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Annotations for palace above the day, the twelfth chapter of One Rainy Day In May.

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Page 268 Edit

The river boats are vague

from

DAWN OVER THE MOUNTAINS

The city is silent,

Sound drains away,

Buildings vanish in the light of dawn,

Cold sunlight comes on the highest peak,

The thick dust of night  

Clings to the hills, / The earth opens,  

The river boats are vague,

The still sky --

The sound of falling leaves.

A huge doe comes to the garden gate,

Lost from the herd,

Seeking its fellows.

Tu Fu

(712 – 770) was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Po), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets

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chiak buay liao

cannot finish eating

tum sim

greedy

lagi

too

afrojack

Nick van de Wall (born 9 September 1987), professionally known as Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer

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blue pill

like in collage + because the car has blue neon lights;

green lights or red

rich guys can do what poor armenians cannot

maseelis

rich guys car

mat rokers

"hillbillies" listening to metal and rock

fiak

fuck

tecnoprenners

young rich guys

saht saht boh chioh

so cool that there is no smile. Springs from those "cool" types you see in magazine ads who always look frosty, grouchy or dazed

meenite

midnight

vesak

Buddhist holiday, commemorating the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha

lelong

to sell off cheaply in a clearance sale

jilo

zero

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bow ties

servants. Men: Pink Pearl, Copper azure (jude boys), Orange onix. Women: Rose with yellow, Chocolate cherry

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you better work bitch

Britney Spears – Work Bitch

riri

rihanna

arbo

of course/and then

sial lah

Exclamation of surprise or disbelief

Старик явно спятил, иначе бы не привел сюда этого ублюдка. Следи, чтобы они не обокрали его.

The old man is obviously crazy, otherwise he would not have brought here this bastard. Watch that they do not rob him.

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“Он уже давно ничево не видит.”

“He has seen nothing for a while.”

makan

eat, swallow

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gostun

turn around ad go back

chap cheng

mongrel, crossbreed

swee

pretty

mm sam mm say

"not 3, not 4" - the equivalent of the English phrases "neither here nor there" or "neither fish nor fowl". Often used to dismiss a really stupid idea

macam

like

其皆有

Its all to have. (Cantonese)

谢谢

Thank you

ah soh

Generic name used to address an older (though not necessarily old) lady. Sometimes used as a pejorative term for a sloppily-dressed woman

ah chek

"Uncle", a generic name used to address an older man

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Nicole Chen

Asia's most successful female DJ

Gayle San

female Dj

ouy ekil tsuj m'i

I’m just like you – Skrillex – [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSeNSzJ2-Jw Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites]:

[Backwards:] I'm just like you... you don't need to hide... For I am just like you /

Yes, oh my God!

Poltergeist... I'm a coward too..

You don't need to hide, my friend, for I'm just like you

atas

haughty, arrogant

cheena

A pejorative term used to describe a 'mainlander', a Chinese national, a minor 'foreign talent' with the implied attributes of opportunism, rudeness and boorishness.

suah koo

mountain tortoise”. Used to describe or suggest someone as being unsophisticated and ignorant. The Singlish equivalent of a “country bumpkin” or a “hick”

lurf

love

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此地岂非奇,靖靖?

Isn’t this place odd, jingjing?

里真高,但是至少这个屋子没有窗户.

I’'m really high, but at least this room has no windows.

且一无用火炉.

And a useless stove.

吾等须速辞別.

I and others must quickly say farewell.

tigers

singapore beer

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wah lan eh

„oh penis“, wow, damn

terbalik

“upside down” or “inside out”. Sometimes used to mean a reversal

fuck spider

Of uncertain origin, this term often connotes extreme frustration. The general consensus is that it originates from the Army (the source of many creative Singlishphrases), where a "spider" was dirt in the barrel of one's rifle. If during inspection, you found a "spider" in your rifle, you'd have to strip it and clean it all over again. Hence, "fuck spider" would either be a common expletive amongst recruits, or an exhortation by an annoyed inspecting officer/NCO. Some, however, believe it dates back to an old practice amongst boys to catch spiders in the undergrowth, house them in small boxes and make them fight

jude

pretty

ai ya

? aiya: a chinese word used to express disappointment or when something wrong/bad happens

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arbo

of course

chiak leow bee

literally meaning to "eat rice till it's finished". It describes something as useless or a big waste

si beh lao kwee

embarass himself

lui

money

borak

to talk idly

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-有钱的时候没时间

Money is not time. (time was currency in Only Revolutions)

没钱的时候有时间?

