2009/10/31

對立

出處:自由時報

Swimming with Aussies in Ha Long Bay/越南下龍灣:與澳客同游

Swimming with Aussies in Ha Long Bay/越南下龍灣:與澳客同游

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, October 27, 2009
2009年10月27日,越南下龍灣






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Polaroid/拍立得

Trekking near Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam, October 23, 2009

These two angels are from Singapore. The dudess is holding a Polaroid camera. While trekking through HMong villages, they take pictures of local minority people, with permission, of course. Then, they give away Polaroid photos to their models.

Polaroid films are not cheap, and their souls are absolutely priceless.

 
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2009年10月23日,越南老街沙巴附近。

這對研究詩來自新加坡。辣妹手中拿的是拍立得相機。當我們走過一個個黑蒙村落,他們在取得許可後,用拍立得拍攝少數民族,然後免費將照片奉送給他們的麻豆。

拍立得底片不便宜,但他們的靈魂更可貴。



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It's Hard to Find Polish Assholes/波蘭混蛋很難得

It's Hard to Find Polish Assholes/波蘭混蛋很難得

What's wrong with Polish? They are destroying my effort not being a racist! My theory is that people are just people. There are always assholes and cool folks. My problem is, all the Polish I have run into are all ultra nice. Especially Polish chicks. Not only they are super hot, but also easy going. Once I dated a Polish hotty. Although somehow the vibe did not feel quite right, but I absolutely like everything about her, including her looks, brains, and personality. Above all, I like the way she told me what she likes and what she dislikes upfront. No brain game at all.

I told one of my Polish friends how I felt towards their people, also my plan on finding Polish assholes by making a trip to Poland. My friend assured I would not be disappointed. Although I have not yet made the trip, I am still disappointed.

I ran into the following dudesses and dude in Ha Noi, Vietnam on October 20, 2009. A mere “Dzien dorbry” made them smiled this sweet. This dude was even so considerate and offered me his position in the picture. "Perhaps you would like to have a picture with the ladies?" No, thanks. The picture looks much nicer with you, dude!

Guess my disappointment is going to last much longer.


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啊波蘭人是怎麼樣啦?他們在破壞我反對種族歧視的努力耶... 我認為人就是人。不論種族,總是有混蛋,有好人。啊可是我碰過的每一個波蘭人都超讚的耶... 尤其是波蘭美眉。出了超辣外,還超好相處。我泡過一位波蘭辣妹。雖然後來感覺不對,但是我還是很欣賞她,尤其一開始她就清楚明白地告訴我她的好惡。完全不用費疑猜。

我告訴我的波蘭朋友我對波蘭人的看法。我還說,我打算有朝一日到波蘭去找混蛋。他說波蘭一定不會讓我失望。雖然我還沒能成行,但是我對波蘭還是持續失望。

2009年10月20日,我在越南河內街頭遇見這伙俊男美女。用波蘭語一句“日安”就讓他們笑得這麼甜。要拍這張照片時,那帥哥還很體貼地問我要不要他幫我跟美女們拍一張?謝謝,不用了。有你比較好看,還是別讓我破壞畫面吧?

看來我對波蘭人要持續失望了。


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2009/10/30

Hienky/軒記

Hienky/軒記

Ha Noi, Vietnam, Oct. 21,2009
2009年10月21日越南河內






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2009/10/29

轉載:曹長青專欄/國民黨A了多少錢

出處:自由時報

上週六,國民黨召開了全代會,馬英九正式出任「黨主席」。馬英九已是堂堂總統,為什麼一定還要黨主席這個位置?多位美國的台海問題專家指出,這不僅是要黨政合一,大權獨攬,馬更要用此頭銜,未來跟中國領導人胡錦濤會面。因北京不承認馬是總統,馬就自貶身價,用「黨主席」頭銜,謀求跟胡「總書記」會晤,希望通過「馬胡一中」,把台灣送給胡的中國。

除此之外,馬英九一定要當「黨主席」,還有國內政治的考量,那就是更快地變賣國民黨的黨產,以獲得更多資金,以便在年底的縣市長選戰,還有下次總統大選中,有更充足的經費,獲得更大的選舉優勢。因為有了錢,就會有人員,就能組織更多造勢和宣傳,買到更多的基層樁腳,甚至選票。

這是馬英九第二次當「黨主席」。據《蓬萊島雜誌.net》最近的國民黨不當黨產專刊(http://neoformosamagz.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-post_9248.html),上次「馬主席」總共當了五百四十三天,任內就賤賣、脫手了近二百三十億台幣的不當黨產,平均每天賣掉超過四千萬元(合一百二十萬美元),每個星期就能進帳三億元!

根據財政部前年公佈的「追查不當黨產辦理情形」報告,中國國民黨的黨產高達四百五十多億,其中不動產就有二百四十三億。該報告中列出的國民黨的土地、大樓、黨營事業等等,全部都是在兩蔣時代,國民黨利用黨國體制,黨庫通國庫,巧取豪奪,或直接霸佔的台灣人民財產。

雖然人們慶幸台灣是不流血的「綠色革命」,權力和平轉移,但它帶來的後遺症卻非常明顯,台灣人民將長久地付出代價:國民黨半個多世紀的專制罪惡沒有被清算、龐大的不當黨產更沒有被沒收;它搖身都不用「變」,就可以參加「民主選舉」。這完全是一場不對稱、不公平的競爭!國民黨一直有充足得似乎花不完的選舉經費,有根本沒有被打散的龐大黨機器,還有幾乎壟斷台灣輿論的報紙、電視、電台、通訊社等各種黨營媒體;當然更有得心應手、屢屢得手的買票作弊等經驗!

今天,曾被國民黨大老許水德坦承的「法院是國民黨開的」所謂司法,不顧法律最基本的程序正義和無罪推定原則,違法羈押和審判前台灣人總統,就是要通過炒作綠營菁英「貪污」的話題,來轉移或故意讓人們遺忘,國民黨才是最腐敗、最貪婪,並至今仍霸佔龐大國家財產的貪腐集團!

無論從哪個意義上說,只要國民黨一天不退還當年侵吞的台灣人民血汗錢,它就不配自稱民主政黨,甚至沒有道德資格參加任何民主選舉。但可悲的是,台灣人用自己的雙手把這樣一個欺壓、敲詐了台灣人民半個多世紀的專制政黨,重新推上統治地位。

馬英九重新主掌中國國民黨的意圖很明顯,就是通過大量快速變賣、賤賣、脫手國民黨的不當黨產,保住那些龐大的資金;用不對稱的選舉,保持國民黨一直掌握權力。這樣既可以保障國民黨的黨產不被清算,更可以用掌握的國家權力,來向對岸的共產黨政權輸誠,在「兩岸一中」的故意模糊和欺騙下,把台灣出賣給紅色中國。馬英九和國民黨的每一步棋都走得很清楚、目標很明確。那麼它的對手黨是否清楚呢?

(作者曹長青為獨立評論員,http://caochangqing.com)

Sun Scream

October 28, 2009, Hanoi, Vietnam

AAARRRRGGGHHH!!!!


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轉載:大法官墮落為「法之賊」,呸!

出處:自由時報

大法官六六五號釋憲文是台灣民主化後司法界自污污人的最可恥事件;但擺放在「馬統」誅殺「扁家」的脈絡中,卻一點也不叫人驚奇。大法官的釋憲文,活脫脫是政治力的展示而不是法理解釋。大法官們把正義與公平從司法的本質中抽空,同時就崩解了法治國的基礎,號稱司法守護神的大法官們自貶為「法之賊」!

六六五號釋憲文固然有四項,核心的問題其實只有一個,判前總統陳水扁「無保開釋」的周占春法官被換下,換上「馬統」派的蔡守訓,有沒有違反司法的程序正義?如此而已。從釋憲文來看,大法官完全站在地方法院一方,費盡心思替自己也覺得理不直、氣不壯的地院解套,祭出這個法條配那個內規,遠兜遠轉地把違反「法官法定原則」的漏洞修補得整整齊齊;讓人見識到大法官們俯首替「小」法官擦屁股的能耐,也見識到完全棄基本大法與人權於不顧的本領。

根據媒體報導,這是「務實派」的勝利,他們認為一旦宣告違憲,扁案一審將成「無效審判」,恐引發更大風暴。老實說,這是用「實務」取代「法理」的飾辭,只願意當「馬統」的政治殺手而不願擎改革、進步的大旗,為台灣的民主與進步奠基。

舉一個耳熟能詳的實例來對照「馬統大法官」的醜劣嘴臉。一九五四年以華倫(Earl Warren)為首席大法官的美國聯邦法院,在九比○投票下,判決公立學校黑白隔離違憲。此一宣判難道「風暴」不大?一九五七年九位黑人學生到小岩城中心中學註冊,當時的總統艾森豪不用州警而動用國家防衛隊一千人護送。華倫法院的判決震撼全美,卻為不公平的「黑白隔離」敲起喪鐘,改變了美國歷史,使聯邦法院成為「人民的法院」,也使大法官成為「美國之夢」的活水源頭。

美國聯邦法官的釋憲為民主點起了一盞盞明燈,每一個進步的釋憲文宛若典範轉移,帶動整體社會的改造與進步,打破不合時宜的法條,解放拘在人民頭上的政府強制力,讓最無力的人民可以平等地對抗國家暴力。

司法是為人民而存在,六六五號釋憲文絕對是負面教材,對這批大法官,只能用一個「呸」字來回應。

(作者金恆煒,當代雜誌總編輯)

2009/10/27

口水噴到千里之外

剛剛才了解到周杰倫有多紅。

在越南河內VCTV4上看到一段MTV:一位越南美女唱周杰倫千里之外的越語口水歌!

