鹿港 Lukang

上星期趁天氣好,到了臺中市以西約35公里的鹿港一日遊。結果發覺這真是一個不太明智的決定,因為當天實在太熱,我整個爆汗! Last week I took advantage of the hot summer weather and went on a day trip to Lukang, about 35km west of Taichung city. It turned out to be a not so wise decision as I was literally sweating all over under the heat. 鹿港的名字很可愛,有傳以前鹿港附近有很多鹿因而得名。臺灣幾個世紀的發展從南到北,一府二鹿三艋舺中的二鹿就是鹿港(一府是台南安平區,三艋舺是台北萬華區 )。它在18世紀清代及荷蘭統治時,是台灣中部的主要對外港口,所以有很多有特色及悠長歷史的建築物。 Lukang translates to Deer Port, and rumour has... Continue Reading →

Marketing in Pink

It seems that businesses in Taiwan love to market their products in pink in the hope of attracting the teenage market. In my latest wander around my local 7-11 convenience store I saw these ice tea and coffee.  The brand on the right, with its simple and sleek bottles is a popular local brand.  The... Continue Reading →

Cracks 裂痕

In my recent post about Bristol, I mentioned Banksy and his work. Last weekend he painted a new mural at Dover in England. 最近我在布里斯托文章裡提過Banksy及他的作品。上週末在英國多佛港剛出現一張他的新壁畫。 The mural is a massive EU flag with its 12 stars, and a worker busy chiselling away one of the stars. If you look closely, you can see cracks across the flag... Continue Reading →

心痛 Heartache

今天我想跟大家探討一個比較嚴肅的話題。首先我想講兩個故事,一個是關於台灣一位年青少女,另一個是關於英國一位老伯伯。他們兩位都已經不在人世。Today I'm going to talk about something that is more serious than usual. But, first of all, I'm going to talk about two stories, one about a young lady in Taiwan, and another about an old man in UK. Both of them are no longer with us. 台灣 Taiwan 林奕含是一位年青美貌,,充滿才華的人氣作家。她在2009年大學學科能力測驗中獲得滿級分, 之後進入臺大醫學系 。可惜因為她患有憂鬱症,只讀了兩個星期就休學。在2012年她再度回到大學修讀中文系,但她的憂鬱症始終沒有好轉,最後到大三再度被迫休學。Lin Yi-han was a... Continue Reading →

Bristol布里斯托

I want to introduce you to Bristol, a city in the south west of England, and about 30km away from my hometown. If you ever go to UK and want to visit another city outside of London, here are the six reasons as to why you should visit Bristol. 我想介紹在英國西南部,距離我家鄉約30公里的布里斯托市。若你到訪英國又想去倫敦以外的其他城市看看,布里斯托市絕對值得一遊,因為有以下六大理由。 1/  Bristol was  voted by... Continue Reading →

Duck blanket

This was the Hampton Court duck race in 2007 where 165000 ducks raced down Thames River in London for charity. Blanket

沖繩 Okinawa

沖繩海岸線很美,尤其是沿著海邊的58號路線北上。路上車輛不多,感覺很逍遙自在. Okinawa has a lovely coastline especially driving along route 58 all the way up to the north were there is hardly any traffic. 離開那霸市我們到殘波岬。除了些遊人,那裏還有一對男女在拍結婚照。我見攝影師指導他倆坐在崖邊面向大海,遠看有點像在猶豫是否要跳下去,心想其實這樣拍新婚照也不知是浪漫還是不好彩頭? After we left Naha, we went to Cape Zanpa. Apart from a handful of tourist, there was a couple taking their wedding photos there. In one shot, the photographer asked... Continue Reading →

Reborn重生

Another flashback from Facebook.  Last year today I moved into my new home in Taiwan. 今天臉書上彈出回顧去年的提示,原來我是去年今日搬進新居的。 I was telling a Taiwanese friend a while ago about my journey from UK to Taiwan to start a new chapter in my life, and that I arrived on the day of my birthday last year.  He made a... Continue Reading →

小藍花兒 Bluebells 

在英國時我最喜愛四月份。黃色水仙花燦爛地盛開,初生小綿羊在田裡依偎著羊媽媽,商店內色彩繽紛的巧克力復活蛋,都在告訴我們春天巳來臨。April is my favourite month of the year in UK. Daffodils bloom everywhere, ewes tender her new born lambs in the field, and the colouful easter eggs in the shops, all shouting out spring is here. 每年四月份我最期待去行山找 bluebell。這些籃色的小花密密地長滿在樹林裡,仿佛是大自然的籃色地毯,等待行山人仕去發現它。April is when I normally go on my bluebell walk, a walk that I look forward to every... Continue Reading →

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