Sunday, December 20, 2009

旅遊南非洲: (一) 首章 / Travel to South Africa: (1) Introduction

By the time you see this message, I would have been back from South Africa (cross my fingers). I will try to upload asap some of the photos I took.

Stay tuned !!!

ps: I look forward to having a snowy Christmas back home and do some serious cross-country and downhill skiing !!!

Photo Credit: "South Africa Coat of Arms + Flag" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa

References:
南非 http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E5%8D%97%E9%9D%9E

經濟: 根據聯合國分類,南非是一個中收入發展中國家,資源豐富,財經、法律、通訊、能源、交通業發達,完備的硬件建設和股票交易市場居全球前二十名。2007年,南非的國民生產總值排在全球第20位。標準銀行是源自南非的一大銀行集團。 南非裡發展程度最高的區域包括開普敦、約翰內斯堡、德班,及伊麗莎白港。但這些區域外的其他地區發展程度卻非常有限,形成南非國內嚴重的貧富懸殊問題。另外,南非國內的不同人種收入懸殊造成黑人有排外傾向、罪案率與貪污問題嚴重,附近國家難民持續湧入,與及愛滋病率高升,也令經濟發展受限制。所以雖然南非是非洲內人均國內生產總值第四高的國家,他依然被稱為發展中國家。 南非的法定貨幣單位是南非蘭特。蘭特在2001年一次大貶值後,在隨後的2002-2005年間,曾經是世界上兌美元升值最快的貨幣,2005年後蘭特又隨着經濟增長放慢而走軟,此情況持續至今。 2008年南非因國家內部電力設施不足而發生了能源危機,國家需要間歇性在不同地區停止供電。這嚴重影響了國內的大部分工商業的運作,但由於南非國內利率高企及社會不穩,私人資金不願大規模投資能源行業,而政府在基建審批上過度嚴苛,故電力供應的問題短期內未有解決蹟象。

外交: 1991年以前,南非採行種族隔離政策,遭受國際社會普遍抵制,國際地位極為孤立。1991年6月南非實現轉型正義廢除種族隔離政策後,世界各國相繼解除對南非經濟制裁,並紛紛提昇、恢復或建立與南非之外交關係。1998年1月1日,南非跟中華民國斷交,並跟中華人民共和國建立外交關係。 南非1994年由非洲民族議會黨執政以來,對外政策以非洲集團領袖自居,積極推動非洲統合,促成非洲團結組織。2001年常會決議通過成立非洲發展新夥伴計劃,並成功改組成非洲聯盟,為南部非洲發展共同體及不結盟運動龍頭,以第三世界代言人自居。

Friday, December 18, 2009

塞翁之馬 / Life is Full of Surprises

>> ... 塞翁之馬,誰曉得何為得何為失?

It is SO TRUE!!!
If my father had allowed me to study in Hawaii, I would have spent all my time watching girls on the beach and flunked out of university, which would have upset my parents and myself.
Now I am freezing my butt off in Canada, but am very happy (so was my father, bless his soul)!!!
^_^

The above comments was posted at Michelle's blog article "Letter to Myself" http://petiteinote.blogspot.com/2009/11/26.html

Yes, life is full of surprises; you never know what will happen.
So, even in the darkest moment, when you think it's the end of the world ...
Keep your head up!!
Be strong and go on!!!
Now I save my money and travel the world, and Hawaii is not even on the top of my list :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

您的留言,我的回应 / My Responses to Your Comments

很抱歉未能立刻回应您的留言,我一定会儘快找時間回覆!!! // I apologize for not being able to respond to your comments in a timely fashion. Please be reassured that I will do so asap !!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

全馬拉松賽跑: 心力 / Running a Full Marathon: Mental Strength

People often assume running a full-marathon is like running two half-marathons consecutively: 42.2 kilometres = 21.1 K + 21.1 K. It's not exactly how I look at a race. The problem with the equal split is that by the time I finish the first 21.2 K, my natural reaction will be: Now I have to do it all over again!

To me, 42.2 K = 32 K + 10.2 K

I usually run my first 32 K at my target pace. But for the last 10 K, exhaustion, cramps and all kinds of physical limitations will creep in. That's when the mental strength kicks in. An athlete with good mental training will be able to draw deep from his/her physically depleted "well" to find the necessary energy and will to go on. It is not easy, but it can be done. So far, I have managed to finish all my full- and half-marathon races without a DNF (did not finish).

Wellness = Physical health + Mental health

Strength = Physical strength + Mental strength

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

小小說: 道歉 / Short Short Story: Apology

話說一個成年的女人,想知道因殺她父親而被判入獄多年的兇犯究竟是一個怎麽樣的人,或許她是想知道在男人寂寞的暮年歲月中,他有沒有萌生道歉的意念。

她只記得在15歲時那一晚,母親悲哀地說:『妳父親死了!!』就是那麽簡單的一句,她就和生父陰陽相隔。在女孩子悠長的成長歲月,她不知道父親臨死前有沒有和劫匪摶鬥,或跪地向他求饒。她不知道在子彈鑽入他軀体內臓之前的一杀那,他又沒有想到他的妻子丶女兒和自己一生的前麈往事。她不知道在最後的數秒間,他瞳孔中有沒有看到人生最後一頁,那回顧是否充滿了所有喜樂的丶後悔的丶做了的丶未做的事情。

在她母親極力反对之下,她開始和殺父親的監犯通訊,什至在兇手出獄後约会和他会面。劫匪对受害者的女兒表示歉意,解釋当日她父親之死是大家的滯運氣, in the wrong place at the wrong time ,在混乱和惶恐中,他開鎗擊殺手無寸鐵的事主,奪去了一個十五歲女孩子的父親,对此事他多年來都是深感為憾,。

女人之後再沒有和那已上了年紀的男人通訊,她只想從生父最後見到的一個活人眼中,看到父親臨死前最後的一面。從兇手的解釋中,她找不到任何答案,她的生命仍是懸掛在憤恨的荊棘倒刺中,沒有一個完好的結局。或許拒絕和不接受他的道歉,是她為自己和父親報仇雪恨的最後一枝武器。

Friday, December 04, 2009

您的留言,我的回应 / My Responses to Your Comments

很抱歉未能立刻回应您的留言,我一定会儘快找時間回覆!!! // I apologize for not being able to respond to your comments in a timely fashion. Please be reassured that I will do so asap !!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

人之初,性本善 / What Keeps Me going - Faith in the Human Race

About 12 months ago, I left the following comments with Ruth's Nov 27, 2008 blog article "Memory":

" ... Over the years, I have disappointed some people and some people have disappointed me. But I keep my faith in the belief that the human race as a whole has made progress in spite of the ups and downs and some bad experience."

I will come back here 12 months from now and reflect again.

Reference: http://ruthtam.blogspot.com/2008/11/memory.html

Saturday, November 28, 2009

兩週一聚 (二十七期) 「我本將心向明月,奈何明月照溝渠」 / 2weeks1gather (#27)「The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions」

以下是網友「雪凌」解題:“... 自以為俠義的行為, ... 結果一番好心人家不領情還給臉色你看。 相信我們都或多或少遇過這種“我本將心向明月,奈何明月照溝渠”滿腔熱情遇上兜頭冰水,...."

以下是我的個人經驗:

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

It all started years ago when I was a teenager working as an office boy one summer in Hong Kong. Beside serving teas and running errands all over Central District 中環, I took an interest in learning short-hand and typing, two skills that were monopolized by secretaries, of which 99.99% were women.

Fast forward to my first job in Canada.

Me the Junior Engineer: "Hi, could you type up this report for me please?"

Secretary: "I am quite busy now. You will have to wait till tomorrow."

Me the Innocent (with the intention of helping her out): "Not to worry!! Can I use your typewriter after you leave work today? I will type the report myself."

Seasoned Secretary (who took my comment as a slight): "Oh!! So you will type it yourself, eh? Be my guest !!! (assuming I don't know how to type)"

The next day, upon finding that I DID type up the report, the secretary mentioned this highly "unusual" incident to the big boss.

Superintendent: "I heard you are typing your own reports now (said so with a somewhat sarcastic and reprimanding tone)."

Me the Underling (replied defensively): "I was just trying to help her out because she was so busy."

Big Boss-man: "You are an engineer (of which 99.99% are male in his universe). Engineers DO NOT type."

Me the Male Engineer: "But I KNOW how to type!!"

Big Engineer (grinning): "Then wear a skirt!!"

Talking abt a good intention that had gone awry !!!

Needless to say, I did not wear a skirt, but I do have the last laugh !!!

