$8.90 lunch deals at Fasta Pasta! The portion was just right.
$8.90 lunch deals at Fasta Pasta! The portion was just right.
The main reason I bought this tin of biscuits was for the “tin” itself. The Doraemon face was simply too cute to resist! The biscuits taste like regular lotte コアラのマーチ biscuits.
Bought some new silicon baking trays at Pick ‘n Pay the other day, things were so cheap since they were splitting back into Coles and Kmart. These new baking trays weren’t as easy to use as I imagined, but the end result looked ok!
I got this as a present from my previous work place – it’s still one of my all-time favourite recipe books.
今天的飯後甜品 = 紅豆 + 豆花
The food was okay, but you can tell that it was just reheated. They didn’t have any 腸粉 or 牛肉丸 either.
The simplest hot breakfast – home-made buttermilk pancakes. I used a small square pan and a small circle pan so two thick ones can be cooked at the same time.
You can never judge a book by its cover!
This is really touching
Opera duo Charlotte & Jonathan – Britain’s Got Talent 2012 audition – UK version
For $35pp, it’s not too bad :)
The pizza was an extra order on top of high tea.
We’ve chosen anchovies as one of the ingredients for the pizza – nice!
The top 20 skills you need to have
Provided by SEEK.
As the Information Age turns the nature and type of work we do on its head, our traditional views of work, professions and specialist skills are continually challenged and reshaped. Here’s one consultant’s take on what a modern manager needs to know in a world of change and competition.
Let’s look for a moment at how our traditional view of the world is being assaulted. The prospect of a life long career in one organisation is now a pipe dream. The prospect of full-time employment without some periods of unemployment is unrealistic. Permanent full-time employment continues to disappear. Part-time and casual employment continues to grow.
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Read an interesting article today. The findings are a bit… daunting? Let’s hope our kids won’t turn out like this!
Meet Generation Z
From Yahoo News
If you thought Gen Y had issues, wait until you meet Gen Z. They’re overindulged, materialistic, short-tempered and their parents do their homework for them. No wonder experts say the children of today will be hopelessly unprepared for adult life.
Looking up from her desk at the front of the classroom, the teacher lets out a frustrated sigh. Less than a minute after asking her Year 6 students to read a book, they’re restless and fidgeting. Unable to concentrate, several are talking, one is staring out the window and another digging in his pocket for an illicit mobile phone. Picking her way past colourful art projects, the teacher approaches a boy relentlessly poking his neighbour with a ruler, telling him to get on with his work. Red-faced, he throws back his chair, screaming, “You can’t make me!”, pushing roughly past her and storming out.
The scene is reminiscent of others played out in classrooms all over as teachers grapple with a new breed of student. Meet Generation Z – born roughly from 1995 to 2009, branded by British psychologist Dr Aric Sigman as the West’s “little emperors” and predicted by demographer Hugh Mackay to be the “most rebellious and obnoxious group of teenagers ever”. But before we all shake our heads and lament “kids these days”, the experts have a sobering message – it’s our own fault.
Today’s children are growing up in a very different world, where technology is ubiquitous, materialism is rampant and “happiness” is the ultimate goal, to be pursued at all costs. It’s a world where many schools no longer have an “F” (for fail) grade, preferring to use the less confrontational “E”; all layers of pass-the-parcel have a prize and parents demand all kids in an athletics carnival be given ribbons. The BBC even rewrote the children’s classic Humpty Dumpty, so he could be put back together again, lest the littlies be upset.
The complaints about today’s demographic punching bag, Gen Y – the short attention span and need for constant stimulation, feelings of entitlement, use of credit to instantly gratify their desires – are likely to be exaggerated in Gen Z as they grow up.
Why is the Roman Catholic Church updating the missal? They’re not doing it for the sake of doing it. Catholics to check out the following video and you’ll understand:
Why are the words of the Catholic Mass changing? Fr. John Muir confronts the misconceptions about the changes with truth and clarity. Fr. John helps parents understand the recent history behind the newest 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal and how it grows from the 1st and 2nd editions. Fr. John compares the “dynamic equivalent” and the “formal equivalent” of how we translate words from Latin to English, and then explains the elaborate process used to create the new Roman Missal. Finally, Fr. John encourages us to rediscover the meaning behind the words and we use at Mass and how we can help our children through this transition.
This is awesome!! B 煮餸我無啦啦大笑.. 佢以為我做乜 XD
Talk about how time flies… Just a few years ago, Domino’s Pizza have implemented online ordering for their pizza. It’s simply so convenient, and we’re so used to it that it’s hard to imagine how we survived without online ordering prior to the release of this service! The e-marketing business is growing for all industries around the world. 50 years ago, who would have thought a machine called a “computer” would be invented, let alone the fact that nearly every home has a computer in today’s world?
The 2009 news article below mentions “customers will soon be able to track orders on iPhones.” Wow… isn’t it normal nowadays that we can do absolutely EVERYTHING on our smart phones? As technology advances, people become more demanding and want everything FAST… consequently, people are now becoming less patience than people were 50 years ago.
Online pizza orders boost Domino’s profit
August 19, 2009 (Courier Mail)
- Domino’s Pizza profit up by 30 per cent
- Online pizza orders are driving growth
新年快樂! 住在澳洲的我, 只會說一些基本的祝福語. 上網找與兔年膝關的賀語, 找到以下這些, 轉貼與大家分享:
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My Red Label Edition Acoustic Live! EP CD has finally arrived :)
Waited for it since before Christmas, can’t wait to start listening to it
Adam Lambert’s brand new EP, Acoustic Live!, is in stores now! You can get all five amazing songs at iTunes!
Acoustic Live! contains some of Adam’s best hits like “Soaked” and “Music Again” in a more intimate and stripped down fashion….
So the Disney movie vault only releases one of their cartoon movies every 7 years. Personally I think it’s a good marketing tactic, but a pretty silly move to not have DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s readily available for the market at any one time. In the past when these movies were first released, they were pretty much releasing one new movie every summer (August/northern hemisphere). It was only until around Pocahontas when Disney slowed down on their cartoon production, and slowly moved onto 3D animations by Pixar, i.e. Toy Story. The Disney movie trend then became mostly Pixar 3D movies.
Recently we’ve purchased the Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition, and am loving it. We also got the three Toy Story movies while we’re at it – got it while we think it’s still affordable, rather than risk not being able to get it in the future. Aladdin and The Lion King are among the two classics which people love, but are not available for purchase nowadays. In a way it’s forcing people to buy from overseas or even download it themselves.
Disney may need to revise their marketing tactics. It’s either to continue working for profits and sacrificing user satisfaction, or to satisfy market demand and their reputation and sell quantity rather than “quality” and making things “limited” all the time. Imagine trying to purchase the entire Disney classics collection… the oldest one may still be in VHS format, then in between you’ll have 1 or 2 single-disc DVD versions, then for the newer ones they’ll be re-mastered DVD/Blu-ray versions. The collection will never look “complete”!
The Disney movie vault: A work of magic or a money-making machine?
December 24, 2010 11:00AM
Click here for orginal article
- Disney Vault keeps prices high
- Limited release may backfire
MANY childhood memories involve classic Disney films such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Bambi.
But if you were planning on buying any of these titles this Christmas you won’t find them in the shops.
Whether searching through JB Hi-Fi, Sanity or any boutique DVD retailer it’s as if the films never existed.