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越南山寨版周杰倫:青花瓷、千里之外

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2009/10/26

This Is My Job/這是我的工作


August 24,2009, Lao Cai, Vietnam

We were "harrassed" by locals trying to sell us all kinds of stuff. A gentleman shared his experience in India.

An Indian man was very persistant. He eventually lost his patience. He looked straight into the Indian's eyes and said "No! I am not buying from you! You go away!"

The Indian did not back off. He answered "This is my job. I have a family to feed. This is what I do 16 hours a day, seven days a week. No! I am not going away!"

That gentleman realized that Indian was an honest man trying to make his living. He still did not buy anything from him, but they continued to have a good chat in a respectful manner for more than 10 minutes.

2009年10月24日:越南老街

我們一群人被當地的小販搔擾時,有位仁兄提起他在印度的經歷:

有個小販不停地煩他。他終於忍不住了,瞪著小販,說:“我不買你的東西。你給我滾!”

小販不滾。回嗆:“這是我的工作。我得養家活口。我每天都幹這個16小時,每周七天。不!我不滾!”

這時,那位仁兄理解到那位印度人工作的神聖與他家那本難念的經。他還是沒買他的東西,可是兩人好好地聊了十多分鐘。




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2009/10/25

Not Buying from You/不跟你買

October 23, 2009, in a HMong village near Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam.

A very wise lady looked kindly into the eyes of a little HMong girl, and said "No, I am not buying from you. If I buy from you, then you are going to stay out of school, and those who go to school are going to feel punished. Go back to school."



2009年10月23日,越南老街沙壩附近的一個黑蒙村落。

一位很有智慧的女士仁慈地看着一位黑蒙小女孩,說:“我不買你的東西。如果我買你的東西,你就不會去上學了,而且那些去上學的孩子會覺得吃了虧。回學校讀書吧!”

懒惰也是一種罪惡。不是砸了銀子使了力就算有功德。很多時候甚至是缺德。孔老二在兩千多年前就在罵這種笨蛋“鄉愿”了。這種情形常在“放生”中見到,尤其是當有人為了給人放生而去抓野生動物時。

我見過一個自命清高的濫好人,在中國坐火車時發現座位被一個老頭占了。那老頭明知道自己坐了別人的位子,可是倚老賣老,就是不肯起來。那個濫好人還自以為是地自認為讓了位。

人家把位子還你以後,你才有位子讓。那老頭就是吃定那濫好人。像這種行為,才是不折不扣地鼓勵破壞社會秩序及誠信。很多懶人錢亂捐,最後只看到金碧輝煌的廟宇,卻不見啥豐功偉業;施舍給殘障的乞丐,助長了丐幫將小孩弄殘廢;打賞給街頭表演雜耍的小孩,結果讓他們變成幕後集團捨不得放手的搖錢樹...

有個朋友從不給乞丐錢。要是他真看人可憐,就寧可自己跑幾條街,去買三明治回來給乞丐吃。

了凡四訓曰:「有益於人,是善;有益於己,是惡。有益於人,則毆人,詈人皆善也;有益於己,則敬人、禮人皆惡也。是故人之行善,利人者公,公則為真;利己者私,私則為假。又根心者真,襲跡者假;又無為而為者真,有為而為者假;皆當自考。」(做對別人有益的事情,是善;做對自己有益的事情,是惡。若是做的事情,可以使別人得到益處,那怕是罵人,打人,也都是善;而有益於自己的事情,那麼就是恭敬人,用禮貌待人,也都是惡。所以一個人做的善事,使旁人得到利益的就是公,公就是真了;只想到自己要得到的利益,就是私,私就是假了。並且從良心上所發出來的善行,是真;只不過是照例做做就算了的,是假。還有,為善不求報答,不露痕跡,那麼所做的善事,是真;但是為著某一種目的,企圖有所得,才去做的善事,是假;像這樣的種種,自己都要仔細地考察。

只知道拿錢亂砸,胡亂使力,不長腦袋的暴發戶,最多算有“行”,可是無“德”可言。

延伸閱讀:無知民眾推下水 陸龜險溺斃

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ASIA101: Street Crossing for Westerners

*** WARNING AND DISCLAIMER***
Street crossing is inherently dangerous in most parts of Asia. Information provided in this article is for your amusement only. The author is not liable for the consequences of following his instructions.
*** WARNING AND DISCLAIMER***


Why do you want to cross the road?

Ok... enough bad jokes already. Here are some basic techniques:
  1. Parasite: Find the most attractive local girl in sight, and walk along side with her. Position yourself in a way so that she is practically your personal human shield. Do NOT pay attention to the traffic. Instead, focus your attention on your girl, and keep your position in sync with her.
    Theory:
    1. If the chick is hot enough to stop the traffic, you want to be seen with her. You do not want to be run over while the driver drooling over the hot chick. Besides, due to the execution of this technique, the hotter the chick, the more pleasant the experience, unless you are, unfortunately, a homosexual, in this case.
    2. The locals know how to negotiate through the traffic better than you. If you are not confident on doing the job yourself, trust the experts.
    3. The drivers want to miss people, not running them over. If they must run over someone, then the less the number, the better. By walking along side with someone, you increase the stake and visibility.
    4. If a driver has no choice but to go your way, hopefully, the human shield is going to reduce the impact, more or less.
    Note: Never use this technique on anyone who appears to be upset and might have a death wish.
  2. Super Ego: Do not pay attention to the traffic. Look straight ahead, and walk at a steady speed. Do NOT walk too fast.
    Theory: Drivers want to miss you. By applying this technique, your action becomes predictable, hence easier to miss. This might sound crazy, but if you pay attention, you are going to find this technique is used by locals in many countries. On that note, AVOID dodging the traffic and any sudden moves, for these makes your action pattern becomes unpredictable. A driver might run you over while trying to avoid you.
  3. Use the Force: This is the most challenging and exciting method. You negotiate the traffic by yourself. Try to predict the movements of the traffic. Negotiate your way through eye contacts with drivers.
    Note: Never appear to be indecisive. If you are not sure if there is a mutual understanding between you and the driver, stand still to allow the driver to avoid you. Pay attention to the vehicle. If the driver try to do emergency brake and skidding towards you, then dodge, for in this case, the action of the vehicle becomes predictable.
Additional Preparation:
Pray to your God(s), go to your temple/church, be respectful to local God(s)/religion(s), and be nice to other folks, for luck is always involved in Asian street crossing. Indians call it Karma. I view good deeds in terms of the butterfly effect in Chaos Theory. They just could be your ticket out of harms way, or through the Pearly Gate.



*** WARNING AND DISCLAIMER*** 
Street crossing is inherently dangerous in most parts of Asia. Information provided in this article is for your amusement only. The author is not liable for the consequences of following his instructions. 
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2009/10/22

Le Cirque du Soleil


Alegria
Come un lampo di vita
Come un pazzo gridar
Alegria
Del delittuoso grido
Bella ruggente pena
Seren
Come la rabbia di amar
Alegria
Come un assalto di gioia

Alegria
I see a spark of life shining
Alegria
I hear a young minstrel sing
Alegria
Beautiful roaring scream
Of joy and sorrow,
So extreme
There is a love in me raging
Alegria
A joyous, magical feeling

Alegria
Como la luz de la vida
Alegria
Como un payaso que grita
Alegria
Del estupendo grito
De la tristeza loca
Serena
Como la rabia de amar
Alegria
Como un asalto de felicidad

Francesca Gagnon - Querer (Cirque du Soleil)

Querer
Dentro del corazon
Sin pudor, sin razon
Con el fuego de la pasion

Querer
Sin mirar hacia atras
A traves de los ojos
Siempre y todavia mas

Amar
Para poder luchar
Contra el viento y volar
Descubrir la belleza del mar

Querer
Y poder compartir
Nuestra sed de vivir
El regalo que nos da el amor
Es la vida

Querer
Entre cielo y mar
Sin fuerza de gravedad
Sentimiento de libertad

Querer
Sin jamas esperar
Dar solo para dar
Siempre y todavia mas

Amar
Para poder luchar
Contra el viento y volar
Descubir la belleza del mar

Querer
Y poder compartir
Nuestra sed de vivir
El regalo que nos da el amor
Es la vida

Musical Interlude

Querer
Entre cielo y mar
Sin fuerza de gravedad
Sentimiento de libertad

Querer
Sin jamas esperar
Dar solo para dar
Siempre y todavia mas

Amar
Para poder luchar
Contr el viento y volar
Descubir la belleza del mar

Querer
Y poder compartir
Nuestra sed de vivir
El regalo que nos da el amor
Es la vida

Querer
Dentro del corazon
Sin pudor, sin razon
Con el fuego de la pasion
Y volar

Valsapena

Ligero Y Libre
como un tul
un velo
En el cielo azul

Divino y calmo
sobre el mar
volando el pajaro es un rey

Sus ojos miran el mundo triste
Su alma llora de compasion
La bella soledad

Legere et douce
A en pleurer
L'ivresse
de pouvoir s'envoler

Diamantes de lune
Sur l'eau qui dort
C'est ton chemin de conquistador

Tes yeux ne voient que la bleu du ciel
La terre a pose des chaines a tes ailes
La terre a pose des chaines a tes ailes
Pour te garder pres d'ell.

