擔飯擔 Dan Fan Dan

初一在台中過了一個很平靜的新年,十五卻在台南過了一個既有特式又很傳統及非常熱鬧的元宵。Chinese New Year day for me in Taichung was very quiet, yet the end of the Chinese New Year festival which traditionally finishes on the 15th was a very special and eventful day in Tainan. 擔飯擔是台南大坑尾村一個超過百年歷史的傳統節目。從前只有6戶人家到現在整條村105戶人家每年都參與這個節目。這個慶典現在甚至被台南市政府設定為文化資產活動。村民會在家裏煮一大盤古早味的傳統鹹飯及其他餸菜,然後浩浩蕩蕩用竹籃擔到村內的聖母宮前跟大家一起分享。當天午餐我猜有超過一千人到訪,連台南市市長也來頒授證狀給村民,還跟大家一起品嚐這美味的擔飯擔。Dan Fan Dan (擔飯擔) is a tradition over a hundred years old in the village of Dakeng Wei. It started... Continue Reading →

Supermarket gaffe 超市笑話

上星期到超市購物,結果在那裡上了一堂有趣的課。 The other week I went to the supermarket to do my weekly shopping, and ended up learning a rather interesting cultural lesson. 那天買了不少東西,預計結帳時會比平時花多一點錢。但我並沒有那間超市會員咭所以並不能集點。當時我就用以往在英國時的想法,可以把點數轉送他人,因為在英國這是大家常做的,沒什麼特別。加上平時在臺灣常常遇到的人都很友善,那就算是回報一點小小心意,很正常的想法吧! I knew at the checkout that my shopping would be more expensive than normal, and I didn't have a membership card to collect the points.  So I put on my UK... Continue Reading →

Message from Trump川普說…

我從來都不欣賞 川普/特朗普,甚至覺得他評論近乎荒謬,完全不像一位候任總統。今天他發了兩則有關他及台灣蔡英文總統通電話的推特,對中美關係引起了點風浪。他第二則推特是回應評論家對這對話的反應。但我較有興趣是本地媒體對此推特的理解。 I've never been a fan of Trump and frankly speaking, find a lot of his comments bordering ridiculous, not something one would expect from a President elect. Today he tweeted a couple of comments regarding his phone call with the President of Taiwan which has caused a bit of storm on the US Sino relations.  However,... Continue Reading →

Trick or treat in Taiwan,  a true community spirit.  Taken inside a 7-11 at Tongxiao, Miaoli. 遇上慶祝萬聖節的小朋友,感受到台灣小社區的人情味。攝於苗栗通霄的7-11內。

台灣嚇人的交通Taiwan’s scary traffic

在台灣已住上半年。我很喜歡在這裡生活,但交通卻是一大例外。我一直堅信台灣人非常友好和有禮貌,但當他們坐上司機座位時,就立刻判若兩人。 There are very very few things that I dislike about Taiwan, and traffic happens to be one of them.  I’ve always insisted the Taiwanese are very friendly and courteous, but once they step into the driver’s seat they suddenly become Jekyll and Hyde. 原來在台灣學習駕駛汽車及路考都是在汽車考場裡,而不是在道路上進行。換句話說,在考到駕駛執照後,大多數人完全沒有路上駕駛經驗可言。之後他們就像被扔進大海裡學游泳一樣在路上開車。他們可能不太懂得駕駛者的禮儀,更沒有處理道路上駕駛的實際經驗,當遇上真正的行人和其他道路使用者時,就會有些不知所措。 Vehicle drivers in Taiwan learn to drive and take their... Continue Reading →

十年 Ten Years

昨日第一次在臺灣看電影。電影院是以前的因為很舊。電影是將來的因為是預言。 這部電影叫十年。 若你問我劇情可能會發生嗎?絕對有可能。若你問十年內會發生嗎?可能還未會。 當香港還有些利用價值,加上所有關心香港的國際機構還知道五十年不變承諾,有人仍會有點兒顧慮。畢竟今時不同往日,有人強勢開始有轉弱情況,就算極不喜歡外國勢力,也不能完全忽視他們。教兒打兒也要做得好看點,做得有技巧。來日方長。 座在我前方一位超胖人兄整場電影睡得很甜,雄厚鼾聲傳遍小影院,完全不是看電影。香港還有多少人像他一樣晚上睡得很甜,不理身邊發生的事? Yesterday I went to the cinema for the first time in Taiwan.  The cinema is from the past as its old, the movie is about the future as its a speculation. The movie is called Ten Years, a controversial movie about what Hong Kong may become like in ten years... Continue Reading →

The British Empire 大英帝國

Last time I talked about the difference between England, Britain and UK.  You may have heard of other names that people associate with England (we’ll stay away from the rude ones ok?), so here we go. British Isles  - the Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea in between England and Ireland, and... Continue Reading →

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