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2015.04.16 | 日行萬步

[Volume 10 Issue 4, #2013]
Stay Healthy - Walk 10,000 Steps A Day
Stay Healthy by Walking 10,000 Steps A Day
曾經在某處讀過話步行係一種良好運動.. 我哋人人每日都一定會行路啦, 不過要行幾多先稱得上係「有運動過」呢?? 佢話係每日行一萬步..呢個數字睇落有啲大, 而且邊鬼個會咁得閒去計腳步?? 我從來懶理, 直至發現部手機入面有個叫做「Health」嘅apps, 紀錄每日行過幾步路.. 我唔清楚呢個「步行計」點樣操作, 不過既然「生果牌」洗咗幾百萬同幾年時間研發, 到依家公開俾用戶使用, 我應該信賴佢嘅準確性嘅, 哈哈!!

於是, 我最近對於自己行過幾步路都頗為著緊, 會時時刻刻開個apps睇下, 盡量做到每日一萬步.. 我當然知道, 如果我可以好似或者或者咁樣跑法, 我都唔駛擔心啦.. 個問題係在於自己身體太笨重(想像下遮里喺度跑緊, dun下dun下咁係何其辛苦!!), 而且腳踝會發痛喎!! 所以我只好選擇走路, 可喜的是, 其實要行佢幾千步都並非難事, 只係我哋未為意啫.. 而我好開心可以保持平均每日過萬步, 要俾個like自己!! 所以各位朋友呀, 大家開始要每日行多幾步路喇.. 架車泊離門口遠啲, 行路出去打包而唔揸車, 應該唔死得下化?? :p
i once read somewhere that walking is a good form of exercise.. we all walk everyday no doubt, but how much of walking do you think could classify us as "having exercised"?? it says walk 10,000 steps a day.. this sounds like a big number and who the hell of us counts how many steps we walked in a day?? i never bothered, until i found this apps called "Health" shipped with my phone that logs the number of steps i walked.. i do not know how this "pedometer" works but if that "fruit brand" invested millions and years in the R&D of this thing and finally released it to the users, i better believe its credibility, haha!!

so i have been rather excited about the number of steps i walked lately, i check that apps every now and then and try my best to hit the 10,000 mark everyday.. i know,if i run like the archetypical her on the trails or him and her on the treadmill, i won't have to worry a thing.. but the thing is, i am TOO HEAVY to run (imagine a jello running all wobbly, susah lah kan??), and my ankles hurt if i do!! so i resort to walking, thank god, believe it or not?? it's actually not difficult to log thousands of steps a day, we just do not realise that.. and i am happy that i can maintain a daily average of 10,000 steps, bravo to myself!! so everyone, let's all start to walk a little more everyday, park your car a tad further from the entrance or walk out to tapao instead of driving won't die lah.. :p

2015.04.13 | 吉野花丸

[Volume 10 Issue 4, #2012]
Yoshinoya Don and Hanamaru Udon
仲記得好多年前, 當吉野家仲未結業之前, 佢就喺MidValley地下嗰一層.. 之後當我喺香港嗰一段時間, 吉野家係我呢啲「孤獨老人」解決簡單一餐嘅好去處(尤其我當時住緊層樓行五分鐘就有一間), 呵呵.. 於上個月強勢回歸馬來西亞市場後, 我就好想再去食佢個特盛牛丼, 然後再次光顧試下同佢聯業嘅花まる烏冬.. 近日終於達成目標 - 大家請按下面兩個button睇相..

好喇, 應該點講呢?? 算幾好啦, 唔係我一踏出門口就會忘記, 但又不至於數日後我會掛住要食佢嗰一種囉.. 就係一般應有嘅水準(只是往往因為係源自日本而在馬來西亞被睇高一線啫)..
i still remember 吉野家 (Yoshinoya) was on the lower-ground floor of MidValley many years ago before they closed down.. and when i was in HK, Yoshinoya was a good choice for loners like me for a quick fix (especially that there's one 5min walk away from my flat), haha.. making a comeback to Malaysia last month, i was eager to give the 牛丼 (gyūdon, beef rice) a try and also a second visit for the うどん (udon) at the joining 花まる (Hanamaru).. and so i did - click the buttons below to view the bowls..

well, how should i put it?? things were not bad, not something i would forget after walking out, nor something i would be missing couple of days later.. you know, just something common like it should be (only when it comes from Japan to Malaysia, it seems to be more high-class)..
日本 Japan
馬來西亞 Malaysia
Beef Rice at Yoshinoya Kuala LumpurBeef Rice at Matsuya Tokyo
Udon at Hanamaru Kuala LumpurUdon at Marugame Seimen Osaka
點觸相片比較馬來西亞與日本同一食品
Click or tap photo to compare the same food in Malaysia and Japan
另外一提, 如果大家去click啲相嘅話, 就可以睇到我用之前喺日本食過同樣嘅嘢作出簡單比較.. 我諗唔駛我多講, 大家都有眼見到個分別啦.. 其實我覺得好多人潛意識中認定日本啲嘢係特別貴嘅, 不過我想話俾大家知, 以上所比較嘅食物, 兌換貨幣後係價錢相若㗎.. 但係見到所得實物, (當然仲有好多其他因素, 不過)在價值方面而論, 我係覺得馬來西亞仲貴啲㖭囉.. 尤其當你比較國人平均收入, 個程度係去到更差嘅地步..
on another note, if you click on the photo itself, you will see the same thing i had in Japan for a comparison.. i bet i don't need to say much but your eyes could see the difference?? BTW many may have misperceived things are more expensive in Japan, but i have to tell you that those above are about the same price after currency conversion.. however, looking at what was served, (of course there are many other factors involved but) in terms of worthwhileness, i find it's actually more expensive in Malaysia instead, worse if you put our per capita income as the baseline..

