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Coraline 片场

Coraline 片场

当我进戏院看《Coraline》 动画时,除了知道它有很好的影评,其余的是一点头绪都没。不是不留意,只是不想知道,多一份神秘,多一份惊喜。果然,导演Henry Selick没令我们失望,还大大地超越了期望。

《Coraline》的故事充满了丰富的想象力,虽有点迥异,可也不乏童真。 内容概要是,Coraline一家搬到一栋陈旧的大房屋。楼上楼下有古怪的邻居。在这新环境中,Coraline突然发现她另一个完美的世界…..

嗯,说到这里好了…..

《Coraline》是第一部3D(立体)停格动画片。虽然3D票价比较贵,但绝对是值得的。如果,你想看这部动画的话,一定要看3D哟!

开场前,我拿着那个3D眼镜,左看右看的,想看出个端倪。突然,屏幕的画面变得很模糊,Ed说,‘快戴上3D眼镜!”

“哗!好棒!” 我不停轻轻地在Ed耳边惊叫。不好意思,我这个乡村姑娘是第一次看3D。真的,好逼真。荧幕上的人物东西都变立体了,有时,好像要跳出来似的。

从那分钟起,我进入了Coraline的魔幻世界 - 和她一起在那神秘的世界探险,和她一起拿着像她的布娃娃,和她一起走在那樱花纷飞的花园,和她一起看老鼠马戏团,和她一起经历一切…

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I wish to move this blog to a new domain. One day, I suddenly found my stuffs here are a little messy, moving will force me to re-organise them.

Also, I have been thinking of having a theme in my blog. I personally like blogs that have themes, for example, my favouraite blog theme is FOOD ! Heehee….There is always a reason to go back to that blog to find good food. Though I love food, I don’t want to manage a food blog. Just the thought of a food blog already makes me feel like I have gained some weights ! Haha !

I enjoy writing down my daily whining and blah-blah-blah. However, over the past 2 years, somehow I have evolved from writinng a blog only focusing on myself, to hoping to focus my enery in writing something I think will be useful for people, yet still maintain a nice personal touch. Otherwise, we can always go to many professional websites about certain topics.

So, for the past few days, I have been thinking – what am I really passionate about? What is that something I can give back?  Travel and life as an immigrant in two countries….I guess. This is something I have been doing for the past 15 years. Maybe, by sharing more stories about living (well) in other countries will help some immigatants or give some lights to those who wish to do the same. You reckon?

It is also about time for me to sit down and write all my backpacking and trekking experiences. And of course, food still within this category – travel and looking for good food, immgrant looking for homely food. Three in one.Yay !

Umm…so, theme is immigrant’s life and travel. What do you think? What do you like the most in this blog? I guess I have been doing this here anyway, just need to be more focus?

However, the headache is, what domain name I want ? I think and think and think, but still can’t think of a good name. My friends, may I borrow some of your brain cells and creativity.

  • shirls.com – taken.
  • msshirls.com – too chessy. Ed said, it sounds like a lingerie company !
  • xuefen.com – taken.
  • sihai.com – taken
  • shirlschong.com – how’s this? Out of this list, I guess this is the most logical one?
  • 2worlds3homes.com – umm…what do you think? I do live in 2 different worlds (east & west) constantly, and I do have 3 homes. But what if Ed and I move to another country, which is highly possible ! 🙂
  • shirleychong.com – taken.
  • whinywifey. com – heehee…this is only for fun. I like this because I am whiny. But it does not reflect my blog identity. It is more like a desperate housewife blog! So, it is NO.

Does anyone have any suggestion? Could you help me think of a cool, simple, easy to remember domain name? Please feel free to leave many comments and suggestions for me !

Last but not least, I think most of you who read my blog are bilingual readers anyway, right? So, I am thinking probably I should just write in Chinese intead of both languages. What do you think?

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受不了了!我觉得加拿大人对奥巴马的痴迷有点过火。

当奥巴马宣布加拿大将是他担任总统后第一个访问的国家时,这里的人从那时起,就不停地讨论,不停地分析。其实,奥巴马来加拿大一点也不出奇。加拿大是美国邻居, 也是最大的贸易伙伴。除了几任总统外,几乎所有新任的美国总统的第一个官方式访问国都是加拿大。

这些年来,尤其在布什当任的八年,加拿大人不太喜欢美国人,或更准确地说,是不喜欢别人把他们当成美国人看待。其中一个原因是,两国在政治,医药,移民等政策和价值观上有些差别。心底里,加拿大人不喜欢美国说话大大声,自以为是老大的态度。不过,奥巴马的智慧和和蔼的性格,使加拿大人为他疯狂。美国选举时,三分二的加拿大人希望奥巴马当选。突然间,加拿大人觉得加拿大和美国可以做很要好的朋友。这里很多对本地政府不满的人,甚至寄望奥巴马可以直接影响或帮忙改变加国不好的政策。

