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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

a reminder: USED vs LOVED

While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 yr old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child's hand and hit it many times not realizing he was using a wrench.
At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures.
When the child saw his father.....with painful eyes he asked, 'Dad when will my fingers grow back?'
The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times.
Devastated by his own actions......sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written 'LOVE YOU DAD'.
The next day that man committed suicide. . .

Anger and Love have no limits;
choose the latter to have a beautiful,
lovely life & remember this:
Things are to be used and people are to be loved.
The problem in today's world is that people are used while things are loved.

Let's try always to keep this thought in mind:
Things are to be used,
People are to be loved.

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character;
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

I'm glad a friend forwarded this to me as ..
I hope you have a good day no matter what problems you may face
it's the only day you'll have before it's over.

MUST READ: 妻子的空位 (The irreplaceable void)

妻子的空位 (The irreplaceable void)是一篇很值得分享的故事:
A story worth sharing:
我的妻子因為意外事故離開我身邊已經四年了,我想,妻子留下不會做任何家事的我和孩子,她的心有何等難過呢?我也因為無法兼顧父母雙親的角色而感到挫折。有一天我為了出差,清晨趕出門,無法將孩子打點好就得離開家,正巧前一天有剩下的飯,我熱了蒸蛋,向還沒有睡醒的孩子交代一聲,就出門去了。
4 years ago, an accident took my beloved away and very often I wonder, how does my wife, who is now in the heavenly realm, feel right now? She must be feeling extremely sad for leaving a husband who is incapable to taking care of the house and the kid. 'cos that is the exact feeling that I have, as I feel that I have failed to provide for the physical and emotional needs of my child, and failed to be the dad and mum for my child.
There was one particular day, when I had an emergency at work. Hence, I had to leave home whilst my child was still sleeping. So thinking that there was still rice leftovers, I hastily cooked an egg and left after informing my sleepy child.
為了照顧好孩子飲食三餐的事,我也無力把自己的工作做好。有一天晚上回到家,我只是很簡短地和孩子打個招呼,就因為身體疲累,不想吃晚餐,脫掉西裝之後就直接往床上躺下。就在那個時候,砰的一聲,紅色的湯汁跟泡麵瞬時弄髒了床單和被單,原來有碗泡麵在棉被裡!這小子真是的,說時遲那時快,我即時拿起一個衣架,跑出去,往正玩著玩具的兒子的屁股就打,因為我實在是太生氣了,所以不停地打他。但就在這個時候,他邊啜泣邊說了一段話,使我停了下來。
With the double roles, I am often exhausted at work as well as when I am home. So after a long day, I came home, totally drained of all energy. So with just a brief hug and kiss for my child, I went straight into the room, skipping dinner. However, when I jumped into my bed with intention of just having a well-deserved sleep, all i heard and felt was broken porcelain and warm liquid! I flipped open my blanket, and there lies the source of the 'problem'... a broken bowl with instant noodles and a mess on the bedsheet and blanket!
Boy, was I mad! I was so furious that I took a clothes hanger, charged straight at my child who was happily playing with his toy, and give him a good spanking! He merely cried but not asking for mercy, except a short explanation:
兒子告訴我說:「飯鍋裡的飯早上已經吃完了,晚餐在幼稚園吃了,但是到了晚上,爸爸還不回來,我就在櫥櫃的抽屜裡找到了泡麵。可是我想到爸爸說不能亂動瓦斯爐,所以我就打開洗澡的水龍頭,用熱水泡了泡麵,一個自己吃,另一個想留給爸爸吃。因為怕泡麵涼掉,所以我就把它放在棉被裡,等你回來。可是因為我正在玩向朋友借來的玩具,所以忘了跟爸爸講。」
"Dad, I was hungry and there wasn't anymore leftover rice. But you were not back yet, hence I wanted to cook some instant noodles. But I remembered you reminding me not to touch or use the gas stove without any adults around, hence I turned on the shower and used the hot water from the bathroom to cook the noodles. One is for you and the other is for me. However, I was afraid that the noodles will turn cold, so I hid it under the blanket to keep it warm till you return. But I forgot to remind you 'cos I was playing with my toys...I am sorry Dad..."
我不想讓兒子看到我在流淚,所以衝到洗手間,將水龍頭打開,大聲地哭。過了一陣子之後,我打起精神來,一面哄著兒子,一面也在他屁股上擦藥,讓他上床睡覺。當我清理好泡麵弄髒的床單和棉被後,打開兒子的房門一看,發現他仍舊發出哭泣聲,手裡還拿著媽媽的照片。我把頭靠在房門站了許久,看著這一幕。
At that moment, tears were starting to run down my cheeks...but I didn't want my son to see his dad crying so I dashed into the bathroom and cried with the shower head on to mask my cries. After that episode, I went towards my son to give him a tight hug and applied medication on him, while coaxing him to sleep. Then, it was time to clear up the mess on the bed. When everything was done and well past midnight, I passed my son's room, and saw that he was still crying, not from the pain on his little buttock, but from looking at the photograph of his beloved mummy.
自從在一年前發生這件事之後,我為了扮演好媽媽的角色,更加用心地去照顧他。現在兒子快七歲了,不久後就要從幼稚園畢業,進入國小讀書。慶幸的是,兒子在這段時間毫無陰影,很開朗地成長。
A year has passed since the episode, I have tried, in this period, to focus on giving him both the love of his dad and mum, and to attend to most of his needs. And soon, he is turning seven, and will be graduating from kindergarten. Fortunately, the incident did not leave a lasting impression on his childhood memories and he is still happily growing up.
就在不久前,我再一次打孩子,因為幼稚園來電話說,兒子沒有去學校,我心裡覺得很不安,所以早退回家,在整個社區裡大聲地喊他的名字,卻是遍尋不著。後來在文具店的門?f,看見他站在電玩的前面,於是我很生氣,又開始一直打他。兒子並沒有說出任何的解釋,只說了聲對不起。後來我才知道,原來剛好是幼稚園要邀請媽媽去
看才藝表演的日子。
However, not so long ago, I hit my boy again, with much regret. This time, his kindergarten teacher called, informing me of my son's absence from school. I took off early from work and went home, expecting him to explain. But he wasn't to be found, so I went around our house, calling out his name and eventually found him outside a stationery shop, happily playing computer games. I was fuming, brought him home and whack the hell out of him. He did not retaliate, except to say, 'I am sorry, Dad'. But after much probing, I realized that it was a 'Talent Show' organized by his school and the invite is for every student's mummy. And that was the reason for his absence as he has no mummy.....