Do not have the money at the time?

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you against yourself

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Wpk9aBkSo

fox and wolves

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NVrJMjcIDw

sword

xhin's record

此乃其鹰之宿

This is the eagle room.

Page 282 Edit

kia si lang

to scare even the dead" or "to scare people to death". Either way, it is used when one has been given a fright.

如果你肯制, 请让佢为我哋解释一下呢度嘅意义

If you are willing to make, please let Drainage sense for me to explain what degree Die generous. (???) (Cantonese?) / let canal to explain the significance of what I Die generous degree - basically, auntie want jingjing to ask about the way of death, how raeden is dying?

apulian

Apulia - region of Italy in Southern Italy

glaux skyphos

owl cup

owl

The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see the true reality, beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers for those who have it a personal totem the inspiration and guidance necessary to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life. (Spiritanimal.info) + Twin Peaks?

possible reason why auntie is talking about death: The traditional meaning of the owl spirit animal is the announcer of death, most likely symbolic like a life transition, change

lakshmi

the Hindu goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty

ulooka

The Owl, or the Ulooka in Sanskrit, is Devi Lakshmi's vahana [mount or familiar]. Though this bird appears to be the unlikeliest vehicle for the Goddess, there is a deep spiritual significance as to why this creature is her mount. The owl, in the Bhagavad Gita is likened to an enlightened person and especially one who remains steadfast in the face of either adversity or joy. The owl has a sort of stoical attitude to life engendered by wisdom. Thus in Hindu mythology the Goddess Lakshmi is said to be the mistress of spiritual wisdom. By keeping the owl as her vehicle, she symbolically indicates the wisdom within and also her ability to keep ignorance under control. The Ulooka is also a bird that sleeps during the day and flies and hunts through the night. In Hindu symbolic thought this ability to ignore the pleasures of the day but seek the spiritual wealth of the night is part of the sadhu’s and spiritual seekers journey (dollsofindia)

zun

a type of ancient Chinese bronze or ceramic wine vessel, sometimes in the shape of an animal, dating from the Shang Dynasty

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burney relief

Mesopotamian terracotta plaque in high relief of the Isin-Larsa- or Old-Babylonian period, depicting a winged, nude, goddess-like figure with bird's talons, flanked by owls, and perched upon supine lions (Wikipedia)

cock talk

the act of engaging in idle banter or perhaps more literally "talking nonsense"

kong chiao weh

Hokkien phrase literally meaning "to speak bird language". Probably derived from "talk cock"

lei gong

literally: "Lord of Thunder" or "God of Thunder", is the Chinese traditional religious and Taoist deity. In Taoism, when so ordered by heaven, Lei Gong punishes both earthly mortals guilty of secret crimes and evil spirits who have used their knowledge of Taoism to harm human beings. Lei Gong is said to be extremely prudish, and will not enter a house where copulation is taking place (Wikipedia)

Ascalaphus

Son of Acheron and Orphne. Askalaphos was the custodian of the orchard of Hades. He told the other gods that Persephone had eaten a pomegranate in the Underworld. He was punished by being changed into an owl. After being transformed into a screech owl, he became the familiar bird of Hades, god of the underworld + Stravinsky's Persephone opera can be heard on radio on page 459

kena sai

to get into trouble. Literally, "got hit by shit."

makan

eat, swallow

靖靖,我哋嚟过呢度

Jingjing, we've been here before.

lurf

love

谁是我们?

Who are "we"?

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03:47:18

the whole chapter is only 15:45 minutes

味之奇也.未曾与君同往一处,且相处时多.

“That’s strange. I have not been in the same place with Jun in a long time.” (Jun = lord, ruler)

Pages 288-289 ENTR’ACTE Two – Asters Edit

for more about Entr'actes, see link

Asters

The name aster is believed coming from a derived Greek word “star” because it resembles the star. As far as its function as a symbol is concerned, there are so many representations and so many meanings. During ancient times, people believed that the perfume from burned leaves of aster plants would drive the evil serpents away. Another one comes from Greek, when goddess Asterea cried the flower came to world that is why it is considered as a love charm that has mystical powers. On every grave of French soldiers, there are asters being laid signifying a symbol for their wish of a revised ending to the battle. For today, people commonly see it as a symbol of both love and patience. Sometimes, it is set to express suspicion on whether we are faithful as lovers.

hebrew

Petals until Eternity and to inifinity

To our enlightened accounts

The flowers of esther, cannot count

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