Instead, what you’ll find are posters and stickers advertising the most recent release of Beauty and the Beast on DVD and Blu-Ray for a “limited time only”.
Beauty and the Beast is the latest title to be released from the “Disney Vault” – a marketing tradition that keeps a selection of films in moratorium for years at a time before strategically re-releasing them with extra scenes and bonus features – at a price.
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Love this softer version of the song. Recorded in Germany, Adam Lambert brings a complete new style and mood to the song “Whataya Want From Me”. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
If working conditions overseas are better than HK, can’t blame the students for not wanting to return after their studies!
【經濟日報專訊】80後強調work to live（為生活才工作），最怕工作跟生活不平衡，不少中產家庭把孩子送海外留學畢業後，已不願「海歸」，原因是他們怕了香港的OT文化、薪酬低、無晉升機會……有數不盡的不回港理由，寧選擇留居外地闖一番事業。
說得好!! What Adam said in this video is EXCELLENT!
People shouldn’t discriminate, no matter what their orientation is, who they are.
There is so much more than one person than what you see on the surface.
Now watching the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop on ABC24 live from the Vatican. Mary MacKillop is officially dclared a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI along with a few other Saints on this day, now will be know as Saint Mary of the Holy Cross. Her relic to be kept at the Vatican is a piece of red gum tree carved into a cross; it few of Mary’s hairs placed between two pieces of glass (like all relics), and this is inserted into the cross. The wood is from a fence in Penola where she set up her first school in South Australia.
Oh how I wish I was there for the mass and celebration! The event sets the mood for prayers. In a crazy world today, it is important that we are all spiritually enriched in our daily lives. The Pope’s homily was the most meaningful.
“It is clear that faith is necessary for prayer. Without it, prayer cannot be real. If one does not believe in the goodness of God, one cannot pray in a truly appropriate manner. Faith is essential as the basis for prayer as today’s six new Saints who are being proposed for veneration by the universal church embraced.”
There are more from the homily, can probably look it up online after the mass ends.
Mary MacKillop: Biography
(from ABC news article)
Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne in 1842. Her parents, Flora and Alexander MacKillop, were Catholic immigrants from Scotland. Mary, the eldest of eight children, was raised in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.
At 16, Mary went out to work, to support her younger brothers and sisters. Two years later she took a job as a governess on her uncle’s farm in the small country town of Penola in South Australia. Here Mary met the man who would change her life forever, Father Julian Tenison Woods.
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Recently I got curious about the new artist Adam Lambert. Wow his skills really amazed me! Adam’s become one of the most talented artists I love listening to. What drawn me towards him was the story of his road to stardom, his singing since high school and through theatre musicals, competiting in American Idol 2009, rising to international stardom and now doing an international tour Glam Nation for his songs from his first debut CD For Your Entertainment. This guy is the real deal – he performs proper real singing, not like some pop artists nowadays (e.g. personally I can’t stand Katy Perry’s voice). It’s rare to come across a star who has real talent, and today we have a new born star – Adam Lambert is the real Idol!
Let’s have a listen to some of the music styles Adam can sing;
More beautiful singing by Adam from when he was 22 years old:
More about Adam Lambert’s road to stardom at this link
Err… maybe this is why people love Michael Jackson and the lot who do really goot dance moves? I heard this same “news” on the radio the other day too. Makes me wonder…
Looking to get lucky on the dance floor? German scientists have found men who dance vigorously with a fast-moving right knee and large, varied movements of their neck and torso are more attractive to women.
The discovery, which should get some shy shufflers moving with reckless abandon, was announced Wednesday by researchers from the University of Göttingen and colleagues from Britain’s Northumbria University.
A supple neck and torso, exercised by energetic movements, along with a high-tempo right knee and strong varied movement of the left shoulder and wrist were the key indicators that push women’s buttons when a man is on the dance floor.
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Hm…. can’t blame people for thinking this way I guess.
Taxpayers support lavish Hillsong lifestyle
THE tax office wants a special national body set up to monitor “not for profit” charities, admitting that churches – such as the multi-million-dollar phenomenon Hillsong – are literally “invisible” to it.
And the sector is expanding so rapidly that $31 billion a year is now being drawn out of the federal Budget in tax exemptions to the ever-growing list of groups claiming church and charity status.
The price of property have been on the rise in the past few years. Despite there is the government’s first home owner’s grant incentive to assist young owners in buying houses, people are saying that this only means house prices will go up by a few more thousand. There appears to be a national housing shortage; meaning people cannot afford to buy houses and therefore there are more homeless people. In the long run though, house prices will only continue to go up. If prices are “down” now, then now is probably a good time to look into investing if you have the money to do so.
House prices post largest fall since April 2008
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/money/property/house-prices-post-first-fall-since-april-2008/story-e6frfmd0-1225899002446#ixzz0vAOWPxCv
- House price values fall 0.7pc in June quarter
- Beginning of “period of price consolidation”
- Homeowners safe from rate hike on Tuesday
AVERAGE house price values have fallen for the first time in 17 months as interest rate hikes begin to bite.
Prices across the nation’s capital cities fell 0.7 per cent, latest research from RP Data shows.
But experts say there is unlikely to be a significant downturn – as constantly predicted by a range of overseas experts – because of a national housing shortage.
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なかなか 答えては もらえない
Take me Take me
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Reference – http://dailynews.sina.com/bg/chn/chnpolitics/chinanews/20100110/18061099117.html
This is really hilarious… check it out!
“羅賓漢大冒險” (港譯 “俠盜羅賓漢”) 是90年代的日本動畫, 故事很棒! 我家還有一些以前的錄影帶呢. 以下是主題曲 Wood Walker 的歌詞.
Happy Walk Happy Walk 夢を探して 森を 歩こう
Lonely Walk Lonely Walk 風に吹かれて 一人 歩こう
森の優しさに 抱かれる時 人は
Happy Walk Happy Walk 空を見上げて 一人 歩こう
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Love this!! This guy hasn’t taken off his hat for 20 years, and the reason is…
Today I read a news article that YouTube will start paying people who make “one-hit wonder videos” – referring to video clips that get a high number of hits. One particular video demonstrated on this news article was the “JK Wedding Entrance Dance”, with over 10 million views in less than a week. Unfortunately the creators of this video didn’t get paid.
Take a look at the video clip below – it’s AWESOME!!! I can’t imagine doing my own wedding like that, but it really looks like it’s a lot of FUN!
YouTube to help creators of one-hit wonder videos make money
(article from news.com.au)
* One-hit wonders to get ad revenue
* Extension of YouTube’s revenue plan
YOUTUBE has offered a way for creators of videos which become a big hit to cash in on their success.
The Google-owned video-sharing site said in a blog post that it was expanding its YouTube Partnership Program to the creators of successful “one-off” videos.
很多Ghibli Studios電影的插曲和音樂都是久石讓寫的. 能夠寫出這種充滿節奏感, 又可以讓人感動的音樂, 真的是不容易的事. 看了下面這片段, 讓我很想要去看他的演奏呢. 可惜他都一定不會來澳洲啦 :S
“人生のメリーゴーランド” 是 Howl’s Moving Castle 的主題曲. 可是這音樂我有在其他地方聽過… 還是這只是久石讓的改版?
