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

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The river boats are vague



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





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


rich guys car

mat rokers

"hillbillies" listening to metal and rock




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




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


to sell off cheaply in a clearance sale



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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




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.”


eat, swallow

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turn around ad go back

chap cheng

mongrel, crossbreed



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




Its all to have. (Cantonese)


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 – [ 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


haughty, arrogant


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”



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Isn’t this place odd, jingjing?


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


And a useless stove.


I and others must quickly say farewell.


singapore beer

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wah lan eh

„oh penis“, wow, damn


“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



ai ya

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

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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




to talk idly

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


Do not have the money at the time?

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you against yourself

fox and wolves


xhin's record


This is the eagle room.

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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?


Apulia - region of Italy in Southern Italy

glaux skyphos

owl cup


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. ( + 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


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


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)


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)


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."


eat, swallow


Jingjing, we've been here before.




Who are "we"?

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the whole chapter is only 15:45 minutes


“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


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.


Petals until Eternity and to inifinity

To our enlightened accounts

The flowers of esther, cannot count

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