奥巴马今早将会到访加国。访问的时间很短,早上10.30抵加,下午4.30离开。才六个小时。可是,这几天的电视新闻节目,每隔一,两分钟就会提到奥巴马这个名字。CBC 将他们电视台访问奥巴马的片断,重播了数十次,数百次。CBC 电视台还邀请了很多专家博士们,将奥巴马说的每句话,每个字,分析又分析。我已可以将奥巴马的回答背得出来啦!看来, 很多人会湧到渥太华,只为一睹奥巴马的风采。

昨晚,我有点受不了! 把电视关上,还我清静。

我敬重奥巴马,也盼美加关系更融洽,更期待两国在政策上的讨论取得突破。不过,才六个小时。哎呀!这次只算是官方形式罢了,哪有时间把两国那么多的重要话题详细讨论,和谈出新的合作方案。

只是希望媒体们给我一些 ‘没有奥巴马的时间’。 只希望政治人物,媒体和小市民明白到,奥巴马虽可以改变很多政策,不过,如果我们不努力生活,做好本份,很多根本的社会问题也解决不了。 大家一起努力吧!

敬崇和痴迷是有差别的。

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火锅情人节大餐 Hotpot dinner on Valentine's Day

情人节火锅大餐 Hotpot dinner on Valentine's Day

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情人节快乐!

情人节快乐!

photo by : Evoo73

我对浪漫这个玩意儿没什么要求。我不喜欢情情爱爱的电影和小说。 对我来说,那些东西有些造作和肉麻,也不真实。 所以,Ed是个幸福的男人。不用花脑筋来取我欢心。

可是,昨天 (加拿大的13日), 当其他国家的情人庆祝着情人节时,我没留意到,竟然写了篇‘新年展望’的贴字!啊 !真是太糟糕,太不识情趣了!亲爱的朋友读者们,真不好意思。现在补上,祝你们情人节快乐。

我们今天怎么庆祝呢?嗯,什么都没。我们不要出去吃晚餐,因为人多,我不喜欢。那些什么烛光晚餐的,我不习惯。一碗越南牛肉河粉或一碟泰式青咖哩饭已令我很开心。Ed说,‘唉呀!忘了买鲜花给你!’ ‘不用啦!’ 这句话是真心的。所以,他就真的不买了。哈哈!

不过,我们当然有对彼此说 ‘情人节快乐’ 啦。其实,我天天都会对Ed说 ’I love you babe’ 。 嘻嘻。那不代表我是浪漫的人。我知道Ed很受不了这些肉麻的用语。他越讨厌,我越爱作弄他! 他是个木头,不喜欢这套 – 什么爱我啦,一生一世啦。他不说,我不逼,或者,我放弃逼他。心里知道就好。干嘛逼自己喜欢的人做他不自在的事。

嗯….或许,明天才去餐馆吃晚餐吧。

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Happy Valentine's Day !

Happy Valentine's Day !

photo by : blmurch

I am never a romantic person, and I rarely watch/read lovey-dovey movies or novels. Frankly, I find them a little awkward or quite fake. Well, do you really believe in real life men will do all those things the movies and novels tell you they will do? I don’t.  Hence, Ed is a lucky man because I don’t expect any of those things from him.

Anyway, because of I am obviously oblivious of the Valentine’s Day, I posted a New Year Resolution post yesterday (13th in Canada but 14th in most countries), instead of something romantic ! I guess this shows how unmindful I am to all the fuss by the commercials and media on this V-Day.  Nonetheless, to all my friends and readers, wish you all a Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day.

How are we going to celebrate today? Umm…nothing special. We don’t want to go out to eat because we don’t like the crowd. I don’t really care about the candle night dinner because I won’t be comfortable with it anyway. A good bowl of Vietnamese noodles soup or Thai Curry Chicken will make me equally happy ! Ed said, ‘ Oh no ! I forgot to buy you flowers !’ ‘ No worries, it is ok. I don’t care.’ So, he does not.

Yet, of course, we still say Happy V-Day to each other today. In fact, I tell him I love him everyday. Heehee…not because I am a romantic person. Ed is someone who hates this lovey-dovey fuss, and the more he hates it, the more I like to say it to annoy him ! On the other hand, knowing him well, I never force him to say those things to me, or maybe I just give up. What’s the point ? Since deep down I know how much he loves me.

