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2015.08.28 | 慶讚中元

[Volume 10 Issue 8, #2051]
The 7th Month of The Chinese Lunar Calendar
The 7th Month of The Chinese Lunar Calendar, Hungry Ghost Month
嚟到舊曆七月中, 即係大家所熟悉嘅中元節或盂蘭節, 又或者俗稱嘅鬼節.. 我覺得我係相信有往生後幽靈之說嘅, 因為自細我都好怕呢啲嘢㗎.. 譬如話如果屋企附近有喪禮(尤其係道教義式嘅), 我會因為聽到啲超度念經同打齋聲而唔敢去瞓覺, 我甚至唔敢經過辦喪事嘅屋企而要搵路兜..

點都好, 人大咗情況就好得多啦, 我同自己講其實唔駛去亂諗嘢嚇自己.. 普遍上大家都係相信舊曆七月鬼門關大開, 幽靈會由地府傾巢而出在人間遊蕩, 大家可能因此怕怕.. 不過我又聽聞其實呢個月內雖然係鬼門關大開, 但係就只開俾尚在人間遊蕩嘅無主孤魂返回地府, 只係有入而冇得出嘅.. 我會選擇相信後者.. 其實我哋都存在於唔同嘅空間, 雖然就同時共存, 甚至有時係因為某些原因可以聯接得上.. 之不過, 正如人與人之間一樣, 只要大家互相尊重, 河水不犯井水, 查實都大可以相安無事.. 呢個月唔係謠言及商業電影講得咁恐怖嘅, 反而我哋應該遵守留傳世代嘅禁忌, 從而反映出我哋嘅尊重.. :)
it's mid of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, or commonly known as the Hungry Ghost Month.. i guess i do believe in spirits and souls in the afterlife world, as i remember when i was still young, i was quite haunted and bothered by all these "things".. for example, if there were funerals (especially the Taoist funerals) nearby, i would be scared by the noise of the chantings and instruments from the funerals until i dared not sleep, i was frightened to even walk passed the funeral that i wanted to avoid it by taking alternative routes..

anyway, it got better as i grew up and i told myself there is no need to be bothered by all the unnecessary thinkings.. i think most of the Chinese believe that for this month, the gate of hell is opened and spirits are free to roam for the entire month, hence probably the scare.. on the other hand, i have also read about another saying that, the gate of hell is open but only for wandering spirits to return or to be sent back to the afterlife world through the gate, only in they go and nowhere they could get out to roam.. now, i choose to believe the latter.. we are present in very separate dimensions, though both dimensions actually exist at the same time, and at times the frequency may draw us together.. however, just like between humans, as long as we respect one another, there should not be any worries.. this is not a month to be haunted by spirits like many old sayings and what are shown in commercial movies, but rather to show respects by observing the taboos passed down from generations to generations.. :)

