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24.09.2013 | 棋逢愚手

[Volume 8 Issue 9, #1793]
兩個侄子最近興起玩中國象棋, 應該係三分鐘熱度啦我覺得.. 佢哋叫我同佢哋捉棋, 但係我愛莫能助, 只可以叫佢哋搵爺爺, 因為我真係唔識捉棋呀, 呵呵!! 有朋友知道我唔識捉棋就非常驚訝, 中文學校出身竟然唔識玩中國象棋??!! 好出奇咩?? 學校雖然規定我哋要睇文言文古籍, 要我哋讀中國文學歷史, 但係絕對冇強逼我哋要識得捉棋喎.. 我其實對捉棋真係興趣麻麻, 除咗黑白棋/蛇棋/動物棋呢啲比較低層次嘅棋之外, 其他嘅我一概一竅不通.. 再加上以前屋企有部電動游戲機, 我當然選擇後者啦.. 你話喇, 捉棋咁傷腦筋, 不如完電動游戲仲刺激?? 而且我當時仲係同我媽媽一齊完添㗎, 你唔好以為伯母好蝦, 我返緊學嘅時候佢就喺屋企「練功」㗎喇, 哈哈.. 所以唔好話今時今日啲小朋友離唔開部手機或者板腦, 我哋大人(以及以前仲細嘅時候)都一樣啦, 喺街或食肆度, 十個有九個都係玩緊自己部手機或版腦㗎啦.. 等陣, 我唔係講緊捉棋咩, 又會扯到手機同板腦嘅?? 嗯, 是但啦, 哈哈~~ :D
my two nephews have been playing chinese chess quite often recently, won't last long though i would guess.. and they asked me to play with them, but i really can't give much help but can only ask them to look for their grandpa, because i really do not know how to play that, haha!! a friend knew i do not know chinese chess and was shocked, because i graduated from a chinese school and am expected to know this game.. though my school required us to study chinese history and literature in very ancient language, we were never required to know how to play chinese chess.. i actually do not have much interest in chess, besides lower level ones like othello/ animal chess/ snake & ladders (do you consider this a chess??), i really have no idea how all the others work.. furthermore we had a video game set at home, of course i would choose the latter right?? compare to the mind-cracking chess, why not the more exciting and thrilling video games right?? oh, i actually played with my mom together, don't ever think you could bully this auntie, she was damn good in video games i tell you, probably because she practiced a lot while i was in school, haha!! hence, don't blame kids nowadays for keeping their phones or tablets with them all the time, we adults (as well as the younger us) are quite the same too.. just look around, in the street and in eateries, nine out of ten are actually playing with the gadget on their hands right?? wait, i am supposed to talk about chinese chess today but why i ended up with phones and tablets?? well, whatever, haha~~ :D
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    1. Indeed I am surprised that you don't play the game. But then again, to each his own.

      LOL at what you said about your nephews. Funnily, games for kids usually are seasonal.

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    2. haha, you really expect me to play the Chinese chess very well?? a great surprise or rather, shock, for you early in the morning huh?? hmmm, games for EVERYONE, kids or adults are seasonal i would say.. there's always new games that are more interesting :D

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  2. Can't play. Even English chess...hopeless at it! Not good at scheming & plotting...to bring down the opponent. I'm such a nice & decent guy. Hehehehehehe!!!!

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    1. oh, i thought you can play English chess very well!! me too, can never play chess one lah.. so i guess you spent more of your time eating than playing any board games huh?? :D

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    2. I thought playing chess is about strategy and planning and not about scheming & plotting. So negative!

      tsk tsk

      So, I guess a decent and nice guy doesn't think out of the box, then?

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    3. hahaha, well different people use different term and view things differently lah.. i do not know chess, so not going to comment about whether it's strategy & planning or scheming & plotting~~ :p

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  3. What about those coourful cards with Chinese characters? Old women love to play - hold them like a fan in their hands. Can you play that or not?

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    1. Ahhh! I know that one is called Chek-ki!!! My grandma used to operate a gambling den during the Japanese occupancy in Malaya and her den had mahjong, tai sai, chek ki and all sorts of games.

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    2. Yeah seen the cheeky oops Chek-ki cards before but no interest to pick up the game.

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    3. Ah boy's mom veey hi tech leh . Not play chik ki punya. Like he said, she played games leh. Maybe get highest score leh

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    4. oh, i have no idea what are those colorful cards with chinese characters, and Chek-ki?? maybe i've not even seen them before, haha.. my mom use to play poker cards but later when we had video games at home, she was good in almost every game in there~~ :D

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    5. Thambee dei, I have googled again this Cheki Card games for your knowledge! http://a_pollett.tripod.com/cards39.htm
      It was very popular all over China and Malaya during the war as it was easy to carry and gamble among friends while Chinese Chess is just a 2 player game which you cannot gamble much. The Chinese chess game may take up to 15 - 30 mins per game!!! How boring!

