporate a “pantun” into our speech. Believe me, it wasn’t a walk in the park  but I guess I managed to scrape through!

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