發生這些事的幾天後,兒子回家說,他在幼稚園裡學了寫字,從此他經常關在自己的房間裡不出來,很認真地寫字。我看到兒子這個樣子,想到妻子在天國也一定會因為看到他這樣而微笑,我就無法忍住淚水。
Few days after the caning, my son came home to tell me, the kindergarten has recently taught him how to read and write. Since then, he has kept to himself and stayed in his room to practise his writing, which I am sure, would make my wife proud, if she was still around. 'cos he makes me proud too!
時間很快,又過了一年,到了冬天,街頭上都在播放著聖誕節的歌曲,我的兒子卻又闖了一個禍。我正要下班的時候,接到一通社區郵局的電話,說我兒子把一綑沒有寫地址的信,惡作劇地放在郵筒裡。每年到了年底,正是郵局最忙碌的時候,所以這對他們造成很大的困擾。雖然我已決定不再打孩子,但在急忙趕回家後,叫了兒子來,我又忍不住痛打他一頓。兒子這一次只是說他做錯了,卻沒有講出任何理由。我把他推到一個角落,不管了,自個兒跑到郵局領回那一綑惡作劇的信。我把信丟到他眼前說:「你為什麼要這樣惡作劇?」兒子哭著回答說:「這些信是我要寄給媽媽的。」
Time passes by very quickly, and soon another year has passed. It's winter, and its Christmas time. Everywhere the christmas spirit is in every passer-by...Christmas carols and frantic shoppers....but alas, my son got into another trouble. When I was about to knock off from the day's work, the post office called. Due to the peak season, the post master was also on an edgy mood. He called to tell me that my son has attempted to post several letters with no addressee. Although I did make a promise never to hit my son again, I couldn't help but to hit him as I feel that this child of mine is really beyond control. Once again, as before, he apologized, ' I'm sorry, Dad' and no additional reason to explain. I pushed him towards a corner, went to the post office to collect the letters with no addressee and came home, and angrily questioned my son on his prank, during this time of the year.
His answer, amidst his sobbing, was : The letters were for Mummy.
當時我的眼眶紅了起來,心裡很激動,但是因為在兒子面前,所以我盡量隱忍住沒有表現出來。我接著問他:「那麼,為什麼一次寄這麼多信呢?」兒子回答說:「以前我要把信投進去的時候,因為個兒太矮,所以沒辦法投入,但是最近我再去郵筒時,已經搆得到了,所以我就把以前沒有寄的,一次全部都投進入了。」
My eyes grew teary, but I tried to control my emotions and continued to ask him: " But why did u post so many letters, at one time?" My son's reply was: " I have been writing to mummy for a long time, but each time I reach out for the post box, it was too high for me, hence I was not able to post the letters. But recently, when I went back to the postbox, I could reach it and I sent it all at once..."
我聽了以後,心中一片茫然,不知道該對孩子說什麼話。過了不久以後,我就跟他說:「媽媽現在在天上,以後你寫完信,把信燒了,就能送到天國去。」等孩子睡著之後,我到外面燒了那些信。我很好奇到底孩子想跟媽媽說些什麼,所以讀了其中的幾封信。
After hearing this, I was lost. Lost at not knowing what to do, what to say.....
I told my son, " Son, mummy is in the heavenly kingdom, so in future, if you have anything to tell her, just burn the letter and it will reach mummy. My son, on hearing this, was much pacified and calm, and soon after, he was sleeping soundly. On promising that I will burn the letters on his behalf, I brought the letters outside, but couldnt help opening the letter before they turn to ash.
而當中有一封信攪動了我的心。
And one of the letters broke my heart....
親愛的媽媽:
我很想念你!媽媽,今天在幼稚園有才藝表演,但是因為我沒有媽媽,所以沒有去參加,我也沒有告訴爸爸,怕爸爸會想念媽媽。爸爸到處去找我,但我為了讓爸爸看到我很開心的樣子,所以故意坐在電動玩具面前,雖然爸爸罵我,但是我到最後也沒有告訴他原因。媽媽,我每天都看到爸爸因為想念媽媽而哭泣,我想爸爸也跟我一樣,很想念媽媽吧!但是,媽,我現在已經記不清楚你的臉。媽媽,請你讓我在夢中,再一次能夠看到你的臉,好嗎?聽說把想念的人的照片放在懷裡睡覺,就會夢到那個人。可是,媽媽,為什麼你沒有出現在我的夢裡呢?」
Dear Mummy,
I miss you so much! Today, there was a 'Talent Show' in school, and the school invited all mothers for the show. But you are not around, so I did not want to participate as well. I did not tell Dad about it as I was afraid that Dad would start to cry and miss you all over again. Dad went around looking for me, but in order to hide my sadness, I sat in front of the computer and started playing games at one of the shops. Dad was furious, and he couldnt help it but scolded and hit me, but I did not tell him the real reason. Mummy, everyday I see Dad missing you and whenever he think of you, he is so sad and often hide and cry in his room. I think we both miss you very very much. Too much for our own good I think. But Mummy, I am starting to forget your face. Can you please appear in my dreams so that I can see your face and remember you? I heard that if you fall asleep with the photograph of the person whom you miss, you will see the person in your dreams. But mummy, why havent you appear?
讀完這封信以後,我就開始嚎啕大哭。到底什麼時候,我才能填補妻子的空位呢?
After reading the letter, I cant stop sobbing. 'cos I can never replace the irreplaceable gap left behind by my wife....
給 已經結婚的女同事:
不要加太多班,工作做不完,一定是公司的某些地方出問題了,一定要將問題反應給妳的老闆,一直加班也不見的有用的,請務必要照顧自己的身體,才可以好好疼惜妳的小寶貝。
For the females with children:
Don't do so much overtime. If you cannot finish the work, it must be some kind of problems within the company, and it is not your sole problem. Feedback to your boss. Endless overtime may not necessary be the answer to the problem. Take care of your health so that you can treasure and take care of your little precious.
給 已經結婚的男同事:
不要喝太多酒,不要抽太多煙,請問我們的生意,我們的客戶,有比我們的身體重要嗎?
一定要想一想,有沒有辦法做到客人非我們不行,我們的差異化在哪裡,我們是否真的懂客人的心,這比拼命喝酒,還重要,請務必要照顧自己的身體,才可以好好疼惜妳的小寶貝和你的愛人。
For the married men:
Drink less, smoke less, cos nothing can replace your good health, not even business nor clients.
Try thinking this way, are you able to work till your clients are totally dependent on you? or your boss is totally dependent on you? In this society, no one is indispensable.
Take care of your health, so that you can take care of your little precious and your loved ones.
給 還沒有結婚的男同事和女同事:
For those singles out there:
Beauty lies in loving yourself first.
With confidence and loving yourself, you will see the beauty in other things around you. You will be able to work better and happier. Don't let your health be affected by your work or your boss, so nothing matters more than your well being.
美其實是從愛自己的身體開始 --(蔣勳,身體美學)。
無入而不自得 -- (孔子)。
妳/你們一定要很自在,工作才能做的好,如果工作讓你/妳們的心情做的很辛苦,代表的是我們的公司不夠聰明,那也是公司什麼地方不對了,要勇敢的說出來,不要讓不聰明的工作與老闆,傷害了妳/你們的身體。





