臺北市永康街太興燒臘:12月30日最後賞味期

最近常常夢見自己回到臺北,在師大附近到處遊走,午餐或晚餐時間又跑去永康街的太興燒臘吃燒臘飯,我最愛吃的廣東燒臘竟然在夢中出現,我視之為必須盡快重遊臺北的訊號。

白天回到寫字樓趕著一份翻譯稿,朋友傳來LINE訊息,原來是有臺灣部落客撰文報導說太興燒臘的陳老闆要封刀退休了。我看了覺得好可惜,一直在苦惱以後回到臺北就沒有這麼美味的燒臘飯可以吃了,因為大臺北地區好像都沒有陳老闆這麼正宗香港味的燒臘飯。 Continue reading “臺北市永康街太興燒臘:12月30日最後賞味期”

A freelancer’s self-discipline

It is never easy to be a freelancer. You have to set your own work schedule, work on the projects you have at the moment while looking up for the new ones. You must also meet your clients’ deadlines, and make sure they pay on time.

If you find it hard to focus on your work at home, it could be better if you look for a co-working space near your apartment. Going to work at co-working space from Mondays through Fridays makes sure you do your work regularly, and it allows you to meet with like-minded freelancers. Continue reading “A freelancer’s self-discipline”

蔡瀾妙計之天亮寫稿

之前讀過蔡瀾文章,其中一段分享如何應付早上最早的班機,也就是六七點的班機。他說通常前一晚寫稿到差不多天亮,飽餐一頓之後上飛機補眠。

這一招我也試過。就是前一晚帶著筆記型電腦到機場的咖啡廳,一邊喝咖啡一邊完成翻譯稿,早上四、五點去航空公司櫃檯領登機證之前,檢閱一輪再寄出文章,就可以安心上飛機睡覺了。但是最好不要學蔡瀾飽餐一頓,我試過半夜吃很多水果、臨天亮上飛機前吃漢堡,結果幾天的旅程一直腸胃不適,實在悽慘。 Continue reading “蔡瀾妙計之天亮寫稿”

Loitering around cities

I like it most when I get to walk around cities. And I always walk a lot when I am visiting a new place. I could walk or jog all the way from Pitt Street to George Street, Martin Place to Sydney Opera House, before getting up Harbour Bridge. But I haven’t figured out how to walk from University of Sydney to University of New South Wales.

In Taipei I used to walk from NTNU to NTU and Da’an Forest Park. And I am planning to walk longer distance – perhaps from NTNU to Taipei 101 – when I revisit again.

In Hong Kong island, Continue reading “Loitering around cities”

盡是很伍佰的風景

每每與臺灣朋友再度重相逢總是會拜託他們買些書或CD,這次則是拜託師大舊同學買伍佰的《風景》,結果這本書變成我的案頭書,每每遇上失眠的時候拿來再讀一次,投入照片與伍佰敘述的世界,那股平坦靜謐的恬淡感漸漸濃厚之後,終於才能換得一次好眠。

這本書一開始就展示了很多冰天雪地的照片,看著看著我想起幾年前伍佰以木吉他配唱的〈無盡閃亮的哀愁〉,歌詞的大意是說無論經過多少坎坷挫折,人生路上回頭一望,才會明白那些不盡完美之處其實都是閃閃發亮的憶記,套回這本書我則聯想到旅人經過漫長路途來到冰天雪地的國度,多少辛勞也是值得的感覺。 Continue reading “盡是很伍佰的風景”

Higher Education and Training Ranking – World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2017/18

1. Singapore
2. Finland
3. United States
4. Netherlands
5. Switzerland
6. Denmark
7. New Zealand
8. Norway
9. Australia
10. Ireland
11. Belgium
12. Iceland
13. Canada
14. Hong Kong SAR
15. Germany
16. Austria
17. Taiwan
18. Sweden
19. Estonia
20. United Kingdom Continue reading “Higher Education and Training Ranking – World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2017/18”

馬宜中筆下的第一滴淚

我曾經追蹤臺灣流行音樂,無意中發現介紹文推介滾石MTV前導演馬宜中寫的書,於是拜託友人從臺北幫我買,好讓我在國外的旅途中好好讀一番。

身為伍佰樂迷,第一個細讀的藝人故事當然就是他。馬宜中細數以前幫伍佰拍〈煞到你〉、〈返去故鄉〉的故事,我才發現原來伍佰真的在乎要保護家人的隱私。話說馬宜中與攝影團隊跟著伍佰 and China Blue 在嘉義走透透拍MTV,好像是伍佰老家附近的樣子,然後有個記者死纏爛打就是要拍照又怎樣的,原本答應拍照之後不會公開,結果還是在那記者服務的報紙上登了出來。馬宜中勸伍佰不要追究,讓時間慢慢過去就沒事了。事實證明馬宜中當時的說法是對的,而伍佰從鎂光燈閃爍中退了下來之後,依然懂得好好過生活,繼續做有意義的音樂,才有今天三張臺語專輯都贏得金曲獎的成就。 Continue reading “馬宜中筆下的第一滴淚”

Judicial Independence Ranking – World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2017/18

1. Finland
2. New Zealand
3. Norway
4. Switzerland
5. Netherlands
6. United Kingdom
7. Ireland
8. Australia
9. Canada
10. Luxembourg
11. Denmark
12. Sweden
13. Hong Kong SAR
14. Israel
15. Japan
16. United Arab Emirates
17. Iceland
18. Estonia
19. Singapore
20. Belgium Continue reading “Judicial Independence Ranking – World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2017/18”

英國脫歐之春秋大夢

之前讀過十五日的《經濟學人》關於英國脫歐的報導,一直擱著沒有整理一番,過了三個月再讀一遍才發現到:原來之前討論的問題,英國一直沒有解決方案,任由首相文翠珊怎麼說,很多事情他們其實毫無頭緒。

首先談一下細節。假使英國脫歐變成事實,北愛爾蘭與愛爾蘭共和國的邊界可能需要設立關卡,人員、車輛、貨物一律必須過關審查,此舉勢必增加貿易成本。英國人不是沒想過旁門左道,因為英國與愛爾蘭於   1922   年簽署共同旅行區協議 (Common Travel Area, CTA),也就是說英國人與愛爾蘭人在兩國互訪不會受到限制。 Continue reading “英國脫歐之春秋大夢”

Earphone review – Edifier P180 Earbuds

I have come across another good pair of earphones again. This time around, it is an Edifier P180, which comes with a mic. Having watched some news clips about how dangerous it is for drivers to check and scroll their smartphone or holding their phone while driving, I decided I should get myself a good pair of earphone with mic.  Continue reading “Earphone review – Edifier P180 Earbuds”