2010/10/17

Vietnamese Man: Nam

Vietnamese Man: Nam

I found "man" in Vietnamese is just "man" spelled backward:


According to Stardict:

man
@man /mæn/
*  danh từ,  số nhiều men  /men/
- người, con người
- đàn ông, nam nhi
=to behave like a man+ xử sự như một trang nam nhi
=to be only half a man+ yếu đuối, nhút nhát, không xứng đáng là nam nhi
- chồng
=man and wife+ chồng và vợ
- ((thường) số nhiều) người (chỉ quân lính trong một đơn vị quân đội, công nhân trong một xí nghiệp, công xưởng...)
=an army of 10,000 men+ một đạo quân một vạn người
- người hầu, đầy tớ (trai)
- cậu, cậu cả (tiếng xưng hô thân mật khi bực dọc)
=hurry up man, we are late!+ nhanh lên cậu cả, muộn rồi!
- quân cờ
!the man higher up
- (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ) ông trùm trong chính giới
!a man in a thousand
- người hiếm có, người hàng nghìn người mới có một
!man and boy
- từ bé đến lớn, từ lúc còn thơ ấu đến lúc trưởng thành
!the man in (mỹ: on) the street
!mỹ the man in the cars
- người dân thường, quần chúng
!a man of the world
- (xem) world
!man about town
- (xem) about
!a man of letters
- (xem) letter
!man of straw
- (xem) straw
!a man of all work
- người làm đủ mọi nghề
!a man of his word
- (xem) word
!a man of honour
- người quân tử
!one dollars-a-year man
- (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ) trùm tư bản tham dự chính quyền chỉ lĩnh mỗi năm một đô la (lương tượng trưng)
!to be one's own man
- tự mình làm chủ, không bị lệ thuộc vào ai; sáng suốt, hoàn toàn tự giác
!to be one's own man again
- lấy lại được bình tĩnh
- tỉnh lại
- bình phục lại, lấy lại được sức khoẻ (sau một trận ốm)
- lại được tự do
!to a man
!to the last man
- tất cả mọi người, cho đến người cuối cùng
!undercover men
- (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ),  (từ lóng) bọn mật thám, bọn chỉ điểm
*  ngoại động từ
- cung cấp người
=to man a ship+ cung cấp thuỷ thủ cho một con tàu
- giữ vị trí ở, đứng vào vị trí ở (ổ súng đại bác)
- làm cho mạnh mẽ, làm cho cường tráng; làm cho can đảm lên
=to man oneself+ tự làm cho mình can đảm lên




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分裂的臺灣

分裂的臺灣

昨天在2010台越人文比較研究國際研討會聽到蕭新煌先生講The Development and Features of Taiwan’s Southeast Asian Studies。他說過去對臺灣的研究一向歸類為東北亞,但最近有種新論述,認為嘉義以北仍歸東北亞,但以南當屬東南亞。

這讓我想起以前看到自由時報的一項肉圓民調,其結論是:嘉義以北的民眾偏好油炸的肉圓,以南則喜歡清蒸的。

看來連肉圓都支持這個理論。

延伸閱讀:
南北料理大對決,肉員會戰篇

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2010/10/15

李白-秋風引

李白-秋風引

秋風清。秋月明。落葉聚還散。寒鴉棲復驚。
相思相見知何日。此時此夜難為情。

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2010/09/21:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2010/09/30:

秋心

演唱:潘麗麗
詞、曲:黃靜雅

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2010/10/14

Confession of a Windtalker

Confession of a Windtalker

The following conversation took place after my announcement of a personal matter to my friends.

L: so no body in the club knows about it including R???!!!

G: Actually... R knew ;) As a matter of fact, I talked about it in the club, but in coded messages. R broke the code. ;)

L: oooh ic before i joined the club right :) you can be the "007" too :)

R: I suspect that G might be part Navajo as he is a master 'code-talker.

G: R, if I were a Wind Talker, and you broke my code, what does that make you? ;)

R: Why, someone who enjoys breaking wind of course!

G: "Better out than in, I always say." -- Shrek
So it seems that it goes both ways.

R: Life's a gas!