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2009/10/21

Natalie MacMaster





Vocals: Alison Krauss
Lyrics: Gordie Sampson & Fred Lavery
Based on the melody 'Neil Gow's Lament For The Death of His Second Wife'

How pale is the sky that brings forth the rain
As the changing of seasons prepares me again
For the long bitter nights and the wild Winter day
My heart has grown cold my love stored away
My heart has grown cold my love stored away

I've been to the mountain left my tracks in the snow
Where souls have been lost and the walking wounded go
I've taken the pain no girl should endure
But faith can move mountains of that I am sure
Faith can move mountains of that I am sure

Get me through December
A promise I'll remember
Just get me through December
So I can start again

No divine purpose brings freedom from sin
And peace is a gift that must come from within
I've looked for the love that will bring me to rest
Feeding this hunger beating strong in my chest
Feeding this hunger beating strong in my chest

Get me through December
A promise I'll remember
Just get me through December
So I can start again


Natalie is a musician/singer from Cape Breton, Canada playing mostly modern and traditional Irish music.

Natalie是個來自加拿大Cape Breton的音樂家。她演奏/唱的多是傳統及現代的愛爾蘭音樂。

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Have You Used Your Flash Light to Say "I am stupid and inconsiderate"?/你曾用閃光燈說"我是笨蛋加混蛋"嗎?

"I am stupid and inconsiderate." Have you been making this anouncement with the flash light of your camera?

Flash light is anonying. If you have been using it without discretion, chances are, you are anouncing you are a moron on top of being an asshole. In most ocassions, using night mode works much better than flash light, in addition to being considerate.

The physics of sight and photography is receiving the light bouncing off the object, or the light directly from the light source. When there is not sufficient lighting, a flash light acts as a light source, emits light, and have the light be bounced back from the object to the camera len. This means two things:
  1. A flash light cannot brighten a light source: When using the flash light, the camera is ready to receive the darn strong light reflected back, hence less light is taken in. This means, flash light is usless if you try to take photographs of fireworks, stars, the effect of lighting from light sources other than your flash light, and/or any other kinds of light sources, unless your flash light is not working properly. For example, you cannot use flash light to photograph a picture shown on a movie screen, unless that screen is outside the range of your flash light. On this note, here comes the second point...
  2. Flash light is useless if the object is out of the range of your flash light: Using a small digital camera flashing mountains afar away illustrates nothing but your IQ.
In most cases, flash light makes the photograph looks unatural. I recommend not setting the flash light on "auto",and use it mostly when you want to compensate the backlighting.

Please note that I am not a professional photographer. This is just my two cents as a geek who is nuts about physics.
“我是個混蛋加笨蛋”你曾經用你照相機的閃光燈如此昭告天下嗎?

閃光燈很煩人。如果你在不該用的時候用,那你除了是個混蛋外,還很可能是個笨蛋。除了體貼他人外,通常使用夜拍模式的效果會好過打閃光。

從物理學上說,照相跟視覺的原理,都是接收物體反射來自光源的光。當光線不足時,閃光燈可以用來作為光源,將光打到物體上後,再反射回照相機鏡頭。這就是說:
  1. 用閃光燈拍照,照不到其他光源:當使用閃光燈時,相機曝光時會自動調成接收閃光模式,因此更加拍不到原本就弱的光源。這就是說,用閃光燈拍不到煙火、星星、其他光源造成的效果。除非你的閃光燈失效,比方說距離太遠,否則也拍不到電影銀幕上的畫面。這就帶出了第二點...
  2. 閃光燈的有效距離不是無限的:對著遠方群山閃光,只會讓你的IQ曝光。
通常用閃光燈拍出來的照片會不自然。個人建議不要把閃光燈設成自動,在逆光需要補光時才打閃光燈。

在下並非專業攝影家,只是個瘋物理的書呆子而已。

2009/10/20

The Hanoi Water Puppet Show (Vietnam)/越南河內水上傀儡戲

The Hanoi Water Puppet Show (Vietnam)/越南河內水上傀儡戲




I saw this amazing show this afternoon. I did not video tape it, for I figured some cool dude would have posted it on YouTube already. Besides, I would either have to commit the sin of stealing, or pay VND60,000 to use my video recorder inside the theatre. I strongly recommend getting the first class seat, which costs VND60,000 at the time of writing.

今天下午在河內看了水上傀儡戲。我沒錄下來,因為我猜到會有人貼到YouTube上。而且我要錄的話,要不就得偷錄,要不就得多付六萬越南盾。用力推薦頭等座位。我看的時候,票價是六萬越南盾。






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2009/10/10

轉載:紐約時報社論:Taiwan and China / 台灣與中國

New York Times 紐約時報
October 7, 2009
Op-Ed Contributor

原文: Taiwan and China
出處:TWIMI | 獨立媒體

By PHILIP BOWRING

全文翻譯:台灣與中國

感謝噗友 poavosa 全文翻譯
香港-台灣做為一個實質獨立國家的地位似乎正在緩慢轉變,走向香港「一國兩制」的狀態。這個過程並非不可逆轉,不過執政國民黨外省人的想法,以及商業集團的私利與普遍的經濟弱勢感,這些都正在把台灣推向與北京妥協。

這個傾向可能代表了台灣從米國與日本得到的支持,儘管不穩定,正受到侵蝕。

渴望取悅北京,以付出台灣近來得到許多讚美的民主價值為代價,這種作法最明顯的證據就是拒絕流亡的維吾爾領袖熱比婭‧卡德爾入境。這個以「國家利益」為名義的舉動很明顯與預期即將完成的海峽兩岸經濟交流備忘錄有關。

當然,這項備忘錄將是重要的進展,特別是讓銀行業得以脫離台灣低成長儲蓄過剩的限制,走向快速成長的大陸。這也會將更多大陸資本引入當地的股市與房地產。不過馬英九政府可能已經忘了台灣做為一個獨立國家的國家利益有時也需要有所犧牲,就算有一天他們要與大陸合併。熱比婭‧卡德爾一直為維吾爾人追求的自治程度只是台灣或甚至香港所享有的一部份。

增進海峽兩岸經濟聯繫有實質的利益。銀行能夠透過服務在大陸經營企業的台灣客戶獲利。海峽兩岸聯繫也會吸引服務業到台灣,否則他們會到香港去。大陸觀光客毫無疑問也是個加分。

不過台灣似乎正在自我催眠,讓自己相信他們真的那麼需要依賴中國。台灣如果能夠解除更多現有保護本土企業的政策,或是只是排除官僚政治及過時的規定,這樣就可以吸引更多的外國企業。賦稅的問題也讓外國企業不想進來,而且無法阻止資金大幅外流。馬政府在這些議題上有所進展,不過比起兩岸議題來,這些都得不到關切。將停滯的經濟歸罪於無法完全從大陸得到好處比較簡單。不過事實上台灣是個勞動力沒有成長的成熟經濟體。就像日本一樣,台灣的問題在於缺乏本地服務業,而不是有創意的外銷製造業。

對中國的依賴一再被誇大。儘管台灣出口 40% 是輸往中國,不過其中超過半數卻是行銷全球商品的零件。這些商品包括由台灣公司製造,從中國再出口的筆記型電腦與手機。這種依賴是為了利潤而自我設定的。當大陸的成本升高時就可以轉移,還有其他的選擇。

台灣的友人也因為執政國民黨的強大支持者對反對勢力進行報復而對台灣的自由民主感到憂慮。前總統陳水扁被判處貪污罪,他的行為讓反對的民進黨士氣低落而感到挫折。不過以金錢政治盛行的程度以及國民黨人過去的貪污名聲來說,陳水扁的無期徒刑實在太超過。而目前在打擊貪腐的名義下,已經有人說這是對陳水扁政府其他成員的獵巫行動。對某些人來說,這意味著主張統一者藉由妖魔化支持獨立並因打破國民黨威權統治而受了很多苦的陳水扁來討好北京。

這些都對台灣與其主要支持者米國的關係沒有幫助。陳水扁企圖在台灣得到政治利益而不必要的激怒北京,因而讓天生的同盟布希感到不快。而目前國民黨似乎已經走向另外一個極端。台灣不願花錢購買軍備已經讓華盛頓失望很久了,而米國現在也可能意識到台灣不願為他們宣稱擁護的獨立與自由的原則付出經濟代價。馬總統在國外仍然保有好名聲,不過他卻無法完全掌控國民黨。台灣對本身、對如何在兼顧自由民主及實質獨立下平衡與中國大陸、米國、及全球經濟的關係都缺乏策略性的視野。

Penghu Folks/澎湖人

昨晚新聞挖挖哇說是為了彌補博奕公投沒過,而介紹澎湖以鼓勵觀光。其中一位來賓,小花,是澎湖人。他說澎湖人都很愛鄉。有不少人飛回去參與公投。雖然人都出外打拼,但是祖厝寧可放著讓他壞也絕對不賣。

媽告訴我,外祖父說,澎湖人雖然窮,但是很努力,很聰明。當年他們來臺灣打拼時,每個人都帶把秤。到臺灣後,先去魚市場用從家鄉帶出來的一點錢買魚,然後蹲在路邊賣。賺到錢後,再去買更多的魚,越賣越多。存到本錢後,再去做其他的生意。

Last night, a talk show was promoting tourism in Penghu Islands. One of the guests is a Penghu native. He says people of Penghu love their home town. Although most people have moved out of the town, very few people are willing to sell their houses passed down from their ancestors.

