陳麗英 – 緣分

September 15, 2011

What a lovely story. For the record. I wish 陳麗英 all the best in her married life in New Zealand. [HT LW]

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港女奇遇結良緣 – 2011年09月15日

我拍過幾次拖,都是無花果,人到中年,以為沒機會,原打算跟書店終老。

我的書店名叫掏書館,專買賣舊書。去年十一月,收到一個叫 Ian的電郵。他是註冊社工,從香港移民紐西蘭十多年,有一套民初版《曾文正公家書》和大量舊書可以給我。

由公事傾到私事,由電郵到上 webcam,生活態度,興趣習慣,我們都很相似。他因為剛離婚,要大屋搬細屋,沒地方藏書,希望找到知音人,從網上看到掏書館的報導,便聯絡我。

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女大女世界,家人由反對變支持,婚前丈夫回港和她拍結婚照兼擺酒。

他失婚,我也事業失意。我做了十六年報社圖書館的助理主任,○九年跳槽,誰料新工作壓力太大,未夠一年便辭職。搵工困難,才決定拿十萬創業搏一搏。
兩個失意的人遇上,我們一見如故,每天在 webcam由下午二時傾到六時,愛情就這樣萌芽。幸福要自己爭取,在今年農曆新年假期間,我決定飛去紐西蘭跟他見面。

拍拖十日,他求了兩次婚。第一次拒絕,因為書店簽了兩年租約,不便移民;第二次在元宵節,他在草原的月亮下求婚,我終於被感動,決定捨事業取愛情。幸好書店很快找到人接手,才不至白費心血。

我們一直以為,《曾文正公家書》讓我們遇上。直至七月的婚宴上,堂姊和堂姊夫才告之,我丈夫是他們的朋友,廿六年前在他們的婚宴上,原來亦是座上客。堂姊夫笑說,當時我和他是背對背坐的,且有錄像為證。

猶記得初相識時,丈夫常說我很面熟,好像在什麼地方遇見過。
我還說,沒可能吧。其實,世事,沒什麼是不可能。

陳麗英
去年七月創業開書店,卻以書結緣,碰上遠在紐西蘭的真命天子,拍拖十日決定結婚,剛移居紐西蘭生活。

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八方人物:舊書店老闆娘「為書找人,為人找書」 – 2010年12月20日

陳麗英開的舊書店叫「掏書館」。掏,有挖取、摸取的意思,常說掏錢、掏腰包或掏耳朵,用作掏書的,很少。「原本用三點水的『淘』字,後來有同行說,你去尋書、搬書,都靠自己一雙手,為何不用剔手邊的『掏』字?」說來也有道理,反正玩食字,「掏」字以外,她還添加另一註腳,「為好書尋找下一個落腳點」。 Read the rest of this entry »

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Royal Love – Swedish Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel

June 20, 2010

Swedish Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel - Sweden's royal wedding by you.

This is an absolutely loving speech of Love between Swedish Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel on their beautiful day. May the couple love each other for the rest of their lives as much as they do today!

Check out more photos here and I want to comment on three things.

1. The Speech

2. Altargate

3. Restrictions imposed by Swedish state broadcaster SVT (Sveriges Television)

1. The Speech

I love the speech and it is very touching. Like people in Sweden (as reported by stockholmnews.com) I was moved to tears. :) The story of thirty letters was so loving. The crown princess was so caring and loving to write the letters. And it took someone like Prince Daniel to appreciate the gesture and to re-tell the story.

2. Altargate

Have a read of “Royal altar walk stirs controversy“. My view is this controversy is not completely baseless but at the end of the day, the wedding day is Victoria and Daniel’s day, it is up to them to do what they feel like most. The fact that the Act of Succession is gender-neutral in Sweden is a lot more significant than whether her father walked with her or Victoria and Daniel walked into the church together.

3. Restrictions imposed by Swedish state broadcaster SVT (Sveriges Television)

Have a read of VOA’s “News Organizations Refuse to Cover Sweden’s Royal Wedding“. I wish Associated Press (AP), the French News Agency (AFP) and Reuters had covered the wedding but I also understand their frustration completely. I think the Swedish state broadcaster SVT has done its country a disservice and had made an unacceptable mistake of historical proportion. I hope there will be some internal serious rethinking of their policies. Here is an excerpt from the VOA article,

The Associated Press (AP), the French News Agency (AFP) and Reuters declined to cover the lavish ceremony in Stockholm because of restrictions imposed by Swedish state broadcaster SVT (Sveriges Television).

In a joint statement, the news organizations said a royal wedding is an event of historical importance and should not fall under restrictions normally applied to sports and entertainment events. [K: I totally agree]

The news organizations said SVT had barred them from immediately sending video of the wedding and had imposed a 48-hour limit on its redistribution.

[HT Eva & Michelle for the video]


我們的廚房

February 7, 2010

那天讀完周游”我們的傢俱“談到美夢廚房(Dream Kitchen)之後,令我想寫寫我們的廚房,今天終於找到點時間拍拍照片,動動筆,跟大家分享。

My better half and I sometimes say we bought our lovely house because of the kitchen. Well, there are many other factors too but we certainly like (love) our kitchen.

Now, you may be surprised to hear we never went specifically looking for a house with a great kitchen. In fact, a townhouse we almost bought had a functional kitchen and sits on the line of almost looking outdated, but we weren’t unhappy about the kitchen.

我們的廚房是個開放式廚房,它對我們不只是美夢廚房,其實可以說是Way Beyond Our Dream Kitchen(超美夢廚房)。你說,一個令人煮得舒服,更令廚藝有進步的廚房,是不是應叫它”超美夢廚房”呢?

我寫文章沒有周游的美,所以我就拍了照片十八張,加些字與大家分享。

A large window to let light into the kitchen

Love the light this window bring into the kitchen. And the Tilt and Turn window is great for letting fresh air in. (The few times I burnt food, this window was wide opened!). Here is a animated demo clip of the tilt & turn window.

Dish Rack

Love this dish rack. We would never thought of putting a dish rack in an open space. And they look pretty lining up ready to be used.

Pulls

A knob needs to have one hole drilled only. Each pull needs two. To us, a pull looks prettier and it is slightly easier to use.

Mugs storage

Love this handy space to store mugs. Read the rest of this entry »


千千寵愛

February 3, 2010

不包括昨天的九百多點擊,不知為何今天 Search Engine 在網上送來了千千寵愛。我 06 年寫的一篇 Norman Rockwell, 今天突然收到千千點擊。因為我是個愛 Rockwell 的人,所以都幾高興。

有與趣者可以加上你的寵愛/探訪 Norman Rockwell

P.S. As of press time (9am MST), there are 4,208 hits already. For a nobody blogger like me, it is quite amazing! I am glad to see Norman Rockwell breaking the record set by Bill Gates’ Daughter (a chain mail hoax the wasted people untold amount of time).

P.P.S. Update: Found the reason, Google is celebrating Norman Rockwell‘s birthday (Feb 3, 1894). And I my Norman Rockwell post happens to be the face of Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech”. I am happy and honoured for the blog entry to be the face Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech”
Celebrating Norman Rockwell's birthday (Feb 3, 1894)