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前两天去了蒙特利尔 (Montreal)一趟。这次只去了一个晚上,纯粹是去见一见一位朋友。我第一次去时,是约三个半月前。那时,还是夏天。可是,一直来懒得写一篇有关蒙特利尔的贴字。因为它的历史太悠久,和加拿大的关系太复杂,要写好一篇贴字,很花工夫。所以,一直拖延到今天。

蒙特利尔是魁北克 (Quebec)省的省市, 它有三百多年的历史。魁北克省和加拿大有一段奇特的历史关系。简短来说,魁北克省曾是法国的占领地。在一场法国和英国世界主权斗争的战争后,英国战胜因而得到了魁北克。后来,加拿大独立后,成为双语国也是因为魁北克省。

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最近,听我和Ed收藏的音乐听得有点闷了,我都在找新的音乐和歌声。

Koop Island 这个瑞典乐队刚好满足了我。

他们的音乐有点爵士,又很现代…..也不知该如何形容。

怎样都好,以下两首歌是我很喜欢的。在此分享, 希望你们也会喜欢。

有兴趣听或看他们在KCRW电台访问的读者,可以点击这里

Recently, I am getting a little tired and bored with the musics Ed and I collected. I am actively looking for some new musics and new voices. Koop Island, this Swedish jazz electonic-pop duet has satisfied my yearn.

The two songs below are the pieces I like the most from them. Hope you like them too.

For those who are interested, you can listen to or watch their show on KCRW.

Come to Me (Sung by Yukimi Nagano )

Koop Island Blues (Sung by Ane Brun)

“Hello my love
It’s getting cold on this island
I’m sad alone
I’m so sad on my own
The truth is
We were much too young
Now I’m looking for you
Or anyone like you

We said goodbye
With the smile on our faces
Now you’re alone
You’re so sad on your own
The truth is
We run out of time
Now you’re looking for me
Or anyone like me

Na na na na…

Hello my love
It’s getting cold on this island
I’m sad alone
I’m so sad on my own
The truth is
We were much too young
Now I’m looking for you
Or anyone like you”

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I woke up this morning, checked the results of Australia Election. Whoo-hoo ! Labor Party won ! I checked my email account. I received an email from an Australian friend, she too, thinks Whoo-hoo!

Normally, I am not a very politically sensitive person. Yet, never before, I pay so much attention to this election. When I went back to Australia recently, I could feel the change of atmosphere. I feel the importance of this Election, and have kept a closed eye to it since. I feel, something significant and historic is going to happen….

Under Howard’s government, although Australia has unbroken 11 years of economic growth, people are generally not happy. There is a long term drought; young soldiers are being sent to Iraq; Australians worry about climate change and Kyoto Protocol issues; there are new laws which hand too much power to employers, etc etc. There are something money can’t buy. As much as there might be a factor of ‘ time for a change’, Australians have courageously chosen something more important than economic. They want better health, better education and better environment, which Labor Party promised.

Although we are continuously disappointed by the promises of government, although it seems like there are always these ‘dark forces’ in politics that things are not get done the way it should be or promised, and etc etc. At least, this election shows me that Australians have spoken, loudly and clearly, to the people-in-charge, what they really want and what is important to them now. Go Aussie ! As someone who has lived in Australia for the last 13 years, I feel really proud !

Australians have done their part, now and the next, which is the most important : Mr Rudd and your team, now is your turn, please do your part well !

I think Australia is now entering a new and exciting phase. The world is watching. Just like my friend said, she now has more hope that Australia will move towards a more compassionate stand in the world.

And I asked Ed this morning : Do you want to go back to Australia ?….

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Merry Christmas ! Merry Christmas ! Merry Christmas !

满街的人喜气洋洋,小孩蹦蹦跳跳。有些小孩和大人们带上了圣诞头饰。

当然,圣诞节还未到,但昨天多伦多市中心却比真正的圣诞节更热闹。

因为,昨天是多伦多一年一度,也是北美最大型的圣诞花车游行

这游行始于1905年,当时是由多伦多出名的百货公司Eaton赞助。

至今有整百年历史,历经二世界大战,经济大衰退。

读到,在第二次世战时,资源贫乏,游行服装都是用纸做的。

Ed当然知道这游行,但从来没去过。他说,这是小孩才去的。

我耍赖,说我是游客,硬要去凑凑热闹,Ed无奈,唯有和我这大小孩去。

气温虽只有四,五度,可太阳公公也出来陪小孩欢庆。

游行在12.30开始,我们一点多才到。

看来,有许多人像一早拿了椅子地毯食物等,在路边霸好位子一边看一边野餐似的。

除了约二十多辆的花车,还有许多穿上小丑,仙女,动物等服饰的队伍,逗得小孩大人们乐呼呼。

24队乐队一路上奏着圣诞歌,圣诞气氛浓厚。

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我们刚好在Sick Children Hospital 前看。