Tuesday, September 29, 2009

烤蕃薯所具有的藥效最強大


蕃薯的維他命E含量足足是糙米的兩倍

一、蕃薯 --- 強身健體的超級美食
中美洲的土著自古以來就以蕃薯為主食,一直到十六世紀才經由歐洲傳來東南亞, 在所有的薯類之中,蕃薯的維他命C含量最為豐富,即使在加熱以後,也不會被破壞掉。

就以維他命 E 的含量來說,蕃薯的維他命 E 含量足足是糙米的兩倍,同時也含有很多克服成人病不可缺少的鉀。黃色品種的蕃薯含有豐富的維他命B、胡蘿蔔素,對預防癌症的發生很有效果。蕃薯也含有很豐富的丙種纖維素,能消除膽固醇以及克服頑固的便秘;而且就算吃的量多一些,也不致引起腹瀉。我們在切蕃薯時流出的白色黏液,就是能夠使通便情形轉為良好的物質。

中藥有一種叫(補中益氣) 的藥方,這種藥方能夠幫助身體消化器的作用,使全身充滿力氣。蕃薯就具備有這種功能,使衰弱的身體恢復健康。烤蕃薯所具有的藥效最強大,尤其是逢到胃腸衰弱,氣力衰退時,吃烤蕃薯最有功效。根據美國國立研究機構的最近報導,只要每天吃蕃薯、南瓜、胡蘿蔔一百公克 (指三樣合起來一百公克),就可以防止肺癌。蕃薯所具有的蛋白鋂,抗氧化物質以及葉紅素,很受到注目。

二、蕃薯的健胃整腸方法
糞便長時間滯留於體內時,由於糞便發酵而產生的腐敗物質會滯留於腸內的緣故,它就會從腸壁進入血液裡面,而循環於體內。這種被汙染的血液,將招致種種叫人感到不愉快的症狀。那麼,為了防止便秘,且不損及健康,我們應該如何著手呢?

