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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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With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

马来西亚家人朋友 (1月 和 6月)

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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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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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原本, 几天后,我就会回马。一来,是要避一避这里的严冬。二来,是要出席共三场的婚礼。可是,最后还是改变主意,刚巧找到机票,就决定留到圣诞过后才回马。因为,圣诞在这里大过天。就如农历除夕一样,要一家团聚。我知道Ed和他家人希望我可以多留几天。所以,就留下来过圣诞。而且,去年的圣诞不是白色的,有点失望,今年雪下早了, 应该可以如愿以偿。

现在想起来,我也还没见识过马来西亚华人的婚礼。我在澳洲那么多年,马来西亚的朋友结婚,我都没机会出席。在澳洲,虽有参加过华人的婚礼,但都有点西化的。我还没见过什么兄弟们上新娘家‘抢新娘’啦,什么玩游戏捉弄新郎新娘啦,还有什么媒人婆尽说好听的话啦, 等等。这次回马参加婚礼,正好让我这个也开始有点西化的华人开开眼界。

只是,改了机票后, 我会错过一个怡保朋友的婚礼。很可惜。那婚礼是我很期待的。因为,在较小的城市举行,应该会较吉隆坡的传统, 也较不同其他两个婚礼是在吉隆坡)。我这个朋友也是在澳洲住了十多年。这次回马结婚,主要也只是让马来西亚的家人开心就是了。 我有几个在澳洲住的朋友都是如此,他们是一点都不用操心婚礼的。一切交由父母办,他们想怎样搞就怎样搞。总之,到时候,飞回马,出席婚礼,露个面, 一切照做,和亲戚打个招呼,就可以了。婚礼嘛,老人家开心就是了。

我曾听说过,有些朋友(不论是华人或洋人)因为婚礼和家人闹不满。也难怪,两代人的观念不同了,要办的形式相异,磨擦是难免的。有些华人朋友爱开玩笑说,她们的婚礼哪是她们自己的婚礼,其实是她们妈妈或家婆的婚礼。一切听她们就是了。华人传统尊重长辈。有些人觉得,算了啦,不然关系没弄好,嫁进去就难相处。可是,我有些洋人朋友对我说,如我结婚,一定要搞个自己开心的。这是一世人一次的,回头缅怀的是自己。别人意见听得多少啊。哈! 真是华人和洋人的观点不同。我觉得各有各对。只是,洋人性格较不记仇,过了就忘,相处不会太难。华人嘛,有可能会碰礁哟。

说起洋人的婚礼,前阵子,Ed带我去一个他好友的婚礼。在高尔夫球场举行。很小,才五,六张桌子。那五,六十人是新娘新郎最亲近的家人亲戚朋友。搞笑的是,他们想到可能有人不爱跳舞,给我们猜字游戏玩。新郎还有时间过来和我们玩上好一会儿 (如图)。我好喜欢,感觉好亲切,认识了些新郎新娘很好的朋友。我们真的是为新郎新娘庆祝,替他们开心的。可是,有些婚礼,有超过三百多人。我啊,坐在远远看我穿得很漂亮的朋友,可是却一句话都说不上。 当然,心中很替他们开心,可是也同时在婚礼上碰上一些人其实一点都不认识我的朋友或朋友的另一半。问起他们,关系差上几千万里。有时会疑惑,他们在这里是不是真的会替我朋友找到一世伴侣而开心。

唉呀!我啊,在这里啰哩啰嗦,又不是我的婚礼。嘻嘻!怎样都好,真的很替我那三个结婚的朋友开心。很期待见证他们说我愿意时的那刻…

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小时候, 很爱阅读, 是个书迷。就是因为常躺着看书,常在动摇的巴士内追小说,常顾不了灯光暗淡还是放不下书本,我变了个千度大近视。

上了大学后,虽还是常看书,可是少了文学,多了课教本。或看的是电脑。唯一接触文学时,是每个暑假回马追金庸武侠小说。不过,那也是好多年前的事。已忘了追小说的感觉很久了。阅读文学书籍这个好习惯早已慢慢在我的日常生活中消失。

现在回想起,我虽曾爱看小说,可是都是以华文书为主。 对英文的文学世界真是一无所知。在澳洲书店见到琳琅满目的英文小说,可真是不知从何看起。所以,要多看英文书的心常不了了之。

至到遇上Ed才稍有改变。Ed爱看书 (只是英文书,他不会中文)。他常鼓励我多阅读英文小说,因为他太受不了我很烂的英文。他说,‘拼命’阅读可较快地加强语文能力。这个我当然知道啦。可是,他的亲身体验还是给了我很大的鼓励。他七,八岁移民来加国时,英文很不行。就算到了中学,还是不过如此。一直到他拚命阅读,书写能力才开始大大地进步。

这个我也明白。我在澳洲住了那么多年,英文虽已比以往好,日常的沟通也没问题。可是,还是有很多时候有些词不达意,也写不出漂亮的文章。现在,手头上有些时间,所以决定好好啃书充实自己。

于是,Ed常带我到书店逛。他会介绍我一些好的作家。我则会站在那读上几页,看我喜不喜欢作家的风格。加上,这里有很多二手,或便宜卖过时畅销文学书的书店。Ed弟弟的妻子也很爱书。上次见她,给了我一大堆书看。

渐渐地,我又开始爱上了阅读。最近,除了中文书,也看了蛮多英文小说,对英文的现代文学界也开始有多些了解。

很开心,把遗忘了的好习惯重拾起来。也添加了新的阅读习惯。语文能力虽没那么快进步,可是书中的‘黄金屋’已找到….

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I woke up this morning, checked the results of Australia Election. Whoo-hoo ! Labor Party won ! I checked my email account. I received an email from an Australian friend, she too, thinks Whoo-hoo!

Normally, I am not a very politically sensitive person. Yet, never before, I pay so much attention to this election. When I went back to Australia recently, I could feel the change of atmosphere. I feel the importance of this Election, and have kept a closed eye to it since. I feel, something significant and historic is going to happen….

Under Howard’s government, although Australia has unbroken 11 years of economic growth, people are generally not happy. There is a long term drought; young soldiers are being sent to Iraq; Australians worry about climate change and Kyoto Protocol issues; there are new laws which hand too much power to employers, etc etc. There are something money can’t buy. As much as there might be a factor of ‘ time for a change’, Australians have courageously chosen something more important than economic. They want better health, better education and better environment, which Labor Party promised.

Although we are continuously disappointed by the promises of government, although it seems like there are always these ‘dark forces’ in politics that things are not get done the way it should be or promised, and etc etc. At least, this election shows me that Australians have spoken, loudly and clearly, to the people-in-charge, what they really want and what is important to them now. Go Aussie ! As someone who has lived in Australia for the last 13 years, I feel really proud !

Australians have done their part, now and the next, which is the most important : Mr Rudd and your team, now is your turn, please do your part well !

I think Australia is now entering a new and exciting phase. The world is watching. Just like my friend said, she now has more hope that Australia will move towards a more compassionate stand in the world.

And I asked Ed this morning : Do you want to go back to Australia ?….

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