2015.08.25 | 陽光水果

[Volume 10 Issue 8, #2050]
Fruits Infused Solarized Water
睇咗Twilight Anay嘅呢一篇貼, 話佢飲咗所謂嘅陽光水(solarized water)之後, 成個人都精神爽利.. 於是我就蠢蠢欲動, 第二日就即刻去買咗兩個玻璃樽返嚟自己整陽光水飲.. 不過就買唔到有色玻璃樽, 得呢啲透明無色嘅.. 唔緊要, 到時可以用各種唔同顏色嘅透光紙包住, 仲過flexible啦!! 好喇, 乜嘢陽光水呀你問?? 其實就係將你支(一定要玻璃, 唔可以用塑膠)樽入滿水, 再放喺太陽下曬佢兩個鐘, 就係咁簡單.. 呢度我就無謂囉嗦喇, 閣下若有興趣知多啲, 可以上網搜尋關於solarized water color therapy呢個古老治療, 睇睇各種顏色嘅不同效益.. :)
i read this post from Twilight Anay that he consumes solarized water daily and feels recharged and energetic all day long.. i was very excited about this therapy and the next day, i immediately went to buy two glass bottles and started making my own solarized water.. too bad, i could only get these transparent bottles since colored ones were unavailable.. never mind, in this case i can always wrap them up using different color films, even more flexible this way!! what solarized water you wonder?? simply expose your (glass only, not plastic) bottle of water under sunlight for a couple of hours and that it is!! anyway, i'm not going to be redundant here, if you are interested to know more, just google solarized water color therapy and read the benefits of this very ancient wisdom.. :)
Solarized Water Color Therapy
最近喺網上睇到有人飲呢個生果泡水(fruits infused water), 雖然唔係新聞, 但係我覺得幾有趣噃, 一試無妨.. 於是靈機一觸, 我將兩者二合為一, 產生咗我嘅生果泡陽光水(fruits infused solarized water)嚟.. 就希望兩者嘅效益唔會相撞之余, 其實可以互補互惠啦, 呵呵!! 以下係試過嘅兩款, (1)醒神: 檸檬, 青檸同桔仔, (2)沁涼: 靑蘋果, 青瓜及薄苛葉..飲前我會加冰塊, 凍冰冰易入口, 再加半茶匙鹽(係鹽, 唔係糖!!)俾佢更加清涼.. 飲後感:- 靑蘋果, 青瓜及薄苛葉如果直接打成汁會好味啲嘅; 檸桔嗰個呢, 其實幾適合咁整而且好好飲喎, 我鍾意呀.. 拋開你嘅汽水同所有加工嘢飲,嚟試下呢個健康啲嘅啦!! :)
lately, i have also read about people drinking fruits infused water, likely an old story but i find it interesting that i would want to try too.. and so, i combined both ideas and came out with my fruits infused solarized water, with a hope that their benefits won't clash but rather complement each other, haha!! here were two that i tried, (1) invigorating: lemon, lime and calamansi on the left, (2) cooling: green apple, cucumber and mint on the right.. i would add ice-cubes to serve them chilled, and also half a teaspoon of salt (no, not any sugar!!) to make them taste even more refreshing.. my verdict, probably it's nicer to just blend apple, cucumber and mint into juice; as for the citrus one, i find it suitable for and taste good this infused-water way, i like it!! ditch your soda and all processed beverages, try this healthier one!! :)
Lemon, Lime and Calamansi Infused Solarized WaterGreen Apple, Cucumber and Mint Infused Solarized Water

2015.08.21 | 手機演進

[Volume 10 Issue 8, #2049]
The Chronicles of My Mobile Phones
我係喺2000年先開始擁有自己部手機嘅, 都相當肯定係朋友及同事之中最後一個「有機一族」.. 我認為自己都算係個中庸嘅手機使用者, 咁多年以嚟都只係換過6部手機, 平均每2.5年先至一次棄舊迎新.. 大家嚟睇睇下面我的手機演進史, 其實都用咗啲時間上網搵啲相㗎, 尤其係前幾部古董, 哈哈!! 你呢?? 幾時開始有第一部手機?? 用咩款?? 依家又係第幾部手機呢?? :)
i only started to own a mobile phone in year 2000, i am pretty sure i was the last to (finally) have one amongst friends and colleagues.. i consider myself quite a moderate mobile phone user because throughout these years, i have had only 6 phones all together, which means i ditched an old phone for a new one every 2.5 years on average.. look at the chronicles of my mobile phones, i actually spent some time searching for the pictures especially the antique ones, haha!! how about you?? when did you first own your mobile phone, what model was it?? and what is the phone you are using now after how many changes?? :)
The Chronicles of My Handphones - Panasonic GD90
2000: Panasonic GD90
The Chronicles of My Handphones - Sony Ericsson T630
2003: Sony Ericsson T630
The Chronicles of My Handphones - Samsung E900
2007: Samsung E900
The Chronicles of My Handphones - Nokia 6300
2007: Nokia 6300
The Chronicles of My Handphones - iPhone 4 Black
2011: Apple iPhone 4
The Chronicles of My Handphones - iPhone 5S Gold
2014: Apple iPhone 5S

2015.08.18 | 行業專業

[Volume 10 Issue 8, #2048]
Profession versus Professional
All Kinds of Professions
想問下大家有幾何被身邊嘅親朋戚友咨詢同你行業有關嘅嘢, 但係你就覺得係需要其他專業人士去答覆呢?? 哈哈, 我知大家睇咗句嘢三次, 都仲係嘗試理解我想講乜.. 講簡單啲, 就好似去同一位事務律師咨詢關於捐獻及謀殺醜聞嘅意見(因為都係律師), 又或者叫一位心肺醫生去幫孕婦開刀生仔(因為都係醫生)咁.. 就正是今日呢篇貼嘅題材--行業與專業喇..

