七月專題: 仲夏聯想101

July 18, 2010

花美,人樂,花甜,蜂嗡。

鄰貓遊蕩,泳女剪草,惡蚊亂叮。

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This is a video of the naughty Cat!

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兩周一聚 第三十八期: 分享心得

June 20, 2010

以下的是一些經驗/”心得”與大家分享。

1. 圖書館

圖書館是我自小喜歡跑的地方。借各種各類書和雜誌。近年Calgary的圖書館有經典及新的電影DVD,看得我非常高興。For example, I checked out 崖上の波兒, the collection of  Akira Kurosawa films the library has (e.g. Rashomon and Seven Samurai), and funny men Ricky GervaisThe Office, and Simon Pegg‘s How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Hot Fuzz.

2. 基本投資知識/Basic Investment knowledge

很幸運地在中學十三班時讀了一科叫Mathmatics of Investment的科目,學了simple interest, compound interest, bonds, mortgage calculations, sinking funds, annuities, 等等,和後來讀了CSC (Canadian Securities Course)。明白利率/回報/風險等概念,有基本投資工具的知識。人要生活便要賺點錢,為將來作準備,要為退休儲蓄,有了這些基本投資工具的認識是相當有用的。

每國或地區都有認可的投資課程,如果能力(金錢及時間)可以的話,我認為學多一點是有幫助的。各種投資理論不須盡信,但可以令錢搵錢是件令人滿足的事。

CSC在美國叫作Series 7 Examination,在香港叫作Licensing Examination for Securities and Futures Intermediaries (LE)

3. 後悔做了的事/後悔沒有做的事?

我說的”事”不是壞事(殺人放火等等)或害人/害己(吸毒等等)的事。At the end of the day, I try to have as little regret as possible. If I think I have passion in doing something, I would rather have tried (and tried hard) to find out if I am any good. To me, I don’t what to live life and look back and ask myself, “what-if”, “what if I had done that with my life?”

If you have the privilege, in terms of resources in time/money/health, do try things. I believe when we are older (or old), we will feel better if we have at least give it our best shot.

Use money wisely to buy time, if you can.

People think I’m either lying or crazy when I say this, but it happens to be true, because I used my nest egg [K: what could have been $72 million] to buy something more valuable than money: I used it to buy time.” – Peter Buffett

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兩周一聚 第三十九期: 窗外

June 20, 2010

我家門前的花園一半是為自己的享受,另一半是為過路的行人而設,見他們有時停下來賞花,自己都會有點高興。舊年花園中有過千小蟲為患,有很多玫瑰花被咬至重傷或死。小蟲最愛吃花瓣,所從很多花都有小洞。小蟲太早吃花蕾/花瓣,花更會死掉而不能開。舊年花季末時,決定解決小蟲的方法之一是將佈滿小蟲和蟲蛋的枝、葉和花剪掉,在網上做了研究,知道應該可行,但今年見玫瑰花全都生長得健康,總算是安心和高興的。以下是一些昨天拍的照片。

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兩周一聚(三十五):無盡鄉間路

March 29, 2010

幾年前拍攝”長毛革命“時,有一次跟了長毛跑了一整天。看的不是城市中的事物,而是鄉村耕田種植的生活。要處理的問題應該是農業用地附近有工業廢料污染水源。當時看見香港(“新界”)還有農地,是覺得有點意外驚奇的。小時候的不算,那是我近年來唯一一次在香港體驗到鄉村耕田種植的生活。

後記:那一整天拍攝的片段,在我剪片時給我”殘忍地”剪了。現在拿它出來寫一寫,可以回憶當時的感受,也是好的。

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兩周一聚(三十三): 完美的一餐(食物/人物)

February 28, 2010

多年前已經相信”完美”(perfection)對我來說是一個追求的過程。Perfection is not something I achieve but it is something I am alway in pursuit of. 所以對我來說,每天每一餐,只要是吃喜歡的食物,和喜歡的人一起吃,都可以是算是”完美的一餐”。

The following were what my better half and I ate yesterday at our tea party and dinner. I am reposting my Calgary tea party entry here. :)

Palmiers (Bacon & Onion, Parmesan cheese, Poppy seeds sugar)

Macarons

Chocolate Croissants

Margaret and Cher, my two great friends/MBA classmates, my better half and I had a lovely tea party and chatted an afternoon away. Cher, our fantastic pastry chef today, made five different tasty things for us to try. And we even learned a few baking tips from Cher.

Cher’s lovely Macarons (not too sweet, unlike the too-sweet-to-enjoy store bought stuff), Chocolate Croissants & three types of Palmiers (bacon & onion, Parmesan cheese, Poppy seeds & sugar).

Here is a video of Cher explaining her modified (less sweet) Macarons.

Here is a picture of what I cooked for our dinner.

Dinner (Feb 27, 2010)

Lunch

Roast Pork

If I think about it, any time and any meal I spend with my better half, it is part of that journey of pursuing “perfection” and “happiness”.

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P.S. As an aside, Lexus and Toyota are in serious problems right now (Feb 2010). But the idea behind “The Pursuit of Perfection” remains the same. Here is an old ad in better time. By the way, for someone who has never driven or own a Lexus, I’ve talked a lot about Lexus for years.


兩周一聚(三十二): 「如果你能當別人一天,你會選擇過誰人的生活?」

February 16, 2010

RandomCoil 問: 如果你能當別人一天,你會選擇過誰人的生活?

我是個簡單的人,如果我能當別人一天,我還是會選擇過自己簡簡單單的生活。一天一天、一步一步的行自己走出來的人生路。

試想到如果我當別人一天,我會否願意跟那個”別人”互換時,這個遊戲的好玩程度對我來說便突然大減了。再想到當別人,但沒有別人的人生經驗和天份時,我的興趣又再減了一部份。(Ha ha, I am too realistic and practical even in this dream scenario!)

早幾天Groundhog Day時,又再一年一度重看Groundhog Day電影,戲中主角重複活在同一天。我想萬一”當別人一天”發生技術毛病,出了意外,變成”當別人千天”或”當別人萬天”,那就是給我當天下首富、天皇巨星、一國之首,我也不會當。自己活了幾十年了,自己一手一腳導致的成功與失敗無數,怎樣也想看看自己可以做些什麼事出來。

我喜歡自己簡簡單單的生活,亦相信自己可以過一個有趣又有意義的人生。當別人一天也是太多,就讓我做個簡單的自己吧。

P.S. I find I keep coming back to the messages and advices in this song.

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兩週一聚 (30): 番鬼

January 30, 2010

我不喜歡鬼故、恐怖電影及其他鬼怪東西,所以就讓我鬼五馬六地寫一番。

初來到加國時,自己有時都會說”番鬼佬”這樣”番鬼佬”那樣。但後來發現”鬼”來”鬼”去,有點貶意,所以就不用”鬼”了。現在,因為大家都是加拿大人,就免了鬼鬼聲了。

小時候,不喜歡看恐怖鬼電影,每次看時,都有點怕怕。(例如好怕The Omen.)所以最近一次看午夜場恐怖電影是因為有朋友在戲中演出,所以才去看。

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