Here are the references used in the above conversation:

According to Wikipedia:

Code talkers was a term used to describe people who talk using a coded language. It is frequently used to describe Native Americans who served in the United States Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages. Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages. Their service was very valuable because it enhanced the communications security of vital front line operations during World War II.

The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. These soldiers are referred to as Choctaw Code Talkers.
Other Native American code talkers were used by the United States Army during World War II, using Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota[1] Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were used for code talking by the US Marines during World War II in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.

Windtalkers is a 2002 action war film directed by John Woo. Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater star as two US Marine sergeants assigned to protect Navajo code talkers in Saipan during World War II.

Flatulence is the expulsion through the rectum of a mixture of gases that are byproducts of the digestion process of mammals and other animals. The mixture of gases is known as flatus, (informally) fart, or simply gas, and is expelled from the rectum in a process colloquially referred to as "passing gas", "breaking wind" or "farting". Flatus is brought to the rectum by the same peristaltic process which causes feces to descend from the large intestine. The noises commonly associated with flatulence are caused by the vibration of the anal sphincter, and occasionally by the closed buttocks.


I took the next picture in a supermarket last night:

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2010/10/12

Big Chute Marine Railway

Big Chute Marine Railway, Trent Severn, Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, 2010/10/02

After being away from Canada for years, a friend tried to impress me with this "attraction." However, since we had been close friends for so long, it came to me as we were approaching to the site. He had shown me before. He was a bit disappointed for the spoiled surprise. I assured him I still appreciate his effort, especially I was armed with a video camera this time.

I consider this is a display of Canadian obsession on portage.



Notice the front wheels and the rear ones are on different tracks, so the platform is always level.


檢視較大的地圖

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2010/10/09

驅除韃虜,恢復中華

驅除韃虜,恢復中華

亞洲大學籃賽 拿國旗遭制止-民視新聞:


2010/10/09 自由時報

維基百科

興中會是近代中國一個革命團體,由孫中山創立。1894年11月24日成立於美國檀香山。宗旨是「驅除韃虜,恢復中華,創立合眾政府


中國隊見我國旗 棄奪冠離台-民視新聞:


延伸閱讀:
別跟豬打架
向開南大學師生致敬

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割包

割包

以下來自維基百科


割包(亦作刈包白話字:Koah-pau,日常慣以臺灣話讀作「掛包」)。為一種發源自福州小吃。割包以長橢圓扁形麵皮,對摺起來包覆餡料的食物。傳統餡料通常不外片狀五花肉、酸菜、花生粉及香菜這幾樣,也有為了健康因素以瘦肉代替五花肉的。因為其形狀及內餡,所以在台灣亦被稱作虎咬豬
近年,台灣商人將這種傳統食物重新包裝,在內餡中變化許多花樣,例如:加入雞排魚排、牛肉、煎,甚至豬舌等。因為這個緣故,不少人也暱稱割包為「台灣人的漢堡」。
另外,割包在台灣同時也是尾牙的應景食物。



割。包皮:

邈雲漢曰:希望您下次吃割包時,不要想起這篇惡搞。

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2010/10/07

Toilets to the World/便所大亂鬥 (Updated: 2010/10/07)

Toilets to the World/便所大亂鬥

2010/10/07 Update: School Cafe & Bakery

A couple of days ago, I was chatting with friends. When it comes to Shanghai, some people asked if it was indeed a modern and advanced city. I said Kaohsiung is better. They asked "How so?". There is a Chinese saying goes like "The people regard food as heaven." On that note, I say "The people regards craps as earth." The city of Kaohsiung gives better sh*t than Shanghai. A picture worths a thousand words:

前幾天跟朋友聊天。有人問起上海是不是真的很繁榮進步。我說還不如高雄。朋友質疑高雄哪裡比上海進步?我說高雄大便比上海強。如是我聞:「民以食為天。」既然進去的一定得出來。於是我說:「民以屎為地。」高雄的屎硬是比上海的強。有圖有真相:

在較大的地圖上查看阿里不達
2008年2月16日:上海市中心路邊的廁所/A Toilet in Downtown, Shanghai, Feburary 16, 2008



Let's be fair. A couple of months later, this toilet was replaced by this:
數月後,這個廁所被改建成這樣:

2008年7月12日:同一地點,新廁所/Same Location, New Toilet, July 12, 2008

Too bad the doors were lucked. I wonder how it is now.
可惜門上了鎖。不知現況如何?


