2014.11.20 | 幾多個站

[Volume 9 Issue 11, #1967]
How Many Stations??
Klang Valley Integrated Rail System
各位是否經常都會聽到有人話或者問, 仲有幾個站到?? 我個人絕對認為咁樣係十分之模棱兩可, 究竟係尚有幾個站?? 定係中間隔幾個站?? 幾多個站又係點樣計先?? 有啲人會計埋起點同終點, 有啲人計起點唔計終點, 有啲人唔計起點計終點, 有啲人起點同埋終點都唔計.. 況且呀, 聽者未必會同說者同一個計算方式喎, 咁究竟係邊個打邊個先?? 我自己就希望話人知, 又或者人哋話我知個方向同終點站嘅站名, 因為咁樣先係準確得自己可以處理, 唔似有幾個站咁相對性, 容易引起不必要誤會.. 可能我哋呢個咁簡單嘅交通系統(複雜嘅唔係個系統本身, 而係冇完善銜接又冇清楚說明累事啫), 計站可以work, 不過去到其他交通系統更加先進同複雜嘅地方, 單係靠計站, 肯定係會蕩失囉!! 哈哈~~ :p
do you often hear people telling or asking how many stations to their destination from where they are?? i personally find this rather uncertain, how many stations more?? or how many stations to?? and how the stations are counted differs from person to person.. some include both origin and destination, some include origin but exclude destination, some exclude origin but include destination, some exclude both origin and destination.. moreover, the person who receives the message may not count the same way as the person who explains, so which is which?? i would actually prefer to tell or be told the direction and the exact name of the destination station, as this is something absolute i can figure out myself, not something relative like how many stations and hence no misunderstanding.. probably with our relatively simple rail network (confusing is not the system itself but the lack of integration connection yet vague information given), counting stations may work, but in other cities with more advanced and sophisticated rail system network, one who count by station is surely going to be lost!! haha~~ :p

2014.11.18 | 利用同情

[Volume 9 Issue 11, #1966]
Symphathy Being Exploited??
Minions Tissue Papers
唔係, 呢一篇post唔係要炫耀我啲(Minions)紙巾, 只不過係用佢嚟帶出一宗最近遇到嘅一件事啫.. 好喇, 大家應該都對茶室內有人兜售紙巾呢一件事見怪不怪啦, 當中兜售嘅大多數都係失明人士啦.. 當然, 買唔買係完全自發性嘅, 而我相信大多數人會幫襯, 都係出自一番憐憫之心, 覺得做點好事幫助啲失明人士.. 通常都係RM1三包或者唔超過RM0.50一包, 係嘛?? 不過某日我在孟沙某茶室內嘅時候, 就無意中聽到隔離檯嘅客人買一包要俾RM1.. 嘩!! 我即刻覺得係冷冷的利用我哋對於失明人士嘅同情心囉.. 其實如果賣貴少少, 我唔覺得有人會介意, 不過此等嘅「不合理高價」, 至少我自己係不能接受囉!! 感覺就好似你捐錢俾慈善機構, 譬如話你捐RM5, 不過人家就嫌你俾得少咁樣, 大家get到我個point嗎?? 其實同光天化日搶錢冇乜分別喎, 同意嗎?? @_@"
nope, this post is not about my (Minions) tissue papers but just an example to illustrate the story i'm going to tell.. okay, i guess it's rather common you find people peddling packets of tissue papers in some coffee shops, and most of them are the visually impaired.. of course, buying or not is totally voluntary but i think many will just buy one packet more as a sign of doing good to helping them.. normally 3 packets for RM1 or not more than RM0.50 for a packet, right?? but one day when i was in a coffee shop in Bangsar, i overheard the next table that the patron was charged RM1 for a packet.. wow, i immediately felt like that was an exploit of our symphaty towards the visually impaired.. i mean it's not wrong to charge a little more and most of us won't mind that, but with this quite "unreasonable more" (at least to me), i totally cannot accept.. it's like you are donating, say RM5, to a charity establishment and they instead complain you are giving too little, you get the point?? not much difference from daylight robbery, agree?? @_@"

