8 Learning Moments for a Raptors fan

June 12, 2019

I LOVE the Raptors and will freely admit to be a bandwagon fan starting when they played for the Eastern Conference Finals. I think “A bandwagon fan’s guide to the Toronto Raptors” made a good point,

“Being a bandwagon sports fan often gets a bad rap, as if watching sports requires years of misery as an entry fee. But what, exactly, is wrong with getting spontaneously excited about something new and expanding your horizons a little?”

Here are my 8 Teachable Moments:

1) Our humanity must come before our desire to win

Just tweeted out as I got a confirmation, “My heart & big respect goes to Kevin Durant! While I LOVE @Raptors and want our team to win, our well wishes and admiration for a dedicated and talented player like KD must come first! Speedy recovery!

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What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I'm proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I'm proud my brothers got the W. It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering  with dub nation while they do it.

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2) Improvisation happens at the highest level

I have no idea there are so much improvisation and changes between different games and even different quarters within the same game. Here is a a great excerpt from “Coach Nurse has Raptors thinking inside and outside the box in NBA Finals” by Doug Smith (TorStar),

It has always been about the feel and the moment and wilful improvisation for Raptors coach Nick Nurse, and the stage and the circumstances and the stakes these days won’t change that.

He coaches as much by his heart as he does by the numbers, asking his players to do things that are out of the norm, to try something because he feels it might work.

It’s freeing and it’s fun and it’s what he is.

“I guess (Nurse) is a guy that thinks out of the box,” Kawhi Leonard said before the Raptors practised ahead of Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors. “He is experimental, and a lot of times what he draws up on the board works.”

Nurse has been at his improvisational best in the NBA Finals that resume here Wednesday night. His team needed a spark in the final stages of Game 2, so he had the Raptors play a box-and-one defence. Four guys in a zone, Fred VanVleet chasing Stephen Curry around. No one had seen it in years and certainly not in the NBA.

“I was like, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about going box-and-one, what do you guys think?’” Nurse said here Tuesday. “And they were like, ‘Well, what does that look like?’

“I drew the box up and who would be where. They kind of liked the looks of Marc (Gasol) and Kawhi being down (near the basket), and Kyle (Lowry) up and Fred chasing. Kyle was kind of the one that said, ‘Yeah, man, that will work. Let’s go.’”

The Raptors held the Warriors without a basket for about six minutes as it unfolded. The only bucket the eventual winners got was Andre Iguodala’s dagger with seven seconds left, a play that was in no way related to the unorthodox scheme.

“I don’t know if it worked or not. I don’t know the numbers or whatever it was, but it was pretty innovative,” Lowry said. “The first time a team has probably ever played box-and-one in the NBA ever. So you give Nick Nurse credit for that.” […]

hat he asked his players to do something strange is one thing (“It’s probably something you see more often in high school — even college you’ll see it — but I don’t remember ever seeing it in the NBA,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said). Getting them to buy in and do it is another.

“First of all, your players have to have some faith in it,” Nurse said. “I got a sense of, from them, that they were good with it in the timeout.”

3) Play in a level-headed manner

It was business as usual after the win in Game 3 (G3), and even G4. Now we lost G5, I expect the Raptors to be professional to the nth degree in playing G6 tomorrow night.

4) Singing O Canada inside Oracle Arena

So moved and touched seeing people singing O Canada in this tweet Read the rest of this entry »

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達明一派《回憶有罪》

June 1, 2019

I searched for and bought my copy of 達明一派 (Tat Ming Pair)《回憶有罪》 when it became available on iTune to support them. Consider supporting them yourself. If in our dark hours honourable & creative artists like them don’t get our support to voice our feelings, then we can’t blame anyone else when no one else are left to express our views and feelings

Here is a 達明一派《回憶有罪》官方MV

Lyrics:

//達明一派 回憶有罪

舊日或問天 怎允許摧毀信念
浩蕩像為了 被懷念
現在別問他 可有膽公開紀念
被現實騎劫 怎怨天

如燭光都有罪 將暗黑多幾十年 Read the rest of this entry »


Tuna and BBQ pork buns (+ sausage, spam & egg, raisin, raisin + oatmeal, dry fruits) 吞拿魚 + 叉燒包 (+腸仔, 餐肉蛋, 提子, 提子+燕麥, 乾果包)

May 29, 2019

6 June, 2019 Update: Tweaked and recipe and making process still a bit more. Now the Tuna and the spam & egg buns are super soft. 1) Double proof. 1st proof, 1hr 15 mins. Then 2nd proof (45 minutes) after the buns are shaped. Will probably tune the recipe and process a bit some more before if the buns will come out soft consistently.

