Saturday, January 31, 2009
「兩週一聚: 旅遊」之【修身,齊家,治國,平天下】(三) / 「Bi-weekly Series: Travel」【Refine One-self; Get Married; Govern the Nation; Bring Peace to the World】(Part 3)
「兩週一聚: 旅遊」之【修身,齊家,治國,平天下】(二) / 「Bi-weekly Series: Travel」【Refine One-self; Get Married; Govern the Nation; Bring Peace to the World】(Part 2)
(4) 特別旅遊: 最後一類的活動,是包括特別与家人團聚的紅白二事丶義工机構代表大會丶籌款救災運動丶合唱團唱歌表演丶加拿大越野滑雪馬拉松丶羅馬國際馬拉松賽等。這種旅遊可大可小,時間長短亦在乎事情丶場合丶和第三者的决定和影響,所以我將它們統歸納為「特別旅遊」。
Friday, January 30, 2009
「兩週一聚: 旅遊」之【修身,齊家,治國,平天下】(一) / 「Bi-weekly Series: Travel」【Refine One-self; Get Married; Govern the Nation; Bring Peace to the World】(Part 1)
(1) 學生工作: 在香港學生時代,曾有一暑期工是替維他奶、百事送汽水到尖沙咀丶旺角丶深水埗丶石硤尾丶長沙灣丶荔枝角等龍蛇混雜地區,見了很多「世面」。過到來加拿大讀大學時,每個暑假我都会出埠工作,除了賺取下學年洗費支出之外,也是趁机会旅遊,見識加拿大的地方丶風土丶人情。我的暑期工包括: 在卑詩省(British Columbia)西北部的山區Prince Rupert和艾伯塔省(Alberta) 的平原區Wainwright鋪鐵路;在艾省北部和平河區(Peace River) Grande Prairie做鋸木廠工人;在艾省近賈斯珀國家公園(Jasper National Park)的Hinton紙廠做見習工程司等。暑期工作丶旅遊丶見世面,是社会对我這個入世未深青年人的一個洗禮。
(2) 公幹出差: 大學畢業後第一份工作,是受僱於馬尼托巴省(Manitoba)首府溫尼伯(Winnipeg)以北875公里弗林弗倫市(Flin Flon)的一間鑛產公司,我除了在埠內的鋅精煉廠(zinc refinery)和銅熔爐廠(copper smelter)開工之外,也有机会公幹出差,到北美其它城市辦事。搬到來渥太華之後,工作範圍擴大,除了和加拿大各省「行家」聯絡外,也要和外國政府丶商業机構打交道,足跡也就走遍歐洲丶亞洲丶南美丶和北美很多國家。往外國開会,本地的董事總理很多時都会做地主之誼,排備一些官方式的旅遊節目,以娛外賓,所以有很多机会,我是会旅遊古城宮殿,和一些不開放給普通遊客的地方。当然,公幹出差用的是公家錢,所以如果我想在工餘週末自費旅遊,公私費用丶時間一定要分明,萬不可有假公濟私之嫌。
- 出此期題目的 石先生
- The Man Who Loves Everton
- C9 讀與食
- mad dog
- dark coffee
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
以下攝影相片Photo (一): 道士湖是英國十九世紀建築麗都運河之後留下的一個人工湖,夏天風和日麗的時候,我可在此划獨木舟(canoeing)和玩風帆(sailing),冬天湖水結了冰之後就是溜冰(skating)滑雪(skiing)的好去処。
相片 (二): 長達202公里、有47個水閘(locks)的麗都運河,是十九世紀英屬加拿大和美國大戰時候建築的戰略水道,現在是世界「新」七大奇景之一 （New Seven Wonders of the World)。在我攝影的站立點,水道南下可往200公里遠的京士頓市(Kingston),北上可往190公里外的滿地可(Montreal),經聖勞倫斯河(Saint Lawrence River)直出大西洋。相片 (三): 我每年都会由道士湖沿結了冰的麗都運河北上,溜冰至渥太華巿中心的國会山莊(Parliament Hill),來回14公里。相片 (四): 這一家大細在冰湖上步行丶溜冰丶和推著雪橇(sled/sleigh)玩,樂也融融。相片 (五): 樹陰在雪上留下長長的影子,半埋在豐雪中公園長凳,靜靜的看著我這個滑雪者,無声地從河畔經過。相片 (六): 当天滑雪者在冰湖上烙下的影子。
Related Links: 更多攝影图片和有關文章
(1) 七大奇景之一: 麗都運河 (2008年2月冬天景色) / Seven Wonders of the World: The Rideau Canal (Winterlude February 2008) http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2008/02/20082-seven-wonders-of-world-rideau.html
(2) 七大奇景之一: 麗都運河 / New Seven Wonders of the World: The Rideau Canal http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2007/07/new-seven-wonders-of-world-rideau-canal.html
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
To commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Robert Burns, Soprano Meredith Hall and musicians from La Nef held a concert at the Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa on January 25, 2009. Meredith Hall's beautiful voice brought tears to the audience who clearly remembered the love and passion of days gone by. The musicians of La Nef were Sylvain Bergeron, playing the lute and Baroque guitar; Robin Grenon, the harp; Elise Guay, the flutes and bagpipes; and Betsy MacMilan, the viola da Gamba. They all did a fantastic job of filling the church with music that has been played around the world for over 250 years.
When I left the church and stepped out into the cold frigid night, I couldn't help but kept on humming "The Lowlands of Holland" and my other favourite tunes on my way to the parking lot.
The evening program entitled "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" included the following pieces of music and songs:
Craigieburn Wood; Simmer's a pleasant time; Charlie he's my darling; Comin Thro' the Rye; A collection of airs for guitar; When o'er the hill the e'ening star; Ye banks and Braes; My Tocher's the Jewel; She's Fair and Fause; A Rosebud by my early walk; The Lowlands of Holland; Last May, a braw wooer; I Love my Love in Secret; My Love is Like a Red, Red, Rose; Huntingtone Castle; Lilie Bulera; Wat ye what I got late yestreen; John Anderson my Jo; Niel Gow's lament for the death of his Second Wife; What can a Young Lassie do wi' an Auld Man; and Auld Lang Syne. (bolded = my favourites)
The CD of the same title by Meredith Hall and La Nef can be found at www.atmaclassique.com
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
新鮮人在網誌【讓人心甜的名字! 】談及『... 你和你的另一半是怎樣稱呼 ...』之時,梁公子把話題一轉,址到做愛一事,我多口說:『以前女人唔准出声 ....』但俺不是上一代人,又怎会知道以前女人閨房之事呢?究竟「唔准出声」這話從何說起,且聽我在此解釋。
"... This was an expression supposedly used in the United Kingdom during the Victorian Era. Traditionally, it was advice given to a woman - usually from a mother to her daughter about to be married - about dealing with sexual intercourse with her husband.
The origins of the phrase are unclear, but it is generally attributed to Lady Alice Hillingdon (1857-1940), supposedly writing in her journal in 1912:
... I am happy now that George calls on my bedchamber less frequently than of old. As it is, I now endure but two calls a week, and when I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, close my eyes, ... and think of England."
Related Links / Photo Credit:
(1) 新鮮人【讓人心甜的名字! 】
(2) Wikipedia "Women in the Victoria Era"
(Photo Credit: www.abc.net.au / Winter Storm in Canada)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
(1) 【中國品牌: 前瞻与後顧 ∕ Brand China: Past and Future】 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2008/09/brand-china-past-and-future.html
"... 有鑑於最近發生的「三鹿牌」有毒嬰兒奶粉事件,我用 Google 在網上查參有關中國品牌的評論文章和資料,選貼以下四篇的片斷,以供讀者參考 ..."