Mom told me that grandpa's comment on Penghu folks. He said although they were poor, they were smart and hard working people. When they left Penghu for Taiwan, every one of them carried a scale. Upon arrival, they headed to the fish market to buy fishes with the little money they had. Then they sold the fish in the city by the side walk. They kept going back to the market to buy more fish. Once sufficient fund had been accumulated, they moved on to other businesses.


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2009/10/09

Andrea Bocelli

Sogno

Va ti aspettero
Il fiore nel giardino segna il tempo
Qui disegnero il giorno poi del tuo ritorno
Sei cosi sicura del mio amore
Da portarlo via con te
Chiuso nelle mani
che ti porti al viso
Ripensando ancora a me
E se ti servira lo mostri al mondo
Che non sa che vita c'e
Nel cuore che distratto sembra assente
Non sa che vita c'e
In quello che soltanto il cuore sente
Non sa.

Qui ti aspettero
E rubero i baci al tempo
Tempo che non basta a cancellare
Coi ricordi il desiderio che
Resta chiuso nelle mani
che ti porti al viso
Ripensando a me
E ti accompagnera passando le citta da me
Da me che sono ancora qui
E sogno cose che non so di te
Dove sara che strada fara il tuo ritorno
Sogno

Qui ti aspettero
E rubero i baci al tempo
Sogno
Un rumore il vento che mi sveglia
E sei gia qua.

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Go, I will wait for you
The flowers in the garden mark the time
Here I will draw the day of your return
You are so sure of my love
You take it away with you
Cupped in your hands
when you touch your face
As you still think of me
And if you need to, you can show the world
The world that doesn't know what life there is
in an uncaring absent heart
Doesn't know what life there is
In that only the heart can feel
Doesn't know.

Here I will wait for you
And steal kisses from time
Time is not enough to erase
The memories and the desire that
Remains closed in your hands
That you bring to your face.
You still think of me
It will follow you and passing me in the city
I'll still be here
Dreaming of things that I don't know about you.
Where is the road that You will take on your return
I dream

Here I will wait for you
And steal kisses from time
I dream
A noise, the wind awakens me
And you're already here.

Canto della Terra

Si lo so
Amore che io e te
Forse stiamo insieme
Solo qualche instante
Zitti stiamo
Ad ascoltare
Il cielo
Alla Finestra
Questo mondo che
Si Sveglia e la notte e
Gia cosi lontana
Gia lontana

Guarda questa terra che
Che gira insieme a noi
Anche quando e buio
Guarda questa terra che
Che gira anche per noi
A darci un po' di
sole, sole, sole

My love che sei l'amore mio
Sento la tua voce
e ascolto il mare
Sembra davvero il tuo respiro
L'amore che mi dai
Questo amore che
Sta li nascosto
In mezzo alle sue onde
A tutte le sue onde
Come una barca che

Guarda questa terra che
Che gira insieme a noi
Anche quando e buio
Guarda questa terra che
Che gira anche per noi
A darci un po' di
sole, sole, sole
Sole, sole, sole

Guarda questa terra che
Che gira insieme a noi
A darci un po' di sole
Mighty sun
Mighty sun
Mighty sun

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Yes I know
My love, that you and I
Are together briefly
For just a few moments
In silence
As we look out of our windows
And listen
To the sky
And to a world
That's awakening
And the night is already far away
Already, far away

Look at this world
Spinning with us
Even in the dark
Look at this world
Spinning for us
Giving us hope and some
sun, sun sun

My love, you are you my love
I hear your voice,
and I listen to the sea.
It sounds just like your breathing
And all the love you want to give me
This love
That is there, hidden
Hidden among the waves
All the waves in the world
just like a boat that....

Look at this world
Spinning with us
Even in the dark
Look at this world
Spinning for us
Giving us hope,
and some sun, sun, sun,
Some sun, sun, sun.

Look at this world
Spinning with us
Giving us some sun,
Mighty sun
Mighty sun
Mighty sun

Romanza

Già la sento,
già la sento morire,
però è calma sembra voglia
dormire;
poi con gli occhi
lei mi viene a cercare,
poi si toglie
anche l’ultimo velo,
anche l’ultimo cielo,
anche l’ultimo bacio.
Ah, forse colpa mia,
ah, forse colpa tua,
e così son rimasto a pensare.
Ma la vita,
ma la vita cos’è
tutto o niente,
forse neanche un perchè.
Con le mani
lei me viene a cercare,
poi mi stringe,
lentamente mi lascia,
lentamente mi stringe,
lentamente mi cerca.
Ah, forse colpa mia,
ah, forse colpa tua,
e così sono rimasto a guardare.
E lo chiamano amore,
e lo chiamano amore,
e lo chiamano amore
una spina nel cuore
che non fa dolore.
È un deserto
questa gente
con la sabbia
in fondo al cuore
e tu,
che non mi senti più,
che non mi vedi più,
avessi almeno il coraggio
e la forza di dirti
che sono con te.
(Ave Maria, ave Maria.)
Ah, forse colpa mia,
ah, forse colpa mia,
e così son rimasto così
son rimasto così.

Già la sento
che non può più sentire;
in silenzio
se n’è andata a dormire,
è già andata a dormire.

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轉載:我們要回到達卡努瓦

出處:自由時報

我們要回到達卡努瓦

◎瓦歷斯.諾幹 圖◎吳怡欣


一 回到達卡努瓦的Apun

「明天要殺豬,老人要講話,對著祖靈和土地祈禱,然後,我們就要回家,帶著老中青三代,上山。」

錄音影器材還沒擺放妥當,布農人阿布閃動著兩顆歡恣的大眼睛,河水一般流瀉著激動的語詞。時間是九月五日,距離「莫拉克八八風災」近一個月,地點在九曲堂砲指部仁美營區,營區C棟大樓安置著那瑪夏鄉達卡努瓦村逃避「八八風災」的居民。

C棟大樓一樓台階處,一箱箱嶄新的puma球鞋不知道是哪個慈善單位的捐贈物資,族人男女老少紛紛挖找出適合自己型號的球鞋,有人手拿一雙球鞋,又俯身沒入鞋箱堆裡,嘴裡喃喃道:「孫子的鞋子呢?」

八月八日「莫拉克颱風」襲來,七日晚上首先出現小災情的是遠在中北部的新竹尖石鄉,鄉道沖刷幾記土石流,就像黑夜中的悶拳,打在尖石鄉道路的腰側,幾條肋骨斷了。八日之後,西南氣流挾帶驚人的雨量突襲台灣南部,電視媒體隨著南部第一個災情的出現,「關愛的眼神」迅速地掉轉回頭,因為「莫拉克颱風」向南部擊出的可不僅是一記悶拳,而是幾萬噸的捶擊。

「父親節我沒有過,我正好在台中帶營隊。」八日雨勢加大,營隊也提早中斷。阿布是一位女性組織工作者,長期關注弱勢族群女性權益,主要活動區域在南台灣,幾年前回到達卡努瓦村開拓女性社團組織,這在以父系社群的布農族來說,無異是個艱困而磨難的領域。最近幾年,布農族要娶妻,男方必須準備十頭以上精壯的黑毛豬,甚至有三十頭的架勢,娶妻彷彿以金錢買斷,豬數愈多,更顯男方的誇富,因而女性地位相對弱化。不過,明天週日的殺豬儀式可不是為了婚姻,而是為了宣告回部落的決心。

二 山上山下

「我們有『九二一』的經驗。」這句話是救災的公部門最常講的話。的確,今年是「九二一大地震」的十週年,政府部門應該可以從以往的日子學到寶貴的經驗,但是,事實卻不盡然。

「一團混亂。」阿布抿著嘴。

我們日後也在新聞影像上看到了在旗美高中升降的直升機,直升機載運下來的災民通常有著驚恐的神色,然後由草綠服的軍士攙扶到跑道,接著呢?有傷病的後送到醫院,身體健全的就由駐點的人員登錄,接著就送到收留中心。先是寺廟,滿了就送到教會安置。我以為收留中心是依照村里分送的,結果是「不管哪個鄉、村的災民,只要直升機送下來就送到某個寺廟的收留中心,滿了就再送到另一個收留中心。」阿布在第一線與村中的年輕人一起處理後送的居民,安置、求救、尋人,與官方救災人員商討「集體安置」的準則,但是這些「我們有『九二一』經驗」的人員,根本不管這些災民來自哪個村里,只想要盡快處理後送,就像「清運垃圾」一般,但是即使要清理垃圾,也該做垃圾分類啊!