我個人滿喜歡久石讓的音樂. 連車子也有播Ghibli音樂. 當然我也超愛Ghibli的動畫, 家裡幾乎全部有 (除了Howl’s Moving Castle和之後的新電影). 上次去日本買了Ghibli音樂樂譜 (只買了beginner’s level), 有空可以彈鋼琴relax一下~ 音樂盒版本的音樂有點讓人想睡覺, 演奏版卻有震撼感. 音樂創作嗎…? 當中也有偉大的學問….
OMG 我真的好久沒寫blog了 ~”~ 越來越懶散…
忙碌的生活也是好事, 不過我的technology快要追不上時代變化了, 真糟糕…
大概兩個月之前, 我手機不知道什麼時候掉在地上, 第一次發現有個角落的塑膠chipped. 自從那一天, 感覺我的flip phone一天比一天”鬆”… 連朋友用我手機都怕上面會斷掉. 講話偶而會斷線 (不過這可能跟我住的地方有關). 朋友說: “ET妳趕快換電話啦!!” 說著說著, 剛好這週末看見有幾個朋友已經在用 iPhone, 也有好幾個朋友建議我換 iPhone…
直到剛剛這星期天晚上, 手機放在沙發上, 我想要拿起手機, 結果是不小心把手機甩到地上 ><" 嗯... 這次上面真的斷了一半. 突然想起我資料好像都只是存到手機上 (以前不會設定, 後來懶得設), SIM card 沒資料. 趁著還看的到畫面, 我花了大概一個小時時間把資料備分進電腦. B想說幫我把電話接回去. 是接回去了, 可是上面要tilt到某些角度才會有畫面. 再過了沒多久, 就完全沒畫面了 T^T 前面的時間還是有顯示, 有人打電話來還是能看到. 不過就沒辦法看sms訊息或 miss call了.
前天星期一, 沒想到真的給我兩個sms. 不知道是誰寄來的, 也看不到內容. 想打回去... 也不知道對方是誰. 幸好我還記得一點點menu操作, 好不容易回了電話給這兩個人. 晚上講完第二通電話, 電話再次斷掉. 想說關機, 也關不了 ~"~ 真的完全壞了. 只好把電池拿出... 這手機2005年12月買的, 到2009年8月終於用盡了它的"lifespan".
直到我找到新手機之前, 我會先借我弟以前的手機用. 這手機是黑白的, 偶而會閃藍燈綠燈, 充滿十年前的手機音樂風 (beeleebala), 有基本的通話訊息功能. 雖然沒現在的手機先進, 看起來比較 old school, 這簡單撲素的手機還是很好用! 至於我會不會真的換 iPhone... 這要再看看吧. ちょっとめんどくさい :P
The Microsoft USB mouse I had was half-dead, it gets disconnected too easily. I happened to come across this Doraemon USB mouse on Ebay, and it was too hard to resist so I purchased it :P 可是收到了以後又捨不得用, 真矛盾… At least it’s still nice to place the whole box a shelf for display…!
Our church’s first Taize prayer night of the year, and also the first “successful music youth event” since Carlos moved down to Melbourne. Many youths have spent a lot of time in preparing for this event, which included readings selection, music selection, music practice, decoration/venue setup.
I am really happy to see that the youth group is flourishing, and that God is there to guide us. I hope everyone who attended had a great time!
We happened to walk into this event tonight at Southbank! There were dance parties all over Southbank, and lots of retro cars on display. We thought that the car that stood out the most was rego “OLD51″. The car owner was very kind and let us sit inside the car to check out his retro collection of coins, stickers and many other things from the 1950’s.
I think it’s the echo…. but it’s soooo funny… XD
Random thing from last weekend for me:
I’ve been receiving phone calls from random people on the weekend. They claim they were calling some 1800 number. So I had nearly 30 calls from random people, of which I picked up around 20 just in case these silent numbers were from people I know, and the other ~10 were just silent number missed calls that I didn’t pick up because I was at chinese school. Just some random funny examples below lol. Good to try to find something fun in life once in a while.
(4 examples below)
Dialogue example 1:
Random: SO YOUR SERVICE IS DOWN HUH?
Random: my insecticide (???) isn’t working [maybe he said ‘service’]
ET: sorry I don’t know what you’re talking about
Random: is this 1800 XXX XXX?
ET: sorry you’ve got the wrong number, this is not a 1800 number
Random: well this is the number they asked me to call
ET: I don’t own a 1800 number
Random: really? that’s strange. thanks *hang up*
[the person above called again a few moments later and realised that the 1800 number he was given was really wrong]
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Today was a fairly “simple” and LAZY day for me once I got home from work…
Work –> Home –> Lots of Starburst Gummy Fruits –> Check emails –> Dinner Eggplant Rice –> Watch TV –> Super Cheesy Pizza Bread –> More TV –> slice of Cheesecake –> some more gummy fruits…
Way too much food for a day…
I think I have a very valid excuse to do more exercise now :S
星期一開始生病… 上班到下午, 上司叫我回家休息. 星期二看醫生, 星期三也留在家裏休息. 星期四想說應該可以去上班, 到達公司, 上司再叫我回家休息, 因為我還在咳嗽連聲音都變了, 還是有上線連到公司電腦做一些事情. 昨天星期五終於可以上班, 自己再一個房間 quarantine 加口罩感覺比較安全, 在公司一做就做了九個多小時, 感覺又開始不適, 回到家還是休息…
這應該不是豬流感 (希望啦!) 醫生說就算是的話, 治療方法也是跟普通感冒一樣. 除非說我是小孩子或老人家, 那就會給豬流感的藥. 幸運的是, 豬流感雖然傳染的快, 不過也有很多人康復. 流感季節, 大家還是盡量小心點唷.
Last night when I was visiting someone, there’s this car that stopped right at the exit of the round-about, so the round-about was blocked… I did a short “beep”, then the car went double orange lights flashing (打雙燈). So I had to drive pass the round-about using the other side… When I drove pass that car, I saw a young girl crying… half doubting whether I should help (and whether it’s safe in the dark), I got off the car, and asked the girl if there’s anything I can help… apparently she got into a fight with her bf I think, and her bf pulled the park brake so hard that it’s jammed and the car’s stuck blocking the road. Thoughts ran across my mind… “what kind of bastard would do this to a young girl??” “maybe I can try to pull the brake” “what if it’s a trap” “boys should take care of girls!!” “I don’t like that boy, whoever it is” “can will calling car insurance help?” “only if there’s someone strong enough around” “can we knock on someone’s door for help?” ……. I gave a pat on the girl’s shoulder and tried to comfort her… then we took turns in trying to un-jam the park brake… after maybe 5 mins (not that long), we managed to loosen the brake – both of us had to pull it up the same time. How fortunate!
Now… I hope the girl’s ok, seeing her cry makes me think about boy/girl relationships, and how immature some people can be. I mean, leaving a girl stranded in her own car and blocking the road – really, the one who did it was so selfish!! Anyway… I’ll remember to pray for her…
I remember hearing people say that leaving the TV on for children will “help them pick up more words”. However on the contrary, study shows that this is not true. Instead, the steady stream of noise coming out of the TV makes no sense to children, hence it doesn’t help them learn. What teaches children speech is interaction with the usage of words and phrases. This is what enables children to learn how to express themselves. Bringing up kids can be an enormous challenge. At the same time, I believe this is also a very rewarding experience for the parents.
Study finds TV bad for baby brain development
From correspondents in Washington, Agence France-Presse, June 02, 2009 09:52am
Having the television on constantly in a household with infants and toddlers is bad for brain and language development, a US study claims.
