March 1, 2008

Sam Sullivan

The legendary Hong Kong actress Lydia Shum (沈殿霞) passed away on February 19, 2008 from liver cancer, aged 62.

Lydia's body was later transported from Hong Kong to Vancouver for burial. On February 26, 2008, the mayor of the City of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan, proclaimed the following June 1 to be "Fei Fei Day" to commerate Lydia.

Here is the major talking about Lydia ... in Cantonese!!

Sam Sullivan, Canada’s first-ever disabled mayor, learned Cantonese only after he became a politician. He can also speak Punjabi and French. He was paralysed after a tragic skiing accident when he was 19. Besides language acquisitions, he has also made many other accomplishments in his life. What an inspiring life story!

Transcript / Jyutping / Translation

ngo5 gin3 gwo3 keoi5 gei2 ci3
I have seen her a few times

bat1 gwo3 ngo5 tai2 gwo3 hou2 do1 ci3 keoi5 ge3 zit3 muk6
But I have seen her shows a lot of times

fun1 lok6 gam1 siu1 dang2 dang2
"Enjoy Yourself Tonight", etc

gam2 go3 gam2 gok3 hai6 dim2 joeng6 ne1 ... gok3 dak1?
What do you think about her? (How do you feel about her?)

ngo5 hou2 zung1 ji3 keoi5
I love her very much

ngo5 waa6 keoi5 hai6 hou2 hou2 ge3 ngai6 seot6 gaa1
I say she is a very good artist

keoi5 ... ngo5 tai2 ni1 go3 din6 si6 ... gu2 lai6 ngo5
She ... when I watch the TV ... motivates me

do1 di1 lin6 zaap6 gong2 jyut6 jyu5
To practise my Cantonese more

wui2 coeng4 jap6 hau2 zung6 baai2 zo2 jat1 bun2 gei3 nim6 caak3
There was a memorial book placed at the hall entrance

dang2 dou3 coeng4 ge3 mui5 jat1 wai2 loi4 ban1
For every guest who arrived

dou1 ho2 ji5 se2 dai1 deoi3 fei4 ze2 ge3 zeoi3 hau6 syut3 waa6
To write down what they wanted to say to Lydia

wan1 go1 waa4 si5 zoeng2 sou1 lei6 man4 gang3 gaa1 can1 zi6 ji5 zung1 man2 cim1 soeng5 zi6 gei2 ge3 meng2
Sam Sullivan, the majoy of Vancouver, also signed his own name in Chinese

hoeng3 fei4 ze2 zok3 zeoi3 hau6 ge3 zi3 ging3
To pay his last respect to lydia

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