「許多家庭就這樣被硬生生地拆解成兩、三處的收留中心,我們光是處理這些個案,就花了許多精神。」
一個五歲一般的小孩膩進了阿布的背後,彷彿體貼著母親這一陣子的辛勞。「現在,那瑪夏鄉民生、民權村的安置在仁美營區,民族村災情嚴重,獨立被安置在燕巢工兵學校營區。」

「八八風災」第七天,阿布跟幾個社工一起搭直升機上山勸離,因為在山下的人焦慮山上的親人是否安全,每一次後送的直升機下來,那一分一秒的期盼簡直就像是刀割般折磨。「有些老人家被我們勸離了,可是有些老人家是無法割捨原鄉的。老人家哭著跟我講一句話,孩子!我要被送到哪裡?接下來呢?下面那是怎樣的世界!我在這邊雖然有土石流,雖然沒有水,可是我還知道我要怎麼活,我還是一個Bunun(布農,完整的人之意)。」

在電視機前的民眾很難理解為什麼有人不願撤離危險的地方,這其實是忽略了原住民族老人家的生活智慧。高雄縣那瑪夏鄉與桃源鄉,除了民族村與勤和村受創嚴重之外,主要是道路、橋梁被沖毀沖斷,老人家在自己的果園、山林原本就具有生存的能力,如果體會他們到山下來被「安置」的處境,那反而是失去了做為一位獨立而自主的「布農人」。

三 我是不是災民?

「亂了陣腳」,這句話是新聞媒體為馬劉救災團隊所下的註腳,這四個字卻讓「災民」吃盡了苦頭。

剛開始,縣府認定的災民是「坐直升機逃難的人」,不是乘坐直升機的人就不是災民。有些族人在八月八日之前因為疾病或是宿疾來到旗山鎮就醫,八日以後出院,路都斷了,回不了家,趕緊來到旗美高中救災中心,卻因為「不是坐直升機下來逃難」的,所以就不符「災民」的認定。

風災過後,有些年輕力壯的族人,自行脫困下山,花了五、六個小時,又飢又渴,帶著全身的汙泥來到救災中心,登錄的人員也以「有沒有坐直升機」來認定「災民」,於是為了符合災民的身分,族人又「自行上山」,回到有直升機可乘坐的部落,上山又要耗費五、六個小時,剩下半條命,算是幸運了。沿途遇到幾位下山的同行,族人還揮手示意趕快上山,以免不符「災民」身分。


這些看來令人噴飯的荒謬劇,卻是救災期間真實的混亂寫照。阿布組織的自救會為了「災民」的認定與官方協商不成,只好找來以前從事社運熟識的律師來幫忙。「我們都已經是災民了,還要為『是不是災民?』而頭痛!」

後來縣府認真地回應以「戶籍地」做為災民的認定,不過又衍生出為了孩子的教育而將戶籍遷到山下實際上是住在部落的那些族人,這些人是不是災民呢?

到了發放救濟金、補助款的時候,又有「全倒屋」、「半倒屋」的差別,問題是,不論半倒甚至是不倒的房屋,土石都衝進了屋子裡,村落的交通都斷了,失去了正常的生活機能,「無法居住」的命運是一樣的,阿布氣憤地問:「有差別嗎?」

也就是說,「災區」、「災民」、「災況」的認定,從一開始就是混亂的,符應了媒體對馬劉救災團隊「亂了陣腳」的印記,也說明整個救災程序的失序與粗糙。

四 我們從不放棄

仁美營區C棟大樓一樓右側,是達卡努瓦村(民生村)自救會處理事務的辦公室,採訪阿布之前,辦公室裡正召開「媽媽教室」之類的幹部會議,黑板上列出各種待辦事項。阿布緩慢而堅定的聲音說著:「目前在這個安置期,媽媽教室、學童課輔、八八專案以工代賑,都已經動起來了,接下來就是部落的重建工作。」

目前各個安置區獲得的訊息就是「遷村」,第一個釋出的動作是「永久屋」的設立,縣府透過民間宗教團體的運作,早已私下讓災民簽下意願書,內容最後一句寫著「未來取得房屋(即永久屋)所有權之後,除繼承外,不移轉他人,且不再返回原住屋居住。」這無疑是斬斷了族人回部落的「買斷書」,經自救會成員的抗爭後,意願書內容改為「未來取得房屋(即永久屋)所有權之後,除繼承外,不移轉他人,且其所有山地保留地,不得從事破壞水土保持之使用。」但這個模糊的字句,隱藏著多少陷阱?政府部門關於部落遷村的操作手法,如何不令阿布憂心忡忡呢?

九月十日,內閣重新由吳敦義組閣,吳閣揆來到安置營區與災民面對面的對談,肯定地提出「只要部落不安全就遷村」的準則,準此思考模式,怎麼不讓人膽戰心驚?

台灣原住民族數千年來一直在遷徙中,本身擁有遷移的智慧,遷村及重建的過程中,難道不應該保有原住民的主體性並尊重原住民的文化記憶、心理與歷史?一座部落「安全」的認定、評估、決策,真的是政府官僚與專家學者足以論斷的嗎?如果結合原住民的傳統領域與國土規畫一起思考,國家是不是應該有責任釋出國有土地安置災民。因為,國民政府將原住民族遷移下山的村落,正是受到災害的部落!

達卡努瓦村的族人知道自己的部落擁有歷史與文化的記憶,是一座充滿富足的生活機能的部落,所以他們要舉行殺豬祭告祖靈的儀式,然後帶著老、中、青、小孩四代,在隔天踏上返鄉的旅程,用來宣告「我們要回家」的決心。

阿布堅定地說:「我們從不放棄回部落!」 ●

Kate Bush

Hounds of Love

"It's in the trees!
It's coming!"

When I was a child:
Running in the night,
Afraid of what might be

Hiding in the dark,
Hiding in the street,
And of what was following me...

the hounds of love are hunting me
I've always been a coward,
And I don't know what's good for me.

(Well) Here I go!
It's coming for me through the trees.
Help me, someone!
Help me, please!

Take my shoes off,
And (i will) throw them in the lake,
And I'll be
Two steps on the water.

I found a fox
Caught by dogs.
He let me take him in my hands.

His little heart,
It beats so fast,
And I'm ashamed of running away

From nothing real--
I just can't deal with this,
But I'm still afraid to be this,

Among your hounds of love,
And feel your arms surrounding me.
I've always been a coward,
I never know what's good for me.

(well),here I go!
Don't let me go!
Hold me down!
It's coming for me through the trees.
Help me, darling
Help me, please!

Take my shoes off
And throw them in the lake,
And I'll be
Two steps on the water.

I don't know what's good for me.
I don't know what's good for me.
I need la la la la la ya yo ya yo
Your love!

Take your shoes off
And throw them in the lake!

Do you know what I really need?
Do you know what I really need?
I need la la la la la yeah!

Running Up That Hill

It doesn't hurt me.
Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to know, know that it doesn't hurt me?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I'm making?
You, It's you and me.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
Say, If I only could, oh...

You don't want to hurt me,
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware, I'm tearing you asunder.
Ooh, There is thunder in our hearts.

Is there so much hate for the ones who love?
Tell me we both matter don't we?

You,
It's you and me,
It's you and me who won't be unhappy.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
Say, If I only could, oh...

You,
It's you and me,
It's you and me who won't be unhappy.

Come on baby, come on darling
Let me steal this moment from you now
Oh come on angel, come on come on darlin'
Let's exchange the experience oh...

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

Say if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

Say if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

Say, If I only could...
Oh...
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

If only I could,
Be running up that hill...

Cloudbusting

I still dream of Organon.
I wake up cryin'.
You're making rain,
And you're just in reach,
When you and sleep escape me.

You're like my yo-yo
That glowed in the dark.
What made it special
Made it dangerous,
So I bury it
And forget.

But every time it rains,
You're here in my head,
Like the sun coming out--
Ooh, I just know that something good is gonna happen.
And I don't know when,
But just saying it could even make it happen.

On top of the world,
Looking over the edge,
You could see them coming.
You looked too small
In their big, black car,
To be a threat to the men in power.

I hid my yo-yo
In the garden.
I can't hide you
From the government.
Oh, God, Daddy--
I won't forget.

'Cause every time it rains,
You're here in my head,
Like the sun coming out--
Ooh, I just know that something good is gonna happen.
And I don't know when,
But just saying it could even make it happen.

It's you and me, Daddy.

It's you and me... Daddy---

It's you and me... Daddy---

E-yeah yeah yeah yeah yo-ohhhhhhhhhh

And every time it rains
You're here in my head
Like the sun coming out.
Your son's coming out.
Ooh, I just know that something good is gonna happen.
And I don't know when,
But just saying it could even make it happen.

Ooo-ohh, just saying it could even make it happen.

I'm Cloudbusting Daddy.

Your son's coming out.
Your son's coming out.

