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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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Coffee & Anna

咖啡和安娜

墨尔本是个咖啡天堂。在那,我养成了泡咖啡馆的习惯。有时,和朋友在那高谈阔论。有时,喜欢一个人,静静地喝咖啡,看报纸,读小说,发呆,晒晒太阳,看路人,看妈妈们带小孩们出来走走...总爱赖在那儿不走。

在多伦多,少泡咖啡馆了,冬天时更不用说。天天零下十度左右,没必要的话,出门嘛,可免则免。

以前在墨尔本时,13 或14度就会喊冷。现在,温度如攀上零度以上,我已觉得是一种幸福。这一,两天,是零上的温度,太阳偶尔也会冒出头来。我拿着《安娜.卡列尼娜》,走去附近的咖啡馆,做我以前喜欢做的...

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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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With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

马来西亚家人朋友 (1月 和 6月)

Dear English readers, please scroll down for English translation.

阳历年时忙考试,没回顾我在08年做了什么。
现在,试考了,农历年过了,回头看看,鼠年可真多姿多彩。

这两年来日子都很漂泊,去年可说是‘四海为家’的顶峰:-
在马来西亚和澳洲各住了三个月,其余的六个月则在加拿大。

Traveled with Ed in Malaysia (Feb)

和Ed在马旅游 (2月)

1月 – 大马
回马做家里的大小姐。
在爸爸店里帮忙和学习。
天天去巴刹,到处吃吃吃。

2月 – 大马
Ed第一次来马,第一次见家长。
我俩背包游新加坡,吉隆坡,槟城,马六甲和浮罗交怡。
Ed回加国工作,我回澳洲工作。

With friends in Australia ((Mar - May)

澳洲的朋友 (3月 - 5月)

3月 – 澳洲
上班。和一位好朋友住。
放工回家就和朋友追港剧。
很高兴和很多朋友相聚。
喝我爱喝的意大利咖啡和比利时热巧克力,
吃我爱吃的eggs benedict早餐。

4月 – 澳洲
继续上班。
搬进一间有三房,却只有一张床和一张椅子的公寓。
没有网络。看了很多英文小说。

Lonely apartment in Australia (May)

寂寞的公寓 (澳洲)

5月 – 澳洲
如4月。

6月 – 大马
回马。如1月。

Toronto (July - Dec)

多伦多 (7月 - 12月)

7 月 – 加国
回加国。见到Ed给他一个大拥抱 :“亲爱的,好久没见”。
享受我在加国的第一夏天。

8月 – 加国
阳光继续普照。每个周末尽情欢享。
Ed告诉我,我煲的汤和煮的东西已可以见人。Yay !
我这大小姐开始认真做好家务。

Toronto (2) (July - Dec)

多伦多 (7月 - 12月)

9月 – 加国
啊!结婚吧!

10月 – 加国
开始发闷。不如去学喝茶和学泡茶吧。

Gonna have fun in summer (Canada)

Hey 先生,来个胜利手势吧 ! (多伦多)

11月 – 加国
好冷。
决定参加考试,

12月 – 加国
好冷。
拼命苦读。
圣诞和新年快乐!

Toronto (3) (July - Dec)

多伦多 (7月 - 12月)

1月 – 加国
试考了,年过了。
2009 牛年要做什么好呢 ? ……

With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

I was very busy with exam during the New Year, did not get the chance to review my 2008 year. Exam is finally over and (Chinese) New Years came and gone, finally, I have the time to sit down, to reflect on my 2008 year. Looking back, it was indeed a great and interesting year.

For the past two years, I have been dividing my times between Malaysia, Australia and Canada, and last year was my most traveled and drifting year. I lived 3 months each in Malaysia and Australia, the rest of the six months in Canada.

Traveled with Ed in Malaysia (Feb)

Traveled with Ed in Malaysia (Feb)

Jan – Malaysia
Went back to Malaysia and be pampered like a princess at home by my lovely family.
Learned from my father and helped out in his shop.
Went to pasar often and fully enjoyed the famous delicious street food !

Feb – Malaysia
Ed visited Malaysia for the first time and met my parents for the first time.
We traveled in Singapore, KL, Penang, Malacca and Langkawi.
Ed headed back to Canada, while I went back to Australia.

With friends in Australia ((Mar - May)

With friends in Australia ((Mar - May)

Mar – Australia
Went back to work. Stayed with a good friend.
Hong Kong TV series was our favourite passtime together after work.
So happy to catch up with many good friends in Oz.
Drunk my favourite Italian coffee and Belgium hot chocolate;
ate my favourite eggs benedict breakfast.

Apr – Australia

Continued to work.
Moved into a huge 3 bedroom condominium, however,
you won’t believe I only lived with a folding bed and a chair in the condo.
No Internet. Read many novels.

Lonely apartment in Australia (May)

Lonely apartment

May – Australia
Same as April.

Jun – Malaysia
Went back to Malaysia.
Same as January.

Toronto (July - Dec)

Toronto (July - Dec)

Jul – Canada
Went back to Canada.
Gave Ed a big hug, ‘Darling, long time no see! ‘
Enjoyed my first summer in Canada.

Aug – Canada
Went to nearly all summer street festivals and events.
Surprisingly, Ed started to praise my cooking ! Yay!
Finally, I had been better with housework.

Toronto (2) (July - Dec)

Toronto (2) (July - Dec)

Sep – Canada
Let’s get married dear !

Oct – Canada
Started to feel bored and restless. So attended Tea Sommelier classes.

Gonna have fun in summer (Canada)

Hey dude, you gonna have fun in summer ! (Canada)

Nov – Canada
So cold !
Decided to sit for exam.

Dec – Canada
So cold !!
Studied unbelievably hard for the exam.
Happy Christmas and New Year !

Jan – Canada
Exam is over, new years came and gone.
What am I going to do in 2009 ? …..

Toronto (3) (July - Dec)

Toronto (3) (July - Dec)

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Boxing Day Sale at Eaton Center

Boxing Day Sale at Eaton Center

Boxing Day Sale at Eaton Center

Boxing Day Sale at Eaton Center

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