Thursday, May 11, 2006

Siao Ding Dang

I remember when I was growing up in Malaysia there was a comic which I enjoyed reading everytime a new issue hit the store. It was Siao Ding Dang!


There was Siao Ding Dang himself, Ta Siong and I can't remember the rest of the gang that includes Ta Siong's future wife and the 2 bullies, a fat one and a tiny one.

Originally the comic was written and animated in japanese for the japanese market but its popularity spread across most of Asia and most people get to read it in chinese so names had to be changed so the characters would have chinese names instead. Siao Ding Dang was supposed to be Doraemon in Japan.

If you're not familiar with Siao Ding Dang, he's actually a robot cat sent from the future to guide Ta Siong through his life so he doesn't end up in some horrible fate which I can't remember. You might wonder why Siao Ding Dang doesn't look like a cat especially since he doesn't have his cat's ears and that's because they got eaten by rats when he was sleeping one day! From then on he was scare of rats for the rest of his life!

One really cool thing about the robotic cat from the future is his pouch on the front of his torso. From this pouch he can take out any kinds of cool gadget you can possibly think of! Its like a bottomless pouch with unlimited supply of cool gadgets. Now how do so many things fit in his tiny pouch? Well its like a worm-hole to another dimension where things can come out of it as well as go back into it. High quantum physics stuff I won't even bother to find an explanation for!

Anyway I used to wait eagerly for the next issue of Siao Ding Dang to hit the store periodically and would spent days going through the whole book several times not just for the cool pictures but also because it was in chinese and my chinese was terrible I had trouble understanding some of the dialogues.

I love reading Siao Ding Dang and I used to wish that I had my own personal robotic cat from the future...





...so I improvise and make 3 of my own!

28 comments:

The Angel said...

Wah...so cute...

5xmom ~chanlilian.net~ said...

I am going to report you to the SPCA, cruel to dye the cats blue! And I hate that stupid Doraemon. My kids read the Bahasa version and watch the series last time. The only reason I allowed them is because I want them to improve the BM. Otherwise, I hate doraemon, I hate doraemon, I hate doraemon.

pelf said...

The "future wife" is called Sizuka or something. The bullies are Giant and Shinyu :) My favourite episode is the one where Doraemon produces a kind of bread that when used to "copy the pages of a book and then eaten", Nobita will be able to remember the whole page.. Those were the days..

Simple American said...

I don't see the pouch on your cats. Where is it?

cK said...

this post strikes me with some old memories...yea i used to buy the comics but they're in malay....and usually malay one outdated...buy them once in a while...

Wuching said...

angel: aren't they gorgeous?

5xmom: haih..such hate towards doraemon, why lilian, why?

pelf: yes i remember that episode & wished i could have those bread to help me wif my exam too! hahaha! good comic!

simple american: i'm gonna cut them up soon!

chin kian: hmm..they've come a long way. i've never seen them in malay.

Ah Pek said...

hahahaa.. you freak! go and paint your cats blue!!!

Cocka Doodle said...

Inspired by you, I'm going to make my kittens look like siao ting tang also.
What paint did you use ah? I'm thinking of spray paint. You think ok ah?

Wuching said...

ah pek: what do u think? chun anot?

cocka: spray paint is good, u can buy from ah pek's hardware shop...but i'm thinking electroplating..

fooDcrazEE said...

alamak - what a paint jon over photoshop

Che-Cheh said...

ohgosh so cuteeeeeeeee...
I like to watch Siao Ding Dang's cartoon in BM....hahahaha

I named one of my office superior as Giant. LOL!

Wuching said...

foodcrazee: not photoshop ler

che-cheh: who's the doraemon in ur office? u?

sengkor said...

i read before the BM version. I am ashamed to say tht it is pretty addictive..

Helen said...

SOOOOO cute.

WC, you know Chinese ar? I must congratulate u. Not many ppl know the history of Doraemon. :-)

Che-Cheh said...

No doraemon :)

Wu Heng said...

Here is the doraemon online books site.

http://www.dora-world.com.tw/yojigen/comic_f.html

Wuching said...

seng kor: welcome to the doraemon club!

helen: haih my chinese is half bucket water only lah but yes i do know the history of doraemon.

che-cheh: why not?

wu heng: thankz bro!

Frank said...

the final doraemon pic is so cute..good work!

Wuching said...

frank: u wanna buy 1? :)

Che-Cheh said...

coz nobody look like a cat :P

there's a bitch though. :D

Wuching said...

che-cheh: what about catwoman?

Laksa said...

haha.. i'll let you in on a secret - KNB's nickname is Siao Ding Dang aka Doraemon...kahkahkah

Che-Cheh said...

Unfortunately the bitch i'm talking about is also called catwoman! because she likes to 'miao'/scratch ppl. hahaha

Wuching said...

laksa: now i know what to call him next time! hahaha

che-cheh: u know why i knew this? coz the force is strong wif me!

KpgNangkaBoy said...

Look who's talking.....Mr Mashimaro (that white and round animal) aka Laksa king.

Wuching said...

KNB: hello siao ding dang! so laksa is mashimaro..u 2 must get lots of girls wif that kinda nicknames!

Che-Cheh said...

sometimes I wonder...you're a sith or a jedi..

Wuching said...

che-cheh: ah..the dark side clouds everything..