這種感覺,在二二八、靖鄉及白色恐怖時期,很多小孩都曾感受過吧?

Moving

Moving stranger,
Does it really matter,
As long as you're not afraid to feel?
Touch me, hold me.
How my open arms ache!
Try to fall for me.

How I'm moved.
How you move me
With your beauty's potency.
You give me life.
Please don't let me go.
You crush the lily in my soul.

Moving liquid
Yes, you are just as water.
You flow around all that comes in your way.
Don't think it over,
It always takes you over,
And sets your spirit dancing.

How I'm moved.
How you move me
With your beauty's potency.
You give me life.
Please don't let me go.
You crush the lily in my soul.

Army Dreamers

"B.F.P.O.*"
Army dreamers.
"Mammy's hero."
"B.F.P.O."
"Mammy's hero."

Our little army boy
Is coming home from B.F.P.O.
I've a bunch of purple flowers
To decorate a mammy's hero.

Mourning in the aerodrome,
The weather warmer, he is colder.
Four men in uniform
To carry home my little soldier.

"What could he do?
Should have been a rock star."
But he didn't have the money for a guitar.
"What could he do?
Should have been a politician."
But he never had a proper education.
"What could he do?
Should have been a father."
But he never even made it to his twenties.
What a waste --
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers.

Tears o'er a tin box.
Oh, Jesus Christ, he wasn't to know,
Like a chicken with a fox,
He couldn't win the war with ego.

Give the kid the pick of pips,
And give him all your stripes and ribbons.
Now he's sitting in his hole,
He might as well have buttons and bows.

"What could he do?
Should have been a rock star."
But he didn't have the money for a guitar.
"What could he do?
Should have been a politician."
But he never had a proper education.
"What could he do?
Should have been a father."
But he never even made it to his twenties.
What a waste --
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of
Army dreamers.
Ooh, what a waste of all that
Army dreamers,
Army dreamers,
Army dreamers, oh...

("B.F.P.O.")
Did-n-did-n-did-n-dum...
Army dreamers.
Did-n-did-n-did-n-dum...
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
Army Dreamers.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
No harm heroes.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
Army dreamers.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
No harm heroes.
("Mammy's hero.")
("B.F.P.O.")
Mammy's darling.
("Mammy's hero.")

[*--"B.F.P.O.": British Forces Posted Overseas.]

跟被日本人派去南洋的跟國民黨派去中國的臺灣兵比起來,人家至少還是為了自己的國家而戰。人家共產黨也不實施軍事教育。大部分的學生都沒受過軍訓,連立正、稍息都不會。

Experiment IV

We were working secretly
For the military.
Our experiment in sound,
Was nearly ready to begin.
We only know in theory
What we are doing:
Music made for pleasure,
Music made to thrill.
It was music we were making here until

They told us
All they wanted
Was a sound that could kill someone
From a distance.
So we go ahead,
And the meters are over in the red.
It's a mistake in the making.

From the painful cry of mothers,
To the terrifying scream,
We recorded it and put it into our machine.

Then they told us
All they wanted
Was a sound that could kill someone
From a distance.
So we go ahead,
And the meters are over in the red.
It's a mistake in the making.

It could feel like falling in love.
It could feel so bad.
But it could feel so good.
It could sing you to sleep

?"I'll bet my mum's gonna give me a little toy instrument!"?

But that dream is your enemy.

We won't be there to be blamed.
We won't be there to snitch.
I just pray that someone there
Can hit the switch.

But they told us
All they wanted
Was a sound that could kill someone
From a distance.
So we go ahead,
And the meters are over in the red.
It's a mistake we've made.

Hmm hmm hmm, hmm hmm hmm.
And the public are warned to stay off.




Sat In Your Lap Lyrics
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I see the people working,
And see it working for them.
And so I want to join in,
But then I find it hurts me.

Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap.
Some say that knowledge is something that you never have.

I see the people happy,
So can it happen for me?
'Cause when I am unhappy,
There's nothing that can move me.

Some say that knowledge is something that you never have.
Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap.
Some say that heaven is hell.
Some say that hell is heaven.

I must admit, just when I think I'm king,
(I just begin.)
Just when I think I'm king, I must admit,
(I just begin.)
Just when I think I'm king,
(I just begin.)

I've been doing it for years.
My goal is moving near.
It says, "Look! I'm over here."
Then it up and disappears.

Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap.
Some say that knowledge is ho-ho-ho-ho.

I want to be a lawyer.
I want to be a scholar.
But I really can't be bothered.
Ooh, just gimme it quick, gimme it, gimme gimme gimme gimme!

Some say that knowledge is ho ho ho.
Some say that knowledge is ho ho ho.
Some say that heaven is hell.
Some say that hell is heaven.

I must admit, just when I think I'm king,
(I just begin.)
Just when I think I'm king, I must admit,
(I just begin.)
Just when I think everything's going great,
(I just begin,)
Hey, I get the break,
Hey, I'm gonna take it all--
(I just begin.)
When I'm king--
(-- just begin.)

In my dome of ivory,
A home of activity,
I want the answers quickly,
But I don't have no energy.

I hold a cup of wisdom,
But there is nothing within.
My cup, she never overfloweth,
And 'tis I that moan- and groaneth.

Some grey and white matter,
"Give me the karma, mama!"
I'm coming up the ladder,
"A jet to Mecca,"
I'm coming up the ladder,
"Tibet or Jeddah,
Up the ladder...
"To Salisbury,
A monastery,
The longest journey,
Across the desert,
Across the weather,
Across the elements,
Across the water!"

Enya

The Celts


I Want Tomorrow


Storm in Africa


To Go Beyond II

范逸臣:無樂不作、國境之南




Alizée: À Contre-courant

Alizée: À Contre-courant


Nos univers
A contre-courant
Tout a l'envers...
Pas pour longtemps!
Quand tu es sur terre
Mets-moi au courant
Que j'imagine...
Nos fusions.
On se desire
Sous haute-tension
Mais pas de prises...
De nerfs, je con...
...cilie tes rires
Et mes electrons
Un bal de vie
Bal de ballons

Rien d'ordinaire
Rien que du bon temps
Tete a l'envers...
Pas trop longtemps.
Quand tu es sur terre
Mets-moi au courant
Que je devine...
Les intentions.
On s'electrise:
Tension maximale
Les corps-circuits...
De deux amants
On s'illumine
Lumiere animale
L'ecole de l'e...
...lectro-aimant.

Retrouver le sens
De la vie, je pense
Passe par l'ennui
Quand toi, tu es parti,
Retrouver les sens
Moments qui s'insolencent
Des defiles de doigts,
De mon envie de toi.
Quand le courant passe, aussi la menace
Du temps qui se barre, du temps qui nous separe
Et le courant passe, j'ai en moi l'audace
Du champs magnetique, et ca c'est magnifique!

Nos univers
A contre-courant
Reviens sur terre
Et pour de bon
Quand tu m'esperes
Mets-moi au courant
Que j'envisage...
Une rebellion
On se statique
Quand je lui dis non,
Pas plus de six...
Allocutions
Il me panique
D'electrocution
Mon isolant
C'est la passion

Retrouver le sens
De la vie, je pense
Passe par l'ennui
Quand toi, tu es parti,
Retrouver les sens
Moments qui s'insolencent
Des defiles de doigts,
De mon envie de toi.
Quand le courant passe, aussi la menace
Du temps qui se barre, du temps qui nous separe
Et le courant passe, j'ai en moi l'audace
Du champs magnetique, et ca c'est magnifique!

2009/10/08

The Greatest Thing: Dujiangyan/最偉大的東西:都江堰

都江堰是我所知道最偉大的東西。

從年代來說,它完成於秦始皇滅六國之前,也就是說,它比長城還老。而現在的長城,不過是明朝的邊牆,還不是秦長城呢!

從實用性來說,長城、金字塔都成了廢物。它們都已經失去當初原先建造的功能,而都江堰卻歷久彌新,仍然發揮著它的原始功用。

從人道主義出發,都江堰將常年氾濫,死人無數的岷江馴服,轉而灌溉成都平原,將四川變成天府之國。千年來,救人無數,活人無數。

從歷史影響來看,都江堰去了秦王的心腹之患,轉而成為助力,提供糧食,餵飽軍民。沒有都江堰,搞不好他就滅不了六國。

從科技角度來講,魚嘴分水堤產生漩渦,將沙帶到外江。漩渦其實就是亂流,是流體力學裡,相當難以利用的現象。飛機就是無法利用亂流,所以碰到亂流才會顛簸;蒼蠅就是能夠利用亂流,所以才能在空中停留、進退自如。

工程方面,都江堰建造時鐵器尚未普及,炸藥尚未發明。開鑿寶瓶口時,先將岩石燒熱,再澆冰水。如此熱脹冷縮,花了八年才開通。

根據考據,李冰無子,只有女兒。不孝有三,無後為大。老天不給李冰兒子,人民給!於是人們建了二王廟。年年祭祀。香火不斷。

As far as I concern, Dujiangyan Irrigation System is the greatest thing, ever.

It was built by the first emperor before he conquored the rest of China. It was much older than the Great Wall. The Great Wall we see today was built in Ming Dynasty, not the original one built by the first emperor.