References:
* 網友「雪凌」解題: http://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/1012061234/post/1320300136
* 其它有關 『好心著雷劈』(我翻譯為 "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions") 的文章: http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

旅遊南美洲秘魯:【與海獅嬉泳】 / Travel to Peru, South America:【Frolicking with Sea Lions】


「兩週一聚」十一月專題 : 「旅遊大事小記」之【與海獅嬉泳】 / 2weeks1gather's 「Monthly Feature for November」【Frolicking with Sea Lions】

在2008年2月尾至3月中在秘魯旅遊時, 曾坐船由El Callao卡亞俄海港出發,探訪離岸直線約10公里,在太平洋中海獅聚集的 Palomino群島。因為途中經過的大島 Isla San Lorenzo 是軍警禁區,所以船長要繞道而行,不敢太靠近封鎖線。據他說多年前,囚禁在島上監獄內的反政府份子(「光明之路」Sendero Luminoso 和「圖帕克-阿馬魯革命行動」游擊隊MRTA)發難暴動,上任強人 阿爾韋托•藤森謙也 Alberto Ken'ya Fujimori 拒絕談判,下令軍机轟炸,把監獄與犯人一併毀滅,移為平地。但現在藤森自己也在監獄服刑,南美國家的政治也是複雜!!

船長把小輪繞道過了禁區之後,在Palomino群島中找了一個下錨的地方,跟著叫我們跳進海裏,和海獅一起游泳。雖然我水性不差,在渥太華有「自由里泳」的訓練基礎,但這波濤洶湧的海洋,和加拿大平靜的湖泊河川比較,卻是有天淵之別。再者,那些海獅身体龐大 (維基百科: 雄獅身体可長達2.73米及重至350多公斤),如果它們想要咬我一口,或扯著要我和各獅兄丶獅妹潛水嬉戲,我寡不敵众,沒頂被溺的机会什高。就在我猶豫不决之際,其它遊客已像投崖旅鼠一樣,噗通丶噗通的投海「自殺」去了!! 唉,為了保存「唐人」的面子声譽,我也只有硬著頭皮,跟著他們跳將下去!!

媽呀!那海水寒冷如冰,白頭浪有兩米多高,我想到中國古訓《增廣賢文》有云:『煩惱皆因強出頭』,這次為了呈強,会不会弄到自己性命不保??!不過那些海獅倒是非常和善,在我前後左右翻跟斗嬉戲,它們是好奇的動物,有好几次和我面对面的看了一回兒,或許南美族的海獅是從未遇見過亞洲人罷!!正当我玩得興起之際,猛然發覺暗潮已把我推向島岸的嶙峋怪石,而小輪卻被海浪拋開離我数十米之遙,就在這危急關頭,善泳的船長在浪中冒出頭來,一手抽著我的救生衣,毫不費力地把我拖回船上,跟著他又跳回海裏,救援其他船友。

在小輪慢慢地離開Palomino群島的時候,我實在感到有點依依不捨,我多么渴望能像海獅一樣,在大自然碧海藍天中過那無憂無慮的生活。我回頭一看,有些嬉戲的海獅還像兵捉賊的在追逐我們,在驚濤駭浪中,它們很像一群好玩的水孩子。

Photo Credit 攝影图片: I took all the photos except the first one.

Related links:
* Please see my other blog articles and photographs on "旅遊南美洲秘魯 / Travel to Peru, South America"
* Other 「兩週一聚」 articles: http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

References:
* "South American Sea Lion" Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_American_Sea_Lion

Monday, November 23, 2009

最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症): 阿茲海默病 (二) 探索大腦之旅 / Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT): Part 2 "Brain Tour"

The Alzheimer's Association has this great slide-show that is both informative and easy to understand. Please start by choosing either the Chinese or English tour below:

探索大腦之旅

參加旅程: 這趟旅程共有16張互動的幻燈片.

大腦之旅為你解說腦部運作的奥祕和阿滋海默症對它的影響. 當你在看每一張幻燈片時,請將滑鼠點到橘色的醫學詞句上, 圖片即會顯示相關部分的位置, 然後,點箭頭符號即可前往下一頁.


Chinese: http://www.alz.org/brain_chinese/

Brain Tour: There are 16 interactive slides. As you view each slide, roll your mouse over any colored text to highlight special features of each image. Then, click on the arrow to move to the next slide.

English: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_4719.asp#

Reference: All coloured text and the photo are from the Alzheimer's Association.

Related Link: Previous article 【最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症): (一) 科學資料節錄 / Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT): Part 1 "Scientific Perspective"】http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/11/dementia-part-1-scientific-perspective.html

Next: Click below for Part 3

Sunday, November 22, 2009

最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症): (一) "阿滋海默症科學資料節錄" / Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT) Part 1 "Scientific Perspective on Alzheimer's Disease"

The purpose of this series of articles is to provide additional information and different perspectives to my previous blog article entitled "最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症): 人去楼空 / Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT): He no longer lives here." Let me start by acknowledging the comments made by Best Actor. His suggestion of "人未遠去樓永不空" has reminded me the human side of the story, one that focuses on the patient as well as those who are providing love, care and support to the individual. So, here is the first article.

Part 1: Scientific Perspective

1.1 Ten Signs

According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are roughly ten warning signs:

這是不是阿滋海默症? Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease (Chinese)

阿滋海默症是一個腦部退化的疾病,它的起因無人知道, 現在仍未有治瘉的方法。為了幫助您去認識此病症的警告訊號,阿滋海默症協會設計了列出此病常見病徵的檢查列表。請查閱以下的列表, 並在令您擔憂的病徵旁加上√ 這個符號。如果您在檢閱完以下的列表後,在多項病徵旁都加上這個√符號,您應替有那些病徵的人士約見醫生進行全面的檢查。

1. 短期記憶損失影響工作技能
偶然忘記分配的工作、同事的名字或商業伙伴的電話號碼,而在後來再記起來,這都是正常的。那些有失憶病,如阿滋海默症的人,會比較多忘記事情,而在後來仍不能記起來。他們會重覆的問同一的問題,而又記不起答案。

2. 執行熟悉的工作時有困難
很多時繁忙的人都會分心,他們或許會把一些菜放在電爐上,而在吃過晚飯後才記起忘了把這道菜放在飯桌上。患有阿滋海默症的人在弄好了菜後,不但會忘記把它放在飯桌上,亦會忘記自己已弄好了菜。

3. 語言上有困難
每個人都會有些時候找不到適合的用字,但仍能正確地用其他的字去完成句語。患有阿滋海默症的人會忘記簡單的用字,或用不正確的字去填補句子,或說出不可理解的句語。

4. 失去對時間和地點的認知力
短暫性的忘記了某天是星期幾或自己的目的地是正常的。但阿滋海默症的病患者會在自己住的那條街或熟悉的購物商場中迷路,不知道他身處何地,怎樣到達那裡或怎樣回家。

5. 判斷力減弱
有時人可以因完全投入一種活動或電話而暫時忘記他在看管的小孩。阿滋海默症患者會完全忘記了他在看管的小孩,並且出外去探訪鄰居。他們的衣著可能不適合他們所處的場合,如穿著多件的恤衫。

6. 抽象思維的困難
有些人在計算銀行戶口的結帳時,如果發現工作比想像中困難,可能會一時手足無措,但慢慢便會找到解決的辦法。阿滋海默症患者會完全忘記那些數字代表什麼,和怎樣去處理那些數字。

7. 忘記東西放在何處
任何人也有可能忘記了銀包或鎖匙放在何處,但最後仍能推斷出可能遺留的地方。患有阿滋海默症的人會把東西放在不適當的地方,如把電燙斗放在雪櫃裡,或把手錶放在碗中。

8. 情緒或行為的改變
每個人都會有不開心或情緒不穩定的時候。阿滋海默症患者會在沒有明顯的理由下表現出急速的情緒驟變,例如在短時間由平靜變為傷心,再變為憤怒,又變為平靜。

9. 個性的轉變
人的個性通常的情況下都會隨著年紀而產生微小的改變,如性格變為比較強烈或緩和。阿滋海默症患者的個性會有極大的變化,變成極度的混淆、暴躁、多疑或驚懼。

10. 失去自發性
厭倦家務、工作上的應酬或社交活動是正常的,但多數人都會重拾他們的自發性。阿滋海默症患者會變成被動,並需要提示才參加活動。


1.2 Three Stages

Most scientists agree that people with Alzheimer's usually fall into one of the three categorise or stages, as described by Wikipedia below:

阿茲海默症的症狀因人而異,大致可分為三個階段。有的拖延數年卻變化不明顯,有的幾個月便到達晚期,難以預料。
早期症狀於最初發病 2-3年,健忘(尤其新近發生的事)、缺乏創造力、進取心,且喪失對原有事物的興趣與工作衝勁。

中期症狀於最初發病的 3-4年後,對於人、事、地、物漸無定向感,注意力轉移,且一般性理解能力減低。此外,會重覆相同的語言、行為及思想,而情緒不穩,缺乏原有之道德與倫理的標準,常有迫害妄想的人格異常等現象,但無病識感。偶爾會出現"黃昏症候群"。
晚期症狀
語無倫次、不可理喻、喪失所有智力功能、智能明顯退化。而且逐漸不言不語、表情冷漠、肌肉僵硬、憔悴不堪,以及出現大小便失禁、容易感染等。

1.3 Mild Cognitive Impairment
Here is a HBO video that is part of "The Alzheimer's Project" entitled "Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)". It is worthwhile watching this 23+ minutes video to gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's Disease through two real case-studies.