"AFP - A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced two men to death and gave stiff jail terms to 19 others over a milk scandal that led to widespread poisoning of babies in China and dairy recalls around the world. The former head of the dairy firm at the heart of the scandal, Tian Wenhua, a 66-year-old woman accused of initially covering it up, was among three people jailed for life. One other person was given a suspended death penalty, a sentence that routinely gets commuted to life in jail, while the rest were imprisoned for terms ranging from two to 15 years, state-run CCTV news reported. The 21 people went on trial in recent weeks for their involvement in making or selling the contaminated milk that last year killed at least six babies and left 296,000 others ill ... " (Photo credit: AFP)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
(1) On the subject of the Prez's policy agenda and Inner Space's concern with 『福利社會主義』、『保護主義』和『計劃經濟』
One should first decide what results we want to achieve, then decide on the appropriate tools, and not the other way around. From a governance perspective, there are generally three types of goals/results:
『福利社會主義』: In terms of social goals, I mean if people are starving and dying on the streets, it will be hard for the US govt to say: Sorry, can't help you cuz we are not a welfare state. Now if you are talking abt "corporate welfare" (aka bailout), then it should fall under the next two categories.
『保護主義』: At least in the short term, it will be political suicide for the US govt to be seen as NOT protecting local jobs and industries.
『計劃經濟』: From a economic perspective, the financial sector is broken and needs fixing. While people do not want socialist-style centralized planning, they are expecting the US govt to intervene into the private sector and turn the US economy around in an orderly fashion. This obviously will involve economic planning by the different levels of govts, industry and other sectors of the society. Even in better days, both national and international monetary institutions are always involved in economic planning. Now, whether they have done a good job or not, that's another matter.
(2) On the subject of 文明衝突 (please see the article posted by Inner Space re 嶺南大學 文化研究系副教授許寶強文章 "文明衝突 與 自由放任的終結～～弗里曼 和 亨廷頓 辭世之後")
I do not necessarily subscribe to the "super hero in search of super villains" theory. Sure, socialism and communism have always been the "traditional" villains of the US, but the conflict is more ideology driven and is always in the name of defending US influence, democracy and values. I mean the US did not continue portraying Japan as a villain after WWII. The "Japs" (a derogatory term) could have been an easy target. Nor, was there an open conflict betwn the US and certain Islamic militant groups until after 911. And, I would submit that most Americans did not know much abt the "other" civilization before that fateful day. Here again, the US war against terrorism is not a war betwn civilizations, although some politicians might have taken advantage of the fear factor (異族/異教) and label it as such. Based on my observation that yesterday's friends could become today's enemies, I would submit that most conflicts are caused more by present day foreign policies and international relationships rather than any century-old cultural differences.
(3) On the subject of "自由經濟主義切底被推翻丶被否定了":
One must be clear as to what we mean by 自由經濟主義. On the global scale, there are more and more bilateral economic cooperation (e.g. Canada-Columbia) and multi-lateral economic systems (e.g. WTO, APEC, NAFTA) established to encourage free-trade among nations. Non-tariff trade barriers are taken down and goods and services flow across borders. So the world trend is for "freer" trade albeit with the adherence of certain rules and regulations within an agreed economic structure. So, in this context,自由經濟主義切底被推翻丶被否定了 is not exactly the case. However, I do agree that within a nation, especially in the US, the recent financial woe is a wakeup call to people such as Greenspan who had been pushing for a laissez-faire policy for a long time. But even with planned govt interventions in the form of policies, regs and (gulp!) bailout, I am not sure if one can then conclude自由經濟主義切底被推翻丶被否定了. My sense is that: Once the financial wheels are back on the track and the US economy train starts running again, the private sector (and not the govt) will still be the driver. The govt regulators will keep a close eye on the overall operation, but there will not be a state-run economy.
Again, thank you Inner Space for your interesting blog post.
As I said, please go to his website to see the original text/articles. Link: http://mindnecessity.blogspot.com/2009/01/first-to-fifth-paragraph-last-paragraph.html
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Every word said is being heard by the world today; and hopefully every voice no matter how different will be listened to by the new Prez tomorrow.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Is Morocco a safe place to visit?
There are always risks involved with travelling abroad. Some of the more dangerous places I've been to are actually in north America e.g. east end of Vancouver, 49th Street of old Manhattan, and the 'combat zone' of Boston.