The study claims the constant television noise reduces the number of words kids hear and say.
It found that for every hour that the television is on with the volume turned up in a household with small children, the children heard between 500 to a thousand fewer words from adults.
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Once again, another recipe I’ve deemed a success.
Well, the basic biscotti ingredients I got it from another source, then I tweaked the amounts so that it suits my taste better :P
e.g. reducing the amount of sugar, replace soda with a combination of self raising flour and plain flour (cheaper too), replacing the fruit/nuts used, etc etc etc.
1 cup self raising flour
1 1/2 cup plain flour
3 eggs (lightly beaten)
approx 2 cups of nuts (when I made it, I used around 1 1/2 cups macadamia and 1/2 cup walnuts)
lemon zest from 1 lemon
some lemon juice (~1 tea spoon)
1. sift self raising flour and plain flour into large bowl
2. combine eggs, lemon zest and a little bit of lemon juice (to give some moisture)
3. combine the above into the flour mixture
4. when nearly combined, knead until it comes a dough
5. knead nuts into the dough
6. split dough into 2 long doughs, width of around 4 inches, thickness of around 1 inch
7. bake in oven for 15 mins
8. take out dough, cool for 5 mins, then cut each dough into thin slices
9. lay the slices flat on the baking tray, bake for a further 10-15 mins or until slices are dry
10. done! these can be kept for up to 3 weeks if placed in an air-tight sealed container :)
最近TVBJ重播1992年兒歌金曲頒獎典禮, 真讓人懷念丫! 其中一首就是以下的歌, 到現在還是覺得好聽.
長腿叔叔 (HK TVB ~1992)
I feel gloomy after reading this news article… The world needs a lot of prayers… The financial crisis is only one part of it. At the end of the day, it’s all in people’s hearts, and that is where prayers are needed.
Greed at the heart of the global financial crisis: Pope Benedict
April 22, 2009 09:57pm
POPE Benedict XVI says “greed” is at the heart of the financial crisis gripping the world.
“This crisis was born out of greed,” the pontiff said during his weekly general audience.
The Pope cited eighth century religious figure Ambroise Autpert, who criticised the wealth of monasteries at the time.
Autpert “denounced greed as the root of all evils. In light of the current global economic crisis, this is still the case,” the Pope said.
Too many kids, teenagers and young adults are addicted to computer games nowadays… It’s really worrying, yet they simply don’t realise that they’re addicted. Society nowadays is so different from 20 years ago; in the way technology is used, and in the way people interact.
Game addiction is linked to the upbringing of the child. Parents have need to put in a lot more effort into influencing their children and in teaching them the morals and values of living in the society. With the Internet, the whole world’s information is out there, parents can no longer “lock in” their children. Then there’s peer pressure, and many other exposures through the media.
Controlling game time is one method in preventing game addiction, but helping young gamers understand is far more important. It’s like the story about whether you should teach someone to fish or whether you should just feed them fish. The first step to ‘fixing’ an addiction is to find its underlying source, then tackle the problem from beneath… Anyway just read the article, I’m starting to not make any sense…
1 in 10 young gamers shows signs of addiction, study finds
April 21, 2009 08:45am
- Study compares gamers with gamblers
- Looks at 1178 children and teens in US
ABOUT one in 10 young gamers shows signs of addictive behaviour that could have negative effects on family, friends and school work, according to a new study.
The US study of 1178 children and teenagers found some young gamers showed at least six symptoms reminiscent of a gambling addiction.
These included lying to family and friends about how much they play games, using games to escape their problems and becoming restless or irritable when they stop playing.
They may also skip homework to play games or spend too much time playing and do poorly in school.
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嗯… 今晚在city… 想說吃完飯再回家. 看見有一家叫”旺角”的, 可能是跟Sunnybank同一家? 只知道我吃完就很後悔… 我點了日式咖哩雞飯, 結果雞肉又乾又硬, 白飯有怪味, 咖哩吃太鹹, 我真的再也不敢回去吃, 寧願在家裏自己煮好了… -_-” West End 那家 Jackpot 煮的也不錯吃, 不過真的不敢再去city的旺角了.
Before heading home, we went to city’s “Orient Corner” for dinner. I ordered a curry chicken rice, and it was probably the most disgusting thing I’ve tasted in months… it was deep fried chicken, so the crust was ok. But the chicken inside the crust… it was like 3mm thin, dry and hard (probably over fried), the rice tasted weird (you can tell it’s not fresh, or it’s bad quality rice), and the curry sauce was way too salty… I regretted eating there but finished the meat anyway since I’ve already paid for it. No way I’ll be going back though :S I’d rather go to West End’s Jackpot and their food is way better than this.
昨晚剛從墨爾本回到布市. 想起昨天Jane彈的一首我們教會青年很喜歡的一首歌: 《暖》 通常我們只唱半首, 然後把除免世罪的羔羊加到後面. 以下是《暖》的歌詞. 不過我們教會青年唱的版本只能在FB看到.
* 牽我微溫兩手 等到驟雨過後
It’s the magical buttermilk again~ really, there is nothing “special” about this recipe, except milk was replaced with buttermilk. This allowed me and my bro to enjoy some tasty pancakes for a quick and simple breakfast.
Recipe makes 2-3 slices of ~12cm diameter pancakes. Ingredients can be adjusted to your liking, increase proportionately to make more pancakes.
3 table spoons self-raising flour
1/3-1/2 cup buttermilk
1-2 table spoons honey
1. Lightly whisk egg
2. Sift flour into bowl, add egg, buttermilk, honey and mix it all
3. Using a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, lightly grease with oil/butter when pan is hot
4. Scoop 1-2 table spoons of batter onto pan
5. Cook pancakes on the first side until small bubbles appear (1-2 min or less)
6. Flip over and cook another 1-2 min or less
7. Ready to eat!
Add Maple Syrup to achieve “McDonald’s Hot Cakes” effect. The Green’s brand maple syrup is watery and goes well with these pancakes. Enjoy!
Ever since making apricot muffins from a recipe book, I’ve never really followed an exact recipe for muffins… last night I tried making banana muffins, mix and matching ingredients (i.e. my own recipe), and it tasted great :D Hope you all enjoy it.
Recipe makes around 18 standard size muffins, depending on how much mixture you pour into the baking tray cups.
2 bananas (add more/less if desired)
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup honey
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
2. Mash bananas in a bowl
3. Mix honey, egg (lightly beaten), buttermilk – either in a separate bowl or together with the mashed bananas
4. Sift self-raising flour into large bowl
5. Create a well in the centre of the flour, and pour the wet mixture into the dry
6. Slowly mix by folding using a wooden spoon – do not overmix, mixture should still be lumpy
7. Pour or spoon mixture into baking tray cups
8. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes and it’s done!
Life and social relationships aren’t as simple as we think it is. People around you may affect your mood, but people around the people around you but also indirectly influence you. That’s why it’s important to live around people with a positive outlook if you want to live life with a positive outlook. See the article below and the “Five tips for a healthier social network” towards the end of this article.
How your friends’ friends can affect your mood
30 December 2008 by Michael Bond
(from New Scientist Magazine issue 2689)
IF YOU live in the northern hemisphere, this is probably not your favourite month. January tends to dispirit people more than any other. We all know why: foul weather, post-Christmas debt, the long wait before your next holiday, quarterly bills, dark evenings and dark mornings. At least, that is the way it seems. For while all these things might contribute to the way you feel, there is one crucial factor you probably have not accounted for: the state of mind of your friends and relatives. Recent research shows that our moods are far more strongly influenced by those around us than we tend to think. Not only that, we are also beholden to the moods of friends of friends, and of friends of friends of friends – people three degrees of separation away from us who we have never met, but whose disposition can pass through our social network like a virus.
