夏想

加州的州花是金黃色的罌粟花,Golden Poppies。每年五、六月期間(視乎那一年的夏天早熱還是遲熱),便會罌粟處處,紅的紫的黃的橙的,浩浩蕩蕩的公告天下:夏天由現在開始!

攝於史丹福校園一隅

看到罌粟盛開,我便知道快有枇杷果吃了!我家屋前種有一棵不大不少的枇杷果樹,初夏期間,總是果實累累的。今年收成比往年更好,差不多整整兩個月都有果實源源供應。

屋前的枇杷果樹

微酸又多汁的枇杷果不但清甜可口,而且據說還有潤肺清熱之效。我們一家五口都愛吃,就連Rohan這小子每次路過,都懂得指着枇杷果樹大叫:「More!More!」

Genghis正吃得起勁

自從由德州搬回加州以後,我們每年的七月四日國慶都會在沙灘渡過。在美國,一般人都會在後園開燒烤派對來慶祝這節日;我們怕熱,情願帶備糧餉到海灘玩沙玩水兼野餐。

Genghis今年七歲,我們也放心讓他獨個兒往海邊玩水,只要遠遠的看着他便可以了

不過北加州的海灘就是在盛夏,水溫也很冷,玩玩水還可以,一般都不會真正的游泳,就是要滑浪或進行其他水上活動的,大都會穿上wet suit才下水。雖然如此,但七月的海灘還是挺熱鬧的。我愛坐在大毛巾上,聞着海水的氣息,看着他們父子四人玩得起勁,然後嘴角便會不由自主的往上彎起來。

當天風大,海邊只有十多度,所以Rohan要穿上小小浴袍來擋風

我從來都是屬於夏天的,現在有幾名頑童繞在身邊,我便更愛夏日的無限。

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更多夏想

鬥cheap有我份!

遲到總好過無到,應承了師奶讀與吃應戰擂台,當然不可食言。雖然明知贏不了孜媽,所以唯有以多件數取勝。

(一)最新──純棉連身裙

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什麼時候買的?三星期前

衣服類型?連身裙

價錢?US$5.00

牌子(如有)?H&M

對衣服的評語?減價貨,款式雖然不怎麼樣,但純棉質料好洗好著,而且可作裙子或用來襯leggings,最適合三藩市忽冷忽熱的夏天。

(二)最愛──吊帶黑白圖案花裙

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什麼時候買的?去年夏天

衣服類型?吊帶花裙

價錢?購自Outlet店,也是US$5.00

牌子(如有)?Rue 21(雖然是法文名字,但其實是美國牌子)

對衣服的評語?說得上最愛,當然深得我心!我愛它的剪裁和質料(純棉)都不錯,而且圖案設計非常大體,不似一般花裙的casual。

(三)最抵──斗篷大衣

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什麼時候買的?大約三四年前

衣服類型?斗篷大衣

價錢?無錯,這件大衣同樣是US$5.00!

牌子(如有)?Dan Millstein – New York | Paris──老實說,我之前完全沒有聽過這牌子;五蚊貨仔,那還理會是甚麼牌子呢?

對衣服的評語?這件大衣是我在加州小鎮一家二手店買的,我實在很喜歡它的設計,而同手工也相當不錯,相信是六七十年代的出品,配貼身衣裙或窄身褲最好看。大衣上沒有註明質料,我猜大概是混羊毛之類的毛絨,挺保暖的啊!

其他cheap衫精選

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

Do 1 Thing

本來打算上星期貼這篇文報導的,奈何自己又大頭蝦給忘了 😦

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美國是全球最富庶國家之一,但不見得便沒有社會問題。其中一項沒有太多人關注的是青少年露宿問題。原來這富裕的國家每天都有一百三十多萬青少年要以街為家。不要以為這些露宿青少年都是不慕正業或懶惰頑劣,事實上他們大部份都是逼不得已--生長於問題家庭,自少便從一個foster home轉到另一個foster home,從小便得不到應有的關懷及愛護;到了十八歲,變成超齡兒童,不再受foster care system綣顧,一時間失去所有政府緩助,又沒有親友投靠,更沒甚麼專門知識或求生技能,真真正正的無親無顧,走投無路,無計可施,唯有以街頭為家,過一天便一天。

其中一個例子是這位二十二歲的少女,雖然每天露宿街頭,但最後成功完成大學課程,現己找到工作及小小公寓,正式踏上自力更生的新階段。

就算你不是居住美國,也可看看我寫的這篇相關文章及Do 1 Thing網站,了解一下强大國家的糖衣背後,也有其糜爛的一面。

Do 1 Thing

I should have posted this last Friday, but then I forgot 😦

Anyway, I think this is a really cool project and deserves a lot of attention. Although, Valentine’s Day has come & gone, you can still help homeless youth through this initiative any time in the year. Check out the article below & the Do1Thing website to see how you can help.

Do1Thing photographers help millions of teens on Valentine’s Day

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*Administrative note: From now on, I’ll start posting some of the articles from RESOLVE – my “work” blog – especially those that I wrote or found particularly interesting.

A Brand New Day

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Today is symbolic in so many ways. I watched part of the inauguration at the conference room in my office with my colleagues this morning, while my 5-year-old was watching it with his classmates and teachers at his school.

“We’ll be watching Barack Obama being sworn in as the President of the United States of America next Tuesday,” Genghis told me last Friday. I’m so proud of his sophisticated use of words.

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We have satellite radio in the car. There’re a number of channels for each music genre. The ones we usually listen to are classic rock, chill out & reggae. During the election, the song below was played quite a lot in the Reggae channel & Genghis has picked up on it. Now every time we talked about Obama, he would sing, “Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama, oi! Oi!”