居住於新幾內亞的人,極少罹患便秘。他們的腸胃機能與消化能力都非常良好,他們的健康情形也比我們良好,秘訣就在他們的飲食生活。
新幾內亞的居民以蕃薯為主食。他們一天吃兩餐,每天吃五百公克的蕃薯,一天總共吃一公斤之多。因為,新幾內亞的居民多吃含食物纖維豐富的蕃薯,而排出大量糞便,所以他們不會罹患便秘,胃腸機能特別良好。
吃蕃薯的量不必限制對於新幾內亞人的飲食生活,或許我們不能全盤接受;不過,我們可以採取折衷方式,那就是所謂蕃薯斷食法。

必須準備的東西為----- 烤熟的蕃薯,以及少許的蕃茄、洋蔥等蔬菜。這種只吃蕃薯的 (斷食整腸法),可以選在不上班的星期六或者星期天實行。只要一天就夠了。在這一天的三餐裡,必須總共吃一公斤以上的地瓜。分成三餐吃 (最好每一餐吃半公斤) ,再配以少許的蕃茄或者黃瓜、洋蔥之類就行了。

蕃薯最好採取烤的方法,不要吃蕃薯以外的食物。 採取這種健胃整腸斷食的翌日或第三天,將排出很多 (約 一公斤) 的糞便。如此重複吃幾次以後,就能夠消除便秘問題,胃腸機能與消化力就會變成良好

可能有一部分不能排出大量糞便,而只能排出少許。這一類人的胃腸可能已經受到相當的傷害,不過,再重複幾次的 (蕃薯斷食法) 後,必定能夠好轉。不但能夠克服便秘,胃腸機能也能夠轉為良好。

三、採取 (蕃薯斷食法) 的收穫
(1) 不但治好便秘,小腹也平坦了
我的丈夫以及孩子都喜歡吃油炸物,以及油膩的東西。或許我也跟著他們一道吃的緣故吧,從去年的秋天開始,我就被便秘問題所糾纏。

為了克服便秘,從那時開始,我就開始多吃一些蔬菜,但是效果並不太良好。有時忘了吃蔬菜,又吃油炸物之後,接連三、四天都無法排便。逢到那種狀況,一整天都會感覺到非常的不舒服,頭部感到有些暈眩,吐氣有一股臭味,肚子也感到脹脹的。那時,我聽人家說,只要吃一整天(三餐)的烤蕃薯就可以清理腸胃, 治好便秘,於是我想立刻實施。但是那一天我忙得一塌糊塗,騰不出時間烤蕃薯。正因為如此,早餐與午餐時,我只吃了一些沙拉。一直到翌日方才吃了連續三餐得烤蕃薯。在那一天,我大約吃了 一公斤又兩百公克的蕃薯。

到了翌日早晨在吃了早餐之後,我的肚子就咕嚕咕嚕地響了起來,叫我急忙地趕到洗手間。在那一天後,我前後上了兩次的大號,這是以前不曾有過的現象。這以後,我每天都能夠按時排便,克服了叫人煩惱的便秘。為了防範便秘再度復發,每逢星期天 , 我都是吃三餐的烤蕃薯,在量的方面都超過 一公斤。如此吃烤蕃薯五、六次以後,我不但是便秘痊癒了,就連凸出的下腹部也縮了進去。

(2) 晚餐主食改為蕃薯,體重減輕了十斤
五年前,我從大學畢業後,幾乎在同時進入一家知名的公司服務。剛進入不久的那一段時期,因為很不習慣於那種工作,整天繃緊神經,以致與便秘結下不解之緣。在那一段時期裡,輕者每隔三天上一次大號,重則一星期方才上一次,所以一直都在服用輕瀉劑。

一直在三年前,我方才看到一本健康雜誌報導說,含豐富食物纖維的蕃薯能治好便秘。那時,我的便秘問題似乎對輕瀉劑產生了抗力,再也達不到以前的效果。我在求助無門之餘,只好去掉了晚餐的白飯,改吃大約五百公克的烤蕃薯。

我稍微灑了一些肉桂粉在烤蕃薯上面吃,同時也吃了少許的蕃茄與黃瓜。改為晚餐吃烤蕃薯以後,只經過兩三次,每天一早就能夠上大號。不但便秘遠離我而去,就連臉上長的面皰也逐漸減少。這兩年來,我都改為晚餐只吃烤蕃薯,想不到,在這兩年內,我的體重減輕了整整十公斤!

四、吃蕃薯綜合料理防治疾病
預防胃癌-蕃薯、紅蘿蔔與牛奶綜合料理亞洲人所罹患的癌症,大約有60%屬於消化系統的癌症。近些年來,雖然罹患率已經降低了些,然而,它仍然是我們最大的威脅。這一道蕃薯,紅蘿蔔與牛奶的綜合料理,包含了對預防胃癌有預防效果的硫化物。

Friday, September 25, 2009

海南鸡饭百年演变:从文昌到南洋

逢新马两国为海南鸡饭的专利权及拥有权而闹风波之际,奉总编辑之命,临时重操旧业,为正宗的文昌海南鸡饭和南洋的海南鸡饭来个比较。



二零零九年九月二十五日 下午三时

文:黄幼君

论正宗,哪一家敢自称比得上发源地文昌?