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We’ve been planning for his surprise birthday party since maybe 4 weeks ago… initially Carlos refused to return to Brisbane (he was in Gold Coast), so everyone just had the BBQ prepared by super chef Trav. あのとき、皆ちょっとがっきり… Luckily we received a call that he’ll be coming back after all, and that’s when we had the REAL surprise party. ~6 ppl pretended everyone’s gone home already and chatted casually ourside~ 7 ppl hid in the bathroom, ~10 ppl hid around another corner, then… SURPRISE!!! I hope Carlos enjoyed the party :D
(補貼) 早上跟平常一樣到中文班… 今天我班有兩個助教幫忙, 真是感激不盡!! “幸好”今天”只有”26個人, 不是30人, 所以不用搬桌椅. 當然同時間也希望缺席的同學如果生病的話可以早日康復. Highlight of the day… 我班有個小孩竟然給我亂來… 會寫”媽媽”兩個字是很好, 可是… 唉… 校長阿姨超級好人, 跟小孩說一些話, 希望小孩學乖以後別再犯錯了. 真糟糕.
中文班結束後, next stop = 星期一到五都要去的辦公室上班. 老闆同事要出差, 有些準備昨天沒弄完, 只好今天再回去. 連午餐也是買drive-thru隨便吃吃就算了. 幸好沒有花很久時間, 差不多三點就ok了.
反正都已經在city附近了, 順便去 Indooroopilly 逛街 :P 太久沒去過, 我竟然迷路花了十幾分鐘才找到要去的地方, 失敗… 差不多五點的時候, “奇蹟”來了 – Laurel打電話來問我可不可以在Woolies買一些東西, 我轉頭看右邊, Woolies就在那. 註定我要買東西 lol. 歲後回家休息十幾分鐘又出去了, 這下午過得還算休閒.
(補貼) As Lent and Easter approaches, the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane have this Lenten program available for groups to conduct weekly bible studies to prepare our hearts for the holy season. Tonight we went to sister’s place at St. Paul’s and did the program for the first week. There was scripture reading and meditation looking at a rainbow painting. This session helped me remind of God’s covenant with us humans, and that Jesus is the Good News. I’ve now tied the multi-coloured ribbon sister gave us onto my bag, so I will remember God wherever I go.
Grace to you and peace … (Romans 1:7)
(text blowbelow from Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane web site)
Grace to you is part of the greeting in every letter we have that Paul sent to the early Christian communities. Paul was reminding those communities of God’s generous gifts and also challenging each person to be a channel of God’s abundant grace, love and peace to those they met and shared their lives with.
The season of Lent calls us to metanoia, to turn around our lives, to ‘let go and let God’ with an attitude of openness, vulnerability and trust.
Recently I’ve been reading a book called “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren. Jane happened to be reading the same book too. It’s supposed to be a 40 day spiritual journey in understanding the purpose of life, so I try to read one chapter each day, if not one every two days. I’m still up to my first week of the readings so…
Religious or not religious, there are points in the book that I think are really good guidelines to living – very true and to the point. It applies well even to the non-religious.
1. Life is a Test
2. Life is a Trust
3. Life is a Temporary Assignment
Abstract from another web site:
“We receive life from God. It is not our own but something which we have been entrusted with temporarily. During this initial period of having received this trust we will be tried to determine our worth for a permanent reward. ”
Elaborating on what I learned about the “3T’s” (not HK gambling):
Life is a Test - it’s full of challenges. So whatever happens in your life, treat it as a test. It’s ok to make mistakes, as long as we learn from mistakes. Try your best and leave the rest to God.
Life is a Trust. I couldn’t remember the exact words. But basically, the book says that things given to you are things entrusted to you by God; meaning that He gave it to you because He trust that you will be responsible and will take care of it. Applying it to life, all these responsibilities we have… we’re in charge of it because we have the ability to do it. So take responsibility of things, take care of it, and get it done.
Life is a Temporary Assignment. Compared to eternity, life on earth is short and temporary. So don’t get too attached to things. Once again, try your best, and leave the rest to God… XD
In the past few days (Thu-Sun), a few of us from CCCB went to Melbourne for a leadership retreat. Many things happened, as our bond grows stronger more than ever. The central gravity of this bond is not something that was built overnight, and is one that will last for eternity through Him. I made some new friends, learned about different leadership styles, and most important of all, I feel that the reflection activities has really helped me grow spiritually.
トンネルの端にいつも光がある。。。私、道を見つけたかもしれない？光を見えたと思ってる。 I think I heard a sign.
and finally… pray for those who lost their lives and those who are affected by the Victorian bushfires. Also, thank God that we were so close to the fires, yet we were unaffected – the winds didn’t blow our way.
I’ve “screamed” nearly every single day in the past don’t know how many days… 蛇蟲鼠蟻跟我有仇嗎… /_\
Sunday – after the Australian Open tennis tournament, I saw this HUGE cockroach (nearly pinky finger length) on the ceiling… brother wanted to finish listening to the speeches before helping me to get rid of it… ><”
Saturday – church chinese new year fundraising dinner, HUGE huntsman spider in the ceiling corner… the staff decided to whack it with a fly squatter, and bits of fly squatter flew towards us… lucky it wasn’t in the food…
Friday – maggots outbreak. don’t even ask.
Probably in the few days before friday…
Gecko on the wall
Possibly domestic mice outside
Our puppy decided to be a cat and killed mice and birds…
I’m not touching my puppy till a few days later when I’ve gotten over it. She needs a bath badly.
將會是個非常忙碌的週末… 後天去墨爾本, 應該會忙到下星期五才能夠休息, 而且是 black friday, 希望到時候真的能休息 :S 自從去年去日本之後, 整個人變得很懶得碰電腦. 每天上班都一定會用電腦, 回到家卻不一定. 有空還是會 check email, 不過也只是看完就離開電腦了. 自己的電腦到現在還是懶得 upgrade, mother board 都不知道放多久了. 我是滿喜歡寫 blog的, でも、面倒くさいから、いつも書いてない… 2009年的生活終於開始了, 一切回復正常. 照常一星期上五天班, 上兩晚課, 星期六教中文, 星期天去教會. 每個禮拜都一樣. 空餘時間就休息, 不用碰電腦, 有時候跟弟弟玩遊戲, 訓練狗狗, 打電話給朋友聊天, 看平常沒時間看的書, 想想生存的意義, 這種忙碌又休閒的生活, 也是一種樂趣呢.
教會之後, 跟平常一樣, 花了一段時間才決定去哪裡吃午餐. 等呀等… 等什麼? 發現根本沒在等人, 才出發… :o 吃飯後到 Andi 家, 本來大家想說做我們的聖人research的, 可是男生都在玩遊戲, 女生今天又只有我一個人在. so ya… the research didn’t happen -_-” we only got up to the planning and outlines stage.
原來學語言有多種方法. Carlos 是用數學 table 的方法去背, 每次都聯想到那個表, 背得比較慢. 試試看換個”方向”吧! 嗯… 到底我今天在幹嘛 ~O~ 好混ㄚ…. B 來我家吃晚餐, me = super happy~~
聖人阿聖人… 如果沒internet 的話, 去圖書館也不一定找到資料說… 活在現代真好.
