17 August 2005

Chinese Theater

Aside from the Saturday Fun Machine on Saturdays (duh), there is one more weekend show that we kids looked forward to in the 80s. It's the Sunday Chinese Theater on RPN9 on ... you guessed it: Sundays.

No, we didn't know how to speak Chinese then, and we don't know not to speak Chinese now. But the costumes and the people flying in these half-hour episodes of martial arts soap operas were too good to resist.

But in addition to that was this show about Chinese cooking. This lady would cook ingredients foreign to us that we would venture a guess exactly what that thing was she's cooking. Is it a mushroom? An animal part? We didn't know for sure, but we sat mesmerized as she dumped one thing into another on that huge wok of hers.

And so when I turned on the TV set last Sunday and saw this segment running on TV did I have the most wonderful of flashbacks. And in the very familiar layout too! The RPN9 logo at the upper right, the digital clock on the lower left, the huge banner with Chinese characters at the back, and the lady with the huge wok.

I speculated, just like old times, what this Chinese lady on TV was cooking up this time as I laid down on the sofa (I'm a professional couch potato come weekends). I'd swear it's the same lady from the 80s and she hasn't changed one bit! Must be some excellent youth-inducing food she's cooking up. Or was I watching reruns?
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