论口感,吃时心中的那一念,是感恩?是思乡?是充饥?

在海南,同一个村庄内每家每户所蒸煮出来的各不尽相同,更何况经过数百年的演变及入乡随俗本地化的百花齐放,海南鸡饭早已走向全球化,何必一再相比相争?









海南过年 无鸡不欢

海南鸡饭,一个从小我们都习惯了的桌上餐之一,忽然之间,因为“专利权”、因为“拥有权”,成了新马各大媒体及政坛民间的话题主角。

顾名思义,海南鸡饭当然是指来自中国海南的一种鸡饭,后经海南人南渡而随后在东南亚一带享誉盛名。在海南鸡饭之中,又以文昌的最为著名,成为海南四大名菜之首,难怪我们都会在马、新、泰、菲等东南亚华人地区看到不少挂上“文昌鸡饭”为招牌的鸡饭业者。

家翁出生于海南岛,少年南来。童年经历过颠沛流离的中共时期及战乱,三餐不继,一年才有一只鸡全家共享,鸡饭成了农村人最丰富、孩童最期待的佳肴。因此,他对海南鸡饭的情意结是亘古执著及带着无限感恩的。

在槟城落地生根之后,这些年来,除了多趟往返海南岛探亲祭祖,他也曾经带了祖孙一家在农历新年期间返回海南岛两星期与乡亲父老们一起过年,让我们都有机会尝到了多顿道地的文昌鸡饭。










在海南,白斩式的文昌鸡饭不论在筵席、便餐或家庭菜,皆派上用场,素有“没有文昌鸡不成席”之说。我们在海南过年的两星期里,每日每餐都“无鸡不欢”。虽然 如此,真正专卖海南鸡饭的饭店却不多,因为每家每户都自己蒸煮,被商业化了的海南鸡饭专卖饭店的主要食客对象反而都是游客居多,旅游区才可见到“鸡店”林 立。


情牵乡味 乡音点饭

虽然已经游遍大半个地球,年届八十的家翁始终念念不忘家乡的海南鸡饭,认为那才是正宗的原汁原味。

每 到任何一个售卖海南鸡饭的档口,我都会听到家翁以纯正的海南乡音来点鸡饭。如果业者马上以海南话来回应,哈哈,家翁的乡情就发酵了。他不但那一餐会点得特 别多,还会与业者聊起来,像是他乡遇故知般亲切万分。这时,不论该档所售卖的海南鸡饭是否真正好味可口,在家翁的咀里,却已是最好吃的了。

鸡肚塞姜 鸡皮肥Q

在文昌吃着道地的海南鸡饭时,发现每只鸡肚内都塞入一块被压开的生姜,味道特别,鸡肉质滑嫩,皮薄骨酥,香味甚浓,肥而不腻,尤其是那“Q” 感十足的厚鸡皮更教人印象深刻。

懂得吃海南鸡饭的人,最享受那层又厚又肥又“Q”的鸡皮。人们所谓的“鸡皮不肥不好吃”,皮和肉之间有一层喱状的胶汁最上乘。大概文昌人当年还不知道什么叫胆固醇,也没有所谓的各种进步带来的污染。吃鸡皮、吸鸡骨中的髓,已算是文昌人的最大乐趣了。

据 知,文昌鸡一般之所以都有着金黄色的皮肉,皆因采用当地营养丰富的榕树籽作为饲料,加上蒸煮时火候的讲究,当地盛产的椰油烹煮,还有鸡汤必加大豆芽,酱料 是用传统石桩打磨的,沾料中的酱油、桔汁、鸡汤及姜蒜末都有一定的比例,以及那独一无二的饭团,难怪文昌鸡饭能名扬海内外,香味源远流传。











新马泰风 本土化浓

辗转来到新马泰南洋等地的海南鸡饭,早已和文昌的海南鸡饭有相距了。

据知,经过西化洗礼及简化处理之后,除了在鸡外皮抹上一层盐,一般南洋的海南鸡会选择使用牛油的方式来取代文昌的姜蒜泥等配料,涂抹在鸡身,让鸡只散发出金黄香。

在新加坡,配鸡饭的佐料都是以黑酱油及红辣椒为主,鸡饭旁会伴有切半的酸柑让食客随本身口味喜好来挤压调配。

大概是为了迎合本地人及友族的口味,大马本土化的鸡饭都已加入了班兰香草叶的香味,另配有黄瓜切片,而少了文昌鸡饭那浓郁的姜蒜味。配汤更是以葱丝、豆腐细粒或四川菜来取代。







而在马六甲售卖的海南鸡饭,至少还保留着文昌鸡饭的饭团的特色。胃口大者一餐就可以轻易吃下十多粒饭团。

泰国的海南鸡饭也溶入了当地人好辣的口味,白斩鸡配上让人鼻孔冒烟的泰式辣椒,吃得汗流浃背,再来一杯当地鲜榨的甘蔗水,一大乐也!