References: * "這是不是阿滋海默症?" http://www.alz.org/national/documents/Chinese_10_warning_signs.pdf (2008 阿滋海默症協會. 版權所有 此為阿滋海默症協會之正式出版品.但非附屬之機構與個人亦可散佈此出版品.惟此散佈不構成阿滋海默症協會對該機構與個人或其行為之贙同或支持. 要取得更多資訊,請打電話: 或瀏覽綱頁 http://www.alz.org/) * Wikipedia: 阿茲海默病 http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E9%98%BF%E5%85%B9%E6%B5%B7%E9%BB%98%E7%97%85 ; Alzheimer's Disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease * HBO video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrvFi0OXc90&feature=channel) ***** DISCLAIMER: Any information contained in articles posted on my blog "Lotus and Cedar" must not be construed as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor(s) or other medical professionals for their expert opinions. ***** Next: Nov 23, 2009 最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症):   (二) 探索大腦之旅 /Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT) Part 2 "Brain Tour"  http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.ca/2009/11/httpwww.html

Thursday, November 19, 2009

中華人民共和國加入世界貿易組織八週年 / The 8th Anniversary of China's Accession to WTO


(This blog article is posted on 2009-11-19, immediately after the official visit of US Prez Obama to the PRC. It will be updated as required btwn now and the 2009-12-11 anniversary date)

China was granted "official observer" status by GATT on November 6, 1984. It took a record-breaking 15 yrs of negotiations for China to become a member of WTO, on December 11, 2001. Despite skepticism from both within and without China at the beginning, successive Chinese leaders have been able to implement key economic reforms in compliance with WTO requirements and launch China toward a more market-based economy. For the last two decades or so, the growth of the Chinese economy is breath-taking and has surprised many nay-sayers.

However, the transformation has its ups and downs as well as gains and losses. For example: It was not easy for the older hardliners who had been fighting "capitalists" most of their adult lives, only to see their own country going the free-market way albeit socialist style. It was not easy for officials of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to lean the meaning of competitiveness, although the word "profit" was being picked up fairly quickly (which then begged the question: for whom?) The provincial, regional and municipal governments also had to work with Beijing on a renewed governance model with the decentralization of economic planning and control.

As well, there are many challenges ahead and here are just some examples (not in any order of priority):

* the balance act btwn political and economic reforms, both in terms of pace and degree
* further reform of the financial sector, banking system, judicial system, etc., as well as the undertaking of other commitments to comply with WTO protocols and regulations
* pressure from the Obama Administration in areas of trade deficit, devaluation of the Renminbi, removal of trade barriers/irritants (e.g. IP rights), more import into China, protection of American jobs back home, etc.
* pressure from EU in areas of human rights, Tibet, the environment and other social, economic, environmental, and geo-political issues
* the intricate and delicate links btwn investment-trade and China's foreign policies with respect to Iran, North Korea, Russia, Africa allies, global terrorism, etc.
* strategies concerning Sustainable Consumption and Production - from greenhouse gases emissions to the availability of renewable and non-renewable resources (energy, rare-earth elements, ...) to the protection of the environment and health and wellness of people - while maintaining high enough employment to prevent social discontent and unrest.
* economic competitions and threats from other BRIC countries, in terms of labour cost, quality of goods and services, branding, innovations, science and technology, productivity, exchange rate, and other competitiveness-related issues.

To end on a light note after a somewhat serious discussion, I would like to present the readers with a parody I wrote based on the first line of the classic movie "Casablanca".

"Casabanker" / Act 2009: There is always Doha !! / First line:

Narrator: "... With the coming of the Second Economic Order, many eyes in imprisoned derivatives turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the trade. China became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to the market directly, and so a tortuous, roundabout trail sprang up - Singapore to Beijing ... across land and oceans to Doha ... Just like the last days of GATT - then by train, or auto or plane across the rim of Africa, to Marrakesh, Morocco. Today, the fortunate ones through money, or influence, or luck, might obtain building permits and scurry to Beijing; and from Beijing to the new Disney World. But the others wait in Never Ever Land ... and wait ... and wait ... and wait."

Cut and take five !!!

References:

* IMDb Memorable Quotes from Casablanca http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/quotes

* 關稅與貿易總協定(General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, GATT)

* 世界貿易組織 (World Trade Organization, WTO)

* Wikipedia http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTO: "... 2001年12月11日:中華人民共和國經過15年的談判正式加入,這是關貿總協定/世貿歷史上談判時間最長的一次。香港和澳門則在1995年1月1日世貿正式成立時加入,兩地分別主權移交到中華人民共和國後,其在世貿的名稱也換為中國香港和中國澳門。.."

* China's Observer Status granted by GATT 1984-11-06
http://www.sunsonline.org/trade/process/during/8485/other/11080384.htm
GENEVA, NOVEMBER 6 1984 (IFDA) -- The Peoples Republic of China was granted Tuesday observer status in GATT and its bodies. While the GATT Council acted by consensus on this, the actual legal position of China was still a matter of dispute. China was one of the original signatories of GATT in 1947. But in 1950, the "Republic of China" or Taiwan, which then occupied the seat, withdrew from GATT - a withdrawal that the Peoples Republic of China has not accepted as legal. In making its application, the Chinese did not specifically speak about "observer status", but asked for the right to attend GATT meetings, and its intention to consult and coordinate with Contracting Parties, and that this would facilitate a decision by the Peoples Republic of China on the membership in GATT. The Chinese letter had made clear that it was without prejudice to its legal stand. While everyone welcomed the grant of observer status to China, United States would appear to have specifically reserved the U.S. legal position with regard to China. If the Chinese legal position were to be accepted, in order to acquire full GATT rights, it would not have to negotiate with individual countries on exchange of concessions - a necessary pre-requisite for new members before their protocol of accession would be accepted.
But it was clear that none of the present GATT members would accept this - since in effect it would enable China to get all the benefits of over three decades of mutual concessions by others in trade liberalisation, without China itself having to do anything.

Important note:
***** This article was written based on information from public and media reports. Readers are strongly advised to cross reference and verify all information contained herein. Your comments and updated info are most welcome *****

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

不愛小孩的聖誕老人 / When Santa doesn't like kids

It has been reported that a shopping-mall Santa will not let kids who have not been vaccinated sit on his lap.

Mommy, Santa is not being nice :(

香港大帽山 / Tai Mo Shan, HK



I just watched a YouTube video clip "Climbing the Tai Mo Shan mountain range" by Michael Rogge (he has posted a lot of vintage footage of old HK). Watching his video reminds me of one trip I had tried to undertake but was cut short ....

Many years ago, I went back to HK and on my itinerary was a trip up Tai Mo Shan. I started at the bottom near the village but got lost and was soon surrounded by a pack of vicious village dogs. They were abt to attack when I made a hasty retreat from their territory. Needless to say my hike was cut short and I never made it to the summit !!!

Given another chance, I would bring along two of my collapsible hiking/ski poles to defend myself. They worked wonderfully when I was hiking on Lipari Island (Italy) where I successfully asserted my "alpha-male" right-of-way through some growling Sicilian dogs.

Related links / References:

* Photos of Lipari Island, Italy 【山徑人生 / Find My Own Track】 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/06/find-my-own-track.html

* 攝影图片 / Photo Credit: Wikipedia


"... 大帽山(英文:Tai Mo Shan)是香港最高的山峰,海拔957米,比第二高的山峰鳳凰山高23米。大帽山處於新界的中部,山體廣闊,坡度相對平緩,其附近範圍被劃入大帽山郊野公園之內。附近則為大欖郊野公園及林村郊野公園。大帽山位於荃灣區和元朗區交界,並有小部分屬於大埔區。由於大帽山在春天時經常出現大霧的情況,絕大部份香港人會將大帽山誤以為叫做「大霧山」。 ... "

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

經濟轉型: 消費國變出口商,世界工廠變消費國 / Global Economy: Import, Export and Consumerism

Below is the transcript of my comments posted on Space's Nov 16, 2009 blog article entitled "威士忌 Whisky 為自己"
(http://mindnecessity.blogspot.com/2009/11/whisky-apec-suntory-hall-gag-obamaobama.html)

Space:

Thank you for putting all the relevant info in one place. I did read your WHOLE article, incl Prez Obama's speech.

In his address to the target audience in and outside of Japan, incl Democrats and Republicans alike in the US, there are many foreign policy messages that seem to be key to the future relationships btwn the US and her allies, enemies, and those in btwn.

Prez Obama mentioned China in his speech many times, partly to deal head-on with Japan's fear of a renewed US-China relationship at the expense of Japanese interest, but also to send a strong signal to Beijing prior to his visit. Of course, let's not be naïve and think that this was the first trial balloon launched to seek a Chinese reaction. For a major Presidential speech that was expected to garner world attention, a lot of bilateral leg-work would have been done by diplomats through official and unofficial channels. Also, one should not underestimate the pre-emptive statement made by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson on November 11th re China's positions on Tibet and other issues. All to say, there had been messages back and forth btwn the two countries before Prez Obama stepped onto Chinese soil.