大家都知我喺所謂嘅IT界搵餐飯仔食啦, 就因為咁, 身邊啲親友一有咩關於電腦嘅嘢, 就第一時間走嚟問我.. 老實講, 其實IT只不過係一個通用(甚至濫用)嘅名詞, 本身就係個非常之廣泛(到佢哋完全唔知有幾廣泛)嘅行業, 裡面有幾乎無限嘅領域, 而每個領域入面嘅每個分支都有佢哋自己嘅專家.. 我可能懂得, 或識少少, 甚至完全一竅不通嘅地方多得是, 但係因為我係個佢哋身邊嘅「IT人」, 所以就好似理所當然會知晒全部嘢.. 事實當時並非如此啦, 我係識得啲啲scripting, 但我冇可能識晒所有程式篇寫同網頁設計.. 我係識得(跟住說明書)裝軟件, 但我對於電腦網絡同硬件係零知識, 更不能講要我修理電腦.. too bad, 呢啲全部都係佢哋眼中嘅「IT嘢」, 我唔識邊個識?? 所以好多時候對於呢啲嘅expectation, 我只係有啼笑皆非嘅份.. :D
how often are you being consulted by people around you on things related to your profession, but you actually think those need professionals to answer?? haha, i know you read that sentence three times and are still trying to digest what i mean.. to make it simple, it's like consulting a solicitor on a donation and murder scandal (because they are lawyers), or asking a cardiologist to perform a caesarean delivery (because they are doctors).. it's exactly the topic of this post - profession versus professional..

you see, i work in the so-called IT line, and because of that many friends and relatives around like to ask me whatever computer related.. to be frank, IT is a very general term and itself a vast industry (they never have expected) that involves almost infinite areas and each sub-domain under every area has got their own specialists.. i may know, or know little, or even know nothing about many areas, but because i am seen as the "IT guy" around them, i am expected to know what they wanted to know.. this is certainly not the case, i may know a little scripting but i definitely cannot do all kinds of programming and web design work.. i may know how to install software (based on the manuals) but i definitely know nothing about computer networking and architecture, not to mention repairing a computer.. too bad, all these are just "IT" to them and i am expected to know all things.. many times i am just speechless on these expectations, i wonder if i shall cry or i shall laugh?? :D

2015.08.14 | 出埠歸來

[Volume 10 Issue 8, #2047]
Just Back Home from An Outstation Trip
有讀者問點解我最近咁靜局嘅?? 吓, 乜我好靜局咩?? 我有例常嘅新貼, 我又從未miss過其他blog嘅每一個貼喎.. 又或者因為我有超過一個月都冇回應任何留言?? 呵呵, 唔好意思囉, 其實真係冇乜時間去逐個貼逐條留言去回應囉(不過我有睇晒所有留言), 如我經常提及過啦, 睇blog留言優先嘛.. anyway, 我其實剛剛出埠做嘢返嚟咋, 因為冇(免費)wifi, 唯有靠部手機上網同睇blog留言, 所以留言金榜多日內都冇更新.. 噚晚一返到屋企, 就即時更新同埋寫咗今日呢個貼喇, 所以係簡短兼dry嘅.. 究竟我去咗邊呢?? 下面有三張相俾大家估下, 當然估中係冇手信啦, 哈哈!! 祝大家有個愉快嘅週末!! :)
some bloggers wondered why i have been so quiet lately?? errr, have i been quiet?? i have regular new posts and i have comments left for every new posts of other blogs.. probably i seem to be quiet because i have not been replying to comments since more than a month ago?? ooopsss, paiseh lah, i am really still finding time to do that (but i read all comments actually), the former tasks come in priority first, as i have always mention, hehe.. anyway, i am indeed just back home from an outstatin business trip, can't get (free) wifi and i just had to rely on my phone to bloghop and surf the internet, hence even the comment chart was not updated.. back home last night and i made sure all things are back on track and instantly drafted this post, so you see only this very short and brief and "dry" post today.. where have i been?? three photos below for you to guess, no souvenirs though if you manage to guess it right, haha!! have a great weekend ahead folks!! :)
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Outstation Trip - The Paddy FieldOutstation Trip - The FoodOutstation Trip - The Pomelo Tree