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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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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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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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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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汤圆

汤圆

前天,一早醒来看到妈妈从马来西亚捎来的短信。那时,我迷迷糊糊,看了也没去多想。后来,逛到一位朋友的部落中,才惊觉冬至将至,是做汤圆的时节。原来,妈妈告诉我,她做了红豆汤圆,很好吃。虽今天才是冬至,不过,星期天弟妹都往外溜,家里提早两天做,一家团团圆圆吃汤圆。

妈吩咐我做汤圆来庆一庆。我随口带过。在外国那么多年,哪记得冬至这回事。虽然,妈妈都会捎来短信,我也是知道就算了。马来西亚的家当然有做汤圆。记得,我每次吃时,妈妈都会来一句,“吃了汤圆就长一岁啦!” 不过,冬至的气氛没过年或中秋的浓厚,只是吃汤圆。不提,我一定不会记得。加上,我这个蛇年出生的,特别‘蛇’,很少帮忙妈妈搓汤圆。不过,我超爱甜食,吃汤圆少不了我的份。

在澳洲,没认识Ed之前,多是自己一个人住。自己一个人吃汤圆,好像更显孤单。加上,日子特忙,所以,我好像从来没在国外庆祝过冬至。

我想,在外国长住,最可惜的是,很多传统很难维持。这可能是千万华裔移民的矛盾。

现在想一想,我真的应该庆祝一下,尤其是在加拿大特别有‘气氛’。这个‘气氛’不是华人‘过冬’过节的气氛,而是,在加拿大,冬天真的正式到来了。‘冬至’,突然变得很有‘身有同感’。冷冷的天气,手上有碗热腾腾的汤圆,多温暖。以前,在马或在澳,这个时候都是炎热当天的。‘冬至’这个字眼对我来说,是没什么意思的。

向Ed提我要做汤圆,他说,我自己吃就好了。他不爱又甜又粘的东西。做了自己一人吃很没趣。加上,考试大过天,我以前也没向妈妈偷师到,真没时间花上大半天来学来找材料来搓来煮。我还是上网看看汤圆图片来庆祝就好了。

以前,有妈妈来维持传统,现在,是我的责任了。不过,我好像不是很称职…

明年吧,明年冬至,我要做汤圆!!

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Though I am studying, I still can’t resist to read my 2 + 2 daily ‘newspapers’ online.

One is – The Globe and Mail, for Canada news.

One is – The Age, for Melbourne, Australia news.

Sometimes, when things get interesting across the boarder, I read New York Times.

Sometimes, I read Sin Chew Chinese newspapers or Malaysiakini online, for Malaysia news.

The world is currenly going through an interesting and trying time, I feel that to be a responsible world citizen, I need to be informed. Or is it because of my experiences in the above different countries that make me want to know more, and care for more? I think that plays an important part too.

Thanks to the internet. Otherwise, I would not know the world simply by a click away.

Sometimes, I think : will news online eventually replace newspapers completely? Maybe?

Do I still read ‘real’ newspapers ? Only once every 2 week, I think, except when I am back home in Malaysia.

I still love the ideas of holding the newspapers in the sofa or bed, read them with a cup of coffee or tea. And there are more articles in the printed edition. However, to save the papers, and to know the world better and faster, I have gone to the internet…

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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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