Great Wall and Pyramid are nothing but a pile of rock these days. They have lost their functionality of their original design. Dujiangyan is still fully function as designed.

From humanatarian point of view, it tamed the Ming River. Instead of flooding and killing people, Dujiangyan makes her water the land and feed people. Consider the number of people it has saved and fed over the years, it is indeed the greatest thing ever!

Instead of causing the first emperor tons of trouble each year, now this land feeds his people and army. Without Dujiangyan, it was unlikely for the first emperor to conquer the rest of China.

From technology point of view, Fish Mouth Levee generate and utilize whirlpools to drage the sand to the outer river. This is darn difficult fluid dynamic.

From engineering point of view, Dujiangyan was built in bronze age before the invention of gunpowder. Bottle-Neck Channel was built by burning firewood on the rock then cool it down by pouring cold water. Eventually the rock would cumble. It took 8 years of this painstaking process to open up the mountain for the Bottle-Neck Channel.

Not having a son is considered a great dishonour in Chinese culture. The officer in charge of building Dujiangyan, Li Bin, has only a daughter. Since Gods does not give him a son, the people do. People built the Two King Temple worshping Li Bin and his "son".


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Fish Mouth Levee/分水魚嘴


Flying Sand Weir/飛沙堰


Bottle-Neck Channel/寶瓶口


The thingies on the wall to the left hand side is for tying horses/左邊牆上那玩意兒是拴馬用的。



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The Real Bud/正港百威

美國的百威啤酒其實是山寨貨。百威Budweise原來的確是個以啤酒聞名的德國城市,二次世界大戰後,被割給捷克斯拉夫,改稱Ceske Budejovice,所產啤酒叫做Budvar。無恥的美國人在美國把Budweiser這個名字註了冊,因此,百威在美國是難喝的山寨貨,正港的捷克百威則在歐洲銷售。

American registered the name Budweiser in the states. In fact, Budweise was a German city handed to Czechoslavia after WWII. It is now known as Ceske Budejovice. The fine brew produced over there is called Budvar.


這張照片是在斯洛伐克的口西且(Kosice)拍的。口西且原名卡撒(Kassa),原屬匈牙利,但匈牙利在二次世界大暫時選錯邊,戰後卡撒因而被割給捷克斯洛伐克,改名口西且。後來捷克斯洛伐克又分裂為兩國。
The above picture was taken in Kosice, Slovakia. This town was called Kassa, and belong to Hungary. It was handed to Czechoslovakia after WWII as Huns picked the "wrong" side.


正港百威。自口西且出發往初戀情(Trencin)的火車上/The real Bud. On a train from Kosice to Trencin


百威市中心廣場/Town Square of Ceske Budejovice


據說噴泉上的雕像是因為噴泉噴的是水不是啤酒而結屎面/Legend has it that the statues on the fountain have crappy expressions because the fountain does not flow beer


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Goose Liver Pate from Budapest Airport/布達佩斯機場買的鵝肝醬

西歐認為填鵝不人道,所以已經禁止。但匈牙利仍認為填鵝是項優良傳統,因而引以為傲。幾年前就聽說法國的鵝肝醬用的都是從匈牙利進口的鵝肝,但有聽到風聲說要禁止進口。不管怎樣,到匈牙利先吃給他爽再說啦!(呷!呷!呷吼伊頌!呷!呷!呷吼伊勇!)




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正合興蜜餞/Zhenghexing Dried Fruits

Rating: Pilgrimage
評等:朝聖
網站/Web Site: http://www.chhplum.com.tw/html/front/bin/home.phtml

This is traditional healthy treats which is hard to find good ones these days. The trick of appreciating these dried fruits is to start with tiny bites.

轉進南華路上的總店,店裡只有我一個客人。抱了一大堆蜜餞上櫃檯。最後問老闆橄欖在哪兒?老闆幫我拿了包大包的,我要求換小包的,說吃完後再來拿。老闆問了我住哪兒後,說自從大統百貨慘遭祝融後,附近的商家是死的死,逃的逃。如果不是門前還有幾擔油湯的,根本不會有人到他們那兒。我知道他們在中山路上的分店很旺。

我順便跟老闆打聽黑輪嫂的下落。老闆說,老一輩的要退休,年輕人不願接,頂給別人以後做不起來,收了。

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正山東魏家水煎包/Wei's Shandong Fried Bun

Rating: Pilgrimage
評等:朝聖

You do not need to be adventurous to sample this vendor. The fillings are pork and veggies. In spite of their fame, I did not expect too much until I actually sampled their buns. It was instant addiction.

這家實在很超過。雖然大名早就如雷貫耳,但是再怎樣也不過就是水煎包而已嘛!本來打算葷、素兩種口味各嚐一個就打算交差了事的,天曉得一吃就上癮了!有呷還不夠,還要有抓。

誇張一:靠!這算哪門子的水煎包?!那種厚實度,根本就是超厚的門釘餡餅嘛!高雄市賣餡餅粥的,一個賣20元到30。啊這家葷的「水煎包」跟人家的餡餅有得拼,但是一個只賣17元,啊是來亂行情的厚?

誇張二:啊恁爸混過山東啦!啊恁爸在山東就沒聽說過,更沒嚐過這種檔次的水煎包。人家山東的不管啥包,內餡最多只有這家的三分之一。就算倫家捨得下血本,因為產銷、保鮮、農技等問題,要是跟小胡子、小溫子沒交情,我就不相信有人弄得出這種餡!

誇張三:吃上癮後,每次過去就現嗑倆,再帶倆。嗑時就跟那幾個阿桑、美女話虎爛。阿桑跟我說,要是覺得好吃就要鬥相報哦。啊我就覺得很奇怪,那幾個阿桑年紀相仿,大都市裡少大家庭,就問她們是不是一口灶的?阿桑答說,她們都是給頭家請的,因為頭家人很好,所以一做就是幾十年。





阿桑們負責生產,美女負責銷售。注意煎鍋旁有一個傳說中的計時器,嚴格控制煎的完美時間。


紅到爆。




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2009/10/07

狗的邏輯:為卡神申冤

伊萬·巴甫洛夫的狗

伊萬·巴甫洛夫是位前蘇聯的心理學家。他養了條狗來做實驗。餵狗時搖鈴,一段時間後,不給食物,光搖鈴,狗也會流口水。這叫制約反應,也有人稱為條件反射。從單細胞生物開始,生物就本能地趨吉避凶,試著離苦得樂。

當年學人工智慧時,知道這是最原始的學習。比方說,要讓電腦「學習」啥是平面幾何裡的 x=1 時,不定義出 x=1 地方程式,反而砸給電腦一堆座標比方說:

(1, 0), (1, 1), (1, 2), (1, 3), (1, 5), (1, 6), (1, 7),

(2, 0), (3, 4), (6, 9), (8, 10), (3, 8), (5, 4), (8, 7)

然後告訴電腦(1, 0), (1, 1), (1, 2), (1, 3), (1, 5), (1, 6), (1, 7)是對的,而(2, 0), (3, 4), (6, 9), (8, 10), (3, 8), (5, 4), (8, 7)是錯的。這樣電腦雖然還沒見過(1, 4), 也沒見過(0, 0),但卻能歸納出(1, 4)是正確的,而(0, 0)是錯誤的。

這有點像孔老二要的「舉一反三」。明明定義好 x=1 就行了,何必這麼麻煩呢?因為這麼做有這麼做的好處。這樣做的好處就是「學習」。有了「智慧」就能對「未知」作「依照經驗、專業知識等所作的猜測」(educated guess)。缺點則是不夠精細。容易誤判。只用這種學習方法,經驗值多的有利。倚老賣老的理論基礎就在這裡。因此,在不鼓勵獨立思考,教育不普及,加上政府為了奴役人民而強調倫理的華人文化中,就比講究科學、獨立思考的西方國家更重視「資歷」。西方對事不對人;醬缸文化則對人不對事,雙重標準,只看立場,不論是非。不懂邏輯,欠缺獨立思考的人,遇事只能「盧」。要解決爭端,應該將問題細化,一個個解決;而「盧」家的把戲是:不架而走,到處放火,模糊焦點。

話說回那條狗。沒吃的還流啥口水?這狗夠傻的了吧?先別笑,智商跟這條狗同等級的人還真不少。有篇屁文在網上風行有年,作者跟轉載的,如果不是昧著良心的混蛋,就是不辨是非的笨蛋。那篇屁文就是:當信任瓦解,社會也就崩潰

作者先說卡神「與信用卡公司鬥智大勝」再提在美、日購物可以退貨、退價差,以及逃票行為,然後歸納出:「把佔人家便宜看成『聰明』,把奸巧看成『能力強』,把挑撥族群看成『和解共生』,真的是價值錯亂了。」這種邏輯根本狗屁不通。跟伊萬·巴甫洛夫的狗真是一時瑜亮。卡神「與信用卡公司鬥智大勝」跟在美國購物可以退貨、退價差跟逃票這幾碼子事有啥關連?卡神逃票了嗎?逃票是違法的事,卡神要是違法,去告她啊!更甚者,要是她沒違法,但是你還是不爽,去叫立法委員立新法啊!夾著尾巴,躲著造謠,這種畜生的誠信才真的需要檢驗!