有时候,一些只是售卖普通的白斩鸡和白饭的,竟然也挂上海南鸡饭的招牌,吃后忍不住让人破口大骂上当了。

林秋雅: 全球共享 文化发扬

祖籍海南文昌的马来西亚海南会馆联合会妇女团顾问及副议长林秋雅,从小就从母亲那儿学习到正宗的家乡鸡饭烹调法,本身也擅长煮海南鸡饭,水准绝对不逊于他家。

足迹踏遍世界各方的她,每到一处都会品尝当地的海南鸡饭,曾经在英美主要大都市及唐人街食用。她认为,海南鸡饭源自文昌,在地球各角落随着当地的风土人情及口感而演变,让全球人共享,也是一种文化精华的发扬光大。

也是槟城海南会馆前任主席的她说,海南鸡饭越来越好吃,是跟着时代的需求及地方上的口感而演变及改良。当我们追寻美食历史时,也在缅怀祖先的创业艰辛及智慧结晶。

对我来说,美食的世界是无国界的,何需画地自限?这和爱国思想完全是两回事。一般食客在乎的并不是海南鸡饭的发源地及属于哪个国家所拥有,而是讲究鸡饭的口感是否美味。

海南鸡饭已存在数百年,让我们的口水,是为海南鸡饭的美味可口而流,而不是在为了争夺所谓的“拥有权”、“专利权”而口沫横飞!



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

圣严法师语录:忙

忙人的时间最多:
忙而不乱,累而不疲
忙得快乐,累得欢喜
忙没关系,不烦就好

工作要赶不要急
身心要松不要紧

应该忙中有序的赶工作
不要紧张兮兮地抢时间


山不转路转
路不转人转
人不转心转

種樹理論











早些年,我有個鄰居醫生,他很喜歡在自家的大院子裡種樹。
但他很少給樹苗澆水,那些樹長得很慢。

有一天,我決定去拜訪一下那個醫生,問他會不會為樹苗長不快而感到擔心。
他帶著一種自豪的口氣,給我講了他的絕妙理論。

他說, 如果老是給樹苗澆水,樹根就會習慣于土壤淺層的舒適環境而且總等著輕易就能得到來自地面的水。

因為他不常澆水,樹確實會長得慢一些,但這樣樹根就能向土壤的深處生長,去那裡尋找水份和養料。因此,這些樹會有很深的根,更能抵抗惡劣氣候的侵襲。

他還告訴我,他每天都會拍打這些樹。

后來,我搬到了國外生活,就再也沒有見過他。
又過了幾年,我從國外回來,去看了看先前住過的地方。
當我走近那兒時,發現了一片從前沒有的小樹林。
那是一個風大和嚴寒的日子,街上的許多樹都被風吹彎了腰,似乎根本無法與嚴冬抗爭。
而當我走進醫生的院子時,我看到了他的樹非常結實;樹幹幾乎紋絲不動,堅強地抵御著大風。

看到這么奇妙的結果,我思緒萬千……
每晚睡覺之前,我都會去看一下我的孩子 ?!
我總是為他們祈禱,多數情況下祈求他們的生活能輕鬆一點,少受些挫折與打擊……

我想該是改變一下我的祈求的時候了,

因為我知道,孩子們日后的生活定會遇到不計其數的困難和挫折,
生活中總會有疾風豪雨,不管我們情願與否。
我將祈求我的孩子們能帶著深 ""成長,

這樣他們就能從最最來之不易的地方得到最好的養份。






3個酸媽媽

有兒女的人都應好好的看 ......令人警惕的故事



3
個媽媽聚在一起聊天。

其中一個非常失落地說:「中秋節難得全家團聚,剛剛接下他爸爸事業的兒子和新婚媳婦也從大陸趕回家來,大家一起烤肉。 我兒子每烤好一串肉,就夾到媳婦的盤子裡,夾滿了整整一盤。
我的盤子始終空空的,他都沒看見,就像他永遠看不到我空虛的心一樣。
幾個月前我們才花一大筆錢幫他們辦婚禮,新房也是他老爸送的。他們吃的住的都靠我們,而我卻連一串烤肉都分不到。夠心酸的吧?」

另一個媽媽也跟著抱怨起來:
「哎喲,只是吃不到兒子的烤肉,這可不是最壞的,至少還沒叫你烤給媳婦吃就偷笑了。 我兒子剛從國外出差回來,送我一個鑰匙環,也送他妹妹一個鑰匙環。 卻花他兩個月的薪水買了一只卡地亞的女錶送給他的女朋友,還一直問我說,送錶會不會太寒酸了?
我就故意說,如果嫌寒酸就送給我好了,你就送她鑰匙環。 如果她真心愛你,應該不會在乎禮物的價值的。 說完我就把鑰匙環交給他,把那只錶搶過來,他竟然和我翻臉,差一點把我推倒。夠心酸了吧?比你酸多了吧。」