Back to this V-Day, maybe we will go out to eat tomorrow. Shall see…

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元宵过了,新的一年正式开始。哈哈,人人的新年在阳历一月一日就开始了, 我的现在才开始。没办法啦,我这人总是慢半拍!

写了08回顾后,我拿了去年定下的新年愿望来看看,很惊讶也很高兴, 原来自己还真完成了好几项(除了第五项) 。虽不是每项都做足一百分,不过总算很努力。

今年的愿望和去年的很相似。

  • 第一 , 安康快乐。吃要吃得健康,继续煲汤,喝茶,学煮一手好菜给Ed (当然也给自己啦)。
  • 第二,修心养性,少发小姐脾气。
  • 第三,要更努力学好中医。回马时,继续向爸爸学习。希望今年好好研读《黄帝内经》和专注妇产科。
  • 第四,部落搬家。突然觉得这里的文章有点散乱,想搬家和整理一下。搬家时会通知大家。
  • 第五,这个嘛,要看我在哪个国家。基于种种原因,我正考虑着回澳十个月左右。如决定留在加拿大,要继续考药剂牌,还有好几张试卷。如回澳洲,要回大学读针灸学。这也是我一直想取得的学位。

五个够啦,不可太贪心。至于,去年没完成的第五项 (开一个中医知识部落格),再看吧。

Finally, the traditional 15-day long Chinese New Year is officially finished a few days ago. So, my ‘new year’ is officially started. Well, I know most people’s new years have started from 1st January.   But for me, who studied so hard for exam, I allow myself to start the new year later. Heehee…

To start a new year, I normally begin with a few new year determinations. Looking back at my 2007 new year resolutions, I am quite surprised and a little overwhelmed that I DID achieve most of them (except no.5) ! Although I can’t say I have achieved them 100% (those goals require continuous effort anyway), at least,  I have tried my best. For example, for someone so fussy like Ed, complimented on my cooking, I think I am doing ok 😉  .

To keep up with the flow and the continuity, this year resolutions are similar to last year.

  1. Oh happiness and health !  Continue my effort in becoming a better cook, eat more at home, drink more teas and boil more soups. All for Ed, of course, for myself too 😉
  2. Just wanna be a better person, so will start with whine less to my hubby !
  3. Continue to improve and deepen my knowledge and experiences in Chinese Medicine. It is my greatest treasure to have a dad who has more than 30 years of experience in Chinese Medicine, so learning from him is a must this year. Hope to focus my studies in Gynaecology and the thousands year-old classic <Yellow Emperor’s Canon Internal Medicine>.
  4. Move this blog to a new domain. I suddenly realised how messy this blog is, moving will help me to do some cleaning up. Will keep everyone in loop if I move.
  5. Ummm….this no.5 will depend on where I will be living this year. Due to a few reasons, I am considering moving back to Australia for 10 months. If I decide to stay in Canada, I will continue my journey to become a registered pharmacist here. If I go back to Australia, I may go back to university to pick another master degree. This time acupuncture, something I wish to do for a while.

Ok, five goals are enough. Don’t want to put too much on myself.

What about the no. 5 goal last year (start a new blog on Chinese Medicine) ? Ummm….shall see….

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Our Darkest Day

Our Darkest Day

photo from www.theage.com.au

她风景如画,幽静闲逸,她让你心悦神怡。

她是Marysville 小镇,约有500名居民。离墨尔本只一小时车程, 常被视为度假和度蜜月的好地方。

我去过两,三次。一路上,两旁青绿高大的树林飘送出丝丝草香。她镇上的主街不长,有间游客咨询所,有一,两间小型杂货店,好像也有间邮局。 林木间,你偶尔可见到清幽的度假屋。当地人和蔼可亲。

可是,在2月7日,她被无情的大火彻彻底底地烧毁了….整个小镇只剩下十多间房屋….Marysville, 这个名字,现在只是灰黑一片,人间炼狱。不只她,还有很多很多漂亮小镇,美丽家园都被烧毁了。更可悲的是,很多珍贵生命和家人朋友都离去了….卖给我冰淇淋的杂货店老板还在吗?给我详细指示的游客咨询所自愿者还在吗?我不敢想…

在墨尔本住了十多年,一直视她为第二个家。现在远在他乡,看着那么多家园崩溃,真的无法想像当地人会多悲哀...

只想在此送上深深的哀悼...希望被影响的人们勇敢地站起来,再建立美好家园...

The Beautiful Yarra Ranges & Marysville Region Before the Bushfire

大火前的Marysville和邻近的国家公园 (2005) The Beautiful Yarra Ranges and Marysville Regions (2005) Before the Bushfire

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