催眠

其實想寫這題目已有一段時間,只是一直未有下筆。今天給周游一篇文章挑起我的根,於是馬上寫下這篇。

事緣剛認識Mr. G.不久,有一位雜誌的同事在學催眠,當時的組長說:「不如你們幾個一起給他催眠,看看到底是甚麼一回事,然後寫篇故事來交稿吧!」

我經已忘了是誰負責撰稿(總之不是我)。那時因為好奇,也因為柴娃娃,所以便參與了我人生唯一一次的催眠實驗。

說是催眼,其實我說比較像冥想。過程是這樣的:首先我們大伙人分別在影樓的不同角落坐下,負責催眠的同事要我們放鬆,然後他慢慢的帶領我們進入沉思狀態(我們全程都是清醒的),再代入幾個不同的情景,內容大致如下(有興趣的話,可當遊戲來玩一下!):

請用心想想,你過往的多個前生中,印象最深刻的是哪一生?

首先,我是並不相信有前世今生的,但當時我只當那是作文,所以便讓自己夢遊一下。結果我第一時間想到我是三四十年代上海一位富家女,也是中國第一位女飛機司(說錯了不要見怪,我只是在胡思亂想,並沒有深究歴史,當然沒有考究時代與劇情是否刎合了)。父母反對我跟意中人來往,我一怒之下便決定自己去「游飛機河」,後來飛機失事,便命送黃泉了。

請你回到你今生剛出生的一刻,你父母對你說出他們對你的期望。他們說了甚麼?

我爸說:「愛。要學會愛。」

我媽說:「開心,做人最緊要開心!」

現在,你走到一個寧静的樹林,碰見你的守護天使。他/她是誰?

Mr. G.

你要告訴守護天使一件你認為最重要的事情,哪是甚麼?

我說:「先坐下來聊聊吧!不用急,我們還有一輩子!」

哈哈哈,寫完也覺得肉麻得要緊,希望沒有把你嚇退吧!

Happy Friday

It’s almost silly how happy I am about what I did at lunch today.

I was at Borders during my lunch break, and, as usual, I headed to the bargain section first. Then, I saw the 6th edition of Norton Anthology of American Literature on sale – at $3.99 per volume! I happily grabbed 3 volumes (C, D & E) – I wasn’t too much of a fan of early American literature and so I didn’t get Volumes A & B – and went to get lunch.

When I was at college, I had Volumes 1 & 2 of this anthology, which I think were the 1st or 2nd edition. At the time, all of us English majors called them “pillows,” since they resembled the traditional Chinese hard pillows, which were usually made of wood or ceramic, as far as I know. Each one of them is like 2 inches thick, and is a collection of writings from various American writers from different periods. We had to carry those around a lot, and it was quite an inconvenience because of its weigh.

A few years ago, the publisher decided to print volumes that are more portable* (thank god!) and launched the sixth edition of the anthology in volumes A – E. I haven’t seen them before, since obviously I’ve been out of school for too long to be looking for textbooks for myself. But now that I see them on such big sale, I couldn’t help but had to buy them. You see, each volume has selection of works by at least 20 writers. Some of the works are just 3 to 5 poems of one writer, but some are an entire book of fiction. So for $3.99, I get the equivalent of 10 to 20 books! It’s not a deal, it’s a steal! This should be more than enough reading materials for me for the next few months.

Oh, and did I mention lunch? I went to this fancy sandwich place (wichcraft, which happens to be one of my favorite lunch places here) after my book extravaganza and got myself a delish onion frittata, roasted tomato, and cheddar on ciabatta roll sandwich for less than $7 – their breakfast sandwich that are served all day long are the best kept secret. I’m all for cheap, yummy food.

It’s a happy, happy Friday for me!

*Note: Although each book is well over 1,000 pages, it’s still easy to carry around because they use very light weigh paper. So compare to the 2000+ pages volumes that I was using in college, this is truly very portable. Each book is maybe the same weigh as one or two regular paperback.

Last night I was on the train

Last night

When I was on the train

Going through the Port of Oakland

I saw numerous gigantic cranes

Sitting along the coastline

Against the orange setting sun

And they reminded me of Tsing Yi

My ear started to hurt

My head started aching

My vision blurred a little

For a moment

I thought I was on the Airport Express

Zooming to Hong Kong Station

Thinking I was going home

Wait

I WAS going home

Just a different home