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情人节快乐!

情人节快乐!

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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 !

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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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团圆�

团圆饭

今年的农历新年来得比往年安静。

记得,前年第一次在加拿大过新年时,还会跑去什么最大型的农历新年庆典凑热闹,也会开电视找华人新年节目看看。

今年,除了那件大红上衣,我可是什么都懒得做。可能是刚考完试,紧张的心情还未平复。还好,去年,我和Ed在马来西亚和家人过,总算热闹了一年。今年,静静地,也好。

不过,团圆饭当然还是不可少。就如前年一样,Ed的父母为我们准备了一顿丰富的晚餐。

Ed这半个鬼佬终于开始了解一些华人传统。要回家吃饭,也不再诸多推辞。他这个人以前是很怕华人礼节风俗的麻烦的。不过,吃了饭后,他还是自个儿到地下室看电视。

今天大年初一,Ed去上班,我在家上网。年又过了...

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喜喜!新年快乐!

恭喜恭喜!新年快乐!

试终于考完了!不过,身体还没轻松下来。现在,要好好休息,什么都不多想。:)

今天,我和Ed去他父母家吃团圆饭。难得农历新年,我特地穿上新买的大红上衣。过年嘛,好意头。嘻嘻!Ed看我那红得耀眼的上衣,灵机一动,要我坐在家中的红椅子拍照。

哈哈!好主意!就让我以红色来向大家拜个年…

祝大家牛年快乐,心想事成,身体健康,天天开心,一切安好。

祝单身的,今年遇到心上人。已婚的,祝婚姻快乐,早生可爱的牛子牛女。已有小孩的,祝小孩们快高长大,无忧无虑。

上学的,祝学业猛进。工作的,祝事业有成。努力勤奋,站好工作岗位。别多担心经济衰退,船到桥头自然直。不幸失业的,塞翁失马 焉知非福。穷则变,变则通。另一份新的工作,或搞个小生意,转个行,或更多时间陪家人,或终于有时间读书深造等等,你可能会更开心。祝你在新的一年里,有好转机。只要不被小挫折打败,继续努力,将来一定会有好成就!:)

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Year 2008 has been eventful for many of us and for the world. While all the glories, worries, uncertainties, downturns, triumphs, happiness, challenges, violences, joys, have flown by, I wish the world and you all a very happy, wonderful, healthy, peaceful, fun and fulfulling new year ahead ! Like the boater, waking up early, setting out eagerly and wholeheartedly, with hard work and sweats, yet pleasure in the heart, to welcome a new dawn….

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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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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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