Friday, August 28, 2015

生命的課題 - 朋友


我來到美國已有八年了!回想剛移居來這兒時的情況。。剛開始時,對新環境、事物是有些新奇的。不過,對突然間失去以往常參與活動、聚聚朋友圈等等,我的生活轉變太大,一度我感覺身心很虛弱。
一天早晨起床,雙腳軟軟,我勉強支撐爬去抓電話打給已去上班的 Steve,要他回家來。打完之後,我想支撐爬回床,但沒到得了,整個人癱瘓在地上。Steve 回來,看到我躺在地,嚇著了,我說我軟得一動也不能動。還好他陪我躺著,就這樣幾十分鐘,我才慢慢支撐起來。
有朋友說我很堅強,我也以為我很堅強。原來不是。

搬來美國後,我就開始寫部落格,有朋友說我寫得不錯,我漸漸覺得分享也是樂趣。

至到有一天,我認為很姐妹的朋友,她說我寫得很主觀,我問是那一篇,她又不具體回答。我也感覺她不要與我交往,我有對她說如有得罪請原諒,但我就是沒有得到具體的原因。
這種友誼的死是不明不白的,我傷了。
寫部落格是分享自己的觀點,主觀有錯嗎?

還有另一位朋友因為誤會,出言傷我更深。
我的分享被認為是道理、教訓、把想法套在別人身上?

我已不大想再多分享了。畢竟我的樂趣被傷感淹蓋了。

我生命的課題 - 朋友。

BERSIH 4


雖然我已移居美國多年,但還是有關注馬來西亞的新聞,一個如此腐朽貪污的領導人,連我雖已不住在那,也感到忍受不了,可以想象生活在那的人們,還會有幾人'不食人間煙火',不聞不問不看不動的呢?

所有去支持BERSIH的,我心與你們同在,我希望大家安然完成任務!
祈願今年的國慶 BERSIH 改變歷史!
我愛我生長的家鄉!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 Lantern Festival

 

This year, the botanical garden in St. Louis is having its 2nd Chinese Lantern Festival.  The first was in 2012, and was so successful, they brought the event back this Summer.
Visitors are greeted by a beautiful giant phoenix...



...then come to the Sun Yat-sen entry gate, modeled on the stone archway at Sun Yat-sen's mausoleum in China.  The Chinese characters (read right-to-left) above the center arch mean "Great Love".


On the Chinese calendar, 2015 is the year of the Goat.  The best translation Google Translate could give for the Chinese phrase on the base is "Three Goats Open Thai"; Bing's translation was even worse.  Steve thinks perhaps the goats opened a Thai restaurant together.


The brightly colored Peacock Vase was made out of small, colorful medicine bottles.


The Porcelain Stupas Pagoda


Cherry blossoms along the path 


A display celebrating the Double Ninth Festival - the ninth day of the ninth lunar month.  This year, it will be on October 21 on the Western calendar.


One of the hanging lanterns along the Lantern Way.



The central display in front of the Climatron included fire, smoke, dragons, horses, and winged dragon horses.




And elephants.  Because everyone loves elephants!
 
Photo by SinE
Text by Steve

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Strawberry Cherries


You know what strawberries and cherries are, right?
Do you know what strawberry cherries are?

When I bought them in a Chinese grocery store, a one pound box was only $0.99.
I didn't notice the word 'strawberry' on it's label until I found the taste was a little bit different than a strawberry and red cherry. Surely the taste is different, but I don't know how to describe it, maybe it is between strawberry and cherry. The size is smaller than a strawberry but bigger than a cherry.

Was this a GMO product?
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bowling


I found a Groupon deal - $25 for a two hours bowling package with up to 5 shoe rentals, one 14" pizza and one pitcher of soda.
 

The last time bowling was 20 years ago. I got a strike for my first bowl, what luck, but didn't get another for the rest of the games.


Shannon had a big smile after her double strike.


I didn't get 2 more people to join, so 3 of us played almost 4 games in two hours. The game was a little much for us, since none are regular players.  However, the game was fun and the pizza was good.  


Who won?!  All our names start with "S"!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

US - Grant's Farm & Ulysses Grant NHS


Grant's Farm is a very popular attraction in St. Louis.  Entry is free, but parking is $12.  


This is the line, to cross the street, to get into the Farm.


The long line on the parking lot was just to get to this station to board the tram.


The tram takes you through the farm, which is now an animal preserve. 


Visitors can feed bottles of milk to the baby goats



Elephant education show


The zebra and llamas were chatting over the fence.