2 June, 2019 Update: Yeah, I just made another (my third) batch of buns. Look and taster are pretty good. Still some room for improvements obviously. #ExperimentalBaking #實驗焗包 Five types of buns: sausage, spam & egg, raisin, raisin + oatmeal, dry fruits 一種麵包, 五種味道: 腸仔, 餐肉蛋, 提子, 提子+燕麥, 乾果

pix 01 - #ThoughtExperimentalBaking #假想實驗焗包

#ThoughtExperimentalBaking #假想實驗焗包 Originally only three types of buns: sausage, spam & egg, raisin 一種麵包, (原本) 三種味道: 腸仔, 餐肉蛋, 提子

Pix 02 - Five types of buns: sausage, spam & egg, raisin, raisin + oatmeal, dry fruits 一種麵包, 五種味道: 腸仔, 餐肉蛋, 提子, 提子+燕麥, 乾果

#ExperimentalBaking #實驗焗包 Five types of buns: sausage, spam & egg, raisin, raisin + oatmeal, dry fruits 一種麵包, 五種味道: 腸仔, 餐肉蛋, 提子, 提子+燕麥, 乾果

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20190528 Tuna and BBQ pork buns

20190528 Tuna (Left) and BBQ pork (Right) buns

Here is my second attempt of making Tuna and BBQ pork buns 吞拿魚 + 叉燒包! I like the texture of my second batch much better than the first batch of Tuna buns I made. Both Tuna and BBQ pork buns 吞拿魚 + 叉燒包 tasted OK. Still some room for improvement when I make them again. I think I was a bit too greedy and put too much filling so I might cut that down.

And I might double proof my bread. May be cutting the first proof time from 60 minutes to 30-45m, and then add a second proof after I insert the fillings and shape the buns. Giving the buns time to rise again a little. Will see.


In memory of 林燕妮

June 5, 2018

In memory of 林燕妮 (Eunice Lam). News “林燕妮因肺癌病逝享年75歲” & news (with video). Following are some random old articles by Eunice. Great articles. Wonderful taste. Interesting & insightful person. RIP.

