賀歲片之沒落

農曆新年閒著無事,買幾張票同友人看大馬與香港合拍的粵語片,孰知原來是預告片好看,內容卻是差強人意,笑點相當僵硬。另一部新加坡片開頭還可以,但是後半部卻販賣煽情,我們這等講廣東話的人不習慣將情情愛愛說出口,所以看這些片就會覺得他們的電影表達方式很奇怪。

其他的港片亦是乏善足陳,預告片中見到任達華稱劉嘉玲為媽咪、蘇玉華的片子好像也是販賣煽情,左看右看,原來還是在自己居所打開電腦看 YouTube 最開心,香港網台清談節目、英國美國澳洲紀錄片,任君選擇,而且免費。 Continue reading “賀歲片之沒落”

The place I dreamt of

There was this place in my dream. Next to a lake there was a building – ten or so storeys – beautifully designed and whose shape reflected on the surface of the lake. About six o’clock in the evening, the light turned on and it illuminated the surrounding area. When the building shined, so did the lake surface.

The ‘building reflection in the lake’, so they called it. That was no any other ordinary place. The locals around the area said the building shone– other than the illumination brought by lights – because local artists often held performances there. Continue reading “The place I dreamt of”

移動條件之準備再三

全球化影響之下,祇要專業能力足夠,每一個人都有可能移動。一個人平時應該如何隨時準備可以移動呢?在我看來,莫過於準備、準備、再準備。

第一、若以前居住/工作的地方不方便收信,大可跟專事通信與信箱服務的公司註冊商用信箱,信件和文件固定寄到同一地址,他們收信之後可以幫你轉寄到你指定的另一地址,你人在海外某個地方也可以收信,方便得很。

第二、原居地哪些銀行還款、商業註冊費用、稅金等等款項,確保提前繳清才好出國。若是保險或其他款項可以從你銀行帳戶自動扣款,就必須該帳戶多存些錢,免得自動扣款不成之後反而變成銀行欠款。
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What I read everyday

I bought printed issues of The Economist every now and then. If an issue published several interesting topics, I would buy it at bookstore. The Economist publishes quarterly reports and special reports are particularly interesting.

Subscription to the magazine on a weekly basis is not something I prefer because I cannot get to read the latest version delivered to my designated address when I am travelling. The good thing about The Economist is that I can get it in any major city in the world.
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何處覓尋她的歌聲

愛爾蘭的小紅莓樂隊 (The Cranberries) 主音多麗絲·奧里奧丹 (Dolores O’Riordan) 在倫敦錄音期間在飯店內驟逝,全球樂迷無不錯愕婉惜,原本以為可以聽到樂隊的新作品,看來現在可能希望落空了。

我不是他們最忠貞的歌迷,祇是這麼多年以來,自己會一直重複聽的樂隊,小紅莓樂隊就是其中一支。對我來說,主音多麗絲最特別就是她的歌聲:那是一股叛逆又堅定的聲音,每每開腔就保持著一個姿態:在俗世污流之中保持桀驁不馴與優雅身段。 Continue reading “何處覓尋她的歌聲”

Things to observe in 2018

The top of the list is whether the United States, with the help of China and South Korea, is able to force North Korea to return to negotiation table. How China interacts with South Korea, Japan and Taiwan as well as Southeast Asian countries is going to decide if regional stability could be maintained.

Hong Kong’s capability to maintain ‘one country, two systems’ is also another indicator whether the former British colony could safeguard its uniqueness and freedom under Beijing’s increasing interference. If Hong Kong loses its freedom and fails to improve its rule of law, which is a bedrock of its success, some feared that Hong Kong could lose out to its long-time rival Singapore. Continue reading “Things to observe in 2018”

也談市區辦公室

聖誕與元旦期間,別人在放假狂歡之際,我則是日夜趕翻譯稿到一月幾號才能放輕鬆一下。趁著人人回去上班上課的時候,我就去到星加坡市中心萊佛士 (Raffles Place) 地區閒晃。

我跟著友人到處看寫字樓,室內望向窗外的風景若比較耐看,租金就比較貴,反之則比較便宜。市中心的共用辦公室再分租出來的小型辦公室租金不便宜,自由辦公桌比較划算,但是整體租金比香港便宜。 Continue reading “也談市區辦公室”

Happy 2018 and jokes from politicians

1. Raymond Tam Chi-yuen (譚志源), former Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs of the Hong Kong SAR Government:
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen (袁國強) ate reheated instant noodles in the middle of the night, for the sake of safeguarding the sanctity of ‘one country, two systems’.
Translation: The Secretary earning more than HK$300,000 (US$38,000) a month has to eat poorly, spare no time to enjoy good and nutritious food, so that he can focus on his work to keep Hong Kong’s unique system running.
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聖誕快樂之馬幣反彈

新的一年開局在即,之前一直遲遲不見起色的馬幣似乎有了些動力,從2017年1月份的最低點4.4980令吉對一美元,如今反彈至4.08左右對一美元,升幅達到百分之十,因此市場視之為表現最佳的亞洲貨幣之一。大馬人相當注意的馬幣兌新幣匯率也從3.15左右回升至3.04上下。

2018年到來,大概有些人預測大選之後一切塵埃落定的局勢應該有助加強馬幣升勢,再加上國際油價若持續企穩,馬幣相信可以一撇過往委靡不振的頹勢。但是現在這個世界整體局勢非常不穩定,謹慎中保持樂觀、樂觀中保持謹慎,是必須的態度。 Continue reading “聖誕快樂之馬幣反彈”

Why I still repair my laptops

I have an ACER Aspire laptop which I bought in 2009, and an ASUS A555L laptop which I bought in early 2016.

Recently I have the CD players of both laptops replaced and they are now running well again. Many might feel curious as to why there is a need to fix a laptop, given that new laptops are selling cheap in Malaysia. With below MYR 2,000 you can get quite good laptops already. Continue reading “Why I still repair my laptops”