The girls team’s Saint research character is Saint Don Bosco. From Wiki:
John Bosco (born Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, also called Don Bosco; 16 August 1815 – 31 January 1888) was a Catholic priest from Italy, and recognized educator, who put into practice the dogma of his religion, employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment. He placed his works under the protection of Francis de Sales; thus his followers styled themselves the Salesian Society.
Don Bosco succeeded in establishing a network of centres to carry on his work. In recognition of his work with disadvantaged youth he was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934.
The car park at Ikea had some cones on the road. I knew the exit was on the right, but because the cones were there, I went straight ahead instead… uh oh… realising that it was the customer loading zone area, I wanted to reverse back out. Looking at the rear mirror, I’ve got like 2-3 cars behind me so I was forced to keep going forward :S
Did any car stop for pick up / loading? Nope. So all just followed me assuming that I knew the way out… XD I couldn’t stop laughing in the car! It was too funny!!
Yep, that’s me. A blind leading the blind.
Sometimes people are like sheep, they just follow the lead blindly without thinking why they did it. Hence we need a shepherd to guide us, and in life, that shepherd is God.
今天早上去 car service, 有服務載顧客回家或是到別的地方, 我是要去 garden city 的. 上車時, 看起來只有我一個”非澳洲人”. 後來…
坐我右邊的人接電話, 講不知道什麼語言, 司機問他, 我們才知道原來他在說阿拉伯文. 真的完全看不出是中東人, 而且也來澳洲二十幾年了. 至於我, 一看就知道是亞洲人. 坐我左邊的, 一開口聽英文發音就知道是來自南非的白人. 坐前座的是來自忘了哪裡的人. 所以其實車子裡就只有司機是”真正的澳洲人”. 聊到說26號是國慶日, 最近幾年澳洲有賣比較多澳洲國旗衣服等精品. 感覺大家也變得比較 patriotic. 兩百年歷史的澳洲, 沒錯是很多白人, 實際上, 每個人的祖先都是來自於不知道哪個國家呢. 是個多元文化的國家.
今年的Australia Day剛好是農曆年初一, 又有一個 long weekend 假期了. 期待!
Another relaxing evening at home~ after dinner, I decided to play the piano for a bit. Some old music books (and children’s song books) resurfaced and I sang them out loud to my lil bro, so many childhood memories! XD
Back to classicals, I still get frustrated when I cannot play songs with many octaves. However, I did have fun playing pieces from a Hanon book my piano teacher gave me around 10 odd years ago. Billy then joined me with Hanon later in the night. Hmm…. gotta practice more to improve my technique… 4th and 5th fingers are far too weak.
Hanon pieces are fun but crazy when it gets up to M.M 108 I can only get up to around M.M 80 This Hanon book is nearly brand new, I only played up to the 6th piece or so. Look forward to working over this book in 2009!!
More on The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises by Hanon:
今天教會之後, 大家出去飲茶歡送一位要回香港的朋友. 總共十八人, 吃了很多… 蛋撻一人一個, 蝦餃燒賣幾乎一人一個, 還有很多很多點心. 我們都吃飽的時候, 點心還一直送來. 懷疑是不是給多了?? 後來檢查我們的菜單… 喔… 我們總共點了65籠點心 ~”~ 難怪有那麼多食物了. 點菜時我們都是點每個點心一兩個, 加起來就很多了. 有點 all you can eat yum cha 的感覺. 幸好男生胃口比較大, 最終還是有把所有食物吃完, 沒浪費. 這一餐算吃得划算, 一人$15左右而已. 回香港一定要去找我們的醫師朋友!! :D
Today I had to make a phone call overseas, the person’s name was “yew”.
ET: Hello, may I speak to yew please?
Other side: hm?
ET: Is yew there?
Other side: hah?
ET: I mean, is tonyew there? (‘tonyew’ a fake name for blog)
Other side: tonyew? yes, hold on a sec..
So what happened was… my question sounded like “may I speak to YOU please?” hence the confusion =o= it became the first joke of the year with my colleagues… aiyaya…
yay! 11 days of holidays!
didn’t have much plans till recently…
not “every single day” is filled up with activities, but I think it should be a good balance…
between play and relaxing/cleaning the house.
but then, I’ve been really slack with touching the computer…
yes, and I do mean touching the computer…
I don’t even bother surfing the net that often, let alone blogging….
Most of the time, all I do in front of the computer is check emails for <5 min, then I leave the computer and go read or something.
Life’s really changed for me this year eh?
十二月和一月是很多人一年內花得最多錢的月份. 原因很間單: Christmas shopping, Boxing Day super SALE shopping, New Year’s shopping, people going on holidays, people doing shopping on holidays, Back-to-Shcool sale… 持續很久時間, 一波又一波的sale…
我自己也不例外, 得省錢啦… @Q@ 買東西抵擋不住誘惑, 只好從吃的方面下手. 吃健康一點, 少吃外面的食物, 別常吃零食… 希望可以省一點. 昨晚逛了一個小時, B 已經雙手都提著袋子了… XD 女生嘛~ 偶而還是會想超級 shopping 高興一下~ 呵呵
Today I was thinking about some Edward DeBono thinking skills… There’s logical vs lateral thinking. Something in my mind triggered, and I remembered this novel I read back in high school – “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.
There was a part of the story that went something like this:
Some level of people can recite, “the longest river in africa is the nile…”
but when asked, “what’s the longest river in the world?”
they’d reply, “I dont’ know”
if asked, “can you recite again?”
they’d go, “the longest river in…”
if asked again, “what’s the longest river in the world?”
they’d say again, “I don’t know…”
These people have the knowledge, but they don’t know how to apply it. That’s in the fictional world of Brave New World. It’s actually the same with many things nowadays. Say, students in many Asian countries. They have so stress studying, so they memorize everything, but when asked to apply, not many can do it.
I had sore eyes today, so I did some research on eyesight… incidentally, I found out that Aldous Huxley was clinically blind at age of 19, but can still see? It reminds me of Brave New World again. Maybe it’s a sign that I should re-read this book…
Some eye web sites:
They say Aldous Huxley used this method to fix his eyesight, but I doubt the source’s credibility.
Recently Carlos introduced some new songs to me – Acapella. Songs that are sung using pure vocals only, usually without any any instrumental accompaniment at all.
This reminds me of our high school “choir”… maybe they were trying to do Acapella songs, as many of their songs were pure vocals. But I can always remember that guy in the group… his voice stood out too much and didn’t blend in with the rest, didn’t work out too well back then :S
The song below (lyrics), Love Me Accapella, is sung by Janice Wei 衛蘭, a female singer in HK. I didn’t know it was her when I listened to the song until I looked it up. She has no Asian accent in her voice whatsoever. Beautiful voice. Listen to it when you get a chance.
Love Me Accapella – Janice Wei
The way you make me feel so adored
Wish you’d bring me candies when I feel lonely
Dream that you were my husband-to-be
In 365, all I ask is one, name it after me
Wish you’d write my name on your favorite palm tree
Look in my eyes, love is all you can see
Night and day I dream that things are the way before
Will you love me more
Where, when and why did you make me cry
Loneliness has become another part of life
Tears running strong and angels have gone
Don’t know how to carry on
Baby I need you now
I need your arms to hold me tight tonight
Please turn the lights down low
And feel my body glow, whisper and flow
Baby I need you now
I need your strength to hold me down tonight
The world is out of sight
Cause you are all that I’ve been searching
For the way you make me feel adored
今天是發生很虎濫的兩件事情. 寫來做個紀錄而已. 連”感想”都懶得寫了.
