Tuesday, August 31, 2010
天然資源 高速公路 高樓大廈 美麗風景 還有殖民時期留下來的遺跡
造就了多元種族的生活環境 宗教信仰 文化氣息 南洋美食
扣除薪資作為公積金, 讓日後退休生活可以無虞 (通膨的上揚讓很多人幾年內就花光了)
中立、不结盟的外交政策, 讓我們去很多國家都不必辦簽證 (如果你有時間金錢換有世界)
提供各種民生用品的津貼, 來減輕市民生活負擔 (薪資從來沒有上漲, 很多人錢不夠用)
馬來西亞訓練了很多人才送到世界各地 , 自己不留
至少, 我會跟大家說, 我是馬來西亞人!
posted by teopag @ 12:34 PM, ,
2010 Watoto Care for Children Concert
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Last night, i went for a concert at Activity Centre of Academia Sinica.
The concert was performed by Uganda Children's Choir "Watoto" Taiwan Concert Tour organised of World Vision. Currently, "Watoto" is having their Taiwan Tour in whole August 2010 and Academia Sinica invited them for a show here.
It is an African choir dedicated to improve the way of life for the children in Africa. The choir members are made up of children who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS epidemic or to war. Although their performances which are mainly a blend of gospel music and native African dance are very new to me. Frankly, i did not appreciate much on gospel songs. The performance was lasted for 1.5 hour. One of their performance in singing a Chinese song "感恩的心" really touched me. My body developed goose bumps when i heard the foreign accents blend with a familiar melody. The choir sing with their passion and present their talent together with a strong will of living to the audience. It was a great musical show!
After the show, i signed up for the Child Sponsorship Programme to sponsor a child.
This video clip is part of their Taiwan Tour performances uploaded by someone to YouTube.
posted by teopag @ 3:06 PM, ,
Chuah Chong Han
Monday, August 23, 2010
Just met an old friend whom we haven't meet each other for almost 16 years!!!
We had a dinner at Grand Hyatt Taipei and shared a lot of informations regarding our old classmates. Those past memories we shared together were so precious and memorable!
posted by teopag @ 10:41 PM, ,
Weekend of 21st August
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Yesterday we intended to go to watch the fireworks show L'amour a` Bitan organised by Taipei County Government at Bitan in conjunction with Lunar 7/7 Chinese Valentine's Day. After having dinner with friends, we headed to Xindian MRT station. Once the train arrived at the destination stop, the MRT station was very crowded. Escalators were not functioning as too many people were gathering inside the stations, hence we assume there were more crowds outside the station.
After considering for a while, we decided to leave to avoid the crowd, especially after the event ended. Before leaving, i managed to capture this advertisement featuring Sandra Ng, one of my favourite artists. This advertisement is appealing public to care for the blind chilren...
We called it a day after doing some shopping at Taipei Main Station.
This afternoon, i cooked for the lunch. I included the yesterday-bought coconut milk powder in the yellow curry. I changed the adding order of the ingredients by boiling the curry paste first together with stir-fried onion cubes and coconut milk. It did give different textures and more aromas! I tried to cook another vegetarian dish with mushroom, corn, cucumber and onion. Appropriate amount of salt and soy sauce was added to taste, and it tastes good! The potato leaves were a bit fibrous. :p
So, i better go to lab to prepare for my tomorrow lab meeting content.
posted by teopag @ 5:41 PM, ,
Chinese is broad and profound, just do as the Romans do. 華語博大精深，入鄉隨俗就好。
Friday, August 13, 2010
Time flies and I have been living in Taiwan for 4 years. Since Chinese Language (Mandarin) is widely used in Taipei as the medium of daily communication, my Chinese proficiency has improved a lot compared to 4 years ago. I can speak fluently without mixing with other languages or dialects and with proper sentence structure. In the begining, i found that people here speaks differently from us, albeit the usage of Traditional Chinese characters versus Simplified Chinese characters and different accents, the pronunciation or tones over some Chinese characters are a bit different from what i learnt in my home country.
Let me summarise some of the major differences on the pronunciation below:
角 角色 → 我們念"絕"，不念"腳"，角度如三角形等，則念"腳"
和 我和你 → 這裡念我"汗"你, 而我們是念我"河"你
亞 馬來西亞 東南亞 亞洲 → 這裡是念"雅"，我們念"訝"
微 微笑、微小、微波爐 → 這裡念"唯"，我們是念"威"
艘 一艘船 → 這裡是念"騷"，我們念"收"
淑 淑女 → 這裡是念"贖"，我們念"書"
廈 高樓大廈 → 這裡念"夏"，我們念"煞"
攜 攜帶 → 這裡是念"西"，我們則念"協"
企 企業、企鵝、企圖 → 這裡人念"器"，我們念"起"
錫 錫米 → 這裡是念"席"，我們則念"西"
什 什麼 → 這裡是念"蛇"，我們則念"神"
法 法國 → 這裡是念第四聲，我們念第二聲，方法的"法"皆念第二聲
酪 乳酪 → "lao"(ㄌㄠ)跟"luo"(ㄉㄨㄛ), 皆念第四聲
垃圾 → "勒色"跟"拉雞"
Well, that's all i can recall so far.
Living in Malaysia, besides mastering the major three languages, sometimes we need to communicate with Chinese dialects such as Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka, Fuchou, Hainan and etc (I am not that great to know all of them..., normally simple Mandarin, Cantonese or Hokkein is sufficient), hence most of the speeches of Chinese descendants in Malaysia are mixed with various dialects and languages for effective communication and expression, and all of us are used to that. We watch a lot of TV programmes from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan everyday exposing to different types of languages among the regions, so we might mix-up with the pronunciation of some Chinese characters as they are different from what we known and used daily. However, we might be pronouncing these characters wrong all the way since we were young. To be frank, i learnt a lot of new Chinese characters through watching the drama series from Hong Kong, so sometimes i only know how to read the characters in Cantonese instead of Mandarin... Ops...
To make a long story short, so if you ever got the chance to visit Taiwan of Mainland China and the local peoples there could not understand what you said or correct your pronunciation over certain characters, try not to deny yourself at the beginning, this could be due to the differences across the straits and there is no right or wrong. My suggestion is, when in Rome, do as the Romans do!
Next time i will talk about different names given on the same object.
posted by teopag @ 7:21 PM, ,
Ice Kacang Puppy Love 初戀紅豆冰
Sunday, August 08, 2010
I went to watch "Ice Kacang Puppy Love" again for the second time yesterday.
Actually i was being tempted by this set of postcards.
Haha.., hopefully with all the promotion events and testimonials from the celebrities, this homemade film will hit the box office in Taiwan.
希望在那麼多的宣傳活動以及眾多明星好友的加持下, 這部家鄉的電影, 能夠在台灣發光發熱!
posted by teopag @ 1:49 PM, ,
100 Miles from Memphis
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Sheryl Crow's latest album "100 Miles from Memphis" was released last month. I just got to know about it yesterday, so i bought it today!
This is one of the tracks in the album, Summer day.
posted by teopag @ 11:58 PM, ,
Farewell with Aaron
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Farewell dinner with Aaron before he being recruited to the military camp tomorrow.
Eslite Food Court, Taipei
posted by teopag @ 10:39 PM, ,