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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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家附近的雪人

家附近的雪人

最近,伦敦下了一场18年来难得一见的大雪。世界各国的报章和电视新闻都长篇报道。 我的伦敦朋友也在Facebook贴上很多照片,其中雪人最受欢迎。

这场雪虽为伦敦带来很多不便,可是人人欣喜若狂。我和Ed在电视上看大人小孩们眉开眼笑地抛雪球,堆雪人,滑雪,玩toboggan…我们也笑了。真的这么快乐吗?这里冰天雪地,我们见怪不怪,天天抱怨。

快乐这回事真的是相对的。

记得,我在多伦多看第一场大雪时,何尝不是一样欣喜若狂…

现在,窗外正下着雪...

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圣诞娃娃

圣诞娃娃

昨晚,我一边包圣诞礼物,一边在自言自语....

记得,约十年前,我药剂行的澳洲洋人老板问我,“你是华人,不庆祝圣诞的,对吗?你是佛教徒,不庆祝圣诞的,对吗?那你在圣诞当天上班一定没问题吧?"这哪是问我,简直是要我内疚,要我上班 (注:我是那间药剂行唯一的亚裔药剂师。那间药剂行365天都开足13个小时)。

我心里算一算,“哗!十三个小时,双倍工钱,即可赚二十六小时的工钱。划算划算。” 那时,我刚大学毕业,穷,又要学人储钱旅行,傻。我假装推迟一下,就答应下来了。反正,我是真的不庆祝圣诞的。接下来的五,六年,我的圣诞都是在店铺里过,从早上七点到晚上十点。我一点都不在意,顾客很少,很空闲,不难挨过。

一直到四年前,圣诞还是与我无关。没想到,现在,圣诞突然变得这么重要 -圣诞树, 礼物,卡片,火鸡,团圆,假期,派对,还有白雪飘飘。

人生一个转弯,有些重要的好像变得不重要了,不重要的好像开始重要起来....

今早起来,我忘了昨晚思考的问题,匆匆赶去预定两个蛋糕 – 一个要带去明晚朋友家的派对,一个要带去圣诞晚Ed大家族的团圆晚餐。今天不预定,明天一定卖清光!26日晚,和Ed父母吃饭要带的已准备....

愿祝大家圣诞快乐!

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Last night, I was talking to myself while I was wrapping Christmas presents….

I still remember vividly how my boss asked me to work on Christmas Day. It was about 10 years ago, ‘Shirley, you are a Chinese, Chinese doesn’t celebrate Christmas, right? You are a Buddhist, Buddhist does not celebrate Christmas, right? So, I think you are the best person to work on Christmas Day !’ Since I was the only Asian in the pharmacy, and he was right about a Chinese Buddhist (plus as a immigrant whose family is in Malaysia) does not celebrate Christmas.

So, I accepted the offer. Well, who won’t? The shop opened on Christmas Day for 13 hours, and I got paid double. In fact, being a poor newly graduate who dreamed of saving for travel, I felt grateful to have the shift ! Since then, my boss never failed to give me the Christmas shift and all my Christmas for the following 5 or 6 years were spent in the pharmacy from 7am to 10pm. Frankly, I did not mind at all. The pharmacy was normally quiet on Christmas Day and it was not a difficult shift.

It was not until 4 years ago, I stopped working on Christmas Day. Prior to that, Christmas was just another day for me. I am surprised to realise that it has suddenly become important in my life – the Christmas tree, Christmas presents, the turkey, Christmas parties, family gathering, holiday, Christmas cards,  and the previously unthinkable White Christmas. I have them all now.

Life is interesting, just a small twist and turn, previously important things are no longer important, and what never appeared important has suddenly play an important role in my life….

Woke up this morning, totally forgot what I was pondering last night, I rushed to Loblaws to order two cakes – one for tomorrow night Christmas Eve dinner with friends, one for Christmas Day dinner with Ed’s extended family.  I know if I don’t order today, I will have trouble getting the cakes I want tomorrow. And we have already prepared what we want to bring for 26th dinner with Ed’s parents….


Merry Christmas to you all !!!

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Kung Fu Panda

I had headcold these two days, had enough of study, hence decided to give myself a rest last night, and watched the Kung Fu Panda.

Interestingly, found this movie quite philosophical, or just me, trying to be philosophical in everything. No wonder Ed can’t stand me ! 😉

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‘Son, I think it is time that I should tell you something I should have told you long ago.’ Panda’s father continued, ‘There is no secret ingredient in our noodles.’

‘No secret ingredient? Not even some kind of sauce or something?’

‘No, no secret ingredient. You just have to believe it is special! ‘

With this new realisation, Panda went on to become the great dragon warrior, who loves to eat and still capable of defeating the evil Tai Lung.

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How often do we believe we are  special? Special in our own way, and accomplish something only we can accomplish, in our own way…

And how often do we believe other people are special too? Just like how the master Shifu and his other followers eventually come to trust Panda is very special, so, he can accomplish only what he can accomplish, in his own way….

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奥巴马 - 美国新总统

奥巴马 - 美国新总统

Photo from theage.com.au

从来没追美国政治,至到今年。

今晚,美国人投下神圣的一票。

选出美国有史以来第一位黑人总统。

加拿大是美国邻居,气氛当然也很浓厚。

我和Ed坐在电视前,观看这历史的一页。

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一个人,可以做到什么?

一个人,可以带来这么多希望吗?

一个人,可以影响那些多人相信同一个信念吗?

奥巴马都做到了。

终于,马丁路德的梦想实现了。

内在被证实重要过肤色。

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虽然,很多人说,期望太高,失望也会更大。

可是,今晚,不需谈这些。

今晚,我们要相信希望。

相信只要有心,只要团结,什么困难都难不倒我们。

美国人愿意相信,全球很多人都愿意相信。

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Peak hour commuters cram onto the platforms at Flinders Street station. (photo by theage.com.au)

Peak hour commuters cram onto the platforms at Flinders Street station. (photo by theage.com.au)

When I was reading theage.com.au yesterday, I was shocked to see the photo above.

When did Melbourne, my favourate city have become so crowded? It is definitely not safe for public transport like this. This sort of image only reminds me of Hong Kong or Tokyo, not Melbourne.

Almost three years ago, when Ed first arrived in Melbourne, he said :’Melbourne is too slow, it is like 20 years behind Toronto’. At that time, we were walking on the quiet, green and tranquil Drummond St in Carlton North, a neighbourhood I had lived for more than 5 years and still loving it.

Obviously, Melbourne has changed since. During my recent visit back to Melbourne a few months ago, I recalled there were many incidences I was told to have to wait for at least 30 minutes for my favourite hot chocolate at Koko Black. Is Koko Black too popular? Or economic too booming? Or simply just too many people now?

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