2014.11.14 | 放緩腳步

[Volume 9 Issue 11, #1965]
Slow Down and Observe Your Surroundings
From My Window The Mango Tree Inspires
呢一棵就喺我房間窗外嘅芒果樹, 係廿年前搬嚟時所種.. 多年來我都不削一望, 直至最近一個星期日早上, 我在驚喜中發現樹上生咗幾個正在成熟嘅芒果(放心, 我唔係叫你猜一共有幾多個).. 我突然喺度諗, 我哋之中有幾多位係會放慢腳步, 去觀察同珍惜身邊左右嘅事物?? 你認識你嘅鄰居嗎?? 你嘅鄰居認識你嗎?? 我哋每朝趕住返工, 困於交通擁擠中, 喺公司埋頭苦幹直至返到屋企可能天已是黑, 仲要繼續做嘢做家務.. 甚至唔趕嘅時候,都係無時無刻慣性地睇住部手機, 食飯要睇, 撘車要睇, 行路要睇, 甚至同親友聚緊都要睇.. 呢個世界變得如此冷了嗎?? 我指嘅係人情, 唔係氣候, 但偏偏我哋又不知覺地融入了.. 祝大家有個愉快的週末~~ :)
this mango tree just outside my window was planted 20 years ago when i moved to this place.. all these years, i did not really bother to take a look until one recent sunday morning, i looked out of the window and found by surprise some riping mangoes growing on the tree (okay, i won’t ask you to guess how many were there).. i suddenly thought, how many of us actually care to slow down to look around and appreciate things in our surroundings?? do you know your neighbours, or do your neighbours know you?? we rush to work every morning, stuck in the traffic, bury ourselves in and by the time we reach home probably at night, we continue with work or house chores.. even if we are not in a rush, we are busy looking at our phones - while eating, while commuting, while walking or even while meeting up with friends and relatives.. the world has turned cold?? i mean the human touch, not climate, yet we have already accustomed to it.. have a great weekend ahead everyone~~ :)

2014.11.12 | 拎收膠袋

[Volume 9 Issue 11, #1964]
Carrying and Keeping Plastic Bags in Style
Carrying Plastic Bags In Style
好喇, 暫且不提是否環保不環保, 因為今日我要講一講膠袋.. 如果有人俾我個裝住嘢嘅膠袋, 仲要係打成如A1般的結咁樣嘅, 我一定二話不說即刻解開個結, 確保我拎住個膠袋嗰陣係如A2一樣囉.. 或者係得我咁覺得啦, 打咗個結睇落好uncle囉, 雖然我承認我自己係uncle一個~~ 哈峆峆!!
okay, forget about being not environmentally friendly for a moment, but let’s talk about plastic bags.. if i am given something to carry and the plastic bag is tied in a ribbon like A1 above, i am so gonna untie it right away and make sure i only carry it like A2!! haha, maybe just me but i really find it very “uncle” to tie up a plastic bag like that, though i admit i am one, muahahaha!!
Keeping Plastic Bags In Style
當然, 我會希望有個紙袋又或者用返自己個環保購物袋, 不過好多時候好難避免要用膠袋嘛.. 我呢就唔會丟啲新淨膠袋, 而係會收起再用作垃圾袋嘅.. 如果你都有收起嘅話, 你會求其將佢揸成如B1咁嘅一團, 定係花多幾秒鐘將佢摺到如B2咁的骰呢?? 我咁完美主意, 你都估得到我會係後者啦.. 你唔覺更企理更慳位咩?? :)
of course i would prefer to be given a paper bag or use my own grocery bag, but many times plastic bags are inevitable.. i don’t throw away my plastic bags but keep them to be reused as garbage bags.. if you are to keep your plastic bags, do you usually just crush it into a ball and put a side like B1, or you spend a few seconds to fold it nicely like B2?? being a perfectionist like me, surely i am doing the latter, it looks more tidy and save space too, agree?? :)