  • 珍惜眼前人 – 林燕妮 (20140327)
    • “如今至親俱故,真的只餘下我和兒子了。他一直跟外婆住,外婆在農曆年前騎鶴歸西了,沒理由整層樓他一個人住那麼孤單,那便搬回去跟他住,固然擔心歷史重演。朋友來了一句:「你要珍惜眼前人了。」,有如醍醐灌頂,我不珍惜兒子珍惜誰呢?我的至親是他,他的至親是我,還鬧什麼?”
  • 我 的 妹 妹 – 林燕妮 (20090423)
    • “她 唸 香 港 瑪 莉 諾 英 文 書 院 , 我 唸 大 坑 道 真 光 中 學 。 也 許 是 學 校 作 風 不 同 的 緣 故 , 她 比 較 注 重 物 質 , 我 則 比 較 空 靈 , 她 回 家 跟 我 說 : 「 姐 姐 , 我 的 同 學 說 她 家 裡 有 九 台 電 視 機 。 」 我 說 : 「 神 經 病 , 連 廁 所 也 安 裝 電 視 機 嗎 ? 別 聽 她 的 。 」 她 越 長 越 漂 亮 , 十 三 歲 時 在 香 港 鄉 村 俱 樂 部 認 識 了 她 的 第 一 個 男 朋 友 。 她 的 命 是 這 樣 的 , 男 朋 友 全 部 十 分 富 有 , 我 的 似 乎 沒 有 一 個 是 出 自 富 家 的 , 還 有 些 是 貧 苦 的 。 我 們 姊 妹 兩 的 性 格 完 全 相 反 , 她 是 個 小 惡 霸 , 什 麼 都 要 霸 , 她 的 同 班 知 心 同 學 告 訴 我 , 她 是 全 班 最 惡 的 。 在 家 裡 她 也 想 惡 , 但 是 有 我 在 , 她 可 惡 不 成 了 , 她 若 態 度 惡 劣 扯 起 了 我 那 把 火 , 我 便 「 兜 巴 升 」 , I have to put her in her place , 不 可 無 上 無 下 。 她 自 然 大 哭 啦 。”
  • 妹 妹 地 老 天 慌 – 林燕妮 (20090514)
    • “妹 妹 記 得 人 家 什 麼 杯 子 放 在 哪 個 櫃 子 裡 , 花 瓶 放 在 哪 兒 , 餐 巾 刀 叉 放 在 哪 兒 , 我 可 是 拿 了 出 來 便 馬 上 忘 掉 是 從 哪 兒 拿 出 來 的 。 妹 妹 在 中 學 時 , 常 上 她 的 小 男 友 家 , 替 auntie 樣 樣 放 得 好 好 的 , 像 個 小 媳 婦 兒 。 我 呀 , 見 男 朋 友 的 家 長 還 可 以 , 家 務 呀 , 我 只 認 得 煮 熟 了 的 食 物 , 未 煮 時 是 什 麼 模 樣 兒 倒 不 知 道 。”
  • 最溫馨的日本遊 – 林燕妮 
    • “林偉那時已經工作了一段時間,過了好些年,他發覺在港當攝影師賺不了錢,便跑去學沖曬。如今他在香港和東京都有很大的沖曬公司,生意很好。他說:「我喜歡賺錢,幸好當年學了沖曬,不然不會有今天。我可以花錢而仍然有點錢賸下來多麼好。」我絕對同意。 他跟他的日本伴侶小林由貴子兩人親自來接我和同行女友 Jacqueline機而不是派人來,真沒話說。我們是三林,林燕妮、林偉和小林由貴子。由貴子比我還要高大,是個很爽朗的日本女子,跟她在一起很自在,我們用斷續的廣東話和英語交流。 他倆一塊兒十年了,他們的相識可算是一段傳奇。林偉在東京片哈利,左拐右拐的,但前面老有另一輛哈利片得比他更勁,老是阻着他片。他氣不過來,死命都要把那個不曉得是阿叔還是阿伯追到尾。終於那輛哈利停下來了,車手把頭盔拿走,頭一搖,整把長髮披下來。林偉一看,原來是個女的,還胸前豐滿,哪兒還肯放過追女機會。那時他不會說日語,只會說「 Su-mi-ma-sen」( excuse me)。異國姻緣便從此開始。 他先帶我們到他的萬多呎沖曬公司看,他們沖曬招牌、廣告等大型照片。在有智能機拍照不用沖曬的今天,他在港日做這種沖曬公司實有先見。”
  • 我的前夫你…… – 林燕妮 (20131107)
    • “那時你已快要唸大空物理學博士了,我主修遺傳學,很多數、理、化問題我弄不通,即使我們在不同的學校,不同的地方,你每每三言兩語在電話中便給我解答得比老師還清楚。連遺傳學問題你都懂得教我。你追求女孩子是天天的,不需要跟我同校都電話不斷的。每逢假期不是你飛來找我便是叫我飛去你那兒。你從來不查問我在本校有沒有男朋友,從第一天起你便當我是你的。老實說,我有很多其他男朋友,不過沒告訴你。但在我一生的戀愛之中,跟你的那一段是最美麗無瑕,最快樂的。”
  • 劉培基的名人朋友 – 林燕妮 (20130919)
    • “劉培基自傳中所寫的都是名藝人,如張國榮、陳百強、白雪仙、楊紫瓊、尤敏等等。他對朋友很好,我想心理上他需要有愛惜他的名人做朋友,他才有安全感。對他不好的名人他就翻臉當便飯了,他不是個為錢低頭的人。 做他的朋友,要習慣他的敏感和隨時發脾氣。他的朋友之中,沒有誰是沒讓他罵過的,除了我之外。不過最近也中招了,他惱道:「我不喜歡你寫高文安!」高文安是我們幾十年的共同朋友,不曉得寫高文安竟然會讓他大罵一頓。高文安沒說過他什麼。總之這個人,罵你時別當真,說話刺你時也別傷感,他氣不倒我的,他反而氣倒自己。我只是聽了就算。朋友,應記念他對我好的時候。 陳百強是我最要好的音樂朋友,以他平日的情緒不穩定,竟然在我情感上受到極大打擊和威脅時,早上六時起來陪我吃早餐,晚上表演完畢還整夜不睡,既唱歌又演戲和說故事的逗我開心到天亮。那是他性格高貴之處,他的經理人陳家瑛至今仍說:「 Danny仔是高貴的。」劉培基對他的評語也一樣。”