I think the key point in his speech abt China is that the US intends to change the imbalanced US-China trade relationship. Currently, US consumerism is out of control and the World's Factory, China, is reaping the profit by importing billion dollars of goods into the US while keeping the value of the Renminbi (artificially) low.

I note that you've already posted a lot of info on Prez Obama's visit to China. So I will save some of my comments for later.

Attachment: A report from Ming Pao for your info.

【明報專訊2009年11月15日】

明言經濟轉型 消費國變出口商


奧巴馬在東京的演說中,向亞洲國家傳達的一個重要經濟信息,就是美國將加緊推動全球及區域性的自由貿易談判,希望令美國未來轉型成出口導向型經濟體,亞洲經濟增長也不能再依賴美國消費者。他說﹕「這次衰退其中一個重要教訓是,高度依賴美國消費者,以及亞洲靠出口推動經濟增長,都存在局限性。」對美國來說,這個新轉變將是多儲蓄一點、減少財赤和擴大出口,而亞洲國家應致力改善對美貿易失衡。他強調,美國願與亞洲國家共同努力,促成「多哈回合」談判成功,促進世界經濟平衡發展。美經濟學家指出,近年美國在亞洲貿易合作上裹足不前,令中國和亞洲有機會自行大搞自由貿易協議,華府已錯過了「上船」機遇,奧巴馬至少要在經濟層次上,重啟與亞洲的合作。

促亞洲改善對美貿易失衡:

雖然奧巴馬在演說中沒談到貿易糾紛和人民幣問題,但現實中,美國貿易保護主義問題繼續升溫。繼對中國進口輪胎徵重稅後,美國國際貿易委員會周五也初步裁定,中國和墨西哥無縫銅管在美國「存在傾銷行為,對美國業界造成損害」。美國一些廠家要求向中墨兩國銅管產品開徵最多逾85%的反傾銷稅。

(Source: 明報2009年11月15日 星期日 05:10 hk.news.yahoo.com/article/091114/4/f6ax.html)

Monday, November 16, 2009

加拿大移民: 生物擴散論 / Canadian Immigrants: Anemochory (Biological dispersal)

"... Biological dispersal refers to a species movement away from an existing population or away from the parent organism. Through simply moving from one habitat patch to another, the dispersal of an individual has consequences not only for individual fitness, but also for population dynamics, population genetics, and species distribution. Understanding dispersal and the consequences on an ecosystem level requires understanding on the type of dispersal, the dispersal range of a given species, and the dispersal mechanisms involved. ..."
(Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anemochory)

意釋:

有很多生物是以擴散來繁殖和改良品種,這对個体丶母体丶和整個天然系統都有進化和改善的作用。

在自然界飛禽走獸中,大如深海藍鯨,小如帝王花蝶,它們会和麋鹿丶野雁等一樣,每一年春丶秋兩季都会成羣結隊,作數千哩的遷徙,回南或返北,聚居兩個家鄉,履行了千萬年來的生命演進過程。

但也有很多動物的遷徙是單程式,落足停居之所是在乎生存環境丶資源供求丶氣候運行丶和羣体轉變。例如萬物之靈的人類,也是從非洲 (或您信仰的伊伊甸樂園,或其它發源地) 以擴散方式,發展至四大文明古國,直至今時今日,人類已遷徙至地球每一個角落,太空漫遊,開拓月球丶火星亦不再是科幻小說。

在植物系中,無數的花草樹木也很似有「靈性」地以不同的方法擴散後代,有些以有核的鮮甜美果吸引動物舐食,有些種子以鈎爪掛搭「順風車」,亦有些經千萬年的演進,例如圖示的紅棉樹和蒲公英,長出了輕帆薄翼,隨風擴散各地。

結語:

從自然生物擴散論來看,移民遷徙,是生物以擴散來繁殖和改良品種,這個生命演進的過程,对個体丶母体丶和整個天然系統都有進化和改善的作用。從個人生活覌點來看,生命是一個旅程,出身長大的地方,我当然有很多童年回憶,雖是紅棉絮丶蒲公英亦会有懷鄉之念。但在這電訊網絡全球化丶科技日新月異的21世紀中,我是相信: "Root is where I come from. Home is where I settle."

Photo Credit Wikipedia / 攝影圖片: 紅棉絮, 蒲公英

紅棉絮 / Cotton Seeds

英雄烽火樹
棉絮隨風飄
紅棉花燦爛
傲骨喻錦華



蒲公英 / Dandelion

蒲公英族
隨風四散
思鄉不還
落根而生

( Dandelion 譯自法文 dent-de-lion,這不是說蒲公英族牙尖嘴利,只不過是因為蒲公英葉子的形狀象獅子尖牙齒罷 :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

加拿大移民: 老死還鄉丶落葉歸根 / Canadian Immigrants: Live and Die in Canada

網友 Space兄在香港暮秋,望漂零黃葉,有感而發,寫了【秋葉】一文,指出以前中國往外地謀生人仕,都跟隨中國傳統『樹高千丈,落葉歸根!』的習俗,不願客死異鄉。無奈近十多二十年,很多外向華籍移民,不單止自願「移植」歐美、澳洲、加拿大,收納後更被視為“上等人”云云。Space 兄在唏噓之餘,把老死還鄉丶落葉歸根的中國習俗現代化,以“環保意義”做大前題,指出沒有落葉「回歸」,母樹欠缺落葉滋潤,泥土養份虛耗,樹木不能健康生長。

俺是移植楓葉國多年的加籍華人,雖然Space 兄可能是無心插柳,把「還鄉」接枝談到了「環保」,但他【秋葉】一文,卻令我讀後心有感懷,所以在此搜斷枯腸,尋文索字,找了一些資料,再呈上攝影圖片兩幅,配以一詞半語,萬望Space兄臺及各位讀者鑑賞查証。

下續: 移民定居,是和【生物擴散論】有關 .....

Reference: 【秋葉】 http://mindnecessity.blogspot.com/2009/11/decomposer-yard-waste-decompsition.html

Saturday, November 14, 2009

兩週一聚 (二十六期) 「寫給自己的信」 / 2weeks1gather (#26)「Letter to Myself」

隨筆信是很容易寫,可是那「自己」卻是很難定斷,那是昨日丶還是今日的「我」? 昨日的我,把那人生流水帳寫得太淋漓詳盡了,由其是那情之一物,三千煩惱絲,剪不斷,理還乱! 今日的我,將回憶往事一磚一石,築成了護城河,沒有吊橋的堡壘,敵不進丶我不出,在圍牆中自由生活,心如止水,樂也融融。平日閑時無事,看那日出日落,春風秋雨,北雁南飛。要是寂寞無聊,提起神筆一揮,動鼠一點,那蜆蚌中的世界裂嘴应声而開,剪貼的網誌成了話劇,自己也笑啊啊的置身其中。惱人的倒是那螢光幕中模糊的面孔,也看不清楚是不是我自己的反影,在午夜夢迴之際,他好像在說:『勿忘看寫給你的電郵,歲月蹉跎,切記勿誤。』

真氣人!!人老了,腦根就不大靈活,究竟是誰寫給我自己的信啊?

附貼:
【寫給明日之「我」的信】(二零零九年十一月十五日寄出)

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My other blog articles:
* 蜆蚌世界 / Photo Story: Small Happy World http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/05/photo-story-small-happy-world.html
* 情之一物 / Heart Love Relationships http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/search/label/%E6%83%85%E4%B9%8B%E4%B8%80%E7%89%A9%20Heart%20Love%20Relationships


Related links:
* 今次出題網友「南杏」 【Blog聚】關於第二十六期(15/11)題目
* 其它「寫給自己的信」http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

Thursday, November 12, 2009

最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症): 人去楼空 / Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT): He no longer lives here

Here are the comments I left at Inner Space's blog entitled "陪著你走":

Space: ... 但我在看到前中文大學校長 高錕教授,得到諾貝爾物理學獎,電視臺跑到他在美國南加州,灣區矽谷鄰近山景城的家中訪問,他的太太 黃美芸女士說:『光纖之父』已經不在了。聽完新聞後,不禁唏噓,腦海中記起這首歌“陪著你走”。報載:『高錕老人癡呆,忘了光纖,忘不了太太。妻子:「不再是以前那個人!」』

Haricot: ... At the time when the Nobel Prize winner was announced, many people were saying: Oh, how romantic!! He "listened" to her like a child !! They were such lovely couple together !!

In my opinion, people were romanticizing the situation because they wanted it to be a happy and proud occasion for all Chinese. But is dementia really that romantic?

An old-age colleague of mine is currently a sufferer of dementia. He can no longer remember my name even though we had worked together before. He tries hard to continue a conversation, but can no longer articulate a point or recall past events. There is always someone accompanying him when he is going places. He often forgets where he is and is prone to taking other people's jacket or leaving behind his own belongings.