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    6. oh, i vet through that website and that is called Cheki?? i remember i've seen that before somewhere, but don't really know how to play.. hmmm, maybe i have seen that on TV most probably..

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    1. Normally i saw lots of uncles playing this...

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    2. hahaha.. i don't play that wokay, so i am not uncle?? :D

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    3. You are just a boy mah! LOL

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    4. i am an OLD boy lah~~ :D

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    5. Yeah why must it be old men playing and not old aunties playing. It makes me wonder too!

      The funny thing is that I also saw many old Chinese folks played this at the Chinese Pavillion Gardens at the Chinatown in Singapore and San Francisco. It makes me wonder if it has to do with the ambiance to create the mood for this game,

      I also saw folks playing the black and white round tiles in China. I don't know what they call this ancient games. They seem like Othello to me....

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    6. Aha!... I found it after google a bit. It is called "Go" game and I have the link here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_%28game%29
      I will try to read the rules so that next time I can play with the folks in Chengdu. That would be fun to sip hot tea in winter there.

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    7. because probably only the elderly people have more time to spend and that they are indeed more patient than the younger generations, that's why we have an impression that the Chinese Chess is for the old aunties and uncles?? haha.. hmmm, the black and white one is similar to orthello but instead of changing the color of the chess by placing yours at the ends of the line, the chinese one needs to make a complete loop.. is that true??

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  5. I definitely won't be very good in it. My bothers who were chinese educated used to play this chess when we were still schooling. So I joined in the fun by memorizing the Chinese characters. It was fun anyway.

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    1. cannot say i totally do not know Chinese chess, at least i know how to rank them from the smallest to the most powerful one.. but when it comes to how they can move or which can check which, i get totally blur~~ :D

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    2. I love my wife so much that I do not want to play any games with her that could mean defeating her! I won't even play scrabble or chess with her as I have no heart to win & conquer. How silly!
      So we just play iPad games alone and help each other.

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    3. wakakakaka.. but why are you thinking this way, to me, i think playing games can actually do a good bonding between the two.. both holding own's iPad and play alone isn't good at all.. perhaps you want to find games that collaborates you both rather than make you into opponents..

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  6. Hello Thambee! What a shame that you are hopeless in Chinese Chess! I am shocked actually but i forgive you as you are an Indian kid anyway!

    Anay is a banana but expert in Chinese Chess and mahjong! I actually love to play Chinese Chess more than English chess! The steps might be similar but I feel more talented in Chinese chess.

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    1. It was my father who taught us to play all the board games since I was small before going to Primary School. He bought us the Chess, Snake & Ladders, Ludo, Monopoly, Scrabble and even taught us to play poker & gin rummy!

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    2. Vanakum! Yalor quite surprising to know that too. We bananaz are sometimes more 'Chinese' than most mangoes (Chinese educated). Played Chinese chess and learned the abacus when young. Can only know the simple addition using abacus.

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    3. Maybe Thamby only love playing Indian chest? lolz

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    4. Salute anay wor for being able to play Chinese chess. Gua also dunno how to play though last time in primary school I masuk chess club.

      Masuk aje but not necessarily attend lol. Maybe Chinese chess is similar to ang moh chess kot? I see got general and soldiers also

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    5. wow, Anay and Bananaz are both good in Chinese chess?? hey, then must get together and see who's better!! other bloggers will be there to serve you tea and kuih-muih.. haha!! yeah, what a shame i didn't learn to play Chinese chess, i believe it helps to promote thinking and healthy mind..

      hahaha, playing Indian chest?? ooopsss, hamsap Bananaz!! and Meow, English chess also i tarak tau play lah~~ :D

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    6. Muahahahahaha! I just saw this comment by Thambee! having bloggers to serve us tea and kuih muih, I think that would be fun for me to defeat Bananaz!

      Eh Thambee, you sure no kidding that you dunno how to play English Chess!!! KNN phiak your head!

      I always play Mahjong tiles when I am cycling in the gym. It kills time very fast!! I set 200-300 calories and my mind just focus on the mahjong while my calories burned. Win-Win situation!

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    7. i am very happy to do that, serving you tea and kuih muih like i am a PM (Pantry Manager).. and serious, i know nothing about chinese chess or english chess dei.. Thambee came from India of course only knows indian chess.. muahahaha!! :D

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  7. I can't play Chinese chess too! How to play when I can't even read the characters? :P I also can't play the English chess.. too complicated la! Play checkers or Othello good enough :P

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    1. hey, there are not many characters there, i am sure you can recognize them fairly fast, just treat them as picture instead of words, haha~~ errr, checkers or orthello also i'm not good, because i don't think and most of the time ended up losing.. :D

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  8. I also dont know chinese nor english chess... I prefer scrabble and suduku nowadays.., :)

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    1. Hi tech auntie ah. Play in ipad one wor. Lol.

