在台灣買進口貨品不便宜,唯有啤酒例外。很多時甚至比英國還便宜。In Taiwan, imported goods are very expensive though for unknown reason beer seems to be the exception.  In fact, often they can be even cheaper than UK. 就像這些在超市的比利時進口啤酒,比英國足足便宜差不多40%! 夏天已到,正是掃貨好時機。乾杯!  I found these Belgium beer in my local supermarket which were about 40% cheaper than UK! Time to stock up for the summer. Cheers! Daily Prompt... Continue Reading →

Bitter gourd

The best thing about going on holiday is discovering new dishes that you can create when you return home. During my recent trip to Okinawa, I discovered their most famous dish Goya Chanpuru.The dish consists of bitter gourd, pork, egg and tofu and is quite a simple dish to make. Basically you stir fry the... Continue Reading →

Snowdonia 斯諾登山

In 2013, I went to visit a friend in Wales and we went to the Snowdonia National Park. Unfortunately we left home too late that day and didn't have enough time to climb all the way up to the Snowdonia. 在2013年,我到威爾斯探訪朋友,他帶我到斯諾登國家公園遊覽。可惜那天我們太遲出發,只夠時間走一部分路程,未能 登上斯諾登山。 In 2013,  my friend's dog Blodwyn came with us.  Blodwyn means white flower... Continue Reading →

49 hour flash trip 49小時快閃旅行

  Just returned from a 49 hour flash trip to Osaka, where the trip's itinerary was shop, eat, drink, eat, shop, eat and eat! 剛從大阪49小時快閃旅行回來,行程包括購物,吃,喝,吃,購物,吃再吃 !Our first stop was the famous Dotonbori area. The epicenter is the main crossroads where the famous Shin Sai Bashi Suji shopping area crosses the river. The 6.5m mechanical crab... Continue Reading →

醫院 Hospital

很多人常說臺灣醫療制度很棒,今天終於(不幸地)體驗到,或正確來說應是我另一半 OH 親身經歷。 People always rave about how excellent the health system in Taiwan is. Today I (unfortunately) had to experience it first hand - well pretty much as the patient was my Other Half. 今早OH 醒來時身體極痛楚,連走路也不能於是立即請救護車送他到醫院。到達急診後,醫護人員馬上替他檢查。我當時想,如果在英國公立醫院若非緊急,大概還要等上一大段時間才可以診察吧。但其實當時OH 真的非常痛楚,加上早上八時多急診很少其他病人,可能這個原因所以不用等。 OH woke up this morning with acute pain and couldn't even walk to the front door so... Continue Reading →

端午節粽 Zongzi

端午節吃粽子通常都會到街上買,因為自己包的真要很用心及花上非常多時間。 For those who don't know what these little parcels are, they are rice dumplings or zongzi and are traditionally eaten at the Dragon Boat Festival around June each year. 粽葉及米要先浸好,各樣餡料又要切,又要煮及調味,之後粽子還要煲上一、兩小時才完成。其中包粽子就最講究技巧,一方面要確保餡料全部包在米內,另一方面既要保持粽子的特別鑽石形外觀,也要在煮的過程中不會因膨脹而裂開。少一點心力或不花上一整天時間也不行。 Glutinous rice is lined on the inside of the bamboo leaves, then different fillings  such as belly pork, egg yolk, peanuts, dried Chinese mushroom is placed... Continue Reading →

Lavender 薰衣草

When people think of lavender fields, they usually think of Provence in France. In England, there are also quite a few beautiful lavender fields, in particular there is one nearby in Surrey where I used to live. 當提到薰衣草時,一般人通常會想到法國的普羅旺斯。其實在英國,也有不少漂亮的薰衣草田園,在我以前家附近也有喔! In the late 1990’s, a gentleman working in the fragrance department of a large corporation in UK... Continue Reading →

Moving houses 搬家

People in England used to say  moving house is one of the most stressful events in life after the death of a spouse, and divorce.  以前英國人都說搬家會有有很大壓力,只有配偶往生,或離婚才會引致更大的壓力。 That must have been the days when people still had job security, this was still a peaceful world, and there were no mobile phones for us to lose. However,... Continue Reading →

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