There is nothing romantic about dementia, especially if you are the prime care-giver who has the exhausting 24/7 responsibility of looking after someone you once loved but is no longer there.

As Mrs. 黃美芸 said:「不再是以前那個人!」 She is trying hard to put up a brave face and represent a married couple in public. But for all intensive purpose, the Nobel Prize winner's wife was there by herself, taking care of the shell of her former husband - 人去楼空。

References: Wikipedia

* 老人癡呆症(失智症)http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E5%A4%B1%E6%99%BA%E7%97%87
* Dementia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia
* 阿茲海默氏症 http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E9%98%BF%E5%85%B9%E6%B5%B7%E9%BB%98%E7%97%85
* Alzheimer's disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease

Link:
* Inner Space's blog "Mind Necessity" 陪著你走 https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=17028869&postID=261883706178446259
* 最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症): (一) "阿滋海默症科學資料節錄" / Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT): Part 1 "Scientific Perspective on Alzheimer's Disease" http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/11/dementia-part-1-scientific-perspective.html
* 最普遍的老年癡呆症(腦退化症): (二) 探索大腦之旅 / Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT): Part 2 "Brain Tour" http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/11/httpwww.html

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Update: 2009-11-13: I would like to thank Best Actor for his comments. I stand to be corrected. I will incorporate his input into the article below. A revised version should be available tonight.

Update: 2009-11-16: I have difficulties keeping the blog article coherent and whole again with all the revisions. So, I have decided to write another article with a new title that is more in line with Best Actor's idea, something like "另一覌點: 人未遠去樓永不空". Stay tuned !!!

Updated: 2009-11-19: All basic materials are compiled and ready. Writing has begun !!

Updated: 2009-11-22 and 23: Part 1 and 2 of the new series of articles have been written and posted. (see Related Links above)

Monday, November 09, 2009

新創數字系統 / New Number System

In response to Kempton's October 24, 2009 math game, I developed a proposed "operator" that should work to solve his problem. Here is the exchange for the record:

(A) Kempton's Challenge:

香港 (八港) – 新創數字系統 (數字遊戲)

讀到香港46層高的大廈可以一躍變身88層。我提議香港可以使用一套新創數字系統。不用什麼一二三四五六七八…了!要等了七個唔係”八”/”發”的數字才輪到”八”,花太多時間用些無聊數字。香港新創數字系統可以全部都用八,包保全部好意頭。

(舊)==>(新)

一= 八

二= 八八

三= 八八八

四= 八八八八

五= 八八八八八

六= 八八八八八八

七= 八八八八八八八

八= 八八八八八八八八

九= 八八八八八八八八八

十 = 八八八八八八八八八八

十一 = 八八八八八八八八八八八

( 八八八 ) 乘 ( 八八 ) = 八八八八八八

( 八八八八八八八) 加 ( 八 ) = 八八八八八八八八

香港人數口非常精,相信很快便會學會香港新創數字系統!

數口超級精的數學天才,呢套香港新創數字系統,除了要花點時間用之外,有理論根據嗎?那些地方可行?有問題嗎?

有興趣的讀者可以在 comment 玩一吓呢個數字遊戲。


(B) My October 26, 2009 Response:

「八港」哈哈哈哈!!!!哈哈哈哈!!!!

It is definitely feasible to have a new system that is based on the number 8. The challenge is to link the new base-8 system to the existing number system being used outside of Hong Kong. Let me try ….

Let Xn denotes the number n, where n = 1,2,3,4,..

Proposed operator to map the two systems:
Xn = (8)*[sum of: 10exp(n-1), 10exp(n-2), 10exp(n-3), ... , 10exp(n-n)]

Tests:
X4 = (8)*[10exp(3)+10exp(2)+10exp(1)+10exp(0)]
= (8)*[1000+100+10+1]
= 8888
X3 = (8)*[10exp(2)+10exp(1)+10exp(0)] = 888
X2 = (8)*[10exp(1)+10exp(0)] = 88
X1 = (8)*[10exp(1-1)] = 8

IMHO, the proposed operator should work.


Reference:
Kempton's Blog: 香港 (八港) – 新創數字系統 (數字遊戲) http://ca8hk.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/eight-kong-number-game/

Saturday, November 07, 2009

說服力 / The Power of Convincing

在網上找到這條 YouTube 視頻短片【衣櫥故事 / The Closet】,轉貼在此給讀者瀏覽。在某種程况下,說服力真是非常重要啊!!! >_<


Video Credit: 這追琢入妙丶耐人尋味的緋聞小故事,是由法國 Canal+ 製作
-> Never Underestimate the Power of a Great Story !!!

References:
* "Canal+": Wikipedia "Canal+ is a French premium pay television channel launched in 1984. It is owned by the Canal+ Group, which in turn is owned by Vivendi SA. The channel broadcasts several kinds of programming, mostly encrypted. The un-encrypted programmes can be viewed free of charge on Canal+ and on satellite on Canal+ Clair." (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_plus)
* YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7MVtgXMclI

Thursday, November 05, 2009

打尖去打豬流感針 / H1N1 Vaccinations of "Expecting" Hockey Players

It has been reported that some professional hockey players (yes, those big burly manly men who body-check and punch each other out on ice) jumped the queue and received H1N1 flu shots ahead of pregnant women, seniors and others who were waiting patiently in line. In Calgary, the report ignited such an outrage that one staffer in the government's Alberta Health Services was fired.

But wait a minute! Before we jump into the rink to join the mêlée and beat those big guys up, we should give the fellows the benefits of the doubt. Perhaps they, and their team officials, might have misinterpreted the word "expecting" and thought hockey players do belong to the vaccination priority group, along side with expecting mothers. Sure, these professionals expect a lot. They expect, among other things, multi-million dollar contracts, expensive fast cars, woman/girl friends as the case maybe, the right to be traded so they can negotiate for bigger multi-million-dollar contracts, and the list can go on. I am sure they must have misinterpreted the notice - excuse their English. So, what if they don't have a university degree - Bill Gate didn't have one either. Beside, as one of their team spokesman said: Hockey is a contact sport and players exchange bodily fluids during games, along with punches. Ah, I got it. They are at risk, travelling from cities to cities, sacrificing their health to entertain us, the public. In a life-boat scenario, it is obvious who should stay and who should be pushed overboard.

Regardless, it's too late to ask for the vaccine back. Perhaps, the hockey players can give away some free tickets to the public as a compensatory gesture for jumping the queue. Now, don't sneeze at the idea just because you don't have the flu shots.

Reference:
* CBC Nov 5, 2009: "... Team vaccinations raised questions: No such reasons were given by either the Calgary Flames or the Abbotsford Heat following revelations players on both teams apparently jumped the queue to get swine flu vaccinations last week. An Alberta health official was fired for arranging the shots for the Calgary Flames, and B.C.'s provincial health officer Perry Kendall said health authorities would be investigating the doctor who gave the Abbotsford players the vaccine. "There has been no authorization given by me or any of B.C.'s medical officers or health authorities for any professional sports team to receive early access to H1N1 vaccine. And we don't plan to be giving priority access to professional sports teams or to amateur sports teams either," Kendall said Wednesday. The H1N1 vaccine is currently being offered in B.C. only to people under 65 with a chronic condition, children between six months and five years, pregnant women and some health-care workers, because of a shortage of supply. So far in B.C. 15 deaths have been linked to the virus and more than 360 people have been hospitalized." (Source: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/11/05/bc-chilliwack-bruins-swine-flu-vaccine.html?ref=rss)

* CBC Nov 4, 2009: "... A staff member has been fired after an Alberta Health Services probe into why some members of the Calgary Flames and their families received the H1N1 shot without lining up at public clinics. "Disciplinary action has been taken, resulting in the dismissal today of the most senior staff member involved," said a statement released by the health board on Wednesday. "An investigation is continuing and may result in further disciplinary action." ... " I think it sends the message that this will not be tolerated," said Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert, adding that he does not know who the dismissed worker is, or why he or she decided to approve the clinic — held on Friday at an unnamed health centre — for the hockey team. ... "The Flames and their doctors requested the vaccination for their members from Alberta Health Services last week based on information available to them at the time, said team president Ken King on Tuesday. "The team would not have chosen to get the shot had they known there would be a vaccine shortage," King added ..."
(Source: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2009/11/04/alberta-h1n1-flu-shot-calgary-flames-investigation.html)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

上海華特迪士尼主題公園 / Walt Disney Theme Park in Shanghai

It should not come as a surprise that the Walt Disney Company will want to open shop in Shanghai right in the heartland of China, a country with a strong economy and the world's biggest population of potential consumers for the US entertainment industry. After all, most of Disney's toys are made in China. So, why ship them all across the oceans when you can sell them to the locals. Beside, the Chinese seem to have forgotten, and most would not have even known anyway, that the founder Walter Elias Disney was a hardline anti-communist son-of-a-gun when he was alive.