第三個媽媽深深地嘆了一口氣說:
「妳們只要換個角度想想就不會難過了,兒子對自己的老婆或是女朋友好,表示他們非常恩愛,我們應該為孩子的感情有歸宿感到高興才對。
兩個正在戀愛中的人本來就是看不到別人的,更何況本來就像是空氣一般存在的老媽。
老媽是孩子的空氣,只有缺氧的時候才會發現空氣的重要,偏偏做媽媽的特別賤,永遠不讓孩子缺氧。

我有個兒子已經 30多歲了,他的女朋友就是那台電腦 ,每天就窩在屋子裡和電腦談戀愛,足不出戶。
我實在看不下去,只好每天替他清垃圾,弄點東西給他吃。 他常常嫌我煩要趕我出去,有一次還用腳踢我呢。」
「真正最心酸的是我。我不知道還要照顧這個兒子到幾歲?
如果他能有個女朋友,我可以烤肉給他的女朋友吃,也可以買卡地亞送她。」
這個媽媽說著說著就哭了起來。


為人父母者真是心有戚戚焉,還是想開點吧!









Saturday, September 19, 2009

LIFE

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right.
Love the ones who don't just because you can.

Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.

Kiss slowly.
Forgive quickly.

God never said life would be easy.

He just promised it would be worth it.











Monday, September 14, 2009

回答问题

作家及华小教科书撰人永乐多斯博士在《五育奖》推介礼上说:

父母在我们年小时,对我们提出的千奇百怪的问题,总是很有耐性地回答,解释到我们明白为止。
为何当父母年老时,向我们问问题,我们却总是显得很不耐烦,随意敷衍了事,也忘了他们曾经含辛茹苦地养育我们长大。

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

我们、他们

想一想
我們偷懶曬太陽
我們週末瘋狂SHOPPING
我們糟蹋米飯
我們吃肯德基麥當勞
我們玩過山車海盜船
我們追星捧族
我們追逐時尚
我們裝扮非主流
我們耍帥扮酷
我們泡妞吊凱子
我們夜夜笙歌

他們吃頓飽飯便是奢侈
他們寄封信便需要徒步幾公里的山路
他們整年見不著自己的爹娘因為他們都常年外出打工
他們鮮少喝到甘甜的水
他們不知道城市裏的高樓大廈
他們不知曉城市裏的小腳褲唇環臍環所謂何物
他們同樣不知曉外面世界的燈紅酒綠紙醉金迷
他們渴求讀書卻買不起一支鉛筆
他們羞澀的接受各地所謂善人的採訪
期待所有的一切會因他們而有所轉機

我們同情我們流淚
我們象徵性的捐款
所謂的政府部門
在鏡頭前肆意宣揚他們的深切關懷
贈書包贈書本
手拉手肩並肩
平靜之後

他們照常走幾個小時的山路去上學
照常吃難以下嚥的飯菜
照常用樹枝在地上寫字
照常在寒冷的冬季生凍瘡
照常拖著小小的身軀劈柴
照常仰望遠方想念他們的爹娘

關於捐衣&郵寄流程:
1)家裏收拾出不再穿的舊衣包鞋書等等(內衣啦、破洞很大啦建議自裁拖地)。
2)敬請清洗乾淨,(能用消毒液浸泡一下最好),曬乾。 —— 這一點,是對對方的尊重與負責,還希望好心的朋友們能不嫌麻煩地做一下啦。
3)裝袋 —— 在郵局有郵寄包裹專用的紙箱,但比較貴,最小的都要花 89元錢。因此我們建議大家自找紙箱或不透明的布袋(米袋、麵粉袋,自己用布縫一個布袋都可以,比較節約),最好先把衣物先分裝進塑膠袋再裝進紙箱或布袋,因為這樣可以避免衣物在郵寄過程中被雨水淋濕。
注意: 此時不要把紙箱或袋子封口,因為郵局要查看裏面的東西。
4)扛到郵政局。
5)購買包裹單, 5毛錢,包裹單要綠色的,最便宜又實用(郵局人員往往會問你要寄快件還是普通包裹,寄快件不實用費用也高),用力填上地址。
6)把袋子封好(郵局會有針線提供縫袋子封口),寫上地址。





開開自己年紀的玩笑


能開開自己年紀的玩笑,也算是一種成長後的開朗豁達。

有首歌唱的是明天會更好,為了是給人信心與鼓勵,其實現實生活裡明天會不會更好不知道,但明天會更老是確定的。

歲月要走過,才知道它的凌厲到了某個年紀不得不承認地心引力的厲害,器官樣樣俱在,只是都下垂,所謂的:「萬般皆下垂,唯有血壓高。」

中年後的身體起了很大的變化,蘋果變成梨子型。

坐著打瞌睡,
躺著睡不著。
想記的記不起來,
想忘的忘不掉。

更糟的是哭的時候沒眼淚,笑的時候一直擦淚。

頭上是「白髮拔不盡,春風吹又生」,男士們的髮型也個個如小說家莫言所說的「地方支持中央」──兩邊往中央梳,遮住稀疏的部分。

記憶力明顯衰退,從一個房間走到另一個房間,就是想不起到這兒來要做什麼?忘了剛剛說過的話,變得一再重複碎碎唸。一位老先生甚至說他有一次竟然笑到一半忘記為何而笑。

少年夫妻老來伴,中年夫妻怎麼辦?
有人形容食之無味,棄之可惜,彼此的壞習慣改不了,有的夫妻是什麼項目都可以吵,從來沒有妥協過,想想婚前是好有話說,婚後變成有話好說。