1. “有空幫我看嗎?” “好, 等我寫完這個就來” (很不削的說:) “你不想看的話那你只看這句就好了” 我心想 WTF, 我有說我’不想’幫他嗎? 他是在說話得罪人. 他說他那樣說的原因是 “因為我每次問你你都說等一下, 想說你是助けてあげたくない” (WTFx2)
2. 他問可不可以寄PDF給人, 我回說如果檔案沒有很大就大丈夫. 之後問我可不可以幫他做個比較小さい的, 我就要把我所有仕事丟下先做他的, 不然又說我 “不想助け”. 弄了好久, 最小的檔案還是太大, 問JPG可不可以. “只要是可以寄出去就好.” 那我就弄了兩個JPG. “為什麼要ふたつ檔案? 對方可以按次のページ嗎?” 我解釋圖案檔案是沒有次のページ的. “我電腦能力沒你那麼好, 我怎麼知道PDF與JPG有什麼分別. 而且ふたつ附加檔案太麻煩了, 對方怎麼會知道要開兩個. 像我的話就不會知道.” WTFx3 所以現在是說他自己不會開附加檔案囉. 很清楚那是ウソ. 那平常朋友阿老闆給的信件不還是有很多附加檔案嗎. 本当にウソ.
OMG… 從大學開始用電腦, 說不知道PDF與JPG的分別. 私ととぼけてはいけな!! 基本常識, 不會就學阿. 有Google就不該有藉口. バガだろ。
To dig into the depths of love… I shall attempt to remain calm while the seas are furious.
Can papercraft look tasty? Well, check out this 1:1 scale tenderloin steak papercraft designed by someone in Japan. There’s the “raw beef” version and also the “cooked beef” version. Very creative! I thought about making this papercraft, but I’d probably just go get some real steak at a restaurant.
Download the papercraft files here
醒了很多次 – 2:40am, hear the storm, 3:40am, 4:10am, 6am, and finally at 7am
頭還是很重, 終於受不了要請病假… 昨天上班就已經感覺不對了, 沒想到還真的生病了…
下午五點有好一點, 可以出去吃飯嚕~ 不然還得跟人說生病去不了.
Thank God I’m feeling a bit better now!!
今天上課… 第一件事情就是要做一個小 quiz – 選詞填充… OMG… 真的要study啦… realised that my application skills is still really bad!! 做完這練習才知道自己真的完全不會應用學過的字詞, 真是慘敗… 看文章看得懂, 要寫文也會寫 (因為都只用自己已經學會的字). 當我看著這篇文章時, 我知道應該是用哪個動詞, 記得動作手勢 (e.g. 眼鏡是用’掛’, 關燈是用’消’), 可是忘了怎麼寫怎麼讀 :o 唉… 這樣下去真的永遠都學不會. 只能基本溝通, 語文其實還是不通. 學語言真的要背 vocab. 不背就很難學會. 英文也是一樣. 雖然說我在澳洲長大, 有時候還是覺得自己的 vocab 不夠… 一直就只會用secondary level的字眼. 學語言, 多看, 多聽, 多寫, 多講, 才能進步. 明年希望… 嗯… 還是再看看好了. 加油!!!
有點生病… 喉嚨痛, 發熱, 整天肌肉酸痛… 希望明天不用請病假.
晚上突然停電了. 剛好我在玩NDS, 所以沒被”影響”到.
嗯… 停電的時候, 我家就是會有人做以下這種無聊事情…
幸好今天不是 halloween, 不然有人敲門真的會嚇死.
我弟他們就開始討論如果有人開門的話, 要怎樣用 bat 打人…
這時候, 真的突然有人敲門 ~”~ 喔, 是 B 啦~~ 不准打.
他是開車到一半突然一片漆黑. 呵呵~ 那更可怕吧!
才剛點完蠟燭, 開始享受”浪漫”的感覺, 電就回來了. 還真不好玩ㄚ. 太短暫了!
It was halloween yesterday. I wasn’t home at night though.
We had super sashimi rice at Kaisen Sushi!
It’s the only place in Brisbane that reminds me of the taste of Japan…
Exception would be Ichiban-boshi at Gold Coast, 日本の味。。。
Made some yummy muffins this evening using a recipe book I received as a gift a few years ago~ The most time consuming part was chopping up dried apricot and melting things using the pot… else everything was really easy. My bro said the apricot made it too sour, maybe next time I can use less apricots.
Going out now~ to deliver the freshly baked muffins~ and to work on the 2 church grant proposal with Carlos, and youth web site design. Hopefully we’ll get things done tonight…
我同事認識朋友是 Sunshine Coast 某家 Strawberry Farm 的 owner~
如果把草莓賣出去的話, 還沒到 super market 就會開始 rot 了.
所以都採給自己人吃~ 同事家裏有很多盒, 拿了一兩盒來公司 share.
This is the latest Doraemon episode!! Aired in Japan on 24/Oct/08
The dougu are really powerful. Story was really touching at the end, as so all new episodes do nowadays :)
當時彭神父來到布市 (他偶而就會來一次). 我已經忘記 retreat 內容了.
只記得有一部分, 大家都很安靜, 眼睛閉起來, 神父把手放在我們每個人的臉上.
神父回答說: “沒有. 你們所聞到的, 是主送給我們的香味, 大家聞到的都不一定一樣.”
覺得很神奇… 有人覺得是香油, 有的是花香, 有的什麼都聞不到, 我則是… 聞到我愛吃的牛肉腸粉豉油… 不懂… 只覺得很奧妙.
主創造人, 讓我們有五官, five senses, 就是要讓我們感受祂給我們的一切.
不過我到今時今日還會想, 神父手上怎麼會發出那麼多味道? 這是科學無法解釋的. 除非… 那味道是…. OMG
Yep… 275+ new messages received in Inbox today…
Church ppl so “active”… but it’s always fun to read through the conversations.
(Trav, dunno if you’ll read this, but you’re gonna pay… =_=)
I’m just too glad to have Gmail, it grouped everything into 3-4 lines only… XD
Don’t need to go through pages and pages of emails.
To Non-Gmail’ers: It’s now time to join us!!
Join Gmail and throw away all your troubles!
(wish I get a commission for promoting Gmail, but unfortunately the world doesn’t work that way)
We were going to watch Wall-E after church, but the visual quality wasn’t very good on the projector screen. So we went out for late lunch instead and continued “signing” our bibles from camp. Think we’re trashing it in a way as the bibles are getting to “messy”!
I then had dinner at B’s place and enjoyed some super yummy hk style congee.
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I’d just like to say, thank you for everything…
The letter you wrote yesterday was indeed very touching, and nearly brought me to tears, and I’m sure it has touched many of our hearts. Yes, recent days we have all been very busy with our preparations, at times we have neglected our loved ones including our friends and families. But yet, we are only spending all this time for the ministry as we love everyone and the Church. You have prompted us to bring this love back into our families. From my heart, I thank you for this reminder.
You are a great leader. We love you big bro. We can see that your family loves you deeply, and that all around you do too. You are a very holy person, and everyone’s “pistachio” (開心果). I will continue to pray for you, as always. God bless you dear bro.