Seventy some years old Snow White probably knows the secret of old Walt, but hey, she was put into deep sleep for at least twenty years during China's Cultural Revolution. And why should she spill the beans now, knowing that the long wait for Chinese Prince Charming is going to materialize in the form of a castle, and a theme park, to be built for a cool US$3.5 billion (eat your heart out, Hong Kong Disneyland).

And, as for Mickey, well, he never likes the N American slang Mickey Mouse Business, so here is his big chance to start anew where business means money and money is good.

May you rest in peace Mr. Walter Elias Disney.

References:

* "Walt Disney" Wikipedia:
"... Testimony before Congress: Disney was a founding member of the anti-communist Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. In 1947, during the early years of the Cold War, Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he branded Herbert Sorrell, David Hilberman and William Pomerance, former animators and labor union organizers, as Communist agitators. All three men denied the allegations. According to Peter Schweizer, a conservative author of the time, Archives of the Soviet Union released by the Russian government implicate Sorrell as a Communist spy. However, Sorrell testified before the HUAC in 1946 but there was insufficient evidence to link him to the Communist Party. Disney accused the Screen Actors Guild of being a Communist front, and charged that the 1941 strike was part of an organized Communist effort to gain influence in Hollywood." (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_disney)

* New York Times: "China Approves Disney Theme Park in Shanghai"
Nov 3, 2009 LOS ANGELES — After a courtship of about 20 years, the Walt Disney Company has won approval from the central government of China to build a Disneyland-style theme park in Shanghai, Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, said Tuesday.

The agreement for a Shanghai Disneyland is a landmark deal that carries enormous cultural and financial implications. Analysts estimate the initial park — not including hotels and resort infrastructure — will cost $3.5 billion, making it one of the largest-ever foreign investments in China.

The initial resort, with a mix of shopping areas, hotels and a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, will sprawl across 1,000 acres of the city’s Pudong district — with the theme park occupying about 100 of those acres. It would be a little bigger than Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and on par with the parks in Paris and Tokyo. It is expected to open in five or six years.

Disney’s plans are ambitious: If further development of the resort happens as expected over the coming decades — still a big if — it will encompass more than 1,700 acres and have a capacity rivalling Disney World in Florida, which attracts about 45 million annual visitors.

The company’s goal is to create an engine that will drive demand among China’s 1.3 billion residents for other Disney products, from video games to Broadway-style shows to DVDs. Disney typically relies on the creation of new Disney TV channels to pump its brand abroad, but China’s limits on foreign media have made that impossible. The approval, notably, did not come with concessions from China on the television front.

Mr. Iger called the approval “a very significant milestone” in a statement, taking care to praise China as “one of the most dynamic, exciting and important countries in the world.” A spokeswoman declined to elaborate on details. Throwing open its doors to such a uniquely American — and permanent — entertainment experience is a milestone for China, which has aggressively protected its culture from Westernization in general and Hollywood in particular. Only 20 non-Chinese films are allowed to be shown in theaters each year, for instance, and those are often edited.

“Disney, perhaps the most iconic American brand of all, is supercharged in this department,” said Orville Schell, director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.

It was unclear what convinced China to finally approve the deal after years of off-again, on-again talks. The prospect of creating tens of thousands of jobs at a tough economic moment might have played a role, Mr. Schell and other analysts said.

Others have speculated that the timing involved President Obama’s inaugural visit to China later this month.

Mr. Schell said he saw something more at work. “It’s a signal that now they will tolerate a certain kind of Western investment,” he said.

Disney will own about 40 percent of the Shanghai resort, with the remainder owned by a holding company formed by a consortium of Chinese companies selected by the government, according to people with knowledge of the plan but who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Only the Magic Kingdom-style portion of the project needed Beijing’s approval; Disney will now negotiate with Shanghai authorities on construction plans, but that is considered a matter of process.

Details about rides are still being worked out, but there are to be a smattering of classic attractions and new rides developed specifically for Shanghai, perhaps incorporating Chinese stories and history.

Disney is often accused of force-feeding its products to international markets and thus homogenizing culture. The company’s heavy-handed creation of Disneyland Paris in the early 1990s, for instance, was a public relations disaster; French farmers with pitch forks protested Disney.

But the company, under new leadership since 2005, has worked to erase that imperious reputation by bending to the quirks of local markets and taking on local partners. Where appropriate, it has incorporated local customs; the decision to serve alcohol at Disneyland Paris helped turn that resort into a financial success.

Disney has opened a chain of language schools in Shanghai, taking care to promise that the goal is to teach children to speak English, not to indoctrinate them with Princesses 101. (The company’s characters, however, are very visible at the centers.)

Disney, which already does more business in China than most foreign media companies, has more than 600 employees in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Merchandise like plush toys and Mickey Mouse apparel is sold at about 6,000 branded locations.

The company delivers about a dozen hours of television programming (“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”) to local stations each week, and its Broadway unit has toured “The Lion King,” among other shows.

But Disney executives have set a high bar for international growth, saying publicly before the recession that about 50 percent of the company’s annual profit could originate overseas within a few years; now it is about a quarter of revenue and operating income.

The company picked Shanghai largely because of its transportation network; moving guests in and out of a huge resort and feeding them while they are there pose enormous logistical challenges. About 300 million potential customers live within two hours of the site, located between the city’s airport and downtown.

“Strategically, we know that our theme parks represent a huge tent pole for the Disney brand wherever we put them,” Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in August during an interview about the division’s growth plans.

The announcement marks the culmination of a courtship that began in July, 1990, when Zhu Rongji, then the mayor of Shanghai, made a trip to the original Disneyland in Los Angeles with four other Chinese mayors and came home determined to have a Disneyland in his city. Mr. Zhu rose through the ranks to become premier of China from1998 to 2003 and was a consistent champion of the project, said Michael Rowse, the Hong Kong government official who played a central role in negotiating the establishment of Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened four years ago.

The Shanghai approvals come as Disney works to keep its domestic theme parks healthy amid the global economic downturn. Unlike most theme park operators, Disney has managed to keep attendance high by applying steep discounts to hotel rooms and dining.

Keith Bradsher contributed reporting from Hong Kong.
(Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/04/business/global/04disney.html)

Photo Credit: Reuters "Hong Kong Disneyland 2005"

~~ 月圓轉好 / Song of the Full Moon ~~


As days turn into weeks and weeks into months ... years gone by

Your face remains forever young in my dreams

Until one night you bid farewell

And time reconnects itself

You have moved on

So must I

*

Monday, November 02, 2009

唐人要面子丶講排場, 是浪費的惡習嗎? / Saving Face, a wasteful Chinese tradition?


Recently, someone who had quite often attended meetings in China told me the following story:

Apparently, some restaurants have their meal-rates linked in direct proportion to the rental cost of the meeting/banquet rooms. So, when there are lots of guests, the room has to be big, and the cost of meal is inflated, regardless of whether the host wants that much food to eat or not (and never mind abt the quality). At the end of the event, it is most likely the host and foreign visitors will not ask for doggy-bags. The left-over food then becomes another "side-benefit" 下欄 for those working in the restaurant.

I told my friend: Well, at least the food is not wasted, even though the practice of charging the food-bill based on room-size sounds like a rip-off to me.

However, I can also see that the restaurants might be taking advantage of the Chinese tradition of "saving face". Let's face it (excuse my pun): Not an insignificant number of Tang people would go to great length and spend tonnes of money to show that they are "rich" and can "afford" to be wasteful. By having more food than anyone possibly can eat, they send the message of 有餘 and 家庭/國家富有 to their guests. But, as I mentioned in my comments to Fresh Designer: 如果上至官僚下至平民,個個要面子,樣樣講排場,咁就真係浪費金錢!!

It's abt time to ask: Isn't this so-called "face saving" practice a wasteful Chinese tradition?

Link: Fresh Designer Oct 11 2009: http://freshdesigner.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-post_11.html (note: my article is not to pass judgment against his friend)

Photo Credit: China Daily News 2007

Saturday, October 31, 2009

2009年萬聖節, 鬼皇節 / Halloween Night in Canada 2009

In my younger days while living in northern Manitoba, I did dress up for Halloween and spent the night "terrorizing" the town folks!!! I remember some people in the mining town of 9000 would put their cars inside the garages for the night in case the neighbourhood Halloween parties got out of hand. Alas, Halloween was more about drinking and carousing than celebrating in a small town.

Here in Ottawa, the more-matured-me went to office Halloween parties. I remember dressing up once as a kung-fu master with a 未開鋒Chinese sword on my belt. People were quite impressed altho I did not win the price for the best out-fit. Instead, my colleague who dressed up as Agent Scully won the first price. I wish Fox Mulder had carried a Chinese sword while investigating the X-file.

Nowadays, I usually celebrate Halloween by putting a lit carved pumpkin outside the front door to welcome all the neighbourhood kids and provide them with individually sealed/wrapped goodies. And, I still enjoy seeing those little angels and goblins yelling "trick-or-treat" and then looking expectantly with their wide-eyes behind the masks and make-up. For that is what childhood should be like on Halloween night in Canada.