在較大的地圖上查看阿里不達

2008年1月8日:高雄市中央公園的廁所/A Washroom in the Central Park of Kaohsiung, January 8, 2008


On the outer wall, free toilet paper is available without supervision.
門外提供免費衛生紙。無人看管。


Two types of toilet: sitting and squat, are available. More toilet paper.
坐、蹲兩式馬桶都有。更多的衛生紙。

Clear, well planned sign guiding the queue starting at the entrance, so people in the line do not have to squeeze into the washroom. It is also more fair this way, as it is going to be on true first come, first serve basis.
門口清楚提示排隊起點。這樣人多時,不需擠在廁所裡等。而且也比較公平,先到先上。

It is not enough to be clean. It has also to be esthetic.
除了整潔,更加追求美觀。

This kind of washrooms are all over the parks in the city of Kaohsiung. Those parks has no walls. These toilets have no supervisors. These toilets are free, including toilet paper. I dare Shanghai to match such service.

像這樣的廁所遍佈高雄的公園。公園沒有圍牆。廁所無人看管。廁所跟衛生紙都免費。上海能有這樣的服務嗎?可能是因為在臺灣拉屎太舒服了,所以中國人特喜歡來臺灣參加野球比賽。


上圖引用自:馬總統的雞屎面


上圖引用自:芒果日報

Pudong Airport, Shanghai, April 25, 2008/2008年4月25日上海浦東機場

"Please Be Self Aware!"

A men's room in a Japanese restaurant in Shanghai, March 13, 2008
2008年3月13日,上海一家日本料理店的男廁所


Countryside, Tong County, Nantong, Jjiangsu Province, China, April 5, 2008
2008年4月5日江蘇省南通市通縣鄉間



1500+m above sea level, Smangus, Hsinchu, Taiwan, May 3, 2009
2009年5月3日新竹尖石鄉斯馬庫斯。海拔超過1500公尺。



In a restaurant in Beijing, China, May 24, 2008/2008年5月24日北京一家飯店裡的男廁所


Baotu Fountain, Jinan, Shandong, China: This old couple just helped a little kid to piss in the fountain., October 10, 2008
2008年10月10日山東省濟南市豹突泉:這對老夫婦剛抱起一個小孩讓他在泉裡小便。


The puddle of water is the urine from the little kid held by the woman. Gulangyu, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.
廈門鼓浪嶼這泡尿是婦人懷中的小孩撒的。


另外曾在天津狗不理包子總店看到婦人抱小孩到餐桌上撒尿到塑膠杯裡,然後再把那杯子放地上。在天津勸業場看到小姑娘當街撒尿。在崑山市區人行道上看到米田共跟用過的衛生紙。

Min-Quan Park of Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Even Pooch Poo is Handled Professionally, avec Style.

高雄市民權公園:毛孩子的便便,專業地攔截。

A toilet in Olomouc, made in Brno, Czech Republic, May 7, 2008


Royal Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

土耳其故宮中的御便所

A fly sticker as your target. Munich Airport.
蒼蠅貼紙為靶。德國慕尼黑機場。


SCHOOL Bakery and Cafe:

【中天】誇張!陸客抱男童 機場大廳「當眾解放」:


More Craps/更多便便:
Hienky
Vietnamese Extreme Toilet/越南極限便所

Since May 21, 2010:
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Should You Disagree...

Should You Disagree...

Found this on the street of Toronto.


It was a Teddy Bear taped to a light pole. Although I did not disagree, however, I got this urge of sticking a note, that reads "Steal Me", on its forehead.

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Public Service Announcement: Lost Cat

Public Service Announcement: Lost Cat


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Richmond Court/南園

Richmond Court/南園


South Park:


Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home...


延伸閱讀:
Hienky/軒記

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2010/10/06

Can Tho/芹苴(update: 2010/10/06)

The countryside near Can Tho, Viet Nam, January 17, 2010
2010年1月17日越南後江省芹苴市鄉間

Update: 2010/10/06: Added lyrics for Carmine Meo

Can Tho is the largest city south of Ho Chi Minh in Viet Nam. There is a university. As I ran out of cash in the middle of no where, my friend took me to Can Tho so I could cash some traveler's cheques.