BU 60th Anniversary short films by notable HK directors

June 21, 2016

I LOVE the short film “Assignment” by Adam Wong Sau Ping (FB, Chinese Wikipedia) (黃修平《功課》【浸大60周年校慶6×10短片】)

張堅庭《751044》【浸大60周年校慶6×10短片】

陳志發《東京漂流》【浸大60周年校慶6×10短片】

Full list of 12 short films: 浸大60周年校慶6×10短片 HKBU 6×10 Short Films. Worth a watch even some are better than others.


Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

March 18, 2016

Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three full-length documentaries from 2004 – 2015. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian National Archive since 2009. The three documentaries are collectively known as “Revolution Trilogy「革命三部曲」 and are in Cantonese with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕). You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (beautifully projected on your big screen HDTV or on your computer). Enjoy!

Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)

HKtv Revolution 「香港電視革命」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 「雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)


Wedding gift: “An Old Sweetheart of Mine” stanza translation by Andrew W.F. Wong 黃宏發

January 20, 2015
A stanza from An Old Sweetheart of Mine - by James Whitcomb Riley translation by Andrew W.F. Wong (Huang Hongfa) 譯者: 黃宏發

A stanza from An Old Sweetheart of Mine – by James Whitcomb Riley
translation by Andrew W.F. Wong (Huang Hongfa) 譯者: 黃宏發

My wife and I want to say a special thank you to Mr. Andrew W.F. Wong 黃宏發 (Andrew was the last President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong during British rule) for taking time to translate the special stanza from “An Old Sweetheart of Mine” I used in my marriage proposal and wedding announcement (of which I only shared the first line).

Here is Andrew’s translation (which he humbly calls “hastily attempted … translation”, borrowing 同心, 情依依, 異路, 相…時 from Lin Yu-tang 林語堂‘s attempt) of the same stanza in four 7-character lines (七言絕句):-

同心永結情依依
青絲成雪愛不移
陰陽異路難言笑
仍待天國相擁時

credit: translated by Andrew W.F. Wong (Huang Hongfa) 譯者: 黃宏發

Notes:

“An Old Sweetheart of Mine” stanza by James Whitcomb Riley (1902)

When I should be her lover
forever and a day,
And she my faithful sweetheart
till the golden hair was gray;
And we should be so happy
that when either’s lips were dumb
They would not smile in Heaven
till the other’s kiss had come.

林語堂 翻譯的同一節詩 Lin Yu-tang‘s translation of the stanza:

同心相牽掛,一縷情依依。
歲月如梭逝,銀絲鬢已稀。
幽冥倘異路,仙府應淒淒。
若欲開口笑,除非相見時。

An Old Sweetheart of Mine - by James Whitcomb Riley 20150120 with Lin Yu-tang 林語堂 translation

An Old Sweetheart of Mine – by James Whitcomb Riley
with Lin Yu-tang 林語堂 translation

P.S. I wish I had the opportunity to meet Andrew in person but I haven’t had the pleasure yet. Andrew’s fair minded and excellent work during his time as President of the Legislative Council of HK remind HKers the fond memories we miss these days in HK. My wife and I were really happily surprised to see Andrew taking time to translate the beautiful stanza for our wedding which we take as a special gift.

In recent years, it has been my pleasure to read Andrew’s poetry translation work at his fascinating blog “Classical Chinese Poems in English” once in a while to revisit some classic Chinese poems along with Andrew’s graceful English translations to relax my mind. Which is why I reached out to Andrew to ask him a translation question about“An Old Sweetheart of Mine”. Thanks again Andrew for your beautiful translation to help celebrate our wedding!

And yes Andrew, it is indeed been my (now “our”) ambitious plan to work hard on our marriage, love each other dearly, stay healthy for each other, etc etc so that I can present this stanza to my wife on our 50th Wedding Anniversary in 50 years time.