Related links to my other Halloween stories:

* (2008)「兩週一聚: 我有一部時光機」之【紅髪女孩 (續集) 】 / 【The Red Hair Girl (End Game) 】: Bi-weekly Potluck Series (submitted article under the theme " My Time Machine") http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2008/10/red-hair-girl-end-game-bi-weekly.html
* (2007) 萬聖節的故事: 二零零七年 / Halloween Story: 2007 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2007/10/halloween-story-2007.html
* (2006) 萬聖節故事 / Halloween Story http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2006/11/halloween-story.html

Photo credit: Wikipedia / Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2009

兩週一聚 (二十五期) 「冬甩」之【無中生有論】 / 2weeks1gather (#25)「Doughnuts / Donuts / Donut Holes」【Theory of Without from Within】


第一次看到「冬甩」這個題目,真是有點氣餒,doughnuts /donuts 和我是有一段愛恨交集的關係,一方面我是饞嘴,最喜欢吃加拿大 Tim Hortons 店新鮮出爐酥化的 French Cruller 法國捲式「冬甩」,而另一方面,作為一個戶外運動愛好者,吃充滿糖份丶含高量「垃圾熱能」junk calories 的「冬甩」零食是有違 eat clean「清吃」 的健康原則。雖然我身子已不復18-22的身輕如燕丶步履如飛高峰狀態,但倔強的我,總希望夢想和現實的距離,是不会由盼望轉為絕望啊!!

可幸發明「冬甩」的加拿大人在十九世紀已明白「清吃」的原理,他們比愛因斯坦還要聰明,早已懂得 Blackhole Theory「黑洞理論」的曉妙,指出「冬甩」中的空間是有名無實的 Donut Hole。所以我用邏輯理論分析,屈指一算,如此類推,既然是空間,当然不会有「垃圾熱能」,那麼多吃不存在的東西,我想对体重磅數是沒有大影響罷!!

好了,我寫完這無中生有的理論之後,犯罪感全消,肚子也實在感到有點空洞,又是往 Tim Hortons 吃沒熱能丶減肥donut holes 的時候了。

攝影图片Photo Credit : Wikipedia 冬甩中間的doughnut holes

References:

* Donut holes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donut_holes#Doughnut_Holes
* Donuts / Canada: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donuts#Canada
* Tim Hortons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Hortons
* Crullers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruller

題外話:

1. According to mathematical logic, the "empty set" by definition contains nothing, with no elements inside. But the "empty set" exists and is not nothing. 空集不是無, 它是內部沒有元素的集合,而集合就是有。Thus, void, space and donut holes do not exist by itself but actually exist if you wrap something around it. If you don't believe me, check btwn your ears !!! (just kidding :) (Related link: Empty Set http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empty_set )

2. Just to be clear to my American readers, Canadians invented not just the doughnuts, but also the basketball and the telephone, beside the cold arctic fronts we send down south every winter !!! (Related Link: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2008/04/12/canadas_holey_icon_our_eyes_glaze_over/ )

美食小品:

請探訪【兩週一聚】頭厨食坊,嘗試其它出爐「冬甩」: http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/09%e5%b9%b410%e6%9c%8830%e6%97%a5%e7%ac%ac%e5%bb%bf%e4%ba%94%e6%9c%9f%ef%bc%9adonut-%e5%86%ac%e7%94%a9/

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UPDATED 2009-11-03

"DONUT LIGHT" - written on a polar-cold night

Okay, I say it first: "DONUT LIGHT" !!! When I go to Tim Horton or other local donut shops, I always choose the more “plain” ones without the colour sprinkles on top and the creamy filling inside. So, why can't they produce doughnuts or donuts that have less sugar content and call it "Donut Light"? Tim Horton can even market this new product by depicting some hosers like Bob and Doug McKenzie squinting their eyes and looking at the Northern Lights through the donut hole !!! Imagine: Defending the sovereignty of Canada's Great White North while eating Tim Bits, drinking a Double-Double, and enjoying the polar lights (aurora borealis à la Tim Horton). I mean how more Canadian can you get, eh?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

微軟視窗作業系統XP的中文輸入法 ∕ Microsoft Windows XP's Input Method Editor IME for Chinese

在2008年10月3日,我收集了一些有關資料,登貼了一篇網誌【微軟視窗作業系統XP的繁体中文輸入法手寫字盤】 / Microsoft Windows XP's Input Method Editor IME Hand writing Pad for traditional Chinese (http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2008/10/xp-microsoft-windows-xps-input-method.html)。今天我在 YouTube 上看到以下兩卷解釋得很好的video clips, 也和我一年前說的有關係,所以轉貼出來,在此供諸同好。

(如果您是用蘋果电腦 Apple MAC,請參閱Kempton的網誌 "Snow Leopard Chinese Input System Demo – using the lyrics of a song by Sandy Lam / 蘋果雪豹 - 中文輸入 林憶蓮 "願" http://kempton.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/snow-leopard-chinese-input-system-demo/)

1. 中文環境設定、漢拼和手寫輸入法




2. 漢字轉拼音、漢字轉注音




(Source: YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/sativahuang 謝謝您!! )

UPDATE: 2011-03-11

正宗笔画输入法 (诺基亚笔画输入法电脑版) http://www.tt001.com/?source=g

Sunday, October 25, 2009

「兩周一聚」十月專題: 慶祝創立月/ 「2weeks1gather」Monthly Feature: October 2009 is Our First Anniversary

(一) 首先我要獻給各位一束美麗鮮艷的花朵,不同的顏色代表我們不同的背景丶思想丶和人生旅程,当我們兩週一聚的時候,那集合而來的色釆,實在令人感到喜悦!!
(二) 在五湖四海的夥伴中,您可能是獨自奔走江湖,身無旁物,嘗儘人生起落的英雄好漢丶巾幗女俠。
(三) 或是喜欢與众同樂,享受人生,有固定入息的社会階層人仕。
(四) 但在兩週一聚以文会友的師奶亭中,最重要的不是性別丶年歲丶入息丶名銜等,而是我們的文筆丶思考丶和創作力
(五) 在偶爾中我們萍水相逢,認識大家是一個榮幸,也是一個鼓舞!!
(六) 這令我感到我不是在汪洋大海中的一個孤島。

(七) 就讓我在這裏為大家慶祝「兩週一聚」的創立月罷!!!



Reference:
* 2weeks1gather: http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

Saturday, October 24, 2009

「兩周一聚」之友: 第一屆國際茶會話題精髓 / Friends of 2weeks1gather: Highlights of the First International Tea-party

FRIENDS of 2WEEKS1GATHER
「兩周一聚」之友


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL TEA-PARTY
第一屆國際茶會話題精髓

Present (in alphabetical order)
Haricot (Ottawa)
Horac (Vancouver)
Kempton (Calgary) – facilitator
Tsubasa (Seattle)

Introduction
The idea of a virtual get-together was first proposed by Kempton who took upon himself to arrange for the inauguration event on October 24, 2009. Four friends of 2week1gather were available for the on-line tea-party.

Highlights
All participants were connected promptly by Kempton using the Internet-based voice-Skype technology (the web-cam video option was deactivated).

Although there was no set agenda, the participants had no problems engaging in a 55-minute conversation in Cantonese that consisted of the following topics:

* A quick self-introduction: Personal info such as education etc was provided on a voluntary basis.

* Hobbies and interests: These include everything from Broadway shows; skiing; urban planning; to in-depth discussion of architectural designs in Hong Kong in references to masterpieces by Frank Gehry and Douglas Cardinal.

* Hong Kong: The participants touched on the blogging scene (age groups, language styles, and other characteristics); workplace culture (e.g. people throwing tantrums vs dealing with the issues at hand); and key values of a society (profits becoming both the means and the end, opportunities or lack thereof for talented people to innovate; brain drain; a place where we grew up; etc).

* Philosophy: Departing from HK, the participants brought the conversation back at the global level and started to discuss whether people's principles were non-negotiable, as opposed to behaviours. True to form, our philosopher friend responded to a "poke" from the facilitator and made his position. Alas, the discussion had to be cut short as some of us had to leave.

* Happy One-year Anniversary: The participants would like to raise their tea-cups and congratulate our readers, especially the organizers, on this special occasion of the one-year anniversary of 「兩周一聚」2weeks1gather.

"May you always, be a dreamer,
May your wildest dreams come fulfilled;
May old acquaintances be remembered;
And our cups of kindness filled !!! "


(Modified lyrics from the song "May You Always" )

Do you want to join us?
If you are interested to join us in our next "Friends of 2weeks1gather" virtual tea-party, please leave a comment in this blog entry to let us know. BTW, you must have written at least one 2weeks1gather article to join.