Animal education show


A Great Horned Owl


Bald Eagle - The U.S. National bird


  
Inside the old carriage house & stables.  There are many carriages over 100 years old on display.


A Clydesdale horse, one of the symbols of the Anheuser-Busch brewery.


Miss Budweiser - a Miniature Mediterranean Donkey


Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site - the former president's home.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tornado warning



不是什麼第一次看到的東西都是好玩的。。龍捲風警報聲響了。。
這個龍捲風還是別遇到最好。

Friday, June 26, 2015

菩薩如何度眾生


續之前的:http://lktansinee.blogspot.com/2015/04/blog-post_13.html

我想那些做菩薩的,真是一件很不容易的事。那是要有多大的願心、耐心、慈心。。
只是對這些螞蟻,我就知道我做不了菩薩。
之前我是用手指抓牠們放進盒,畢竟還會有弄死傷一些,所以就改用紙張把牠們撈起,偶爾也會弄傷一些,但效果好一點。


但是令我抓狂的是,螞蟻還真有特質,當紙張一碰上牠時,牠就拼命跑,尤其很小的跑得更快,要手快才能撈起牠。通常牠會跑到紙的背面,我反過來,牠又跑去另一面,有時靜止在角落,玩捉迷藏,希望不被發現。
有時我不見了牠。
有時發現牠爬在我的手。
有時一隻進了收蟻盒,另一隻跑出來。


然後,拿到屋外放生。願牠們來生往生善道。


哎喲,不到半小時,又來了幾隻,一天數次,每次幾分鐘視其數量,累不累人呀?

人的特質比螞蟻更多幾千倍,累不累菩薩呀!
菩薩呀!真想問您是如何做到救度眾生?地獄何時能空?


Monday, June 1, 2015

Asian & Pacific Islanders


因為靠近我家的隔鄰,Ferguson鎮去年發生白人警察擊斃了一位黑人的事故,讓那些忍受不了種族偏見的社運組織紛紛起義。
我去聽了一些華裔美國人的分享,才知道種族問題影響根深。。

I went to the event - "APIs For Black Lives" (API is Asian & Pacific Islanders), a white American friend was involved in pulling organizers together for it.

The host, Julia Ho:
'As a first-generation Taiwanese American living in St. Louis, I've noticed other API folks who have been politically silent since the Ferguson uprising. Some people say that they know nothing about the situation or feel unaware of how these events affect them. Others feel unwelcome in conversations related to race. This group, APIs (Asian Pacific Islanders) for Black Lives STL, has been working in partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA) and members from OBS to create a two hour event in which we invite the St. Louis community - and in particular Asian Americans - to have a conversation about where non-black minorities fit in the context of Ferguson, and how to work and live together better.
Event Description:
APIs for Black Lives is an event that honors Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month by uplifting histories of API and black communities united for justice. By sharing food, stories, and our connected and often erased histories of marginalization, activism, and solidarity, we hope to foster mutual understanding and develop solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.'


Part of one of the stories shared by one of the Chinese-Americans (she is going to study in Harvard University soon) struck me, kind of - when she was growing up, she was told by her mom not speak Mandarin on the street and don't invite friends for Chinese food... Now she thinks this is wrong. We can't pretend nothing happened and not talk about the matter.

I speak broken English, but I am still proud I can speak Malay, Mandarin and other dialects of Chinese. I didn't know how serious racial matters affected and suppressed those Chinese (or Asians) growing up here until I heard them.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

US - Kentucky




Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site


The log cabin, originally thought to be Lincoln's, is preserved inside the memorial.  It was discovered later that this cabin is in the correct location, but dates to a slightly later time than Lincoln's birth.  


Mammoth Cave National Park


The park is free entrance, but the Historic cave tour is $14 per person.
This tour guide is very funny and entertaining.


There are creatures living in the cave.  
'The northern cavefish is distantly related to trout and perch. Charles Darwin was fascinated by cavefish. "It is well known," he wrote, "that several animals which inhabit the caves of Kentucky are blind." Darwin theorized that the fish lost the ability to see because it would not use its eyes in the cave's eternal darkness.
Research suggests that natural selection led to an increase in senses like taste and touch, while diminishing the sense of sight-leading to undeveloped eyes.'
  

At 400 miles, it is the longest cave in the world, and new sections of cave are still being discovered and mapped. 


We stayed in Wingfield Inn & Suites at Elizabethtown.  When we got to the room, we discovered it had a whirlpool bath, and the rate was very good. Surely, I'd like to enjoy, as this was the first time I had seen it among those hotels we stayed before. However, I shouldn't have made the water so hot and stayed in so long. I got dizzy and it was hard to breath.

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