2015.04.09 | 大學初期

[Volume 10 Issue 4, #2011]
My Growing-up: University Days
Growing-up University Days Playing with Snow University of Sussex Brighton UK
好呀!! 我知大家睇到上面兩張相時實係啃親, 你叫自己要相信相中人係我, 不過(同依家嘅我比較後)又說服唔到自己?? 冇呃你啦, 相入面真係我嚟㗎, 哇哈哈哈!! 你可能想問我, 無啦啦做乜要拎呢兩張相出嚟嚇人?? 其實我係醒起自己有個成長系列篇, 對上一貼已是18個月前所寫嘅學院日子, 我覺得唔好俾佢停啦, 於是今日就以大學生涯故事為他延續落去..

至於呢兩張相, 我又有咩故事可以講咁呢??
  • 呢兩張相係將近兩個世紀前, 於1996年12月讀緊大學時所攝.. 場景係term break時嘅campus, 叔叔當年未有廿歲!!! :D
  • 嗰一次係人生中第一次見到雪, 興奮到呢, 我哋幾個大鄉里不顧一切就咁走出去玩雪同影相.. 當年未有電子相機, 所以影得菲林相嘅都係大事件㗎!!
  • 當時唔係著得好厚衫, 因為落緊雪冇啲雪融緊時咁凍, 而且我入面係著緊衛生衣保曖嘅, 再加上自己身上囤積嘅脂肪.. 呵呵!!
  • 最後我不得不話俾大家知我睇見相中當時嘅自己, 真係想星佢兩巴, 哈哈!! 天呀!! 嗰一身不知所謂嘅打扮, 嗰一頂雌雄難辯嘅頭髮!! 想點??!! 其實我可以解釋: (1) 我哋怕怕去搵鬼佬理髮, (2) 當時個個都唔捨得立亂洗錢, (3) 呢個郭富城頭當時尚係頗風摩, (4) 好多亞洲人都係呢個款, 我係其中典型一個.. :p
great!! i know you choked very badly when you saw the photos above, you wanted to believe that was me in the photo yet not convinced (after comparing to the now me)?? seriously, i assured you that person in the photos was me, muahahaha!! why am i showing these horrible photos out of a sudden, you may ask?? i recall my growing-up series of posts, of which the last post was published 18 months ago on my college days.. abandoned for too long, i thought i am going to resume the series today, continuing with stories from my university days..

so, what story can i tell from these two photos?? in point form..
  • these photos were taken about 20 years ago in December 1996 during my university days, in the campus during term break.. Uncle was still a teen!!! :D
  • that was the first time i see snow in my life, was of course extremely excited and hence a few of us kampong Malaysians cared for nothing but just went out to play and take photos.. digital camera wasn’t popular then, hence taking film photos meant this was something big!!
  • i wasn't wearing thick winter clothes because it wasn't that cold while snowing compared to when the snow is melting, and i was wearing thermal inner wear to keep myself warm on top of my body fat, kekeke..
  • lastly i must tell you that i really feel like slapping that me in the photo while looking at him now.. muahahaha!! that unsightly fashion sense, that horrible "sexually vague" hairstyle!! OMG!! let me explain why:- (1) we fret to go to angmoh barber or hairdresser, (2) we were at times very bothered about spending extra money, (3) this Aaron Kwok inspired hairstyle was still influencing, (4) many Asian looked like that macam and i was proudly one of them.. :p

2015.04.06 | 清明時分

[Volume 10 Issue 4, #2010]
Times during Qing-ming
Qing-ming Paper Offering for Ancestors
清明期間嘅紙紥祭品愈來愈有創意, 呢度燒一件, 袋中又燒多張錢.. 最近讀過一篇文章, 覺得甚是頭頭是道.. 話說自古已有類似嘅焚燒文化,只是古人燒嘅係往生者嘅私人物品, 個意思係指「人已去, 其物皆也, 一切盡空」.. 之不過呢個傳統不知不覺間, 已演變成今時今日嘅習俗, 越係燒得多, 就表示先者往生生活更富裕.. 就係咁樣燒, 當然一盡孝心啦, 暫且將佢哋會唔會收到呢個問題放一邊, 其實先人去咗嗰一個異度空間, 係唔係仲對呢啲物質享有所需求受呢?? 值得深思噃.. :)

另一方面, 提到傳統隨時間而演變.. 現時真係不難喺墳場內發現, 好多人拎住部手機就係咁影, 甚至同先人個墓碑齊齊selfie或wefie噃!! 比較起以前提起呢啲嘢都係禁忌嘅年代, 依家啲後生人若見到先人顯靈在相片中單眼微笑擺V字手勢, 應該只會覺得興奮.. :p
the paper offerings for ancestors during qing-ming are surely getting more and more creative, burned are the offerings and so did our money.. i recently read an article which i found rather making sense and enlightening.. all these burning started in the ancient, where belongings of the departed were burned to signal "all gone, the person and his belongings, and there left nothing to remain".. this tradition has however unknowingly become contrary, today the more offering you burned means the richer afterlife the departed would enjoy.. we just burn, of course to show how filial, but do our ancestors (put aside if they will receive) really need luxury stuffs in another space where they probably need nothing "tangible" at all?? food for thoughts.. :)

on another note, talking about traditions that change with time.. in cemetery nowadays, we can easily see photo-shooting and even selfie or wefie with the tomb.. compared to the taboo of even mentioning anything close, younger ones probably are more excited if their ancestors appeared with a winky smile and a v-sign in those selfies.. :p