Morocco is relatively safe if you exercise the normal precautions as you should when travelling overseas. These include, among other things:
* Don't put yourself into a high risk situation such as taking an unlicensed taxi;
* Stay in the main tourist areas;
* Deal with legitimate local tour guides/companies (so your names are recorded somewhere);
* Put your passport and other valuables in a hidden pouch close to your body/chest;
* Never flesh money, expensive cameras, and jewelry around;
* Keep abreast of any security, health/medical, and other important issues of the region;
* Pay attention to personal hygiene (e.g. Don't use tap water to wash your contact lens or eyes; use only bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth, etc);
* Before leaving home, read several good guidebooks abt the country and region;
* Don't forget to purchase your trip cancellation, health/medical, travel and other insurance BEFORE your trip. Read the fine prints of your contract as to what are covered and what are exempted. Be prepared for emergency situations, esp if you plan to go off the beaten tracks.
In Morocco, female travelers should dress modestly in public places e.g. avoid tank tops, low-cut dresses, body-tight clothing, short shorts, and stilettos. Try to blend in with the locals (no expensive Gucci please). Strangers may try to talk to you. It is not impolite to just shake your head, ignore them and keep on walking, unless you really want to buy their goods or services, or strike up a conversation.
Morocco is an exciting place to visit. I think if one takes the normal precautions and is aware of the local culture and traditions, as well as security, health/medical, and other important issues, then there should be no problems. The best for single female travelers is to join a tour group organized by a licensed and legitimate company.
For more info, please consult the following websites:
(1) "Peregrine Adventures": This is an Australia-based company that has local tour guides in different parts of the world. I was quite happy with the Classic Tour group that I had joint in Casablanca. This tour company appears to be quite popular with many single female travelers from Australia. You may wish to ask you own travel agent to make the booking with Peregrine.
Classic Tour (8 days, 5 cities & 1 village, not a loop trip): http://www.peregrineadventures.com/Middle-East/Trip/Overview.html?trip=Classic-Morocco&tripid=1957
Other tours in Morocco: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/Middle-East/Country/View-All-Trips.html?country=Morocco&countryid=164&SEARCH_TYPE=trip_search
(2) Frommer's Morocco (Feb 2008 edition): This is an online book with 448 pages of updated information.
(3) "Imagine le Voyage": This is a Marrakech-based local tour company that is recommended in Frommer's Morocco. Don't expect five stars service, but by local standard, it's reasonable. I made the travel arrangements by visiting their Marrakech office and talking to them in person. The operators speak English, French and Arabic.
Disclaimer: The above must not be considered as professional travel advice. Please consult your travel agent or someone knowledgeable before making any decisions.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Related link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuddle_duddle
Friday, January 16, 2009
The same sky looks down and sees billion of faces like us asking the same old question in the last 10,000 years.
Note: The above was my response to Mugen's blog post【從窗簾間縫中見到那藍藍的天】
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Photo above / 以上图片: A fabric and carpet shop in Morocco
Photo above / 以上图片: Believe it or not, the fabric is made out of cactus silk !!!
Photo above / 以上图片: These are traditional lady slippers hand-made out of leather.
Photo above / 以上图片: Outfit of all colours for Moroccan women (and men too).
Photo above / 以上图片: More clothes made from cactus silk
Photo above / 以上图片: I really like the different shapes and shades of leather lamps, hand-made in Morocco of course.
Photo above / 以上图片: These are metal oil lamps hand-made and hand-painted by artisans in Morocco.
Photo above / 以上图片: You can tell I like the colourful fabric.
Photo above / 以上图片: Morocco is famous for the use of different spices for cooking. Anyone who has been to a souk (market) which is often inside a medina (walled part of an old city) will recognize the cone-shaped heaps in a spice shop.
Photo above / 以上图片: I took this picture inside a spice and herb shop in the souk next to Djemaa el Fna in Marrakesh, Morocco. I believe these are bottles of oil for traditional healing purpose.