我偶尔见到脸有病容的小孩脸上或他们的父母们脸上展现的笑容,真的很感动。

至少,那个时候,他们可以暂时抛开病楚忧虑,可以忘情地欢庆。

圣诞老人花车是压轴。他这亲切的老人一出现,人们好开心,有些小孩还追着花车跑。

游行在2.45才圆满结束。

散开的人们心中一定欣喜, 小孩们心中一定更渴望圣诞快快到来。

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法文课终于上完啦!

在过去的几个星期上法文课上得很痛苦。

虽一开始时,好像很有决心要学好。可是没两堂课后就放弃了。因为,老师教得很快,我摸不着头脑,她已教下一个课题了。我想她教得快的原因是,除了我和另两个学生,其他同学都是加拿大长大的,即是说,他们在中小学时都学过法文(在加拿大法文是必修课)。所以,来上这个法文初级班像复习多过学习。加 上,这里所有的指标,商业包装等都一定要有双语。在这长大的学生,耳目渲染下,很多字词已在脑袋中。

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昨天天气很糟糕。灰灰的,暗沉沉的。

望出窗外,好像见到下着毛毛雨,又好像只是雾水在空中飘浮。

往远处望去,都是迷茫茫一片…

这种天气,我最懒。什么都不想做。

有一些电邮要回,可是没什么心情写。

有一些事务要下一个决定了,可是就是决定不了。

家有点乱了,该收拾一下,就是提不起劲。

于是,就读读有名的政治博客对Bersih集会的看法和追追小说好了。

一天就这么过了。

今早起床,窗外阳光普照。 高兴得不得了!

虽然很冷,才十度左右,还是会出门逛逛。

要买一些布料之类的,因为新的缝纫课程就要开课了。

多伦多的生活即是如此,心情和每日的生活都很随天气的变动起伏。

尤其现在正要慢慢步入冬天,天气越来越冷。

人们已减少出门,连周末也是躲在家中休息的。

很多东西和事务正要进入‘冬眠’状态…..

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一向来, 我不太写与政治有关的贴字。

因为,我对政治不够敏感和了解,也不要写了出来误导自己误导别人。

妈妈也说,最好不要写政治,不然一个不小心会被捉。

但是,读到马来西亚昨天的Bersih (马来文,意即干净) 大集会,哪可能不写写的。

其实,我的部落没太多人读,影响肯定不大,也不会出名。所以,不可能会被捉。

Bersih 这个大集会主要是向马来西亚国家元首请愿,要求一个干净和公平的选举。

很多人民热烈反应,身穿黄衣出席支持。

雨虽大,但它阻止不了人民的参与。

虽被警员发射水炮吹泪弹, 可也压抑不了人民的声音。

其中详情在此我也不多谈,有兴趣者可以上网查读。

只是很想说:

很为勇敢的马来西亚人民感到骄傲。

也为人民被压迫的处境感到气愤。

更为不听取民意的政府继续感到绝望!

I don’t usually writing any blog post relating to politics. Main reason being that I don’t know too much about politics and don’t want to write anything that can mislead myself and others. My mother also advised me not to write about politics, otherwise, there is a slight chance I will be arrested !

However, after I read about the Bersih March (Bersih is a Malay word, meaning clean) of Malaysians yesterday, how could I not write anything about it at all. Well, my blog doesn’t have many readers, hence I don’t have any major influence, and for sure I will not become famous. So, I don’t think I will be arrested.

Bersih March is a march that had been called for for a clean and fair election. It had attracted many Malaysians who participated with yellow shirt which organisers had asked them to wear. Heavy rains on that day could not stop the marchers, neither could the water cannons and teargas covered their voices. I won’t write more on its details, for those who are interested, please check more news online.

What I really want to express here are :

– my respect and pride to the courageous Malaysians, people of my home country.

– my anger on how the innocent people had been treated in this march

– and, my continuous disappointment of the Malaysian government who never listen to their people !

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