2014.11.10 | 企理規劃

[Volume 9 Issue 11, #1963]
A Perfectly Well Planned City Landscape
The City of Barcelona viewed from the air
唔係, 我最近都冇去旅行, 所以呢一篇唔係又再一篇旅遊貼文(松一口氣!!), 雖然我在2009年曾經到過巴塞隆納一遊.. 無意中見到呢一張相, 簡直就係驚為天人, 程度上更甚我當年身在該地嘅時候, 因為我真係唔知呢一個城市係規劃得如此完善的!! 大家睇下La Sagrada Familia(中間起咗好多座尖塔嘅教堂)四週呢個地區, 啲路係何等筆直, 建築整齊排列在路與路交替嘅「格子」之中, 每一座都呈八角形以提供每個街角更多光線與空間, 最後中間有一條大道(Avinguda Diagonal)對角切過整個城市.. 更加令人驚嘆嘅, 係因為我哋或者從未見過, 以及將來都唔會見到咁嘅情形出現在呢一片「能夠國土」上.. 唔會有先見嘅規劃, 有嘅只係拆舊建新, 九曲十三彎嘅道路只要銜接得到, 就可以天馬行空一條飛躍過一條, 同意嗎?? 呢一張相教識我一樣嘢, 我哋應該將首要事情先做得妥妥貼貼, 咁以後需要解決問題嘅機率就會大大降低啦..
nope, i have not been to any vacation lately, so this is not again a travelogue post (phew!!), though i have actually been to Barcelona in 2009.. i stumbled upon this photo and was totally awed, to a degree higher than when i was there because i didn't know this city was so well planned.. look at this area around La Sagrada Familia (the cathedral with lots of spires in the center), how straight the roads are, the buildings neatly arranged in "boxes" within intersecting roads, each block was built octagonal to allow more lights and space to the corners of roads, and in the center a straight road (the Avinguda Diagonal) cutting through the city diagonally.. awesome even more, since we probably have not seen and will not see this in our lovely Bolehland, no foresighted planning but instead always demolition of the old for the built of the new, and curvy roads built on top of one another anywhere they could find a way to connect, do you agree?? this photo inspires me that we should do the first thing right and chances we need to overcome problems in the future is greatly reduced..

2014.11.06 | 椰漿飯說

[Volume 9 Issue 11, #1962]
On Enjoying the Most Basic Nasi Lemak..
Basic Nasi Lemak, Nasi Lemak Biasa
我唔係一個愛飯之人, 我可以幾日冇飯落肚.. 而且, 我尤其冇辦法七朝八早就食飯當早餐, 包括好多人都認為係最佳早餐嘅肉骨茶, 唔好意思, 真係冇興趣.. 或者話, 我唯一會當早餐嚟食嘅飯類, 係我哋嘅「全民食物」--椰漿飯之外還是椰漿飯.. 我記得以前我好愛加飯家餸加料, 成座山咁先滿足到我.. 不過依家我就會選擇最基本嘅椰漿飯, 求其有飯有蛋有sambal辣椒就得了.. 我想話, 很多時候, 最簡單嘅嘢可以係最好的, 最基本嘅嘢可以俾到我哋最大嘅滿足..
上面嘅蕉葉椰漿飯, 可以話係我試過最好食嘅其中一個.. 喺怡保路五條石國聯花園88茶餐室嘅一個小檔口, 一包賣RM1.50, 兩包不是問題.. :p
i am not a rice person, i can survive without rice for days.. and i am especially "unable" to eat rice as breakfast in the morning, that includes bak kut teh that many would consume as an ideal breakfast, but no thank you really.. the only rice i take for breakfast is probably our "national food", the nasi lemak and nasi lemak only.. i remember i used to order extra rice and sides and condiments to go with my nasi lemak, i was only satisfied with a huge portion.. however i now prefer the most basic nasi lemak biasa, just rice with egg and sambal.. i would say, at times, the simplest thing can be the best and the most basic thing can make us feel most satisfied..
the simple and basic but very delicious nasi lemak wrapped in banana leaf above is one of the best i have eaten.. RM1.50 a packet from a little stall at Kedai Kopi 88, Taman Kok Lian, Batu 5 Jalan Ipoh.. two is not a problem~~ :p