Now, let’s look forward to this big long weekend!!
p.s. Well yeah I don’t know how to write “good letters”, but ya… thank you..
When I get tired, my brain stops functioning. Too many examples that I can think of… (some words/names are changed)
*phone rings 9am in the morning*
ET: “Good afternoon, ABDEF, ET speaking… AH! I mean GOOD MORNING!”
Person A: “hahaha…. been a long week eh?”
ET: “Good afternoon, ABDEF, ET speaking…”
Person B: “Hi … is ??? there” (it sounded like that)
ET: “Sorry ??? is not in today…”
Person B: “Oh, sorry this is ??? here…”
ET: “OMG sorry I couldnt’ recognise just then!!”
(I was so tired that I didn’t recognise ???’s voice through the phone… Person B was in fact ???….)
*Lining up at cashier, staring into blank space, finally my turn”
Cashier: “Do you have a rewards card?”
ET: “No I don’t” (I said it without thinking)
ET: “eh? Hang on, what am I saying, yes I do have one.”
*takes out the card*
ET: “…. too early into the week…” (continue to stare into blank space)
Cashier: *short laugh*
Yesterday was the 2nd Sunday of the month, so there was bible study at 9am. I didn’t wake up till 8:45am though, so was ~20 mins late :S Despite that, I realised that I wasn’t actually “late”, cuz I was the third person to arrive! XD Proves that we’re all from HK… being “late” is “normal behaviour”. Studied the miracles in the Book of John, loved it!
After Mass, it was more camp prep. I managed to find what we’ve been searching for in the past few weeks – happy go lucky! Back at church, everyone had their laptops and papers laid out on the tables. More singing and discussions. We also “raided” the kitchen when we had a chance, to borrow big plastic plates and other things for the camp. We left church when Rosary started at around 5pm. Wow… I’ve spent nearly 8 hrs at church in the one day.
Once again, thanks to Leung papa and Leung mama again for delicious dinner and for taking care of us. Then it was time for music search. Maybe that odd bit of perfectionist was working in me again, I really had to try and listen to all songs before I was satisfied with the quality. Hopefully there won’t be a lot of songs that needs to be re-searched. Megs is so good at massage~~ gotta learn from her when I get a chance :D So apparently Formula One (F1) was on TV, I’ve never watched real F1 before, except clips on TV and in anime (Cyber Formula). Thoroughly enjoyed watching it. It’s the driver’s skill, techniques and team work that made it fun to watch. Luckily B&A were there to explain the happenings. Home around 12:30am. Time to rest before the camp~
Two days ago on Saturday, after a hectic morning at Chinese school, went off to a leadership retreat at Sister’s place in the afternoon. C invited Father Long to join us at the retreat, and it made the whole retreat experience even more worthwhile (and gosh did C look terrible… haha) Did a test-run Taizé, refined songs/keys, and tried the bible study. We all had an opportunity to chat to Father one-on-one and did Reconciliation. He’s the one Father who I felt extremely confortable to talk with. You can really feel that God was there with us in the room.
The Sisters of St Paul de Chartres made us dinner! Super yummy~ And.. yesterday was Nic’s bday! So we had a celebration too :D Afterwards it was more work at C’s place with camp prep stuff. I had fun at the computer with Tina, though at times I wondered what I was doing there. B&M’s game prep sounded interesting too. Sleepy… while waiting for C, I managed to finish the HKAQ flyer for their upcoming pharmacy talk. Worked more on Taizé schedule. Everything should pretty much be finalised now. Can’t wait till next weekend!
Nic and I were the last ones to leave at around 2:30am in the morning – and we didn’t even realise the time till we hopped onto the car and saw the clock @@ maybe timeless can be a “good thing” afterall – you forget that you’re “tired”!
下個週末是我們教會青年初次舉辦 camp 活動.
全部由我們青年來籌備. 過去一個禮拜, 平均回家時間有三天是12am.
越去想就越多東西要準備. 多次的開會/gather, 雖然很累, 不過心裡是充滿喜悅.
An interesting read this one. How true?
A fake person is someone who is not genuine and will do whatever it takes to make themself look good. They will take credit for other’s work or down play the good of others to illuminate oneself.
Fake people take part in hipocrisy, lies, and will turn on friendship the moment it no longer is a benefit for them. They will change their personality to fit in to a certain group.
1. They are a bunch of fake people, after all the money I loaned them, not one of them could pay me back when I needed it.
2. Groupies are fake people, the moment they know a man had money all of a sudden they think he’s sexy.
Regulation is always good.
But they’re allowing more food preservatives to be used?? @@”
This is HK news by the way…
We were talking about languages today during lunch time :P Bloopers below are real stories, said by both Chinese and English people alike, due to confusion in language meanings.
Firstly, some correct translations:
Why – 為什麼
What – 什麼
When – 什麼時候
Where – 哪裡
How – 怎樣
English to Chinese
How are you?
How old are you?
What’s your father? (as in what’s his job/occupation)
running nose (流鼻水) – 在跑的鼻子
Chinese to English:
馬馬虎虎 – horse horse tiger tiger
七手八腳 – 7 hands 8 feet
人越是長大了, 就越難表達自己. No, that’s not totally correct.
人老了, 就不會表達自己. No, that’s not right either.
怎麼說呢? 小時候天真無邪的各位, 想什麼就說什麼.
友誼愛情阿什麼關係都很直接. 長大以後, 我們都發現世上很多”假人”, 也有很多”怪人”.
Some of these people are scared of “confrontation”; so scared that it’s sad. They are a most stubborn group of people, who have absolute terror of expressing emotions. To do this they avoid confrontation at all costs, which ends up starting the most heated fights because it frustrates and confuses the other party.
Confrontation不一定指吵架, 意思說要跟對方表達自己的意思. 不講的話, 對方永遠不知道. People can’t read each other’s minds, except psychics. 很多時候會用藉口來 justify自己的做法. 也許他們不知道正在創造不必要的誤會.
很多時候他們覺得自己不需要人關心. 一切正常. 那與其把事情說出來, 倒不如不說. 讓他們”自生自滅”算了 :o
在世上這種例子多的是, 記得眼看明明是好朋友的朋友們, 突然變成什麼話都不說, 還雙方都不知道為什麼. 未免有點太可惜了吧? 也許默默的祈禱才是唯一能我能做到的. May God bless.
The mystery between men and women has always been a hot topic amongst society. The similarities, the difference, the WAY WE DO THINGS – it’s all just so not the same. Honest communication is always the key to less arguments, but how to achieve this? Well, the article below will at least give an insight into men and women’s communication styles, and for men, how to make women happy!
How to make a woman happy
Men, get ready. You are about to discover the secret that will revolutionize your relationships. You are going to learn how to make the love of your life happy.
And it isn’t as expensive and complicated as you may think. The secret is known as the three “A’s”. Integrating these elements into your daily life will guarantee you an exciting, loving, and dynamic relationship. The three “A’s” are attention, affection and appreciation. If you give your wife the attention she needs, the affection she longs for and the appreciation she deserves, then you are definitely going to make her happy.
Men and Women are Different.
They are definitely, undeniably different from each other. And one of the ways in which those differences come out is in the needs that each one has from a relationship.
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上星期的涼茶(菊花茶)義賣的反應 so so.
總共十一個人 (in and out), 有人下午六點開動, 有人做到凌晨一點…
5. 白雪軟凍 (有多餘材料而另加的)