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    2. ah yes, scrabble or sudoku seems to be more interesting than chess huh?? at least no need so many strategies lah :p

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    3. I agree that Scrabble or Sudoku is more fun and no anger!! I always played Words puzzle on my phone whenever I shit inside any toilets! Muahahahaha

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    4. ah, not playing any scrabble or sudoku, but am playing a game called "Scramble with Friends".. it's to find the most number of words within 2 minutes from a given 16 letters.. playing with your online friends..

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  9. True la what you mentioned.

    If we scold kids for being glued to the screen playing computer games, we have to look at ourselves and our behaviour too.

    I am guilty of it. I don't play games, but I sure spend a LOT of time online. Sama saja kan?

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    1. 2 x5 with u la. Spend a lot of time online though no knowledge of board games.

      Thinks mbe board games bored me :p

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    2. yeah, before we complain anyone, we should actually look at ourselves if we are also doing the same thing.. it won't be convincing if the one who has taken 50 wrong steps laugh at another who took 100 wrong steps.. electronic games better lah, even board games also more fun, hahaha!!

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  10. If or when we say that someone is suppose to do/know/act a certain way because of their education level or something, aren't we typecasting?

    I try to avoid comments like that because I do not want to stereotype people. Just like I don't want people to think so of me too.

    *party pooper comment* ^^

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    1. Can't help stereotype people at times coz bad luck met with those ppl.

      I think last time yes la if say Chinese from Chinese school know to play Chinese chess as they mostly socialises same circle only. But nowadays all majmuk. Even in Chinese school also majmuk.

      Adui wat I merepek ni. Out of topic ni. I wanna say is now ww all diversified ady so no surprise if kids doesn't know Chinese chess.

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    2. yalah, many people out there are kind of stereotyping others, which i really do not like.. why must they have that kind of mindset?? that means they are not open minded enough.. we, those who do not go with the flow, should give me an eye-opener lah~~ haha!!

      eih, what is majmuk?? and true lah, now everything like blending into one, especially with the internet, there seems to be no border anymore..

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  11. You know, just last week someone was surprised that I actually run a lot. He thought that a "big sixe" runner like me only do fun run events and he didn't quite believe me when I told him I run 21km regularly and even done 42km!

    Why must I look a certain way or do a certain thing that fits other people's image?

    p.s. I am so bodoh, I dunno how to play any form of chess. Quite impatient to play them too! LOL

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    1. U big size meh? I see got runner bigger size than u leh. I hv friends also runner n bigger size than u. The husband n wife run fir health reason. So far they inly involved less than 10km run la. Now I think the husband kena banned from running coz he collapse after a run . It was in bukit jalil last yr. Not sure u join that run or not. Forgot the name of the run.

      If for me to choose I think I prefer running than board game. No patience.

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    2. Well, a bigger size reporter told me I'm big size.

      Bukit Jalil run is Brooks Half Marathon Meow.

      Anyway, runners must realise their own fitness also. If not fit or have history of heart problem, then have to be careful. This year got runner who died during the Brooks Run. Runners and family will blame organiser when anything bad happen.

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    3. hahaha!! a bigger size reporter commented Lina is big size?? just like i read a comment by STP in Witch's blog, he said Saucer don't need to be so fat~~ haha!! ooopsss, i hope he is not going to read this comment forever~~

      errr, i cannot play chess lah, even board games also i may just know those few.. animated games on gadgets i am sure better, and more enjoy playing~~ :D

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    4. Muahahahaha I am laughing at your silly comments. I think Mak Glam is big boned rather than big sized. I would say I am big sized and STP is enormous sized!!! Wakakakakaka

      It is true that many people could not accept the habits of certain personality. I am a good example here. Many people used to get a shock to see me smoking or playing mahjong. They simply pointed out that I totally do not have those looks!!! What looks!!! Smoker's face or Gambler's hands??? I am wondering now.

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    5. i think i am both big size and big bones, my weight is on the heavier side all these while i would say.. but i was truly amused by that comment by STP, it's just making the same joke as the bigger sized reporter commenting on our Mak Glam.. well, i guess just be happy and i am pretty sure our Mak Glam has very high EQ to just laugh away with that crazy reporter.. :p

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  12. Good afternoon SK and everyone here!
    Another post today ya SK! ;)

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    1. Chess games, definitely out of my mind. I've never really play a chess games before, cause the moment I see the board, I'll go @_@ Haha xD
      I rather go read books, though reading isn't my favorite too :p

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    2. To me chess games is so boring!! So I really salute to those people who can play it, and more salute to those who take parts in the competition!
      It requires lots of thinking strategy and patience, and I don't have both, haha xD

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    3. How old is your nephews by the way? Pretty young I guess?
      How come they are interested in chess games one? Cause as I know usually only the elderly likes it, hehe~
      But anyway thumbs up to your nephews!

