“A true artist seeks no audience, attention, accolade nor abundance. He lives and breathes art. He does what he believes in and he will spend a lifetime doing it. If there is audience and attention, so be it. If there is none, so be it. If there is accolade and abundance, so be it. if there is none, so be it.”
~Kris Lee 2010
fiveloaf, the man is a second generation immigrant Chinese lazing in the sunny island of Penang- a former British colony and currently, a Unesco listed heritage city situated off the North Western coast of Malaysia.
fiveloaf, the blog is a poetry/prose blog authored by fiveloaf, the man. His poems encompasses the most theatrical time of his life, and it chronicles all the drama and shadow play deliberated in between. Fiveloaf is self taught. His approach, minimalistic. He shuns away from confining his works to the restrictive aspect of classification he says is the job of the academia, preferring his writings to synchronize naturally with the rhythms pulsating in his heart. Fiveloaf stumbled upon poetry by chance and had since composed well over 300 poems. They were all at one time or another tagged into phases which he describes as necessary because each phase morphed his perception and thought process as he hovers through lives unexpected toss and turns. They are:
ENCOUNTERS Under The Coconut Tree (Nov 2009 till Oct 2010),
Fireflies and Bamboo (Nov 2010 till Aug 2011)
Changes Within Changes Without (Sept 2011 till July 2012) &
Monologs of a Water Tiger (Aug 2012 till ____).
For those who are not familiar with his style of writing, his 30 Selected Works would be a great page to start with. To dwell into his thoughts, read his Musings & Scribblings , HUMANITY or Fiveloafsophy.
Besides poems, Fiveloaf has also compiled for record, a budding collection of early Hokkien Proverbs & Sayings as well as Hokkien Rhymes & Ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian where his ancestors climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the torrid South China Sea to settle in faraway lands both, to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These proverbs and sayings according to him, are important as it seeks to retell the lifestyle of his forefathers and are archived for the younger generations to understand. Hokkien Phrases are also included and are alphabetically organised according to the Penang colloquial way of pronunciation.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES : Fiveloaf is a recipient of some 150 Awards and featured in some poetry blogs but since many of these links have had their pictures removed, Fiveloaf has decided to omit them. For those who doubted the existence of these awards are welcomed to tabulate them from all the comments received thus far..
Hi, nice to meet you !
you broke my blog record as the first person who commented on this page. nice to meet you too readersheaven and welcome! feel free to browse whenever..
A friend “introduced” me to your blog. I read a few posts and that motioned me to click subscribe. And your articulation about an artist is very true indeed.
thank you j and thank you for subscribing- what a wonderful mysterious friend you have.. glad to be of acquaintance and looking forward to visit yours soon! i am sure you are a very capable poet yourself.. 🙂
Hi, pleased to meet a fellow M’sian! Looking forward to reading more of your poems. Thanks for visiting my blogs where I also pen a few lines of poetry now and then. It gets to be addictive, writing haiku and such.
thank you rosie for commenting and i am very pleased to be of acquaintance with another malaysian. i only realized our similarity when the garden pictures you posted looks suspiciously homey.. 🙂
hey… i am not sure what you mean by me posting something… Can you explain a bit more… thank you:) my email adress is firstname.lastname@example.org
hi ~L. sent you the email already.. thanks!
Hi, Kris. I don’t know whether you already have “Versatile Blogger Award”. But, here is the link….
Let me know if you will/won’t accept it. 😉
tq dhitz, took me such a long time to discover I didn’t reply to your comment. so sorry. of cos I would but just leave the award at your place. I have removed most awards but only safeguarded the comments of those who awarded it to me like this one. tq again!
I love how you describe yourself. and then you put on the sunglasses.. NICE. Did you draw the you of you? Very cool.
thanks for you appreciation on my work. I like your work very much too.
peace … the geezergirl. jeanne
tq geezer- yea i drew myself haha!
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I really enjoyed your intro here as well as the poem you have in the Poetry Picnic. Keep up the good work!
Cool person that is.
what an introduction…
Need I say more..? ;]
haha thanks ellah..
Hey Fiveloaf! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. This post has more details about it: http://tekia.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/blog-award-the-liebster-award/
tq my friend..
love your quote! good to see you on fb 🙂
Hello Kris, my humble friend,
also, YOU, I’ve missed
I hope you are well!
XD! surprise surprise! its heartspell!
I like your blog! I think I had a joyful ride here and am gladly following. Now’d like to cordially invite you to visit mine! 🙂
Thank you and have a lovely day my friend! 🙂
Asking myself why I never read this ‘about’ before–and wishing I HAD. Hello. Very nice to have better understanding of YOU.
XD! tq my friend..
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tq dhitz.. XD!
Springs genuinely from the heart
Could not hide nor betray
The beauty of art
It displays …
Precious words etched for a lifetime
Leaving footprints behind …
Ahhh, a soul or two
Will surely fall in love
With the pureness it breathes
With the melody it sings
Poetry makes life a very beautiful thing 🙂
you’re a marvel grace! so articulate. one up for poetry! glad to know you!
Dear Mr/Ms Fiveloaf,
Hello! Thank you for your interest in things Hokkien, and putting them together on a webpage. I was informed about your blog today because I wrote in my own Facebook Group about the poem A-Phien.
I am working towards creating a written system for Penang Hokkien, and would like very much to teach it to you. My dream is to turn Penang Hokkien from an oral language to a written one, so as to help its survival.
Please visit by section of Penang Hokkien right here:
Thank You for visiting my blog and taking an interest in my efforts in helping to conserve Penang Hokkien, its lingo and its fascinating culture of which I am paternally and maternally rooted in. My mission is to bring smiles to the many Penang Hokkiens who are scattered worldwide as they seek to recollect lost memories and recall a lingo and lifestyle they were once brought up with. Hokkien lingo is unique with as much as nine intonations and its history stretches as far as back as the language of the Courts of the Tang Dynasty hence, it is no mystery why the Hokkiens of Penang would chiefly identify themselves as ‘T’ng Lang’ or ‘People from the Tang Dynasty’ rather than as ‘Tiong Kok Lang’ or ‘People from The Middle Kingdom’ but rightfully, it belongs to everybody who is of that origin and lineage thus, no single person can lay claim that they own it. The teaching of the language has spread far and wide and there are as many scholars teaching the lingo as there are amateurs trying to help promote what they know albeit by publishing or lending their resources on the web but whichever direction one takes, right or wrong, satisfactory or below par, we should learn how to appreciate their contributions done in the spirit of promoting Penang Hokkiens especially.
You have prettily fast established your link on my page and I hope others could take as much interest in your site and what you have to offer as they could from mine in a language sacred to our existence and you are welcomed to promote mine in yours if you like. There will come a time when others think they could do it better than us and we should help be the beacon to light their passage.
Best of luck to you and your endeavors and feel free to browse whenever.
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I don’t do that to people I am not acquainted to and that includes you and calling others name is just not me. Have a nice day misogynist1983.
I’m an Angmoh who is studying Hokkien here in Penang. I am always on the lookout for new expressions in Hokkien, but I have just found your blog today. I;m only here for three more weeks but I am interested to interview you. Please send me a message by e-mail and I will explain more.