Saturday, January 27, 2007

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    漫無邊際

    每天坐在電腦面前,呆呆地瞪著時間,安靜地等待郵件;
    窗外的熙熙攘攘,路上的車水馬龍,似乎離我無窮的遙遠

    我走在霧蒙蒙的清晨河邊,除了那一點看似發霉的路燈,
    寂寞,陪伴我摸索著向前;寂寞,你倒是從未走遠!

    淙淙的水聲,為誰在喃喃細語?
    單調、重復,訴說著憂郁和無奈。

    我撐著獨木舟,航行在這遼闊的思海;
    時而驚濤駭浪,時而又鴉雀無聲;

    思緒,別把我拋棄在無盡的黑暗,
    放手!要離開這千絲萬縷的深淵!

    耳邊突然響起貓兒的呼叫,
    現實
    原來就在眼前;

    貓兒好奇地看著我濕潤的臉,
    欣喜、滿足原?就在這瞬間的轉念!

    Tuesday, August 01, 2006

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    It's amazing how the heart can be so full of colors... white when filled with bliss and mischievous; red when furious and angry; pink in love; purple in brood; blue when calm in loneliness; grey in despair; black, though very rare, comes with jealousy's sizzle and stare.
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    I wonder why my heart is either blue or grey, always in the shadows of the vibrant colors, and the rainbow long seemed far away. Is my heart painted blue and grey? Who painted my heart blue and grey? My remorse? My sadness? My loneliness? My regrets?
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    What has kept those in wars hopeful, I wonder? What has cheered up those in illness, I wonder? What supported the depressed to walk, I wonder? What has colored the mundane, I wonder? Humour? Confidence? Hope, and Faith? Where do these strengths come from, I wonder?
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    Today, the color of my heart is grey.

    Monday, June 19, 2006

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    Most people said that Hong Kong's Disneyland is too small. My thursday trip there though was in fact a very pleasing one. We only had the second half of the day but we were able to finish all the games and shows within roughly 5hrs. Towards the end we started runing and taking fast-pasts, but there was no tedious queues, no killer sun, no stuffy weather, and it was exceedingly enjoyable.
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    Among all the games I loved the Space Mountain most, espcially when riding the mini-skytrain in darkness with all the "stars" around you. You never know where it turns, when it stoops, when it rises, and every move is a surprise. As to the shows the Golden Mickey was the best, when Taisan meets little mermaid, when Mulan dances with Woody, The singings were amazing! Even their hamburgers and chips were memorable!
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    Being compact, just like in all electronics, provides efficiency and convenience. Finishing the day with the amazing fireworks was just perfect. Spending another day in Disneyland though, would be a bit too much. But the trick, of course, is to go there during weekday... =P

    Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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    Vet, Be Not Proud
    by John Donne's Cat (by Henry Beard)
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    Vet, be not proud, though thou canst make cats die
    Thou livest but one life, while we live nine,
    And if our lives were half as bleak as thine,
    We would not seek from thy cold grasp to fly.
    We do but slave our daily bread to buy;
    Our eyes are blind to gold and silver's shine;
    We owe no debt, we pay no tax or fine;
    We tremble not when creditors draw nigh.
    The sickest animal that thou dost treat
    Is weller than a man; in peace we dwell
    And know not guilt or sin, and fear not hell:
    Poor vet, we live in heaven at thy feet.
    But do not think that any cat will weep
    When thee a Higher Vet doth put to sleep.

     
    A new dish from my cookery idol Chu mum: Curry Beef Stew. Again a superbly easy dish to do, and a wonderful combination of Indian curry powder and Cantonese style curry paste. Mixing the hot powder with the more flavoured paste is like having the essences of both in one bowl. Check comment for the recipe.
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    Both curry powder and paste are made from a variaty of spices. Curry originates from India, and has been adopted into most of the mainstream cuisins in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Japan, Pakistan, and UK. There are a whole range of different curries to choose from, including white, green, red and, yellow. Curry of each different region has its own special flavour, so as to adapt to the local preference.
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    For me, Indian curry is not my favourite as it's too strong and sometimes it tastes almost bitter. I love Japanese curry which is similar to Chinese ones due to the additional sweetness, more vegetables, and less spicy. Interesting to know that curry was brought to Japan by the British during Meiji era and was once considered a western dish. It's in turn brought to Britain by the voyagers, probably invaders, landed in India centuries ago. Expeditions and exploitations have riched the cuisines of the colonizers, but unfortunately the global exporter India remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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    Our soup of the day was my favourite Watercress Pear Cream. This is a wonderly fresh and healthy soup, and is extremely easy to make. Check the comment for the recipe. The freshness of the lime, the tinge of sweetness from the pear, and the soothing watercress, all blending beautifully to give a truely appetising soup and prepare you for the meal!
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    One thing I've learnt from Angel, is that continuous tasting and seasoning are a crucial part in the process of making of good food. Blindly following the recipes only results in either excessive volume or unsuitable flavour. Well, trial and error is always an inevitable process of learning; making good food, just as doing all things serious, needs patience and scrutiny to the finest details. =)

    Monday, June 12, 2006

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    I've spent my weekend making cake with Angel, a really talented cake maker preparing for the grand opening of her cafe, and tala: Rasberry Cheese Mousse Cake!! I can't even express how I loved the cake! It tastes Heavenly! Really happy that I've taken part in making such a wonderful cake! I love rasberries in the very first place, and the cream was a very specialy one. It was made from egg yolks, sugar syrup, formage blanc, and whipping cream. The slightly sour 20% formage blanc does the magic of balancing all the heaviness of the whipping cream. When it is mixed with the rasberries, the two makes the cake extremely fresh and tasty! The sponge was also a new one, in which beaten egg whites was mixed with almond, icing sugar, and flour, with no butter at all. That's why the sponge is really light, and actually when first taken out from the oven the fringes are still crispy.
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    Angel handled both the flour mixture and the mousse mixture SO well that everything comes out perfectly. I can tell the difference between a few years' hard practise and a real amateur like me even when we were looking at the same recipe. I'm very sure that her cafe will be a big success!

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006

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    Well, I'm not sure whether diamonds are my best friend yet, but I'm definitely crazy about jewelries! Necklaces, earrings, rings, hairpins... look at my jewelry box and you'll know...
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    A little break from the reading in a breezy afternoon is the best time for my treasure hunting, and a small jewelry store downstairs is my favourite hunting ground. They sell all sorts of accessories of exotic styles, and my treasure today is a pair of laced earrings!
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    Laces are a big hit this year, for both clothing and accessories. I love the laced fringes in little vests, as it hints a lovely girlish delicacy when you only wear a simple jacket with a pair of jeans. But overdoing it can be just the contrary to its original exquisite feel and texture. I'm pretty fed up with the recent Lolita look, in which the girls look drowned in a waterfall of thick white laces from head to toe... save the heat they have to endure under the burning summer sun...
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    This lovely pair of vintage looking earrings is a bit flamboyant and indulgent. It can be matched with a simple silky white shirt, and possibly a skirt with either light purple or turquoise patterns. With your hair tied up and a little bit of cosmetics, you're good enough for any parties or banquets. That's the magic that jewelries can work!

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