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    4. Anyway, I know that playing chess games trains the brain la, which is very good and healthy.
      As of playing it in video games, it's somehow different from playing with a mate la.
      If play in video game, we have no one to talk to, but if play with friend, at least can talk talk a bit, not that boring lo~

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    5. i can play simple ones like orthello and animal chess lah, haha!! but comes Chinese chess or English chess, i have to give up.. all those plotting and strategies will kill me, sure have no patience on them, haha!! but then true also, chess actually promotes thinking and hence healthier brain, let's learn chess now shall we?? hahaha~~

      my nephews are 10 and 8 years old, i guess they learned from school, and again i think they won't play long also lah.. surely one day they will be in for something else, haha!!

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  13. Am amazed when got kids genius playing Chinese chess. They say need a lot of brain power wor. Hv to think few steps ahead from your opponents. Me no such patience

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    1. oh yeah, many kids are top winners in chess competitions, they really have great brain power, and i really salute them!! they are amazing right??

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  14. 你放心,我都唔識得玩象棋。 我一向都唔中意玩遊戲,就連電話入面嗰啲都好少玩。

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    1. 你果然係一位聖人!! 哈哈.. 你係花時間追劇集~~ :D

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  15. When I was a kid, I used to play Chinese chess with my grandpa, love the game though. There is actually online chinese chess game on viwawa.com.

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    1. wow, so you are sure very good in Chinese chess since you played that since young??

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  16. But now I prefer to play games that no need to squeeze my brain juice,

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    1. hahaha, exactly!! i prefer games that do not need thinking, just use my senses will do~~ :D

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  17. When I was a kid, I also love to play monopoly, so fun!

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    1. yeah, monopoly is definitely fun, provided that you are the big winner.. if you keep on losing money, that's not fun lah :D

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    2. Hahaha, that's why I never want to play monopoly, cause I don't want to lose!!! =]

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    3. but there are times when you can be the big winner easily, and everybody hates you, hahaha!!! :D

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  18. Now my "board games" are blogging, haha!

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    1. same here!! haha, give me five!! besides blogging, i still play games in my phone la~~ :)

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  19. Same here SK, I only know these othello/ animal chess/ snake & ladders games only. I also don't like Chinese chess, I find this game too boring and too taxing for me too.

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    1. hahaha, i think we are good in simple ones lah.. the chinese chess needs too many thinking, we are just too impatient for that~~ :)

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  20. My husband loves my girls to learn playing Chinese chess, but I prefer my girls play only othello/ animal chess/ snake & ladders games, May be because I don't have the interest to play Chinese chess with them.

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    1. errr, actually it's good to let them learn to play Chinese chess, or English chess.. i think these two games kind of promote strategic thinking and hence a healthier mind also.. :)

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    2. I agree that playing chess is very good although it may be deemed as boring. They are good for our brains and mental developments to prevent dementia.

      It is better than playing Candy Crush!!!!! Hear me Yannie!!!???

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    3. i cannot comment because i do not play candy crush and chinese chess, haha!! but i play that Minion Rush game a lot, that one may not improve thinking, but surely improve my sensitivity and agility~~ :D

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  21. I read the Cantonese version, you're so funny in the end, cause somehow like me, I always talk to somewhere else and forget about my main point!!! Hahaha, and friend always tell me not to go too far!!! =]

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    1. cannot avoid that sometimes, when we are talking about A but somehow there are linkages to B and then to C and then to D.. but in the end, find out there is no linkages between A and D.. anyway, that would be a good chat because it shows that you are a nice person to chat with~~ :D

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  22. I don't know how to play chinese chess too, not even the normal chess, hahaha!!! My nephew always ask me to play with him also, but always said go ask your grandma!!! =]

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    1. also, the reason I never want to learn is because chess always looks very difficult to me, I heard they said every move you make, you got to think what's the other side would take on the next, for me, it looks so complicated...hahaha, maybe I should said I'm just too lazy to learn!!! =]

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    2. exactly the same situation here.. i can't play and when my nephews ask me to play, i can only ask them to find their grandpa.. and in our whole family only my dad can play and he loves to play, haha!!

      yalor, i think i am not patient to learn chinese chess and also to sit there for few hours to think and to play.. better play those interactive games in my phone!! haha~~

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