(1) More colourful photos can be found at:
* 旅遊摩洛哥 – 藝術品 / Road to Morocco – Les Objets d’Art
* 旅遊摩洛哥 - 卡薩布蘭卡的沙灘 / Road to Morocco - Beach near La Corniche, Casablanca http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2008/11/road-to-morocco-beach-near-la-corniche.html
(2) Here is my first article for this round of Bi-weekly Series:
「兩週一聚: 色彩」之【從灰色走出來】 / 「Bi-weekly Series: Colour」【Coming Out of the Grey】 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/01/bi-weekly-series-colourcoming-out-of.html
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
(1) 【心眼 / In My Mind's Eye】 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2007/02/in-my-minds-eye.html
(2) “... 瞎了心眼 ...” 【花開堪折直須折,莫待無花空折枝 (四) / Reminiscing in Front of a Closed Door (Part 4)】 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2007/03/reminiscing-in-front-of-closed-door_02.html
(3) NEW: My second submission with many colourful photos: "「兩週一聚: 色彩」之【摩洛哥】 / 「Bi-weekly Series: Colour」【Morocco】 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/01/bi-weekly-series-colourmorocco.html "
(Host for Jan 15th) Mad Dog http://dorablahblah.blogspot.com/2009/01/blog-post_15.html
Haricot (images) http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/01/bi-weekly-series-colourmorocco.html
The Man Who Loves Everton
「兩周一聚」第七期題目 (一月三十日)：「旅遊」 - 任何與旅遊有關的東西均可。(由石先生出題)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
問題討論: 因醉酒駕車而發生的慘事,法律責任的範圍应伸展至多遠?政府应否「插手」酒吧業的經營方法? 法律控訢那十六人是不是「減少醉酒駕車政策」的最適当工具?
Photo Credit (Wikipedia) 攝影图片: 加拿大最高法院外的正義女神像Statue of Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Justice
References / Related Links:
(1) 法律 Laws:
『... 法律是一系列的規則，通常需要經由一套制度來落實。法律以各種方式影響著每個人的日常生活與整個社會。...... 法律的研究來自於對為何平等、公正和正義等問題的詢問，這並不都總是簡單的。... 』
(2) BC省Bountiful埠一夫多妻案之新聞報導: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/01/08/bc-polygamy-winston-blackmore.html
(3) 褓姆式的管制 / Nanny State: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanny_State
Disclaimer: The mentioning of specific cases and/or opinions expressed in this blog do not constitute legal counseling implied or otherwise.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Related Link: 2007年秋天的大風雪 ∕The Autumn Snow Storm of 2007
Photo Credit / 攝影图片: 鏟雪車 Snow Plough / BBC December 30, 2005 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4567452.stm
Thursday, January 08, 2009
後語: Now, isn't that a sweet story !!!
Reference: 譯自英國BBC (2009-01-05) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7811686.stm
Photo: The elopers Mika and Anna-Lenna, and their accomplice.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
A Love Story
"... Having spent most of my adult life in Canada, I have known men and women of Chinese descent who have (or had) inter-racial relationships. A significant of them are women, but there are now more and more Canadian-Chinese men going out with Caucasian women. When I first arrived at this city, I would be standing next to my Caucasian date waiting for a table at a restaurant and the maître d' (d'hôtel) would ask: "Table for one, sir?" It wouldn't have struck me as odd if there had been other people waiting in line. In another occasion, we were taking a local boat-tour down the Three Gorges of the Yangtze. We had a private berth. My partner was the only Caucasian woman. So, after much discussions among themselves, one of the locals finally came up to me and asked: "Are you her tour guide?" Oh, of course, I am also offering room service on the side. Here is my business card ..."
Ever heard of the expression "Love is blind"? Don't you think love should also be "colour blind"?
Related link: Here is a love poem I wrote in English/Italian in March 2007
"羅馬永桓城 / La Roma Eternal City"
Monday, January 05, 2009
The video was taken in November 2008 during my trip to Morocco. The belly dancer was accompanied by a group of traditional musicians. The audience really enjoyed their performance. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3vXIVzWSZc)