Prepared by:
Haricot with input from Horace, Kempton and Tsubasa - October 24, 2009


Related Links:
* 2weeks1gather:
http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

References:
* Wikipedia:
Frank Gehry and Douglas Cardinal.
* YouTube: "May You Always" by the Lennon Sisters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opm1zuEHZUU
* YouTube: "May You Always" sung by the McGuire Sisters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPyyyaJSJjM



Sunday, October 18, 2009

李小薇訪問何喜華@ 薇微語/ Interview with a Hong Kong anti-poverty activist by RTHK 2009-10-13

Further to my previous blog article, here are two YouTube video clips I watched a few minutes ago. I do not know neither of the two ppl, but am impressed with their dedications. It seems there is no easy solution to solve the poverty problem in a society that has always been driven by money and materialistic goods.

李小薇訪問何喜華 @ 薇微語 RTHK 2009-10-13 (Part 1/2)



李小薇訪問何喜華 @ 薇微語 RTHK 2009-10-13 (Part 2/2)




(Disclaimer: The posting of the above materials does not constitute my endorsement of the information, statements, or positions contained in the videos)

香港政府二零零九至一零年施政報告:【策創新天】 / Government of Hong Kong "The 2009-10 Policy Address: Breaking New Ground Together"

Below are my comments posted at Fresh Designer's blog site regarding "The 2009-10 Policy Address: Breaking New Ground Together" published by the Government of Hong Kong.

OK, it took me abt 30 minutes to skim the English version of the Policy Address 2009-10 (while watching CSI on TV). So, the following comments are based on a less-than-cursory review of the above-mentioned document.

* I agree with you the focus on「燈泡事件」is "gotcha" politics and media sensationalism, something that really distracts the public away from in-depth debates on the substance and merit of the Policy Address.

* The idea of a knowledge-based economy is fine except it is perhaps 12-15 years late compared to the western economies. But again, if China's industries are still very much in the development stage, then it is better late than never for HK to take advantage of the late-start and try to beat the other more "matured" competitors.

* With respect to the six "new" target industries (in addition to the 4 existing pillar sectors), I do not get a good sense whether the development policy is demand- or supply-driven. I can only assume that the demands will come from Mainland (esp the southern regions) and HK is supplying the technologies and know-how. However, mainlanders will "buy" only if HK has a good branding strategy to go along with each target industry (apart from value for money). HK's film/cultural industry may have a good start because of known past successes. But I am not so sure abt the Environmental Industry and the Education Industry. I believe success for these two will be more regional than national, let alone international. The Testing and Certification Services is an interesting proposal. It is opportune to offer solutions to improve China's tainted reputations (pun intended). But, will this service be linked to ASME, ISO, and all the other internationally recognized standard associations/processes? And, how will HK help the Chinese producers with complying with WTO labelling rules and product safety regulatory regimes of other bilateral and multilateral organizations, as well as the foreign markets? More importantly, I would submit that the revitalization of the "Made-in-China" branding effort will not succeed solely based on the Testing and Certification Services of Hong Kong (to me as a consumer, it's still made-in-China and certified by China).

* The policy's focus on "Progressive Society" is good, esp the part on mental health, given the dense population, little personal space and stressed life-style of the HK society.

* Based on comments from bloggers and on-line media, it appears the govt still has a long way to go in gaining the public's trust and support. Since I do not live in HK, I am not up-to-date on the dynamics btwn the government and the governed. Perhaps, in addition to "National Education", the HK govt should start in its own backyard first with getting the ppl on side !!!

So much for now from the "peanut gallery".

References:

* Government of Hong Kong "The 2009-10 Policy Address: Breaking New Ground Together" http://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/09-10/eng/docs/policy.pdf

* 香港政府二零零九至一零年施政報告:【策創新天】 http://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/09-10/chi/index.html

* Fresh Designer's blog article: http://freshdesigner.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-post_18.html

Friday, October 16, 2009

兩週一聚 (二十四期) 「香港二十」(下集) / 2weeks1gather (#24)「Twenty Things About Hong Kong」(Part 2/2)


(續上集 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/10/2weeks1gather-24twenty-things-about.html )

討厭十樣:

1. 在屋邨一左一右被黑社会人物「盤」:『你边「道」o架? 我個兄弟俾人打X到嘔血,係咪你做嘅? 阿乜,係咪佢呀?』阿乜邪眼望我這個沙包,手癢口痕心狠,嘴角掛個冷笑說:『好似係噃 ...。』無辜!!

2. 我們一班同學在紅磡「香港工專」(HKTC) 附近的蕪湖亍処遊逛,光天白日之下,兩個「爛仔」挾持了我們三人行中間的同學入橫巷打劫,幸好在前面一班識功夫的朋友聞声而至,兩匪見形勢不对,慌忙說:『認錯人咋!!』跟著放人散水。可惡!!

3. 每逢盂蘭佳節,那些迷信的阿婆阿嬸將食物撒放在路旁,但吃那些穢物的不是無主孤魂,而是那些在黑暗中爬行,帶病菌和染疫的蟑螂渠鼠。陋習!!

4. 我有禮貌地問:『隻介指几多錢呀?』售貨員用「白鴿眼」上下打量我: 『好貴o架!!』之後繼續同其她店員風花雪月「打牙較」。勢利!!

5. 中年男人:『喂細路女,想唔想嚟我度睇金魚呀!!』当年傳媒是這樣報導,但不知大魚食細魚的「金魚佬」有否被捕。變態!!

6. 男人在擠迫巴士以「硬物」從後壓來,趁机非禮,。色狼!!

7. 不尊守秩序,排隊「打尖」,有便宜必貪,損人利己,教養子女自私自利的父母。民風!!

8. 社会羣情兇湧,『打倒反動派!! 鬥跨鬥臭XXX !!! 』。混乱!!

9. 炎日当頭,汗流浃背,脾氣暴躁。回南!!

10. 『嚟個世界係咁o架喇。』氣結!!

Reference:

For more 2weeks1gather articles on "Hong Kong 20", please visit http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

兩週一聚 (二十四期) 「香港二十」(上集) / 2weeks1gather (#24)「Twenty Things About Hong Kong」(Part 1/2)


這期的兩週一聚題目是由 Mad Dog 出,MD請參加網友: 『... 寫出十樣你最喜歡及十樣你最討厭香港的事物(任何事物, 包括人或事, 自由發揮) ...』。我屈指一算,上一次回港是97年之前,当時米字殖民地旗還在總督府門外飄揚,守衛警察軍隊是有「皇家」二字在前,管理那寸金尺土的不是「阿爺」,而是住在歐洲日不落之國的「老闆娘」。所以我在此不是寫時事感想,而是試試解開在腦海存放多年的「時間錦囊」,寫一些溫故而知新的懷念而已!!

喜欢十樣:

1. 記得当日回港在啟德机場落机的時候,老爸和老媽子倆老笑著臉冲上來,硬要幫我携取行李,欢迎我這個遊子「回歸」,他們開心的情景,至今仍甜在心頭。
2. 回到簾租屋邨故居,喜欢「微服出巡」,重溫童年時代,無憂無慮的欢樂時光。
3. 往小學和中學母校園地,從嬉玩小朋友的欢笑声中,尋找当年自己憧孔中的將來。
4. 回想年青的我,和Y在李宝龍臺街燈下初吻。
5. 吃在冰天雪地中找不到的游水海上鮮。
6. 買在中法語文中找不到的中國純文學。
7. 尋在歐美市場中找不到的陳年名古玉。
8. 往半山區廢炮堡壘,懷念在第二次世界大戰,為保衛香港而殉職的加拿大和本地軍人。
9. 在大嶼山与年青兵士作無声賽跑,由山腳沿險要山徑直上鳳凰嶺尖頂,贏了他多個馬位,哈哈!!! (At the summit, we made friends and I found out he was from the UK 好一位嶺頂英兵)。
10. 在馬鞍山單人匹馬,找路上山,沿途撥草尋蛇,沾花惹草,与雀鳥粉蝶為伍,夢想在城市森林中發現新大陸。

(請看下期「討厭十樣」 / Please see my next article on 10 bad things I don't like abt Hong Kong)

Photo Credit 攝影图片: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/HK_King_s_College_2.jpg

Reference: For more articles on "Hong Kong 20", please visit http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

「雨後彩虹 」相片回应 / A Photo Response to "Rainbow after a Storm"

我這幅在北非拍的攝影圖片
是回应住在德意志黑森林小鎮
Stupidhollywolly 和 Phil 兩口子的網誌「雨後彩虹」:
"...... 世界仍充滿希望,明天一定會更好,你看彩虹便知道了 ......"
在這橫跨天際的七色奇景之下
願我們共勉之!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

渥太華的「火紅秋葉」半馬拉松賽跑 / Ottawa Fall Colours Half-marathon Oct 11, 2009

Race is going to start in an hour and a half. The temp is a cool 4 deg outside and the sun might even come out from behind those clouds!!! I am wearing a long sleeve polypropylene shirt and a pair of short pants. That should keep me warm and dry. I forgot to replenish my supply of energy gel since the Army Race half-marathon in September. Hopefully, the three remaining packs plus the Gatorade/water from stations along the way will prevent me from "hitting the wall".
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Updated 20091013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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