卡神退貨了嗎?退價差了嗎?她做的,說白了,就是趁著大減價,揪團大採購,在還沒有揪到團之前,自己先跟信用卡公司借錢來墊。她這麼做,百貨公司賺了,她賺了,她的親戚朋友們撿到便宜,信用卡公司可也沒損失。這活脫是孫逸仙博士提倡的「人盡其才,物盡其用,貨暢其流。」也是發行消費券的馬政府哮想達到的目標。她這樣做啥地方有違誠信了?跟美國購物可以退貨、退價差有啥關係?卡神沒誠信,難道為信用卡公司增加呆帳的卡奴才有誠信?

再來講美國購物可以退貨、退價差這碼子事。拿這碼子事來當負面教材,更顯得作者的智慧是在伊萬·巴甫洛夫的狗的水平。有道是:「無奸不成商」。國外的生意人可不是呆子。這筆帳人家早算過了。首先,就退貨來說,伊萬·巴甫洛夫的狗的制約反應就是缺德。但是從商業的角度來看,完全相反。商家接受退貨的前提是,貨品必須維持全新狀態。換句話說,對商家而言,除了出貨、退貨的手續外,並無損失。而顧客也不在意買到被退過的貨,因為如果有問題的話,可以退。屁文中舉的故意例子用假道學的眼光來看似乎缺德,但是從商業運作的角度來看對商家有益無害。如果真的用過以後拿回來退,商家還是可以再賣給別人,而新買家也不會介意;但是如果使用過程中,有損耗,那就不能退了。所以就算商家明知道客戶用過以後會拿回來退,比起貨在架上坐,人從店前過,還是有利可圖。店家賺到將貨品售出的機會,出、退貨手續的成本,比砸銀子給電視台打廣告還值。並且還能促進現金流:在退貨前,等於顧客無息借款給商家。這筆小錢,從顧客的角度看起來不算甚麼,但生意做大了,那些所有退貨的顧客的金額加起來,這筆無息借款的數就大了。對商家周轉,不無小補。

這還只是冰山一角,更厲害的是刺激消費。如果不能退貨,買東西之前就必須三思;讓客戶退貨,就是給客戶後悔藥。讓客戶卯起來買。寧可殺錯,不可放過,先買再說。這樣客戶就會買下原本猶豫不決,極可能不會買的東西。就算真後悔了,還是有貨物損耗至不堪退,及收據污損(沒收據不能退)的可能性。

退貨其實還沒講完,但是先來算算退價差的帳。這其實是刺激消費的大騙局。就我所知,通常不是退價差,而是退兩倍價差!

我們都知道貨比三家。結果就存在比到後來懶得買,或在別家買的情形。這兩種狀況,才真正名副其實對商家不「利」。給退價差,那喜歡就先買了再說。請問各商家間的價差能差多少?給退價差的商家,通常要求在一定時間內(就我所知,有的兩週,有的一年),帶著別家登的廣告及購買收據到服務台辦理。您在家樂福買過東西沒有?收銀台要排隊吧?有幾個收銀台?而服務台通常只有一個,而且還得填表、簽名。為了退那點價差,要花的時間通常不值法定最低工資。這還沒將交通費算進去。國外地廣人稀,不比台灣有聚集經濟效應。出門通常得開車,半小時車程到賣場算「近」。一來一回,時間、油耗算下來都會讓人對「退貨」、「退價差」三思。真要退,商家早就把帳算好了,一定賺。宣揚「退貨」、「退價差」,比賭場宣揚有人贏錢還狠。在賭場贏錢是真贏,而退貨、退價差,客戶的損失一定大於商家,而商家卻能從刺激出來的消費狠賺。

當信任瓦解,社會也就崩潰一文的作者就是把卡神跟其他毫無關連,但能引發負面觀感(口水)的事例(鈴聲)擺在一塊,縱然沒有關連(食物),還是有聽到鈴聲就會流口水的低等動物。而他們假道學的行為如果得逞,則會導致經濟衰退。其思想是笨蛋,而行為則是損人不利己的混蛋!


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Moon Festival BBQ /中秋烤肉初體驗

The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the Chinese Moon Festival enjoyed by most Chinese around the globe. In Taiwan, in addition to the full traditional shabang, people also do BBQ. This trend was started by the following darn TV commercial two decades ago.

全球的華人大都過中秋節,但只有臺灣人在中秋節烤肉。這是二十多年前下面這支廣告引起的流行。



Since I have been away most of the time, this is my first opportunity to participate in this new tradition.

因為我常年流浪,這是我頭一次有機會參加秋節烤肉。


I crashed a party held for 7-11 staffs. Too bad they switched to electric hot pot instead of BBQ, for the sake of cutting down CO2 emmition. Nonetheless, there were still loads of fun.

我跑去湊一家7-11員工聚會的熱鬧。可惜他們為了節能減碳,改吃火鍋。不過還是很好玩。

2009/10/02

Bangkak: Oriental/曼谷:東方文華酒店

2006年8月,我流浪到泰國。在香港的朋友推荐東方文華的自助午餐。說是讓我去見識一下。我還真見識到了。

August, 2006, I was backpacking in Thailand. A friend in Hong Kong recommended the lunch buffet at Oriental.



從清邁回曼谷的火車上,有人建議我搭船去。東方文華有碼頭,船票便宜得像公共汽車一般。

On the train from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok, someone suggested taking the boat to the restaurant. Oriental has a dock. The fare is as cheap as bus.



第一印象,極其惡劣。「不接待背包客」這太跩了吧?如果不是訂了位,肯定掉頭走人!

My first impression was very bad. They were too darn snobbish. Hadn't I already made the reservation, I would have walked away.



我才剛從泰北的山區回來。那天我的巴伐利亞鞋看來就是這麼一副德行。

I just came back from trekking in the northern mountains. That day, my bavarian shoes were not in much better condition than in the above picture.



我硬著頭皮穿過庭院,來到大門。

I bit the bullet and walked through the court to the front door.

時間還早。我就到處逛逛。這時,一位高大的白人帥哥向我走過來,一臉親切的笑容,用英語跟我打招呼、閒聊。他是酒店的一名經理。他領著我在酒店裡到處走,介紹那家酒店,最後來到後院,給我看一隻會說話的九官鳥。這之間不經意地問起我的來意、來處。既然離午餐時間還早,他建議我在後院寬坐,有任何需求,隨時吩咐。

這就是五星與四星的差別!這樣一來,既不得罪我,也將我帶離其他客人的視線。

It was still too early for lunch. I was working around the hotel while a tall handsome man approached me and greeted me in English, with very affectionate attitude. We began to chit chat. He was a manager at the hotel. He showed me around. Eventually, we arrived at the back yard before a bird. He said that bird could speak. During the meanwhile, he causally asked my reason of visiting and where I was from. Since it was too early for lunch, he recommend me to have a drink in the garden, and ask for him if I needed anything.

This marks the difference between five stars and four. He had tackfully lead me out of the sight of other guests.


從小處也可以看得出這家酒店無微不至,無可挑剔的管理。這是男廁所。洗手液常會滴到洗手檯上。要放個盤子接著,放便宜貨的話,沒格調;放貴的,容易被偷。於是就在便宜貨裡放朵新鮮蘭花。完美!再看:只放一朵,偏一邊放,疏落有致。要是兩邊各放一朵就俗了。這肯定是高人手筆!

The elegance of this hotel is omnipresent. The above picture is taken in gentlemen's room. The washing lotion often drips onto the counter. If a cheap dish is in place, the ambiance would be degraded; an expensive one would raise the concern of theft. So, they place a fresh orchid in a cheap dish. This is just perfect!

Ho Chi Minh City Airport, Viet Nam: Cut off the bottom of a plastic bottle/越南胡志明市機場用的是切下來的寶特瓶瓶底:


沿河的五星級飯店都提供這種船免費接送客人往來附近的捷運站及購物中心。

Five star hotels along the river all offer free water transports to metro station and malls nearby.

當晚,我在夜市買了個大背包。提著它,大搖大擺地要從前門晃進去。離大門還有幾步,司閽朝著我走過來… 問:「先生,您好!我幫您提好嗎?」

That evening, I bought a giant backpack in a night market. When I was about to enter the front door, the door man approached me, and asked "Good evening, sir! Would you like me to carry that for you?"

後來,我在上海遇見個酒店業的大頭,告訴他我對東方文華的印象。他微笑著告訴我,他第一次去東方文華時,才剛進大廳,經理早就在大廳恭候大架。一見他,立刻上前握手,稱「某某先生」--人家早就將他的資料、照片傳真到酒店了!

Later, in Shanghai, I told my story to a VIP in hotel business. He smiled, and told me his experience. In his first visit to Oriental, as he entered the lobby, a manager approached him and addressed him by name. They had faxed his information and photograph to the hotel way before his arrival!

如果我再回到曼谷,要放鬆、享受一番的話,東方文華將是我不二的選擇!

If I ever return to Bangkok, and plan to pamper myself, Oriental is going to be my only choice!





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