芹苴是越南胡志明市以南的第一大城。有大學。在鄉間散盡千金後,朋友帶我進城兌換旅行支票。

題外話:順便幹一下中國中央電視臺的斷章取義。有回在上海搭公車,看到央視介紹黃河,引用李白的將進酒,說:「黃河之水天上來,奔流到海不復回」是在講黃河的波瀾壯闊。靠!沒看到下一句是:「君不見:高堂明鏡悲白髮,朝如青絲暮成雪?」啊?



The name Can Tho triggers my romantic feelings by conditional reflex. The spelling of its name is only one H away from Canto, which is Italian for verses. At the sight of its name, the following song began ringing in my head:

芹苴的越文是Can Tho。這個名字能引起我感覺浪漫的制約反應,因為它跟義大利文的「詩篇」:canto, 只差一個h。所以當我看到這個名字時,我的心裡就響起這首歌:


Gianni Morandi e Emma Shapplin - Vento


"Vento porta il mio canto..."

After that, my head was flooded with the following songs:

然後,我的心裡又響起了以下歌曲:

Andrea Bocelli: Canto della Terra
Emma Shapplin: Canto XXX


周華健-擺渡人的歌


I could not help wondering how much wisdom this ferryman had learned from his river.



Emma Shapplin - Carmine Meo


漢文ItalianoEnglish
過渡影子的船家
等等!
這裡還有駭人的灰燼
神啊,救救我
你還聽得到我嗎?
就是在他手上你給了我生命
Mauta qui traicis umbras
Or Attendi!
Qui nunc iacet horrida pulvis
Non lacerarmi...
Dio, massisti!
Ancora mi udi?
Dalle braccia sue la vita mi concedi
Frerryman who transports shadows
Wait!
Here lie frightful ashes
Do not tear me apart
God, help me
Can you still hear me?
It was in his arms that you gave me life
女孩們總是這般地迷失自己...
我屬於他
我再也無法否認
真奇怪...
他的話語已銘刻在我的心上
但他卻還不知道
Hoc perdidit ante puellas
Son di lui!
Non posso sdegnarlo
Non posso piu
In core, strano...
I suoi accenti
Son scolpiti...
Elui nol sa!
This is how girls lose themselves...
I belong to him
I can no longer deny it
It is strange...
His accents are engraved
In my heart
And he doesn't even know it
別動... 我就躺在你的身旁
別動... 恐懼填滿我心
我用鮮血償還
我對你的愛
Non muovere, presso a te son io
Non muovere, Io spavento al cuor
Non muovere, sconto col sangue mio
L'amor di te... L'amore di te
Don't move... I'm lying against you
Don't move... terror fills my heart
I am paying for my love for you
With my blood
生命不曾賜你雙翼以飛翔
殘酷的命運!
我的心在顫抖
因著永恒的啜泣
我的冒險不過就是回憶
我永遠逃不出他的手掌心
Non ventosas addidit alas
Sorte cruda!
D'eterne lacrime
Trema il mio cuor
La mia sventura...
O rimembranza!
Dalle braccia sue io non muovero
Life has denied you wings to fly
Cruel destiny!
My heart is shaken
With eternal sobs
My adventure
Is but a memory
I will never move from his arms
別動... 我就躺在你的身旁
別動... 恐懼填滿我心
我用鮮血償還
我對你的愛
Non muovere, presso a te son io
Non muovere, Io spavento al cuor
Non muovere, sconto col sangue mio
L'amor di te... L'amore di te...
Don't move... I'm lying against you
Don't move... terror fills my heart
I am paying for my love for you
With my blood
我永不離去... 我就躺在你的身旁
我永不離去... 恐懼填滿我心
我用我的心償還我對你的愛
Presso a te son io
Non muovere, Io spavento al cuor
Non muovere, sconto col sangue mio
L'amor di te... L'amor di te
I will never move... I am lying against you
I will not move... terror fills my heart
I am paying for my love for you
With my heart...



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