每個來到世間的生命,像整存零付一樣,一點一滴地離去,剛剛才是意氣風發的少年,一轉眼變成哀樂中年,還有人要譏笑說這些人是:

「知識退化,
器官老化,
思想僵化,
等待火化。」

所以心裡建設靠自己,要人老心不老,皺紋長在臉上,不長在心上。

再想想許多人沒有老的權利,年紀輕輕的就歸道山,生活態度也要調整,以前用健康換金錢,現在要用金錢換健康。

有所謂的人生三歷
少年爭取的是好學歷,
中年成功與否看經歷,
年紀越來越大就要看病歷。

(朋友們請保重,有健康晚年才有好日子。)

Friday, September 4, 2009

夫妻吵架公约


1。吵架不当着父母、亲戚、邻居的面前吵,在公共场所给对方面子。

2。不管谁对谁错,只要一吵架,男方必须先轻声哄女方一次,女方才能马上气消、冷静下来。
否则,如果男方哇啦哇啦,女方看了也肯定忍不住哇啦哇啦,一旦造成严重后果,全部由男方负责。

3。在家里吵架不准一走了之,实在要走,不得走太远,也不许不带手机和关机。

4。有错一方要主动道歉,无错一方在有错方道歉及补偿之后,要尽快原谅对方。

5。双方都有错时,要互相检讨,道歉后由男方主动提出带女方出去散心。

6。要出气,不准砸东西,只能吃东西。实在手痒时只能砸枕头。

7。吵架尽量不隔夜,女方睡觉时男方必须主动抱女方,就算女方百般推让,男方一定要哄到女方睡着。

8。每周都要给对方按摩一次,因为大家经常吵架很辛苦,男方手艺不好的话可向盲人学习。

9。电话中吵架时男方不准挂电话。如果女方挂了电话,男方必须在一分钟之内拨打给女方,电话不通打手机,手机不通要留言道歉哄她。电话通了她再挂,就要屡挂屡打。

10。公约所有条款可由女方随时随地无限制更改,男方有权提出异议,但是异议是否被采纳,最终解释权归女方。

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

flouride based tooth paste


Many of us have been brought up with the idea that flourides are good for the teeth. It supposedly prevent tooth decay.

Well, research have been done by US doctors. Are you still using flouride based tooth paste?
If you are, do take note of the not so pleasant side effects of flouride:

a) Accumulates in your bones, causing them to be brittle and easily fractured
b) Inactivates some of your enzyme systems
c) Disrupts your immune system, causing it to attack normal working tissues in your body
d) Accelerates your aging process
e) Causes cellular and genetic damage
f) Damages your tooth enamel by hardening the outer surface

The news get worse, when flouride is also added to drinking water in some countries to reduce cavities.. but as a result,

First, fluoride is one of the most toxic substances on earth, on par with arsenic and lead. It has no proven biological use inside the human body (teeth included). There is no minimum daily requirement for fluoride. And second, it is a cumulative poison. Only about half of what we consume is excreted.

The other half collects in the teeth and bones, making them dense, but brittle. Those little white spots visible on the teeth of many children are called dental fluorosis, a condition which not only predisposes them to decay, but also provides a sign that systemic fluoride poisoning is taking place. Dental fluorosis appears to serve as a red flag for future bone fractures as well.

The neurotoxic nature of fluoride is also linked to motor dysfunction, IQ deficits and learning disabilities. In the year 2000, a group of Boston physicians concluded:

"Studies in animals and human populations suggest that fluoride exposure, at levels that are experienced by a significant proportion of the population whose drinking water is fluoridated, may have adverse impacts on the developing brain."

excerpts from www.worldwidehealth.com
Please search for more of these flouride poisons by Google.

TODAY, HPA have provided an alternative. We have for you a HERBAL tooth paste, consisting of Azadirachta indica , Eugenia caryphyllata. This all natural toothpaste do not contain gelatine and Dicalcium Phosphate (animal bone ash).

HPA Herbal Toothpaste will keep your breath fresh, your gum healthier and your teeth shiny and strong. Best of all, it is HALAL.





RON 95 & RON 97

FYI, the petrol price for RON 97 will increase from RM1.80/liter to RM 2.00/liter wef?/span>1Sep'09
This RON 97 is common use for majority of our cars.
At the same time, another new petrol grade will be introduced which is RON 95 (with cheaper price, RM1.75/liter).
RON--> Research Octane Number
Octane number refers to the gasoline ability to withstand auto ignition inside the engin.
Simply said, RON97 is harder to ignite compared to RON95.
I believe some of us might switch from RON97 to RON95 due to the cheaper price.
BUT, you are adviced to check out your vehicle fuel requirement, to ensure compatibility and usability.
The effect of using lower RON then the requirement: KNOCKING ( poor perfomance of your vehicle)
There are 3 ways to check:-
1. from your vehicle guide book.
2. min Octane Number Rating at the back of the fuel lid cover
3. ask the car manufacturer.

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