Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Happy Birthday, Emily
It was my niece Emily's birthday yesterday. I told her to follow a tradition that some Chinese practise. The day you are born is the day of your mum's greatest suffering. If you don't understand, go ask your mum, or any aunt who had given birth. I reminded Emily to give her mum a present. I told her, perhaps the song she sang for her dad, my brother Charles.
This Chinese Song titled: Mom's the best person in the whole wide world is half a century old. It was recorded by a famous child actress Sio Fung Fung and later by Teresa Teng.
This recording is modernised and recorded by Emily and her then fiance, now husband, Morgan, a gift to her dad for Father's day. Both Emily and Morgan are Australians and they don't speak a word of Chinese. But when you listen to their singing, you wouldn't have guessed.
Most Chinese mothers sing to and teach their children this song. If one billion Chinese sing this song at some stage of their lives. I wonder how many times this song had been sung.
Shi shang zhi you ma ma hao
you ma de hai zi xiang ge bao.
tou jin ma ma de huai bao
xin fu xiang bu liao
Mommy's the only dearest in the world
Those with mums are like treasures
Run to mum's bosom
you will be so happy